IELTS speaking section tests your English speaking skills and pronunciation style. Speaking test includes a one on one conversation with a certified IELTS examiner. Normally, in the first half the examiner will ask you about general topics like home, family, works, friends etc. This will help you to remain confident and stay calm. It will be good if you spend some time by speaking with your friends in English before the beginning of speaking test. This will provide you a good start and will keep you confident throughout the test. Here are some tips that will help you to score good marks in the IELTS speaking test:
- Know the scoring criteria first: It is good to know the criteria behind mark distribution in IELTS speaking session so that you can make the examiner feel excited with your skills. Usually pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, fluency and coherence are the main factors that determines the speaking abilities of a person. So, always try to correct these factors.
Practice well before the test: Practice speaking as much as possible before IELTS speaking test so that you can perform well in front of the examiner. Practice increases your fluency level and pronunciation skills.
- Natural spoken English will work: It is better to use natural spoken English at the time of IELTS speaking test because it will provide more fluency and improves your pronunciation. The best method to improve your natural spoken English skills is listening to natural speakers.
- Try to lengthen your answer: In some cases your answer may contain only one word. In such situations, try to extend your answer by explaining the answer. For example,
Q) How many cars do you own?
A) Two, one Audi and a BMW.
- Short answers also works: In some cases you only need to give short answers and there long answers may turn out to be confusing. Also, feel free to say you don’t know much about it if you are not familiar with the question and wait for the next one.
- Correct the mistakes immediately: If you feel that you made a mistake, you can correct it immediately. This will make the examiner to think that you have a good control over the English language. At the same time, if you are not sure how to correct the mistake then leave it and go forward.
- Feel free to ask the question again: You can ask the examiner to repeat the question if don’t understand it. The examiner won’t mind it and you won’t get any negative marking for asking the question again.