The IELTS Speaking test is a face-to-face conversation with a certified examiner and is as close to a real-life situation as a test can get. The examiner will ask you about some familiar topics such as home, work or studies. This should be help you feel comfortable when speaking. Try and relax so that you can speak as naturally it as possible.
1. Remain calm
The more anxious and uncomfortable you are, is more difficult it’ll be to keep up your fluency and maintain coherence. It may be feel overwhelming to have to use a wide range of vocabulary and grammatical structures accurately and with the intended meaning. But you have to keep the mind under control. Tell yourself, “I can do this.”
2. Before the exam practice and listen
Following on from the previous advice, you need to practice before the exam to make sure that the appropriate skills are always automatic. The very best practice is to listen and then speak the language learning is about repetition.
3. Just answer the question
At the start of the test, give the information that’s needed rather than expanding too much on your answers. Wait until you can hear questions about your home, work, school life and so on before giving more extended answers. Even then, provide some relevant answers and avoid rambling on about everything you can think of. Candidates will often stray from the topic by going off on tangents to avoid this.
4. Use natural spoken English
The best form of English to use in the test is to natural spoken English. This will help you to speak fluently and improve your pronunciation. The best way to learn the language is often to listen to native speakers. If you don’t have a native speaker to listen to look at the sort of language I use and try and borrow it for yourself.
IELTS Speaking will measures your pronunciation. Top Band scores will only go to those test-takers whose pronunciation is “effortless” for a native English speaker to understand. Scores will be reduced for mispronunciation, especially if pronunciation problems make it difficult to comprehend a speaker’s message.