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Nail the IELTS speaking test with these simple and easy tips

3:07 AM Rajesh Rawat 0 Comments

Are you guys worried about how to get a good score in IELTS speaking test? Well, then don’t be.
It’s just a test, so relax!
Many a time candidates who speak well may not get the score they expect if they don’t know what the examiners are expecting from them. Before you start preparing for the test, you need to know how the IELTS speaking test is conducted and assessed. So let’s quickly understand about this test.
What is the IELTS speaking test?
IELTS speaking test is a face to face interview with the examiner. It is similar to a real-life situation. The two IELTS test modules: IELTS academic and IELTS general training are the same for the speaking test.
How is the test conducted?
In IELTS speaking test, you have to complete three tasks. Each task is recorded. In the first task, you will be asked questions about yourself. In the second task, you will be given a cue card and you are asked to talk about the topic. In the third task, the examiner will ask questions related to the topic given in the second task.
The test lasts about 11-14 minutes. You can complete the IELTS speaking test a week before or after the other test.
How is the test assessed?
In this test, you will be assessed based on how well you can communicate through spoken English. The human examiner then evaluates based on your performance and these four criteria –
  • Fluency and Coherence
  • Lexical Resource
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy
  • Pronunciation
Once you are familiar with the test format and the marking criteria, you should start preparing for the test.
To ace IELTS speaking test like a boss, you need to spend more time preparing for it. Practice makes a man perfect.
Here are a few strategies that will help you in your IELTS speaking exam success –
  1. Take a few online practise tests and understand your learning style. Self-knowledge will help you utilize your time effectively.
  2. Time management is essential when you are preparing for the exam. Time helps you to achieve more and stress out less. Don’t get distracted and set your priorities.
  3. Have a study plan. Allocate time for each method and work according to that.
  4. Speak on a topic and record yourself. Then play the recording and identify the mistakes you have made. Spend some time working on your weak areas.
  5. Read blogs and a lot of books to improve your vocabulary, Fluency and Coherence.
  6. Practise speaking in real life situation. Talk to your friends and family members in English.
  7. The examiner gives you marks for your grammar, and error-free sentences hence practise speaking using a range of appropriate grammatical structures.
  8. You will be judged on pronunciation so speak clearly.
Come out of your comfort zone and spend more of your time working on the weak areas. Do a proper study work on all the IELTS speaking test topics that they had previously asked. Also set goals so that you will have an idea as to how to prepare for the IELTS speaking test better.

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