IELTS Speaking test lasts about 11-14 minutes. Before we explore 5 main strategies to maximize your IELTS Speaking score, you must have a good preparation for your test, including:
+ Finding out how the test is graded
+ Noting common questions and practicing them carefully
+ Improving your general English: accent (pronunciation, intonation and word-connection), spoken grammar and vocabulary.
5 best strategies for IELTS Speaking test
- Listen the question carefully
In fact, you cannot answer the questions properly if you do not get them. So remember to listen carefully to the keywords in the questions that the examiner is asking.
The key words of questions are often at the beginning of the sentence. Then don’t miss them.
What kind of music do you like?
- A key word is “what” which is used to ask information about something
Where do you like to travel?
- Where is used to ask about a place
Which is more important to you the job or the family?
- Which is used to ask about a choice
When do you travel to London?
- When is used to ask about the time
Who do you often travel with?
- Who is used to ask about other people.
2. Extend your answers
Actually, there are many ways to extend your answer such as answer the question generally to specifically; describe different situations; present the main point then give a counterargument to it; etc. We are going to make a different video telling more details about this strategy for you, so don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE this channel for coming lessons.
Now, let’s have a look at this example:
Examiner: What kind of food do you like?
- Well, I’d have to say that I’m really keen on seafood. In particular, I do like to eat Japanese seafood because it’s always fresh and healthy. For instance, Sashimi, which is served with Wasabi which is super healthy ingredient which reduces risk of cancer and heart disease, is high in protein and contains omega–3 fats and other good nutrition.
General idea: seafood
Specific idea: Japanese seafood
3. Control your voice
It is common that the candidates often feel nervous, which makes them lose control over their speech. They may speak quickly throughout the exam and make mistakes in terms of pronunciation. Your grade for fluency may lower due to this, so you should speak at a good speed.
4. Use the vocabulary
A part from using phrasal verbs, collocations and idioms, you should make things more interesting by using adjectives and adverbs, which increases the precision of your language and your score for vocabulary as well.
- She is very beautiful
- She is absolutely stunning, radiant, attractive and eye catching
There is a significant difference between two sentences above.
5. Be confident
Generally, it is not easy to keep calm and confident for candidates in the test room. But it’s pointless to tell the examiner that you feel nervous. Then, no matter how you really feel, you are better to show him/her your confidence in terms of speaking English.
Before starting the test, the examiner will ask you some questions such as what is your full name? and can I see your identification, please? What you need to do is answering these questions simply and getting accustomed to the examiner’s accent. Because this strategy may help you catch the questions later easier.
IELTS Sharing Community Team.