IELTS speaking is conducted for 11-14 minutes. It is an interview that is divided into three parts. Let us discuss how to ace the speaking section.
Part 1- is a basic introduction round where a candidate is asked questions related to his place, occupation, hobbies, family, television shows, sports neighbors, etc. One needs to speak to the point.
Part 2- is a que card where a topic is given to you and you get a minute to prepare the topic and then speak for two minutes. This is the most scored topic and one needs to have a good command of the language to ace this section. Points are given for your fluency.
Part 3- It is a discussion based round where a candidate has to give the answer in detail. It is a question and answer round usually based on the topic given in task 2. Sometimes questions related to task one are also asked.
TIPS TO ACE THE SPEAKING SECTION:
- Don't memorize answers- be natural... The examiner will be able to tell if you have memorized your answers and this may influence your final band score.
- Don't use jargon and complex words- Though complex words, tend to increase our scores but chances of making mistakes are high by either mispronouncing them or using them in the wrong context.
- Use a range of grammatical structures- Try and use a range of grammatical structures using complex and simple sentences to express what you want to say. You can do this by practicing at home by recording your answers and listening to see where you are making mistakes or you can also work with a friend who can point out your areas of improvement.
- Don't fake your accent- Most students try faking the accent to speak like native speakers. With a face-to-face Speaking test, the IELTSexaminer understands a wide range of accents so will be able to understand what you say. Communicate well, and practice voice modulation and intonation.
- Pause to think- You can give pause while giving the answers to think about what you want to say. Keep in mind the pauses should not be too long. You can also use phrases like let me see, that's an interesting question, that's a good point, let me think about that for a minute.
- Avoid using fillers- We generally use fillers when we don't know what to say, however, this gives the impression to the examiner that you can't communicate properly in the English language. So avoid fillers like umm, you know, well, like, yeah, etc.
- Extend your answers- Give the answers in detail in rounds two and three, especially When your answers are short, this shows the examiner that you cannot talk in detail about a topic. If the examiner says 'Why?' he is prompting you to give a reason for your answer and to extend more fully.
- Smile and maintain eye contact- Smiling can help calm your nerves which in turn helps your pronunciation. Making an eye contact with the examiner is equally important as it shows your confidence level.
These are the tips to improve your IELTS speaking power through our IELTS online coaching classes in Gurgaon. To conclude, practice is the key. You can practice some common topics asked in part 2 by either recording or checking your mistakes or by working with a friend. Be natural, don't talk flat, use intonation and avoid monotone and lastly smile as it increases your face value.