Facing the IELTS exam is quite challenging. It is a well-known fact that the IELTS exam consists of 4 sections- reading, listening, writing and speaking. While reading and writing are common activities and can be practiced at home, the listening and speaking sections need to be practiced in an interactive environment.
Of course, the IELTS Centre will come to rescue with its excellent courses and well-versed teachers. But you need to put in a great amount of effort for the IELTS Speaking test, along with other sections. Look out for IELTS Tips to elevate your chances of getting through the challenging test with a good score.
However proficient we may be with the language, we might end up committing silly mistakes while appearing for the speaking test. So make a note and see that you don't fall for these common blunders-
- Don't answer the questions in a very short form
Of course answer to questions like where did you spend your childhood requires only one-liners but we are there to show our ability to talk in good quality English, while not staying away from the topic. So answer whatever is related and relevant to the topic. A typical answer to the above question will be ‘New Delhi ‘ while a good response will be the mention of Delhi along with some details related to Delhi and your childhood. Ideally, you should answer in 2-3 sentences.
- Respond according to to the parts
The speaking test consists of three parts.
part1 consists of questions that are hard to answer in more than 2-3 sentences. Just try to link your one-word answer to some relevant information which helps you stay on the topic yet not miss out in displaying your speaking skills. In part2, you are required to speak continually for a span of 2-3 minutes. Break up your answer into a story with an introduction, the middle, and the concluding part. Aim at giving a well-structured response. In part three, the examiner will ask some questions related to the topics you had in part 2.
- Don't remain silent
The third part of the speaking test requires you to express your opinion about a certain issue. Remember you will not be judged according to the side you opt for. The judgment will be related more with the use of your language skills and how comfortable you are putting your point across. Don't commit the mistake of sitting silently or mumbling. Instead, you can start your sentence with ‘That's a good question ‘ or ‘ I haven't thought about it before’. You need to sound comfortable by coming up with a logical and sensible explanation of your opinion. Even if you commit a mistake, don't fall silent, keep going as your comfort level with English is what they are evaluating.
- Take the help of the internet
Various webinars, websites, interactive tests, online exam papers are available to help you emerge successfully after the exam. View these webinars and prepare for the speaking test. This test is one of the tests which can be carried out just at home, it needs to have some interactive element to it. So stick to our advice.