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    How to Improve IELTS Preparation for Speaking?

    Sayantani Barman Sayantani Barman
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    Test takers take Listening, Reading and Writing sections for IELTS on a single day. IELTS Speaking test always occurs either before or after these sections. For IELTS Speaking section, the test taker gets a time limit of 11-14 minutes. Within this fixed period of time, one has to think and speak to the interviewer.

    IELTS Speaking section requires a complete package of vocabulary, skills, and experience in speaking English. For scoring a higher band like 7, test takers need constant practice. Many perform poorly in this section out of nervousness.

    IELTS Preparation

    Plan for IELTS Speaking Section

    • Firstly pick a random topic and speak for 10 minutes at a stretch
    • Record your speech properly to find out mistakes
    • After completing recording, replay it to find out mistakes
    • Look out for grammatical errors
    • Always look out for coherence
    • Ask a teacher or a skillful person to find out mistakes out of recording

    IELTS Speaking Section- Task Description

    Compared to other sections in IELTS, speaking section has been allotted with the least time limit. IELTS speaking section is divided into 3 tasks. In Task 1, test taker has to give a general introduction around home, education, and work to the examiner. For Task 2, test taker has to draw a card for choosing a topic to talk about. After choosing a card, the test taker has to talk on a topic for 4-5minutes. In Task 3, examiner discusses Task 2 with the test taker.

    IELTS Exam Pattern

    What does Examiner want in IELTS Speaking Section?

    As there is a stringent time frame, test taker has to make a proper plan before speaking. Every minute counts in IELTS speaking section. Examiner marks test takers on basis of four criteria

    • Pronunciation
    • Coherence and fluency
    • Lexical Resource
    • Accuracy and grammatical usage

    Each criterion carries 25% of total marks. Within 11-14 minutes, test takers get a minimum time to prepare. Without absolute confidence, it is not worthy to appear for IELTS.

    Next issue that appears for each examiner is related to accent. This exam is taken by those who want to study or migrate to English speaking nations. Examiner beforehand knows about language ability of test taker. It is advisable not to pretend any accent to impress test takers. Similarly, test takers focus wisely on learning vocabulary and its usage.

    List of Don’ts for IELTS Speaking

    • Never memorize any answer for IELTS Speaking section
    • Don’t focus on opinions given by examiner
    • Never use any fancy words just to show vocabulary
    • Never make mistakes in using wrong grammar
    • Don’t be under-confident due to nervousness

    In IELTS speaking section, test takers get nervous about the exam pattern. If you don’t understand the question then ask the examiner to repeat it. Even if you make a mistake try not to panic-stricken for the rest of exam.

    List of Do’s for IELTS Speaking

    • Make a plan in your mind before starting to speak
    • Try to speak in English at least for a day before IELTS speaking test
    • Find out like-minded people to practice speaking section
    • Practice speaking in English constantly to avoid stuttering
    • Take time to give answer
    • Examiner will never give opinions on your accent
    • Ask examiner to repeat question if required
    • Try to give as much example as possible to make section prominent to examiner
    • Use natural English spoken ability
    • Try to maintain a tense of a verb properly for entire IELTS speaking section
    • Always take time to think before speaking
    • Even if you make any mistake try to correct yourself

    In IELTS speaking, test takers usually score a mid-range band like 5 or 5.5. With a little push, test takers can easily score good marks. With a regular habit of speaking in front of a mirror, test-taker overcomes fear for the interview session. It is advisable to answer any question calmly to make the examiner understood properly.

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