IELTS- Tips to speak like a pro

If you are an IELTS aspirant and eager to get admission to your dream university, you should primarily understand the structure and format of the IELTS test, including the different test sections. The speaking module is one of the most critical parts of the test that demands constant practice to develop remarkable command of spoken English. To excel in this module, you should be well prepared & rehearsed before appearing for the speaking test.

To score a good band in this module, proficient mentors of EnglishBuddy have prepared a list of essential points that you should keep in mind while preparing for and giving your IELTS exam.

  1. There Is No Such Thing As Right Or Wrong Answer

    Yes, you read it right that there are no right or wrong answers to any question in the examination. The evaluation will be done on how efficiently you will express your thoughts in front of the examiner.

  2. Learn Synonyms By Heart

    Try and not to repeat the phrases or words mentioned by the examiner in the question. Frame sentences using synonyms which will help you showcase your verbal abilities, command over the language and how well you have understood the question.

  3. Speak Clearly.

    The important part of communication is clarity. If you are unable to communicate the thoughts you have to the other person, speaking with an accent would not matter much. It is possible to make mistakes and mispronounce words if you enunciate too quickly. As long as you pronounce your words clearly and accurately, an examiner will not penalize you for speaking with an accent.

  4. Always Answer In Detail

    When the examiner asks you something, try explaining the answer with necessary details with maintaining the time allotted per answer. Answer each question with a thoughtful response. You will be evaluated on your ability to discuss different topics in detail. You may start your answer by thanking the examiner for the asked question with phrases like” Thank you for that question” or “That’s a wonderful question”.

  5. Always Mind the Tenses

    Make sure your tenses are correct when you speak. A good orator has understood the language and has a concrete base to build over for that language. Tenses are the basics of English which means understanding and mastering them will help your creativity notches. So, before jumping on to answer the question, try framing it in your mind once and then present it.

  6. Practice Speaking Every Day

    As it’s said, ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day ’, just like that, one can’t master Spoken English in a day. It requires time and devotion that will help you nurture this art and understand the language better. IELTS test preparation is more effective when you practise spoken English every day gradually. Your hold over the language improves over time for you to become more comfortable with conversing in English. During the whole period of preparation, try to talk in English with your friends, classmates, peers, parents to improve your language proficiency.

  7. First, Prepare Then Answer In Part 2 Of The Module

    A minute is provided to prepare your response once the examiner asks the question. It would be best to construct the answers the way you are going to approach the question in your mind and get your thoughts organised. Ensure that the tense(s) you use in your answer should match with the ones used in the question.

  8. Don’t Be Afraid To Correct Your Errors

    When people constantly speak, such as when nervous in an exam, they make small mistakes. Your concoction of grammar, vocabulary and confidence will be demonstrated by correcting your errors as you make them. Pause and repeat your sentence correctly if you make a small mistake.

  9. Avoid Using Complicated Vocabulary.

    Creating complicated sentences and bombarding complex vocabulary may not always be the best possible way to answer a question. Sometimes keeping it simple and easy may also be a way to tackle what is in front of you.

Improving speaking skills requires patience and practice from a candidate, which can become easier with the guidance of the right mentors. EnglishBuddy provides this support to students preparing for IELTS, TOEFL & PTE through expert mentoring and resources.