Easiest Route to Prepare for IELTS Speaking Test
Feb 10, 2017 TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS 376 Views
Speaking Test in IELTS can be intimidating for many of the candidates. In fact, there are many candidates who speak and understand English well but still they do not manage to make good impression on their examiner. They just do not answer question as they should or they should have if it is not IELTS speaking test for them.
Prepare yourself for the Test
You should know what your examiner may ask you. Yes, you should know that. For instance, the examiner may ask you to give you personal introduction and you are expected to answer the question in an effective way, making use of as many words as possible. Given below are the examples of good and bad personal introduction.
Examiner: Can you introduce yourself?
Answer: I am Navid. I have two brothers and one sister. I completed my graduation this year. (bad answer)
Answer: I am Jaffery and I graduated from (name of the university). Science is my forte and this is what I would like to opt for in future too. I am a sports-person…. (good answer).
Short answer v/s long answers
If your examiner asks you to describe your trip to any tourist place then it would be good to give as many details as possible. Do not just limit yourself to description of the place and the importance of the place. It would be good to describe what you did, how your trip was and why you consider it to be the best place etc. Remember, your examiner asks the questions to know more of how you may speak. Therefore, it is needed to show your speaking skills. The more detailed your answer is, the better it is. Yes, that is right. But, here, it doesn’t mean that you will have to talk silly to increase the length of your answer. No. that is not at all suggested. Be more relevant. Stick to the content the examiner might expect from you for all questions he /she may ask you.
Accent / Intonation / pronunciation
When you speak, speak in your neutral accent, tone. The pronunciation should be what you are. For instance, if you are from India then you really do not have to speak like an American. Let us explain this a bit. Most of the candidates try to speak with American, British or Australian accent and in doing so, they just end up with mimicking. And this mimicking is not liked by the examiner. Examiner wants to know whether you can speak good English or not. That is all. The examiner is not going to focus on whether you can really speak like an American, Canadian or Australian.
The examinees really do not have to treat the voice like the volume controller. It is always good to speak in naturally soft voice. You do not have to bellow. Remember, you really do not have to speak with all force, raising your voice as per the word pronunciation (as this can lead to loss in tonal quality). It would always be good to support your voice with proper breathing. You need to have strong voice but not loud voice.
Clarity matters a lot. There are some candidates who tend to speak with little or with no movement of their lips. Speak through clenched teeth, speak with hesitation etc. This can lead to bad impression. Therefore, be very clear by making use of the right words and in the right way.
The way you present matters too. Therefore, be very presentable. While you talk, look into the eyes of the person who is in front of you. Let there be sweet smile on your face, smile which shows how good you feel. Do not make gestures, clap or give any unnecessary reactions. Answer only when you are asked to and do not argue.
“Speaking is an art and a good speaker can be a good influencer.”
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