Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Ten Don'ts For The IELTS Speaking Test

Speaking in front of a native English speaker increases the anxiety of almost anyone, particularly candidates for the IELTS speaking test. Some candidates are dumbfounded once the examiner starts throwing them the questions. Seriously, what the examinees need to do is relax and be calm during the examination.

Being nervous can affect the score as one can start to stutter, stammer and even forget what he or she has to say to the examiner. Also, one thing that is a problem to most candidates is the relevance of their answers to the questions. Anxiety and poor content combined result to a poor score in the speaking test. To avoid being in a difficult situation in the speaking, here are some things that one should not do in the speaking test.

Do not think about what the examiner thinks of
Though some examiners have their own expected answers in mind, they are more concerned with your answer and how well you can elaborate your answer. Simply say, they are focused on your speaking ability – its fluency and if it is grammatically correct. Of course, you should not compromise the content of the answer. It should always answer directly the task.
Avoid bragging your grammar skills
Verb tenses have their particular use in a sentence. Choose one that fits the question. Do not use a particular tense in your answer because you think it will get you a higher score. This is not a verb tense examination. Use tenses appropriately.
Do not compromise your fluency
It is very important to be fluent with your responses. Fluency shows that you can naturally speak the English language without any trouble. If you are too concerned about your grammar, you might end up pausing in the middle of your response thinking whether you are still using correct grammar.
Avoid anxiety consuming you
When people are nervous, they either speak so low or speak so fast. When you speak with a very low voice, the examiner might barely hear you. If you speak too fast, the examiner will have difficulty with the clarity of your speech. Open your mouth and speak at your normal pace.
Do not look at the examiner expecting for some cues in your response.
Some candidates wait for the candidates to tell them to stop speaking or to encourage them to speak more. You are in control of the examination. It is you who should know when to stop speaking. Reminder, sometimes the more you talk, the more possibility of getting off the topic.
Do not give scripted responses
Examiners are good at noticing memorized answers. Answer naturally. If they spot that you are giving a scripted response, they might make the test difficult for you by asking complicated questions.
Do not use words you are not familiar with.
It is good to have good vocabulary; however, choose when to use them. No matter how good the word is, you have to understand that its definition should fit the content of your sentence.
Never say, “I don’t know.”
If you are given a question which you cannot relate with, think of a made-up answer. Do not say that you do not know anything about the topic. It is a big deduction to your score.
Have good accent
Having a good accent does not mean having perfect American or British English. The important thing is you can speak clearly and your accent does not cause any problems with your response.
Always arrive on time.
Be at the test center an hour before your scheduled time. Give yourself time to rest and relax for your exam.
If there is a secret to make your speaking test a good one, you should be prepared for it through practice and calm yourself prior to the test.


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