Things to avoid in your IELTS speaking test
Posted on June 10, 2020
The IELTS speaking section will assess your abilities to:
- Speak with fluency
- Use your vocabulary
- Make no grammatical errors
- Use the right pronunciation
You can do well in this section provided you take care not to do the following things in your speaking test.
Don’t memorize the answers
Scripted answers won’t get you anywhere, it’s not the correct way to do well. It’s a bad idea. Examiners have the skills to classify memorized answers. The examiner may ask you harder questions to determine your real English level.
Don’t try to impress the examiner
Do not think you’ll need to impress the examiner with your answers. Do not think you will get a good score only if the examiner agrees with your opinion. The examiner doesn’t care what your opinions are. He or she wants to see how well you ‘re able to speak. So, concentrate on giving grammatically correct responses.
Don’t use big words
There is a misunderstanding the interviewer would be impressed with the use of big words. When you listen to any native English speaker, you will notice that they don’t use complex words. It’s good to show you got a good vocabulary but try using simple words. The interviewer can get confused by high-sounding terms.
Don’t use long or complicated sentences
When you’re not sure about long sentences then don’t use them. The complicated sentences can create difficulties for the interviewer to comprehend.
Don’t try to show off your grammar skills
Do not think that you need to have a stronghold over grammar to get through the test. Knowledge of simple grammar should work for you. Use correct tenses and concentrate on what you say.
Don’t hesitate to say you do not know
You just need to show your language skills. Just try answering the question using the right words or phrases. But in some cases, when you don’t really know about the topic then you can say, “I don’t know about it.” If you want, you can also request for some new topics.
Don’t speak fast
Remember speaking quickly isn’t fluent. Maintain the correct speed. You do not have to speak too fast nor should you speak slowly.
Don’t focus on accent
Do not imitate any accent or try to copy it. But, remember, what you’re saying should be understandable. Proper pronunciation or accent is important.
Don’t get nervous
There are many candidates who get nervous. Some candidates speak at very low volume and some falter when they are asked new questions. Some mumble and some even prefer to say nothing. The key to overcoming nervousness or hesitation is proper preparation.
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