IELTS Academic : Speaking tips
The Speaking section of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is common to both the General and Academic exam.
The section consists of a discussion with a certified examiner. It is a real-time situation that involves interaction in English.
The Speaking section has three parts. First part involves questions about yourself and your family. Second part contains a topic. And third part extends the topic into a longer discussion.
A few things must be kept in mind while taking and preparing for the Speaking section:
- While preparing for the speaking section, use a watch.
- Have intentional discussions on a daily basis with your friends who can speak in English.
- During the test, avoid giving one-word answers. Always frame complete sentences, instead of answering in phrases.
- Focus on clarity not accent. It is important that you are able to speak English correctly and clearly. Do not fake an accent.
- Speak loudly enough during the test. Be very deliberate about being loud enough and use accurate pronunciation.
- As far as possible, avoid using any slang or Hindi words. In case if you have to use words that are in your language, make sure you either simplify or elaborate those words in English.
- Practise consistent speaking. This means you need to understand your pace of speaking. You must not be too fast or too slow.
- Keep your own questions for part 3. Try not to ask any questions during the first two parts.
- Always stay on the topic. This is also a sign of clear speaking.
- Use descriptive words that are relevant to the topic. Avoid words such as good, bad, nice, not nice. Use words such as remarkable or inefficient etc that are self-explanatory.
The Speaking section of the IELTS is the most practical part of the exam and hence requires practical preparation. Hold discussions on a daily basis with your friends and family who know good English.