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“• If possible, students should record themselves in the long turn - Part 2 of the Speaking test. This will enable them to become more aware of intonation, rhythm, lexical choice, and structure, criteria which will be used by the examiner to evaluate the short presentation.
• Avoid brief, monosyllabic responses.
• Try to develop your responses with reasons and examples.
• Avoid prepared answers. These always sound stilted and unnatural.”
“ Tips to Help You While Taking the Test
1. Focus on task. Think what the examiner is asking you. Respond precisely to the question or topic.
2. Speak clearly. Sit up straight. Talk directly to the examiner. Do not be afraid to make eye contact.
3. Speak loudly. Make sure you are heard, but do not yell.
4. Bring a watch. You will have one minute to prepare your answer for Part 2. Glance at your watch to make sure you have enough time to complete your task.
5. Laugh. Do this before you meet the examiner. Before the speaking test begins, tell yourself a joke or think of something fanny. Start to laugh. Laugh harder. Laughter will make you feel better and more relaxed. It will also push air into your lungs and help you speak better. People around you may think you are crazy? But you are there to do well on the IELTS? Not to impress people with your sanity.
6. Smile. Smile at the examiner. This will put both of you at ease and make you both comfortable.”
1. Explain your answers by giving reasons for what you say.
2. Be prepared to answer questions using different tenses and verb forms.
3. Use the 1 minute preparation time to make notes about what you say about all the points given.
4. Give more details about each of the points you make.
5. After you finish speaking, the examiner may ask you a question about the topic you’ve talked about. You only need to give a short answer to this question.
6. Weigh up both sides of a question and give examples to support this. This will help you to tackle the more challenging questions in Part 3.
7. Give your opinion and develop your ideas by offering examples of what you mean.
1. “This tests your ability to communicate effectively, not just your grammatical accuracy.
2. Don't learn scripts of prepared answers. The examiner is trained to spot this and will change the question.
3. Develop your answers as much as possible.
4. Speak more than the examiner.
5. Ask for clarification if necessary.
6. Remember it is not a test of knowledge and there is no single answer, but ensure that you give your opinion. Don't worry if you feel it is not sophisticated enough.
7. The areas covered are fairly predictable and not infinite so practice at home recording ideas onto a tape recorder.”