The IELTS Speaking test is arranged in a face to face conversation manner between the test taker and the certified examiner. The test is scored on a strict grading criteria. If you really want to impress your examiner, you must know as to what the examiner expects from you. In short, your pronunciation, fluency or coherence, grammar and vocabulary would make up 25 percent of the total test score.
During the first part, your examiner may ask you about familiar topics like your hometown, studies or work to help you feel comfortable while speaking. He/ She can also talk about everyday topics and ideas. However, as the test goes on the questions would become harder and even theoretical.
You can make the most of your Speaking test by following the given tips:
- Relax and speak as naturally as possible.
- Practice speaking with a friend, teacher or partner before taking the actual test.
- Try to elaborate your answers while practicing.
- Be fluent and spontaneous.
- Feel relaxed, confident and enjoy the conversation with the examiner.
- Try to speak more than the examiner.
- Do not give prepared answers as the examiners are trained to spot this factor and might change the question.
- Express your personal opinions because you will be scored on how well you communicate and express yourself.
Remember that it is a speaking test and not a listening test so if you do not understand a question, you may also ask the examiner to repeat it or explain it. There will be no score deductions for this. If you will answer a question that you do not even understand, it will make you incoherent and will result in influencing your scores negatively. For a better guidance on the IELTS Speaking test, follow the link below: