Top Tips and Hints to Get Band 8.0 for IELTS Speaking - Top Tips and Hints to Get Band 8 - Top Tips and Hints to Get Band 8

Our team put together essential IELTS Speaking tips, hints and golden rules to help you perform at your best for the IELTS Speaking section. You’re guaranteed to learn something new here. Let’s find out!

                              SPEAKING SUMMARY
– Part 1 (4-5 minutes) is for the Examiner to ask you questions about yourself.
– Part 2 (3-4 minutes) is for you to prepare and give a short talk of 1-2 minutes on a
given subject.
– Part 3 (4-5 minutes) is for you and the Examiner to have a discussion linked to the
subject from Part 2.
• You will be assessed on your:
– Fluency and coherence
– Vocabulary
– Range of grammar and accuracy
– Pronunciation.

Golden rules

♦ Speak as much English as you can.
♦ Prepare yourself for the exam by knowing what is involved.
♦ You need to sound natural and not as if you have learnt answers by heart.
♦ Be spontaneous and relevant.
♦ Do not be put off by the tape recorder in the room. It is there to help you not the Examiner!
♦ Be positive. The exam is nearly over, so smile and breathe evenly.
♦ Remember that the adrenaline produced by your nervous feelings actually helps you to perform better.
♦ Use a wide range of vocabulary. People generally use less than they know when they speak. Practise to activate what you know.

♦ Concentrate generally on what you are saying rather than being accurate. You will then make fewer mistakes.
♦ Practise speaking clearly. This does not mean slowly, but naturally and evenly.

How to be fluent
• Concentrate on the planning and organization. These help you to control your nerves and to be fluent. If you go into the exam unprepared, it will make you nervous.
• Concentrate only on the part you are doing. Forget about the other parts of the exam.

Eye contact
• Keep eye contact with the Examiner, even if he/she looks away or makes notes. If you do not usually maintain eye contact in your culture, practise speaking while keeping eye contact before the exam.
• If the Examiner is writing, looking away or not smiling, this does not mean that you are doing badly. It just means the Examiner is doing his/her job.

Part 1: Introduction and interview
• Remember that the Examiner is just like your teacher. In fact, Examiners are usually teachers, so they are aware of how you feel, because their own students feel the same!
• The Examiner has a set of questions. Answer the questions without trying to repeat the whole question in your answer:

What’s the most interesting building in your home town?
Do not reply: The most interesting place in…is….
Say: It’s…

• State your answer and then expand, if possible.
I/Many people find it fascinating, because …

• Try to use synonyms of the words used by the Examiner. If you can’t, don’t interrupt your fluency, just say what you can.

• The topics are usually familiar topics and the Examiner asks you about yourself. Try to give examples and create ideas. Do not say: I don’t know

You might be asked about:
– a place or a hobby
– your daily routine
– your interests
– places in your country
– special foods/events in your country.
The questions are designed to encourage you to talk. They are not new or unpredictable.

(Next Page: Part 2 Individual long turn)

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