IELTS Speaking Formula For Band Score 9

You might be aware that Speaking is one of the tests in the IELTS. Most candidates get nervous at the thought of speaking face-to-face with the examiner but it's not that hard. We have come up with some tips that will build your confidence and help you get your ideal score.

To excel in the speaking test, it's essential that you know the format of the speaking test. By understanding the tasks, you will be able to tackle the test more easily.

Task 1

The first task includes a 4 to 5 minute conversation with the examiner about you. The topics might include your work, family, hobbies and interests.

Task 2

The second task includes a card with a topic given on it, you will get a minute to prepare on the topic and you will have to speak with the examiner on the topic for two minutes.

Task 3

The third task includes speaking with the examiner on the topic given in Task 2 in more detail, and the candidate needs to speak on it for 4 to 5 minutes.

Follow the tips below to ace all the three tasks of the speaking test -

1. Don't use complex words- Never use big and heavy words to impress the examiner. You may not use the words in a correct sentence or even mispronounce them, so avoid using complex words. Instead use words that you have full knowledge of and words that are relevant to the topic you are conversing about.

2. Use correct grammar- Correct use of grammar will help in increasing your score. Talk to your friends and family to improve your grammar. Use correct past, present and future tenses in your stories to convey your message clearly.

3. Think before you speak- Take a moment to think before you respond to the examiner's questions. There is no problem in pausing for a brief second before answering, you can use different phrases to excuse yourself. This will make you seem more logical.

4. Speak Expressively- It is important to speak with a smile and to show your emotions on your face when you are talking about something that is special to you. Express your feelings like you would normally do when talking in your mother tongue.

5. Speak Coherently- Speak in coherent sentences, do not jumble up your answer and use words like 'however' and 'moreover' to link your sentences. This will make your answers look more sensible and clear.

6. Do not memorize any answers- This is the most important tip to keep in mind, never memorize answers. The examiner will catch you in an instant if you repeat memorized answers and this will affect your score very poorly.

7. Be calm- Stay calm at all times. The more anxious you become, the more you will fumble and make it difficult for yourself to speak coherently and fluently. Do some breathing exercises before entering the exam hall to stay calm. All you have to do is answer some questions, its not as hard as it seems to be. Nervousness can make you seem unprofessional and this can cost you your score.

8. Do not give monotonous answers- The biggest mistake a candidate can make is speaking in monotonous tone. Avoid speaking in a dull and flat voice instead stress on important words, pause between sentences to build the suspense and use hand gestures to emphasize on your point.