Education, Language

Things To Avoid During the IELTS Speaking Tests

Imagine that you will be stepping into a room with a native English speaker who will be interviewing you, what would you most likely feel?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination’s speaking examination is a great opportunity for any individual to have a face-to-face interview with a native English speaker. Some may find this a good way of assessment, whilst some see this as a threat to their band scores.

For Filipinos, speaking in English might not be a problem. Filipinos are accustomed to using the language even at a younger age as it is mostly spoken in schools and even at home. However, it does not mean that when you are used to doing something, you are already good at it. In the IELTS speaking examination, there are strategies and techniques taught and learned to get a good band score. Getting the target band score is very important; thus, people work hard in practicing their English skills. People are taught tips on how to do well in the speaking examination, now, let us give you things on what you should avoid doing during your speaking tests.

1. Do not slouch.
Slouching is a sign that you are too confident or disrespectful. Giving this impression to your interviewer can somehow affect how he deals with you. Instead, once you are asked to sit, sit straight and always listen carefully with what the interviewer is going to say.

2. Wear proper clothing.
Come to the interview like you are going to a job interview. For girls, wearing sexy outfits should be avoided. You do not want to make your interviewer distracted, do you? Men should wear something with collar, some nice khakis and leather shoes. Do not come in with a shirt and running shoes. That attire will totally ruin your interview.

3. Avoid being nervous.
If your interviewer asks you if you are nervous, never say yes. Tell them that you feel good and ready for the exam. Telling them that you are nervous won’t get you any good score nor sympathy from them.

4. Focus on the interviewer.
When the interview starts, always establish a good eye contact with your interviewer. Do not look at what he or she is writing. Reading his or her comments about you is disrespectful. Be professional and look your interviewer in his or her eyes.

5. Avoid yes and no responses.
This is an evaluation of how conversant you are in English. Make the conversation active by providing more details to your answer or even ask the same question with your interviewer. Carry the conversation well and stop giving your interviewer close-ended responses.

Speaking should not be stressful and must be enjoyed. Learn how to control yourself and be confident of your responses. That’s the little secret in obtaining a good score in the IELTS speaking examination.

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