Education, Language

What are the Effective Ways in Answering the Speaking Test of the IELTS?


The International English Language Testing System examination (IELTS) plays an important role in visa applications of non-native English speakers who are applying for work, study, or immigration in English speaking countries. For Filipinos, the IELTS is a requirement that must be completed.

Among the four sections of the IELTS examination, the speaking test makes IELTS examinees anxious and nervous. This is because the test is done face-to-face with a native English speaker or trained non-native English speaker examiners. Though the speaking test is only for ten to fifteen minutes, examinees usually get cold feet that could greatly affect their performance in the examination. Because of this, many are looking for speech coaches to help them better their responses in the speaking tasks, and at the same time develop their confidence in using the English language.

 Answering correctly the questions in the speaking test is a must. Here are some effective ways in answering the speaking test of the IELTS.

• Listen carefully to the question. Identify what the examiner wants to hear from you. Does it ask about what, when, where or why? Understanding the question starts from listening closely to the question.

• Make sure that you understand the question. There are times that examiners may use an unfamiliar word in the question. Ask the examiner, in a very polite manner, if he or she could further elaborate on that question. It is better to have the examiner repeat the question or rephrase it than answer the question without fully understanding the task given.

• Do not answer with just a “yes” or a “no”. Give details to your response. Make the examiner feel that you are engaged in the conversation and this is not just a formal interview in the exam.

• Pause for a while before answering. Do not blurt out answers without thinking of them carefully. It is okay to pause for two to three seconds. More than five seconds is not advised.

• Choose your vocabulary wisely. Pick words that can show how wide your vocabulary is; however, you have to be sure that the definition of this word fits perfectly in your sentence.

• Think of reasons that are easier to support. Do not impress the examiner with ideas that you have difficulty elaborating or giving examples.

• Open your mouth when you speak. Words come out clearly and are understood better.

• It is okay to have the question rephrased or repeated, but do not do this all the time. Asking the examiner to do so shows that you do not have good listening skills or poor listening comprehension.

• Be confident with your response. Once you doubt that your response is wrong, your voice starts to break and you will lose the flow of your answer. Learn to organize your response by creating an outline particularly on the second task of the speaking test.

• Practice. Always find situations where you can speak English. Find someone who can give comments and feedbacks on your responses. Be exposed to the English language.

Speaking coaches in IELTS review centers can help candidates to have better answers during the exam. With constant practice, candidates are sure to improve their answers, pronunciation and confidence in speaking English.

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