How To Prepare For Spoken For IELTS Exam
IELTS exam is mandatory for those who want to settle in foreign lands where English is their native language. This test checks the ability of a person in this language i.e. English. Speaking plays a vital role when it comes to testing the language of a being. It is important because it allows us to form connections and motivate change. Without the ability of good communication the ability to process in the working world and in life would be next to impossible. It is observed and is a fact that public communication or public speaking is one of the most important and most dreadful forms of communication. Now let us have a look at how can one prepare for speaking in the IELTS test.
How to prepare for IELTS speaking
- The foremost thing that you will be required to do is understand the speaking test format. This might seem obvious to a lot of you. But, there are students who happen to go into the IELTS test without or just not knowing what to expect at all from the test. The speaking test is divided into three parts that last up to 11-14 minutes in total. In the first round, you will be asked about yourself. On a whole, you can take the first round as an introductory round where the examiner will have or put the generic questions and would ask you about yourself and your family. This part of the test is designed to help you relax. In part two of this test, the examiner will give you a card i.e. a cue card where he will ask you to speak on a specific topic. You will be given a minute to read the card and also you will have to make notes and think about what you were going to say on that topic for 1-2 minutes. While you speak on the topic, the examiner will not help you or ask any questions until you are done with the topic. In part three of the test, the examiner will ask you the questions related to the topic that you were given in part two of the test. This part will last for 4-5 minutes. The examiner will test your ability to speak in the past, present, and future.
- Then, as a student, you should always be aware of what an examiner is looking for or what he/she wants in the answers. It is very essential for you to understand how the exam is marked. For the speaking test, there are four marking criteria.
- Fluency and coherence
- Lexical resources
- Grammatical range and accuracy
Each criterion will add or count towards 25% of your mark and you will be marked on a scale of 9 bands. You will be marked on the basis of the criteria and also there will be marks for grammar. You have to make sure that your sentences are error-free. So make sure that you make proper usage of grammar and use appropriate grammatical structures.
- You should analyze your current band score in speaking. Only then you will be able to figure out how much you need to improve. The best way to find out your band score is that you find an appropriate IELTS teacher for yourself who will examine your speaking skills and will let you know your band scores. Once you are able to establish where you stand and what exactly is your bans score, only then you will be able to improve your speaking skills.
- To improve your speaking for the IELTS test, you should set a target and make a timeline for the preparation. Now that you have analyzed what is your current band score, you should set a target and set a timeline for yourself. Usually, it takes about 200-300 hours of study to improve the IELTS band score in speaking. Therefore if you happen to study for 20 hours a week it would help you to improve your band score.
- You should make a study plan while preparing for the IELTS test. By doing so you will be able to figure out how much time you exactly need to prepare for your speaking and accordingly you will be able to make a plan. Make sure that you make a study plan and stick to the plan in order to score the best grades for yourself. Some people happen to join an IELTS school or an institute that could help them to score better in a specific module. But it is a fact and is observed that if you genuinely want to improve your score then you should practice the papers by yourself at home as well. Make a study timetable or a plan and work according to that plan.
- Another important aspect to keep in mind is that make sure that you learn from your mistakes. You should be able to find out what are your weaknesses and in which area are you juggling or finding difficulty the most. Some people are quite fluent in English but happen to make grammatical errors and on the other hand, there are people who are very good with their grammar but happen to be slow speakers of English the reason behind this could be either lack of practice or they need help with communication. To make the best out of self-practice you should record your speaking and analyze the mistakes and then work on those mistakes. This will not only help you to make distinction between the right and the wrong but also you will be able to focus on your weak areas.
- Another way to prepare or improve your speaking is that you make use of reading and listening to improve the skills of speaking. Speaking is the latter thing and in order to improve in speaking you should make sure that your overall English is good, i.e. you are good at writing, listening and reading only then you will be able to master the skill or the art of being fluent in speaking.
- Another way to excel in speaking is by practicing speaking in real-life. The IELTS speaking test is supposed to represent what it is like to talk to someone in a real-life situation. So to prepare for this test and this module specifically, you should generally talk to someone. Find someone to practise your English with and talk about something you are interested in. This will make it easier for you to prepare for the test and you are less likely to get bored.
These are the different strategies that you can opt-in order to prepare and score well in IELTS speaking test.