IELTS speaking tips for band 9
Scoring 9 bands in speaking are not tough if you understand what the examiner is looking for. I myself managed to score 8.5 bands in my first attempt of speaking. I have also mentioned what was missing for the extra 0.5 band score in my speaking attempt so that you can score 9 bands in your IELTS speaking exam. There are few tips and tricks which are required to score 9 bands in IELTS speaking.
All students whether Academic or General candidates have to attempt the same speaking exam. I remained confident throughout my whole speaking exam. This confidence was due to my interaction with offshore clients. Regular interaction with foreign clients made my speaking fluent and logical. The word logical here means that I do not have to think about words in my mind to speak, it comes from inside just like when you speak your native language. I also watched a lot of English movies, web series, drama and also interacted regularly on Skype with my clients. I learned a lot of new words from them and also the rhythm on which I had to speak.
Many of you might be guessing what rhythm has to do with it. For those who are thinking the same, rhythm is really important it is the lifeline of your speaking. However, I believe if I would have focused more I would have scored 9 bands in IELTS speaking.
Tips to score band 9 in IELTS speaking
1. Be relaxed and confident while answering
Confidence is the key to success in the IELTS speaking test. The best thing does not feel shy and speak whatever comes in your mind. But, to maintain the logic and rhythm speak slowly so that you can think what you need to speak. In addition, do not think that your thoughts are too simple or not impressive. In IELTS speaking exam, knowledge is not important as no one knows complete about any topic. You must make sure that whatever you speak is related to the question and do not afraid to tell your own experience about it. Believe in yourself and try to impress the examiner with your fluency and accuracy.
2. Enjoy the chat with the examiner
The next best thing to do is enjoy your conversation with the examiner. IELTS examiner will give you general questions to speak about and whatever you speak enjoy it with a smile. Win or lose does not matter, instead, you must show the confidence you have while speaking as if you think only about scoring good, you will get under tremendous pressure of performing well in your IELTS speaking session. Make your chat a soothing experience by opening up with your thoughts and feelings.
3. Never cram your answers
You must not cram any solution to the question as it will create an extra pressure of learning and also the conversation with the examiner will not be a natural conversation. Speak from the core of your heart even if it includes some emotions. If you say the truth about your personal life you will be able to speak naturally and with more confidence. Add your experience and views with every answer you give after IELTS speaking part 2.
4. Remained focused while listening to the questions
Always remained focused till your speaking exam ends. You must listen to the question carefully and comprehend it with full focus. Think about it for a second and build a perfect scenario and logic for it. If you keep your self cool and focused, you will be able to answer the questions naturally with full confidence. I did a small mistake of losing focus and not understanding the question perfectly which resulted in a deduction of 0.5 bands. I was not confident while answering one last question which I was not able to understand perfectly. I hope you will not make this mistake in your speaking test.
5. Analyze the wavelength used to pronounce words
You must learn to master the phonetic while speaking. If you listen to good speakers, you will notice that the words they speak have a wavelength. Some alphabets are spelled loudly in some words. For example, word Phoenetic will get a more focus on “Ph” and one will say “foo netik” so listen to the speakers and how they spell the words. The rhythm and pronunciation of the words is an important aspect of your IELTS speaking exam.
6. Practice becoming fluent and confident
Practice, practice, practice. It doesn’t matter if the dialogue in your head sounds perfect. You can’t just walk into an examination like the IELTS and expect to ace it without intense real-life practice. To boost your confidence, speak to friends, teachers, colleagues as much as you can every single day. Your conversations with them can be treated as a fair test of your readiness. Watch or tune into BBC news, discovery and such channels to listen and improve your style of speaking. Another great practice is to use technology. Make a video of yourself speaking. Study your body language, your pronunciation and how confident you look. Do this with the idea of getting better and not to criticize yourself.
How to deal with speaking part 1, part 2 and part 3
There are three different parts of the IELTS speaking test. There will be topics on various things we see and hear in our daily life. So, you can get to understand what kind of topics you would be dealing and the type of conversation that will take place as well.
IELTS Speaking Part 1 topics
Treat this like a warm up to more complicated topics and lengthier conversations. It is face-to-face and the examiner will ask you some basic questions about yourself. Try to be crisp, short and precise with the information. Speak to the point and keep your sentences short mostly.
IELTS Speaking Part 2 topics
This is mostly a monologue by the student for about 2 minutes. You will be given a cue card and the questions will look like this –
‘Describe a recent piece of art you liked’ or ‘Describe a recent holiday you took with your parents’. You will find a host of such topics online. Familiarise yourself but don’t mug it up. Examiners will often change the topic if your answer seems rehearsed. You also get 1 minute for preparation before you start. Here’s what you can do in that minute.
1. Make a note of keywords that will help you answer completely. If you are asked to describe a recent family vacation, your keyword list could look like this – Dates, location, transportation, members, activities and remarkable memories. You could have a different way of understanding your clues. But write them down quickly in a minute.
2. Speak within the time limit. Knowing how two minutes feel while talking is essential. remember how it would feel 2 hours instead of one while sitting in a lecture or 1 hour felt like 20 minutes when talking to your best friend? You can very easily fall prey to this effect and stop way before time. We suggest you practice with a stopwatch while at home and at the examination, don’t stop before the examiner tells you to stop.
3. Underlining important words in each cue to help you not lose focus on the original topic. For example, there’s a big difference between ‘describing a piece of art you liked’ and ‘artists that you like’. Don’t miss the original question by not focusing on keywords.
IELTS Speaking Part 3 topics
You will have to enter a discussion mode with the examiner here, sharing your views and opinions regarding the topic from task 2. This will feel like a continuation of the task but is, in fact, a new section where you will be marked on your ability to form an opinion or argument for or against a certain topic. For example, you could be asked to share what you think of using hoardings as a marketing tool. In this section, it is best to freely express your opinion while clubbing them with examples to make it easier for the examiner to
understand what you are saying
Tips to improve your IELTS speaking
1. If you need time to collect your thoughts use expressions (sparingly) like: ‘That’s a good question.’, ‘Well, let me think …’.
2. Don’t forget to avoid short, ‘yes’, ‘no’ answers. Try to offer examples to back up a statement.
3. For effective speaking, you can record yourself — using a computer, a tape recorder, an mp3 player or a mobile phone — now there are many devices that allow voice recording. Then listen to your recorded voice and take notes of which words are mispronounced.
4. Get a recording of the news/radio/anything produced by native English speakers. Play the recording and repeat after them, trying to copy the way they pronounce words.
5. You can use a free web-based text-to-speech application such as “Text-to-speech” means exactly what— you type a word and the program says it. Get a passage of text and start reading it out loud. Any word you are not sure how to pronounce, type in that website and click “Say it” to hear it.
6. Typically, you will be asked to talk about everyday topics and ideas. As the test goes on through the questions do become harder and more theoretical. One simple suggestion is to just to look at the types of questions you will get. You may be surprised at how easy the questions are! IELTS speaking is not an academic test. Sometimes people can go wrong because they treat it like an intelligence test and forget to use good English.
7. At the start of the test, just give the information that’s needed rather than expanding too much on your answers. Wait until you hear questions about your home, work, school life and so on before giving more extended answers. Even then, provide relevant answers and avoid rambling on about everything you can think of.
8. Implement key phrases strategically. If you’re familiar with the format of the IELTS Speaking test and the types of questions asked, then you can start planning. Think about what you can say in various situations that may arise during the test. For example, the first part of the text will ask you about things like your home, family, work or your life as a student. This is a great time to show off your ability to use the present perfect.
9. Don’t be afraid to repeat yourself, think coherence the “as I was saying” trick. Part of your score in speaking is fluency and coherence. One way to make yourself more coherent is in fact to repeat yourself. This is something professional speakers do a lot. The one trick is not to use the same words both times! A practical suggestion is to think about finishing your speech by referring back to something you have already said. A key phrase here may be- “As I was saying/As I said before” If you use this it helps show the examiner that you are linking your ideas together and that in fact is what coherence is!
10. Fluency and vocabulary technically carry the same weight in grading, it’s better to be fluent and fluid than to spend several seconds thinking of the best word. Your overall impression will be much stronger if you speak fluidly and only hunt around for a great word once or twice. Chances are that if you keep talking, your next chance to speak will yield a strong vocabulary word.
11. Avoid Monotone: You know the way beginners talk when learning a new language: a slow, flat monotone. Nothing is less impressive and more yawn inspiring. Even if you speak perfectly, a bland tone can make you sound less fluent than you really are. Adding some range to your tones will make you sound more fluent, interesting and accomplished.
12. It happens to the best: mistakes. Even when you’re speaking your native tongue sometimes the wrong words come out. You might be talking too quickly or just accidentally say the wrong word. If you are able to quickly and fluently correct yourself, go for it. This will show the examiner that you are conscious and in control (and, of course, that you know the correct answer).
13. Use you are 1 minute preparation time wisely and make notes of the points you’d like to make. The question will help you with the structure of your talk. The introduction can include the item itself and maybe a brief description. The main body of your talk could describe the situation when you acquired the object and go on to explain when you use it. You can then end with an explanation of why the object is so important.
14. Don’t be afraid to ask a question again. If you don’t understand the question, ask the examiner to repeat or explain it — you should not be penalized for this. If you try to answer a question you do not understand, you will almost certainly become incoherent.