This article describes the things you should never do in your speaking exam to avoid losing your band score. In spite of good speaking skills, many candidates are not able to score good. Here are the reasons

Never move your hands while answering

Some candidates move their hands while speaking, this not only distracts the examiners focus but also shows lack of confidence. It is advised not to move your hands; instead keep yourself calm and focused then automatically your hands will be in the same position. This will demonstrate good confidence in front of the examiner.

Never be late, reach prior the mentioned time.

Make sure that you give yourself lots of time to reach to the examination center and find out where your speaking test will be. Getting early will not only help to get comfortable surroundings but also allow you to concentrate solely on your speaking exam. Register yourself as soon as you reach there, by asking the IELTS staff members as they might be waiting for you. Ask any question if you have in your mind to the staff members.

Nervousness means mediocre performance

Nervousness is a Frankenstein that gives you haunted daydreams while thinking about attempting your speaking exam. Getting nervous is a natural reaction to a test, but nerves can often bring someone’s score down in a few different ways. Some people have a tendency to speak at a very low volume when they are nervous and this will reduce the examiner’s ability to understand you. Others mumble when they are nervous and this is obviously a bad idea in a speaking test. The key is to prepare properly and then you will feel more confident.

Your accent does not matter

Some candidates prefer to speak in British or American accent while attempting their IELTS speaking exam. If the candidate is really good in communicating or has an experience of communicating in the same accent then it is fine otherwise it shows that the candidate is showing off in the exam. In fact, accent is not important in the speaking test as long as it does not impede your ability to communicate.

Focus on your fluency not your grammar

Asian students do not focus much on grammar, this is due to the schooling system, where the importance is given to the content instead of grammatical accuracy.In the exam, you get separate marks for grammatical accuracy and fluency. Read books of grammar there are many mobile apps on grammar, ask a teacher or native speaker to give you advice about your grammar or fluency needs.

Never memorize answers

Many candidates memorize their answers, this not only loses their natural speaking ability, but also demonstrates that the answer has been crammed by the candidate. When you speak a scripted answer the examiner instantly recognize it. Thus, it is a bad idea to memorize your answer as not only you will lose marks, the examiners may also ask you more difficult questions to test your English and establish your real level.

Never judge from the examiner’s expressions

Do not notice the examiner’s expression, they may be good but never think that the smiling face of the examiner means you are speaking really great. The examiner is smiling because he is supposed to do the same as per the instructions of IELTS exam. Examiners are not concerned with your opinion; they just want you to demonstrate your speaking ability. Focus on giving a fluent answer that responds to the question and is grammatically correct.

Never use ‘complex’ words

A much prevalent disbelief is that you must use complex and long words in your speaking exam to get a high score. If you focus on your IELTS listening exam, you will notice that none of these scripts have big complex words, instead small academic and much accurate words. You should try to show the examiner that you have a wide-ranging vocabulary, but you should not try to use words you don’t fully understand. If you try to use ‘complex’ words you don’t fully understand, it is very likely that you will make mistakes and lose marks.

Never show off your grammar

If you focus on your grammar, you will lose the rhythm and flow of your speaking tone. The thoughts are to be converted into speaking, but if it is divided into grammar and expression of thoughts it will ruin the things. If you do not control your grammar correctly, do not try to exaggerate in front of the examiner that you are well aware of it. There is no point in using the future perfect continuous tense if it is not appropriate to do so. Think about the tense you need to use when practicing, and familiarize yourself with functional language for giving opinions, contrasting views, emphasizing, and so on.

Never say nothing

Some candidates answer the question in ‘yes’ or ‘no’. For example if the examiner asks ‘Do you like ice cream? why?’ the candidate who are weak in English will only answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’. If you say nothing in front of examiner, you will certainly get a low score. Instead, you can speak slowly to get thoughts in your mind so that you can make sentences in your mind and speak them in front of the examiner.

Listen to the examiner carefully

Do not rush to give your answer, listen to the examiner carefully. Some students rush to answer the question due to immense pressure and to get relieved from it. But this however is a bad practice as you will certainly lose band score if you do not understand the question correctly. It is therefore advised to remain focused and concentrate on what is being asked by the examiner in your IELTS speaking exam.

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