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5 Do’s and Don'ts for IELTS Speaking 2019

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5 Do’s and Don’ts for IELTS Speaking


1)  Do not go off the topic - One of the most important things for IELTS speaking is task achievement. Make sure you listen to the topic clearly and evidently. Do not mention anything which is not required or not to the point. Speaking out of the topic not only confuses you but also the examiner that will drastically affect your band scores.

2) Do not pause a lot - Everyone has a tendency to speak with pauses and come up with new ideas, but not in IELTS speaking examination. Any pause taken will deduct marks in the speaking section. And a lot of pauses also end up in disrupting the oral fluency.

3)  Do not fake an accent - People have a tendency to show off or want to impress the examiner and therefore, they try to fake an accent. You should always speak in your natural tone. Do not use informal or slang language. This will definitely lower your band score and make sure not to speak or pronounce words that you are uncomfortable pronouncing.

4)  Do not use crutch words - Taking too many pauses or repeating the sentences, show that you are falling short of words. And it will have a negative impact on the examiner. You should always complete the sentence and avoid words like “aah” or “mmm”.

5)  Do not maintain a mechanical body language or tone - Never try to speak in a mechanical tone and always have a voice modulation.  And most importantly keep a smiling face. Do not learn prepared answers; The IELTS examiner is trained to spot this and will change the question. Make sure to follow a rhythm while speaking that means don't be either to slow or too fast when you speak.


1)  Clear and audible – The most important factor while speaking is that you should always be clear and audible to the examiner. Each and every idea expressed by you should be full of clarity and devoid of ambiguity or vague content. Try not to be too loud or too soft when you speak. Clarity is the key to a perfect IELTS Speaking.

2)  Speak for 2 minutes - You should always complete the 2-minute duration for speaking. If you fall short of words, express your opinion by giving examples, but make sure that you do not stop before the examiner asks you to, as task achievement is also imperative when you speak IELTS speaking test.

3)  Fluency – Talk as fluently as possible and be spontaneously well as maintaining the right pace while speaking is highly essential. Make sure that all your ideas are well connected and well-knit so that fluidly on idea takes the examiner to another and nothing sounds superfluous.

4)  Listen to the question properly and you may ask the examiner to repeat the question politely if needed - Be a vigilant listener before a professional speaker. Listen to the question clearly and then plan the answer in the provided 1 minute time frame.

5)  Use correct parts of speech - make sure that you are using passive voice when you speak in place of active speech, moreover, make sure you use conditionals and cleft sentences while speaking that leaves a good impact on the examiner about your English proficiency.

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