Just warn yourself from making these common mistakes when it comes to IELTS speaking and improve your band score. 25% of the marks depend on how well you perform in writing and speaking section. By using appropriate grammar structures that are error free you can certainly aim for high band score.
The most common mistakes to be avoided are:
1.Silence: When some questions is put forward to you, you must never take more than 5 seconds to answer no matter you are gathering your thoughts to answer the same. Silences more than the said time always go down badly So when stuck, you must try using some filler expressions like “ that is a bit complicated question and Let me see” types.
2.Memorized answers: Never try to recite answer that you have memorized as you will likely to face penalty if it comes to the notice of the examiner. Examiner is truly proficient in identifying your memorized answers. The signs of memorized answers includes speaking in “written” style of English, unnatural intonation and attempting to rephrase the question to the one they want to answer. So it is better to practice speaking about varied range of topics before taking the test.
3.Overuse of transition signals: Using of words like – first, for example or on the other hand, while making a transition in your speech is quite normal but if you overuse such signposting words then you are damaging your score. Sound natural and this should be the main goal during IELTS speaking session. Avoid using words as furthermore, moreover and in addition as these are hardly used in speech and could sound unnatural if you say them.
4.Parroting the question: Parrot is the bird that repeats or mimics any kind of speech but it does not understand the human speech. In IELTS, parrot is the candidate who repeats the question back in statement form like, for a question, “What is your favorite show on TV?”, if the candidate answers – “ I love watching new often or my favorite show on TV is news, the examiner gets impressed and rewards all those who can vary speech, paraphrase the words or structure of question.
5.Answering wrong question: Candidate will lose marks if your answer is completely irrelevant to the question asked. You must listen what has been asked and understand it completely before answering or replying anything.Be sure you have understood correctly before speaking and never be afraid the examiner for help when in doubt.
6.Saying “ I don’t understand”: Instead of using ‘I don’t understand’ too frequently in your speech, just use a straight forward request like could you say that again, please? Or start with checking question like ‘Do you mean …? That shows you have partly understood the question.
7.Saying too much or too little: Be balanced with your words. If you say too little you miss the opportunity to show off your ability and if you say too much, you risk sounding less coherent and making more mistakes and you must ensure appropriate balance is maintained in the speech.
8.Poor pronunciation: Pronunciation is something how you speak out the words and it accounts for 25% of the score in IELTS speaking as it is core to spoken English. Practice with native or native level speakers and get feedback on your pronunciation from them and work towards wherever necessary.
9.Flat intonation: When you pronounce words clearly, flat intonation will make it difficult to follow what you say. Vary intonation, pitch, volume and speaking speed so that it maintains the listener’s interest and direct attention to your important ideas. Even the experienced IELTS examiners, who are trained to listen carefully to everything a candidate says, will find flatly intoned response difficult to follow and your response may be marked down for both pronunciation and clarity as a result.
10.Asking for the opinion of the examiner: You are there to answer the questions and not ask them. The examiner will politely redirect the question back your way if you try to stall for time saying I don’t know, what to do? In case you are blank about the questions asked then just say – I am afraid I know nothing about this topic and wait for next question.