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How to Score 8 Bands in IELTS Speaking

IELTS Speaking is the same, both for students who take General and Academic Examinations. There are three parts in IELTS Speaking section. The first part is for 4 -5 minutes, the second part is for 3 minutes and the third part is for 4-5 minutes.

The first part is an ‘introduction’ part in which the examinee has to introduce himself or herself and that is further followed by questions on, at least, on any two of the following topics on family, work, studies, hobbies, etc.

In the second part the examinee is given a ‘cue card’, a sheet of paper and a pencil. The cue card contains a series of questions related to a single topic and the examinee is given one minute to prepare his answers and another 2 minutes to speak.

The third part is a ‘discussion’ part and it is directly related to the second part. The topic discussed in the third part is related to the questions already asked in the second part.

In order to score 8 Bands in IELTS Speaking it is important to observe the following important components of speech. They are:

1. Pronunciation and Fluency. Words should be pronounced correctly and this can be done through constant practice with audio-visual aids such as watching English News channels and also listening to somebody who displays an excellent speaking skill in English. Words should be stressed properly and unnecessary pauses should be avoided at all cost.

2. Vocabulary. Use of a wide range of strong vocabulary will create a good impression on the examiner’s mind and leaves an examinee with a higher chances of scoring well

3. Grammar and Accuracy. The sentences that the examinee uses should be grammatically correct and make complete sense. There should be no vagueness of meaning and no room for confusion. Correct use of tenses will certainly fetch the examinee good marks and it should be seen as to whether there is a complete agreement of the verb with its subject in terms of number (singular and plural forms), and persons (first, second and third).

Also remember that the answers should not be a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers. The examinee should expand his/her answers by citing appropriate examples. Moreover, he/she should be confident, friendly, show reasonable amount of excitement and maintain eye contacts with the examiner.

In case, the examinee doesn’t understand a question properly, the examinee can politely ask the examiner to repeat the question by using such line as “Could you repeat the question, please?”

Perfection comes with constant and rigorous practice. Hence, it is very important to practise speaking in English on a regular basis in order to get a score of 8 bands in IELTS Speaking. Start preparing for IELTS examination today by practising. Best wishes.


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