3 Bad Behaviors that Kill Your Speaking Score

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Without the proper preparation and advice from a trusted IELTS professional, you cannot get a high IELTS speaking score killersscore on the IELTS Speaking Exam.

Are you making these mistakes, and setting yourself up to score below a 6 on test day?

I’ve even seen native English speakers who did not score highly because they simply were not properly prepared for the IELTS Speaking exam!

If you follow my advice, you can guarantee reaching the highest score possible on the IELTS Speaking exam.

Don’t bore the examiner with your vocabulary!

  • In order to score a 7 or higher for vocabulary, you MUST use idiomatic, interesting language. However, you must use these interesting words and phrases correctly!
  • Don’t trust the idioms from your textbooks. Many of these idioms are out of date, and native speakers simply do not use them anymore. In fact, using these idioms will lower your vocabulary score!
  • Try and learn idioms and vocabulary that native speakers currently use. You can do this by watching TV shows and movies, and writing down one interesting phrase you hear per episode or movie. Collect them in your vocabulary notebook, and practice them!

Don’t enter the IELTS exam unprepared!

  • Learn about each part of the exam, and what the IELTS examiner is listening for in each part.
  • For example, in Speaking Part 1, you should always try to answer in 3-5 complete sentences to score well in Fluency and Coherence, as well as Grammar.
  • In Part 2, you must take notes!

Don’t just study and listen- practice speaking!

  • Even the best students MUST practice a wide variety of IELTS Speaking questions to prepare for exam day.
  • You need to practice in two ways: general conversation will improve your Fluency and Coherence scores and your Pronunciation scores, and doing test practice with your vocabulary notebook in front of you will improve all your scores on test day.
  • Listen to this episode to find out how one student moved from a 5.5 to a 7 on her IELTS Speaking exam!

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  • 1) Use current , interesting idiomatic native language ( words & phrases ) correctly
    2) Be familiar with each part of the exam and test strategies to tackle different questions
    3) Practice general as well as academic English