If you wish to study abroad, then along with your academic strength, you will need strength in language speaking and communication skills. This language could be English, French or German, based on the university you choose. IELTS or International English Language Testing System is a test to certify, your skills in the English Language. This test is conducted on four areas, Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Each of these tests separately contains 40 marks. The final band score of IELTS is calculated by adding up all those marks and dividing it by 4.  All the three tests, namely, Listening, Reading and Writing are conducted through question papers. The Speaking Test is the only test where you will be directly facing your examiner and the examiner will mark you right in front of you. Sometimes candidates score higher band score in other parts but fail to make an impression in the speaking test. Here are some tips that would help you to perform better in the speaking test. Some of them might appear to be trivial, but they make a big difference when they are applied properly.

Tips to Get Higher Score in IELTS Speaking Test

  • Be confident-When you are appearing for the speaking test it is but obvious that you will be nervous. It is natural but it is wise to not let it either show on your face or be apparent to the examiner. Therefore, you must feel confident and make your examiner feel that. However, I don’t mean that you be overconfident at the time of your test and show that you really don’t care what the examiner thinks of you. This will lead to a negative impression on the examiner and this will not be good for your test. Just keep the right amount of confidence, which will improve your energy too.

  • Be thorough with grammar-If you make a mistake in grammar while speaking, then this will definitely create a bad impression. The examiners will scrutinize every sentence of yours. Therefore, the number of mistakes you make in each sentence will ultimately bring your speaking band score down. If you think that how will the examiner be able to mark each and every mistake of mine while speaking, then let me tell you that whatever you speak is recorded and that recording is further analyzed. Therefore you will have to improve your grammar range and accuracy. Whatever you speak during the test should be grammatically correct. One suggestion here would be to buy some good books on English grammar. If you had the English language in your school as a compulsory subject, then you may have those old books with you. In addition to that, you can buy some latest books and study the grammatical rules from them. One more suggestion would be to write the grammatical rules in a copy to understand the rules better.

  • Speak with someone-Since this is a speaking test, you can hone your speaking skills if you speak with someone. You need to find some partner either in your college or at home, and speak in English continuously with that person. The person who is listening to you will be able to tell you where you are making the errors. This way, you will achieve two things. Firstly, you can gain more fluency which is one of the influential factors in improving the band score of speaking. Secondly, you will get a feedback on your grammatical accuracy, which is another important factor to score high in IELTS test.

  • Improve Vocabulary-Now this will only happen if you speak more and more English. You can buy some English books or magazines to learn new vocabulary. Read the magazines over and over again to understand the words and their uses. In the speaking test, there are separate points for the lexical resource.  Therefore, the more you use better vocabulary, the higher will be your chances to get a good score. You can also go through a few pages of any standard English dictionary every day. This way, you will not feel the compulsion of learning all new words just before your examination. You will definitely be able to use some new words during your speaking test if you have a regular practice of reading good English books, magazines, or dictionaries.

  • Take professional help-This will definitely work for those, who don’t have a strong background in grammar or vocabulary. There are a lot of professional IELTS Training centre who train students on the various tests of IELTS. You will get professional help from those institutes. If you feel that along with practicing at home and reading English books you need something extra, then you should take admission in any good IELTS training centre. You will be able to get partners to speak with and practice your vocabulary upon. Along with this you will get professional feedback on your performance.

The main focus should be on practicing more and getting professional feedback on your daily practice. For that you can take the help of your friends, colleagues or professional tutors. Choose those people who can guide you correctly and judge your mistakes correctly. Otherwise, you will not be able to improve your score.