Phase 3 : IELTS Speaking Test

Phase 3 : Speaking Test

Phase 3 : Speaking Test

Phase 3 Tips for IELTS speaking test:

1. Phase 3 is where the final score is given to a candidate. This is the part of the test where you must excel. Do the best that you can here without trying to hard or getting yourself into problems. Although a number of sources suggest that scores are averaged between the three phases of the speaking test, this stage is where the ‘ceiling’ is established – you can’t get a higher score than your performance in phase 3.

2. Phase 3 is much more like a conversation between you and the assessor. Here he/she doesn’t have a script and can ask you anything he/she wants. If you go off topic, the assessor will make attempts to make sure you stay on topic – there’s no point in rehearsing a speech!

3. Amongst other things, in Phase 3 you will be asked to speculate about the future, give and opinion, suggest a solution to a problem, or describe a process or procedure. Try to come up with a complete answer. If you are asked how you would solve traffic problems world wide, don’t just talk about buying more buses; consider where the money for the buses would come from, explain how you would raise the money for the buses and persuade people who to use them. This will certainly impress the assessor.

4. Make eye contact with the assessor. Although theoretically you could speak great English with your head down, the fact is you may not come across as confident. Although there is no mark for confidence, you need to present yourself in as positive way as possible.

Tips for Speaking Test

Tips For Speaking Test

speaking test

The speaking test is probably the most difficult for candidates because they have to speak to someone. Here are some

Tips For Speaking Test

Phase 1 Tips :

1. In the first phase of the speaking test, the assessor will ask you questions about yourself. Research the topic! The assessor might say “Tell me about your parents’ jobs.” If you don’t know anything about them, you will be stuck. It can be surprising how little people know about their own situation.

2. Consider this phase of the test meeting someone for the first time and telling them about yourself. Try to be relaxed and keep the conversation going.

3. Don’t worry about lying – this is not a test of if you are a good person. If the assessor says “Tell me about your hobbies and interests” and you reply “I don’t have any” then you aren’t saying enough to allow the assessor to assess you. In situations like this, lie. Make up the wildest story you can imagine

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Favorite Website # Cue Card

CUE CARD

Talk about your Favorite Website.

  • Why is it your favorite website?
  • How often do you use it?
  • What would life be without it?

SAMPLE ANSWER

Internet has just changed the way the world operates. Gone are the days when you were tied down to your circumstances. These days, because of internet, you can be anything that you want  to be and every one have in some way become connected to it. We all have our favorite websites, that we visit more often. My favorite is youtube.com. The reason I like it is I believe it is a fantastic way of sharing things. People can upload their work, they can see what people are doing without even knowing them personally. I myself have used it for watching motivational videos, learning new stuff and sharing many a times.

I started using youtube 2 years ago and it has been a great experience. I use it almost everyday. I am a blogger, so the only way I can find out stuff is through either youtube or newspapers. So, I use it for my work and also for leisure some times. I can stay on youtube to watch trailers and songs and speeches.

I think necessity is the mother of invention. I have been using it since the time I started blogging. Without it, I think life will be difficult and more importantly, I guess it will be quite limited. But I hope something similar or may be even better than it pops up.

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How To Sound Like A Native Speaker

Nobody wants to sound like a textbook speaker, right? The formal expressions from the English books are completely different from how people actually speak in English! Now, although speaking in English might sound like a lofty goal, there certainly are several things that you can do achieve this feet!

  1. Be better understood by native speakers – The more you speak like a native speaker, the better it will be for you to connect with them. You have to worry so much less about misunderstandings!
  2. Confidence at work – It is much easier for people to feel more confident when you are speaking like a native speaker. So, imagine you working with a group of 10 people who all are native English speakers if you somehow gel-like them, it is going to be an added bonus!
  3. More job opportunities – People who can speak like native English speakers tend to have more job opportunities coming along their way when compared to others!

To work on that, there is this one thing you need to remember, it is not easy so you need to be patient with yourself.

THE MOTIVATION

You can know everything about it, but the first rule is motivation! Do you seriously want it? Are you sure you want to be like a native speaker? Do you have the passion? Well, if you have, then we are talking!

  1. REPEAT – Repeat, the words, phrases used by the native speakers and try to use them again and again in your daily conversation! If it is possible for you then go talk with the foreigners, break that jinx, get comfortable and very soon you will be there!
  2. VOCABULARY – The essential part of any language is Vocabulary. The better you are at the vocabulary of a language, the better it is going to be for you! So, buck up and learn the vocabulary. Now, when learning the vocabulary, make sure that you learn it through context. So, you need not to just learn the words, but the idea behind it!
  3. THE SMARTPHONE – Do not tell me or anyone that you do not have a smartphone or have no idea about internet. Because come on, you are living in the 21st century and you definitely do know it, right! So, use it! There are plethora of applications for Vocabulary in your smartphone and then there are so many of websites you can learn Vocabulary and build it faster.
THE NEXT STEP

Once you have the motivation part done, you are pumped up, into the mood, follow some more of these and sound like a native speaker!

  1. Connect Words- When a native speaker speaks, they tend to connect some words and speak them together. This is exactly, how you do as well, right? For instance, if one-word ends in a consonant and the next word begins in the consonant, one simply drops the first consonant. Example- black coffee, in this a native speaker would rather say “blacoffee”. This is helpful in the listening section.
  2. Squeeze Words – When speaking words, native speakers tend to bend in the different syllables and pronounce them together. For example, comfortable is rather pronounced as comf ta bl.e.
  3. Squeeze Letters- This happens for some letter such as country, hundred, did you. The dr in hundred is spoken as jr.
  4. Learn English Idioms – You know the sarcastic comments that you make when speaking your native language right? They make conversations interesting. So, go out and learn the English idioms and try using them.
  5. Listen – Well, there can not be anything more better than this, listen! To be a better writer, read more, and to be a better speaker, listen more! If you want to sound like a native speaker, try listening more to native speaker. Grasp the words they are speaking. You can check out bbc podcast for that as well.

So, go on listening to individual words, native speakers and go out do dictation. You can even listen to English songs or podcast by BBC, or other different audios in English to get a hang of it. Remember, the more you practice the better it will be.

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