Don’t memorize answers
There is no need to memorize answers, especially in Part 1. Memorized language doesn’t give the examiner an accurate measure of their English-language skills. The examiner can easily tell whether you have memorized the answers or not, and this might influence your final band score.
Don’t use big and difficult words
You might be able to impress the examiner with big and complex words in your Speaking test, but it is always suggested to avoid using words that you are not familiar with. There are higher chances that you might make mistakes by either mispronouncing words or using them in the wrong context. So, avoid such kinds of mistakes. Try to use a different kind of vocabulary that you are familiar with.
Use different grammatical structures
When IELTS examiners assess your speaking skills, you will be marked based on your fluency and coherence, lexical resource, grammatical range and accuracy, and pronunciation. Try to use a different kind of grammatical structures using complex and simple sentences so that you can express what you want to say.
You must know your own shortcomings and practice speaking to friends in English. In case you hear an error, try to rectify it yourself. Since you will be judged on your ability to use different grammatical structures accurately, so make sure you have enough practice of the same.
Don’t stress about your accent
While having a face-to-face Speaking test, don’t worry about the accent as the IELTS examiner understands a variety of accents. If you can communicate well, then you don’t need to worry about the same. But make sure that you are able to pronounce the words correctly and don’t feel stressed. Practice more with friends and they will tell help you understand what you are saying.
Pause to think
There is no harm in taking some pauses to carefully think before speaking. You can use phrases to think during the Speaking test. At the same time, speak confidently and avoid using filler words. Many times, we use fillers when we don’t know what to say, however, this gives an impression to the examiner that you don’t have access to the appropriate language. Avoid using the words such as Like, Umm…, Ahh…, Ehh…, Yeah…, etc.
Don’t speak in a monotone
Sometimes while speaking, we produce a flat sound, a monotone, with little variation, which in turn makes it difficult for us to express what we want to say. Also, it makes it difficult for the listener to identify which parts of your message are vital. Make sure you take a pause in between to make the conversation more engaging. While emphasizing on certain words, we can easily compare and contrast ideas by stressing keywords.
Since Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking test needs you to speak on a given topic for about 2 minutes, so you must focus on practice. Practicing common IELTS topics with friends, family or colleagues to improve and learn vocabulary associated with each topic. Some of the common topics you can practice for the Speaking test consist of Tourism and travel, Education, Transport, Environment, Sport and Recreation, The internet, etc.