How to Score Band 8 in IELTS Speaking
*IELTS Speaking is the easiest of all the modules and by focusing on the technicalities of speaking good English, one can surely target a good score in it. There are various reasons as to why this is the easiest of all the modules. First of all, it is nothing more than a one on one interview in which we are supposed to answer simple questions concerning our personality. As it is related to our own self, we need not learn anything in it. Secondly, the time duration of speaking test is not more than 20-25 minutes. Despite this, not a number of non native users are able to secure 8 bands in IELTS. Let’s see how one can do that.
First of all, the candidate needs to realise his or her current level of speaking English. Someone who is already at a 7.0-7.5 band level will need to only brush up his skills where as a 5 band level speaker has a lot to do. Let’s take both the cases separately:
For a 5.0 band level speaker:
-The candidate is new to English language and should start by understanding basic concepts of grammar. Regular sentence formation and analysing difference between writing and speaking English should be understood well. Learning a new language is not an easy task, therefore, regular practice under the guidance of an expert should be done. After initial days speaking, there should be a transition from speaking English to speaking English continuously for a longer duration after preparation. It might require time and patience but is the most important step in being able to speak good English. The next phase would be same but without preparation. One might face problems like not being able to gather ideas to speak or unfamiliarity with the topics being asked. To avoid it, one should read regularly about different subjects and should interact with more people. Once the candidate starts speaking on topics without preparation, he or she should move towards gaining confidence in pronunciation and pauses which are the characteristics of a good English speaker. In order to make words appear coming automatically when one speaks, both pronunciation and pauses hold a great importance. Last but not the least, a high level frequency which comes after regular practice is what brings out an 8 band level speaker.
For a 7.0-7.5 band level speaker:
-For an already high level speaker aiming for 8 bands, the scope of improvement lies in taking pause at right time while speaking and also speaking what is exactly expected from his or her side. IELTS speaking part 2 and 3 involve question answer round and for an 8 band score; it is required to give fully relevant answers. For this, the candidate should listen to more and more of sample speaking videos and see how the candidates answer the questions there. If possible, he should seek advice from a native speaker of English who can guide him better for pronunciation.
Overall, speaking English is not very difficult and can be easily learnt by speaking English regularly with good English speakers who correct you.