In this episode we focus mainly on confidence for the IELTS Speaking section of the exam.
The problem is that you have a good speaking ability but cannot transform that into a good speaking band score.
It’s very common to be able to hold a high level conversation with a person you know well, or on a topic you enjoy and study.
But then, in an exam room…
Basically because of nerves and a lack of preparation. You may experience a few of the following problems:
- unable to understand the examiner’s accent.
– lack knowledge about the topic the examiner is asking questions about.
– no idea how to talk for 2 minutes on a topic you are not interested in.
– complete unfamiliarity of the exam format.
– nervousness in an exam environment.
One of the best solutions is to work both sides of the issue, the exam specific issues and the confidence issues.
IELTS Speaking Exam skills can be gained by getting complete familiarity with the format, but not just reading about it, but also experiencing it.
For example, there is a big difference between reading that the presentation has to last 2 minutes and actually DOING A PRESENTATION for 2 minutes.
So getting completely familiar with the exam format is one area that needs to be taken care of.
The IELTS Speaking Confidence course deals with all of the exam issues, so you can pass with a score that truly reflects your ability.
The second part of the equation is general speaking confidence.
Why is confidence important?
Well with confidence you can easily improve your score. Why?
Because you doubt what you are saying a lot less so you sound more fluent. You probably speak a little louder making it easier for you to be understood. You may be more expressive with your body language again making it easier to understand you.
There are a few more methods in the podcast, so have a listen and let me know which ones you find the most useful. Also remember to have a look at the Speaking Confidence if you want to get the exam skills under complete control and pass IELTS.