On the bright side, you can easily tell if you're doing well on your oral exam based on the reactions of your examiner. On the other hand, you'll also be able to predict imminent failure especially if you sit there tongue-tied as you squirm in your seat.
Your score on the speaking portion of the IELTS exam will be based not only on what you say but how well you say it.
If the thought alone of going through the oral portion makes you want to re-think about taking the exam, don't give up just yet.
So, what are you waiting for? Read on, practice, and make the most of your Study Guide with these tips:
Avoid slang language of any kind. - This one is pretty basic. Just as you would in the writing section, be sure not to use English slang of any kind. Even innocuous slang (such as overusing the word "like", or saying "cool" in response to a question), will be frowned upon. So if you're mulling over using certain words during the speaking section, remember this: it's better to be safe than sorry!
Be friendly and communicative. - Shyness can often be mistaken for aloofness. Remember that this is an oral exam so now is not the time to be quiet. Don't clam up even if you feel shy or nervous. Better to openly admit some nervousness than let the examiner think that you don't have a strong enough grasp of the language.
Expand your answers. - Avoid giving traditional "yes" and "no" answers to closed questions. These questions will start off with the phrases "Do you...", "Have you...", "Is it...", etc. Even when you're asked a closed question, you can still expand your answer with a little bit of explanation as to why you answered "yes" or "no".
Give examples whenever possible. - This is a little-known fact that can help you ace the speaking section of the IELTS test. Citing examples lets you clarify your points when addressing a question. By giving examples, you silently tell your examiner that you understood the question and are comfortable with your answers.