1. Repeat after a recording
The first time you repeat it will probably be slower than the actual
recording, so keep repeating until you gain the same speed as the native
2. Repeat the same topic
The first time you say a topic, for example, you will produce a somewhat
slow response with little information. The more often you repeat it, the more
fluently your response should come out. Remember when you begin to produce more
fluent answers, you will need to add more information to ensure that you keep
talking for 45 seconds.
3. Use it or lose it
The reason why you pause or hesitate is often in search of vocabulary which
is not readily available to you. The more you use a word, the more likely it
will become active vocabulary. By the same token if you never use a word that
you have learnt, it is destined to be forgotten.
4. Focus on English, not IQ
Another reason why you may break down is that you have no opinion. As a
student about to study your Master’s Degree, of course you want to sound very
educated and knowledgeable, but remember, it’s not an IQ test. Examiners are
testing your English not your intelligence. If you can’t think of a smart
response, then say something obvious, boring, or even stupid but use good
English while you are doing so. Saying something is better than nothing. If you
say nothing then you lose points in each criterion, not just fluency. The only
thing may lose is face but who cares?
5. Read, read, read
Again if you break down due to a lack of opinions then start reading up on
a variety of topics and pay particular attention to different people’s opinions.
Nobody never has a totally original opinion-everyone copies and adapts a number
of ideas from various people when formulating their own opinion.
6. Don’t be shy for 17 minutes
Even if you are shy in your native country using your native language- a
person known to be of few words, you will have to change your personality.
Again, if raters hear nothing or very little, then it will affect each
criterion. Try to be as talkative as possible and say as much as possible.
7. Use signpost expressions
Signpost expressions are words that give listener some direction, for
example: Firstly, By this I mean, For Instance, In contrast, To be honest. All
these expressions give the listener some idea of what kind of information to
expect next, which makes it easier to follow and understand the
使用一些指引性的词语，给听者指引方向，让听者能理解且清楚地知道你要表达的信息，例如：Firstly(首先)、By this I
mean(我的意思是)、For instance(例如)、In contrast (相反)、To be honest(老实说)。