IELTS Speaking Tips

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IELTS Speaking Tips

Here some simple tips that could make a difference to your score:

  1. Be confident
    Although you might be nervous, try to speak clearly and confidently. Smile and be friendly* with
    the examiner. As you go into the exam, tell yourself that you have prepared well and that you’re
    going to enjoy the challenge.
  2. Know that you are prepared
    You will feel much more confident if you know that you have prepared and practised for the test.
    You should know exactly what to expect. For example, have you prepared some common topics
    (e.g. describe a place, a person, a hobby) for the short presentation? Are you ready for a past and a
    future question in part 3?
  3. Speak naturally
    Try to enjoy a normal conversation with the examiner. Instead of worrying about your grammar,
    listen carefully to the questions and try to give natural answers. Most of the questions are about
    you, your life and your opinions, so it’s best to be open. I used to be an examiner, and I always
    found the job more interesting when students spoke openly about their opinions and experiences.
    *Note: You are not marked on body language, but I’d still recommend that you try to act in a
    friendly, confident manner

Here are some tips to help you feel more confident when you go for your IELTS speaking test:


• Be prepared: you should know exactly what to expect in the 3 parts of the speaking
test, and you should have read the suggestions on this website about how to answer.
• Lots of practice: a student who has practised answering all of the questions in all
eight Cambridge books, as well as the questions on this site, will feel much more
confident than a student who hasn’t.
• Write it down: when studying at home, you have time to prepare ‘perfect’ answers
to practice questions; write your answers down, and ask someone to help you check
and improve them.
• Speak aloud: start by reading the answers you wrote down (like an actor uses a
script), then gradually stop using the script.
• Record yourself: this allows you to analyse the quality of your answers, as well as
your pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar.
• Focus on ideas: it’s difficult to think about grammar when you are speaking, so I
advise students to stop worrying about grammatical structures, and focus on
expressing good ideas (which means good vocabulary).

1 Comment

  1. Asim says:

    Thanks for sharing

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