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IELTS Speaking tips


Essential tips and exam information to help you prepare successfully for your IELTS speaking test.

- In Speaking, don’t try to give a prepared speech, or talk about a different topic from the one you are asked to discuss.

- Always speak directly to the Examiner, not to the recording equipment.

- Whenever you reply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to the Examiner’s questions, add more details to your answer. In each case, aim to explain at least one point.

- Remember that you are not being tested on your general knowledge but on your ability to communicate effectively.

- Organize and link your ideas and sentences appropriately, talking clearly at normal speed and using a wide range of structures and vocabulary.

Make the most of your Speaking test:

  • try to talk as much as you can
  • talk as fluently as possible and be spontaneous
  • relax, be confident and enjoy using your English
  • develop your answers 
  • speak more than the examiner 
  • ask for clarification if necessary 
  • do not learn prepared answers; the examiner is trained to spot this and will change the question
  • express your opinions; you will be assessed on your ability to communicate
  • the examiner’s questions tend to be fairly predictable; practise at home and record yourself

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