IELTS Speaking

IELTS Speaking Tips

This test consists of an interview with a trained examiner. The interview is recorded. The test has three different parts and the examiner will use a script. This helps to make sure that the speaking tests all follow the same pattern.

Part 1:

Time: 4 to 5 minutes

Question Type: Questions on a familiar topics like Hobbies, likes and dislikes etc.

Part 2:

Time: 3 to 4 minutes

Question Type: you will be given a booklet with a topic (i.e. Describe a good friend) and some suggestions. You need to talk about the topic for 1 to 2 minutes. You have about one minute to write notes before you begin.

Part 3:

Time: 4 to 5 minutes

Question Type: the examiner will ask you more detailed and more abstract questions about the topic in part 2; like how important is friendship?

Assessment: You will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Fluency and Coherence
  • Lexical Resource
  • Grammatical range and accuracy
  • Pronunciation

IELTS Speaking Tips:

  1. As you talk, you should only look at your notes briefly. Don’t read Directly from your Notes. Notice how each of the candidates in the videos keeps eye contact with the examiner.
  2. Don’t be afraid to disagree with the opinions the examiner expresses. These are not necessarily what the examiner thinks or believes. It is simply a chance for you to showcase your language and Ideas.
  3. For Part 3, it is important to have your own opinion to read newspapers and watch the news to kee up with current issues.
  4. If you run out of ideas after one minute, give yourself a fresh start by looking at the task in the booklet again.
  5. It’s important to listen carefully to the examiner’s questions so that you can answer in the correct tense. When answering yes / no questions, it is important to answer the questions and then give reasons for your answer. Don’t simply answer Yes or No.
  6. Make good Eye contact with the examiner from the moment you enter the room, and answer in a polite and friendly way. Your body language plays an important role in communication.
  7. Listen carefully to the examiner’s questions to make sure that you answer them fully and appropriately.
  8. Make sure you arrive early for your test, so that you are not hurrying and have time to relax. If possible, visit the test centre before the day of your test, so that you are familiar with where you need to go.

The Speaking Test should be a natural conversation. If you try to give a prepared speech, the examiner will interrupt you and ask you a different question.