Do you have any tips for the IELTS Speaking exam day?
If you’re about to take the IELTS Speaking exam, we’d like to take this opportunity to send our best wishes for the big day. We’ve put together a few tips to help you perform at your best. We hope they prove useful.
- Listen carefully to instructions and questions.
- Smile and make frequent eye-contact with the examiner.
- Avoid nervous habits like playing with your hair or biting your lip.
- Don’t apologise for feeling nervous! Be positive!
- It sounds easy but try to relax. Part 1 is simply an opportunity for the examiner to find out a little about you. It’s a similar situation to when you meet someone for the first time. See our post ‘Rythmic IELTS‘ for help on how to relate the exam to real-life situations.
- Concentrate on the tenses the examiner uses in his/her questions. For example, are you being asked about the past, the present or the future? This will give you an idea of the tenses you need to use in your reply.
Part 2 long turn
- Make good use of the 1-minute preparation time.
- Keep to the topic.
- To gain an advanced grade you will be expected to show advanced level English! Don’t repeat the same words or phrases. Try to use a variety of expressions to showcase your English. For example, there are several ways to talk about things you like:
‘I like …’, ‘I’m fond of …’, ‘I’m keen on …’, ‘I’m a big fan of …’
See our ‘Expressing likes and dislikes‘ video for further examples.
- We often speak quickly when we’re feeling nervous so try to focus on speaking clearly and take time to pause for breath.
See our ‘Using Fillers‘ video for further advice.
Part 3 discussion
- Remember that in Part 3 you can ask the examiner to explain the meaning of a word or phrase you don’t understand.
- Give full answers to questions when appropriate and avoid unhelpful ‘yes’ and ‘no’ responses.
- When giving an opinion back it up with an example or justification.
- Don’t be afraid to give your opinion. You’re not graded on your views but on your English!
- If you haven’t thought about the question before, take the opportunity to speculate. For example:
‘I haven’t thought about that before … I suppose …’
See this video about speculating for further examples.
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