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IELTS Speaking Tips

1. Be fluent and liberated

Speak fluently and spontaneously. You will gain more points. Don’t worry too much about using clever vocabulary, it’s more important to be fluent. But also don’t speak too quickly and mind your grammar. You should find a “healthy balance” between speaking too quickly and making long pauses.

2. Practice answering sample questions

Typically, you will be asked about everyday topics, such as work, studies, sport, family, and so on. So you should try answering IELTS Speaking questions before the exam. You will be surprised at how simple they are! You just need to learn appropriate vocabulary and understand what answers you will give.

3. Ask the question again if you need to

Don’t be shy, if you want to clarify something. You will not lose points for asking the examiner.

4. Be emotional!

Speak with emotions. Nothing separates the experienced speaker from beginners as the tone of the speech. Express your feelings like you would do using your native language.

5. Extend your speech

Try to speak at least more than the examiner. If you are asked a question using one sentence, respond with two or more. And never give short, uncommunicative replies:

Examiner: Do you do any sport?

 You: No, I don’t like sports… [Don’t stop there!] I’m not a very active person and I’ve never liked P.E. in school. But I like playing intellectual games instead. For example, I find chess very interesting.

6. Be coherent

Use linking words and structures. Words and phrases like howeverneverthelessall in allmoreover will enrich your speech.

7. Give yourself time to think

If you are unsure how to answer the question, you can give yourself a bit more time to think by using this tip. First of all, you can say: “That’s a tricky question…“, “I’ve never thought about that before…” or “That’s an interesting question…“. This way you’ll have some extra time to plan your answer.

You can also reformulate the question:

Examiner: What was your favorite book in childhood?

 You: What book did I like as a child? Let me see…

8. Made a mistake? Don’t panic!

If you made a mistake – don’t panic! Try to correct yourself as smoothly as possible. And if you can’t – just continue speaking, you won’t lose many points for a few mistakes.

9. Make a good first impression

Look good, smell good, and feel good. Be confident. Although it may not seem very important, a strong first impression will go a long way.

10. Don’t learn answers by heart

Examiners are able to determine whether you speak freely or you memorized the answer before your interview. Cramming full scripts is a bad idea. Instead, it is much better to learn separate words and collocations and adopt them in your speech.


Maulik Raval

Founder and director of Aspire Square began the journey solo in 2008. Today he has over 50+ teammates and holds offices across Gujarat. A graduate with Political Science and Law, He has been known for his Integrity, Ethics and Accessible nature. In his decade of the journey, he led the team of qualified MARA agents and he himself holds QEAC (Qualified Education Agent Counselor) certificate. Being Precise; Showing up Honesty in every case and making it successful with re-search and embassy guidelines is the only approach

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