Top tips for the IELTS Speaking Test

Top tips for the IELTS Speaking Test

The IELTS Speaking Test is the final part of the exam and you’ll take this in the afternoon on your test day having completed the listening, reading and writing parts in the morning. The Speaking Test takes between 13 to 14 minutes and is in three parts. So, let’s have a look at each part. These tips will help you get a great score.

Part 1. The introduction and Interview. The examiner will ask you 3 sets of questions about yourself covering a wide range of topics, though the first set of questions will always be about where you live or your job or studies. When you answer each question, you should always give extra details, such as reasons for your answer but don’t speak for too long, about 10 to 20 seconds should be fine.

Part 2. The Individual Long Turn. The examiner will give you a topic and 1 minute to prepare your talk on a piece of paper. You will then need to talk about the topic for 2 minutes. You should always make use of the preparation time to read the question carefully and make simple notes on the points you need to talk about. You structure your talk according to the instructions and make sure you keep talking for the full 2 minutes. Don’t stop talking until the examiner tells you to.

Part 3. The Two-Way Discussion. The examiner will ask you some more questions related to the topic of Part 2. You will be expected to give your opinion, say whether you agree or disagree, make comparisons, talk about advantages and disadvantages, etc. The questions will not be about you but about your country and the world in general, so don’t speak about yourself in this part and try to speak for about 20 to 30 seconds in reply to each question. Although this part is called the Two-Way Discussion, you mustn’t ask questions to the examiner, except if you don’t understand their question.

To Prepare

– Practise speaking about a range of topics describing your own life experiences, such as holidays you’ve been on and people you know or famous people from your country for 2 minutes.

– Rehearse speaking about topics and issues in the world in general, such as the education system in your country where you give you opinion. make comparisons, talk about advantages and disadvantages, etc.

– Taking an IELTS preparation course is the best way to get the advice, practice and feedback on how to do the speaking test with an experienced IELTS teacher.

In the Exam

– Remember to give full answers to the questions the examiner asks you but don’t try to speak too much. Moreover, don’t interrupt the examiner and don’t ask them questions about them or about what they think.

– Maintain eye contact with the examiner when speaking with them.

– Don’t be afraid to ask the examiner to explain if you don’t understand their instructions but they won’t be able to explain any vocabulary you don’t know.

– Try to stay as relaxed as you can while waiting for you turn and think about this part as a test. Think about it as an opportunity to practise speaking English and to show how well you can speak English.

So that’s the IELTS Speaking Test and now you have some introductory information about all parts of the IELTS exam. Hope these tips will help you get a great score. But remember in order to prepare properly for the IELTS Test, there’s no better way than to take an IELTS preparation course with an experienced IELTS teacher!

Laura Villa
Laura Villa