Tips for IELTS Speaking Test

IELTS Speaking test has three parts. The time allowed for the speaking test is 11 to 14 minutes.

Part 1. The examiner interviews you regarding yourself, i.e., family, hobbies, interests and studies. This part lasts for 3 to 5 minutes.
Part 2. You are given a card with a topic on it. You are given one minute to prepare ideas on the topic. After one minute, you are asked to talk about the topic for one to two minutes.
Part 3. When you complete talking about the topic of Part 2, the examiner starts to ask you some questions about the same topic. This part lasts for 3 to 5 minutes.

   Tips for IELTS Speaking test

The tips for scoring high in the IELTS Speaking test are as follows:

  1. Dress well for the interview.
  2. You will be called to the room for an interview on your turn. Do not enter before you are called to the room.
  3. While entering the room, use proper greeting salutations to meet the interviewer (e.g., Hello, Hi)
  4. Have a smiling face during the interview. Do not look too serious.
  5. Have confidence in yourself. Your confidence should reflect on your face.
  6. Have proper eye contact with the interviewer during the interview.
  7. Speak clearly. Utter each word clearly. Your interview will be recorded (in an electronic recorder) for assessment. Therefore, each word should be clearly uttered.
  8. Your speaking power will be assessed based on your fluency, usage of a wide range of vocabulary and correct grammatical structure of your sentences.
  9. You will be interviewed about yourself, e.g., your interest, studies, hobbies, games, friends, family and so on.Therefore, you should prepare these areas in advance. You should know what to speak if you are asked about any of these areas. This means, prepare some ideas about these areas before your speaking test. You may be good at speaking English, but if you do not have ideas about those areas, you may stop during your discussion again and again to think about what to say. This would affect your marks negatively.
  10. Your fluency contributes a lot to your scores in the speaking test. Be fluent. Never stop.
  11. Be responsive to the interviewer during the interview using words (e.g., Well, Yes, OK) during the interview.
  12. Speaking on the topic: You are given a card with a topic to speak about. A few hints or instructions are also given on the same card to indicate to emphasize some specific aspects of the topic.
  13. The topic is mostly a title for a situation such as ‘The last time I apologized to someone’.  You have to speak on it and also to consider the given hints or instructions while speaking on the topic. The hint can be like ‘How I felt when I apologized to that person’. This means when you are speaking about the main topic, you also have to reflect on how you felt when you apologized to that person.
  14. You are given one minute to prepare some ideas about the topic and then you are asked to speak on the topic for one to two minutes. It is very important to use this one minute. Try to figure out as many aspects of the topic as possible. You can also write these ideas as short notes on the provided page.
  15. Keep speaking on the topic unless the interviewer tells you to stop. You may find it difficult to figure out ideas for some topic. In such a case, like for the above topic, you may make a false story about the topic, but you have to speak because this a speaking test where you will be assessed based on your speaking.
  16. When the test finishes, do say some good words to the interviewer or at least a word to thank the interviewer, e.g., Thank You.
  17. Leave the room with a cheerful face.