This posting looks at what is special about IELTS speaking. Many candidates feel uncomfortable in the speaking exam because the examiner seems very unfriendly and the chances are that the more uncomfortable you feel, the less well you speak.
The first step is always to know the problem, then you can find a solution. Here the problem is the speaking exam is more by way of a monologue than a dialogue, more like a presentation than a conversation. So, at least part of the solution is to develop your presentational skills. In the video I mention two skills to focus on; what are they?
An excellent site to practise your speaking skills is Splendid Speaking
Moral: Don’t expect the exam to be like the classoom or real life – unless you are a teacher or presenter