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IELTS speaking tips


1. Learn how IELTS speaking is scored

This only makes sense. IELTS speaking is scored according to strict grading criteria and if you want to impress the examiner, you need to know what the examiner wants! In brief, pronunciation, fluency and coherence, grammar and vocabulary all count for 25%. To get more details about what each of these criteria mean, visit my page on this:

Speaking scores explained 

2. Before the exam – practice – and listen

Following on from the previous advice, you need to practice before the exam to make sure that the appropriate skills are automatic. The very best practice is to listen and then speak – language learning is about repetition. If you don’t have anyone to practise with try here:

3. Understand what you will be asked about – everyday ideas

Typically, you will be asked to talk about everyday topics and ideas. As the test goes on though the questions do become harder and more theoretical. One simple suggestion is to just to look at the types of questions you will get. You may be surprised at how easy the questions are! IELTS speaking is not an academic test at all – it’s just a test go your language. Sometimes people can go wrong because they treat it like an intelligence test and forget to use good English.

4. Use natural spoken English

The best form of English to use in the test is natural spoken English. This will help you to speak more fluently and improve your pronunciation. Here are some examples of what works:

short forms like it’s and not it is

 words like quite that we use a lot in speaking

common spoken phrases like I guess and I suppose

The best way to learn this type of language is often to listen to native speakers. If you don’t have a native speaker to listen to, I suggest you visit my collection of sample questions where you will find recording and transcripts of my answers. Look at the sort of language I use and try and borrow it for yourself. To help you I have highlighted the sort of language you need:

model questions with answers and highlighted language

5. Extend your answer 

If there is one key piece of advice, it is to extend your answer appropriately. For example, this is inappropriate:
Question:” How many languages do you speak?”
Answer: “Two. Chinese and English.”
Better would be:
Answer: “I speak two languages. My first language is Chinese and I speak English too. I’ve been learning English since I was 10. I started learning it when I was in primary school.”
Be aware, however, that very long answers are not always a good idea. It is possible that you will go off topic and lose coherence.

6. Sometimes give short answers too!

Not all IELTS speaking questions are equal. For some you may have more to say about and some less. That is only natural. If you get a question that you don’t know very much about do NOT try and talk and talk about it. If you do you will probably become incoherent. Much much better is just to give a shortish answer saying that you don’t know very much about that and then wait for the next question – there’s always another question.

Naturally you can’t do this all the time and in part 2 you do need to keep speaking for at least one and a half minutes.

7. Give yourself time to think – repeat/reformulate the question

In parts 1 and 3 you are not given any thinking time: you are supposed to start speaking immediately. This does not mean, however, that you need to start answering the question straight away. What you can do is start by repeating/reformulating or commenting on the question:
“What did I enjoy doing as a child? Let me see…”
“That’s not something I’ve thought about before. It’s an interesting question.’
This has several benefits. It is good communication. It allows you a little time to think. It should also make you answer the question and not the general topic.

8. Correct yourself – if you can do it immediately

If you make a mistake and you can correct it immediately, do so. This will show the examiner that you have control over the language. If, however, you are unsure how to correct yourself, move on: the examiner may not have noticed the mistake in the first place and if you try unsuccessfully to correct it, a small mistake may become a much bigger one.

9. If you don’t understand the question – ask

This is a speaking test and not a listening test. If you don’t understand the question, ask the examiner to repeat or explain it – you should not be penalised for this. If you try to answer a question you do not understand, you will almost certainly become incoherent.

10. Learn to use a range of functional vocabulary such as opinion language

One thing that you will do a lot in the test is give opinions and talk about what you like and dislike. The examiner will be listening to see whether you can say I think and I like in different ways. This can be a tough skill to learn as you may need to learn new speaking habits.

helpful language for opinions

11. Discover the best way to use your preparation time in part 2

The one scary part of the test is likely to be part 2 where you need to speak for up to 2 minutes. This is a slightly unusual task and you want to use your preparation time well to help you spek enough. There are a variety of different ways you can use this time and the best advice is to find one that suits you. Try some of these ideas and work out which one or ones work best for you:

5 different ways to use your preparation time

12. Listen to  the grammar in the question

The best advice for IELTS speaking is very simply to listen to the question and answer it. The reason for this is for this is the one time you are face to face with the examiner and nerves are a sigificant problem. If you are trying to remember complex advice, you are likely to become more nervous and not perform to your best. Keep it simple.
One example here is in part 1. If you here a question in the past tense:
 “What sports did you play as a child?”
A good answer will use the past tense – the examiner will be listening for this.

13. Don’t worry too much about using clever language – think fluency

When we speak a language we don’t have much time to choose our words and that means that we often use far fewer words when we speak than when we write. In IELTS speaking candidates sometimes go wrong because they try and use “clever” words that they think will impress the examiner. This can be a mistake for a couple of reasons:

the words may in fact be wrong!

if you spend too much time trying to think of words your fluency may suffer

14. Don’t be afraid to repeat yourself – think coherence – the “as I was saying” trick

Part of your score in speaking is fluency and coherence. One way to make yourself more coherent is in fact to repeat yourself. This is something professional speakers do a lot. They say something once and then they say it again. The one trick is not use the sam words both times!. A practical suggestion is to think about finishing your speech by referring back to something you have already said. A key phrase here may be

As I was saying/As I said before 

If you use this it helps show the examiner that you are linking your ideas together and that in fact is what coherence is!

Get a full lesson on coherence

15. Speak about what you know and what you think

This perhaps should be point number one. One of the best ways to impress an examiner is to talk personally about what you think and what you know. Examiners just HATE answers that they think are learnt. In contrast, if you talk about something that you know about then they will be much more interested in what you say.

16. Give examples

If you are the sort of person who finds it difficult to explain things or tends to give short answers, then it may help you to try and give examples. Examples are great for explaining ideas and it is much easier to say for example than because. If you give an example, you are just describing something you know about and that takes very little mental effort. If though you say because that is much harder as you now need to think! Be easy on yourself.

17. Think about detail – that’s interesting and good for your vocabulary

Another way to learn to say more is just to add detail. You should remember that this is a language test and there more language you use the better. That means if you are asked a question such as

When did you first start to learn English?

The smart thing to do is give detail about when.

I first started to learn English when I was in primary school. We had around 4 classes a week with our form teacher and sometimes a native speaker came to help her out and talk to us in English. It was quite funny because we didn’t understand a word he said. At first I hated it because my teacher was very strict and forced us to write in English every day.

Why does this work? Well if you can give an answer like that you get to use interesting language such as “native speaker” “help out”. You can only do this if you add detail.

18. Make eye contact

A large part of communication is non-verbal. You are marked by the examiner in the room and you should do everything you can to show that person that you are a good communicator. If you do not make eye contact with the examiner, s/he is probably going to be less impressed with your performance.

19. Immediately before the exam – speak English

The problem for many people is not speaking English, rather it is moving from their own language into English. The advice here is plain: make certain that you are already speaking English before you go into the exam.

20. Do not relax too much – it’s not a conversation

This is an exam and you need to show the best side of your spoken English. If you relax too much and become too conversational, your English may suffer. You need to recognise that this is not a true dialogue between two people: it is more of an interview with one person speaking and the other listening.
In a conversation the speaking conventions are quite different: you expect the other person to share 50% of the talk time and to react to your comments, typically one person will not speak for any length of time.

If you have your own IELTS speaking tips, please leave them below as a comment. What worked for you?


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91 Responses to IELTS speaking tips

  1. Jon Dunn May 5, 2009 at 8:23 pm #

    I agree with all that you say Dominic. I would suggest students record sample answers on their mobile phones and listen back to them. It amazes me that students have often never listened to themselves speak.

    For part one of the speaking the students can predict the questions. They will probably be asked about their home town so be prepared to talk about it. It is no good saying it is boring or small, or if you are asked about what you do in your free time don’t say ‘nothing’. Practice these types of questions using your mobile phone voice recorder – but never memorise an answer.

    • m sulman August 22, 2011 at 8:09 am #

      i want to get speaking tips

      • mona August 17, 2016 at 1:36 pm #

        wow, these are truly helpful, i needed a bandscore of 7 but ,instead I got only 6.5, anyway i’m kinda expecting a much lower score because of being too much unprepared for the speaking part and because i focused more on the writing in which i failed too.

  2. Mike May 11, 2010 at 5:22 am #

    In writing, it is a mark against you if you use the question in your answer, but in speaking, I’ve been told that it’s good to use some vocabulary from the question. Please comment on this, Dominic.

    ~ Mike

    • Dominic Cole November 14, 2010 at 5:30 pm #

      The mistake is to directly copy the question in your writing. The trick here is to rephrase it in your own words – to show your range of expression. In the speaking, the rules are somewhat different. I do train my students to consider repeating the question at the beginning:

      It’s something native speakers do

      to buy time with tricky questions

      to make sure they are going to talk about the right question

      This is acceptable to me as speaking is a real-time activity where you do not always have time to pick and choose your words. However, it’s not a trick you can always play as you would bore the examiner, if you did it every time. So save it for tricky/substantive questions. Also, if you can, rephrase the question, rather than repeat it.

    • ali December 7, 2014 at 8:33 pm #

      you are true Maik but be aware using question in writing and speeking both will decrese your score…..we should just rewording or reformulating them

      thanks alot for your advices

  3. fion May 21, 2010 at 7:01 pm #

    I completely agree with the stuff on this site. Actually I was just trying to get an update on typical speaking test questions. I am prooofreading a textbook right now which is lousy with ‘what’s your favourite season’ and ‘ how many seasons are there in your country’ etc type questions. I am in Japan, and I have spent years trying to get my students away from this ‘Japan has four seasons ‘ nonsense, maybe one of the most boring sentences ever uttered in English. Can I assume that (please’!) they will not be asked that question on IELTS, and maybe it is just Japanese English teachers encouraging the students to be very boring? I cannot believe that parrotting off ‘Japan has four seasons’ will or should get them a good grade on IELTS. brgs fion>

    • Dominic Cole November 14, 2010 at 5:15 pm #

      Quite right. Parrotted answers are highly dangerous – if only because IELTS examiners hate them – you want the examiner on your side.

  4. Rose September 9, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    Thank you for these helpful tips

  5. Dolly October 25, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

    I notice that i could get high scores in speaking when the interviewer is a male but if the interviewer is female they give very low scores.. Even i knew I was well prepared and answered every questions fluently since I do believed that I have no priblems with speaking english language for I have been leaving here in England for four years.. It is just mad that some examiners are pathetic!

    • Happy Girl September 29, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

      As far as i know, the interviewers that question us have only 2 marks in their hands ( whether male or female). The rest 7 mark out of the total 9 band score is decided by the Cambridge faculty when our recorded voices get to them. So it is less affected by the interviewer.

      • Dominic Cole September 4, 2015 at 2:44 pm #

        Not so. Your whole mark is given by the examiner there and then.

      • reeet June 22, 2016 at 6:37 am #

        I don’t think so.To get good band scores there os need to attract interviewer….

  6. NEGAR November 6, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    Thank you

  7. Fatih Mehmet December 6, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    All the those things are very beneficial, I think and also I used these tips in the exam and I get 7.5 over 9 I totally agree with Dominic.

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  8. iTechGiz December 14, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    You have explained it very precisely and briefly, that’s all the best speaking tip for IELTS, cheers

  9. arslan January 14, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    many thanks for these useful tips. I want to share my problem here. I have already appeared in ielts test and i got 5.5 in speaking but overall 6.5. The main problem with me is that i become nervous in front of examinar. 2nd thing is that i have no friend in my surrounding to practice english. How can i practice alone? Reply plz

    • Dominic Cole January 14, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

      I know what you mean by being nervous. I used to work as an examiner for a different set of exams and it was easy to see that some candidates were jsut very nervous and underperformed. But as an examiner you can only mark what you hear!

      Have you looked at my post on this? It is possible to practise speaking by yourself. An alternative would be to “advertise” on the FB for a speaking partner.

      • Anonymous January 31, 2014 at 3:12 am #


  10. sarab February 21, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    awesome it help me

  11. riya August 30, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    i want to get 7 band in ielts….but my english is not good….plz send helpful tips….

    • Anonymous December 20, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

      tend to practice listening first and focus to understand what they are saying.

    • karnesh January 5, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

      I am new user. but this help me a lot and i say to all in IELTS exam not only important learning skill but also require LUCK ..i believe and can you tell me which latter (upper or smaller) do you given answer in listening and reading section . moreover which book use for learning speaking part one or two. please if you possible give me suggestion !!!……………..thank you ..(karnesh patel)

  12. chinnu September 12, 2012 at 1:08 am #

    brilliant, nice work ….

  13. Niraj Karki October 15, 2012 at 1:40 am #

    I really love the tips and techniques what you have put in this site i.e. Listening,Writing,Reading and obiously Speaking.The less the best,everthing is simple to understand and helped me before of my exam practice.Thanks to you,Dominic…Hats off!!


  14. Almira November 7, 2012 at 4:49 am #

    Mr. Cole, please advise me, all teachers say to do not learn answers but I think that it would be better to look through the topics and not to learn but just to have some ideas about these topics to be familiar with them. My speaking is good but it depends on a topic… There are questions that I can not imagine how to answer. So should I prepare some ideas before the exam? or is it really dangerous?

    • Dominic Cole February 22, 2013 at 10:59 pm #

      Prepare by practising topics by all means – that only makes sense. The thing to avoid is to “memorise”. Examiners can almost always tell and it probably puts you under more pressure when you try to remember what to say.

  15. Anonymous December 14, 2012 at 12:09 am #

    I got 8.5 in speaking but only 6 in writing :(( . Your blog is extremely useful, I have recommended it to many of my friends. Had I known it earlier, I would have scored more than 7. Waiting for the next chance.

  16. Anonymous December 14, 2012 at 12:12 am #

    Your blog is extremely useful. I love it, I have recommended it to many of my friends. Had I known it earlier, my score would have been more than 7. I got 8.5 in speaking but only 6 in writing. Anyway, looking for the next chance.

  17. yesudas thomas February 25, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

    very useful. I want to know what is memorising in writing?What is penalty?

    • Dominic Cole February 25, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

      Not sure if this answers your question. Memorising someone else’s answer is simply a form of cheating! That’s one good reason not to do it. Another is that the answers you learn may not answer the question in front of you – only be similar to it. That’s a big problem.

      • yesudas thomas February 26, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

        Thank you….I have two more questions.Shall we use contemporary English in writing or we should be more formal? What is under length in writing?

        • Dominic Cole February 26, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

          I will be writing about exactly this a lot in the next few months – the answer is that you should aim for “plain English”. This is roughly English that is clear and not too formal or too informal.

          Under length is 149 words and 249 words. At least means at least.

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  19. amal March 1, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

    Hiii sir,,
    Great tips,,i appeared idp ielts on dec 15,2012 and i got 7 for 3 modeules except for speaking, i only got 6. What should i do??i defnitely can speak,but i am unable to do it during speaking sessions… any tips for reducing tension????

    my skipe id is amu.j2,,,,,,my e mail id…

    • Dominic Cole March 2, 2013 at 7:20 am #

      As it happens I am writing something on this even today. Provided my internet connection behaves, it should be out very soon. The tips are fairly general and for exams. I will try and add some more detail in for the speaking for you.

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  21. Obiwankenobi September 6, 2013 at 2:49 am #

    Hi , great post. I gave my speaking today . I handled the first and the last last section very comfortably and fluently . In the second one , I ran out of ideas and paused for a moment . After being ushered on by the examiner , I continued and was able to talk till she interrupted me later . Will this affect my scores badly ? I really hope I get at least a 7 if not a 7.5 .

  22. mohim September 13, 2013 at 12:04 am #

    i m mohim. how can i get in 7.00 points. wihthin 2 months.

  23. Ravi October 28, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    I think with the help of all the tips covered by Dominic my score became R:8 W:8 L:7.5 S:8 🙂
    Thanks dom.

    Ravi Sonar

    • Anonymous September 24, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

      I would also like to score as ravi xam is on 11 oct.pls help me nt prepared yet.

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  25. mohammed muhib February 21, 2014 at 9:36 pm #

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  27. Nida Malik April 11, 2014 at 7:33 pm #

    I want to prepare for IELTS exam from Pakistan do you have any partner institutes here?
    Is Pacans good for IELTS preparation or not

    • Dominic Cole April 11, 2014 at 7:54 pm #

      Sorry I have no idea about Pacans and I cannot help you with any preparation institute.

      • mohamed January 17, 2015 at 4:43 pm #

        Thank you so much for useful tips . I really want to know how can I score band7 or more in speaking …..thanks Dom.

  28. Sandy May 22, 2014 at 7:33 pm #

    Guys… I took up my IELTS speaking test today. By mistake, I overlooked the part 2 question and spoke about a town instead of a city. will that have major impact on my score?
    Please let me know if you have any idea…

  29. santosh June 16, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

    Worth going through the points and posts
    thanks Dominic

  30. sana June 20, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

    You are a great teacher found your site 3 wks before test followed ur writing tips and bang 7.5 in writing in first attempt …. cud not read much for speakimg test yet managed 7…. thank u so much

  31. sana June 23, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    With ur wonderful advice i have managed to get 7.5 in wtiting within 3 wks practice and overall 7.5 did not practice much for speaking yey 7

  32. bijal patel June 25, 2014 at 1:47 am #

    I am very poor in speaking because I m not getting contains so pleas help me..!!!

  33. Kemaru August 3, 2014 at 11:23 am #

    Hi Dominic,
    Thanks for your speaking advices. I’m so upset right now after scoring 6.5 in speaking twice…..My first speaking score 3 years ago was 8.5 and then my second time which was just a couple of months ago was 8 without putting any effort into it…..I thought I just needed to speak naturally and fluently as I came to Australia when I was 13 and been staying here for more than 8 years… When I speak to Aussie they always compliment on my communication skill and most of them do not know that I was born overseas. Before failing twice recently, I had been always proud of my speaking skill so I never really prepared anything before the exams until failure hit me twice consecutively….I just lost hope in everything I don’t know whether the marking system is unfair or there’s something wrong with my language. Please advise me what I should do… I need to get help from a tutor? if yes please suggest me one who lives in Perth.

  34. Minnie November 24, 2014 at 1:12 pm #

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  35. Mehvish November 30, 2014 at 6:46 am #

    Awesome tips for beginners, very useful thanx.

  36. Elisha December 11, 2014 at 5:35 pm #

    Hi Domnic
    i appeared exam twice before..but scored 6.5 only for english is not bad,but while speaking i cant express it completely..and i cant control my breath and heart beats…what should i do…plz help

  37. Sim February 20, 2015 at 10:14 am #

    Today I am just came to your site to say big thanks for providing such a good free resource for learning. I gave my exam on 7th feb and got my results today (7.5 overall).. Here is my result and I am pretty happy with

    Listening: 8.5
    Reading: 7.0
    Writing: 7.0
    Speaking: 7.0
    Overall: 7.5

    Your website helped me a lot specially with my writing skills (which has always been my weak point). Thanks Again 🙂

  38. Ogulo James March 2, 2015 at 3:36 pm #

    I do find this post a bit ahead of many that I have visited. Congratulations Dominic for such a clear and straight forward tips you have offered.

  39. sunny April 11, 2015 at 6:04 am #


    I have my IELTS speaking on 16th aprli,so can you help me to get 7 bands. I am not good in english. This is second time i am taking the test, so i don’t want to retake.

  40. Anonymous April 19, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

    I am really confused about some information i know which i don’t know if it is for real. I am from the Philippines. I am also very interested to know more about IELTS, not because i want to take an exam but because i am teaching this training to my foreign students here. I am also doing the most part here as a teacher, however, my concern is about the examiner who is going to give the score. As what i knew, the person who is going to conduct the interview is not the same person who is going to give the score, since the real exam is recorded. I am not sure if the interviewer has the right to give a band score. I had undergone training here, and she used to be one of the examiners of British Council in the Philippines. According to her, the interviewer is not part of the examiner because the real examiner will just check the recorded part. So, if this is the case, having an eye to eye contact with the interviewer is not necessary, this is in conflict that what you have advised. I just want to know if it is a revised rules of British Council in conduct of IELTS exam? I want the latest as possible.

  41. Saroj wagle June 9, 2015 at 7:51 am #

    it is really good for us like me who is going to taking ILETS TEST course. Once again, I would like to say Thank you

  42. Paul Zhao June 16, 2015 at 2:37 pm #

    It is absolutely helpful for IELTS takers. High recommended! I’ll forward it to my facebook community.

  43. Gurdev Brar August 4, 2015 at 8:10 am #

    My personal opinion is to leave your mother tongue at least 15 days before exam and think as if you are taking exam each day .speak english as much as possible so that you might not be nervous in front of examiner.because i lost marks only due to nervousness.take the exam as a common conversation.because test is very easy but we fail due to nervousness

  44. Gurdev Brar August 4, 2015 at 8:15 am #

    Yes some of the tips are very helpful.but i would like to say become very natural during test and dont try to overexplain.which might cause some mistakes.try to give sufficient and correct answers

  45. david August 16, 2015 at 7:21 pm #

    hi admin..
    i am david from nigeria .i am writing ielts in september 12,2015 .
    i need you to guild me by sending to me more tips on how to excel in this exam.
    my band is not less than 7. 0 so i want to use it to pursue my graduate entry admission come january next year ..
    thank you.

  46. sasidhar September 11, 2015 at 5:09 pm #

    i have done my speaking test today
    i didnt do good in part 2 i mean 1 minute talk but i did part and part 3.
    in task 2 i did use some repeated words with some kind of tension
    how will it affect my band score?

    and is it really possible to leave the test room before finishing
    after the discussion she said ok thats it, i suddenly stood up and said thanks i am not so sure weather the exam is finished or not?

    could somebody please clear those doubts which i have mentioned above?

    thanks in advance

    • Dominic Cole September 11, 2015 at 6:26 pm #

      I wouldn’t judge your performance until you receive your score. It’s quite natural to repeat some language.

  47. Javed October 13, 2015 at 5:57 am #

    Sir I want an examiner for practice if anyone have free time plz help me.after 12 days my exam.plz help my skype javed.malk

  48. MNH October 31, 2015 at 11:47 am #

    I agree with all the tips mentioned and would like to add one tip that helps more than you expect. It’s about doing some creative writing. I mean write some story involving you or some of your friends (emotional ones work better). Then write dialogues as they should be in real life and don’t be biased towards anyone.

    Example: Write a story about 2 people discussing a controversial topic (like abortion or criticizing religions) and both are giving pros and cons of adopting certain policy.

    You shouldn’t tilt towards either sides but do your best to present both sides’ view unbiasedly

  49. tay trang rang tai nha November 15, 2015 at 4:54 pm #

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  50. lugi November 27, 2015 at 4:57 pm #

    Is eye contact really that important ? I thought we were only being assessed based on the quality of English language that we produce. This is not a job interview afterall. I don’t think there is a criteria for body language.

    I was speaking quite fluently at my last exam, but did not make much contact with my examiner as I was pretty nervous. Mostly I was focused on my ideas. Am I going to get a low score because of that despite the fact I was fluent and did not make many mistakes ?

  51. Mahima December 7, 2015 at 10:50 am #


    I made a few pronunctiation mistakes,did not use very difficult vocabulary(Cliched,particularly fond of etc are some I used,Prominent I repeated twice and some more works but nothing so big..),got off topic with 1 question. Do you think it will impact me getting 7?

    I am stressed out about results 🙁

  52. Robin Jacob December 13, 2015 at 3:11 pm #

    Hi All,
    If anyone would like to practice IELTS speaking with me, kindly add me in your skype.. My skype id is justmailto.

  53. wasi December 27, 2015 at 4:41 pm #

    using enough amount of transitional and connector words will be most suitable. it will make your speaking more fluent, if those transitions are not common ones it will affect your vocabulary mark as well.
    but not using much that would be shown unusual.

  54. Saishanmukh January 7, 2016 at 2:27 pm #

    Hiiiii, I have ielts idp speaking part on 13th January. So, please send some speaking tips….

  55. Joshua April 29, 2016 at 9:03 pm #

    Actually, I am English student and I like to get more tips from other because many students like me do not know how study English correctly.

  56. Rana May 21, 2016 at 7:42 pm #

    Hello Dominic,

    I saw many kind of different comments & suggestion in your blogs from different peoples.

    After looking these openions my concerned is only about one thing In task 2 if we speak less or spend less time <2minutes, Is it really effects our score?

    One more thing i would like to tell you my writting & speaking are not as good as much.Please let me know how we can raise our speaking level?
    I would be greatful if you could provide your reply as earlier as possible.

  57. Jetty May 31, 2016 at 6:51 am #

    Use body gegture and also body movement , it can help your answer more natural and keep stay confidence

  58. Grishma June 12, 2016 at 5:14 pm #

    These tips are incredible. I just had about 2 weeks to seriously prepare for IELTS due to my hectic last semester schedule but everything in it starting from getting familiar to correcting myself by simply practicing helped me. Thank you so much. My band score on IELS given on May 21 was 8.

  59. Anonymous June 24, 2016 at 7:19 am #

    I did my speaking test yesterday. Part 2 and Part 3 is about leader. In part 3 though i answered the question, examiner asked me the similar question. Since it is my 3rd attempt I was worried about my score. Can you please help me, on what basis the band will be given ?

  60. shallu July 22, 2016 at 7:01 pm #

    Can we use short forms like don’t ,can’t , didn’t in speaking?

    • Dominic Cole August 26, 2016 at 8:21 am #

      Yes.In fact it would be a mistake not to.

  61. shallu July 22, 2016 at 7:03 pm #

    Tnx for ur wonderful tips.everytime I have found it v useful.

  62. Muzaffar fr. Uzbekistan July 28, 2016 at 12:25 pm #

    Dear Dominic
    Tomorrow I have speaking test,but it is not IELTS.It really looks like IELTS Speaking section.It has also 3 parts.However,it is being claimed by most students who had in this test that candidate is not being asked part 1 and part 3.They are asessing students only with listening to their answer for part 2.Even they are not recording their voices.Students are being given mark as they have finished speaking part.For this situation what do you advice me in order to get high mark in very little minutes.

  63. Catherine Roberts September 14, 2016 at 7:46 am #

    Great tips.
    Thank you.

  64. James October 1, 2016 at 8:25 pm #

    Hello everyone,

    My speaking is very low could you help me please.

  65. shishiji October 20, 2016 at 10:22 am #

    I can think of one thing that probaby will help you guys! IF you’re about to take the speaking test, try get high right before you walk into that room. You can do this by either getting drunk or using drugs. One reason I think this should work is that I got drunk once and I found myself really comfortable speaking Spanish, great fluency and pronunciation, but a little warning: it may not work as well on you if you’re not aiming at above 7 because I can speak good Spanish when I’m not drunk as well.

  66. M.Zayed November 22, 2016 at 7:08 am #

    So helpful, thanks <3


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