IELTS Speaking Tips: How to Improve Your Score
Part 1 – Introduction and interview (lasts for 4-5 minutes)
The examiner will ask you general questions about yourself and a range of familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies and interests.
Part 2 – Individual long-tern (lasts for 3-4 minutes)
You will be given a card which asks you to talk about a particular topic. You will have one minute to prepare before speaking for up to two minutes. The examiner will then ask one or two questions on the same topic.
Part 3 – Discussion (lasts for 4-5 minutes)
You will be asked further questions about the topic in Part 2. These will give you the opportunity to discuss more abstract ideas and issues.
- Present yourself with confidence
- -make eye contact, smile, body language
- Improve your vocabulary
-use high level words (e.g Food = cuisine, friends = acquaintance)
-don’t overuse the word “I like” (try using I enjoy, really love, I prefer)
- Use organizers/transitions (First of all, secondly) to sound professional
- Expand your answers by giving examples
Practice your answers (with a friend or mirror)
- Don’t speak with a monotone
- Avoid using fillers
- Don’t give yes or no answer (e.g Do you have a pet?)
- Do not repeat the question
- Don’t go off the topic
- Don’t worry about perfect English
- If you don’t know the answer try to make up
- Don’t be afraid to speak out
More importantly, just be yourself and show the best of your confidence!