IELTS Speaking Tips

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IELTS Speaking Tips

Good command of the English language is a prerequisite to fulfilling the study abroad dream. Applicants are asked to submit the required English Proficiency Test Score to get the admission offer letter. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is one of the most recognized and widely used English proficiency exams. IELTS India exam is divided mainly into two categories, i.e., IELTS Academic and IELTS General. If anyone who is planning to appear for the IELTS exam and struggling with the different sections of it, do no more worry here is the blog that will discuss the ILETS speaking tips and tricks and other preparation strategies which will help any aspirant to successfully clear this section with high rank/score.

What is IELTS Exam?

It is wise to first explore the basic feature of any exam before starting the preparation. Here, before detailing everything related to the Speaking section of the IELTS exam. It is better to first go through the structure of the IELTS exam in brief. The IELTS test was first created in 1989. IELTS academic test contains 4 major sections namely Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. The overall band score is the average of the four sections, rounded to the nearest or half-band. The section’s scores are weighted equally. It is jointly owned by British Council, Cambridge English, and IDP education limited. It is a one-day exam. The score of each section is converted into the 1-9 bands. 01-lowest (Non-User),09 Highest (Expert User). The total duration given for the exam is 02hrs 45minutes. There is no restriction/cap on the number of attempts for this exam. Applicants can take IELTS as many times as possible until they achieve the score they require for their course or visa application.

Understanding IELTS Speaking

IELTS Speaking is one of four major sections of the English language proficiency exam. The purpose of including Speaking is to test the command of the English language communication skill of the applicant. Examiners try to check the applicant’s knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, and sentence structuring with fluency. The speaking section includes 4 tasks or questions. One task is related to opinion expression on a given subject, and the other three tasks are to speak flawlessly based on reading and listening to the content. Students are advised to express their opinion on a familiar topic. Seventeen minutes are allotted to complete all four tasks. The speaking section scoring scale varies from 0-30 scale.

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IELTS Speaking General and Academic Test Format

The structure of the IELTS Speaking test remains the same for both – (Academic and General Test). When applicants take IELTS on a computer, the Speaking test remains face-to-face with a certified IELTS examiner. The total duration of the speaking test is 11-14 minutes.

The speaking test is divided into below mentioned three parts.

Sub SectionTasks
Part 1Introduction and Interview – The first part covers a general interaction between the ILETS examiner and the applicant. The first examiner introduced himself/herself and then the applicant does the same. After the introduction examiner asks basic questions related to the study, life, family, etc.4-5 minutes
Part 2Individual Turn – In the second part IELTS examiner gives a task card with a topic written on it, with some points the student may cover in the speech. Students get only one minute to think and prepare for the topic; a paper and pencil will be provided to jot down notes. Once done ideating, the student will have a time of one to two minutes to speak on the subject followed by some questions on the same by the examiner.3-4 minutes
Part 3Two-way Discussion – This is the last part of the speaking test. In this part, the IELTS examiner will further ask more questions related to the topic given in Part 2. Students can use this opportunity to talk about more ideas.4-5 minutes

IELTS Speaking Samples

Sample 1Click here
Sample 2Click here
Sample 3Click here
Sample 4Click here

IELTS Speaking Tips & Tricks

On the basis of feedback received from successful candidates and suggestions from faculties, the following mentioned tips and tricks can be used to get a good score in the speaking section of the IELTS examination.

  • To become confident before the actual test it is advised that students should talk with friends, colleagues, and family either face to face or over the phone.
  • This speaking test is only to check the command over language not the deep knowledge of the student so don’t get panic if not comfortable with the assigned topic.
  • During the test, it is suggested that students should assume it as a general conversation with friends or colleagues.
  • Kindly avoid the multiple repetitions of the same words used by the examiner. It creates a bad impact on using your own vocabulary.
  • Speaking speed should not much slow or fast. Kindly speak at a natural pace to avoid incorrect pronunciation and structuring mistakes.
  • Kindly avoid answering the question in only one word either Yes or No. No need to be in hurry. Neither too long nor just a one-word answer. 
  • Listen to the questions carefully and draft the answer in some form of the verb with correct sentence structure to avoid mistakes.
  • Practice the pronunciation of words in front of the mirror or in a peaceful space to avoid confusion and get a better outcome.
  • It is advised to start with a simple and common vocabulary to avoid any hesitation. 
  • Students should always try to give full attention to the examiner and answer the questions with full confidence.
  • Read newspapers, novels, and books to be updated on current events as well as improve your speaking ability.


Can students ask the examiner to repeat the question if failed to understand it?

Yes, students can ask to repeat as well as if required rephrased the question if he/she failed to understand it.

Is student accent create problems in fetching good scores?

No, until the examiner failed to understand the accent of the student would not create an issue in fetching a good score.

Do body language and eye contact play an important role to get a good score?

No, this test is to check a student’s command of the English Language based on four criteria i.e., Fluency, Pronunciation, Vocabulary, and Grammar.

By following the aforementioned IELTS speaking tips and tricks, you can surely crack this section with good scores. Needless to say, expert guidance can further help you strategize the right way for this exam. Sign up for a free IELTS online demo session with our Leverage Edu Experts and we will provide you with the necessary guidance, exam tips, and preparation materials through which you can successfully qualify and get into your dream university abroad.

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