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IELTS Speaking Tips

Part 1(4-5Minutes)

The Candidate and the examiner introduces themselves. Candidates then answer general questions about; -Themselves

                                           -Their home/family,

                                           -Their job/studies

                                           -Their interests and wide range of similar familiar topic areas.

Use this part to develop your confidence and fluency. The questions are about you and should be straightforward to answer. 

Give full answers but do not talk for too long. Fuller answers are expected in Part 3.

Do not memorize answers. Your examiner will recognize prepared answers and you will not get credit for them.

Part 2

The candidate is given a task card with prompts and is talked on a particular topic. The Candidate have one minute to prepare and make some notes if they wish before speaking for between one and two minutes. 

Use the preparation time wisely. Useful notes will help you speak for longer.

Refer to the task card as you talk. The points on the task card are designed to help you structure your talk.

Be aware of how long 2 minutes is. You need to produce a rounded talk that is long enough, but not too long.


Describe a beautiful place to visit in your country.

You should say:

  • where it is
  • how to get there
  • what there is to do when you are there

and explain why you recommend this place.

Part 3(4-5 minutes)

The examiner and candidate engage in a discussion of more abstract issues which are thematically linked to the topic in part two.

Make sure you know what the discussion topic is. Your answers need to be relevant to the topic.

Re-phrase the questions in your mind, so that you know what the examiner expects. The questions aim to get you to talk about things using a range of language functions.

Support and extend your answers. You must show that you can discuss the Part 3 topics fully.

All parts

Listen carefully to each question the examiner asks and think about the tenses and vocabulary you should use in your answer. You will get better marks if your answer is grammatically correct and shows a range of vocabulary.

Have some views on typical Part 1 and 3 topics. You cannot discuss topics if you do not have any views. This is especially important for Part 3.

Ask the examiner to repeat a question if you do not understand it. This is much better than talking about something which is irrelevant to the topic.

Try to develop your answers using linkers and structural markers. You will get better marks for fluency if you can sequence ideas, rather than repeating them or hesitating over them.

Speak clearly and use stress and intonation to help you get your points across. This will help improve your marks for pronunciation. Even good speakers can lose marks if they speak much too quickly.

Speaking Assessment Criteria

Speaking test assesses whether candidates can communicate effectively in English.

Assessment areas are:

        – Fluency and Coherence,

        – Lexical Resource,

         -Grammatical Range and Accuracy


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