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25 Useful IELTS Speaking Tips

Updated on June 14, 2013

25 IELTS Speaking Tips

IELTS(International English Language Testing System) is the world's leading test of English for higher education, immigration and employment. Below are some sample questions and answers for this topic.

1. Do not speak too fast thinking that is fluency. Actually you may be lowering your score because you are skipping sounds or the examiner did not hear what you said.

2. If you do not understand the question make sure you get the examiner to repeat or rephrase (part 3 only) the question.

3. Remember to answer every point you make with details. A simple “yes” or “no” is not sufficient.

4. Lying is ok if it would help you use some good vocabulary. It’s not like they are going to call your mother and check if what you have said was the truth.

5. Use stress and intonation when speaking, don't speak like a machine.

6. Look at the examiner, smile and remember to use hand gestures.

7. Remember you need to be confident and positive. So make sure you speak up so the examiner can hear you.

8. Speak to the examiner and not the recorder.

9. Do not ask for your score once you are finished.

10. Never say “I hope to see you again”

11. Never say “I hope to never see you again”

12. Only give good comments to questions like “tough question”. Saying “stupid question” may upset the examiner.

13. Never call the examiner stupid

14. Sit after your examiner does and do not cross your legs.

15. Wait outside before going in. The examiner will come out and get you.

16. If you cannot remember a word just paraphrase (say it another way)

17. Do not expect the examiner to tell you that you gave a good answer or a bad one.

18. Do not think out loud or repeat the question

19. Never say "pardon" or "what!" Instead say “can you please repeat the question?”

20. Never wait and look at the examiner if you don't know the meaning of the question.

21. Silence is not golden in the IELTS so make sure you are talking about 70% of the time

22. Do not repeat the question in your answer

23. Do not ask questions with the way you answer

24. In part 2 make sure you use a lot of adjectives

25. Saying something interesting may be helpful to your score

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      4 years ago

      Here is the another source.

      The Powerful Strategies for IELTS® Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking, and IELTS® Grammar and Spelling Mistakes - Start to Learn Now!

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      4 years ago

      A high score represents a high level of proficiency; a low score shows a lower level.IELTS is an exam designed for people of any level to take. It gives a result which does not show a pass/fail according to a certain standard, but rather shows your current level in different areas

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      5 years ago

      i found your article is very attractive

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      6 years ago

      so helpful,so native~

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      6 years ago

      Thank you!!! Very useful!!!


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