IELTS Speaking Tips, Strategies, and Lessons

The IELTS speaking test is a face-to-face interview with one examiner consisting of 3 parts and lasts 11-14 minutes. The test is recorded, but the examiner assesses your performance during the test and decides on your band score as soon as the test has finished.

The examiner will want to see how well you can

  • communicate opinions and information on everyday topics and common experiences; to do this you will need to answer a range of questions
  • speak at length on a given topic using appropriate language
  • organise your ideas coherently
  • express and justify your opinions
  • analyse, discuss and speculate about issues

IELTS Speaking Tips

1. Be/ Act natural

In the exam room, be friendly and polite. Make eye contact regularly while taking part in the conversation. Be aware of your pronunciation. Focus on speaking clearly and carefully and take your time. Speak loudly enough so that the examiner can hear you.

2. Be an active listener

Listen carefully to the examiner when he/she asks you a question. If you don’t hear it or understand it the first time, you can ask the examiner to repeat the question; for example, you can say, ‘I’m sorry, can you repeat that, please?’

3. Use fillers whenever you need to

The questions in Part 1 are supposed to be fairly easy, but if the examiner asks you a difficult question, you can use a filler expression such as ‘That’s a very good question …’ or ‘Well, I’ve never really thought about that before, but …’ to give yourself a little more time to think about your answer.

4. Avoid giving too short answers

Avoid giving one- or two-word answers to the questions. Try to extend your answer a little by giving a reason or an example. A full answer in this part of the test can be two or three sentences long.

5. Apply word-bartering

If you can’t think of the perfect word to use to express your meaning, don’t worry about it. Just use another word or expression instead and move on. Your ability to paraphrase (to say something in a different way) is a positive thing.

6. Mistakes? No worries

If you make a mistake, try not to worry about it: just keep going! It’s natural to make the occasional mistake when speaking. The examiner knows this and will assess you on your overall performance on the whole test.

IELTS Speaking Lessons

IELTS Speaking Tips: Automated Lessons

IELTS Speaking Tips: Manual Lessons

Unit 1: Understanding Speaking Test
Test takers who understand the format of IELTS are at an advantage. Make sure you’re familiar with how IELTS testing works.

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Unit 2: Dealing with each Part
IELTS Speaking has three parts. In this section, we will take a close look at each one and consider some strategies and tips to help you boost your score compiled into tips and strategies for Parts 1, 2, and 3.

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Unit 3: Focus on Fluency & Coherence
Fluency and Coherence are measurements of a speaker’s ability to communicate logically, clearly, and without difficulty in English.

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Unit 4: Focus on Pronunciation
IELTS Speaking also measures your pronunciation. Top Band scores only go to those test-takers whose pronunciation is “effortless” for a native English speaker to understand. 

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Unit 5: Focus on Grammatical Range & Accuracy
Your grammar will be assessed on the Speaking exam. You should try to use a wide range of grammatical constructions appropriately and accurately.

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Unit 6: Focus on Lexical Resource
This scoring category measures vocabulary. You will be assessed on your ability use words appropriately (in the right context) and accurately (with the correct meaning).

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Unit 7: Strategies for Speaking
During the Speaking test you may need to clarify a word or question either because you did not hear the examiner or because you did not understand a word or a phrase. 

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Unit 8: Question Bank for Practice
It is always better to practice all the speaking questions before you sit for the test.

Speaking Part 1 Question Bank
Speaking Part 2 Question Bank
Speaking Part 3 Question Bank


  1. Thank so much. I enjoyed these complete speaking lessons. But some lessons are locked.

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