The speaking test is one of the most important part of your IELTS test where you are judged by the examiner on certain parameters. Here in this test you will be assessed on the basis of your communication skills and flexibility with English language.

Firstly, we need to know about the structure of the test. The test is divided into 3 parts and take around 15 minutes to get completed. So, you can see that there is very less time with you as well as the examiner to take your test. You need to give your best in test and leave a good impression on the teacher.

In this article you will know about some tips and east tricks which would help you to prepare well for your speaking test.


In the first 4-5 minutes you should talk about yourself, family, study, work    experience, interests and hobbies. The most expected questions which the examiner will ask you are as follows:

  • Where do you live?
  • What is best thing about the place you live?
  • What changes would you like to bring in yourself to make yourself better?
  • Where do you study?
  • Which is favourite subject?
  • What are your hobbies?
  • What are your bad habits?
  • Where have you worked?
  • How is your relation with your colleagues?


So here you have to take care that your answers must be short and interesting which increases the interest of the examiner. These are some basic questions which can be answered in 1 or 2 lines. So don’t waste, much time in answering these questions in a very descriptive form.


This part is mainly about checking your speed and accuracy regarding any topic. Here, you are supposed to select any cue card. There will be a topic written on that card with some bullet points. You will be given 1 minute to prepare the topic and then speak for around 2 minutes on it. So, here you should try to speak for full 2 minutes and cover all information.

There can be some easy ways to ace this section:

  • Your topic in the cue cards will be followed by some important points. These points give you information about the topic and what all you can include once you start speaking about it.
  • You should use your 1 minute very smartly where you need to select the points which you will include while speaking. Always stress upon highlighting the important points while you are giving test.
  • You should start speaking with some catchy lines so that you can grab attention of the listener. In your essay you should speak about features, summary and your personal opinion about the topic.
  • Basically, it is an impromptu, where you can’t rely on the memorized answers. If the examiner observes such thing while you are speaking then marks can be deducted.
  • Since you can’t memorize all the things for your test but you can work on your way of speaking, fluency and clarity of words. You can also practice more and more with any person who you think can help you to improve your speaking skills.
  • Do not get nervous while speaking to the examiner. It is better to speak slowly rather than speaking with many grammatical errors which would create a bad impression in the mind of the examiner.
  • It is better to speak for less time but whatever you speak should be clear and with no mistakes.


This part is mainly for 4-5 minutes. This part is related to the second part where you discuss the answers of the questions put up by the examiner. You can prepare for this part in following ways:

  • In case you don’t know answer to nay question then you have to make sure that at-least you answer the question. It is better than loosing marks by keeping quite in front of the examiner. You can also ask the examiner to repeat the question if you can’t exactly understand what exactly the he or she is asking? You can speak less but do not mention anything which do not make sense and create confusion in the mind of the examiner.
  • Since, it is more of an impromptu where you get nearly no time to think for the answer so, you make take time to think for the answer. If you start speaking without taking time then examiner will think that the answer is memorized. While speaking if you realize that you need time then you can use phrases such as ‘let me think for a second’ or’ it’s an interesting question’ so, you can take some time to add more information.
  • Your main aim while speaking should not making your answer unnecessarily long or go off the topic. You should speak to the point even if your answer is short. You can also add relevant examples and your personal opinions so that your answer looks long and accurate too.

These are some tips which will help you to score well in the speaking test of IELTS.


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