When helping students prepare for the IELTS test, one of the biggest fears is how to do well in IELTS Speaking. 


IELTS Speaking is a face-to-face, informal discussion with an IELTS examiner, và is the same for both Academic & General Training. The thử nghiệm is divided into 3 parts & is designed to kiểm tra your pronunciation, fluency, grammar và vocabulary. 



IELTS Speaking Test: Band 8 




IELTS Speaking Part 1

Part 1 is about YOU.

The examiner will ask you familiar, everyday questions about your life. This will last around 4-5 minutes. See the link below for tips, sample questions & answers for Part 1.

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This video clip will show you exactly what is required lớn score a Band 8 in IELTS Speaking.

This article will give you a strong idea of what to lớn expect on test day.

Simple yet effective ways to extend your answers in Part 1 of the Speaking test.

10 quick tips on what you should and shouldn’t vì chưng in Part 1.


IELTS Speaking Part 2 

Part 2 is sometimes called the ‘long turn’.

You will be given a cue card & you will have 1 minute to prepare your answer. You will then be asked to speak for 1 khổng lồ 2 minutes.

Below you’ll find advice that I give lớn all of my speaking classes và a strong sample answer for Part 2.

Learn exactly how you can score a Band 8 in IELTS Speaking Part 2.

Advice for getting the score you need in IELTS Speaking Part 2.

Click above for a strategy you can use each và every time.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 

Part 3 is more abstract.

This is your opportunity to lớn really develop your answers and discuss the issues brought up by the examiner. The topic will be linked to lớn the topic you discussed in Part 2, & this will last 4-5 minutes.

This đoạn clip will show you exactly how to score a Band 8 in the final part of IELTS Speaking.

Our detailed guide for getting your required score in IELTS Speaking Part 3.

This post contains the most common questions that examiners ask in Part 3.

This article will show you some tips about the psychology of Part 3 & how to mentally prepare for that part of the test.

How you can avoid the most common mistakes that students make in IELTS Speaking.


IELTS Speaking Practice

There are many ways that you can practice your speaking. The most important things lớn remember are:

It is better lớn practice on your own than not practice at all. Don’t let the lack of a partner stop you practising.There are thousands of ways khổng lồ practice with a partner online. You’ll find some in the articles below.Focus on the 4 marking criteria. Everything else is irrelevant.Be a reflective learner. Record your practice sessions & honestly appraise your performance.Practising for the sake of it will not help. You need to identify your weaknesses and take kích hoạt on improving those shortcomings.

This article will show you how to practice on your own, find other people to lớn practice with & find an IELTS expert to lớn help you with your speaking.

There are lots of real practice questions out there. It’s important that you use these before your demo to give you an idea of what to expect on demo day. This article will show you how lớn use these effectively.

The following liên kết are from the British Council và will give you real questions lớn practice from home:

Marking Criteria

There are four parts lớn the IELTS Speaking marking criteria:

PronunciationLexical ResourceGrammatical Range & AccuracyFluency & Coherence

You’ll find help with each part of the IELTS Speaking marking scheme below.


I believe that pronunciation is the most important skill to lớn master in the IELTS Speaking test.

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Quite simply, without clear pronunciation, it doesn’t matter how good your fluency, grammar or vocabulary are. If the examiner can’t understand what you’re actually saying, you will struggle in all areas.

The articles below will help you work on your pronunciation skills.

Vocabulary (a.k.a. Lexical Resource)

Vocabulary is probably the most misunderstood area of the whole test.

Most students think that learning lists of ‘high-level’ words or idioms will get them the score they need. In fact, it’s probably the best way khổng lồ LOWER your score.

You should use vocabulary as a tool lớn help you communicate clearly, NOT khổng lồ show off.


Fluency is a really tricky area because it is so connected lớn grammar, vocabulary, and confidence. Luckily, I believe that it is the area that can be ‘fixed’ quite easily.


You can learn how lớn improve your IELTS Speaking grammar skills in the following video:

Click here lớn watch it now.

IELTS Speaking Topics

In Part 1 of the test, it is very likely that you’ll be asked about familiar topics, such as:

Your job or studies;Your hometown;Your family;Your home;Your likes và dislikes.

That does not mean that you should prepare memorised answers for these topics. The examiner will know exactly what you’re doing & could lower your score.

In Parts 2 and 3, it is impossible to predict which topics will come up. I carried out extensive research on this & you can see the results here.

IELTS Speaking Help

Find out how you can improve your IELTS speaking preparation by following the advice given by students who scored a Band 7+ in their IELTS speaking test.

This article will explain the reasons why your accent won’t affect your IELTS speaking score (and what you should focus your time on instead).

It’s common for people to lớn worry about getting an unfamiliar topic on the IELTS speaking exam. However, this article will outline the reasons why this shouldn’t be your priority & what to vì chưng if you vày receive a topic you know little about.

Is it OK khổng lồ ask the examiner questions? There are only two that you can ask him or her. The above article shows you how.

I don’t believe in quick fixes và tips are just that. These tips are useful if you just need a quick guide but vì chưng realise that you need more than just tips.

The above article will help you take a strategic approach to your preparation for your speaking test.

Many students think that they should speak in a very formal way. You don’t want to speak very informally, but you don’t want lớn sound lượt thích a robot either.

What is the Examiner Looking for?

Your examiner does NOT want lớn see:

How many answers you have memorised.How many ‘big’/’fancy’/’high-level’ words you know.How many different grammar structures và tenses you know.How ‘British’ or ‘American’ your accent is.

The examiner DOES want to see:

How well you can communicate through spoken English.

There is a little more lớn it than that, as you will see below. However, you should always remember that the examiners in the IELTS Speaking exam are simply testing if you can mở cửa your mouth & communicate in English.

Don’t make it more complicated than it needs to be. Keep it simple!

See the interactive tool below for the most commonly asked questions we receive about IELTS Speaking: