Learn some important tips to get a higher score on the IELTS Speaking section or any other oral English exam. Find out what to do and what NOT to do from an experienced IELTS trainer and understand how to increase the IELTS Speaking score, easily and immediately. You’re guaranteed to learn something new here and that can be make all the difference!
1. Give a full answer
Don't just give one word answers and include more information. For example, when asked where you're from, instead of saying the name of the place, speak in a sentence which states the name, the location, and how long you've been there. This shows the examiner you are very confident speaking in English. But don't speak too long or the examiner will really think you've misunderstood the question!
2. Before the exam – practice and listen
Following on from the previous advice, you need to practice before the exam to make sure that the appropriate skills are really automatic. The very best practice is to listen and then speak and the language learning is about repetition. If you don’t have anyone to practise with try it here:
3. Use descriptive words
Don't use the boring words like good, bad, nice, or okay. Use exciting words that covey emotion. Practice using higher level words for every simple word you will know, such as thrilled instead of happy, or depressed instead of sad.
4. Use natural spoken English
The best way to learn this type of language is very often to listen to native speakers. If you don’t have a native speaker to listen to and we suggest you visit my collection of sample questions where you will find recording and transcripts of my answers. Look at the sort of language we use and try and borrow it for yourself. To help all we have highlighted the sort of language you need.
5. Don't try to memorize answers to sample subjects.
The examiner has enough experience to recognize that you are not speaking naturally and spontaneously and we will change the subject or give you a lower score. Use the sample subjects to give the practice speaking on a variety of topics, but not to memorize.