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


IELTS Speaking is a face-to-face, informal discussion with an IELTS examiner, và is the same for both Academic and General Training. The test is divided into 3 parts và is designed to test 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 links below for tips, sample questions và answers for Part 1.

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

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

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

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


IELTS Speaking Part 2 

Part 2 is sometimes called the ‘long turn’.

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

Below you’ll find advice that I give to all of my speaking classes and 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 & every time.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 

Part 3 is more abstract.

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

This video 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 khổng lồ 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 to remember are:

It is better khổng lồ 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 lớn identify your weaknesses & take action on improving those shortcomings.

This article will show you how khổng lồ 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 test to give you an idea of what lớn expect on kiểm tra day. This article will show you how to use these effectively.

The following links are from the British Council & will give you real questions to lớn practice from home:

Marking Criteria

There are four parts khổng lồ the IELTS Speaking marking criteria:

PronunciationLexical ResourceGrammatical Range và AccuracyFluency và 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.

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 lớn LOWER your score.

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


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


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

Click here to 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 khổng lồ predict which topics will come up. I carried out extensive research on this và 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 và what to do if you vày receive a topic you know little about.

Is it OK to lớn 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 and tips are just that. These tips are useful if you just need a quick guide but vị realise that you need more than just tips.

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

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

What is the Examiner Looking for?

Your examiner does NOT want khổng lồ 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 lớn see:

How well you can communicate through spoken English.

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There is a little more khổng lồ 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 xuất hiện your mouth and 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: