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IELTS Speaking: Good speakers make mistakes

The IELTS Speaking test is the shortest test in all four modules: it lasts between 11-14 minutes. You might be forgiven, however, if you think of these 14 minutes as the longest in your lifetime, as they determine your future. Nervousness and lack of preparation are your biggest enemies, so what are you going to do about them? Here are my suggestions.

Sahar Azzam, Regional IELTS Academic Manager, British Council Middle East and North Africa

IELTS Speaking: How ‘correct’ does your English have to be?

An IELTS test taker asked me this question: ‘In the Speaking test, I know I will be marked on how correct my grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation are. But I don’t understand what this means. Do I have to speak in the same way I would write an essay?’

Adrian Raper, Director, ClarityEnglish

IELTS Speaking: The most important 60 seconds in IELTS

In Part 2 of the Speaking test, you are given a card with a topic, and 60 seconds to prepare. You then have to speak on the topic for one to two minutes. This one minute of preparation time is absolutely critical, and can make all the difference in achieving the band score you need — or failing to reach it. In this post we will look at how you should use that crucial 60 seconds.

Colm Downes, Manager, British Council, Jakarta

IELTS Speaking: How to improve your fluency

When you are preparing for the Speaking test, it’s really important to improve your fluency. Here’s an idea that might help.

Kevin McLaven, Manager, British Council Director, Punjab

IELTS Speaking: The psychological aspects

Have you ever thought that the IELTS Speaking test is about more than just speaking? In this post we will look at the psychological aspects of the test, and think about how you can exploit them to improve your score.

Andrew Stokes, IELTS specialist, ClarityEnglish