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IELTS Speaking: Telling the truth…

The question In the IELTS Speaking test you will be asked questions about different aspects of your life: your hobbies, where you live, your occupation. How important is it to answer truthfully?

Colm Downes, Manager, British Council, Jakarta

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: The grammar challenge

You might be surprised to hear that grammar is one of the four criteria used to assess your IELTS Speaking test performance and that it carries 25% of the points. Many test-takers assume grammar in speaking is only about accuracy and not making any mistakes. This is only half the story. Making errors is natural, and IELTS understands this: even IELTS Speaking Band 7 expects that ‘some grammatical mistakes persist’. To avoid mistakes, it helps to think about the tenses you use, and ensure these tenses relate to the questions being asked. So, if the question asked is What did you do at work today?, a key word here is … Read more

Kishore Roy, Exams Manager, British Council Egypt

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: What is the examiner looking for?

The issue In IELTS Speaking Part II, you have to talk for two minutes on a topic given to you by the examiner. Do you understand how you will be graded? According to the IELTS Speaking assessment criteria, your speaking will be marked on the following five points: Fluency and coherence: how well your response flows and how well connected your ideas are Lexical resource: how well you use vocabulary to express what you mean Grammatical range and accuracy: how well you use English grammar, the variety of grammatical structures you use and how you use grammar to aid understanding Pronunciation: how easy it is for the examiner to understand … Read more

Andrew Stokes, IELTS specialist, ClarityEnglish