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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

IELTS Speaking: What is the examiner looking for?

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?

Andrew Stokes, IELTS specialist, ClarityEnglish

IELTS Speaking: Opinionated discourse markers

A very important part of the fluency and coherence assessed in the IELTS speaking test are words and phrases called discourse markers. The term may sound complicated but the idea is simple: discourse markers are words and phrases we use to move through conversations, going from one idea to the next, to introduce new topics or return to old ones.

Eyad Darras, Language Assessment Consultant, British Council China