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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: Significantly changing the outcome

‘Don’t leave that situation feeling, like, oh I didn’t show them who I am. Leave that situation feeling like, I really got to say who I am and show who I am.’ — Amy Cuddy In the TED talk Your body language shapes who you are, Amy Cuddy explains how just two minutes of ‘power posing’ before an ‘evaluative situation’, such as the IELTS Speaking test, really can change the outcome.

Colm Downes, Manager, British Council, Jakarta

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

IELTS Speaking: Lost for words?

‘I have no experience of the subject, so how can I respond?’ I often get this question from candidates. They worry they do not have knowledge of some of the topics that examiners might ask them about, for example a favourite building, an eye-catching advertisement or a memorable trip. Maybe you feel the same way?

Kishore Roy, Exams Manager, British Council Egypt