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IELTS Speaking: The grammar challenge

Kishore Roy looks at a common misconception about grammar in IELTS Speaking, and how you can get a better score by practising your grammatical devices.

Kishore Roy, Exams Manager, British Council Egypt

IELTS Speaking: Six improvements to your online preparation

As Road to IELTS Speaking section receives a major update, Sarah Philpot writes about its new features and how the new highly interactive program can boost your IELTS preparation and band score.

IELTS Blog Support Team

IELTS Speaking: Telling the truth…

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: 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: 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