Need help with your speaking skills?

Here are some tips to prepare for your test.

Speaking to friends and family in your local language is easy.

But will this help you if you're preparing for your IELTS Speaking test?


Here's my advice.

Speak English.

Speak it as much as possible with friends,

at work or even while you are shopping.

Chat about a common topic of interest

and pretend you're sitting an actual IELTS test.

Speak in full English sentences.

Be adventurous!

Try out some new English words you've just learned.

Practice using adjectives to express your feelings or opinions.

For example, ‘I like this pizza.

It's delicious and satisfying.

The cheese is tasty and the vegetables are fresh.'

Listen to yourself speaking.

Most of us haven't heard ourselves speak

Here's an idea:

Why not record yourself speaking

– it's a great way to check your pronunciation

– or learn if you need to speak slower or faster to express yourself clearly.

What if you know little about the topic?

Don't stress. The Speaking test measures your level of English,

not your opinion and definitely not your accent!

You can make something up from your imagination

as long as it relates to the topic.

Get to know the assessment criteria.

Know what criteria you must meet

to achieve the band score you're aiming for?

If the Speaking test makes you feel nervous,

don't worry – you are definitely not alone.

So don't lose sleep over it - just keep practising!

Check out the assessment criteria at

See sample Speaking tests at