1. Before the IELTS Speaking test


Right after entering the exam room, don’t forget to close the door gently and briefly introduce yourself to the examiner. At the same time, ask the examiner’s name in a friendly way. This demeanor not only gives the examiner a favorable impression of you but also gives yourself a sense of comfort.


Remember to keep your facial expressions and sign languages in a positive and confident state such as a smile, a thank you. Especially, don’t sit down immediately when the examiner is standing but say “You first, please” or “You, please”.  


2. During the IELTS Speaking test


While sitting the IELTS Speaking exam, you need to take these into consideration: 


  • Manners: 


You should not lean back on the chair

You should sit up straight with hands on your thighs or the desk. 


  • Colors: 


You should dress up with bright-color clothes instead of dark ones because bright colors may bring the examiner a feeling of freshness and comfort. However, don’t try something that makes you feel uneasy since it can negatively affect your state of mind.


  • Interaction:


The IELTS Speaking test is such a conversation or a discussion rather than a monologue. As a result, you should express your opinions, especially in IELTS Speaking part 1 and part 3, as naturally as possible. 

Here are several common phrases should be used: 

  • Without a doubt, …
  • In all seriousness, …
  • To be honest, …
  • As you might guess I…
  • This may surprise you but…
  • Let me put it to you like this…
  • I’m not sure if you agree but…
  • As I was saying to you just now…
  • To answer your question…
  • To come back to the question you asked…
  • You might disagree with this but I think…


Besides, you need to be proactive during the IELTS Speaking test by giving some additional sentences such as


  • “What a question!”
  • “Wow, that’s really out of my scope of expertise.”
  • “Excuse me, could you please explain/define …?”
  • “I’m a little confused about the word …; can you tell me what it means.”
  • “Can you give me an example of …?”
  • “Could you speak louder and slower, please?”
  • “Sorry, I didn’t quite catch that. Can you repeat the question for me, please?”



3. After the IELTS Speaking test


The signal for the end of the IELTS Speaking test can be recognised by “That’s all” or “That’s the end of the Speaking test.”, etc. Normally, candidates tend to reply “Thank you, goodbye.” but in order to make an impression, you should say something more gratefully like “Thanks a lot for taking your time. Have a good day.” or “Thank you very much and I enjoy taking time with you.”, etc. This may give you a bonus for the final score.  


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4. Don’ts for the IELTS speaking test


  • You had better not give a long-memorised answer with complex grammar and high-level vocabulary as the examiner knows when you talk naturally and when you memorise a learnt-by-heart answer.
  • Do not say “That’s an interesting question!” all the time but use other more natural responses such as repeating the question at a slow speed. 
  • Avoid using academic transition words such as moreover, therefore, nevertheless, etc. but speaking naturally with more natural transition signals like “so”, “and”, “but”, “actually”, “definitely”, etc.
  • Avoid asking the examiner personal or unrelated problems like your scores at the end of the Speaking test or his/her age, marital status, etc.
  • Don’t try to know what the examiner is noting down or what the questions the examiner is reading out loud


These are just some tips for you to firstly impress the examiner in the IELTS Speaking test and improve the chance to higher your score. To know more specific information about the IELTS Speaking test and do some practice and full tests, visit our website and download our app IELTS Test Pro now!