- Don’t echo the examiner. Try to use different vocabulary by paraphrasing and using synonyms. Learners with a high band score demonstrate a wide range of vocabulary.
- In IELTS Speaking Part 1, give a little extra information for each question.In Part 1, add information about who, what, why, when, where or how often. In Part 3, give reasons or examples.
- Don’t prepare or memorise answers at home. The examiner is testing your ability to provide spontaneous answers using natural English.
- In IELTS Speaking Part 2, use the one minute of preparation time to note down useful vocabulary that will improve your answer. Don’t write sentences to read aloud, as this makes your pronunciation unnatural.
- Watch for common ‘fossilised’ errors with present and past simple. It is a part of your grammatical accuracy to use -ed endings and past simple irregular verbs consistently, and also to remember the -s for third person and plural nouns.
- Don’t speak too quickly – fluency is not all about speed. Make sure you are clear, and that you leave brief pauses between different pieces of information. Stress important words. Learners with high band scores in pronunciation speak in a way that causes little or no strain on the ear of the listener.
- Don’t tell the examiner “I’m finished” – use intonation, body language (by sitting back or lowering your hands) or linking words (Anyway…).