Is your IELTS General Training test date just around the corner? Still feel like you’re unprepared for the speaking exam despite weeks of review? Don’t worry. This article can help you out. Here are some tips that will have you breezing through the first part of the test.

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1. Familiarize yourself with what’s going to happen.

Part of the reason why you’re nervous about the exam is that you don’t know what to expect. You know you’ll speak to the examiner. But, about what? What happens before the talking? What happens during the talking?


Know what to anticipate when you enter the room. Here are some of the things that will happen before the actual test.


•  The examiner will introduce themselves.

•  The examiner will ask you what your name is. No need to be formal. Instead of starting off your introduction with “My name is,” use the contracted version “My name’s”

•  If you don’t cap off your intro with a nickname, the examiner will ask you “What can I call you?” Make sure you pronounce your name or nickname correctly for the best impression.

•  The examiner will ask you where you’re from. Simple answer “I’m from ____.” The exam hasn’t started yet. So, there’s no need to elaborate your responses.

•  The examiner will ask for your identification. Show them the necessary documents. If there are no discrepancies, the test will begin.


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2. Expound your answers.

The test facilitator can’t grade you if you give yes/no answers and single-sentence responses. So, expound your answers. A good strategy is to include the reason behind your response. Here’s an example.


Q: Where do you like to spend your free time?


A: Well, I’m not really an outgoing person. So, I usually just stay in my bedroom where I can binge-watch movies and television series on my laptop.


Also, be honest when you expound your answers. You don’t want to be grasping at straws if the examiner asks more questions about the topic.

3. Go straight to the point.

In a misguided attempt to expound their answers, some IELTS General Training takers will ramble on about their college life when asked about their education. Don’t make the same mistake. Know what’s too much and what’s too little when responding to the examiner. Make sure you don’t go off-topic.

4. Never pretend that you’re interested in something you’re not.

Here’s the thing. When people are talking about something they don’t like, their intonation usually gives away their disinterest. This could be a problem in the IELTS exam. If your tone of voice doesn’t match your message (e.g., talking about something you “like” with a monotone voice), it will affect your score in the test.


If you don’t like the topic, be honest. Let the examiner know at the beginning of your response. Then, expound your answer. You don’t need to share the test facilitator’s views to get a high band score in the exam. You just need to demonstrate your linguistic competence.


There is no difference between the speaking components of the IELTS Academic and the IELTS General Training exams. So, these tips are also applicable to the IELTS Academic test.


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