In part one of the IELTS speaking test, you are asked about 12 general questions. These questions will be about yourself, for example your home town, your favourite holiday destination, what books or films you like, your family, your neighbours, etc. It is important to use correct grammar in your answers, so listen carefully to the questions.
In this section of the site, you can find a bunch of useful tips to help you get a higher score in IELTS Speaking.
In the IELTS speaking test, you often need to think about what to say next. But this does not mean that you cannot demonstrate your command of English while you are thinking. When English native speakers do not know what to say, they are not completely silent. They use conversation fillers – words and phrases to fill the space. Here are some examples:
It is not easy to achieve a Band 7 in the IELTS speaking test. In order to achieve higher than 6.5 you need to demonstrate that you can use less common vocabulary, including idioms and collocations. Let's look at how you can say common words and phrases in a 'less common' way. ...