Tips for the IELTS Speaking Exam


Did you know that your band score for speaking can vary depending on the topic?


This is because topics in which you have a significant amount of background knowledge and vocabulary favour your ability to speak at length and allow you to use higher level, more specific, vocabulary. Here at the Terra Nova Institute of Learning, we have seen a variation of up to two band scores.


Research into the official IELTS examination reveals the following topics were used in part 2 of the exam (the individual long turn). The list below, however, reflects only a small portion of the tests analyzed.


Describe a teacher you like

Describe a film you like

Describe a memorable event

Describe an item important to you

Describe an interesting historic place

Describe an interest/hobby you have

Describe a river, lake, or sea you like

Describe a useful website

Describe a family member you like


Part 3 is an extension of these topics and often features more complex questions related to the topic at hand.


To better prepare for the speaking test, go through each one of the above topics and prepare ideas and vocabulary items to match the topic.


Then go online and search for questions related to the main theme. For example, the topic of describing a teacher you like is the theme of education. Search for questions related to education and IELTS speaking. Make note of any questions you find and prepare an answer for them.

Of course, there is nothing better than practising with an experienced IELTS examiner. To learn more tips about the speaking exam, the remaining topics, or to book a practice session with a Ph.D. in IELTS, visit www.ieltscourse.ca for more details.

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