IELTS Speaking Tips for Band 8 Score

IELTS Speaking Tips for Band 8 Score
Post on 30 Nov 2022

A lot of IELTS test takers are finding difficulties in the Speaking module to score Band 7 or more because of the two-way discussion involved. IELTS Speaking test is the easy one to get Band 8 compared to other modules. The Speaking test duration is only 11 to 14 minutes and easy to crack in the first attempt.

The IELTS Speaking assesses your ability to communicate in English.  The IELTS Speaking test will is similar to a face-to-face interview with the IELTS examiner in a small meeting room or a discussion room.


Did you know your IELTS Speaking Scores are calculated based on the four criteria?

• Fluency and Coherence 
• Lexical Resource
• Grammatical Range and Accuracy
• Pronunciation

The Speaking test is 11-14 minutes long and is in three parts

Part 1: Introduction & Interview (4 to 5 Minutes)

The examiner introduces him/her and asks you to introduce yourself and confirm your identity. The examiner asks you general questions on familiar topics (For Example- family, work, studies, and interests).

Part 2: Individual long turn (3 to 4 Minutes)

The examiner gives you a task card that asks you to talk about a particular topic and which includes points you can cover in your speech. You will be given one minute time to prepare your talk, and a pencil and paper to make notes. You should talk for 1 to 2 minutes and cover all the points on the topic given. As a follow-up, the examiner may ask you one or two questions on the same topic.

Part 3: Two-Way Discussion (4 to 5 Minutes)

The examiner will ask further questions which are related to the topic of Part 2.  Here you have to talk in detail by giving reasons, and examples allow you to discuss more general issues and ideas. Your answers should be relevant to the topic, and the examiner expects you to answer each question in detail, your opinion, speculation, and views.

Here we’ve gathered top Common IELTS Speaking tips to increase your IELTS Speaking score but not limited to

Fluency:  When you answer a question, do link your ideas, and organize your points in a sequence. Prepare on the common IELTS Speaking topics and collect some points. Also, learn vocabulary and phrases related to these topics. Record yourself daily on a variety of topics and check your fluency level, pauses, and check if you are having hesitation or repeating the phrases.  Do this process over and over and rectify your mistakes.

Ideas: What is the first thing you remember about the question? Whatever the idea is, talk about it. The reason it comes to your mind first is that you have experienced it before and have a purpose. In other words, try not to invent the perfect answer or the one you think the examiner would prefer. There are no right or wrong responses, so talk about whatever is convenient for you. So, it will enable you to feel confident about whatever topic has been given to you.

Story Telling: Candidates get nervous when telling a story or their experience, particularly about their grammar. Here are some tips you should focus on when storytelling to keep the examiner fascinated by the content, and less on your grammar mistakes. Especially this one can be followed in Part 2 section of the IELTS Speaking test. Try to tell a short story about the topic which is relevant, and it happened to you. Also, give reasons for your answers.

Intonation and sentence stress: Make your story interesting by changing the sound of your voice. Try not to be monotone when telling your story for two minutes. Creating interest with your voice may mask some of the grammar or vocabulary mistakes in your answer. Using your voice for storytelling includes increasing or decreasing your volume, stressing certain words in your sentences. For Example- subjects, objects, nouns, adverbs, etc., using different tones in different parts of your sentence and pausing between sentences or ideas will help you to score high in the IELTS Speaking Exam.

Linking Words: First, it will be much more difficult to fill two minutes in Part 2 or Part 3 without using transitions. Second, and most importantly, the story will be too straightforward and uninteresting. Connect your ideas in Part 2 and Part 3 with transitional words and phrases to make the story more alluring for the examiner.

Popular Expressions: Try to use Colloquialisms, which means adding informal language or slang can add a bit of naturalness to your speech, especially in Part 1 and Part 3, where a discussion happens. Having these in your answer can also make the examiner feel more connected to your story.

Delay Tactics: Sometimes you don’t get the answers, and you need time to think about the question. To avoid this, you can paraphrase the question and add a phrase like “that’s a tricky one” or “that’s an interesting question” or “it was a long time ago, and I need a minute to think about it” So you are engaging the examiner, and in the meantime, you have a few seconds to collect your ideas. It could help you to reduce the long silence between the questions.

Finally, only practice makes you perfect. You have to find an English speaking partner to practice IELTS speaking compared to the real Speaking Test. At Einstro Academy, We have qualified trainers who conduct IELTS Speaking mock tests in the same way as IELTS Examiners. Our trainers have 10 to 15 years of experience, and they are certified by the British Council, IDP, and Cambridge.

So, why are you waiting still?

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