What are the Effective Ways in Answering the Speaking Test of the IELTS?


The International English Language Testing System examination (IELTS) plays an important role in visa applications of non-native English speakers who are applying for work, study, or immigration in English speaking countries. For Filipinos, the IELTS is a requirement that must be completed.

Among the four sections of the IELTS examination, the speaking test makes IELTS examinees anxious and nervous. This is because the test is done face-to-face with a native English speaker or trained non-native English speaker examiners. Though the speaking test is only for ten to fifteen minutes, examinees usually get cold feet that could greatly affect their performance in the examination. Because of this, many are looking for speech coaches to help them better their responses in the speaking tasks, and at the same time develop their confidence in using the English language.

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My IELTS Speaking Experience: Practice Makes Perfect

woman-public-speaking It has been a year now since I took my International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination. I am a nurse and I have always dreamed of working in Australia. For me to be qualified, I had to take the IELTS. When I was told that this was an English proficiency examination, I felt confident since I know how to speak in English; however, there was a feeling of anxiety since English was seldom used in my workplace.

I checked online and found a review center. I decided to enrol in one since I had some time to spare and, my friends insisted. On the first few weeks, I was able to understand the flow of the speaking test. It was a shock for me to know that a native English speaker conducts the interview. The anxiety started to get heavier and it was weakening me inside. As days went by, we were taught different vocabulary, word expressions and even behaviour displayed during the speaking test.

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Proper Posture during the IELTS Speaking

Do you practice proper posture when sitting down?

There are lots of cases where people have backaches since they do not sit properly. Almost everyone has the tendency to slouch when sitting down. They think that this is relaxing; however, later they find out that they are experiencing pain on their back. This is all because of the lack of proper posture in sitting. Even in class, teachers always ask their pupils or students to sit properly in class. This is done for students to be comfortable all throughout the class. The importance of proper posture extends even in the speaking test of the International English Language Testing System exam.

The speaking test of the IELTS is a one-on-one interview with a native English speaker or someone who is trained to conduct speaking exams in the IELTS. Anxiety and stress, these are the two things that candidates feel on the day of the exam. To avoid failing to answer any of the questions, candidates are always advised to take speaking classes in IELTS review centers to develop their responses. Moreover, this will also help them become more confident in their responses as well as using the English language. One more thing that is important in the IELTS speaking test is the practice of proper posture.


When you are asked to sit on the chair, sit comfortably. Rest your back on the chair. Sit straight and do not slouch. Slouching is a sign that you are uninterested in what is happening. It shows that you are not ready for the interview and are in a lot of stress. If you are not comfortable resting your back on the chair, you have to sit at least straight and relax your shoulders. Make sure your feet are on the floor. Avoid swinging your feet under the chair. Put your hands on your lap. Further, most importantly, make an eye contact with your interviewer. This will show that you are sure with your answers. The confidence you have in your speaking test reflects on the stable eye contact you have with the examiner.

Building a proper posture and eye contact take time of practice. Hence, in speaking mock exams in IELTS review centers, speaking coaches make sure that they teach their students on how to make themselves comfortable in the speaking test. Aside from the feedback from the responses made, speaking mentors will also take note of your behaviour while speaking.

Practicing proper posture makes you comfortable in speaking and makes you less tense. Start practicing it while studying as it becomes your habit in your day –to-day life.

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How to prepare for an interview in IELTS speaking?

“I am planning to take the IELTS examination; however, I really feel anxious with my speaking skills. I am not a good English speaker to be honest and I am afraid that my regional accent has a very strong influence with my pronunciation. What should I do?”


Filipinos have their own regional accents. These accents are a pride of their culture; however, since it has been part of their growth, their accents in speaking are strongly affected by it. This may come as a problem when you are someone taking the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination. The IELTS has a speaking examination wherein one should be prepared in answering questions face-to-face an examiner. People who have taken the IELTS have always considered this as very difficult and intimidating. However, for some, with the right confidence and preparation, say that getting a high score for the exam is a piece of cake. How can one prepare for the IELTS speaking?

• Understand the three tasks of the examination. Know the objective of these tasks. Once you know them generally, giving responses will come out naturally.

• Find out the usual questions asked in the first task. Since it is more about personal information, giving responses will not be a problem. However, make sure that the responses are related to the question asked. Remember to use the right verb tenses: when asked about past activities, make sure to have the verb tenses in the simple past form.

• Follow the guide questions in the second task. There are a lot of free questions online. When giving a response, all of these questions should be answered. Use the guide questions as your outline to have a smooth transition in your answer.

• Watch English movies and observe how these people talk. Take note on the way they deliver their lines and get an idea how you will carry yourself during the IELTS interview.

• Practice pronunciation. Use tongue twisters as starters to warm up your speaking skill. Read articles aloud and check the dictionary on how certain words are pronounced. The more you are exposed to the English language, the lesser regional accent present in your speaking.

• Find a speaking partner. Have this someone rate your speaking skills. Someone who can assess your improvement during your review.

Speaking English may be difficult but through practice, learning the skill is easy. Expose yourself in situations where you can speak English and overcome the fear from taking the IELTS speaking test.