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Follow these useful tips to better prepare yourself for the IELTS Speaking Test!

In the IELTS Speaking test, the most important thing is to be able to communicate your thoughts and ideas effectively.

Take time for yourself to think

First, we recommend taking a second or two to think about your answers before you start speaking. You could also use expressions such as ‘Let me think about that for a moment or ‘That’s an interesting question’ to give yourself time to think so you can quickly formulate your ideas in your head and then take action.

Use your preparation time wisely in Part 2

In part 2 of the Speaking test, you are given one minute to prepare your 2-minute talk. So, use the piece of paper and pencil you are given to note down your ideas. The main purpose here is to note down as many ideas as you can and organize them logically. When you are given the Part 2 task, make sure you read it carefully and answer all parts of the question given to you.

If you are unsure, be sure to ask

Another important aspect that will help you gather your ideas is to make sure you understand the question correctly. If you are unsure of the meaning of the question or a word in the question, you can ask the IELTS examiner to repeat or briefly explain.

Do lots of practice

A great way to prepare well for the speaking test is to practice a lot. There are many practice tests available online where you can find practice questions and sample answers. Check out these great resources: Another good idea is to take your time answering the sample speaking questions. That's why we recommend that you record your voice while speaking and check your time after listening to your answers. This way you can see how efficiently you can organize and respond in a few minutes.

Here are a few more tips for your speaking test to keep in mind.

• Keep talking! It’s important to keep talking until you are told to stop by the examiner. It is a speaking test after all, so don't waste your chance to show off your speaking skills!

• If you don't know what to say, don’t sit in silence - try to say something! Most people find it easier to talk about what they think is true or what they have experienced. Talk about whatever you feel comfortable with.

We wish you success in the IELTS speaking test!