How to Win Over IELTS Speaking Examiner for High Band Score

Thursday, April 09, 2015

IELTS speaking win

Every IELTS candidate feels the anxiety to speak in front of examiner because it may be first time in their life when their speaking gets scored by someone!

This nervousness comes over from certain unawareness of mind while a candidate has no clue how they are going to be marked by examiner.

Very few of us may know, adding some particular elements in speech are helpful for getting high band score in IELTS.

Although there are several components to you need to consider in speaking exam, we are going to discuss one important point here to make you understand the implication practically.
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All we that IELTS speaking exam is divided into 3 parts where in part 1 the examiner asks general questions about familiar subjects such as your home, family, free-time interests and occupation or studies.

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It`s common for the examiner to begin with questions relating to the practical sides of your personal life, and then to move on to your leisure interests or other experiences of everyday life.

In Part 1 of the speaking test, the questions may include about your occupation or the way you spend your time I you don`t have an occupation.

The questions could appear like as follows:

  • Do you work, or are you a student?
  • What`t the most interesting part of being a student/service holder/businessman?
  • What`s the most difficult part of being a student/service holder/businessman?
  • Would you say it`s a good occupation? (Why?/Why not?)
  • What kind of work would you like to do in the future?

BE AWARE of the fact that giving a one line simple answer to these questions will reduce your marks.

For example, Don`t just say "I am a student or I work in a multinational company". Give more details in your answer.

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Giving plenty of detail in description makes you smarter to get high band score. For instance:

  • I am a fourth year student of one of the reputed Medical College of the country called.......... (Name of the college)
  • I am working as an executive in a multinational company in the main CBD of the capital. You may have heard about it. It is called the HSBC.

But the trick does not end here by giving detail description. Adding your feelings and opinion can spice it up to the next extent.

This little twist will make your speaking more interesting and can help improve your score.

The examiner will generally ask for your opinion or feelings about your study or occupation. Your opinion can be positive or negative.

For example you can say, "It is not an easy subject, There`s a lot of reading and the exams are very difficult, but it`ll be worth it."

I`ll be able to serve a lot of people if I get graduate and the carrier prospects for doctors are excellent.

You can say about your job "It`s hard work and - I have to be honest - the pay is great, but it can be lot of fun, especially when the office get busy I work with some really nice people."

In this way you can add feelings to your speech. However, extreme and intolerant opinions should be avoided, especially concerning race and religion.

Remember, uttering words and feeling that advocates hates and violence is not tolerated in the academic world. You may have those feelings of hatred about something but it is better to demonstrate those in front of examiner.

Another common topic in Part 1 of the Speaking test is personal circumstances-the place where you live, your family and your daily life.

As with your occupation, it`s a good idea to prepare some ideas to talk about. What can you say about these topics that are interesting or unexpected and you can ass some personal opinion as well as basic information.

For example, while talking about the place you are living; you can say "It is the most beautiful place in the earth for me and living there give me perfect peace of mind."


Speaking Part 1 in the IELTS speaking test will be full of familiar questions. It`s a good strategy to prepare your ideas and learn useful language in this part.

But do not memorize a speech and then give in the test. It can reduce your marks. WHY?

Because, the examiner will understand if you say something by memorizing.

In that case, you will sound unnatural and your speech should not be spontaneous. However, adding some pause in the speech can minimize this with some extent and you can sound natural.

Remember, saying word in speed makes your speech uncomfortable and it demonstrate your nervousness.

Applying annotation in speaking makes it comfortable and easy to listen and that`s exactly what the IELTS examiner wants from a candidate.