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IELTS Speaking Test: 7 Common Myths


Of all the IELTS tests, the Speaking test is the one with the most myths and misconceptions. Watch the video on the 7 common Speaking test myths.
















Click on the links below for information on different aspects of the Speaking test, information, strategies, tips and examples. 

IELTS Speaking Test: Format & Grading

A detailed explanation of the test format and how it is scored.

Strategies and tips on how to improve your IELTS Speaking test score.

IELTS Speaking Test: Part 1

How to score well in the 3 sections of part 1. The type of questions to expect with sample answers.

How to prepare for the different topics.

IELTS Speaking Test: Part 2

The topics to expect in part 2. How to use the preparation time effectively.

Strategies and tips on how to speak about the topic for 2 minutes.

IELTS Speaking Test: Part 3

Information on the different types of questions. How to expand your answers with samples to guide you.

Strategies and tips on how to score well.

Approaching the IELTS Speaking Test

What examiners are looking for and how to deal with problems that can happen during the test.

How to adopt a positive mindset for the Speaking test.

IELTS Speaking Mock Tests


Video demonstrations for IELTS students at bands 7 and 8 doing full mock tests. 

IELTS Speaking Test: 8 Mistakes to Avoid!

In this video lesson I’ll be looking at how to avoid these 8 mistakes in the IELTS Speaking Test. Knowing what not to do is just as important as having an effective strategy. By avoiding these common mistakes you’ll increase your overall IELTS Speaking band score along with gaining the confidence to approach the test with a positive mindset.


  • Is it true that non-native English speaker examiners are stricter than native speakers when grading?


       There’s no evidence to say which one, if any, is stricter. All speaking examiners have identical training and are regularly monitored        and assessed by the British Council or IDP. 

  • What should I wear for the Speaking test?


      There is no dress code or guidelines, so wear whatever you feel comfortable in. How you dress will have no      

      impact on your score. 


  • In the Speaking test, after I answered the question, the examiner kept asking why/why not? Will I be penalized for this?


     When the examiner asks “why/why not” it’s usually an indication that the answer was a bit short and the

     examiner feels you can say more. There are no “penalties” in the IELTS speaking test and your score is based

    on the band descriptors for each criteria. Answer the questions in Part 1 section 3 with extra details /

    information. In other words, expand your answer.


  • How informal is the test? Is it OK to use contractions and “wanna” and “gonna”?


     It’s 100% informal and the use of contractions such as “I’ll” or “I’ve” is perfectly acceptable and advisable.

    Native speakers use “wanna” and “gonna” all the time so go ahead and use them.


  • In Part 2 my topic was “Describe a country you would like to visit.” I described 2 countries. Is that OK?


    Yes, it’s fine. In fact it’s a good strategy because it means that you will probably speak for longer and it’s still on



  • I’m pretty good at imitating an American accent. Should I try this in the test?


    Speaking like a native speaker takes years of practice and usually involves living in an English speaking country.

    Imitating accents can sound fake and could have a negative impact on your pronunciation band score if your

    imitation is not consistent.


  • Would I be penalized if I expressed opinions that examiner might not agree with?


    No, you would not be “penalized”. It’s your speaking ability, not your opinions that is tested.