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Tips for IELTS on the day of your speaking exam

Updated: Aug 6, 2019

  1. Don’t panic! You are not the only person being examined. Your examiner can have up to 20 candidates that day, so it is merely a routine assessment for him/her.

  2. Try to make sure you get enough rest and sleep the night before. I know it can be difficult getting a good night’s sleep the day before an important exam, but try to have an early night, without drinking any caffeinated drinks (tea, coffee, Red Bull). If you have your speaking exam on a separate day to the written exam, try to do some sort of exercise in the morning, such as walking or any sports. This will help your body to relax.

  3. Don’t go to the exam on an empty stomach. If you don’t eat or drink on the day of your exam, then you simply will not have the energy for the test. You may feel irritable, uncomfortable or lack the enthusiasm for the exam. Remember – breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Your body needs fuel to operate!

  4. You don’t need to memorize specific words or phrases before the exam. There is no point in trying to learn anything by heart on the morning of the exam. You have no idea what you will be asked, and it is important to be as natural as possible. Remember, this is a test of what you have learned about the English language since you were in school etc., not specifically the number of words you have learned.

  5. Smile and try to enjoy yourself. I know this may sound difficult, but it can go a long way to help you achieve your desired score, trust me! In my experience as an examiner, most candidates who enter the exam room who panic and are too nervous, usually do not do well. Remember, the examiner really wants to have a pleasant conversation with you, and is not out to catch you with grammar mistakes etc. All of you have interesting stories, and if you manage to share a story which the examiner finds interesting, you are doing well!


On my next Website news: IELTS Speaking – tips from the start to finish of the exam.

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