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Get more speaking practice and improve your IELTS Speaking band score

One way to get more speaking practice for the IELTS Speaking test

To give yourself the best chance of getting the IELTS Speaking band score you need, it’s important to get as much speaking practice as possible on common IELTS topics before your test.
IELTS Speaking practice
Here’s one suggestion for how you can get more speaking practice:

  1. Arrange a regular time with one or two other IELTS candidates to practice speaking English.
  2. Decide beforehand what topic(s) you’re going to talk about; have a look at the posts in the ‘IELTS Speaking topics‘ category of my blog for some possible topics.
  3. Have a set time, e.g. 30 minutes, when the rule is ‘English only’.
  4. At the end, think about how easy/difficult it was for you to talk about your chosen topic(s); if it was difficult, think about why it was difficult.

The last step is very important as it may show you how to improve your speaking before you practice again. If, for example, you found it difficult to talk about your chosen topic(s) because you didn’t know enough vocabulary, this is telling you that you need to improve your vocabulary for IELTS.

Improve your IELTS Speaking band score

If you can answer questions on common IELTS topics more fluently, then you’ll have a better change of getting the IELTS Speaking band score you need.

Imagine this…

It’s your IELTS Speaking test and you’re familiar with the topics that the examiner has asked you to talk about.

You find it easy to give extended answers to the examiner’s questions.

The examiner thinks that you can give extended answers easily.

If that was your real speaking test, the examiner might be thinking about an IELTS band score of 7.0 or higher for your speaking.

Here’s what it says in the public version of the official IELTS descriptors for spoken fluency:

  • IELTS band score 7: “[Candidate] speaks at length without noticeable effort…”

Take a step towards getting the IELTS Speaking band score you need: call, message or email a friend today, and arrange a time to get some speaking practice before your IELTS test.


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10 comments on “Get more speaking practice and improve your IELTS Speaking band score

  1. Hi Peter,

    I found you on Youtube and followed you over here. I just got my score, writing and speaking were both at 6 while my listening and reading were at 8.5 and 7 each.

    I have been living in the US for 9 years and can’t believe I got a 6 in my speaking! I write emails in English everyday for professional use, and it was kinda shocking to see my writing got a 6 as well.

    I didn’t prepare at all for the IELTS test, and I did feel like during the speaking test, I screwed up on a few questions since I went a bit off topic. For the writing, the only thing I could think of is probably for the part 1, I didn’t write enough? I didn’t know that there was space on the opposite side of the answering sheet…

    Anyways, I registered on your website, and would appreciate if you could help me assess my speaking and writing skills again.

    Thank you very much!


    1. Hi Emma,

      Sorry to hear you didn’t get the speaking and writing band scores you need. It’s not that unusual for candidates to get significantly lower band scores in some skills than others, but given that you live in the US and use English daily, I can understand why you are surprised by your scores.

      With your speaking, it would be good to think back to your test and answer these questions:

      You should also think about whether it is easy for people to understand your accent.

      With your writing, you may have lost marks if you wrote less than 150 words for Task 1 or 250 words for Task 2, and this may account for your lower band score.

      You should also think about these questions:

      • Did you make your opinion clear in Writing Task 2 and support it with reasons, explanations and examples?
      • Did you use paragraphs?
      • Did you spell words correctly (or make a lot of spelling mistakes)?
      • Did you use grammar accurately (or make a lot of grammar mistakes)?

      If you answered ‘no’ to any of the questions above, this indicates an area or areas you need to focus on before taking another IELTS test.

      Let me know if you have any other questions.

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