Tips to improve IELTS speaking

As for IELTS Speaking Test you must show you spoken English ability. Most of the students make mistake by “answering” the question. Remember, it is not a friend of yours in front of you. It is an IELTS examiner to test your speaking ability. You might answer every question but still you may get low mark. That is because you just answer the question and you are not focusing on “language content” of the speech. Here is the example:

  • Question

How often do you meet with your friends?

“Once a month”

  • High band score answer focused on a “language content”

What is your favourite colour?

“Well,to speak frankly, I don’t have specific colour that I am into but I guess if I were buying clothes, I would definitely pick up colours like white or yellow – no way I would go for anything dull!

Examiner will assess your speaking based on four criteria:

  • Fluency and Coherence
  • Lexical Resource
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy
  • Pronunciation

Let me break this part into chunks so you would understand it much better:

Fluency and Coherence

This means to be able to produce long answers, the amount of pauses, the speed of your speech, using linking phrases and the times that you correct yourself.

Lexical Resource

This marking criterion look for several skills in your speech like using less common words, idioms, paraphrasing (the words you don’t know), ability to talk about unfamiliar things, and using vocabulary with precise meanings.

Grammatical Range and Accuracy

This is Sentence formation, Use of clauses, Use of complex structures, range of tense use, Error density ( the amount of errors in each sentence), the level of errors (whether the errors occur in basic or complex sentence structures).


It means how easily the examiner understands what is being said, word stress, sentence stress, Intonation, Evidence of first language accent.