IELTS 8+ band speaking tips

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Understand that it is a face-to-face conversation, and your reaction should be very spontaneous. Hence, the IELTS aspirants believe an 8 band score in IELTS speaking part is not easy.

But believe! Such a high score of 8 bands in the IELTS speaking module might not be common but you can claim for it with the following tips.

Actually, the speaking module in the IELTS is the easiest and scoring part if you know the way to hack it. And, in a conversation, you may not get enough time to prepare for an answer. Therefore, you should be impulsive but objective towards your answer.

You should know that the IELTS examiners don’t expect any orators at the test centers. They don’t even expect logically tailored answers and your ideology.

IELTS speaking part is all about you:

  •       Language fluency (and also how fast you respond to the question)
  •       Knowledge in a variety of vocabulary
  •       Grammar
  •       Pronunciation

So, technically your first step to obtaining the expected 8 bands IELTS speaking score is to learn and practice vocabulary.

Now, let’s discuss the other essential IELTS speaking tips and tricks to score 8 bands in the speaking module.

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Stay Calm and be Fluent (Confident):

If you are confident, you will be spontaneous and consequently, you will be fluent. Don’t strain much on making sentence structures and clever vocabulary usage. And also don’t try to be quick while talking to project your grammatical abilities.

You should optimize yourself and your style to make your speech optimal without pauses and not too quick. You can attain this balance only through confidence.

Answer Sample Questions:

Look, it is well known and not suggested to step in without a strategy. Here, we mean you should know the type of question you are going to face at the time of the test.

You will get a clear idea if you practice sample questions. Because, the questions in the IELTS speaking module are typically about the everyday generic topics like sports, news, studies, work, etc.

Once you answer them and you will come to know how easy it is to clear the IELTS speaking test with a good band score. But remember that your access card here is appropriate vocabulary along with understanding questions properly.

Don’t Hesitate to Ask the Question Again:

Yes! You can ask! You will not lose points for this. In addition, you will get a blink of time to think about answers.

If you want to clarify anything, don’t be shy and ask the question again. Such an act will show your self-confidence.

It should be an Emotional Speech:

Do you know? Any language is a means of transferring or conveying emotions. That’s what we do while speaking. Isn’t it? And here, it is a speaking test. So make it simple and be emotional while speaking.

Make it an interesting speech spicing it up with emotions. Believe this! Emotion is life as well as the ornament of a speech.

This is the only difference between a beginner and an expert in speech. Your speech comes to life only with your expression of feeling.

Elaborate your Speech:

Here is an interesting technique; you should speak a little more than the examiner. Short answers might be crispy but they are often uncommunicative. So, if you are asked a question in one sentence, then try to answer the question with 2 or 3 lines.

A simple tip is that if you face a question you support, and then explain it more. Or if you face a question you cannot answer, for example, “would you play cricket?” and you actually don’t. In such a case, explain why not and say what you play instead.

Maintain Coherence:

This is one of the parameters that the IELTS speaking module assesses. Maintain a sequence in your sentences and don’t just focus on vocabulary. Your lines can be coherent with a healthy usage of transition words such as so that, moreover, however, of course, and nevertheless, etc. Such practices can enrich your speech.

Doesn’t Panic – Mistakes happen:

Often, mistakes happen! Do not panic. If you said something wrong, stay calm and use your wit to correct it in a smooth way. Or if it can’t be corrected then, then just move forward. They will not penalize you for a few mistakes.

The Tactic of Dealing IELTS speaking parts:

There are 3 parts in a speaking module with different topics involved. Let us go in brief through a brief description and some tactics to deal with.

IELTS Speaking Part 1:

Part 1 is generally warm up. It is a personal interview. It doesn’t include any complicated issues or long conversations. Most probably, the examiner will ask you some basic questions related to you.

In this part, make your answers crisp, simple and precise. Be objective to the point and answer with short sentences.

IELTS Speaking Part 2:

Part 2 probably is a monologue of yours about a given topic for around 2 minutes. The examiner will give you a card which contains 3 bulleted points (required details of the topic you need to explain). Besides, you will be provided with paper and a pencil and preparation time for 1 minute.

Here are some guidelines to fruitfully use that 1 minute:
  • Observe the given cue card keenly and underline important words in each cue. By this, you will stick to the cue word and your speech will not get distracted from the actual topic.
  • By underlining all the important words, your answer will also be complete. For example, if you asked to describe a school event, then your word list will be like – date, location, guests, facilities, transport and any remarkable incidents. Use your logic and build a perfect response to your speech.
  • You have to speak for 2 minutes. Remember that you should speak in this time limit. Plan your speech according to that. Precision is needed to gain success.
  • Anyone can be trapped by this situation and they might stop before the time limit or sometimes want to conclude after the time. So, speak until the examiner asks you to stop.

IELTS Speaking Part 3:

Part 3 in the IELTS speaking module is just an extension of Part 2. Here, the examiner might ask for clarification or any doubts. Examiner’s questions are related to your speech in the previous part.

So, you should be ready to share your views and opinions. Simply, you have to evaluate the matter of the discussion.

Important, you are marked for your ability to judge the topic against or for the topic.

Club your argument with examples to strengthen it.


Being an IELTS aspirant, you should be constantly updated with the latest topics. Because IELTS topics change every year and till now we were talking about some common topics.

In addition to all the listed techniques above, it is suggested to use technology. Do make a video of yourself while speaking.

Study your own pronunciation, confidence and body language. And, work on betterment.

Keep your voice loud and clear (we don’t suggest shouting but making it audible). So, speak up without mumbling and use very short pauses while practicing.

Your punctuation should reflect in your speech! ALL THE BEST!!!

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