Candidates are often nervous about facing an examiner on test day. By reading through our tips for IELTS Speaking, you will be better prepared and more confident on your test day.

Don't memorise answers, especially in Part 1. Memorised language doesn't give the examiner an accurate measure of your English-language skills.

You may want to impress the examiner with big and complex words in your Speaking test. But to be safe, avoid using words you are not familiar with.

Try and use a range of grammatical structures using complex and simple sentences to express what you want to say.

But do be aware of sounds that you have difficulty with and make sure to use stress and intonation as English is a stress-timed language.

There is no harm in taking a brief pause to think about what to say. We all do it to process questions.

We generally use fillers when we don't know what to say, however, this shows the examiner that you can't access the appropriate language or idea

Try and answer the examiner's questions in full. Extend your answers and don't wait for the examiner to prompt you with a question.

Smiling can help calm your nerves which in turn helps your pronunciation. Make sure to enunciate clearly, opening your mouth wide enough so that sounds come out clearly.

Practice common IELTS topics with friends, family, or colleagues to improve and to learn the vocabulary associated with each topic.