Try not to speak too fast - accuracy above speed (also not too slow) and too much speed can be excessive perhaps.
Practise + practise again - make speaking in English and answering IELTS questions as automatic as possible.
Understand the different sections of the exam.
Try to fully prepare how you will answer questions about your job etc. - try to get the vocabulary and grammar accurate ahead of time.
Whilst, that will not directly affect the mark necessarily, try to be smart and professional to boost your confidence.
Make sure that you are not thristy - if you drink enough water, that can help you speak more easily, compared to a dry throat.
Practise in front of a mirror how you will respond.
Record yourself and play the answers again.
If you do not understand, ask to make sure you are answering correctly - much better than guessing and perhaps answering the wrong question - that about how you will do that.
If you need to give examples, try to speak about easy topics for you, that you are more confident for the grammar and vocabulary to answer about.
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In this IELTS example speaking response, you can read an example answer from a hypothetical person called "Sanjay Kumar", who is a computer programmer in Bangalore, India - the exact procedure used by the examiner in a real test may differ somewhat and the answers are given as an illustration purpose only for the types of answers you can give.
Advice: try to make the answers reasonably long and used advanced vocabulary where possible.
Q. Hello, what is your name?
A. Hello, my name is Sanjay Kumar - pleased to meet you today.
Q. Pleased to meet you also. How are you today?
A. Yes, fine thank you - the journey in by train was fine and it is convenient to visit this new test center, which is closer to my house.
Q. Yes, we are pleased with it. Tell me Sanjay about your hobbies.
A. Well, I like to go running most days - I really feel that it helps me to relax and not to dwell on work issues - it is great to "turn off" and think about other things.
Q. Yes, that seems sensible. Do you think running is popular in Bangalore?
A. I think that many people are interested in keeping fit - as the expression goes: "healthy body, healthy mind".
Q. Yes, that is right - tell me about the place you live.
A. I live in a small house with my wife and two children, quite near to my work - it is very covenient for getting there on time every day.
Q. Tell me about your education.
A. After finishing my studies in computing, I have worked for some small to medium-size IT businesses. Each one has its own character, and I really enjoyed working in each one.
Q. How often do you use the internet every day?
A. I am on it a lot, however in my free time, I try to not be connected to it.
Advice: try to make 15 bullet points and then use these bullet ponits to assist you regarding the data that you will speak about.
Q. Thank you Sanjay, here is a cue card - you have 1 minute to prepare and speaking for 1-2 minutes.
Talk about a favourite restaurant that you have visited recently.
- Where was it?
- What food do they serve?
- Why do you like it so much?
A. Sanjay's 15 bullet points in 1 minute:
1. Tandoori Restaurant
2. near home
9. visit from home
11. manager many years
12. experienced chefs
14. not expensive
So, I would like to talk about the a place called the 1Tandoori Restaurant, which is located 2near to my house. We like to go there often and they have 3salad, which is quite 4healthy. They are quite a 5traditional restaurant and also have a 6modern style as well for the type of food they offer. It is very 7tasty. In particular, the 8chicken dishes are quite popular. Normally I go 9home first to get ready and then travel there with my family.
Actually, the manager is very 10friendly and has worked for 11many years. They also have 12experienced chefs and it is a 13tidy restaurant and 14not very expensive. So, in fact, we go there 15weekly and if I had more time, likely I would want to go there more often and I often recommend it to family members and work colleagues in addition.
Advice: similar to task 1, try to speak for a reasonable length for each question - if a question is too hard, try to answer it properly, without spending too much time on it.
Q. Thank you Sanjay, that sounds really interesting. Tell me, what types of foreign restaurants are popular in your neighbourhood?
A. Well, I think that Chinese restaurants are becoming more popular. There is actually one that is quite near to my house and when I travel to work, I can smell them preparing food for the day. Additionally, I think that sushi restaurants are becoming more popular as well.
Q. Yes, that seems to be my experience also. Do you think it is hard to operate a restaurant?
A. Yes, I think so quite often. On the one hand, a manager needs to work hard to maintain the place and additionally, they need to be polite and respectful to the guests, so they have many responsibilities.
Q. Have you ever thought about working in a restaurant?
A. Actually, when I was at high school, I worked in a relative's restaurant in the kitchen prepping food. It was an interesting experience, although quite hard work.
Q. Do you think that in future restaurants will be come more or less popular?
A. I think more popular, as more people are getting disposable income in my area, so they can afford to go have professionally made food.
Q. Do you think that fast food restaurants are becoming more popular?
A. Yes, I think so - actually, I think that people should keep away from high fat food that is lacking nutrition - however some options such as salads with minimal dressing are probably reasonable for health.
Q. Thank you Sanjay - this is the end of the exam.
A. Thank you too - have a great day I hope.