Why am I stuck at Band 6 in Speaking?

ielts focusThis is one of the most common questions I get asked about in IELTS .

‘Why can’t I get Band 7 in speaking?’

There are a lot of IELTS students out there stuck on a Band 5 or Band 6 in the speaking section and are getting frustrated. Many of you are near to giving up on hitting a Band 7. Some people get the wrong advice, poor feedback or are promised a high score by their teacher just to keep them happy. It is important to be realistic about this.

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IELTS Speaking FAQ

ielts speaking17 commonly asked questions about the IELTS speaking test.

There is a lot of misinformation and myths out there surrounding IELTS, so hopefully these questions and answers should help clear up any confusion before you go into the IELTS exam.

Simply click on the blue buttons to see the answers to these IELTS speaking questions. If there are any questions not listed, leave a comment in the comments section at the bottom of this post. I will try to answer them for you.

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IELTS Speaking Part 2 Strategy

Useful technique when presented with a cue card in IELTS speaking part 2.

In the IELTS speaking test part 2 you are given a cue card and have to give a 2 minute talk where you must ‘Describe’ something or some situation.

Often this can be stressful for people during the exam, many people just go blank and cannot think of ideas or may have no experience of the the topic presented to them. There are 2 ways to deal with this.

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IELTS Speaking part 1 topics and example responses.

Common topics and model reponses for IELTS speaking part 1.

In part one of the speaking test you will be asked questions on about 3 different topics. There could be up to 12 questions. It lasts about 4 to 5 minutes.

The topics are pretty general and the aim of this part of the test is to get you to speak in a natural way without hesitation. If you are memorising answers or scripts, the examiner will notice that and you could lose points. Make sure you speak naturally.

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Structure and tips for part 3 of IELTS speaking

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IELTS Speaking part 3 has about 3 to 6 questions and you need to give detailed answers.

The main focus of this part of the test is to talk at length and give examples. You are marked on grammar, vocabulary, fluency and pronunciation. You will not be marked on your ideas. There are about 6 or 7 question types that could come up. They might be about giving an opinion, comparing, predicting something in the future, talking about people, contrasting and so on. Click here for a lesson on the types of questions in speaking part 3.

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