In this article we will give you 21 tips to help you score better on your IELTS Speaking Exam, and a detailed list of phrases to improve your spoken English.

After reading this article you will have the knowledge on how to best prepare for your own IELTS Speaking Exam, and have better chances of scoring higher.

Pay attention to everything written here – every tip is tried and tested. If you let it all settle in your mind, you will do great when your time comes!

IELTS Speaking Exam: Tips and Band 9 Practice

To some extent To some extent the weather is poor but I do love the city centre when it rains.
On the whole On the whole, I do enjoy living in Manchester.
By and large By and large, Manchester United was a wonderful club.


Phrases to enrich a normal answer

It is more than likely that the examiner will ask you some questions regarding your opinion or yourself. In this situation you could enrich a normal answer by beginning with one of these phrases:

  • I’m pretty sure that…
  • In my case…
  • I personally believe/think that…
  • It’s my opinion that…

Phrases to restate

If you see a funny expression on the examiner’s face and you feel they aren’t following you, first slow down and then use one of these:

  • What I meant was…
  • To put it in other words…
  • Let me explain it to you…
  • What I’m saying is…
  • Let me put it another way…

Phrases to correct a mistake

If you make a mistake and you’re aware of it, you can either ignore it or acknowledge it with a perfect sentence like:

  • Sorry, what I would have liked to say was…
  • Let me rephrase what I just said…
  • Don’t misunderstand me, what I wanted to say was…

Phrases to get you back on topic

If you find yourself off topic, which can happen when you’re nervous, get back on track with one of these phrases:

  • Where was I?
  • Anyway…
  • In any case…
  • To get back to what I was saying…

Phrases to use when giving examples

These phrases, when adapted, are perfect when giving examples:

  • Take McKinsley for example…
  • To illustrate this…
  • A case in point is…
  • To show you what I mean…

Similarity Phrases

In Part 3 of your IELTS Speaking Exam you will find yourself in a discussion with the examiner. This is the perfect time to use your Similarity Phrases.

Just make sure you are using them correctly, as these are more advanced and can be a little confusing.

In the same way In the same way as Manchester industrialised, so did Liverpool.
Just as Just as United used to win trophies, so did Inter Milan.
Similarly Similarly, we also studied via the internet.

 

Phrases to expand and develop

If you want to further develop reasons or explanations, use these phrases:

  • What is more…
  • Besides…
  • In any case…
  • As well as that…
  • In addition…
  • Furthermore… (formal)
  • Moreover… (very formal)

Phrases to explain a logical consequence

These phrases are good to use when coming to a conclusion about the topic you are talking about:
Therefore…

  • As a result…
  • Consequently… (quite formal)