Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today you’ll discover when to schedule your Speaking Test so the Examiner is in the best mood.

Thank you to subscriber Farhang for asking today’s question:

“When do you think is the best time to have a Speaking Test? When is the Examiner in a better mood? First one in the morning or right after the afternoon break?”

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Key facts about the Speaking exam

As an Ex-Examiner of 14 years, I certainly have enough experience to answer this interesting question!

Firstly, here are some facts you need to know about your Speaking Exam.

  • #1: Most IELTS test centers do not allow you to choose the time for your test.

They assign you a time and you usually cannot change it.

It varies from center to center, but the ones that I’ve worked at use a ‘first come, first serve’ mentality in their scheduling.

That means that if you were one of the first to register for your IELTS Exam, you will get an early spot on the schedule.

If you registered late, you will probably be scheduled towards the end of the day.

  • #2: If you do have other circumstances which affect when you can take the Speaking test, you can tell the test center and they will be able to switch your time.

For example:

  • you need to catch a flight
  • you need to take a train,
  • #3: YOU are the one in control of your score.

This means that if you prepare correctly for your Exam, then you will get the score you need, regardless of the time of your Speaking Test.

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What is the best time of day to take the Speaking exam?

The Examiners are people, just like you.

This means that if the test is very early in the morning, their brains may not be warmed up.

Likewise, if you are one of the last candidates on their schedule, they will be ready to go home.

Thus, being somewhere in the middle of the schedule may be better.

However, those are broad outlines and should not have any effect on your score!

How can you get a 7 or higher on IELTS?

The time of your Speaking exam will affect your score much less than other key factors.

  • Put in the work and time
  • Improve your overall English
  • Practice IELTS Exam strategies

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You may not have any control over what time your Speaking test is.

What you can control is how much effort you put in!

The preparation you put into studying for the IELTS exam has a much larger affect than the time your test is scheduled.

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What questions do you have from today’s episode?

Please leave a comment below.

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