Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

How can you show the examiner you deserve a 7 or higher right away in IELTS Speaking Part 1?

One of the most popular videos on our YouTube channel, IELTS Energy TV, describes 3 ways of impressing the examiner in Speaking Part 1 of the IELTS exam.



Today, I want to expand on these ideas and add some additional resources for carrying out this advice on test day, ensuring you get the highest marks you can on the IELTS Speaking exam.

1. Smile and Answer Immediately


Answering right away gets you higher scores for Fluency and Coherence, and smiling will help you and the examiner relax. This will aid you in having more natural sounding pronunciation as well.


Relax! In our online IELTS course, 3 Keys IELTSwe have a whole module just to combat anxiety on test day, as this can be one of the biggest hurdles to get over. Nerves can actually bring down your IELTS scores!

Remember, also, that there is such a thing as nonverbal communication. Mark Bowden, a body language expert, gives the following advice to sound, look and feel more confident while speaking:

  • Smile
  • Don’t slouch
  • Don’t sit with your legs wide open
  • Use open gestures

Click here for more information on using nonverbal communication techniques to impress the examiner and increase your IELTS Speaking scores.

2. Do Not Say “That is a tough/interesting question”


Honestly, none of the questions in IELTS Speaking Part 1 are tough, and few are interesting. Therefore, saying this filler phrase will lower your Vocabulary scores and your Fluency and Coherence scores.


First, you need to learn what are the appropriate linking words for each part of the Speaking exam.

Then, you should learn some new, interesting filler phrases that will get you higher Vocabulary scores, because they are what native speakers might say.

If you only use words and phrases that other students use, it is impossible to get a 7 or higher on the IELTS Speaking exam!

3. Give Personal, Specific Details Immediately


Providing specific information leads to using specific vocabulary, which raises your Vocabulary score.

Plus, talking about personal information helps you to be more expressive, leading to higher Pronunciation scores.


Practice brainstorming and thinking of specific details and examples you could include.

For example, think of information that answers questions beginning with who, what, when, where, why and how.

If the examiner asks, “Did you enjoy studying math in high school?”

You could tell the examiner who your teacher was, what the subject was, when you took the class, where the classroom was located, why you liked/didn’t like it, and how you performed in the class.


Do you have any other ideas about how you could impress the IELTS examiner during your Speaking exam?

Leave us a message in our comments section below!


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