Speaking exams can vary a lot and there are many different tasks you might be asked to do. Make sure you know exactly what you are going to be asked to do before you start a speaking exam.

You can often prepare for certain sections before the big day. Here are some typical activities you might do in a speaking exam. Click on the links below or on the right-hand side of this page to watch six videos of different speaking exams.  

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Tell us about your last speaking exam. Did you do well?


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ankith 1 July, 2015 - 10:27

I am very poor in english but i want to do my MS in USA and actually i got 4.5 in IELTS. And i want to attend IELTS exam again.And i have two months time to attempt the exam.So please suggest me some tips to speak fluent english.....plz plz plz

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JoEditor 7 October, 2014 - 13:57

Hi Monisa,
What will your speaking exam be like? What exactly do you have to do? We have a lot of advice in this section about speaking exams. My top tip for today is to start listening to as much English as possible in these three days before your exam. Listening to English really helps speaking and if you start now, in three days' time you will be thinking in English for your exam! 
Good luck! 
Best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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Monisa 8 October, 2014 - 08:58

The exam will consist of two parts: the warm-up section and the discussion section.
Thank you

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JoEditor 8 October, 2014 - 09:14

Hi again Monisa,
Have you watched all of the videos for the different types of speaking exams? These will give you some ideas. Watch this video which shows a discussion. Remember to listen to as much English as you can in these days before your exam.
Good luck! 
Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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Jonathan - Coor... 18 October, 2014 - 13:12

Hi Monisa. How did your exam go? Fingers crossed. :)
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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bagheri 26 August, 2014 - 06:11

when i want to speak english,i can't remember english term that is needed while i can translate !!!please help me

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KLEA B 12 October, 2013 - 10:02

In my first speaking exam everything was perfect. I was confused in the start but i told myself that i can do it i can win a battle with this exam.

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MALINE 25 May, 2013 - 15:39

I did well,I was able to express myself and the examiner understood me,you just have to trust yourself and practice and don´t panic!

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Zoje10 19 May, 2013 - 13:01

it was the most embarresing time of my life..... I was really prepared but sometimes you get confused as I did and messed up everything.....
as for you ASHFAQ MUNIR i am glad to give you some tips that helped me get thru this embarresing moments. first of all before doing this speaking exam you should think what are you going to say.
second you should take a deep breath before you do the exam
third it was a great pleasure to give you some help
i hope it works ..................it does work on me

best wishes zoja

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Ashfaq Munir 7 October, 2012 - 12:26

It was too bad i got confused.I forgot everything that i want to speak. i didn't understand what i speak..i'd try my best in my next speaking exam & please suggest me some tips..BEST WISHES

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