How I Scored 9 in IELTS Speaking

Nouman got Band Score 9 in IELTS Speaking this year, 2017. Below he shares his experience and tips of how he got 9 in IELTS speaking. You can find useful links for IELTS at the end of this article.

All students taking GT or Academic IELTS will take the same speaking test. There is only one speaking test for all students.

Band Score 9 in IELTS Speaking

 

How I scored Band 9 in IELTS Speaking

I believe I managed to score a 9 with continuous practice and being myself in the test. The best thing is not to feel shy when you speak about any particular topic. Do not think that your thoughts might be too little or simple to express.  Some of us may believe that if we are not full of knowledge, we may not be able to impress the examiner.  In speaking module however, knowledge of the topic is not a big deal. The thoughts presented may just be of a lay man and do not need to reflect an in-depth understanding of the subject.

I never crammed any specific topics however; I did gather my thoughts for topics which I would have found difficult to talk about. For example, I have not been visiting many historical places in the past. The one or two that I have visited, I made sure that I gather sufficient thoughts about those places to talk about. Important thing is that those thoughts were purely my own and not learnt from a book or Wikipedia. Gathering own thoughts in your own words is important.

Well done to you, Nouman, and thanks so much for sharing your tips!!! Liz

Liz’s Comments and Summary:

Nouman’s band score 9 advice is excellent. Here are his points in a list with some extra tips for IELTS Speaking:

  • don’t be shy
  • enjoy the chat with the examiner
  • your ideas are not important – your knowledge is not being tested
  • say your ideas with confidence and showcase your language skills
  • simple ideas explained using excellent English can get you band score 9
  • review topics
  • think of your experiences relating to the topics
  • if the topic is a museum, think of museums you have been to or would like to go to
  • remember your past experiences
  • speak from the heart – your English is better when you do that
  • learn to express yourself using your own language
  • imagine talking about your experienced and your views

Scoring 9 in Reading

Learn how one student scored band score 9 in IELTS reading: How I Scored 9 in Reading

Useful Links for IELTS Speaking

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  1. Tips: Should I speaking fast or slow?
  2. How to start your talk in IELTS speaking part 2
  3. Asking the examiner questions
  4. Tips & Answers: All IELTS Speaking Model Answers & Tips

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Comments

  1. Hi ,
    I just appeared for ielts 3rd time, today was speaking test, i am not feeling confident, since i stopped once as i was clueless during cue card question, i dont think i will get 7, hence want to attend 4th time, i am from india, would like to have speaking partner before i attend 4th time next month, anyone interested?

  2. Kibuuka Robert says:

    Hello Liz. Thanks alot for all you do. It really helps. I had my speaking test today but my nerves were on edge so I really messed up. I stammered alot and had a significant number of pauses. I think I may have a really low fluency score. I was not thinking straight and my sentence structure was tremendously faulty basing on my usual linguistic quality. Anyway, speaking is not really my strong suit, I am more of a writer so I hope my other tests will be much better.
    The few qns I remember are:
    How far is your home from here?
    How interesting is your home area?
    How long have you lived there?
    Why?
    How long should the average person sleep?
    Should a child sleep longer than an adult?
    Do you think it is necessary to have a short nap during the day?
    My part two task was to speak about a popular person I know.
    Part three:
    Do you think popular people are happy?
    Do you think a good teacher should be popular with his students?
    What makes children popular at school?
    Why is it that some people prefer to lead while others prefer to be led?

    Yes, that’s what I remember. My advice to anyone sitting the test in the future is to collect yourself before you answer. Good luck.

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 It’s normal to be nervous which is why many students take two tests. Good luck with your results 🙂

  3. Hey Liz, just a quick question…i gave my speaking test and it went pretty well and i spoke with a good fluency i guess..but i think it lasted for 8-9 mins, so will there be any negative marking and shall i get 7-8 band score?

    • All speaking tests must last between 11 and 14 mins. The examiner can’t change that. So, you probably had a test which was 11 mins in length. It’s fine. The length does not relate to scores.

  4. Hi, Liz!
    Many thanks for all your efforts; hope your health is much improved? Prays so!
    Yesterday was my ielts speaking (in Abuja, Nigeria) and all the questions were rather familiar; Family; social media and how it’s improved communication. Then cue card was on “a time you were glad you had your mobile phone.” Follow up questions were all related.

    Many thanks for your tips, Liz! My LRW are on this Saturday. Hopeful!

  5. Gloria Chan says:

    Hi Liz,

    Thank you for all the information and tips on IELTS! This is by far the best IELTS website I’ve ever come across!

    I just did my speaking test this morning. It went very smoothly until the examiner asked me the final question in Part 3, which was ‘What can be done to encourage people to interact with each other?’ I couldn’t think of an answer to the question so I immediately replied ‘This question is quite challenging…’ Then I decided to think about it for a few more seconds. When I was about to say something, the examiner guided me to answer it by saying ‘For example, what could the owner of an apartment block do to encourage people to interact with each other?’ Fortunately, I managed to answer this question quite well.

    However, my concern is, would I be marked down because I failed to provide an answer to the question without his help?

    • The examiner knows the difference between pausing for ideas and pausing for language. If you can’t answer because your English is weak, you will get a lower score. But if you pause for ideas – it’s fine. Even native speakers do this sometimes. It sounds fine to me. Your score will be based on your overall performance – one question and answer will not affect that.

  6. Wow, excellent job! 👍👍👍
    I wish I can also have a great score since I will be taking the academic module on January 20th. I don’t have much time left for practising.

  7. Hi everyone,

    Hope you will be doing great, If any one interested in speaking practice?. I need a partner aiming 7.5 for speaking.
    You may contact me on 00923133354272.

    M Saqlain

  8. Ibrahim Ayad says:

    I’ve a small question : I’ve a chance to work in Canada, but requires a total score of 7 academic module. And another opportunity in another work requires a general training score of 6.5. So if I passed the academic exam with the required score but didn’t get the job. Can I apply for the second job that requires general training IELTS?.in other words, does the academic module substitute the general training one?

    • That is not for me to say. You need to contact the employer who requires the GT test and ask them directly. From my point of view, the academic test is more difficult that the Gt test so it should be used as a substitute but, as I said, that is not my decision.

  9. Hi Liz,

    I have my IELTS General Training coming up in 2 weeks. But, unfortunately I have picked up some bad speaking habits recently. I often use “Gonna, wanna, kinda, ect”.

    Am I going to lose points for using these words? Or it doesn’t matter as long as the gramer is correct?

  10. Dearest Liz,
    I had my speaking test today and my questions were:
    About job:
    what you do,
    why you like it,
    will you continue it in future

    Jewellery: why do we were jewellry,
    What kind of jewellery you wear,
    did you gift it to someone…
    Birthdays: how you celebrate you birthdays,
    How you celebrated them when you were a child
    Part 2 was about: describe a place or town you visited, why you went there, what you did, what you liked about it
    Part 3 was related to city development and stuff
    I did fine but part 3 was a bit tough for me. I hope it doesn’t affect my score much. I have my written test on 2nd Dec.
    Wish luck pls. And thanks alot for your kind help all the way…❤

  11. hey liz, mam i wanna to ask you how to improve my speaking skills and i am hesitating and take long pause while giving speaking tell me some tips how should i practice at home.

  12. I just did my speaking test now.. My question is, I was ask to speak for 2mins but I stop along the line, which am sure I didn’t speak for 2mins. What is my fate ma

    • It might have an impact on your fluency score but the fluency score is decided on your overall performance so you will need to wait for your results to see if it impacts.

  13. Hi liz
    Tomorrow is my exam and I’m don’t have enough vocabulary for every topic. Please help me so that I can score well.

  14. Hello guys I live in a rural area there is no proper ielts center here I’am unable to go urban area’s for practice i want to learn online can anyone help me to do that i’ll be very thankfull..please..

  15. Hi Liz,

    Just started my IELTS preparation and to be honest, your tips are very useful. Hoping to get 7 and above in all 4 sections.

    Keep Going Liz, you are doing a great job.

    Regards,
    Prabhu.S

  16. I have no words to pay regards for this work. May God bless you for this great deed.
    Following instruction from this website, I managed to get over all 7 with speaking 6.5.

    Now I am struggling and practicing to improve speaking. will be grateful for advice and tricks sharing.

    If anyone here want to workout mutually, I will really appreciate. Do contact me on 00923133354272. we can use IMO or whatsapp and skype.

  17. Ravi Mishra says:

    Anyone for available for speaking test, Tomorrow I have speaking test. So, Please send me
    invite on skype ravi.mishra2011. I would like to have quick 1-2 hrs practice before my real exam. So pls help. Thank you.

    Best Regards,

    Ravi Mishra

  18. Fatemeh says:

    is it necessary to keep consistency of using a special accent in speaking? this highlights in using different words of both american and british accents, for example, flat in british and apartment in the american accent or other words that differ in each accent. and also,
    if i use mixed words from both accents or apply american pronunciation for some words and british for some others, will i lose the mark?

  19. Areeb Zaidi says:

    Dear Noman,
    Can you share your writing task 2 strategy please?

  20. Hi Liza my speaking exam tomorrow in Uzbekistan, suggest me some useful speaking topics

  21. Hello, Liz!
    Thank You so much for sharing all your tips, materials.
    Today I started prepare WT2. Despite of the fact that I will take an IELTS in 3 weeks I was so frightened of it. So, thanks to You and all people who share opinions, they help me to start working!!! But I still have one important problem, I do not have somebody to check whether I write my WT2 in the right way. Are here some forums or smth like or can we share the whole texts here in order to check them?
    Thank for replying in advance)
    Best wishes
    Aidana from Kazakhstan

  22. Hi LIZ,
    I would like to thanks for your wonderful efforts toward IELTS Preparation for Candidates, Would you like to give me some advice to increase my confidence level becoz i had been shortlisted two times for embassy job and passed English Placement test two times. but I could’t prove myself in Interview due to lack of confidence. What will you advice me.

    looking forwarded for positive response from your side.
    Mohd Shehbaz

    • What steps have you taken to overcome your confidence? Do you practise none stop answering questions at home on your own? The only way to improve speaking on your own is to speak outloud again and again until it is perfect and you know the answers fluently. Of course it’s not easy in an interview but with practise, your answers should come naturally. Have you tried this? Do you also record your answers at home and listen back to them – this is the only way to develop. See my video on this page: http://ieltsliz.com/ielts-speaking-free-lessons-essential-tips/. It is for IELTS but the same principle applies for interviews.

  23. Hina Meena says:

    Hi liz
    Do we need to express our thoughts all the time in simple, complex and compound sentences in speaking? I scored band 7 but I really don’t understand how to enhance my speaking skills to raise my level to band 8. Please guide. Thanks
    Hina

    • Instead of thinking about sentence structures, start thinking about tenses. Did you offer second conditional answers? Did you show a range of future forms in your answers? Think about the range of tenses you are showing the examiner.

  24. Thanks to all for congratulating!!.
    The main idea behind sharing the score and tips is that we can all achieve this with perseverance and hard work. Good luck to all test takers..

  25. Shoaib Baig says:

    Thanks Liz and Nauman for sharing.

    very useful tips undoubtedly.
    Its encouraging and motivating. I am planning to appear in IELTS by 29th April test.
    Thanks
    Regards.

  26. i have given my test on 18 th march
    my result will come on 31st

    lets see what will be the result

  27. Good tips and it’s very useful for use. I hope we can pass on our exam too. If he can do that, we can do too

  28. Muhammad Iqram says:

    Utterly awesome!!
    I think that you are a visual learner.

  29. I appreciate you Liz, your advice is very useful for us, God bless you..

  30. claudette says:

    congratulations and thank you for the tips you shared.

  31. Wow great nouman well done
    Congratulations on ur great score

  32. Mohammad Obeidat says:

    Do some one have any online site to practice speaking English for ielts

  33. Mohammad Obeidat says:

    Do some one have any online site to practice speaking English for ielts

  34. A HUGE thanks to you lovely Liz. I really appreciate your kind and wonderful advices and tips. Since I’m self studying for IELTS, I always check your website and learn a lot.
    🙏🏻🌺

  35. I am so impressive of your Writing skill too

  36. Thanks to Nouman for sharing great ideas.And congratulations for the awesome 9..

  37. I am liz devotee. I admire the way she conducts lessons..her videos are superb.Thanks to Nouman for sharing great ideas.And congratulations for the awesome 9..

  38. Minakshi Ghimire says:

    I am felling nervousness and scared to speak english .How i can i improve cofidence level for speaking?

  39. Liz for sure I believe if you share with this experience to get tested I will pass my exam,I felt so good to find you at this site,I hope you will encourage me with your instructions to learn the tactics for me to face the challenges in the exam,thank you.

  40. Aishamgul says:

    Thanks for your sharing. …

  41. Congrats!
    Would be great if you could share the topic[s].
    Thanks!

  42. Thoshanka says:

    Thanks Nouman for sharing your invaluable tips. It would be much helpful for Test Takers like us ☺

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