IELTS interview is different from a job interview. Be sure to showcase your English ability, not your job qualification.

Are job interviews the same as IELTS interviews? The answer is, in some ways they are and in others they are not.

How are they the same?

In a job interview and an IELTS interview you are asked questions and based on your answers you are judged by another person. In both you are trying to create a good impression.

How are they different?

In a job interview you are trying to showcase your experience, your qualifications and your skills and expertise that are relevant for the job you are applying for. In contrast, in an IELTS interview you are only showcasing your level of spoken English and it is this that the examiner will judge you on.

In an IELTS interview you do not need to sell yourself in terms of your job qualifications or experience, you simply need to demonstrate to the examiner your competence in English. Unfortunately in our video clip, Joao does not understand this and concentrates on selling himself more than selling his English ability.


Hi, dear my friends!
I want to thank you for your useful website. I think my weaknesses are speaking and writing, although my listening and reading are better than. When i graduated from university, i can't talk English any more. I am so shy that i can't talk anything with anyone in English. 2 months ago, I thought i need doing something, and I left my job to focus on studying English (i still have a part-time job which i just have to work once a week). Now, I'm taking a Ielts preparation course at English school in Ho chi Minh city which most of students are studious. So, I am a self-study and a student at school now. On last Sunday, i joined in the English club at school, and made friend with a girl who gave me a helpful address. She gave me the name of a group called talking with the tourist that helps student talk English with the tourist with unbelievable fee. i participated in this group on Sunday afternoon. It is amazing. I had a successful day there! I always say myself " Don't be shy, take it easy". Leave comment to develop my writing skill. Thanks for your reading.
Best wishes,

Hello ngonguyen0329,

That's great - it sounds like you've found an effective way to improve your English! At present, our Writing section includes a section on academic writing, but it sounds as if that doesn't really meet your needs. For writing with a focus on the IELTS, I'd highly recommend TakeIELTS, which has lots of information and some free practice materials. For writing in general, the ESOL Nexus has a good Writing section that might be useful for you.

Finally, I wanted to suggest you take a look at Big City Small World. Listening to the episodes, reading the transcripts, and doing the exercises might be a nice complement to the speaking practice you get with the tourists.

Good luck!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

i checked the British Council's TakeIELTS site and i see only one practice test available. can you show me some other sites where I can find IELTS practice tests. I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Hi Chuongnguyendo,

If you do an internet search for 'IELTS practice tests', I'm sure that you can find some. You might also want to consider purchasing a book with practice tests and answers. We'd like to be able to help you further, but to remain impartial, I'm afraid we cannot recommend any other specific sites.

Good luck!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

dear teachers
i am Chuong Nguyen do from Vietnam. They say that when you get 6.5 or more in an IELTS exam, you get yourself a scholarship. can you give me some advice on how to achieve that grade. i ll be really appreciated if you can write me back!!!

Hello Chuongnguyendo,

I can't comment specifically on what you individually should work on to improve your IELTS score as I don't know your strengths and weaknesses at the moment, but I can give you some general suggestions. It's important to be familiar with what the exam requires in each part, so that your answers are relevant and so that you gain full credit for what you produce. Secondly, it's important to know what your strengths and weaknesses are so that you can work on the latter and take full advantage of the former.

Familiarising yourself with the exam and seeing sample answers is a good way to work on the first of these points, while testing yourself is the best way to work on the second. You can do both of these on the British Council's TakeIELTS site, a site specially designed to help candidates maximise their success in the exam. You'll find practice papers, sample answers, tips and much more there and I'm sure it will be a great help to you.

Best wishes



The LearnEnglish Team

To improve your

Thank you

i want speak fluently what should i do?

Hello sasha007,

It's hard for me to give you specific advice about fluency without knowing how you speak at the moment.  However, there are some general suggestions that I can make which will help you to improve over time.  The most important thing you can do is to speak English as often as possible.  To do this a partner is very helpful, so think about the people you know and consider if any of them could be a practice partner for you.  It may be that you know someone else who is also learning English and who would like to practise with you, or perhaps you know some people who do not speak your language but do speak English.  However, if you do not have a practice partner it does not mean that you cannot practise because it is possible to practise alone.  Just speaking English to yourself while you are at home, going about your normal daily activities, can help a great deal with your fluency and can help you to feel more confident, which will help you to cut down your hesitating and make your speech more fluent.

You can also use the audio and video materials here on LearnEnglish to improve your fluency. After doing the exercises, try listening with the transcript (listening and reading). Then try saying the text yourself, and finally try saying it with (and at the same speed as) the recording. This will help you to develop speed in your speech, which is a key component of fluency.  You'll also pick up a lot of language as chunks - words which are often used together in set phrases - which you can use to communicate with less hesitation.

Finally, remember that spoken language is different from written language.  One common cause of a lack of fluency is that the speaker is trying to be too perfect in terms of grammatical accuracy.  I would advise you not to worry too much about making mistakes in English when you speak.  It's normal for our spoken language to be less accurate than our written language, even when we are speaking our native language. When we are speaking we often change our minds in mid-sentence, or choose to phrase something differently, or do not finish a particular sentence.  It is perfectly normal for our speech to be chaotic and less accurate, so don't worry too much about mistakes, practise speaking as often as you can and you will improve.

I hope those suggestions are helpful.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

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