How to greet examiner in IELTS Speaking test?

Your first impression is your last impression- this quote perfectly fits when you give your IELTS speaking exam. The speaking examiner really counts your way of greeting and leaves an imprint of your first impression on your examiner. Students often make the mistake of not greeting the examiner in the right way due to the nervousness of the exam or forgets to greet the examiner. So this particular article will let you know some valuable tips on how to greet your speaking examiner and feel more comfortable while initiating your IELTS speaking exam. Also, with the help of these tips, you will be able to set a speaking tone and feel more confident on your exam day.

Valuable Tips to Greet IELTS Speaking Examiner

Tip 1- Greetings of the Day

Make sure you give a decent smile while entering the room and according to the time of the day with him with a greeting i.e. “Good Morning”, “Good Afternoon”, “Good Evening”.

Tip 2- Let Examiner Offer you a seat

Don’t rush into the room and grab the seat quickly. Have patience and let the examiner do so. However, if you want to sit on the chair to feel more comfortable, then you can ask the examiner in a decent tone that “May I have the seat?”

I am sure the examiner’s answer will not disappoint you!!

Tip 3- Don’t get confused between “Can” and “May”

Whenever you are requesting something from the examiner always use the word “May”. “Can” word represents authority and doesn’t goes with requesting phrases. So, the correct sentence is “May I have the seat?” in place of “Can I sit?”. Also, of you get the seat don’t forget to say “Thank you” to your examiner.

Tip 4- The Commencement

You will be asked your name firstly from your examiner. Here is the tip- don’t use “My Name Is” instead of this always use contraction while saying your name i.e. “My Name’s _____”. Also, be prepared with some answers for some fixed and common questions by the examiner such as “Are you comfortable?”, “Shall we begin the IELTS Speaking test?” Just make sure that you answer these questions in a polite manner.

Tip 5- Understand the Idea

The idea of the IELTS speaking exam is about getting to know you, finding your interest for going abroad, whether you want to study or get settled abroad or what actually your interest is. You getting comfortable and making your first impression pretty awesome in front of the examiner while introducing about your own self is what primary need of the IELTS Speaking exam.

Tip 6- Firm and Complete Answers to General Questions

After the introduction session is over, the examiner will ask your general questions about your interests your hobby, your favorite television series, sports, or so on. Make sure that your answer these questions in a firm and steady way. This also means that you must deliver your answer completely without leaving incomplete sentences.

Tip 7- Have a Check on your speaking speed

Make sure your speaking is clearly audible and understandable to your examiner. You answers should not be too fast that it is unable for the examiner to understand or might be he skips some of the words. Speaking steadily will give you more time to think and less chances to commit mistakes.

Also, your speed of speaking is also the symbol of your nervousness. The more you get nervous is the more you will increase your speed. So, make sure you speed firmly and with some pauses that promote better understanding for your examiner.

Sample Conversation

Firstly, the examiner will introduce him or herself might be like this-

Examiner: Good Afternoon, My name is Stela (name of the examiner). Could you tell me your good name?

Candidate: Good Afternoon Stela (it’s optional to say examiner’s name, else you can say mam/sir). My name’s _______


  • Use contraction My Name’s while saying your name.
  • Say your name clearly that is audible to the examiner.
  • Don’t use Title (Mr/Ms) while greeting the examiner.
  • Keep a mild smile on your face while saying your name.

Examiner: What can I call you?

Candidate: You can call me_____ (substitutions- Just call me____, you could say____, please call me____)


  • Be clear and specific while answering this question.
  • Don’t support your reply with the reasons of why people call you this. Remember that not just the part of the test or that’s not asked from you.

Examiner: Where are you from? Or Could you tell me where are you from?

Candidate: Some possible answers

  • I’m from India
  • I come from India
  • I’m from India which is in Asia


  • Don’t add too much information about your home town.
  • Don’t ask questions from the examiner like I’m from India have you been there
  • Also don’t give recommendations about your place like you should really go there.
  • Keep it simple, short, and accurate.
  • Use the right pronunciation while saying your city name this really affects your overall Band score and leaves a first impression on your examiner.

Examiner: Could I see your identification, please?

Candidate: Sure, here you are. OR of course, here it is.


  • If the examiner says ID then it also means Identification.
  • Keep your answer short and specific.
  • You can directly give the examiner your identification but it’s good to say few words while giving your ID to the examiner.
  • Just relax and be confident.


This was all for the greeting section in IELTS Speaking exam. Keep a decent smile or your face just be confident and relaxed while greeting your examiner. Sign up with Dr. Roma Online IELTS Preparation Course for the next lesson or check out the latest and update IELTS content at our BDS YouTube Channel.

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