Have you taken the IELTS recently? Are you wondering why you didn't manage to get your target score?
You may find some clues here:
1. Do not express yourself negatively. Do not talk about yourself, your family, your home country and your religion negatively. If you want to, just do it after mentioning a positive feature and always keep the balance. Of course you are not judged based on your ideas and thoughts, but your negative attitude might affect the examiner as a human being.
2. Do not use: good, bad, thing. These are kind of simple simple and low level vocabulary. There are heaps of advanced synonyms for them. So why not trying to show off? It's just 14 minutes and you need to show whatever you know. Use this time as effectively as possible. They can be your last resort, only if you badly get stuck.
3. Do not ask a question at the end. I've seen some students who try to figure out their score right after the examiner says: 'Thank you. This is the end of speaking test.' Never will you hear what you want. By doing this you'd just leave a negative impression which is the last thing you want. Instead, smile and simply say: 'Thank you for your time. Have a great day/evening'.
Interested? Find Dos here: https://www.italki.com/discussion/123048
In this case you might find body language definitely useful as I mentioned in DOs.
Have you ever noticed that when you are walking, your blood supply to brain is much better than sitting still?
That is why I would prefer to stand up to speak if there is a choice for me to stand or to sit.
Why does one want to stand up instead of being seated? :)
Expressing your notion precisely with appropriate and relevant words may impress your testers and would be given a higher mark.
Can I stand up to speak in the test....? I am curious about that hahaha