IELTS Speaking

Useful Phrases

It isn’t necessary to learn all these phrases, but knowing a few can help. Dealing with problems Getting help Sorry, I’m being a bit slow. Sorry, my listening isn’t the best. Sorry, my brain is failing me. Could you rephrase that? I didn’t quite catch that, sorry. I’m afraid I…

How the Speaking Test Works

Outline The IELTS speaking test come in three parts. Part 1: Introductions Part 2: Topic Part 3: Expansion The introduction generally has 10-12 questions on a simple personal subject. The second part consists of the student being given a card with a question and a minute to prepare a two…

Example Questions: Part 3 (Expansion)

In the final part of the speaking test the examiner will ask further questions about the topic raised in part 2. The student is to answer immediately. Part 2 vs. Part 3 The basic topics of part 2 are: People Places Habits/Interests Past Experience Future Plans Objects If an examiner…

Example Questions: Part 2 (Topic)

In Part 2 the examiner gives the student a card with a topic and some questions. The student has 1 minute to prepare and then must talk for 2-3 minutes on the topic. What if I don’t understand the topic? It is unlikely you will totally misunderstand the question: the…

Tips to Perform Better

Body language Making an impression is as important as the words you use. Don’t look like you are reciting an answer; act like it is a natural conversation. Remember what the examiner is looking for The speaking test is an examination of fluency and communication, not using big words. Talk…

Tips to Talk More

It is important to know how to give both long and short answers. A lot of students struggle to give long answers because they don’t know what to talk about. Developing basic answers It is a very good idea to expand the scope of answers – don’t limit responses to…

Example Questions: Part 1 (Introductions)

The first part of the speaking test involves introductions and talking about something familiar in life. Note: before the test begins the examiner will ask to see your ID. Possible topics You What do you enjoy doing? How would you describe yourself? What do you think are your strong and…

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