Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Today learn the vital strategy for answering boring and/or unfamiliar questions on the IELTS Speaking test.

Two facts about the IELTS Speaking test:

However, how can you not feel and sound bored when the questions are boring?

Also, how can you give a good, clear answer if the question is unfamiliar?

Watch today’s video and take notes, then practice the strategy on your own.



Step 1: Be honest

Example of boring question:
When was the last time you took a taxi?

Use these phrases to introduce your answer:

  • Oh, gosh, I don’t normally talk about this to be honest.
  • To be frank, this is not a topic that I generally think about.
  • Geez, I’ve never answered a question like this before.


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Step 2: Think of something to say that isn’t boring!

In my taxi answer, I connected it to my trip to San Francisco, which was definitely not boring!

You can hear my fluency and pronunciation get better as I find something to say that I’m interested in.

The fact is, your scores climb as you become more involved and interested in your own answers.

This is a test of your communication, not your ideas. Communicate!

In our online IELTS course, 3 Keys IELTS, we give you all the strategies and practice you need to score highly on all parts of the IELTS Exam.

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