Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today you’ll find out the biggest mistakes IELTS candidates make in Speaking Part 1.

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So, in this article, you’ll find out how to avoid the biggest mistakes in the first part of the Speaking Exam.

Mistake #1 Giving Short Answers

First of all, students, this is a speaking test! That means you have to speak!

Many candidates don’t realize what is expected of them in Speaking Part 1.

Although the questions may seem simple and easy, your answers should not be.

For instance, if you are asked, “How often do you go to the cinema?”

You cannot just say, “Sometimes.”

That’s only one word. How can that prove you deserve high scores?


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You must say 3-5 sentences in every Speaking Part 1 answer.

Mistake #2 Sounding Like a Student

Students get band score 6. Simple as that.

If you want a 7 or higher, you must try to sound more natural, and include features that natives use when they talk.

These features include:

Mistake #3 Using Awkward Academic Vocabulary

The questions in Speaking Part 1 are personal and informal. Thus, you’re vocabulary should match that tone.

Do not use phrases like, ‘I am of the opinion that‘ and ‘moreover‘.

These are inappropriate.

You must use vocabulary that matches the tone of the topics and questions.

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