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

Today I’ll talk about how to get back on track in IELTS Speaking Part 3.

In IELTS Speaking Part 3, it can be easy to get lost.

Perhaps you are nervous, and just can’t seem to focus or organize your answer. Sometimes, it seems you do not know how to end your answer, and you begin to repeat yourself or wander off topic.

This can be detrimental for your Fluency and Coherence score. So, how can you refocus in front of the examiner?



First of all, stop and take a breath. If you’re repeating, or wandering, just stop talking. This only takes a second, and it is a natural communication strategy, utilized by native speakers as well when communication turns toward incoherency.

Communicate to the examiner what is happening. Narrating the thoughts or feelings clearly and explicitly is fluent and coherent!

Naming the trouble relaxes not only you, but the examiner as well.


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Furthermore, using the phrases in today’s video raises Fluency/Coherence, Vocabulary and Pronunciation scores.

So, next time you are worried about becoming confusing during a Speaking Part 3 answer, you can say:

When you start to wander-

Sorry, I’m veering off topic. Let’s just say… [summarize your opinion or main point]

When you start to repeat yourself-

Wait, this answer is starting to sound like a broken record. Let me summarize by saying… [summarize your opinion or main point]

Write down today’s phrases in your vocabulary notebook, on the page you dedicate to Speaking Part 3.

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