Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today learn from a high-scoring sample IELTS Part 2 answer about describing a building.

Would you be able to fluently describe this specific kind of building for 2 minutes?

As with all Speaking Part 2 questions, you need a strategy for talking about this.

Organize your notes, and your 2-minute speech, like this:

  • Describe what it looks like
  • Talk about why you like it
  • Tell a personal story about the building



In my sample answer, I talk about a famous skyscraper in downtown Portland, nicknamed ‘The Big Pink”.

I follow this strategy in my talk. However, I don’t have a lot of time for the story!


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Remember, you want the examiner to have to stop you at two minutes so you show that you can speak fluently and talk about a topic in detail.

As you watch the video, take notes on the following features:

  • How the speech is introduced
  • Interesting vocabulary I use
  • How I connect my ideas with linking words, transition phrases, and references

Also, watch this video about vocabulary for describing buildings.

Use these high-scoring words and phrases to describe 3 different high-rises that you’ve seen. Think of a building you saw while travelling, and then 2 more in your city. They could be office buildings, apartments, or public-use structures.

What do you think of today’s sample IELTS Part 2 answer?

Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below!

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