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

Today you’ll find out why you should surprise the examiner and how to do it with three easy phrases for a higher Speaking score!

One great way to set yourself apart from other students from your culture is to surprise the examiner.

Acknowledge the norms for a particular topic, articulate that, then surprise the examiner with a different answer.

You can use high-level phrases to do it.

Why does this work?

It’s an opportunity to use interesting vocabulary and you will keep the examiner awake, alert, and interested.

This could be done in Speaking Part 2 and 3 and in IELTS Writing Task 2.

Here are some examples and key phrases:

  • Examiner: What do you usually do on the weekends?
  • Student: You think I’ll say that I like to go to night markets but actually I don’t really go to night markets very often. I like to go for night bike rides. It’s not normal but that’s what I like to do.
  • Examiner: What is your favorite food from your country?
  • Student: Ok well you are expecting to hear that I love ramen but actually my favorite food is okonomiyake.
  • Examiner: What is your favorite food from your home country?
  • Student: I know everyone from my home country says Kabsa but that’s actually not my favorite food. My favorite food is Biryani.

Let us know in the comments if you have tried this strategy.

How did it work for you?

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