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

Sometimes on IELTS Speaking Part 3 or Writing Task 2 you get a question that you have no idea about.

What if you have never thought about the issue or you don’t even care?

What should you do in this case?

Today we’ll talk about what you can do with some examples.


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What should you do?

Go to the strategy of being honest if you don’t know.

Use a good vocabulary word or idiom like “Ok so that came out of left field but if I have to have an opinion on this I would say…”

Other good phrases to show surprise:

  • That was a curve ball…
  • That came out of left field…


**Pro tip! Use a concession if you need to fill time:

If you don’t have a lot of content to share in your answer then you can fill time by mentioning what the other side’s perspective is and then explain why you disagree and how your opinion is different.


In our course we go into more detail on how to organize your answers in a step by step format.

Let us know your question in the comments below.

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