Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Michelle Kaplan
"The New York Radio Girl"

Today you’ll hear sample IELTS Part 2 answers about photographs.

Click here for Nymaa’s episode, and learn how she got an overall 7.5 on her first attempt!

Lindsay and Jessica do their own IELTS Part 2 sample answers about a photograph they like.

Notes from Lindsay’s answer:

  • at the very summit of the mountain
  • 1990’s era clothing
  • amazing sense of nostalgia from my teenage years
  • go around the kitchen table and it’s there, boom!
  • symbolizes a sense of togetherness within my family

Lindsay made it to 1:33, which was short by about half a minute.

Firstly, we don’t take notes like students do on the exam, so that’s a challenge!

Lindsay could have slowed down a bit while talking, or, simply turned to another photograph.

If you’ve provided a complete context about the first object you’re describing, you can go into another story about a different photo.

Yes, the Speaking Part 2 topic is always singular. However, if you have completely explored the one thing, it’s OK to pivot to another example.

You can just say, “So, I know I was only supposed to talk about one photo, but I’ve honestly said EVERYTHING I could about that, so let me tell you about another one.”

Notes from Jessica’s answer:

  • manila envelope of photographs
  • pairing down
  • toting around boxes
  • siphoning off things among the three of us
  • chubby cherub of a baby
  • slathered in chocolate frosting
  • straight up face plant
  • baby fistfuls of cake and stuffing it into his mouth
  • what this image depicts

Set the stage as completely as you can to fluently fill the 2 minutes!

What photograph would you describe?

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