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

Today you’ll find out why the Speaking Examiner may think you’re inappropriate.

We’ve been reporting lately on my conversations with current IELTS Examiners from around the world.

Today, we’ll find out what annoys one very experienced examiner about candidates speaking answers.

Memorized answers

Some students are memorizing entire answers.

This may sound OK in Speaking Part 1, at first, where the questions are pretty easy.

However, this won’t be enough for a fluent 2 minutes in Part 2, and these candidates fall apart if they’re asked ‘Why‘ in Part 1.

Finally, as the conversation develops in Part 3, this student utterly falls apart.

Bad filler phrases in Part 1

Don’t say, ‘That’s an interesting question‘, or ‘Let me think about that‘ in IELTS Speaking Part 1. Use these informal fillers instead.

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Don’t talk forever

Now, you can’t just have one sentence answer in Part 1, and you do have to talk a lot for high fluency scores.

However, don’t start babbling, repeating yourself or getting lost in your responses.

Same questions all the time

IELTS recycles a lot of Speaking Exam questions. Practice!

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