Aubrey Carter
"3 Keys IELTS Certified Coach"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Let’s talk about feelings!

Today we explain why you should talk about feelings on the IELTS exam.

Plus, you’ll get the high level vocabulary and idioms you need to do so.

You’ll also discover how your feelings can get you a 7 or higher on IELTS.

Do you want to know TODAY if you could get that 7 or higher?

Take our free, 2-minute quiz to find out!

Today’s question

This excellent question was submitted in the private 3 Keys Facebook group.

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I was practicing my Part 2 topic with my tutor and he said not to use the feeling technique. May I ask your opinion about this? Thank you so much.

As an Examiner of 14 years, Jessica can assure students that there is nothing in the scoring rubric about feelings.

Therefore, it will not lower your score to talk about feelings.

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How can discussing feelings raise your score?

Expressing how you feel can raise your Pronunciation, Fluency and Vocabulary scores.

Low-scoring answer: I have a good friend. He is graduating from university. He deserves a party. He’s great.

High-scoring answer: Oh my gosh, what a perfect topic! I am actually thrilled you asked me to talk about this because, no joke, i’m literally planning a party right now for my best friend in the whole wide world.

Feelings as filler phrases

You can also say how you feel as a filler.

Filler phrases give you something to say while you think of an answer!

tongue-tied: not knowing what to say; can be caused by nerves or shyness

I’m a bit tongue-tied right now, due to nerves, honestly, but I guess I’d say…

on edge: tense; nervous; irritable

Sorry, I’m kind of on edge because of all this pressure. OK. Let’s get to it.

jittery: nervous; unable to relax

To be totally honest, I drank too much coffee this morning to stay awake for the whole exam and I’m kinda on the jittery side.

Can you use hand gestures on IELTS?

A student let us know that a tutor informed them they cannot use their hands during the Speaking exam.

This is terrible advice for 2 reasons.

First, there is nothing in the scoring about using your hands while you speak.

Second, many people cannot speak without hand gestures!

It would really throw them off if they tried to keep their hands still during the Speaking exam.


You can definitely talk about your feelings on the IELTS exam!

During Part 1 and Part 2 questions, you can express how you felt about a situation.

You can also use today’s idioms and high level vocabulary to talk about feelings.

These words and phrases will improve your Vocabulary, Fluency and Pronunciations scores.

This is because they are native and natural, with less common vocabulary.

To find out what you’d get on IELTS today, take our free 2-minute quiz!

What questions do you have from today’s episode?

Please leave a comment below.

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