Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

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First Things First: Notes





In IELTS Speaking Part 2, the examiner will first give you the instructions, make sure you understand that you have a minute to take notes and tell you that you must speak for 1-2 minutes.

This is kind of a lie!

If you don’t speak for the whole 2 minutes, this will probably decrease your score for Fluency and Coherence, because it looks like you are simply unable to keep talking.

After the instructions, the examiner will hand you the booklet with the topic card, and also give you a paper and pencil for making notes.


Some students just skip this step and want to start talking right away. When they do this, their answers are almost always unorganized, and they are usually unable to fill the whole 2 minutes.

When you take notes, it helps you think of ideas and vocabulary, and it really aids you in organizing your short talk.


Introducing your IELTS Speaking Part 2 Answer


Most IELTS teachers and IELTS textbooks give you a formulaic way to introduce your IELTS Speaking Part 2 answers. That is so boring!

Not only is it boring, but it sounds unnatural and awkward. It would not score highly or impress the examiner in any way.

Basically, do not say, “Today I’m going to talk about…”

Instead, try and paraphrase the topic and say something interesting. For example, you could say, “When thinking of a person I know who dresses well, the first person to come to mind is my friend Casey. She’s a rock star when it comes to clothes.”


Fill the 2 Minutes

How do you talk for 2 minutes in an organized way?

Follow our advice, and tell a story in IELTS Speaking Part 2.

This leads to many things which raise your score:

  • It is naturally organized from beginning to end, so you score more highly for Fluency and Coherence.
  • It allows your pronunciation to become more natural, reflecting more of your personality, so it raises that score as well.
  • It also helps you to share specific information, such as details, which usually lead to more specific vocabulary, increasing your Vocabulary score.


Learn Strategies for Common Topics

IELTS Speaking Part 2 will ask you to describe a person, place, event/experience or object.

Lindsay and I came up with a great strategy, for example, for describing people.

First, describe what they look like, then describe their personality, then you should tell a short story about that person.

In our course, we give you more strategies for tackling Speaking Part 2 and its common topics.


Do I need a conclusion?

Good question!

And the answer is… no!

Don’t worry about a conclusion. Just keep talking until the examiner asks you to stop.

What do you think about today’s advice for IELTS Speaking Part 2?

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