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

We had a great question from a student in our course:

If I notice a mistake when I am speaking on the speaking test is it better to let it go or correct myself?


Our answer:

Yes! Definitely correct yourself. Native speakers do this all of the time. Using native-like phrases to correct yourself such as “Oh sorry I meant to say: ….”


Phrases to use to correct yourself:

  • Say the wrong phrase and then say “Or,….”
  • “Oh I am sorry. I mean…”
  • “Oh that’s not what I mean. I mean….”


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Another student question:

On Speaking parts 2 and 3 is it better to stop yourself talking or to have an examiner stop you?


Our answer:

In Speaking part 2 you should not stop talking.

You need to prove your fluency in this part.

A big part of your fluency score happens in this part of the test.

Keep talking!

The examiner expects to stop you.


In Speaking Part 3 it’s 4-5 minutes.

The examiner wants to ask you 4-6 questions.

You’ll make the examiners job harder if you make them stop you for every answer.

Show your fluency in Speaking Part 2 as we discussed above but in Speaking Part 3 you need to be more controlled.

In our course we give you a simple structure for Speaking Part 3 answers.


What questions do you have from today’s episode?

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