Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today you’ll watch Nadia, a real IELTS student, answer a Speaking Part 2 question about a person in the news.

If you didn’t see the first part of this series, go back and watch the video Real IELTS Speaking Test: Band 7 Part 1.

As an IELTS Examiner for 14 years, Jessica gave Nadia a score of 7 for her Part 1 performance.

Find out today if she maintains that score in IELTS Speaking Part 2.

And don’t forget to go to for your estimated IELTS score and free resources.

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Nadia’s Part 2 Question

Describe a person in the news who you would like to meet.

Many students struggle with this question!

This is often because they assume they have to talk about a news anchor or reporter.

This is not the case!

What score did Nadia receive?

Unfortunately, Nadia’s score dropped to a Band 6 in this answer.

She could not think of a real person to talk about, so she tried to make someone up.

That means it was really tough, nigh impossible, to describe specific details and use impressive vocabulary.

Watch the end of the video to hear Jessica explain why Nadia got 6’s in every scoring category.

  • Fluency and Coherence
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Pronunciation

A 6 on Speaking Part 2 doesn’t mean a 6 on IELTS Speaking.

On the real IELTS Exam, your score is an overall of your performance on all three parts.

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How can you score highly on this type of question?

If you get this Speaking Part 2 topic, remember these tips:

You can talk about absolutely anyone whose name has appeared in any sort of news story lately.

It does not have to be an actual news broadcaster.

Similarly, many topics can be answered in several different ways.

Keep an open mind about options for answering a question.

Nadia’s Speaking Part 3

Stay tuned for the last video in this series!

In this final installment, Nadia answers Speaking Part 3 questions.

Her overall score will be determined by Part 3 combined with the first 2 parts.

Keep an eye out for that video so you can see what score she receives and why.


Many Part 2 questions appear difficult at first!

There are often multiple options for answers.

Nadia’s response to this Speaking Part 2 question received a band 6.

Listen to her response and Jessica’s feedback to see why!

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