Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Did you know that you should use paraphrases for IELTS Speaking questions on your exam?

This seems like a small detail, but, if you’re aiming for a 7 or higher, every strategic way to arrive there helps.

Firstly, paraphrasing the question is important for vocabulary. If you simply copy the question in the beginning of your answer, it shows a lack of lexical flexibility and knowledge.

Thus, utilizing other words to express the topic is an excellent way to show the examiner that you have a range of vocabulary.

In the examples below, note how sometimes I paraphrase the question, and, at other times, I instead get directly to my specific answer.

7+ Paraphrases for IELTS Speaking Questions:

IELTS Part 1

Do you work or are you a student?

I don’t have a job at the moment, but I am studying to be an engineer.

How often do you eat snacks?

I frequently enjoy eating little bits, here and there.


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What was the last book you read?

Just last week, I finished a novel about…

IELTS Part 2

Describe a time you waited in line for a long time.

On one memorable occasion, I chose to stand in a queue to get concert tickets, and I was stuck there for over 4 hours.

Describe a problem you had while travelling.

One time I was on a flight from Amsterdam to Paris, and it was a nightmare.

IELTS Part 3

What are the advantages and disadvantages of taking public transport?

The chief benefit of riding the bus or train is… The main reason people don’t prefer this option is…

Do you believe that there should be more laws regarding advertising?

To my mind, the government should have more federal rules for those creating ad content.

Don’t repeat the question- use your own words!

What do you think of today’s advice?

Share your own paraphrases in the comments section below!

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