Use a structure to help you talk for the full 2 minutes.
In IELTS speaking part 2, you have to talk for 2 minutes on a particular topic. The examiner gives you a cue card with 1 minute preparation time to make notes.
It is important to have a strategy in this part of the speaking as 2 minutes is actually a long time to talk non stop, even I would find that a challenge!
The way to make this easier is to structure your talk. Remember that you really need to develop your speech like you are telling a story. This is very important for a higher band score.
Below is a useful structure for part 2 of the speaking. It is a well know approach among IELTS teachers and can work well if you use it right. It is flexible so you can change it around, you do not have to be rigid with this. This is not an IELTS rule it is just a structure to help you keep the talk going for 2 minutes.
Introduce the topic
Talk about the past
Talk about the present
Talk about the future
One Minute preparation time
When you are taking notes in your 1 minute preparation time, do not write whole sentences, just note down keywords that you can refer to and build sentences around while speaking. Write keywords for important information or ideas you want to mention.
Do not keep staring at your notes while speaking as this will interfere with your fluency. Your talk must be natural and smooth. If you hesitate too much you will lose marks so develop your pace.
Let’s take a look at how this works with a cue card below:
How is the Speaking test graded?
If you want to see the differences between the Band scores in Speaking, take a look at this link from IELTS Essentials, there are videos of students doing the test from Band 3 to Band 9.