IELTS Speaking part 2 Structure

Give your talk a structure to help you achieve a higher Band score.

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 structure 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.

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Why am I stuck at Band 6 in Speaking?

ielts focusThis is one of the most common questions I get asked about in IELTS.

‘Why can’t I get Band 7 in speaking?’

There are a lot of IELTS students out there stuck on a Band 5 or Band 6 in the speaking section and are frustrated. Many of you are near to giving up on hitting a Band 7. Some people get the wrong advice, poor feedback or are promised a high score by their teacher just to keep them happy. It is important to be realistic about this.

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IELTS Speaking part 3 – Six common question types

In the IELTS Speaking test part 3 you will need to develop your answer and give a specific example to back up your opinion, Part 1 is about general everyday topics but part 3 is more in depth.

In fact the IELTS speaking test is not formal and you can talk in a casual way (but I don’t advise using idioms). In the speaking test, the examiners will be checking your grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary and fluency. The questions in part 3 are linked to Part 2 of the Speaking test and this section lasts for about 5 minutes.

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IELTS Speaking part 1 topics and example responses.

Common topics and model responses for IELTS speaking part 1.

In part one of the speaking test you will be asked questions on about 3 different topics. There could be up to 12 questions. It lasts about 4 to 5 minutes.

The topics are pretty general and the aim of this part of the test is to get you to speak in a natural way without hesitation. If you are memorising answers or scripts, the examiner will notice that and you could lose points. Make sure you speak naturally.

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Structure and tips for part 3 of IELTS speaking

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IELTS Speaking part 3 has about 3 to 6 questions and you need to give detailed answers.

The main focus of this part of the test is to talk at length and give examples. You are marked on grammar, vocabulary, fluency and pronunciation. You will not be marked on your ideas. There are about 6 or 7 question types that could come up. They might be about giving an opinion, comparing, predicting something in the future, talking about people, contrasting and so on. Click here for a lesson on the types of questions in speaking part 3.

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