IELTS Speaking Part 2 Strategy

Useful technique when presented with a difficult topic in IELTS speaking part 2.

In the IELTS speaking test part 2 you are given a cue card and have to give a 2 minute talk where you must ‘Describe’ something or some situation.

Often this can be stressful for people during the exam, many people just go blank and cannot think of ideas or many people may have no experience of the topic presented to them. This can be a cause for anxiety but in fact you do not need to worry. There are 2 ways to deal with this.

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IELTS Speaking part 3 – Six common question types

In the IELTS Speaking test part 3, you will need to give your opinion and talk at length about a particular topic. This part of IELTS is not formal and you can talk in a casual conversational way. The marking criteria is assessing you on your grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary and fluency. The questions in part 3 are linked to Part 2 of the Speaking test. This part of the speaking test lasts for about 5 minutes.

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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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