It's common for interviewees to prepare answers in advance but there are things that you should avoid doing.

To some extent you can predict the kind of topics that you might be asked to talk about in the IELTS interview. This means that it is quite common for interviewees to prepare answers in advance and learn them by heart. Then, in the interview if the topic comes up they will regurgitate (verb; repeat after memorisation) their answer – whether it answers the question or not. There are several problems with this approach. 

Firstly, it is usually very clear that an answer has been memorised as it sounds very unnatural to the examiner. Examiners have a lot of experience interviewing people and they can easily see when something isn’t quite right. If they suspect that the answer has been memorised they will probably interrupt your answer and move on to another question.

Secondly, if you have memorised an answer it is very unlikely that it will actually answer the question directly and this will be another signal to the examiner that something isn’t quite right.

In summary, you should avoid trying to memorise answers, but you can still prepare for the interview by thinking about possible topics and making sure you have the vocabulary and language to talk about the topics in general.



how can i prepare my self for speaking test

Hello Mohamed Elnaggar,

If you're able to take a course, that would probably be the most effective way to prepare, but I would also recommend you visit TakeIELTS's Prepare for your test page, where you can find advice on how to prepare for all sections of the test, some free practice tests and lots of other useful information. We also have an IELTS channel on YouTube that you might find useful.

Good luck!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team


Thanks you again. That means durig the test the answer need to be natural.

I only want to say Hi. The web page is very good, congratulations. I hope have a good band score in my IELTS it will be in 13 days !! That you suggest for me?, thanks. :)

Hello ZulmaRugeles,

Thank you for your nice comment. Good luck with your test!

Have you visited our site for IELTS candidates? It's called TakeIELTS and you can find it here. You'll find preparation materials, practice tasks, mock exams and sample answers there, as well as a lot of advice and tips.

Good luck once again!


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, I want to learn to speak english but I have a problems with a preposition because I am no sure what is the correct place in the sentences, I read a webpage that said the preposition can´t be placed in at the end of sentences but I have seen several sentences with the preposition at end, can you help me with this issue? Where can I read about that.

Hello raul.rp265,

In very formal writing and speaking, prepositions aren't used at the end of sentences, but in most ordinary situations, and even many formal ones, it's very common to use a preposition at the end of a sentence.

On our site, there is a brief discussion of this in question forms on our verbs - questions and negatives page (see section 5. Questions with verbs and prepositions). I'd also recommend the Cambridge Dictionary's article on Prepositions, especially the Prepositions: position and stranding section (scroll down the page).

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

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