Even if you are asked what seems like a yes–no question, you are expected to say more.

The IELTS interview gives you roughly 10 to 15 minutes of time to display your English speaking skills to the examiner. If you give one-word or very short answers to questions you are not giving the examiner much with which to assess you.

Even if you are asked what seems like a yes–no question you are expected to say more than a simple “yes" or “no”. You should try to develop what you say by, for example, giving reasons, opinions or describing something in more detail.

In the video clip Joao is asked to tell the examiner something he likes about his job. He answers by saying “the people”, which shows that he has understood the question, but it doesn’t show off any of his English skills. What he needs to do, which eventually he does with some prompting from the examiner, is to develop his answer and describe in more detail why he likes the people he works with.

A good tip for candidates is to look for signals from the examiner. Often you can see from the examiner’s facial expression or manner if you have said enough or not.


the people hahahaha....... interesting

It is really cool.


Nice tips!
Laughing and learning.

Happy new year from Greece. I am currently attempt to learn a higher level of English ( IELTS )

That's a really good tip for the candidate of IELTS.

But is there any particular rule that we can follow while developing our ideas,please?

Hello Educator Ashraful,

You can find a lot of useful tips, as well as practice materials, mock exams and guidance, on our site for IELTS candidates:


If you go to the 'Prepare for IELTS' section you'll find a lot of material to help you.



The LearnEnglish Team

Can you tell me something you like about your job?

In such types of questions, can we repeat a part of the questions in our answer so that we can comfortably build up our sentence smooth. Here in this question, I mean to say - Yes, I can say you many things that I really like about my job. The most important among all of them is the people, for whom I have to work. As being a marketing manager, I have to deal with various people and it is a good opportunity to deal with so many unique people. The uniqueness of the people can be seen through their behaviors and I have to know the art to deal uniquely with each of them. If I am able to do so, I feel great satisfaction and it would be good to my company as well.

In real speaking, I felt so uneasy by watching this video. It demotivated me as well and created a sort of fear within. But the expectation of the examiner was really encouraging, I salute it, which inspired to speak more.

The scene reminded me of a western, where someone like Clint Eastwood stares down his opponent :P