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

من الشائع لدى الممتحنين أن يقوموا بتحضير إجابات مقدماً، ولكن هناك أشياء يجب عليك أن تتحاشاها.

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.


Ihope Iimprove my langauge to pass this exam


Iam trying to learn the English accent but I cant find who speak it
is there anyone can help me because speaking is very important

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Hello aneen,

You can find British English speakers on most of our recordings.  We do also have speakers from other regions - American English, Australian English, Irish English and so on - but as the British Council we have mainly British accents.  Most of the speakers in our series Big City Small World, for example, have British (mainly English) accents, and all of the main characters in our Word on the Street series have English accents.

You might also find this programme interesting.  It's all about the differences between British and American English.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Hey guys do you happen to know when is this exam starting and how to find it? My teacher told me that it is starting at 12 o' clock.Now it is 12 o' clock but i can't find it.Help out,ASAP!

Hi Tadija,

I'm sorry that no one was able to help you - this is because we monitor all comments, and so your comment wasn't published until some hours after you wrote it. I hope you were able to take the exam and that it went well!

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

I don't think so, it is working

its totally untoward and embarrassing situation 

Generally  , memorizing answers  do not lead to good results