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.



Hilarious! I love this video, and the other tips, too. It's nice to know the ielts exam has real people behind it, some of whom even have a sense of humour. Thank you!

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i will gonna help you :) i am living in UK ..

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I AM ready.

Thank you for many tips. Even though I have yet decided to take IELTS, it seems to me interesting, because it is a human-to-human test. Some other computer-aided tests are a little bit daunting.
As for an interview, I am sometimes (or often) embarrassed that I cannot develop my idea further. Then stop speaking... In particular, on some abstract issues such as global warming.
Would you like to give me advice how can I practice to develop my idea in an interview? Unfortunately, I cannot find English speaking people in my neighborhood. Recently, I have started to post my ideas in some FutureLearn courses. Writing my idea is also helpful for an interview?

Hello Masa,

Have you taken a look at our site for IELTS candidates, TakeIELTS? You can find a great deal of advice there, as well as practice materials, mock exams, sample answers and more. You can find pages on the speaking part of the test here, for example.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team