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.

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This is the tip I give students all the time. I think it is a combination of them being tired and also wanting the exam to be over as quickly as possible.

I also find that students tend to answer the questions they want rather than the question actually asked. This often leads to them not answering the question properly and going off on a tangent especially in part 2.

Thanks.

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Hi my english is a little weak, especially in speaking. there are not the english environment. please advice me that how I can improve it and there the educator mentioned above at some videos and I can't find those please indicate me on.

Hello Ali Eltaf,

There's some advice on improving your speaking on our Help page. I'd also suggest you visit TakeIELTS for more advice and free practice materials. Finally, you can probably find some useful videos on YouTube by searching for 'IELTS speaking'.

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Kirk
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Hi there, I am Farukh. I am very much keen to score 7.5 in each section of ielts as it is the requirement of the course which I am intending to do. I have given the Ielts test twice and have scored 7.0 band each time. It is very highly disappointing for me as I am not improving the band despite of the hardwork. I will be highly obliged if anyone can guide me properly and help me finding a way out.

Hi Farukh,

I can't give you concrete advice as I don't know your English, your strengths, weaknesses and so on. However, I think I can suggest just the site to help you. It's the British Council's Take IELTS site, which is designed for candidates preparing to take the exam. You can find information and tips there, practice exercises, mock exam papers with sample answers and more. I'm sure it will be a great help to you.

Best wishes,

Peter

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Hello sir, I'm a basic leaner and i've a doubt while watching this vedio.And my question is "If i've done a mistake (it may be a gramatical one)while devolping my answer what should i do? I mean should i keep going on with my answer & no need to wory about examiner facial reaction or consider examiner reaction and correct my mistake myself . sorry sir ,this question may be silly.But please replay me sir.Thanking you &The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Sharmila Raja,

Everyone makes mistakes when they speak, even proficient users of the language, including native speakers; you should not feel that your English must be perfect, or that you should try to catch and correct any mistakes you make. In the speaking exam you are assessed according to four criteria and accuracy is only one part of one criterium. Other criteria, such as fluency, will be marked down if you try to correct your own errors. Try to speak clearly, fluently and coherently, paying attention to the task above all and remembering that language is primarily a tool for communication.

You can find information and advice on the speaking exam (and much else) on the British Council's TakeIELTS site here.

Best wishes and good luck!

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I have never join in IELTs exam, but now i am study IELTS preparation at my university. It is so difficult, but i still study hard to improve my English. what ways to succeed in IELTS exam? please tell your experiences that you gained.
i am very young to learn this English, so share it to me

Hello nommuth15,

You can find examples of people's experiences with the exam, plus a great range of practice materials, information and suggestions, on the British Council's TakeIELTS site. I'm sure it will be a great help to you.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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