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.



I 'll take an IELTS speaking exam on Saturday .I hope all I have prepared and all the tips work!!!

Hello everyone this is Mansoor here, i need your help i am having ielts exam in December could any one help me out how do prepare.

Hello mmansoorjaleel,

I would highly recommend that you browse through TakeIELTS, which has comprehensive information on the exam and how to prepare for it.

Good luck!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Helo everyone......I m sam from pakistan.my english is weak so anyone tell me what i doo for my english...Thanku

Helo everyone..Can anyone tell me how i strong my english bcoz my english is not good and my grammer and tenses are also weak so any one tell me plzzzzzzzz.

Hello sam tam,

Without knowing you better, I'm afraid it's just not possible for us to tell you this. In any case, our goal is to help our users with their questions about English as they use the site. If you want to find out your level, I'd suggest visiting a language school for a level test. I expect you could also find some free online level tests by searching for 'free level test English', but they are not always reliable.

Good luck!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I have registered for IELTS exam in 13 December, 2014. I have less proficiency over English. How can I prepare myself for this exam in this very short time?
Thanks in advance.

Hello buppys25,

Using our IELTS pages should help you, and I'd also highly recommend reading through all of the pages at TakeIELTS, where you can find comprehensive information about the exam, as well as some practice materials. It would also be a good idea to take a class or work with a teacher if possible.

Good luck!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you for your kind response.

I have got my result this week.
Listening - 6.5
Speaking - 6.5
Writing - 7
Reading - 7.

I am planning to write the exam again in 2 months because i need an individual 7 for each task. Could you please provide some tips for re-test takers (taking test the 2nd time). Mainly i want tips on overall level. Please help.