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.



Hello,I'm planning to take the ielts this June,and I'm kinda afraid.i do surfing online and some reviewer.

Hello Caren,

Have you visited TakeIELTS? I'd highly recommend you take a look - there you'll find lots of information about the exam, practical advice and even some free practice materials.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello pvsunil,

Do you have a sense of what your strengths and weaknesses are in the listening and speaking sections? Some people, for example, understand the listening text quite well, but struggle to find the best answer. Or in speaking, some test takes speak with a good degree of fluency, but need to develop their lexical or grammatical range. If you or a teacher can identify the areas you need to improve, you can focus on those areas in your preparations.

There are also some other ideas on the Improve your IELTS score next time page of TakeIELTS.

Good luck!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks for the comment. I am aware of the mistakes that i did the last time, on top of that i was looking for some suggestions. The link you shared is going to help in great way.

hello ...

i must get 6.5 in ielts exam ... within 3 months do you think it will be possible ?

i hope >

Hi abofares,

Without knowing you, I'm afraid that it's not possible for us to answer this question accurately. One thing you could do is take a practice test to see what kind of mark you get. There are some available at TakeIELTS, and you could also purchase an exam preparation book with self-scoring practice tests as well.

Good luck!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

ahaha!!! It's so funny to prepare for speaking with you :D:D:D I've been doing a lot of IELTS tasks for the whole day and got really tired, but after your vids I feel much better))) Thank you)))

hi brithish english council is helping me a lot thank you so much!! i'm working hard to improve my english..

I'm so excited to join at the British council, this is my first day..im hoping that it will help me a lot to improve my English communication. Thank you so much for British council team...more power guy's

Hi everyone!
I love this idea!
Thanks so much!