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

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.



Hello 5m,

There is a difference between preparing answers to typical questions and memorising answers that are recited in a tedious way or used as inappropriate answers to different questions. It's certainly a good idea to prepare vocabulary and even phrases or sentences that you can use to answer questions and to practise saying them.

If you'd like more ideas, I'd recommend you check TakeIELTS and/or do an internet search for 'practise IELTS speaking'.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I like English.I want to give examination to IELTS

I have been learning English for more than 2 years, in addition, I studied English when I was in secondary school. thus, I tried many methods to study English such as I went to England for six weeks for study English and I attended three courses in British Council from Pre- Intermediate to Intermediate. It is incredible I depressed I do not feel any progress just increase a little bit ,If I compare between me and other mature students it has a huge gap ,they able to learn easily and quickly. Please tell me What's the problem? if that related to my brain I can go to a psychologist or I will stop to learning it.

Hello waelhosni,

I'm afraid it's difficult for us to say anything about you as a learner, as of course we don't know you. Have you spoken to any of your teachers to ask them for advice? I'd say that would be your best bet, though I'll also give you a few other ideas.

The first thing is not to compare yourself too much to others. I know that's very difficult, but the fact is that everyone learns differently and at a different rate. There is some advice on our Frequently asked questions page that many users have followed and managed to improve significantly. As our advice suggests, Elementary Podcasts is probably the best resource on LearnEnglish to use this method with, though Word on the Street and Big City Small World are also good choices.

Why don't you give it a try? No one sees big progress in the beginning, but if you spend several hours working on each episode – not just doing the exercises and listening to the podcasts, but also making a note of new vocabulary (including phrases, not just words) and practising their pronunciation until you know it well – then after several episodes, see if you feel you're making progress.

And of course we're here to help if you need it.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I want to learn English

I need a partner to speak. My test date is coming up in couple of weeks.


Hello Umer,

Good luck with your test! I hope it goes well for you.

Wiht regard to speaking, we do not have that facility on LearnEnglish and, for privacy and safety reasons (some of our users may be under 18 years of age) our House Rules ask users to neither ask for nor give personal contact information such as Facebook or Skype names, email addresses etc.

Good luck once again!


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Lin Kyaw,

Welcome to LearnEnglish - you've come to the right place! I suggest you start by looking at our Help pages. Just click the links to see our best tips and advice on effective learning, and how best to use LearnEnglish.

You can also visit the country site for your country, where you can find information about events near you and also how to sign up for a course at the British Council.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

This is a challenging IELTS speaking test. I hope I could pass the band score 7.