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.

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Hello everybody!
In two years I will pass these testes and I am very afraid because later I will study in a univercity in Germany. There I will need English so much.
I can not speak English so well with my classmates, and I can not guess how I will speak with people from other country.
How can I overcome the fear to talk English with people?

Hello Anna,

There's some advice on improving your speaking on our Frequently asked questions page. If you don't have a partner or are too shy to speak with anyone, then try speaking alone. The idea is for you to improve your fluency before you start speaking with others. This method has worked for many users (and for me!), so I'd suggest you give it a go. Progress is slow in the beginning, but with patience and effort, I'm sure you can improve.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk
I have a question about an IELTS Exam .when I take Exam they give me head phone FOR Listening part !!!! also Iam worried about that because my listening is not good .i want take this exam in hammersmith in west London so what can i do with this problem also do you know some where is nice fore take IELTS course ???

thank you so much

Hello krasoul,

You need to contact the centre which organises the exam and ask them the question. It is possible to make arrangements for candidates with particular problems, but they may ask for some documentation, such as a doctor's note.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi
thank you for your answer I want to know if I have not got any document from doctor that means I cant apply for head phone ??also i have changed my surname by Deed Poll and I did not change my name at home office. can I use (certificate from deed poll) in the IELTS exam so first what am I going to do ?should I upload my certificate from Deed Poll or my prement resident card when I filling from online for IELTS test?? Dose the British Council accept my Deed Poll ?
I look forward to hearing from you thank you so much
Best wishes
Rasoul

Hello krasoul,

For these kinds of questions, you really need to contact the IELTS organisation or the exam centre where you plan to take the test. 

Good luck!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi
thank you so much could you tell which book is best for IELTS book i mean for 4 skill ?

Hi krasoul,

You can find information on books to prepare for IELTS on this page.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Im going to present my IELTS test on March 5, that gives me just 2 weeks until that day and Iam very scared about it. I want to do an exchange and I depends of the results. What advide can you give me?

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