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.



what is the different between toefl test and ielts test? what should I chosse? Im sorry if my english worse

Hello aga rizki giovani,

I can't comment on the TOEFL exam as this is not an exam we work with, but I can direct you to a site on IELTS, which will explain the way that exam works and why you might consider taking it. You can find that site here and you'll see it also has a lot of practice materials and advice. I'm sure you can find a similar site for TOEFL, which will help you to compare the two exams.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, Do you know how to practice speaking English online with foreigner? I live in Jakarta and i need to speak with native English to improve my speaking skill.

I tried to practice alone at home in front of the mirror and mostly my speaking sounds not natural. Especially when i suddenly forgot the vocabularies or did mistakes in grammar, it disturbed my concentration and i have no idea on what to say after that.

Kindly need your help for this.

Thank you very much.

Susy Guo

Hi Susy, you can contact me via email...

my advice is why you not try to listening.

Hello Susy Guo,

I'm afraid this is not something that we do on LearnEnglish, and the British Council does not recommend external sites, so you'll need to search by yourself.

One thing you may be able to do is find a practice partner locally. See if universities or colleges where you live organise English language clubs or societies, or if schools or institutions in Jakarta organise events. You might contact the local British Council to see what events are being organised by them, for example.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Sir i'm confused about ielts.i do not know how to take the test of ielts..please help me all related ielts information.

Hello Haider sharif,

Have you looked at the British Council's dedicated site for IELTS candidates? It has information about the exam, preparation materials, tips and advice and mock exams with keys and sample answers. You can find it here: TakeIELTS.

Best wishes and good luck,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thankyou sir

May I download this video I am afraid it will be difficult for me to keep contact with the internet access, and honestly I try to heard this video more than once. Thank you