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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This is one of the test tips that I tell my students. Do not memorize answers fro one's speaking test. It should be natural and come with a flow. The video clearly says it all. Thanks for posting this, along with the transcript, really is a great help for students. Wonder if I could download this and play for my class.

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Hi Kirk,
Thanks for the prompt reply and the update. Can surely play the video in the class.

This is definitely true. I always tell my students that the quickest way to a low score is memorising answers. Unfortunately, there is lots of bad advice out there.

I think also that students should be made aware that there are certain question types that come up regularly on the test such as talk about the past and future, give your opinion and comment on other people's opinions. If they learn the functional language for these common question types they should do much better.

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That's totally true.I think the interviewees have to be ready for the questions mentally.But everything must happen spontaneously.So your answers are not second hand informations!

yes it is a good guide don't memorise the answer every things we should learn analytically, it is always in our mind and never forgot it.

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