It's good to express your emotions but don't lose control!

In an interview situation it’s always good to express yourself and to convey your feelings, however there is a limit.  You don’t want to put yourself in a situation that causes you to become over-emotional and perhaps lose control – this could jeopardise the success of your whole interview.

In order to avoid this, think about the kind of things that you may be asked about in an interview that could cause you to get emotional – a pet that died recently, an exam you failed, an argument you had with a friend. By thinking about them in advance you can mentally prepare yourself to talk about them, or our best advice would be to try to avoid talking on these sensitive subjects altogether and wherever possible answer the question using a different example.


Hello Mai Saleh,

I'm afraid I can't suggest a cure for your stress, but I can tell you that you are not alone in feeling that way.  Very few people take an exam without feeling stressed.  One thing that might help is to remember that, in speaking, it is more important to communicate effectively than to produce language with perfect grammar or vocabulary.  Mistakes are much more acceptable when speaking so try to relax and concentrate on expressing yourself as fluently and in as interesting a manner as possible, rather than worrying about the language you should or should not use.

To help with your writing, you might take a look at the British Council's Take IELTS pages.  On the writing test page you can find links to different aspects of the exam and to useful tips and suggestions.  I hope these will help you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Test

Thank you Peter so much ,really you helped me with your words and i am already now feel less stress. Thank you again.

Help me friends ,i am going to the ielets exam in 6 days from now and i think i am horrible .
please give me advices to pass this hard time.

Hi Mai Saleh,

First of all, I would encourage you to think more positively about the exam: you should try to believe that you can do well. Of course you must also study, but in my experience, just a change in attitude can help you do better.

What parts of the exam are you the most worried about? It's hard to give advice on everything, but we'd be happy to give you some pointers if you can be a bit more specific.

Another thing you could do is read through the preparation pages on TakeIELTS, which also have great advice.

Good luck!

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

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Oh, what interesting video! It has moved me, i liked the preparers, i'm also preparing myself for speaking test, but this has shown me all the faults of talking your emotional experiences.

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