I know that most students are really nervous about part two of the speaking exam; the long-form speech can be very difficult indeed, and to top it off, in the next section (part 3) the examiner will have more questions related to your topic that you don’t get to prepare for! You can download a PDF full of examples here!
Well, in this podcast, we have follow-up questions on several topics answered by our essay corrector and IELTS expert, Andrew, so that you can hear how a native speaker would respond and ace the exam!
Achieve Fluency & Style
Every examiner is listening for answers that sound as natural as possible. Listen below to learn when it is appropriate to use contractions or the conditional tenses to sound like you’ve been speaking English your entire life. For those students who need more help with delivering high-quality and complex language, his can be achieved for every aspect of the exam in our online IELTS course.
Memorise Appropriate Vocabulary
We have put together questions and answers from a wide range of topics so that you can prepare lots of topic-specific vocabulary. It is essential to use words or phrases that are appropriate, as inaccurate language will seriously hurt your score.
Provide Enough Detail
The answers to these questions don’t need to be super long, but they should definitely be more than a couple of words. For instance, if you are asked “Have you travelled overseas?” and the answer is “No.”, instead try to say something like “No, I’ve never left my home country.”. Giving answers in this way makes it seem more like a relaxed and natural conversation. Have a look at this post for more information on expanding your responses.
Be More Confident
Practise not only makes perfect, it also makes you more relaxed. If you’ve said something several times before it will roll off the tongue much easier. I always recommend that students imagine they are at dinner with a friend instead of sitting with an examiner, and to answer the questions as if they were speaking to a familiar face. Make it into a laid back chat instead of an exam!
Being relaxed and confident will help you to concentrate more on your pronunciation, pace and intonation which are all massively important on the day of the exam. If you think you need some additional help in these areas, we provide a specialist speaking confidence course that could be exactly what you’re looking for.
Even More Help
If this still isn’t enough, here is a selection of TED talks that provide a fantastic range of vocabulary as well as great pronunciation guidance that will prove to be immensely useful on the day of your test. Consuming good sources of English is essential if you want to score more than a band 7, you don’t want to be studying from a clumsy speaker!
So here’s Andrew to provide you with a run-down of follow-up questions to make sure that you know what’s in store for you when you sit down with your examiner on the day!