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IELTS Speaking Test Tips

Part 2, known as the “long-turn” in the IELTS speaking test is not easy, because you have to speak on your own about the topic which is presented to you for 1-2 minutes with very little time to prepare.

The short video below gives you some useful tips on how to organise your answer.

It’s really important to use your 1-min preparation time to note down as many key words related to the topic as you can, because you can use them as prompts to help you to keep talking for up to 2 minutes

You might also want to use the preparation time to ask yourself additional questions that are not on the task card. That way, you won’t run out of things to say.

Remember that your mini speech should be personal, interesting, relevant and above all natural, just as if you were telling an anecdote to a friend grin


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By Jenny Bedwell on 2017 02 07

These are great tips.

By johnwan980 on 2017 09 12

Where to get it

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​Dear Jenny, I got my results today and I just wanted to let you know my scores: Listening: 8.0; Reading: 8.0; Writing & Speaking: 7.0; Overall: 7.5

Thank you very much for all the help you gave me during our speaking sessions on the IELTS 7 course, and please thank Ray for the feedback he gave me on my writing.

I was doing the writing in the exam, and I almost could hear him telling me to write a clear overview, to be concise and to support my arguments giving examples. It really helped me a lot, and I was able to manage my time pretty well on both tasks.

Thank you, once more. It was a pleasure to meet you!

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