Some General Advice - Part 2
Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking test lasts between 3 and 4 minutes (including 1 minute preparation time). The examiner gives you a task card and you have to speak about the subject without interruption for between 1 and 2 minutes.
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Tips for Part 2
Use your 1 minute preparation time wisely and make notes of the points you'd like to make.
- Don’t try to write down everything you want to say – simply make a diagram of all the related elements you might want to mention.
- Practice brainstorming techniques and making spider diagrams. Go through the possible topics in Task 2, and practice making mind maps in one minute with all the ideas you can think of for each topic. See below:
- Don’t try to memorise answers because you will probably sound very strange and get a lower mark than you expect. If you try tomemorise the answer you will not sound natural. Instead, practice, practice practice talking for 2 minutes on different subjects.
- Keep referring back to the task card. Answer each question in sequence. This will help you if run out of things to say and will help you structure you talk. Rephrase the question on the card to make an introduction, or begin the way you might tell a story. For instance, “I remember one particular occasion when I experienced the worst weather I’ve ever seen. I remember I was in my second year of University at...” Try to avoid giving a very dry, unimaginative introduction such as 'The weather I'm going to describe is ....' You can maybe try to make your talk more interesting by starting with something dramatic, like:
“As long as I live I will always remember the storm I experienced the first time I went to Thailand…,”
“There are many times in my life I have experienced bad weather, but by far the worst was…”
- If you're concerned about not having enough to talk about for 1 to 2 minutes or running out of time before you've finished, the answer is to practise as often as possible. Time yourself and ask a friend for feedback.