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DOs and DON’Ts for IELTS Speaking Exam Part 2

These tips will help boost your score in Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking exam.

Speaking Part 2 DOs

  1. Use your 1 min for preparation to think about what you are going to say, prepare a plan and brainstorm the relevant vocabulary and grammar, take notes if necessary.
  2. Having an introduction, main body and conclusion will help you to get a higher score for coherence and cohesion. At the beginning of your speech you can say “I’d like to speak about…” and at the end of it “That’s all what I wanted to say about…”.
  3. Ask questions to the examiner if you don’t understand something.
  4. Examples: “Sorry, could you repeat the question, please?” or “What does the word _______ mean?”
  5. Control the time and make sure you cover all the questions from your task card in 2 min.
  6. Use topic-specific words and expressions to demonstrate the range of your vocabulary.
  7. Use a variety of grammar structures to boost your grammar score.You can include different tenses, the Passive voice, relative clauses, comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs, modal verbs and so on.
  8. Give yourself time to think using fillers “well…”, “let me think…”.
  9. Be coherent and use linking devices such as moreover, however, although, etc.
  10. Keep fluency and accuracy in balance.
  11. Speak clearly at your natural pace and loudly enough.
  12. Be friendly and polite.
  13. Examples: “Sorry, I’ve missed that. Could you repeat the question, please?”, “Let me think…”.

Speaking Part 2 DON’Ts

  1. Don’t miss a chance to use your 1 min for preparation wisely.
  2. Don’t worry if you don’t know much about the topic. The examiner will assess only your English and ability to give arguments in English.
  3. If you aren’t sure about some place, date or fact, try to find another example.
  4. If it’s hard, you can say “I don’t remember exactly, but I guess…”, “I don’t know much about the topic, but I’ve heard that…”.
  5. Don’t repeat the words from the task card if possible, try to paraphrase them so that you demonstrate the range of your vocabulary.
  6. Don’t use the words and grammar that you aren’t sure about, use what you know well.
  7. Don’t pause for too long if you can’t find the right word. Paraphrase or change the topic.
  8. Don’t panic if you’ve made a mistake. Correct yourself or just keep speaking.
  9. Don’t use very informal words and expressions at the exam.
  10. Examples: “wanna”, “kinda”, “stuff”.

Read our tips on Part 1 and Part 3 in the following articles

Speaking Part 1 DOs and DON’Ts
Speaking Part 3 DOs and DON’Ts

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