REMEMBER in Part 1 of the speaking test, you need to speak conversationally about things in your everyday life. Common topics are things like: work, studies, and hometown. However, there is a wide range of other topics you might have to talk about. TRY to speak for around 3 sentences BUT not much longer than this. Your job is to clearly express a main idea and give some brief support or explanation. FOR EXAMPLE, “What job do you have” – (Answer) “I’m a teacher” – answers the question but is TOO short. An answer like – “I’m a teacher. I teach chemistry in a local high school and I also tutor students with learning difficulties” – is much better as it has a main idea, some details, AND shows your speaking ability (vocabulary, grammatical range, etc.)
NOTE – The following sample answers are taken from a real IELTS exam in 2018. Each answer has a ‘simple’ and an ‘advanced’ version for people of different levels.
QUESTION ONE – Do you prefer a wet or dry climate? Why?
Answer One (Simple) – “I live in a wet climate, but I wish it was drier. When it’s raining all the time it limits what you can do. You can’t go to the park or do most things outside and everything is always wet.”
NOTES – This answer uses quite simple vocabulary, but is clear. The speaker answers the question, gives some (brief) explanation, and even gives some simple examples.
Answer Two (Advanced) – “I like the rain, but living in a wet climate is not the best. Places that rain a lot are often very humid which means you always feel hot and sticky and it’s hard to get comfortable without air conditioning or a dehumidifier. So, I guess I prefer a climate with some rain but not too much”
NOTES – This answer has much higher level vocabulary than the simple one (“dehumidifier” “humid” “climate”), but still follows the same structure. There is a clear and simple main idea and then some brief explanation. Also, note how the final sentence acts as a conclusion to confirm the answer to the question.
QUESTION TWO – Does it rain a lot in your area?
Answer One (Simple) – “It does rain a lot, especially in the summer. The winter is quite cool and dry, but in summer there are a lot of storms with heavy rain. Sometimes, the streets flood but only for a short time.”
NOTES – Again, the vocabulary is quite simple, but the structure is clear. Also, see how the question is rephrased into a simple statement and then something a little more specific is added with the word “especially”.
Answer Two (Advanced) – “I live in a tropical country, so there’s a dry season and a rainy season. Obviously, in the dry season there isn’t much rain, but in the summer months it rains almost every day. Normally the rain is quite short but really intense. A thunderstorm can last for just a few minutes but totally flood the streets for a short time.”
NOTES – This answer is a bit longer and has better vocabulary and more complex grammar. Information that the listener/examiner already knows is introduced with words like “obviously” and statements are supported with extra details.
QUESTION THREE – Do you like rain?
Answer One (Simple) – “It depends. If I’m lying in bed then I love the rain. But if I have to go out then I don’t like it because I know I’m probably going to get wet and cold.
NOTES – A simple, clear answer like this can get a good mark. For questions about preferences, you can always talk about both sides by saying “It depends”. When you give an opinion always try to briefly support it e.g. “I don’t like it…” [WHY?] “…because I…”
Answer Two (Advanced) – “I love the rain. The area I live in has quite bad air pollution but after rain the air is normally cleaner and fresher and visibility is much better. There’s also nothing better than lying safe and warm in bed while listening to rain drum on the roof.”
NOTES – Remember that this is a conversation, so your vocabulary doesn’t need to be academic. The first sentence of this answer is very simple and then the rest of the answer gives more specific details (showing your vocabulary and grammar). Using specific words in context, such as “drum” to describe rain hitting the roof, will also boost your score (if you use them correctly!)
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