Which part of IELTS speaking is most important?

Are all the parts of the IELTS speaking test equally important?

The IELTS speaking test is graded by your performance in all parts of the test. The examiner will check your English language using the 4 marking criteria for each part of the test.

Speaking Part 1

If you are strong in speaking part 1 but not in the other parts, then you will not get a good score. You must do well in all parts to get a good score.

Most of the questions are quite easy in part 1 and are about yourself or your country. So, doing well in this part is expected for high level students. If you give very short answers, for example “Yes, I do” or “No, I don’t”, you are not providing the examiner with a good range of language to assess. So, that means your potential score is not high when you enter part 2 and it will affect your overall score.

Speaking Part 2

In speaking part 2, the examiner has a chance to sit and listen to your English without interrupting. So, giving a short speech of only 1 minute gives you less chance to demonstrate the level of your English and less chance to show fluency. It is still possible to get a good score with only 1 mins or 1.5 mins speech but only if the language you use is very good  and your fluency is very strong during that time.

By the end of speaking part 2, the examiner has a rough idea of your band score. Adding more information and details to each prompt is a way of offering the examiner a broader range of your language ability. Description offers the examiner more vocabulary and fluency. Talking with feeling can offer better intonation. Explaining in detail can offer better sentence structures and grammar. Giving examples of the past and ideas for the future can offer more grammar tenses. Try to find ways to showcase your English in part 2.

Speaking Part 3

In speaking part 3, it is a chance for the examiner to ask more in depth questions which will require more skill in English to answer. The questions are abstract and about the world rather than yourself. This requires a better level of English to answer well.

This is a chance for you to boost your score by providing the examiner with a better range of vocabulary, grammar, fluency and pronunciation. Giving examples and detailed explanations of your ideas naturally produces better language which will help your score.

Will the examiner decide my score in the test or later on?

Your score will be decided by the examiner who conducts the test and the score will be given at the end of the test. By the end of speaking part 3, the examiner will have decided your score.

Does the examiner have model answers?

No, there are no model answers used for assessing you in the IELTS speaking test. Each student will use different English and give different answers. Your score is only calculated on the English language you produce – the level and range of your English and the accuracy of your English.

If I don’t answer one question, will it affect my score?

If you perform well and produce good English in the other questions, you can still get a good score. Struggling with only one question while the others are fine, should not affect your score adversely.

Will I get a low score if I can’t think of many ideas?

The IELTS speaking test only assess your English language, not your ideas. This is very different to the IELTS writing test. IELTS writing assesses your ideas, your answers, how you develop the ideas and how you present them. IELTS speaking only tests your vocabulary, grammar, fluency and pronunciation. See below for the band score descriptors.

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  1. My speaking was today. I was asked to describe a skill I learnt in childhood.
    Unfortunately, I could not come up with anything good but I said, I have learnt yoga and meditation from father.I narrated it pretty well, without any gaps…. after the test, I when I recollected, I understood it is not a skill… In the follow up session too, I failed in task achievement but I spoke without much noticeable mistakes ….How will it affect my score?

    • There is no Task Achievement in IELTS Speaking. There is nothing in the marking that relates to finishing a task, being on topic etc. So it doesn’t matter that you spoke about yoga. You followed the main topic closely and you will be marked only on the English language you produced: fluency, grammar, vocab and pronunciation. Good luck with your results!!

  2. Hey Liz, thanks for your videos and efforts. It really helps many. Well here in India, you are a star. Thanks again!

  3. Hello…I thank you for this site. It really helped me but today is not really my day. I took the speaking test awhile ago. I am really sad that I got mental blocked in part 2. On the cue card, it was written to talk about a small company but when I started talking I was describing a business my auntie has and the examiner pointed the “small company” on the cue card, that is when I realize I am not giving her the required idea that I am supposed to talk about. Will I get a low score?

    • It won’t affect your score at all. You stayed on topic with the main topic which was about a company. It’s fine. However, it’s a shame you didn’t quickly add “my aunt’s business is actually a small company” or “although my aunt’s business isn’t actually a company, it is a small business”.

  4. Hi liz ,

    I had my speaking test today. Examiner was really happy with me I think so;cause of his facial expressions and one question I want to ask like I was given a cue card about a film I recently watched and where you watched. I guess I missed saying watched at home. I said that me and my sister were really getting bored so we decided to watch a film . so not saying watched at home on tv would affect my score? And examiner being happy and doing hand gestures of thumbs up 👍🏻 indicate something?

    • You are not marked on task completion in any part of IELTS Speaking so that wouldn’t matter at all. The thumbs up is an international sign of “well done”. The examiner doesn’t normally do this but obviously the examiner was feeling kindly towards you.

  5. Hello ,
    I took my speaking test today . The test was fine overall. Well , I would like to know. Are we scored by the examiner on duty right after the test? Or we are further scrutinised based on our recording and then marked ?

    • The recording is used for remarking purposes only. The examiner who asks the questions will write down your score after you leave the room.

  6. Oh here im again😅post-testing Stress disorder probably🙄! Though my examiner was alright but he sometimes talked with hand on his mouth and head bowed a little.i dont think this is d correct posture for either d examiner or d examinee, vr always told to luk d interviwer in d eyes n sit straight, likewise for them, right?

    • Sounds like you had a bit of bad luck. The examiner should speak clearly, and give encouraging eye contact and body language. Hopefully it didn’t affect your performance. If that situation ever happens again, just say very clearly “Please could you speak more clearly because I’m having problems understanding you.” This will be recorded and it shows the problem you had. Always make sure problems are recorded for remarking purposes.

  7. Ccontinued from previous…sorry to ask aa question which uv repiled to so many times already that repetition request or wrong answer doesnt affect scores. However, i would still like your opinion on whether i shdv informed him about my hearing problem? Thanks in advance,its such a wonderful blog!😍

    • Yes, you should have mentioned your hearing problem to him. Always make sure that any information you give is after the recording starts so that there is evidence of what you have said for remarking purposes.

  8. Hello Liz, today was my ielts speaking test in British Council. My Cue Card was, “Describe a newly public facility in your home town that you would like to visit.” But, i described about a newly public facility which i often visit.” I did wrong, but i didn’t perceive that time.
    Will it hamper my score? Please reply my answer, i would be greatfull to you.

    • It’s no problem at all. You are not marked on task achievement or task response or ideas or being on topic in IELTS Speaking. Your answer will be marked normally based on fluency, grammar, vocab and pron.

  9. Amrinder Singh says

    Liz, my examiner wrote 33%. What does that mean?

    • It means nothing at all. The score is not decided until the end of the test. You should ignore any notes or numbers written by the examiner during the speaking test.

  10. Yesterday, I had my speaking test and I felt happy with the results. At first, my heartbeat ran so fast and I felt really nervous. But then, I tried to calm myself by getting informal with the examiner and telling her what I feel. Before we started she even asked me to take a breath. And when we proceeded with the task 1, I felt better and more confident. In task 1, I was asked about
    1. Home, favorite room of your home – I didn’t hesitate to ask her, “Should I consider kitchen as a room?” Haha.
    1/2. Perfume – She asked me about my favorite perfume and if I have bought one. I told he, “No”. But then I was reminded by your tutorials, Liz that I should not give plain answer. And so, I added more and more like, “To be honest with you, I’m not very particular with any perfume. As long as I smell good, I’m ok with that.” Haha
    Task 2
    1. Describe someone whom you know can speak foreign language very well.
    I was struggling to come up with a better output since time pressure was a great factor. To make me a bit comfortable, I heed to your advice by saying, “I’d like to talk about…” I was not satisfied with my performance since my sentences were very simple. I think my problem lies with the fact that I need to come up with a good content in a very short time.
    Task 3
    1. Do you think a language is a prerequisite to learn a culture?
    2. Do you think learning English can give you more career opportunities? In what way?
    3. Do you think English should still be an international language?

    Most of the time, I avoid giving short answers because I realized that you’re right in your tutorials. Even though I only had simple answers in her questions, I always extended my answers because the examiner might be having a difficulty to determine if I’d just say yes or no.

    Thank you so much Liz for all the lessons I’ve learned.

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 Sounds like the test went well on the whole. I like the way you expanded your answer about perfume – it’s natural and spontaneous 🙂 Part 2 can be tricky with ideas, but it’s always good to start developing the topic to talk about other people’s views and what you recommend. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for your results 🙂

  11. Khushbu Thakkar says

    Today I gave a speaking test in which I’ve spoken well in 1st and 3rd part but in cue card I didn’t speak well and also completed my speaking before examiner stopped . Can I get atleast 6 band?

  12. After finishing my part 1 ..examiner wrote 455 …what does that mean…😥

  13. Hii liz
    i took my ielts speaking test today and the examiner asked me why why why for every question and also stopped me in between when i was answering the question what does that mean?? will i get a lowe band score ??

    • Being asked “why” means the examiner is trying to encourage you to talk more so that they can hear more English. If you don’t give longer answers, you won’t be showcasing enough English. When the examiner interrupts an answer, it is 100% normal. All these things you should know before entering the test room.

  14. Hi Liz,
    Yesterday, I appeared in my Speaking test module.
    PART 1
    Are you working or study?
    What type of job you are doing?
    Why you are doing this job?
    Did you find that job interesting?
    Do you like travelling?
    Why do you want to explore new places?
    Where you last go for travelling?
    How do you feel when you see rubbish on the streets?
    Why do people litter in public?
    Do you always try to recycle things like paper or plastic?
    Would you like to help other people to keep your town or city tidy?

    PART 2
    A prize you want to win
    What prize it is
    Why do you want to win
    How you will feel after winning it

    PART 3
    Is it a good idea to reward children?
    what rewards can children get from school?
    should parents push their children to get rewards or participate in competitions?
    Is it a good idea to rewards employees?
    What rewards can companies offer to an outstanding employee?
    why increment in salary as a reward is good?

    my examiner was continuously smiling in a mischievous way, I mean in a very strange manner. I felt a little disturb because of his smile expressions.
    During part 1 when he asked the question of why people throw rubbish?
    then I explained as mostly rubbish contains empty packaging cans ….suddenly the examiner started repeating the question… I said I am explaining……
    that people don’t find these things useful also when something broke or need repair those things also throw in the rubbish by some people as they don’t want the extra load of repairing them
    After part 2 when he asked me to return the writing pad then suddenly while giving he suddenly asked a question that
    so your friends like your project or not?
    I didn’t hear that
    when he repeated it again then I answered it.

    Will it affect my score?

    In part 3 he didn’t stop me I gave him proper answers.

    And regarding writing module 6 JULY
    TASK 1
    combination of bar chart and table was given
    the bar chart was related to the salaries of workers in the UK in 2001
    in bar chart there was a comparison of starting salaries and salaries after 3 years, salaries were in pounds.
    four job categories were given undergroud train drive, police office, firefight, nurse
    the table was related to the average working hours per week
    Underground train driver 35
    police officer 55
    firefighters 45+
    nurse 44.3

    TASK 2
    In many places, the roles of mothers and fathers are changing.
    Is it a positive or negative development?
    I wrote about women empowerment is the reason for this change
    then I wrote about work-life balance in which father support the mother with taking care of some house chores. I wrote children will learn that house chores are not only the responsibility of one gender that is females. then I wrote about male dominating society as it will remove that thought
    In second BP, after writing paradoxically I wrote that in some cases may be children feel lonely if the parents will always busy in their jobs but this situation will improve if there will be a mutual understanding between parents and they properly invest their time.

    and thank you, Liz, your blog helped me a lot for preparing Task 1 questions.

    Thank you

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 Your speaking score is not influenced by whether you understood a question or didn’t hear one. Only the language you produced will be marked. Ideas are also not marked in IELTS speaking. For writing task 2, you were not asked to give the reasons for this change. Your task was to evaluate it – state if it was good or bad. You needed to explain what is good about it, what is bad about it and which side you agree with.

      • Thanks for your quick reply, Liz.

        In the introduction of the essay, I clearly wrote that I personally believe it is a positive development and the I give the opinion why I think it is. Then in BP1, I wrote about two positive aspects of it ( effect of this change on children and society). In BP2, I wrote one negative aspect (about te loneliness of children in some cases if parents were too busy) then I refute it ( with the point, the mutual understanding of parents about their duties after that I wrote that it will make their bond stronger). In conclusion, I summarise the essay within two sentences and there also I wrote that this change is good.

        after the test, I talked with other candidates about their views on the essay. Majority of them wrote that it is negative development because the mother will become busy in her work and children will be all alone and tey will start following bad company and habits such as drugs, cybercrime. I was so confused after hearing their views that why they are thinking so negative if a mother is exchanging her roles with father?

        Thank you again.

        • You are not marked on which view you have. If you believe it is positive, it is your choice and does not affect your score. Your ideas were fine. However, your score will depend on much more than just the basic ideas.

  15. hi liz,
    Yesterday was my speaking exam and in the mid of my exam i asked for water as I’m feeling nervous..is this will have a band impression on examiner mind..or it will effect my band score?

    • It will not affect your score at all 🙂 But your nerves might have affected your performance.

    • Hi liz
      My examiner asked me a question i answered it accurately but she again asked the same question
      It happened 2 times

      Will it affect my band score

      • The examiner was probably looking for specific language from you which is why you were asked again. You might have provided that language later on in the test which means it’s fine. Marking is not based on each individual question.

  16. maleesha says

    At the end of the speaking test is it possible to ask did i do it well?

    • The examiner cannot answer that question. You must wait for your score to see how you did.

      • Nittish Chalhotra says

        Greetings liz,
        Today was my speaking test. I think it went well except for the last follow-up question in part 3, where I went off topic and examiner pointed out and without saying another word she compiled the exam.
        How will this affect my speaking score?

        I am in stress.

        • IT won’t affect your score at all because being on or off topic isn’t marked. Only the level of your spoken English is marked. Good luck with your results 🙂

  17. Hi , I just completed my speaking test today. I had to ask the examiner to repeat the question because ,it was not clear . Will it reduce my score ?

  18. Dear Ms Liz,
    I have a question regarding IELTS speaking test that I have undergone last saturday. The issue I faced was with the examiner. He was very aggressive and intimidating all throughout the session, and I was feel very uncomfortable right from the start. When he asked me where I am from. I started with ” I am basically from India,…” and I was trying to give some more details. But he just a hand gesture, asking me to stop. Most of my answers were met with disapproval and his weird body language, and sometimes with this sound “mshhh”, which I believe was a sign of disagreement.
    One of his question was “Will I ever get my picture drawn by an artist?”. I started the answer with, “I have got it done twice in last 2 years from street artists”. Then even before I start my next sentence, he told “Stop and answer my question”. Actually I was trying to a background and say “I would do it again”. For another question, which was about reasons for different cultural variations, I tried giving some background information before starting the core part of the question. The response I received from something similar again.

    The entire ordeal has not only resulted in the loss of my coherency but also profoundly affect my confidence. Despite the situation I believe that I have answered all of his questions fairly well, I am a bit worried if that would result in a lower score. Also, I strongly believe that how a speaking test should be conducted. A few months ago, I had taken IELTS from IDP and my experience was very pleasant; I scored 8 for speaking. This time I have taken my chance with British Council, just to see how things are different.

    Right after the exam, I have filed a written complaint to the BC administrator in charge, explaining the situation. Please let me if these events are normal or I just happened to be a rare victim. It would be much appreciated if you suggest anything I should do to escalate this issue further.

    • Obviously I can only comment on what you have written because I wasn’t present in your test to judge for myself. When the examiner asked “Where do you come from?” – that was not a part 1 question. It was a question for the ID check and you never expand on it. You answer directly because the examiner wants to check the ID details. So, it would be normal for the examiner to cut you short in that question. This was explained in my free video about the IDC check and greeting the examiner.
      When part 1 starts you will be asked “short answer questions”. This means questions that do not require a lengthy answer – but you should still say more than just one line. You should never give background information in any answer in the speaking test. All answers should be directly answered and then any extra detail is added after. If the examiner asks “Can you swim?”, in part 1, you must answer “Yes, I can. etc”. This is testing your ability to link “can” in the question to “can” in your answer. Basic grammar tests. The extra information is given after you have done this. So, the examiner would have felt rather impatient and frustrated never to get a direct answer from you.
      In part 1 and part 3, it is 100% normal for the examiner to interrupt your answer and move quickly to a new question. This is a normal part of a test which is so strict on timing. The examiner decides the length of your answer, not you.
      From what I have said above, you can see that you lack of understanding of what happens in the test and what your aims are in answering will have affected your experience of the test itself. Some examiners are more patient and more are not. They are human. Even so, no examiner should show frustration. They should behave professionally at all times. They should always be positive and encouraging in their body language.
      It sounds to me that this is a case of you not understanding the test properly and the examiner not being more friendly and patient. But again, this is only my interpretation based on what you have written above. You must judge for yourself – always remembering that until IELTS put a camera in the test room, there will always be differences in the way examiner’s behave.

    • iram Farooqui says

      The same thing I experienced today as I had my exam..the examiner was making so wierd expressions it made me extremely uncomfortable..the way she was looking at me lyk I am some kind of garbage..i was really confident but due to her attitude I could see my confidence collapsing..part 1 went rather well I was asked the same questions as u however in cue card I was asked to describe a language I want to learn I started ranting abt Arabic the origins of Quran n all but unfortunately I could see her a high level Hindu..i cud clearly cmy band droping and the follow up questions I had messed up some didn’t evn reach to my brain I had to ask her twice cuz of her attitude..evn I thought of complaining…

      Wat was ur band score???

  19. hi Liz,
    I had my speaking test yesterday. I wanted to ask you, is it mandatory to use idiom in speaking to get 7 or above and is one or two error acceptable? please reply, i am all stressed out due to this as i did not use it and in the score description it is mentioned as idiomatic expression for score 7. Thank you.

    • It is best to avoid idioms and use other idiomatic language, such as phrasal verbs.

      • Hi liz today was my speaking test. I was confident and gave all the answers confidently. But in part 3 , i told examiner that ‘Sir can you please repeat the question’? Does it effects my score☹

  20. I took my speaking test today and I felt like I didn’t give relevant answers for part 3 questions. My grammar, fluency and pronunciation are good but I later realised that I didn’t relevant answers in that particular section. How bad is this gonna affect my score?

    • As you see in the marking criteria: fluency, grammar, vocab and pronunciation – relevancy isn’t marked.

    • what is your speaking score? @Akhila

      • Madam today I had speaking test..I have done well but one doubt- examiner writing some notes on book ..after part 1 she wrote some 5 nd all I didn’t saw fully..what are those numbers is it my band score..I’m total worried about my score I want 6 bands in speaking test

  21. Hi Liz,

    Yesterday my speaking done but examiner asked me few questions in the 1st part as well as in the last part also he stopped me while speaking. So, was it wrong or right?

  22. Hey Liz! Please answer! I had my speaking test today. While i was speaking , i pushed the mike down by mistake. The examiner kept it back at place. Will that affect my score? Please tell me! I am so worried!

  23. Shivam patel says

    Madam my interview and discussion was absolutely perfect but i feel q card was little bit bad then is q card more imp and i will get good score or low score

  24. Hi Liz,
    My name is Jay and I took my IELTS yesterday in the US. I think I did pretty well overall, so hoping for the best. I wanted to share some ideas which really helped me in the test.
    To those reading this post- I have been in the US for a few years and have worked and studied here. So, it is possible that the things that were easy for me (listening/writing/reading) might be difficult for you. I did not take any classes but rather watched some videos and read tips given on this website, which was really helpful especially for speaking. Here are my two cents: 1) Please prepare well for listening and reading sections. Those sections totally depend upon your thinking and understanding capabilities and if you practice enough using previous tests and other material, you should be able to get 8 or above in those sections. 2) Writing and speaking require more effort on your part. These things cannot be learned overnight. You really need to put sincere efforts to improve these. After all, you are giving IELTS to go to a country where you will need to write and speak in English. Why not improve it keeping that in mind rather than thinking about only IELTS? In fact, if you have a good grasp over these two, you do not need to worry about scoring high in IELTS. 3) Please go through the list of topics that Liz posts on her website and prepare your answers for them. It is possible that you may not get same topics on the test, but if you have prepared answers for similar topics, it is quite likely that you will be able to use those ideas and logic to answer new questions. It is not about the content, rather it is about the fluency and coherence. 4) Get your written and spoken work checked by someone who knows English well and can guide you. 5) And lastly, do not take IELTS just because it is a requirement for your applications. Take it because you need to improve your English for your own good. Learning a new language takes time, especially if you are a non-native speaker. But do not let it discourage you from putting some extra work apart from your current work/study.
    Good luck!!
    Thanks again Liz.


    Hi Liz,

    Thank you so Much for posting all the great stuff.
    I had my IELTS Speaking test today
    1.Where to you live flat or House
    2.Which room is your favourite room.
    3.Do you write letters or Gift cards.
    4.Are handwritten cards better the e-cards.
    5.Do you write letters or cards
    6.Do you use to write letters/Cards
    7.Tell me about your best holidays.

    Cue Card:

    Tell me about a plan that you cancelled.

    Section 3:

    1.Do changing plan is good thing
    2.Why do people change plan
    3.Why are older people not comfortable with changing plans.
    4.If a person changes plan a lot of time is he considered Immature.

    One doubt:I gave example in most of my answers.Will that be fine?

  26. Jay Barot says

    Hi Liz ,
    I had my speaking on 8th of may .I was able to answer everything fluently and with confidence .I didn’t lag in anything as from my point of view but I missed out one cue card topic out of the four which were provided to me. How will it affect my score ? The topic was toy and i missed out it’s description by every means .

    • Covering all prompts on the card or using just two or three has no impact on your score at all. However, you missed a chance to show the examiner language relating to size, shape, material, function etc.

      • Jay barot says

        Thank you mam,u helped me get out of stress by saying it won’t affect my marks .I have my LRW tomorrow .Your blog was very helpful to me mam.

  27. I got 8 bands in speaking with the help of your lessons..thank you so much mam.u are so inspirational..

  28. Hi Liz,
    I appeared in IELTS speaking test.Topic was Exciting book which you read.
    -When you read it ?
    -What type of book it is?
    -When it is about?
    -Why you find it is exciting
    I was able to spoke for 2 minutes for cue card with relevant topic.

  29. Maleeha Afzal says

    Hey. This site is awesome. I took my ielts speaking test today and it went well apart from the starting part where i told my name and the examiner pointed out that i was inaudible. I then raised my voice in the next sentence. And she said that she still cant hear me. After that i literally started yelling the answers at the top of my voice. All the questions went smoothly after that.
    Do you think the starting might affect my score?

  30. About stammering in speaking module……
    I appear for my test but I got only 5.5 band in speaking because of stammering.
    But, I have given my medical certificate too. So now mam what can I do …??
    How my score improve ????

    • Review your techniques. Did you use each question as an opportunity to showcase your English? Each and every question! Did you showcase your grammar and range of tenses?

  31. Hello Liz,
    Hope you are doing great! I took my IELTS speaking exam today. I felt the test was ok, if not bad. However, in my round 2, which is the where you need to talk about the cue card topic, i missed to answer the 3rd question. The examiner pointed out the question and told me to talk about it, and then i started speaking about that question. I desperately need to get 7 band in speaking. Can you please let me know, how much can my band level get affected for this mistake? or, if i will be able to get 7 in speaking.

    • It is not necessary to answer the points on the cue card. The examiner was trying to help you expand your talk – it doesn’t affect your score.

  32. Hi liz
    I had my speaking test this morning
    Although the topic was a little tricky yet I spoke enough without taking any pause.
    But the interviewer’s expressions made me think he didn’t quite enjoyed my views.
    The scores are given by the same interviewer or judged by a someone else?

    • The scores are decided by the examiner asking the questions. Don’t worry about their facial expressions – some people are not smiley.

  33. Hey Liz ! My exam is tom so please replay ASAP I’M SO WORRIED
    Firstly I wanna thank you for all the work you’ve done here. It helped me a lot during my preparation for the Academic IELTS UKVI module but, I did the SPEAKING part this morning and I was talkative I was speaking at length the problem was , I made many mistakes ! And I have to pause twice searching for a word I took a long pause in one of them ..
    Part one went pretty well! I guess
    For Part two, my topic was A school rule the issue is:
    1- I gave two rules! Because I had to speak at lenth
    2- I was speaking at effort I didn’t feel comfortable or smoothy but I kept talking however.
    3- Most of the linking words I used were which, but, and , if, firstly .. I forgot using on the other hand, while, however … etc
    4- I made many language mistakes like ( part of my response to my family, it would be a more mercy behaviour, you can’t enforce people to follow a rule unless )
    5- in part 3 I paused in part 2 for quite a long time then I said to the examiner .. sorry I can’t find the word for that .. then I used a word that was wrong !

    • I do not provide a free answering service. I answer questions only occasionally. Please contact a local teacher if you need individual help.

      • I didn’t know that. Sorry
        I don’t have a credit card I apologise again really sorry didn’t know that
        Thanks 🙂

        • You can’t buy my services. I do not offer individual tuition on my site. Good luck tomorrow! Stop worrying about your speaking test and focus on tomorrow!

  34. Hi i just had my speaking test today. All was going well until part 2. I misread the question. It said to talk about an unusual meal and i spoke about an unusual meeting like a fool. I did speak well about it but it was definitely not the question. I didn’t even realise i spoke about the wrong topic till i left the exam room. Part 1 and Part 3 went well according to me. What band should i expect?

  35. Abhijit Jiwanwal says

    Hello Elizabeth, this is Abhijit. Actually, I just had my speaking test and during the test, I was able to look at the examiner’s marking sheet because it was right in front of me so I couldn’t help but look at it. So I saw there were three columns for each part and I’ve been scored as 5.08, 6.3 and in part 3 it was 13.8 I’m pretty sure this is it. So do you mind helping me with this one i really need to know what will be my score in speaking section because I’m really restless & I really don’t understand why did she gave me such a low score in part 1 so could you please help me with it. Please help me with this one I really wants to know what will be my score, please!!!

  36. Hi liz, i need quick reply as i have my exam tomorow.

    I red somewhere that we need to conclude our cue card ( with a conclusion linker) while covering all the questions given there, and if we fail to do so it will affect our score. Even if we speak with fluency using accurate grammar, vocabolary and pronunciation.

    Is it correct

    • IELTS speaking is an informal test – it is NOT formal. You do NOT need a conclusion for part 2 speaking. The conclusion will affect your score for writing task 2 and this is written in the band score descriptors published by IELTS – it is not related to speaking at all.

  37. Speaking test: I had given exam 2 months ago and I got 6.5 bands. I had a hesitation but I tried to not make mistake on grammar.

    In the recent exam, I got 5.5 bands only. I did not 100% focus on grammar as last time. but was almost correct and same hesitation level.
    The last examination, I found local examiner and recent exam I found examiner from Noida. Is that make difference? As I checked 3 other my friend’s score, none of them reached 6!

    Other question, what are the possibilities to set again Noida’s examiner in next first exam?
    I am now afraid of them…

    • Your score is based on fluency, grammar, vocab and pronunciation. Mistakes in grammar and vocab will lower your score. Judging by your message, your English contains frequent errors which is typical of band 5. To hit band 6, you need to focus on producing accurate English.

  38. Hello mam,
    I had my siding exam today. The topic was traditional product and I spoke about indigineous product. Will it affect my part 2. I spoke pretty well on that product but.

  39. Hello mam
    I want to ask you a question. I took speaking exam yesterday and examiner noted two calculations for me 4. 29 and 4. 31
    What is this?
    My band score for listening or timing????

  40. Hi Liz
    First of all ,ThankYou very much for your important lectures .I want to ask that if I perform well in first and third section with good vocabulary and fluency, but speak less in cue card for just one minute.Will the score be based on the cue card or others?

  41. Hi Liz,

    I think you are awesome and that you are doing a really good job !

    I was told by an IELTS instructor that answers need to be quite short in Part 1 because the IELTS examiner needs to have the opportunity to cover ALL the questions in that section (Part 1). He said that if you speak too much, the examiner won’t interrupt you and you’ll get a lower mark because he didn’t get to ask you the other questions on his question sheet and that, consequently, you didn’t showcase your language abilities.

    I don’t think that is true. I think the questions are there to keep you talking for about 5 minutes before moving onto Part 2. What do you think?

    Thank you!

    • The examiner will always interrupt your answer if he/she needs to move on. The examiner controls the time and the examiner controls the questions. Not you. The examiner has many many questions on their paper and will only ask a total of 12 – it’s their choice which questions to ask, when to ask them, when to ask new ones etc. In speaking part 1, answer directly and always add more until the examiner moves on.

  42. umid muzrapov says

    Hello , Liz.
    A did quite well in Part 1 and 3 . However , part 3 was terrible , I could not talk for a long time, and also the language was poor . Can I still score well ?

  43. Hi Liz,

    I gave my speaking test today. I normally speak good and fluent English. However, when the interviewer took me to the conference room (where the room temperature was bit colder), I actually kind of shivered few times in the middle of speaking (of course there was a bit of nervousness added to it as the interviewer looked very serious). I couldn’t tell her my problem as she quickly started the recorder and started asking me questions.

    I am a bit panicked now. Any suggestions plz?

    • Relax. There is nothing you can do now. Your test is over. If your results are not what you want, do the test again. You’ll be more prepared the second time.

  44. Your videos for Ielts are outstanding and much more beneficial.But I have certain doubts regarding cue card in speaking session.Perhaps ,if I am not able to answer all sub questions of cue card in 2 minutes durations,exceeding the time limit then will that be considered a negative point and is it mandatory to follow those sequence of questions in their respective order in order to get a high band score

    • There are no questions on your cue card. Take a careful look. There are no questions at all. There are prompts which you can use or not use. You don’t need to use them and you don’t need to cover them. In fact, you could just use the main topic and create the talk you want.

      • Hello, but in the cue card they have writtin “you SHOULD say…..”

        • It is not a rule. There are no marks for task response in IELTS speaking. The marking criteria is not about understanding, fulfilling the task, staying on topic or anything else – it only based on the language you produce. So, not following the prompts doesn’t affect your scoring.

  45. hie Liz
    l want to ask a question…Wat if in the speaking test part 2 you run out of ideas ,are you allowed to repeat wat you have said already adding more relevant information.I think that will nolonger be coherent.Do they mark your coherency and cohesion in this part

    • In part 2, you should add past tense memories that you have, tell a story, talk about your opinions, add future hopes etc. You do not need to stay on topic – so just add anything more. Use your 1 min to plan what extra things you will add if you need to.

  46. Hi Liz,
    Is there any difference between idioms and idiomatic expressions? I heard someone said that ” You should never use idioms in IELTS because you will sound unnaturally and forced. However, idiomatic expressions are very helpful to raise your score”. Is it true? Should I focus more on learning idiomatic expressions?

    • Idiomatic language for IELTS is not about expressions. You don’t use quotes, expressions or idioms – try to avoid them. Just use phrasal verbs in speaking to show natural informal language. The speaking test is informal.

  47. Hi liz
    i did ielts on 24th june. today i had speaking test. i did well R W L with your stratergy. thank you very much.
    BUT in speaking part 1 examener who was british person aske me about ROLL BOX. i tell sorry could repeate question pls. But i didnt know the meaning of ROLL BOX. what is the meaning of the ROLL BOX. 1- have you used in rollar box. i told i dint use it . because i didnt have it and my parents were very poor to give that for me. Then he asked , are you using now it. i told yes , i use it. he asked what is the benifit of roll box i tiold it will realaxed my mind and it save the time. i did par 2 and 3 very well. i have seen ha has written in separate document, 5, 5.4. 5.7 and futher numbers. was that band for test. will they reduce the mark for asking repeat the question. how would part 1 affect to the overall band

  48. Hlo Liz , I by mistake speak cue card topic too much irrelevant . How many bands can be deducted for this mistake .

    • It doesn’t affect your score if you go off topic in IELTS speaking. You are marked based on your English language only.

      • Really mam ….is this your own experience or ielts marking strategy followe by all examiners….dnt get me wrong m jst asking because i think i did go off topic in part 3

  49. Hi Liz,
    I have a curious question. Though I marked 6.5 on my speaking test last month (thanks for your videos and tips, truly helpful), I’m wondering if what i did on section 3 (or 4) affect my score. On the section wherein we were given a card, a pen and piece of paper, I wrote down the questions. But, before I answer each question, I do mention what is the question, like: “1. what food do you serve if there is a celebration…then my answer, 2. why do you like this food… then my answer ”
    Does it affect my score? If I did not do that, will I get (possible) higher score. Waiting for your comment.
    Thanks a lot. EJ

    • I’m glad you asked me this question because I think you’ve misunderstood part 2. In speaking part 2, you are given a cue card with prompts on. They are not questions. There are no “?” after each prompt. They are guidelines which you can use or not use – your choice. When you plan your talk, you must make notes on ideas and language you want to give. You DO NOT have to follow the prompts. What I suggest students to do, is to use the prompts but make sure you add plenty of your own prompts in order to expand your talk and showcase your language skills.
      Your speaking is marked on your English language so you won’t lose points if you give your talk as you did. But if you only followed the prompts, you possibly missed the chance to show a better range of English – that will affect your score.
      Does this help you to understand?

      • Yes, I got your point. Thanks for the clarification and advises. I’ll keep that in mind on my next ielts.
        I was thinking that time, that I have to focus my talk on the guidelines so I won’t be out of topic.
        You’re so kind to selflessly share your tips and knowledge to everyone, not to mention its all free of charge.
        Thanks again. You’re a big help. God bless. All the best! EJ

  50. Hello Liz,

    I had my speaking test on 5th April 2017.
    The Q card which I received was like this.. ‘Describe the speech you heard..’
    I described a speech I heard around 8-9 years back about technical Improvements’.
    When I came out I suddenly realized , the Q card was for the speech I heard recently..
    I completely missed the word ‘recently’.
    Will my entire answer go wrong because of this goof up?

    I need at least 7 band in speaking, is there any possibility I get atleast this much?
    Apart from this, I mumbled a little while pronouncing ‘pictorial demonstration’
    what do you feel about my result? will it affect my overall speaking score?


    • Definitely don’t worry about your speaking part 2. You are not marked on following the cue card or being on topic. You are scored on your use of English only. Sounds like you did well – “pictorial demonstration” is a high band score word – don’t worry about the odd mumble. If you mumbled through your whole test, it would be a problem but not with one or two words. I think you should completely relax. Share your results when they come 🙂

  51. Hello Liz,

    I had speaking test today. While at it I used urdu word for “Hymn”, didn’t realize it then.

    I am looking for 8 band.. rest was fine. Will it hurt?

    • If that is the only problem, then don’t worry. Getting band score 8 is about your range of English as well as your accuracy.

  52. Darshan Soni says

    Hi liz, I had a topic of “Describe an activity you do which is a bit expensive” but I misunderstood that one and talked about an activity I will like to do and most of the tense i have used was future tense instead of present tense so how it will effect my band score ? I have done well in first part, talked fluently in part two and third part was also great

  53. Hello liz,

    In part 3 of speaking test,i dint understand the question for which she had to repeat again.However, i assure that i was very fine with the other parts.

    Do you think that it will affect my score band?

    I gave acedemic once and answered all questions right but still ended up with a band of 7.5 in speaking.

    considering one mistake this time, will this land me in 6.5 gof forbid?


    Thank You in advance


    • according to you experience, i hope i wont fall below 7 with one question misunderstood?????????

    • It is not a mistake to misunderstand a question. Your score is based on the level of your English language.

      • thank you so much…Bless you

      • Nisha Therasa says

        In this case too Liz (when the candidate need not stay on topic), wouldn’t it be easy for a candidate to memorise potential cue card talks and parrot it fluently, with the right pronunciation, grammar and good vocabulary?

        • The examiner will not count memorised answers. For this reason, your talk should be on topic but you can create your own prompts.

      • Nisha Therasa says

        Hi Liz,
        If the examiner asks to compare, for e.g.: the concept of television in the past and the present: and the candidate replies about the disadvantages of watching television with fluency, good pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary, what would be the score? is there absolutely no relevance to answering the precise question that is asked?

        • It is probable that the examiner will interrupt your answer and either ask the question again or ask a new one. The examiner will always watch out for students who are not answering directly because they prefer to use a memorised answer.

  54. Hii, I am from india. and i want to ask u that, if my topic is ‘describe a historical event’ can i say about ‘mars mission by isro’. Bcoz it is one of the historical event of india.

  55. Hi Liz.I am going to take ielts next month and I am fully prepared for this test but I haven’t attended classes for ielts .once I had learned that speaking test will not take more than 15 minutes but one of my friend who recently took ielts informed me that he had been interviewed for 35 minutes.is it right or not?

  56. Hi ,
    I want to ask about something i did in the speaking test part 2 . I talked for nearly 70 or 80 seconds and then i stopped for nearly 3 seconds to look at the notes paper and Q paper to make sure that i answered all the questions and to come up with new ideas to say , after that i talked for about 10 or 15 seconds more and the examiner stopped me . I felt like the time i spoke in till i was interupted was less than 2 min is the examiner able to interupt me before 2 minutes and if so will the seconds i stopped in to read the notes and think of ideas affect my score ?

    • It’s natural to need to look at your notes and that might include a slight pause while you remember your ideas. This will not affect your score. If your pause as longer and due to struggling with language then that would be an issue. The examiner can’t stop you before 2 mins but it’s hard for any student to judge the time accurately under test conditions which is why you rely on the examiner to stop you at the right point.

  57. Hi,
    I totally misunderstood one question in part-3.and she repeated her questions with more explanation. Then i answered as per question.
    And what about the following:
    Q= is there any change in family structure in your country
    A=yes, people are not well connected with their families. They are not so close with each & other.
    How = they kids prefer to remain in their own space & interact less with their parents.

    Is above correct or i not responded well?

    • You are not marked on your ideas in speaking. You are marked on your use of the English language – fluency, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. For this reason, I can’t common as you have only presented your ideas which are not relevant.

  58. I sat for the speaking test y’day.All went well, but in the part two I paused for around 5 seconds to come up with a more appropriate word to express my idea, im expecting a band 8. Will that pause effect me negatively?

  59. Amrit sapkota says

    Hi mam . I got stopped in 3 to 4 places. Does it affect the score badly?

  60. hello mam , i have used a slang word “pissed off “once during my speaking section which is quite vulgar word . How much marks will they reduce for that . ? and everything else seems ok except section 2 where i think i didnt speak much( not more than 1 and half minutes i guess)

  61. In section 3 the examiner asked me about some inappropriate practices but I heard appropriate, so the examiner repeated his question twice, I rectified my mistake. I am little worried will it effect my bands

  62. I speak cue card well and I also use good ideas but mam I use simple English instead of using high vocabularies. Can I get more than 6 band by using simple language

    • You can get more than band 6 in speaking if you:
      1. are able to speak at length without much effort
      2. are able to expand all answers well
      3. use complex grammar with accuracy ( that means without many mistakes)
      4. use a range of vocabulary for all topics
      5. avoid errors in word choice
      6. have a clear accent

  63. harpreet singh says

    mam , i was not performed in part 2 but part 1 and part 3 was good.can i got 6.5

  64. Hello mem
    Now just finished my speking
    In part 1 overall answers i told but one question told me again because i can’t understand
    Part 2 que card was good
    Part 3
    2 questions wrong answer
    And examiners told me again and i m confused moreover i spok in part 3

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 You are marked on your language, not your understanding. As long as you showcased your English, you will be fine.

  65. Maninder Kaur says

    Hiii ,today i had my exam of speakin session….althogh i was too sick but i tried my best …and my cue-card topic was abou “website” but i did blunder..and i talked about whats app application…..i think i commited a blunder…pls tell me if it would affect on my band schore…how much band i would be abled to get with this blunder….if i am abled to get 7 band or not????,,

  66. Hello Liz, I had spoke well in section 1 and Section 3 with wide answers moreover no mistakes but I didn’t speak much in section 2 .it spoke 1 min how much score would I get ????

  67. Rajdeep sran says

    Hllo sir
    Yestrdy my speaking was there i did well in part 1
    In second part i completd my cue card and after that examiner asked me did u want to speak more and i repld him that no sir thnq
    And in 3rd part he repeat 2 ques. 2 times and his face expression are not good
    what does it mean ??does it affect my band score???
    Plzzzzz plzzz rply

  68. I gave my speaking test on 13 June, I speak for two minutes and examiner stop me in part 2 but in 3 part of speaking I can’t give answer of two questions please tell me about my score

  69. sukhpreet says

    Hi Liz –

    I just had my Speaking exam a while ago and I generally did well in 1 and 3 part. But i was unable to speak on cue card .I think i have spoken less than 1 minute.
    May i get 5.5 bands in speaking ??

  70. Hi Liz –

    I just had my Speaking exam a while ago and I generally did well in both part 1 and 3. However, I feel that I didn’t do that well in part 2. Although I addressed all the questions in the cue card, I realized that I was just repeating some points that I already discussed (during the last 30 seconds). Will this adversely affect my speaking band score? Thanks.

    • Repetition is not good for IELTS speaking but if it is only at the end of part 2, it won’t affect your score much. Part 2 has no questions at all. There are only guidelines for what to put in your talk. It is your job to add more information, more description, comparisons, past memories, future hopes etc to get a high score.

  71. Mohd Yousuf says

    Hi Liz, I appeared for my speaking test today, i answered first 2 sections well, but in 3rd section examiner asked me a question for which i replied – that’s what i was saying and continued my answer. I later realized that it sounds rude. Will i loose marks for this comment?

    • It’s good to be able to communicate so clearly in English and it definitely won’t affect your score. Don’t worry!! Good luck with your results 🙂

      • Hello Liz, First of all I have to say that your videos inspired me so much and helped me a lot to improve my skills 🙂 I’m Mongolian and studying in Australia around year and half. I had to take at least 6.5 score on my IELTS to start my future study. I took 3 tests earlier and couldn’t reach the target score then i took the test on last Saturday but im still worrying about my result even have not get the result yet. So my question is about speaking test. in my previous 2 tests i got band score 7 and on the third one I got 6.5 i dont know why it is decreased and on the last test im not sure about my speaking because the examiner didn’t let me to finish my answer almost all questions in part 3. He always keep asking me other questions while im answering the first ones and finally time was up and i could not finish my last answer im worrying about is it going to affect my result? And i realised that i made some mistakes on part 2. I took some pauses but not that long and i used some inaccurate vocabulary occasionally. What do u think about it is it going to affect my score? Thank you so much i hope u will reply me
        Regards Noni

        • If your English is around band score 7, it means sometimes you might perform worse or better. This can depend on the topics and also your answers. Sometimes students offer a better range of English on one topic than on another.

  72. Hi Liz. I appeared in IELTS speaking exam a couple of days ago. My preparation was almost basted on your video lectures which helped me a lot during the exam. In answering a question I suspect that I might have lost the track while answering a question and answered quite contrary to what I was supposed to answer. Later on realized that something went wrong. What’s the penalty in such case if I was okay grammatically and fluent as well but missed the context?

    Atna ali

  73. Hi liz
    I just took my ielts speaking exam and i accidentally interrupted the conductor to correct my name and felt very bad afterwards because it was recording
    Will i lose marks?

  74. Ashogbon Henry says

    Good day ma, I had my IELTS examination today. The test was quite interesting, however, I have a problem as touching my writing section. Of the two sections I did section one very well to a convincing point that the candidate can make use of the language to express his thoughts logically. The problem here is that I was expecting the invigilators to tell us to move to the second task unknown to me that we were expected to do both tasks within the same time given. Well, it was a mistake on my part.

    My argument is, will my task one be convincing enough to tell the examiner that I can use the language coherently and logically regardless the untouched task two and still end a reasonable score , since the core of the exam as you have rightly expressed was to see if candidates can use the language expressly.

    May I suggest that you forward your response via email in order to know if my comment h
    as been addressed.


    • Task 1 only counts for one third (about 30%) of your marks. You will not get any points for task 2 if you didn’t complete it. Sorry to give you bad news.

  75. Shraddha Patel says

    Can you tell me my answer is right or wrong? and y?
    Cue Card Question : Describe a journey which u enjoyed during your teenage years. (Question was asked in my speaking test)
    I have answered about a journey of 4 hrs to pick up my mother in law from another town.
    Overall speaking was good. I have only doubt about this question.

  76. Hi. Liz
    I have my exam on 21st of November.. My all modules are good except speaking… I have only 9 days to prepare. Could you tell me please is it possible for me to increase my speaking score to 7.0? (my speaking score approximately 6.0 at the moment)… also who will check my speaking skills examiner or experts (from London who will listen to the recording of my voice)? and is it possible to prepare for all topics or predict topic in writing task 2?
    Waiting for your reply

    • Your score is given at the end of your test by the examiner who tests you. To improve your score to band score 7, you need to use a range of grammar tenses, good vocabulary for most topics and expand your answers naturally without difficulty. For writing task 2, go to my main page and see the list of common topics – prepare ideas for those as well as topics reported on the recent exams questions page.
      All the best

  77. Mam,
    I appeared once for the IELTS General Module 2 months back and scored 6.5 as an overall band.On 14th of November,I an going to appear for IELTS Academic Module.I want you to guide me as to is there a huge difference between the two modules.Also I scored 6 band in the Speaking earlier so how can I improve it?

  78. Kristhy Jean Arnaiz says

    Good day Liz,

    I misunderstood the question on the que card in part 2. I finished entirely the 2 minutes for talking but I think I didn’t answer really the question. Does that affect my score?

  79. manpreet singh says

    hello mam,
    my ielts exam is on 31st oct . my all three modules are good , instead of speaking . words get skip from my mind during speaking time,it is due to lack of confidence also i get nervous in it.now i have only 10 days left .can you please tell me how i improve it and score good in speking.

    • See the video lesson: how to improve your speaking at home. It’s on the main speaking page. You still have time to prepare topics and ideas.
      All the best

  80. where is the answers of test 2 ?

  81. Mam plz reply @ my gmail ID (sugestions and band score) topic ‘is increasing the price of fuel fruitful to reduce pollution’

    The current scenario of world’s pollution is worrisome as it is leading to perilous consequences regarding environment , a fact to be considered that hiking fuel price is the best solution in order to reduce pollution, however , there other factors , which are contriving to rise the hitch of pollution, as I opine.

    Although , the means of transportation make a bigger contribution to increase pollution yet , industrilization is an undeniable fact to emerge this problem, large amount of wastage of industries and factories dissolve into water resources and contaminate the presious water. Furthermore , behaviours of people can be cited as having brought about this state of affaires like people tend to use products made of plastic , which is non-biodegrable, cutting trees and using them as woodfuel as well as excess use of pestisides to boost the production of crops.

    No doubt , the amount of numbers of cars is at high , but , does the increased price of petrol and diesel means people will reduce the use own vehicles . Although , it affects the poor , while , richer families can afford, thus, it cannot be said to be a fruitfull solution

    To tide over the crisis regarding pollution , instead of increasing fuel price, people should be discouraged for use own vehicals , so there is a need of awerness. Eco-friendly producds , which can be recycled must be prefered to use. Moreover, there should be an appropriate place to throw the garbage of factories. Using solar energy for different purposes can contribute to overcome this hitch

    Sadly, people as well as goverments have turned a blind eye and deaf ear to this problem of pullution, so awerness amoung people and some usefull steps ought to be taken ratherthan incereasing fuel prices.

  82. I”m Arjun From India. I’m Mechanical Engg. I want going to Canada for job work. But i think my english is not good.how i can improve it ?

    • This blog mainly aims at developing exam skills although there is some language building to be done here as well. Even so, you need to google and find English language websites to help you develop further.
      All the best

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