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Expanding your answers in the IELTS speaking test

Expanding your answers in the IELTS speaking test

Expanding your answers in the IELTS speaking testOne of the common errors in the speaking test is giving answers that are too short. For example:


‘Do you enjoy travelling?’

‘Yes, I do’.

It is essential that you give a full, extended answer when you reply. One way you can do this is to consider what follow-up question you could be asked, and answering it. For example:

‘Do you enjoy travelling?’

‘Yes, I do… (why?)…because I love to see new places and experience different cultures…(where have you been?)…I have visited a number of different countries in my life, and I have enjoyed at least some part of everywhere I have been…(what’s your favourite place?)…My favourite place would have to be New Zealand though – it’s such a beautiful country, and even though it is quite small there are some significant differences in the geography and weather depending on where you go.

Ideally, you should be aiming to speak for a minimum of 30 seconds on every question in Part One, and double that for Part Three.

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