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How to answer difficult IELTS speaking questions

by | May 14, 2016 | IELTS Test Tips | 0 comments


In English you are “put on the spot”¬†when someone asks you a question, and you are forced at that moment to answer. This usually causes embarrassment or difficulty.


Being put on the spot is my students biggest fear when they go through the IELTS speaking test. What if you had a way of thinking which gave you lots of ideas about any topic? How would you feel if you had the confidence to speak about any topic? Your biggest fear is often your biggest opportunity.

An impromptu speech

In English, a speech where the speaker is given no preparation time at all is called an impromptu speech.

Impromptu speaking makes everyone feel very uncomfortable. Even the best after-dinner speakers get nervous. In the IELTS test, you need to speak for one or two minutes on several topics, and you only get seconds to think. However, there is a wealth of learning about impromptu speaking and this can be applied to IELTS.

If you follow my OWLS course and do the structured practice that is required of you, you will wow the examiner with your excellent use of:

  • a wide variety of grammar structures and tenses
  • the natural way in which you express time, likes, dislikes, opinions, and more…

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About Katey

Hi, and welcome to Let’s Talk IELTS! My name is Katey. I am an English Skype tutor who specialises in preparing my students for the IELTS test. I created this website in order to help all individuals looking at taking the IELTS test, to prepare, practice, and improve their point score.



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