IELTS speaking tests

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Your work

Try to use a variety of verb tenses in your Part 1 answers to demonstrate a wider range of grammatical structures

Your studies

Remember that there are several ways to express the future in English. For future plans we usually use 'going to' or 'present continuous'

Your hometown or city

Try to use a variety of adjectives and adverbs to make your answer more descriptive and to demonstrate a wider range of vocabulary

Your home

Remember to give more than a simple short answer by adding reasons to extend your response. Always keep in your head the question 'why?'

Your family

Try to impress the examiner with one or two idioms in your Part 1 responses. Do you know any idioms related to family?

Your friends

Remember to use the present simple when you are talking about your routine habits

Your hobbies and interests

Remember to use 'would' when you are speaking hypothetically about your plans / ideas for an imaginary future!

Your holidays

Remember to use the present simple when you are speaking about your preferences

Your health + fitness

A good way to express your past habits is by using 'used to' + the infinitive of the verb: I used to play cricket when I was at school

Your cultural activities

Remember to use the 'present perfect' to talk about your life experiences such as what you have done, things you have seen and places you've been to

Your entertainment

Think about a book, a film or a TV show that you can talk about before you have your test

Your language(s)

Whenever you are asked to express an opinion, always try to follow it with a reason: I think ......because.......

Your country and climate

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