Speaking for IELTS – stop giving boring lists!

Speaking for IELTS – stop giving boring lists!

How to make your answers in the IELTS speaking test more interesting, and get a higher band score

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Common questions in the speaking exam are ones like these:

  • What are the most popular types of TV programme in your country?
  • What are the most popular types of transport in your country?
  • What types of newspapers do you have in your country?
  • What types of music do you like?

What do you think of this answer?

[student's answer]

Well it’s ok, [apart from recovering – should be recover], but it would be quite easy to improve it.  Instead of giving a boring list, illustrate your answer. 

For example:

Well, like most people , I like lots of different types of music, such as

  • classical music, [like this] which I suppose is my absolute favourite, and I spend more time listening to that than anything else, and
  • classical rock, by which I mean rock music from the 60s and 70s  [like this]– which reminds me of my youth
  • and hip-hop - no  - I’m joking.

Why is this a great idea?

  • Your answers will be more interesting
  • Your answer will be longer. You are more likely to persuade the examiner that you can speak at length without noticeable effort
  • It’s easy to make complex sentences, using because, which.

So, if you’re serious about succeeding in IELTS, you’ll illustrate your answers instead of giving boring lists.

That’s all for today

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  1. Tony on 2nd March 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Can you improve this answer?

    Q What are the most popular types of TV programme in your country?

    A
    The most popular TV programmes in my country are soap operas, other sitcoms, and sport.

    Leave your suggestions below
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