5 things no examiner wants to hear in the speaking exam.

Ever.

5 things no examiner wants to hear in the speaking exam. Ever.

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Moreover, hence, and therefore

For the love of all things pure and sweet in life – no. Please, no. Put it away. In fact, take it out back and shoot it in the head. You are not a character in a Shakespeare drama, you are not Martin Luther King giving his landmark speech on civil rights at , you’re not even my old headmaster explaining why it wasn’t appropriate to feed pigeons baking soda and rice – unless you are. In which case, go ahead – but I’m still giving you a 6.

That’s an interesting question

Oh, is it? Well, it’s nothing to do with me – I’m just reading it from the script on the table. It’s probably not even a very interesting question, is it? So well done for eliciting an awkward smile from me before we continue. 6.

Long rambling memorised sentences which involve grammar of a dazzling complexity and stylistically nuanced words despite ending with something easy and bad.

 

This is a complicated question which i could answer in a great number of ways but if I had to single out one thing it would be…..

 

Or…

 

We can clearly see that technology today has revolutionised the way that society behaves, and on the strength of that notion, I would have to say that…

 

The last word can be literally anything. I know that. You know that. That’s why you’re using this weird memorised sentence. Congratulations – you’ve wasted 5 seconds of your IELTS speaking exam, murdered the tiny part of my soul which wants to give you a band 7 in cold blood, and made us both feel kind of weird during the process.