Want to get a 7?

Follow these 5 tips like they were carved into a rock by God himself

Want to get a 7? Follow these 5 tips like they were carved into a rock by God himself

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Be natural.

It’s not a crime to answer a question with ‘I don’t know’ or ‘I’m not sure’, or ‘you know what? I have no idea whatsoever’ – just be prepared to extend your answer enough to tell me why you don’t know, what you think other people might know about it, or at least why you think the question is weird or a waste of everyone’s time.

Pace yourself

You know that movie where Keanu Reeves has to drive a bus for ages without letting it fall below stupid km per hour? That’s not your IELTS speaking exam. Compose yourself, take a deep breath, open your mouth and let me know what you really think. I won’t hold it against you – we’re not allowed to.

Make notes during the long turn

Don’t just follow the prompts. Tell me everything you can. I don’t care if you go off at a tangent. A good place to start is by listing as many question prompts as you can (starting with the ones written on the page) and then adding a few more (when, where, why, what, how much, how many, how long, who, whose). For example:

  • Describe a birthday party you went to. You should say
  • Whose birthday party it was
  • What you did during the party
  • What gift did you give

Ok, but also:

  • How many guests were there?
  • Where was it?
  • How much did you spend on the gift?
  • Why was it good/bad?
  • How long did you spend there?

Ask me questions in the discussion part.

It’s ok. I can talk during this part, and I won’t hold it against you if you ask me how I feel about something, or what I would do in a particular situation. In fact, I might give you a higher band for turning the tables.

Don’t ask me how you did at the end

I know you want to know. I want you to know. In fact, I already know,  but I most certainly can’t tell you. Just get up, give me a smile, say goodbye, and leave the room with dignity.