IELTS Speaking: How to Speak in Part 1

In IELTS Speaking Part 1, the examiner is mainly testing you for two things: i) everyday vocabulary and, ii) basic grammar.

For almost every answer, you should give a two-part answer: First, a direct answer to the question and then add more information.

A 'direct answer' does not mean the same as 'an immediate answer' – a 'direct answer' means 'not an indirect answer'. Indirect answers lower your coherence score. Here's an example of an indirect answer:

Question: "Do you work or are you a student?"
Answer: "Oh, I've been working for five years."

That answer does tell the examiner that you are working but it does so indirectly. The question asks you to choose between "A" and "B" and, in order to answer directly, you should first choose between A and B and then add some suitable extra information. So, a more suitable answer is, "I'm working. In fact, I've been working for five years."

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 topic: sports

Here are some common questions about the sports in IELTS Speaking Part 1

  • What do you do to keep fit?
  • Are you good at sport?
  • What sports do you play?
  • What is the most popular sport in your country?


Here are the sample answers:

Examiner:       What do you do to keep fit?
Candidate:      I go to the gym twice a week. I don’t really enjoy it, to be honest, but it’s an easy way to keep fit. I mainly do cardiovascular exercises, rather than muscle building.

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