The Definitive Guide to Score High in IELTS Speaking Part-2

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The part 1 of IETLS speaking testy consist questions relating to your personal life. The examiner my ask you to discuss one topic for the first half of the Part 1 test, then switch to another topic for the second half.

This is normal and doesn’t mean that your performance for the first topic was inadequate to get higher band in IELTS speaking module.

During this time of transitional questions, the examiner may sound quite unclear. Example of these pair of question that can be asked here are as below:

  • Do you enjoy your occupation?
  • Have you ever had an interview for a job?
  • Is it easy to find a job where you live?
  • What`s the most difficult part of your occupation?
If you`re not sure that you understand the question correctly ask the examiner to repeat it. You won`t normally lose marks for doing this-after all, it happens in native speaker conversations too.

Rrepeat the question ielts speaking

From this point in the book onwards, the main focus of the Speaking units is on Parts 2 and 3, as they tend to be more challenging.

But, of course, the language skills you were using in Part 1 are also helpful for the rest of these parts.

In part 2 of the Speaking test, the examiner gives you a task card like one below. You then have a minute to prepare for one to two minutes, you are allowed to make notes if you wish.

Examiner: You have one to two minutes for this. Don`t worry if I stop you. I`ll tell you when the time is up. Can you start speaking now, please?

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Describe the job or career you have or hope to have in the future.

You should say:
  • What the job is
  • What the job involves
  • why you choose this job
and explain what you like or dislike about this job.

The first stage of preparation is deciding what point to include in your talk.

That`s why the examiner will give you a piece of paper to jot down the ideas within a minute. You will be then prompt to speak for 2 minutes.

Look at this typical candidates note below who is studying in veterinary science. Remember you will need enough notes to speak for a similar length of time and with similar amount of details.
  • Studying in veterinary science
  • Farm animals, not pets
  • Not just sick animals-also disease prevention and testing
  • Cows, TB from wild animals
  • Reason. Not I love animals. I like working outdoors in agricultural environment.
  • Good pay, job satisfaction, meeting people
  • Hard work, all weathers, repetitive, get up very early
One important thing you can notice in this example. While preparing notes it is important to follow the sequence of questions closely.

In this case, while making preparation for job, if you don`t have a clear ideas about your future career, perhaps imagine a s suitable job and talk about that.

IELTS Speaking-Future Job

Now let`s look at how to organize the answer. The first thing would be give an introductory statement.

"At the moment, I`m studying to be a veterinary scientist, so of course that`s what I hope to become when I graduate next summer. I`m almost certain I`m going to pass my final exam."

Now look at the notes we have taken and construct the speech after introductory sentence.

"Generally, there are two types of vet, ones who work mostly with pets and ones who work mostly with farm animals. I wouldn’t want to spend all day with cats and dogs, so I`d like to be the second kind." (farm animals not pet)

“The pay can be very good, especially if you set up your own practice rather than working for somebody else, and I think I`ll have a lot of job satisfaction. On the other hand, it`s hard work, you have to go out in all kinds of weather and it can be quite repetitive, Imagine vaccinating five hundred pigs for example. (good pay, job satisfaction, meeting people)

“Some people think I want to become a vet because I love animals, but that`s not really the reason. I do like animals, bit the real is reason is that I want to work outdoors in the real world of agriculture.. I wouldn`t be happy getting up every day to go and sit in an office.” (Reason. Not I love animals. I like working outdoor in agricultural environment.)

Remember in Part-2 of IELTS speaking test, It`s often a good idea to construct opposite ideas. This can be a good way to demonstrate your ability to use spoken English for complex purposes such as developing an argument and explaining it.

Look at the second last paragraph of the example “The pay can be very good, especially if you set up ....." where we have used "On the other hand".

Look at the following examples again and notice each example begins with a useful word/expression for contrasting ideas.
  1. The hours are long and the pay is low. However...
  2. I`d have to for a lot of travelling, which I don`t really like, Apart from that...
  3. There`s not much job security in this type of work. On the other hand...
  4. I`m not brilliant with computers. Even so....
Contrasting ideas ielts speaking
Another most important twist that can increase your IELTS speaking score in this section is to choose the correct grammatical forms when taking about the future.

This is a very common mistake of candidate is to use will for all future sentences instead they can vary the sentences like as below:

For example look at the following chunk of sentences that can be commonly used in any typical expression in part of IELTS speaking exam.
  1. I am taking my final exams nest month.
  2. I am going to apply to companies in this country and abroad.
  3. I will not be easy to began with.
  4. It`s going to be hard to began with.
Using future tense in IELTS speaking
It`s often a good idea to give examples to illustrate some of your points, This will make the points clearer and will help you present a wide range of languages to get top score.

Like in this example. the speaker can say something about personal experience  of closely watching a veterinary scientist in past life and get inspired by it.


The IELTS speaking part 2 is a special part because this is the only part where the examiner would not interrupt the candidate.

You are free to speak for 2 minutes and at the end of two minutes you will be stopped by the examiner.

Therefore, the speaker will have the fill freedom to show their language skills like using simple to complex sentences, arguments, grammar and cohesive speaking ability to get high band score.