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IELTS English speaking course - Simply IELTS

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  1. Introduction
    General Overview of IELTS Speaking Test
  2. Evaluation criteria to assess IELTS Speaking test
  3. Do’s and don’ts in IELTS Speaking
  4. Frequently asked questions on IELTS Speaking section
  5. Speaking Test – Part 1
    IELTS Speaking Part 1 format and general approach
  6. Tips for IELTS Speaking Part 1
  7. Speaking Test - Part 2
    A step by step guide to IELTS Speaking Part 2 or cue card
  8. IELTS Speaking Part 2 topics
    Describe your first day at school IELTS Cue Card
  9. Describe an aquatic animal IELTS Cue Card
  10. Describe a bag you want to own IELTS Cue Card
  11. Describe a time you got up early IELTS Cue Card
  12. Describe an art or craft activity IELTS Cue Card
  13. Describe a person who solved a problem in a smart way IELTS Cue Card
  14. Describe an exciting book that you enjoy reading IELTS Cue Card
  15. Describe a cafe you like to visit IELTS Cue Card
  16. Describe a plan in your life that is not related to work or study IELTS cue card
  17. Talk about an article which you have read about health IELTS Cue Card
  18. Describe a time you were friendly to someone you didn’t like
  19. Describe a time you bought something from a street or outdoor market
  20. Describe a time when you are waiting for something special that would happen
  21. Describe a place you visited on vacation IELTS Cue Card
  22. Describe a creative person whose work you admire
  23. Describe a difficult decision that you once made
  24. Describe a good service you received IELTS Cue Card
  25. Describe a famous athlete you know IELTS Cue Card
  26. Describe a habit your friend has and you want to develop
  27. Describe a bicycle/motorcycle/car trip you would like to go on
  28. Describe a decision made by others/someone that you disagreed with
  29. Describe a businessman you admire
  30. Describe a town or city you would like to live in the future
  31. Describe an activity that you do after school/work
  32. Describe a foreign person who you have heard or known that you think is interesting
  33. Describe a time when you tried to do something but weren’t very successful
  34. Describe a piece of equipment that is important in your home
  35. Describe someone older than you whom you admire
  36. Describe an argument two of your friends had
  37. Describe a natural talent you want to improve
  38. Describe a law on environmental protection
  39. Describe a puzzle you have played IELTS Cue Card
  40. Describe a live sports match that you have watched
  41. Describe an occasion when you were not allowed to use your mobile phone
  42. Describe a piece of local news that people are interested in
  43. Describe a time you saw something interesting on social media
  44. Describe an art or craft activity that you had at school
  45. Describe a company where you live that employs a lot of people
  46. Describe a quiet place you like to spend your time in
  47. Describe a time when you helped a friend
  48. Describe a leisure activity near the sea that you want to try
  49. Describe a time when you shared something with others
  50. Describe your favorite movie IELTS Cue Card
  51. Speaking Test - Part 3
    Tips to crack IELTS Speaking Part 3
  52. Actual Speaking Exams
    IELTS Speaking test sample answer: Accommodation and House
  53. IELTS Speaking test: Behaviour, Patience and Politeness
  54. IELTS Speaking test: Computers, Internet and Technology
  55. IELTS Speaking test: Friends
  56. IELTS Speaking Test Answers Family
  57. IELTS Speaking sample answers: Hometown
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IELTS Speaking Part 1 format and general approach

IELTS Speaking Part 1 format and general approach

IELTS Speaking Part 1 format and general approach
IELTS Speaking Part 1 format and general approach

Format (~12 questions, 4-5 minutes)

You are asked around 12 questions on three different everyday topics. The first topic is about either where you live or what you do. To answer each question, you have on average about 20 seconds, which is roughly two long sentences.

General Approach for Answering All Questions

Starting phrase+ Answer+ Reason+ Example
I think ———–becauselike
I believe ———– since such as
I guess ———– as For example,
I suppose ———– for For instance,
I’d say ———– given as was seen
As I see it ———– owing to A good example
Probably ———– due to A good case in point
Possibly/Maybe ———–
Well/Actually ———–

Agree & Disagree

Yes/I agree/For sure
Absolutely/Of course
I guess so/I suppose so
No question
No/Not at all/I disagree
I’m not so sure/I don’t think so
I wouldn’t say so


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