A Common Misconception of the IELTS Speaking Test

by Alka
(Bangalore, Karnataka, India)


I was wondering in the speaking section can we give a reply that is in the middle of the option of the question asked.

Example - If the test examiner asks you:

"Do you like to spend time in your free time alone or you like to spend time with a group of people?"

Can I answer that "It depends", i.e.

"I'm an ambivert wherein I like to spend time by myself like reading books and at times I like to go out with friends like watching movies and eating out".

Can this be an answer or should I strictly stick to either I like spending time with people or with myself.

Would love to hear your feedback!

Thanks in advance :)

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Sep 04, 2016
Misconceptions of the IELTS Speaking Test
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Alka,

Your question raises a common misconception in the IELTS speaking test.

There is a belief among some candidates that the examiner is looking for a certain answer to the questions or that there is a right or wrong answer.

This is not the case.

Of course you must actually answer the question that is asked, but your views are entirely up to you and you can't be graded up and down because maybe the examiner has a different opinion.

You are being graded on your speaking ability, that is all.

So yes of course you can say "It depends..." and give various options.

That is in fact a good idea if you want to extend your answers because it gives you more to talk about than if you just fall on one side.

Don't start worrying or predicting what you think the examiner wants to hear. That's not relevant. Just answer according to whatever your thoughts or opinions are.

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