Speaking Off Topic in IELTS Speaking Part 2

by api

Today is my ielts speaking test.

In part 2 I made a mistake. I have been given a topic on the place where you go to read.

The answer would be library, but I talked about my aunts home where I used to go for reading. I think its cannot fulfil the question requirements.

How will it affect my band?

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Nov 01, 2015
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Place you like to read
by: IELTS buddy

Hi,

You were asked to talk about the place where YOU go to read.

You go to read at your aunt's house.

There is nothing wrong with that - your answer is fine.

Part 2 is about you choosing what you want to talk about in connection to the topic - there is not a right or wrong answer.

Thanks

Jan 29, 2016
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I just have my ielts test but I when off topic for part 2
by: Anonymous

So the interviewer asked me to describe a song that reminds me of a particular event from my life. But what ended up happening was me answering something completely different.

I forgot about the whole 'my life' part and I answered something about someone else's life. But I consider my speaking ok, fluent.

So I was wondering, did anyone encounter the same scenario. If so I would like to know what band score you ended up having.

Jan 29, 2016
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Off topic - describing a song
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Anonymous,

It won't be relevant what score anybody else got in the test.

If they got a low score it could be any number of other reasons, not necessarily connected to anything they did in part 2.

Remember you are marked on your ability throughout your test, not just on the part 2.

May 31, 2016
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Describe an animal you found interesting?
by: Anonymous

They asked me about animal I found interesting but I said about the emu bird. Will I get score for this?

Jun 02, 2016
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Describe an animal you found interesting?
by: IELTS buddy

I don't think the examiner will worry too much about that.

Jun 07, 2016
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Out of topic in Ielts part 2
by: Anonymous

Hi there,

I was asked what was the important thing your family has had a long time. I couldn't catch if it is antique thing so I answered it about our old house. I said we used it 7 years and sold it last year etc. I wonder if it will be evaluated out of topic or is it a right answer?

Jun 07, 2016
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Ielts speaking test
by: Aakash

I was asked describe a happy event in your childhood?
But i told about adventurous sport event that was conducted in mountains?

Jun 09, 2016
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Out of topic
by: IELTS buddy

If your house is old and important, that is fine.

If the adventurous sport activity was in your childhood, that is fine.

Jun 12, 2016
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Strange topic
by: Anonymous

If I encounter a strange topic talking about an event that I've never experienced so far, how can I deal with this? On the other hand, if there are some general topics (a tradition, a law/rule,...), how can I develop my answer with not much idea of them?

Jun 13, 2016
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Strange topic
by: IELTS buddy

It should always be a topic that you at least have some kind of experience of. You should always try and ensure your answer is directly related to the topic, but if it's not 100% related for some reason make sure you explain why at the start of your talk.

For your ideas you really just have to brainstorm something coherent to say about them. It's unlikely you won't have any ideas as they are very general topics.

Jun 17, 2016
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by: Navdeep

Hello Sir
i want to share my experience. yeasterday i had speaking and during 2nd part. i went off to the topic . my topic was talk about newspaper or magazine article and i talked about magazine. examiner even told me after exam that u was off the topic nxt time read the cue card carefully. is he reduced my bands?? thank you

Jul 05, 2016
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Off topic
by: Anonymous

I was asked about weather that changed my plan but I told her about earthquake. Will she reduce my score?

Jul 13, 2016
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I think it's off point
by: Anonymous

I was asked about the best event of ur childhood and I am still 16 so I mentioned my grandparents 50th anniversary which I attended 2 years back.. Was it ok or not?

Jul 14, 2016
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Totally wrong answer:(
by: Anonymous

Hi, today in ielts speaking part 2 I misunderstood the question and described something totally different than I've been asked which was the "describe a public place".

I told about the Borough Market without breathing but unfortunately i realised that it s totally a private place :( will this cost me too much?

Jul 18, 2016
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Off topic
by: Anonymous

Hi,

In IELTS speaking test Part 2, I was asked to talk about a incident when I shared something with someone and it's impact.

I considered "sharing" as sharing a feeling and I ended up answering in the same way.

But after coming out of test center I realized that it could be sharing a thing etc, I should have got a clarification from examiner.

So somehow I feel I dint take up relevant example!

Please help me to understand the impact of this on my Band score

Jul 19, 2016
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Childhood event
by: IELTS

Your grandparents anniversary when you were 14 is fine. That is your childhood.

Jul 19, 2016
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Market
by: IELTS buddy

You were asked to describe a public place - a market is public (anyone can go there) so that is fine.

Jul 19, 2016
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Sharing Something
by: IELTS buddy

I would need to see the actual full prompt to be sure, but if you were just asked to describe 'sharing something' then your feelings will be fine. You can share your feelings.

Aug 11, 2016
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speaking
by: padma

hi in part 2 of speaking IELTS exam i was asked about first time i used a foreign language i misinterpreted it i spoke about english how will it affect my score

Aug 12, 2016
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IELTS Speaking Foreign Language Topic
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Padma,

Are you English? If not, English is a foreign language for you.

Aug 18, 2016
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Speaking test error
by: Anonymous

Hello!

I have just completed my speaking test. I was asked to talk about using a foreign language but spoke about an indigenous language. Would that affect my scores?

Aug 18, 2016
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Speaking test error - indigenous language
by: IELTS buddy

Whose indigenous language? You mean your own language?

Any language that is not your own native language is foreign. So if you are Japanese and you talked about using English or German, they would both be ok.

If you talked about Japanese that is wrong.

Aug 19, 2016
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ielts speaking
by: Anonymous

I got emotional while answering in part 2 of ielts speaking test.examiner asked me about my future goal.I said I missed my future goal to b a doctor .so I wanted my daughter to b a doctor.Will it deduct my marks

Aug 19, 2016
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After school what you do
by:

Question was about after school what you do but ialt endind time of that question i told that bunk the class for .......
Which score will they provide

Sep 01, 2016
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Cross qustioning
by: Jass

First part was going good.
Then my cue card was mistake u made in your life?
It was also going good but in the 3rd part i got confused and i didn't give relevant answer of the qustion.
Will it affect my band score???

Sep 02, 2016
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speaking
by: deep

Tomorrow will be my speaking in india m very nervous bcz when I do practice there are number of pauses in my cue card plz prey for me

Sep 04, 2016
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Cross questioning
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Jass,

It's really too difficult to know without hearing your test.

Sep 08, 2016
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Part 2 - After school activities topic
by: Anonymous

Hi,

Today I had my IELTS speaking exam and the examiner gave me the cue card about what activity you do after end of your school day?

But firstly I spoke about the activity which I do in my school hours for about 10 seconds but suddenly I read that they asked me differently so later on I talked about the topic.

So it will affect on my bands?

Sep 08, 2016
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After school activities topic
by: IELTS buddy

As I have said on here several times, you are marked on your skills throughout the whole test, and there are a lot of criteria.

So the scoring does not work in a way that it is possible to answer your question properly. One single thing happening briefly in one part of the test does not suddenly bring a band score down.

It is more a continuation of something such as poor fluency throughout the test or weak grammar.

So that event that you mention in itself is not likely to bring your score down, but if you were continually making mistakes and having to correct yourself then it is likely to affect it. But we have no idea how you did over the whole test. That is what is important.

Sep 13, 2016
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about off topic
by: Arsh

Hi,

My topic was a piece of equipment that you have in your home but I spoke about the table clothes.

Will it put more impact on my bands?

Sep 13, 2016
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about off topic
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Arsh,

You are judged on your performance over the whole test so it's really not possible to say how one section may affect your score.

Obviously a table cloth is not 'equipment' but it is something in your home so it may not be viewed as that off topic. But anyway, you are marked on other things, not just the topic - grammar, vocab, coherence, so it's really too difficult to make any predictions about your score.

Sep 22, 2016
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Forget to answer 3 question in Part 2
by: Anonymous

I forget to answer the given question but completed my quota of 2 min and mostly stick with my topic. How much will it impact my score?

Sep 23, 2016
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off topic on task 3
by: Anonymous

i gave my speaking test today. I was very nervous, that is why I went off topic on my task 3. However, I couldn't understand questions that i was asked. Will that affect on my band score..??

Oct 03, 2016
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off the topic
by: Anonymous

Today was my speaking test..every thing was fine except cue card..MY topic was " Any interesting place that you like, is open to public"..and i explained about educational organization e.g. university...What could be the result?

Oct 06, 2016
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A DOUBT
by: Anonymous

Hi,

I had my speaking test yesterday.

I was asked to talk about the most important thing
which I have and describe why my parents have had it for a long time for me.

I spoke about a purse which my parents bought for me 6 years back and how I used it and its importance to me.

And the follow up questions were related to antiques.

Can u please tell me if i was off the topic or was I correct

Oct 06, 2016
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A DOUBT
by: IELTS buddy

I'm not sure why you think that would be off topic? It seems to directly answer the topic to me.

Oct 09, 2016
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Off topic at part 2 speaking test
by: Iulia

Hi,

At part 2 I was asked what skill I learned as a child and I talked a bit about swimming and more about honesty, even though honesty is not a skill.
How many points do you think I will lose because of this?

Thank you!

Oct 10, 2016
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Off topic at part 2 speaking test
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Lulia,

The scoring does not work like that. It's not based on points that you lose, it's based on bands and meeting the criteria within those bands. I'd take a look at the IELTS public hand descriptors which you can find if you search online.

Oct 23, 2016
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a frequent journey that you dislike
by: Anonymous

Hi,

I took the IELTS Speaking test today. My cue card was describing a journey you have to do often but you don't like it. Instead, I talked about a journey I once took that I didn't like.

Not until in the end the examiner reminded me of that did I realize I was off topic.

Will it affect my score?

Oct 23, 2016
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a frequent journey that you dislike
by: IELTS buddy

It's really impossible to know without hearing your test. I'd say no because it's still pretty close to the topic.

But anyway, as I have said on here, your score is based on your performance over the whole speaking test, so it's impossible to pick out single errors like that and make a prediction about impacts on the score.

Nov 01, 2016
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Regarding the part 2 marking
by: Anonymous

I gave my IELTS speaking on 18 october, 2016.

The topic was Describe a piece of equipment in your home. and the associated question were related to electronic things.

So, I spoke on remote control of TV set but when it started my Introduction to topic went a bit long and after speaking few sentences she stopped me (In my view she stopped me before 2 mins).

My english was fluent throughout with few mistakes. There were three time when she stopped me in b/w the answer. And two times she read the entire question and just i started speaking she said we will move to next question/section.

What do you think? what must be her view regarding my speaking test?

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I don't really understand what you are saying the examiner did with regards to interrupting you because that does not seem to fit the format of the test (you do the 1-2 minute talk uninterrupted).

But anyway, you mention various things that happened, which are a bit confusing. It's really impossible to predict if what you are talking about will have affected your score without hearing what happened.

IELTS buddy

Nov 01, 2016
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Ielts speaking
by: Swapnil

Hello...I was actually given the topic my favourite meal (e.g. dinner or lunch) ... But I ended up saying Chinese meal is my special meal. I covered all their points. But is the answer relevant?

Nov 03, 2016
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favourite meal
by: IELTS buddy

I'd really need to see the topic card. According to you it asked about your favourite meal. To me, that would be exactly as you answered.

Without seeing the exact wording on the card it's difficult to know if you were on topic or not.

Nov 12, 2016
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Off topic
by: Sidhartha

I had my speaking test on 8 nov. My part 2 cue card topic was to describe wild animal but I described about dog which is domestic animal.... does it effect my band score?

Dec 01, 2016
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Help
by: Anonymous

In part 2 of the test I was asked to describe any sports centre where I went for sports activity.

And my answer was totally different. I answered that where I did my sports activity is a normal play ground and it is just a left over space and we used to play cricket over there and all.

Will I get band score?????

Dec 02, 2016
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Help
by: IELTS buddy

Yes you'll get a band score but it's impossible to predict what it might be.

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Will my score be affected if I went off topic in IELTS speaking part 2?

by Pratik
(India)

I did not speak for 2 minutes. I did a mistake in round 2 topic given to me is about article that i read in a magazine. But I told her about article I read on Internet. Will it effect my score.
I was fluent during entire exam. But she rephrased her question in part 3.

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Nov 07, 2015
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The long-turn
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Pratik,

As I have said many times on here, it is really not possible to predict how someone's score is affected without actually listening to the test.

You are marked holistically over the whole test - there is not one mistake that will suddenly bring your score down.

So you will really have to wait for your result.

Nov 17, 2015
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Score
by: Anonymous

How much you got in your speaking? as i am also in the same state

Jan 21, 2016
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Same case
by: Anonymous

I did the same mistake. Plus i was not fluent. I stopped.

Jun 16, 2016
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speaking
by: Navdeep

Hello sir,

Today i had my speaking and i went off to the track in cue card.

My topic was talk about a magazine or newspaper article you read, and i explained about a magazine. Even the examiner again gave me finger action on book. Unfortunately i got nervous and spoke about magazines.

After the completion of my test he talked me and said u were off track and he gave me many suggestions.

Now may u plz tell me he give me less band??? I am really in tension

Jun 16, 2016
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magazine or newspaper
by: IELTS buddy

You said the topic was to talk about either a newspaper or magazine and you talked about a magazine, so that sounds on-topic to me.

But anyway, it's too difficult to predict if your score will be affected in any way if you were off topic.

You'll just have to wait for your result. The ability of your speaking is the main thing.

Jun 17, 2016
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magazine or newspaper
by: navdeep

hello sir..
Actualy examiner told me after compltition of test that ur topic was on magazine or newspaper article. Article was main but i described magazine with many articles.

Jul 26, 2016
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Ielts
by: Anonymous

Hi yesterday ı sat for the ielts speaking part and during the part 2 ı guess that described another issue. she asked me to describe a tv show or something like that however i described a person who acts in this documentary. Please write a comment.

Jul 27, 2016
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TV
by: IELTS buddy

It's still connected to TV so you may well be ok.

Sep 09, 2016
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IELTS speaking part 2
by: Anonymous

Hi ...today was my test...I was asked to describe a tall building...I described about India Gate...I later on realised its a monument..though grammatically it was correct...will my band score be affected?

Sep 09, 2016
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India Gate
by: IELTS buddy

No it's not a building but the most important thing for your score is the specific criteria you are marked on e.g. fluency and coherence, grammar, pronunciation and lexis.

Your performance in those areas are the key things but we have no idea how you did with regards to those.

Sep 27, 2016
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Was not able to complete the topic given in 2 minutes
by: Anonymous

Hi thank you so much for this helpful thread.

I was given a topic today to talk about a time when I laughed. I kept talking but was about to get to the end of the joke, which would have made them understand why was it funny, but examiner asked me to stop as it was over 2 minutes.

How will it affect my scores, as the story was incomplete and not funny, without it being completed.

Sep 27, 2016
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Was not able to complete the topic given in 2 minutes
by: IELTS buddy

You are not scored on how interesting the examiner found your story or whether it made him/her laugh, so it won't affect your score.

You are scored on the normal speaking criteria i.e. coherency, fluency, grammar etc.

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Did I go off topic and how will this affect my IELTS Speaking score?

by Paolo
(Italy)

Hi, i had my speaking exam this morning.

In task 2 probably i went out of topic. The question was talking about an event that was making me noise. I did not realise at the moment and i spoke about a friend of mine that left the soccer field and then we cannot play football because we were in odd number and we were angry with him.

I thought 'noise' like 'nuisance', is it correct or did I go out of topic?

If i went out of topic, how can this mistake influence my band?

I think part 1 and 3 were okay, with a good pronunciation and fluency.

Which is probably my final assessment in speaking?

Also:

1) task 1, task 2 and task 3 have the same value? There will be a medium of the three different band?

2) if my band is: listening 5.5, reading 6, writing 6, speaking 5,5. What will be my final score? 5,5 or 6?

Thank you!

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Oct 10, 2015
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Off topic in the IELTS Speaking
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Paolo,

As I've said repeatedly in this forum when I get this question, it is impossible to give you an indication of what score you may get - you are graded over the whole speaking test and a mix of criteria. The only way to know how you did would be by listening to your test.

And each section does not have a specific or the same 'value'. The test is marked as a whole at the end. Of course if you did badly in one part it will bring your overall score down.

For example, someone with weak speaking skills is likely to do worse in part 3 as this is the most difficult. This would of course bring that person's score down.

With regards to your part 2 question, "an event that was making me noise" does not really make sense. You must have remembered it incorrectly.

The word "Noise" itself has nothing to do with nuisance (though of course noise can be a nuisance).

So I really don't know if you were on topic or not.

For band scores, they are rounded up for the final scores, so you would get band 6 overall for the example you gave.

Good luck

Jan 31, 2016
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Calculate ielts band score
by: Anonymous

Hi ielts buddy,

If I get L:6, R:5, W:6, S:5.5. What band do I get 5.5 or 6?

Anyway, I want to know how ielts calculated the band score?

Jan 31, 2016
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Calculate ielts band score
by: IELTS buddy

Hi,

That would be 5.5

It is rounded to the nearest half or whole band. So your score divided by 4 is 5.625.

If it was 5.75 it would go up to a 6. But in your case as it is below that it goes to a 5.5

Aug 29, 2016
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Off topic
by: Madhu

My cue card is:

Describe your skills that you have learned as a child

But, I talk about Participation in a quiz and improved my skills so on......

Will my score be effected in part 2?

Aug 29, 2016
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Quiz
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Madhu,

As I've said on here it's always virtually impossible to feedback on someone's speaking without hearing the test, but from what you said it sounds on topic.

You talked about skills you learned as a child. Quiz skills are fine if you feel that it taught you something.

Dec 02, 2016
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Part 2 a leader that you admire in sports, business or politics
by: Anonymous

Hi,

My cue card topic was describe a leader who you admire in sports business or politics.

I said about my PT teacher when i was in school and how they helped me to play cricket and talk related to it.

so, how many bands I expect or am I losing band because of this mistake? And my examiner told me after I completed 2minute talk that you spoke about a teacher, not a leader.

So will this affect my overall speaking band??

Dec 02, 2016
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a leader that you admire
by: IELTS buddy

It's not possible to predict scores, but I wouldn't say you were necessarily off topic.

The meaning of 'leader' is quite subjective, so it could easily be argued that a teacher you had was a leader.

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I didn't stay on topic

by arslan ali
(pakistan)

I want to know I have done my speaking test yesterday and my topic was:

"What's the indoor games you played as a child"

Yes I have covered all the question but I just forgot she asked me about childhood.

I said all the scenario I play that yet and in end I just talked about as a child as well but examiner stopped me I think I one mint can it be affect my band???

Plz answer

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Nov 02, 2015
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Speaking test - I didn't stay on topic
by: IELTS buddy

HI,

I didn't understand all of your question. These do not make sense:

"I play that yet"
"I think I one mint"

But I think you are saying that you only spoke about childhood at the end? And the examiner stopped you after a minute?

Firstly, the examiner won't stop you after one minute. Maybe it just seemed that way.

As for what you said, it is really difficult to judge what someone did in the speaking without hearing it unfortunately.

You say you did speak about childhood so it may be ok.

You will just have to wait for your score, but even if you don't get the score you want, it is unlikely it will be because of the issue you mention in part 2.

You are marked over the whole test - you are not suddenly dropped down a score for one error in one part of the test. The marking is more complex than that.

Good luck

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Off topic...Speaking part 2

by sar
(india)

Speaking part 2! Off Topic

I was asked to describe about a place where there is lot of water:

- Where is it?
- Why do you like it?
- What other people usually do there?

Unfortunately, I think I spoke off topic about some things.

I mentioned about a hilly region where there is lot of rivers and fresh water source, and people here do cultivation and such, with help of these water sources.

But now i think, beaches and other sports activities are the answers to this cue card.

Would like to know if this is fine or that I have misunderstood the question?

How likely am I to get band 6, considering part 1 and part 3 were fine.

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Jan 28, 2016
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Off topic in Part 2
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Sar,

There isn't a 'right' or 'wrong' answer as such for the part 2. You are given a fairly broad topic and asked to speak about it.

Whoever wrote the question did most probably have some kind of place where people do sports in mind. But you were asked to talk about a place where there is a lot of water, so it is entirely up to you what place with water you decide to talk about.

From what you said, it did not specify it has to be somewhere to do with sport.

So I would not worry about your choice and it should not affect your band score.

Of course it is impossible to predict what your score will be.

Feb 22, 2016
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Topic about where there is a lot of water
by: HPSSandhu

it is very essential to make it clear that IELTS is basically a test of your proficiency in the English language and not about what is right and what is wrong.

So long as you are making correct structures and in your comfort zone when you are speaking nothing is wrong or right, however it is required to be with the topic, answering questions indirectly pointing towards the topic.

In this particular topic the examiner wished to know about a place where people gather near water, like lakes, swimming pools, river banks, seashores etc. however this is a much wider concept.

May 27, 2016
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off topic
by: Anonymous

Hi IELTS buddy....
i was asked to talk about something i bought and was pleased about it ...and i spoke about something i bought for my mother and was really happy .....is it correct or i went off topic ????
i spoke fluently....did well in part 1 and part 3.

May 27, 2016
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Off topic
by: IELTS buddy

You talked about something you bought that you were happy with so it sounds fine.

Nov 16, 2016
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Off topic
by: Anonymous

Today was my ielts speaking test and I went off topic. My topic was talk about any equipment that you use at your home and I spoke about a jewelry box. It's definitely not equipment. So will this thing effect my score?

Nov 16, 2016
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talk about any equipment
by: IELTS buddy

It's really too difficult to predict how specific errors may affect a candidates speaking score, if at all.

You are marked for your performance over the whole speaking test so you can't really pick out one thing and assess whether it affected the score or not.

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Can we ask the examiner to change the speaking topic in the 1-2 minute talk?

by Vikz

Is it possible to ask the examiner to change the topic on which candidate has to speak for 1-2 minutes.

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Mar 22, 2014
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Changing the IELTS speaking topic
by: IELTS buddy

Hi,

No, you can't do that. You have to speak about the topic that you are given.

An important tip for this is to remember the key thing is that the examiner needs to hear you speaking, so whatever you do don't clam up and speak very little because you don't think you know enough about the topic.

You should keep on topic, but you can speak about things related to it as well - you don't just have to stick to the points given on the card.

In your preparation time think of some other points related to the topic that are not on the card to ensure you can speak for the full 2 minutes.

Thanks

Feb 23, 2016
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Change of topic
by: HPSSandhu ( MA, P.hd)

Hello all, you can't change the topic. You have to speak on the given topic. Yes, you can always correct yourself which has no adverse effect.

Please do your home work as you are given one minute to think and use this valuable time, never start your card just in a second or two, it can be marked as crammed a one.

Just relax, keep your face smiling, be confident, and don't use flambyount words. Simple structures can make more impression, kiss the success.

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Did I answer my IELTS speaking part 2 correctly?

by RSF
(Colombo)

Hello IELTS Buddy,

I have just finished my speaking test.

For the section 2 I got a subject "you are planing to organize a very first out door activity"

The questions were:

What, where and what equipments etc."

I was explaining a birthday party that I'm planing to organize for my friends.

I explained that it will be my first out-door activity for my office friends and will be hosted in beach area.

Somehow I think I managed to cover all the question until the examiner stopped me.

So when I checked internet for the Outdoor activities there are lot relate to win surfing, mountain climbing etc.

Further, in 3rd section there were questions about physical fitness.

I think I have got the second question's topic wrongly :(

But do you think, that they will considered B'day parties organized in outdoor as an outdoor activity. If they do not what portion of marks I will be loosing for the damage? :(

Look forward to hearing your advise on this regard.

Thanks,
Ranga

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Error with the IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topic
by: IELTS buddy

Hi,

Obviously I can't predict what the examiner may do, but I don't think you need to worry.

Someone could call a birthday party outside an 'outside activity' so I don't think you would be penalized for it.

The important thing will have been your speaking skills when you answered the question.

Thanks

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I was asked about an artist what encourged you
by: Anonymous

I said my mother as she manages work with home . And later I thought that I was completely off topic . Will they deduct my band score? Kindly help me out

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Should I have spoken about different things in the IELTS long-turn?

by Hoppy
(Lagos)

I did my speaking test yesterday, I did very well in section 1 and 3 but my task response for 2 is what I'm not comfortable with.

I spoke for a minute and was asked what I do when I want to relax and I mentioned going to the cinema, gym and doing shopping. But I think that's not a good response because there were better options like swimming and listening to music.

I was nervous that's why I couldn't give the right options am terribly worried because I'm aiming for a band 7. Pls advice me.

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IELTS Long-turn
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Hoppy,

It won't matter that you talked about going to the cinema, gym and doing shopping instead of swimming and listening to music.

If you said that is what you like then that is up to you. You can't be given a lower score because the examiner may have thought there were better things to do in your spare time. And how could the examiner know anyway that there were other things you do?

You spoke about the topic so that is correct.

Thanks

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Misunderstanding the part 2

by Irfan malik
(India)

I had test today... In 2nd part the question was about giving a gift to someone recently... But my mistake I said about a gift I had given in my school days..

I covered all the 3 questions about the gift,. But examiner asked me to stop before 2 Minutes...

Please let me know will out effect my band...

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Oct 07, 2015
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Speaking part 2
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Irfan,

You still spoke about giving a gift. Your mistake was quite small so I would not worry about it.

As for asking you to stop before two minutes, it is usual to let someone carry on so I can't really explain that.

You'll have to wait for your result.

Oct 08, 2015
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Thanks
by: Anonymous

Thnak you for your Reply .
Looking forward for remaining test now.

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I spoke off topic - can I still get band 5?

by joe
(chennai)

I finished my speaking test today 4th October. Think part 1 and 3 did well.

Part 2 they asked me about paid worker but I spoke about servant maid it was totally out of topic. Will I get at least band 5. Really worried.

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Oct 07, 2015
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Band 5
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Joe,

It is too difficult to know without hearing your test how off topic you were. Talking about a maid or a paid worker could be similar so you may not have been that off topic.

Also, a band 5 is not that high, so even if your part 2 was not that great you could still get a 5.

You will really have to wait for your result.

Thanks

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Content wrong in part 2

by Mama

My ielts speaking test completed yesterday, in task-2 i misunderstood the topic and i spoke fluently but content of my speech was different,can i still hope to get 6 band in speaking?,my task 1 and task 3 were gone really good. I am only worried about task 2 due to this reason which mention above.

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Aug 20, 2015
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Part 2
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Mama,

As I've said in the speaking forum many times about that question, it's really impossibly to start predicting what scores someone could be getting without hearing it.

But yes, if you think you did very well in 1 and 3 but just went a bit off topic in 2 you could still get a 6.

You are assessed over the whole test.

Sep 10, 2015
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Same Problem
by: Bikash

What's the score dude. I too had the same problem. Plz comment your speaking score. Plzz.

Mar 09, 2016
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Speaking part 2
by: Anonymous

Hi, I took the exam recently. I am extremely worried because I need a band 7. The problem is part 2.

I was asked about my dream house (what, where, why and something else). I said it would be big and then the location (I can't remember what else I said), but I didn't mention topic vocabulary such as kitchen, rooms, garage, garden... I covered "where" and "why", but the examiner pointed at the card meaning that I should focus on the topic. So I got nervous after that. I think I was really fluent and did not make mistakes.

Part 1 was excellent and part 3 just fine.

How can this affect the overall? Thanks.

Mar 09, 2016
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Speaking part 2
by: IELTS buddy

Hi,

If you look at my previous comments you'll see I said it's impossible to predict anyone's score or how it may have been affected.

The fact that the examiner was pointing at the card suggests you may have misunderstood the prompt and been talking about the wrong thing, but this is just a guess.

You really just need to wait for your result.

Mar 26, 2016
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went off topic in part 2
by: vinny

Today was my speaking my topic was to describe an article you read in a magazine?

I first explained which magazine was it and then I told her when I read it but after I think discussed about 2 articles and after the 2nd article I just spoke about the 3rd article for like 2 secs but then she stopped me.

my 1 and 3 parts were okay

What do you think? will that mistake affect my score but yeah it definitely will but will this be considered as a huge mistake?

Mar 31, 2016
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went off topic in part 2
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Vinny,

I can only refer you back to my previous comments on something like this that you'll find on this page.

Apr 10, 2016
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Speaking task 2
by: Anonymous

My cue card was longest walk u enjoyed ever!

But in my answer I used present tense for instance:

"I go for long walk with my friend and sometimes with my mother mainly when I finish my dinner".

...will it be wrong answer?

Apr 10, 2016
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Speaking task 2
by: IELTS buddy

You used the wrong tense if you were meaning to talk about a walk in the past.

And if you talked about current walking it's not quite what you were asked on the card.

But as I have said before, without hearing your part 2 and the rest of the test it's really impossible to say if anything you did may have had any impact on your score.

Apr 22, 2016
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Speaking part 2
by: Anonymous

Hi.....yesterday was my speaking test...my topic was....an article that u read from magazine or newspaper and that u remember....I speak fluently but the mistake was that I speak in present tense...I speak I read it everyday ....my part 1 and part 2 went well....can I get 6 band?

May 10, 2016
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Spoke off topic in ielts section 2
by: Qaiser sunny

Actually I spoke completely off topic in my IELTS exam. I was asked about an occasion when I want to do some thing and the weather stopped me.

I didn't understand the statement because I was a bit nervous at that moment. I spoke about my family, they stopped me to attend dancing classes.

Well apart from speaking off topic everything was fine, I was quite fluent throughout the test especially in part 1 and 3. I didn't get stuck at all and spoke with grammatical accuracy.

Now I am really worried about me bands because my requirement is at least 6.5.

May 10, 2016
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Spoke off topic in ielts section 2
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Qaiser,

Are you saying that your family stopped you attending a dancing class because of the weather?

If so that is not off-topic.

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Spoke off topic in ielts section 2
by: Qaiser sunny

No, actually I didn't mention the weather at all. I couldn't manage to understand the statement properly. I think the question was about someone stopped me to do a thing which I want to do.

I just talk about that I was interested in dance classes but my parents don't want me to attend because they think dancing is very odd thing and not part of our culture. I attended the classes without their permission then after, I realize that I did it wrong.

May 11, 2016
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Spoke off topic in ielts section 2
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Qaiser,

Ok I see. As I have said before though, it's really difficult to give any predictions on speaking scores without hearing your test as you are graded over the whole test not just one part, so unfortunately you will just have to wait for the result.

Good luck

Jun 04, 2016
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Speaking part 2
by: pim

I was asked to talk about a happy moment in my childhood, instead i talked about unhappy memory. How will this affect my speaking score?

Jul 09, 2016
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Ielts speaking test
by: Sushant

My ielts speaking test was completed just now but i made an mistake in task 2 the topic was "short journey you don't like" but i end up with joirney i like!! Will i get no score??

Jul 10, 2016
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A journey
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Sushant,

Doing one thing wrong doesn't suddenly give you a zero. The test doesn't work like that. You are scored around various factors over the whole speaking test.

So really it's not possible to predict if or how it may have impacted on your score.

Jul 12, 2016
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confusion regarding my cue card topic
by: Anonymous

I was asked to talk about something that I have shared with other or someone and my content was related to my feelings and problems which I shared with my mother.

Now I am in a dilemma about whether the topic was about any object which I shared or my feelings or emotions.

Jul 12, 2016
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confusion regarding my cue card topic
by: IELTS buddy

If the card said "something you shared" then it is perfectly ok for your feelings and emotions to be discussed.

So based on what you said it is probably ok but I'd need to see the exact wording on the cue card to be sure.

Jul 13, 2016
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confusion regarding my cue card topic
by: Anonymous

Describe something that you shared with others or another person:

- what you shared
- when you shared
- who you shared it with

and explain why you shared it and how you felt when you shared it

this was my cue card so i talked about my feelings which i shared with my mother because i was very upset. is it correct? according to my cue card

Jul 19, 2016
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Confusion about cue card topic
by: Anonymous

In part 2 the question was about outdoor buildings but I completely went off topic on historical buildings ..how much score will I get.

Jul 19, 2016
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Confusion about cue card topic - buildings
by: IELTS buddy

It's impossible to predict your score. You are marked on many factors not just the relevance of your response.

Jul 19, 2016
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Confusion about cue card topic
by: Anonymous

Examiner will give the score or based on that recording they will give score

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Are shoes clothes?

by Love gill

Hello.. Yesterday was my speaking test.

I was given the topic 'talk about a clothing item someone gifted you'.

I spoke about shoes that I got as a birthday gift. I spoke very fluently and my discussion was also strong but i think i have gone off topic. Please tell me if shoes are a clothing item.

Will my band score be cut... Thank u

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Jul 25, 2016
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Are shoes clothes?
by: IELTS buddy

Strictly speaking, clothes aren't shoes. But I really don't think it will matter as they are a kind of clothing accessory.

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National instead of local news

by Adam chu

Hi,

I made a off topic answer for speaking part 2. The examiner asked me about interesting local news, but I answered a national level news.

Today was very important test and I am very sad that I missed. I need at least 5.5.

Do you think this can strongly affect mu score?? Do you think I can achieve my score if I answered part 1 and 2 well?

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by: IELTS buddy

Hi Adam,

It's not possible to predict if it affected your score or not, but yes it would still be possible to get 5.5.

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Possible to achieve band score 5.5
by: Arvind

Hello,

In speaking section of the IELTS, you are expected to be fluent and ensure that whatever you speak should be audible and understandable to the examiner. Unless you are good at sentence formation, you won't be able to score enough.

To be specific, if you have spoken confidently without making any grammatical errors, you can easily expect a 5.5 band score, but if you committed more frequent grammatically mistakes, it will be difficult to achieve that score.

However, sometimes the examiner looks for the content, especially if you have been asked to answer the direct question. Despite going off the track, it is possible to score more that 6 bands if you have not committed grammar mistakes and used the cohesive devices as well as the good meaningful words.

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A Short Journey

by milan
(surat)

In speaking part 2 it was a question about short journey u disliked and i spoke a short journey i'm disliking to go often. I was good at speaking but this mistake was happened. What will be the effects on band?

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A Short Journey
by: IELTS buddy

Hi milan,

Your question is not really that clear. It sounds to me like you answered the question.

You were asked about a short journey you dislike and that is what you spoke about, you just added that is was one you go on often.

Anyway, it is really too difficult to say how someone's score may be affected without hearing the test, and also it is not really possible to predict a score because you are not just graded on part 2, but many other factors.

Aug 12, 2016
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by: milan

Question was describe a journey u disliked. And I spoke about a journey from my home to my workplace which is 43 km away. And factors why I dislike this journey. So this was out of topic.

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by: IELTS buddy

Why was it out of topic? You were asked to talk about a journey you disliked and you spoke about your journey to work and you said why you don't like it.

To me that is on topic.

The topics you are asked to talk about are open to a fair bit of subjective interpretation, and if you interpreted it that way I don't see a problem with it.

Aug 12, 2016
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by: milan

But sir the question was in past tense and I described it in present so that I have doubt. Is that still okay?

Aug 12, 2016
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by: IELTS buddy

As I have said before when people ask about the speaking test, it is really impossible to judge any performance or what was right or wrong without hearing your test, which we can't do.

If you were asked to describe a journey you made in the past and you described one you do everyday it may not quite fit the card, but it depends how your worded what you said. And it is pretty close to the topic anyway.

I wouldn't really worry about it. You are graded on many things throughout test and so I find it unlikely it would affect your overall score.

Aug 15, 2016
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speaking queries
by: pavan kumar

Hi there I finished my ielts speaking test on 14 Aug. In ielts you need to avoid the short answers but I gave the short answer for the very first question and immediately I corrected myself so maximum how much they will cut the marks?

On the third part of the test the examiner asks me about how you like to convey the good message to your family members and my answer is I would like to meet them and convey my message.

And the second question the examiner asked me in past the people are unable to convey the good news immediately and I told the answer quite opposite from the first one. Is it really important that you need to stick with the one opinion?

Aug 15, 2016
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speaking queries
by: IELTS buddy

Hi pavan,

Firstly the grading of the test does not work like you are thinking.

You don't have fixed marks taken away for one 'error'. Check out the IELTS public band descriptors to see how it is graded (you can find them online with a search).

But anyway the those things you mentioned in your test are really minor. It's very unlikely that they would have had any impacts on your final score so don't worry about it.

Oct 06, 2016
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confusion about my cue card
by: Anonymous

Yesterday was my speaking..I was asked about unusual activity I do..but I talked about my writing on my blog..now I fear because it looks like usual activity..

Oct 06, 2016
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confusion about my cue card
by: IELTS buddy

That will be fine. Remember the topics are often quite subjective.

The examiner can't make choices as to what is unusual or not then knock your score down - everybody may have a different opinion on that so it would not be fair.

I'm sure most people don't write a blog, so it could still be argued it is unusual.

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An Interesting or Unusual Thing

by Sumit
(India)

In my speaking exam, my cue card was interesting/unusual thing you did recently.

I spoke on donating blood. Is it ok or is it going to cost me?

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Oct 15, 2016
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An Interesting or Unusual Thing
by: IELTS buddy

That will be fine. What is interesting or unusual is very subjective so it's up to you what you decide.

Oct 27, 2016
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irrelevant
by: Anonymous

Hi today is my ielts exam. I was asked about something you shared with the other people as my cue card. I thought that it would be an idea but the follow up questions are about the thing. What will happen?

Oct 28, 2016
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irrelevant
by: IELTS buddy

If it said 'something' that is quite unspecific.

That could be a 'thing' or an 'idea' so I don't think you need to worry.

But really without seeing the actual question or knowing what you actually said it really is impossible to predict how you did.

You just need to wait for your result.

Nov 06, 2016
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Wrong answer
by: Anonymous

Hello.

My cue card was about an appointment I missed. I have never missed an appointment, so no ideas came into my mind.

So I talked about how I missed my friend's birthday party a few days ago. And I am not sure if it is an appointment or not.

Will my score be low? I think my speaking was fluent and my grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation were all good.

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Talking about a birthday you missed will probably be fine.

IELTS buddy

Nov 18, 2016
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Speaking part 2 cue card
by: JK

Sir.. In my part 2 speaking ..cue card..they asked about jobs you will do in another country for short time.. I talked about how I will go and stay a while and seek help from a native to start a unit of business enterprise.

But I should have talked about some part time jobs such as UBER driver pizza delivery and all.

How will this deviation affect my overall band? I require 7 in speaking.

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You talked about working in another country so I'm not sure why you think your answer was off topic.

IELTS buddy

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Sharing Something with Someone

by hamshan
(india)

Today is my ielts speaking test.

In part 2 I made a mistake. I have been given a topic on sharing something with someone.

I talked about my decision to share with my sister which field of study I have to choose in future. I think it cannot fulfil the question requirements.

How will it affect my band?

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Dec 02, 2016
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IELTS Speaking Sharing Something
by: IELTS buddy

Why do you think it has not fulfilled the requirements?

You were asked to talk about something you shared with someone and you shared your thoughts on your future study.

I'd need to see the precise cue card to be sure, but from what you have said your answer seems ok.

Dec 05, 2016
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Sharing something
by: Anonymous

I was thinking after my test that the topic was like that (discuss the sharing of something with someone and then further points with whom you shared and when you shared etc).

I am not sure what they were actually asked, but I think they were asking sharing about any of your personal thing like sharing of accommodation, sharing of books, laptop etc...but in some aspect when I think in a bold way I suppose myself correct...

Totally confused.

Dec 06, 2016
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Sharing something
by: IELTS buddy

As I said I would need to see the actual full question to be sure whether talking about sharing thoughts answered the card.

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