What if I have no experience of the topic in IELTS Speaking Part 2?

by princy

hi,

i have query that if in speaking part 2 the examiner asks me to talk about an accident you saw but in actuality i have not experienced any thing this then what should i say for part 3?

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Dec 23, 2015
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Part 2
by: IELTS buddy

Hi,

I assume you are asking what you should say for part 2 (not 3).

You can't change the topic so you have to talk about it.

It's usually something everyone will have had at least some experience of. It is unusual if in your life you have never seen any kind of accident.

An accident can be anything really so you have to think about all the different possibilities - car accident (you may have just driven past one), somebody maybe falling over etc. It can cover many things.

If you can't think of anything then use your imagination - think of accidents that maybe you watch on youtube. As long as you explain at the beginning exactly what you are going to talk about and how it is connected to the topic you should be fine.

Dec 24, 2015
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thankyou
by: Anonymous

thank you

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What if I know nothing about the part 2 speaking topic?

by bro_haven

What if I were asked to describe a cafe while I have never been to one in part 2?

Hello everyone, this question suddenly came to my mind and worried me very much.

My English teacher told me that I can lie in IELTS when I really got no idea on the topic given. However, I'm not a very imaginative guy, and I'm really concerned that I couldn't be able to make up a story in such little time.

So, what should I do if I were really asked to give a description of something or somewhere that I have no experience about at all? Am I supposed to ask the examiner to change a topic for me?

Any help is appreciated!

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Sep 21, 2013
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IELTS Part 2 Speaking
by: IELTS buddy

Hi,

You can't ask the examiner to change the topic in part 2 - you have to discuss the question you are given.

I wouldn't recommend lying as you will have to invent a whole story for 2 minutes, but that is up to you.

They are very general themes so it is very unlikely you will not have any experience of the topic you are given.

Thanks




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by: Anonymous

You can try this for training (if you plug microphone and have right browser page will generate random card for you and allow to listen to your recorded speech, or download file and torture others with it.)
http://soirana.github.io/audio-recording/

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What should I do if I get an IELTS speaking topic I do not know about?

by Shridar S
(Chennai, India)

Hello all,

I have a question on speaking. Just wondering what I have to do if the examiner asking about some favourite english songs or book or story which I may not familiar. Can I tell about some songs or books in my native language? or Suggest me some examples please. Appreciate your help on this.

Thanks in advance.

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Jul 22, 2013
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Unfamiliar IELTS Speaking Topics
by: IELTS buddy

Hi,

It's an international test so you would not get a topic associated with a particular country, such as asking about English songs or books.
It would be more general in the test - for example:

"Describe your favourite type of music / book."

Or it will be connected to your country:

"What kind of music / books are the most popular in your country".

You can find sample speaking questions here:
IELTS Speaking Sample Questions


Aug 18, 2013
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by: Anonymous

update more listening tests for practice plz

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What do I do if I know nothing about the topic in the IELTS Speaking cue card?

by Manni
(Delhi)

what if I do not have any idea at all regarding the topic mentioned in the cue card?

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May 01, 2015
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Cue card topic
by: IELTS buddy

Unfortunately you cannot change the topic, so you just have to do your best.

They are supposed to be topics that everyone should have some experience of so if you dig deep you should be able to come up with something.

If you really don't have experience of it you'll have to speak of something as similar as you can, making sure you explain why your topic may be slightly different from the one on the cue card.

It should not be a completely different topic though - it must be connected to the cue card.

Sep 01, 2015
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what to do if the question is not something i know about
by: Anonymous

If the question is something you know little or nothing about. Don't panic.

Try to turn the question around to something you do know about for example "When did you last see a child laugh?"

If you cannot think of an occasion turn it around to what you do know like this "Well I cannot remember ever seeing a child laugh but I do remember when my best friend laughed so much that he crying ...... "

Remember Ielts is about speaking, demonstrating how well you know the language, so any answer is better than no answer!!

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The place you remember which is full of colors

by preet
(india)

Possible answer for cue card:

The place you remember which is full of colors

Can I talk about a park which has flowers of different colors?

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Apr 02, 2015
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Speaking Response
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Preet,

Yes, that would be fine.

May 29, 2015
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Same question for me
by: Anonymous

Today I got the same question in my Speaking test. Is it okay if I describe about a theme park?

Jul 24, 2015
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DELHI
by: Anonymous

can I say a place name.for ex:Delhi

Jul 27, 2015
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Place name
by: IELTS buddy

Yes, it's really up to you. It can be any kind of place - a city, village, town, fairground, park, garden, beach, room, house etc.

A 'place' can mean anywhere you want it too. You just need to make sure you explain how it was full of colours.

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Can we ask to change the IELTS cue card?

by rihashah

Hye,

i have a question on the Cue Card Task, Is it possible to request for a different Cue Card? if we are stuck or have no idea on what to talk about for the topic given, for example 'talk about a historical place that you have visited'

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Dec 06, 2015
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Cue card
by: IELTS buddy

Hi,

No, you have to speak about the one you are given.

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If I am unable to speak on the cue card topic, how much will it affect my band?

by kay

if I am unable to speak on cue card topic, how much it will affect my bands

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Jun 28, 2015
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Not speaking on the cue card topic
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Kay,

The speaking test isn't as simple as that. You are graded on your abilities throughout the test and you are graded on various criteria.

There is not a fixed penalty if you cannot speak on the topic on the cue card.

Also, do you mean that you say nothing at all for the time period? Or do you mean that you talk about a different topic? Or do you mean you speak a bit but not enough?

All of these things would produce different outcomes, so as I said it is really too difficult to answer your question.

Of course if you said nothing in the part 2 talk you are likely to get a lower score than if you did do the talk. And if your talk is much too short it could affect your score. But by how much it is too difficult to say and it would also depend on how well you did in the other parts.

Aug 18, 2015
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IELTS remarking
by: Anonymous

Hi Buddy, just saw my result online. Got 6 in speaking as compared to the first where I had 7.5. All other module were alright with 8.5 in Listening, 7.0 in reading and 7.5 in Writing. I'm currently thinking of requesting for a remark. Pls what is your suggestion on IELTS remarking. Pls kindly respond to my question, thanks.

Aug 18, 2015
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by: kay

thanks for your reply :) i got 5.5 in speaking without speaking much on cue card topic .. but overall i got 7 bands :)

Aug 20, 2015
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Remark for IELTS Speaking
by: IELTS buddy

Hi,

About the remark, it's really difficult to advise you on this. I have no idea how good your speaking is.

Some people are good at reading and writing etc buy maybe not so good at speaking.

But do you mean you got 7.5 before in speaking? If you did, it does seem odd to now get 6, so a remark may be a good idea.

If I misunderstood and you have not done the test before, have you had lessons etc? Has an IELTS teacher told you what kind of band you are for speaking? Again, if you have been told by an experienced teacher that you are around 7.5 then it may be worth a remark.

That is all I can really say as it is impossible for me to know your level without hearing you speak.

good luck

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What if I made up an event for speaking part two?

by Julian

Hi,

I've done my speaking test today. My question is in part 2 I made up some event that never happened to me and mentioned some names that never existed but overall I think I properly explained it with support.

Does it matter if I just make up some stories?

In part 3, I explained it well but I never expanded all my answers with example.

Will it affect my score?

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Aug 16, 2016
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Made up event
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Julian,

The examiner can't know if you made up that story or not so it can't affect your score.

Obviously a true story is recommended because if it's real you should have things to say without thinking so much.

If you make it up then you may lose coherency a bit as you try to think of what you can say as you go along.

The examiner though is just grading you on your speaking.

It's impossible to tell you about your performance in part 3 without hearing your test.

Aug 18, 2016
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thanx a lot to ielts buddy
by: akruthi

Hi friends..I got only 5.5 in my first attempt, then I followed this ielts buddy its a very nice page with lot of useful tips which helped me in my second attempt and i got a band of 6.5 overall. I'm sure this page helps you to improve your score. Once again thanx to ielts buddy.

Aug 25, 2016
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Speaking skills
by: Nanu

My writing and speaking score in last test was 6.5 and 7 however I need 7 and 8 in both respectively. I am very impressed with the writing tips mentioned here. Wanted to know more about speaking tips if possible.

Aug 31, 2016
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what if you don't have an idea about a question asked in ielts listening part2
by: Rabecca

Hi i did my ielts speaking test and i didn't have an idea about the question I was asked. Will this affect my score?

Aug 31, 2016
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Couldn't answer the questions
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Rabecca,

You are graded on your performance throughout the whole test so it is too difficult to know how or if a poor performance in part 2 may have affected your score.

Really the only way to know is to hear your test and we can't do that.

It's best to just await the result.

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