Did I mess up the IELTS speaking

by Mesh


I took my ielts speaking test few days back.

My exam was in the morning but it took me ages to have the speaking, it was at 6 in the evening.

Being a native speaker, I never really thought I would have any trouble with this particular part but unfortunately I think I have messed it up!

The lady looked irritated and worn out! She seemed knackered.

Part One

The first part was fine. She asked me when was the first time I brought a flower and a magazine etc. I told her I have never been fond of gardening.

Anyhow, she seemed so uninterested and least concerned that it got me confused.

Her: do you believe in sharing?
Me: no! I don't really share my stuff with anyone. I am quite possessive.
Her: okay. How you promote sharing in children?

Me thinking omg, I have messed it up. I got confused.

Part Two

For part 2, she asked have I ever shared something with someone? When? How was it etc etc?

I said "my graduation day" and shared the memories and stuff about that particular day. But she was like "say something more".

I didn't know what to say :/ I was like "What should I say 😳?". I couldn't think of anything,.

I repeated few stuff .. She again said "can you speak more on this".

Part Three

God!! Part 3 went fine but now I'm super nervous and scared about my results.

She could tell I was born and brought up here.
And Another mistake "I said privacy in the American accent. While the rest of the conversation was all in British English".

Please! You think I'll cross the 7 mark.

I would love a response. And I'm sorry for such a long post, but I'm petrified and it's getting on my nerves :(

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Aug 24, 2016
Speaking Test
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Mesh,

Firstly, it is impossible to predict your score and to say if you may have got over 7 or not.

But the things you mention would not prevent you from getting a 7.

The speaking test is objectively graded on your speaking, so it doesn't matter whether the examiner looked irritated / uninterested or not. That may just be your imagination or maybe she had had a long day and was tired, but either way that has nothing to do with your score.

For part 2 you should aim to speak for 2 minutes. If she kept asking you to say more then you had not spoken for 2 minutes and she was giving you a chance to say more.

Again, if you then did say more it will not necessarily affect your score, but again it's difficult to judge without actually hearing your test how you did in part 2.

And the bit about using an American accent at one point, that really has nothing to do with anything and will not impact on your score in any way.

So try to stop worrying as it does not seem you have many reasons to and wait for your result.

Good luck

Aug 27, 2016
use of words like can't
by: Anonymous

Can we say words like can't, don't or any other like this in speaking task or we should use can not, do not etc etc instead of can't...

Aug 27, 2016
by: Mesh

I have heard that contractions can be used, as they sound more like a native speaker.

Because can not, should not etc sounds so formal and that's not how we talk in daily life :)

Aug 28, 2016
Using contractions in IELTS Speaking
by: IELTS buddy

Yes of course you should use contractions.

You are assessed on the naturalness of your speaking. When we speak naturally we use contractions, we don't say 'can not', 'do not' (unless maybe we are emphasising it for some reason, such as telling someone off).

Sep 02, 2016
I agree
by: Carol

I would also suggest that using contractions is fine.

Sep 03, 2016
by: MESH

Just received my results :)
Despite messing it up, i did manage to get a 7 in speaking.
Unfortunately , 6.5 in writing.
Thumbs up for your evaluation though.

Sep 04, 2016
Speaking Test
by: Anonymous

How about using gonna or wanna? Would it sound natural?

Sep 05, 2016
"gonna" or "wanna"
by: IELTS buddy

Yes you should be saying things like "gonna" or "wanna".

That is how we say those words when speaking and you need to sound natural.

Oct 28, 2016
Mesh score
by: Anonymous

Hey Mesh, I think I made similar errors. So what score did you end up with?

Nov 08, 2016
Speaking topic 5th Nov
by: Anonymous


I attended the test on Nov 4th. In the first part the examiner asked general questions related to flowers, caps and hats mainly social importance.

Cue card:- Talk about a change that happened in your life with a positive result.

1) what was the change?
2) when was it?
3) what are the effects on your life?

How did you benefit from this change?

The third part mainly concentrated on changes in my personal life, professional life etc. What are the changes that you can see from past in the working habits, social changes, position of men and women in society?

Jul 26, 2017
Part 2
by: Anonymous

Hello, I just finish my Ielts speaking test and I am not quite confident for my Part 2 because I repeated the same thing many times and basically I didn't know what to talk about. i might have gone off topic. i had almost 30 seconds pause. for my part 1 and 3 I managed to answer all my question quite fluently. Do you think I am able to get Band 6 despite my mistake for my Speaking test?

Jul 26, 2017
Part 2
by: IELTS buddy

Unfortunately it's really not possible to predict scores without hearing your test.

Oct 12, 2018
My Examiner seemed terribly amused
by: MarkJo

Did my speaking test. The part two was a bit awkward to me. I was a bit slower in my articulation because I had to make things up. The follow ups didn't seem horrible to me.

Now I'm confused because in part two the examiner had to cut me for the follow ups. I guess I might not have made so much sense on part 2.

The examiner who wasn't smiling at all initially was all at part three. And I didn't make any joke.

Does it mean I was ludicrous or something?

What does it mean when the examiner starts to smile profusely all of a sudden? is it a bad sign or good sign?

Oct 14, 2018
My Examiner seemed terribly amused
by: IELTS buddy

I'm not sure what you mean by 'cut me'.

But anyway, it is possible you said something amusing without realising it so maybe the examiner was smiling at that. Impossible though to say why.

But either way, it's not relevant to your score. Just because the examiner found something to smile at, they still have to be impartial and just mark you according to your ability in the test in terms of fluency, grammar etc.

So don't worry about it, your scoring should be fair.

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Predicting IELTS Speaking Score

by Ana

Hello, i did not complete cue card round. I fumbled in middle and examiner stopped me. Also, in part 1 he ask me the season in my country. Though I answer it but afterwards I fumbled. In task 3, he asked me about how we can teach children. I made grammatical mistake. Instead of ourselves, i tell themselves. Can you predict my score. Should I get at least 6?

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Apr 29, 2019
Predicting IELTS Speaking Score
by: IELTS buddy

It's impossible to predict what you might have got without hearing your test.

Apr 30, 2019
Please predict my score
by: Anonymous

But my speech is fluent

May 01, 2019
Please predict my score
by: IELTS buddy

But that is just your judgement and it's difficult to assess yourself. The examiner may have noticed issues.

Also you are marked on many things, not just fluency, and it's impossible to know how you did with them without hearing the test.

May 02, 2019
Please guess min score
by: Anonymous

Please just guess minimum score as per your knowledge and experience

Oct 08, 2019
Inappropriate word selection
by: Umar Usman

I appeared in my IELTS speaking test yesterday. It went very well. I spoke fluently and didn't make many grammatical mistakes.
But I am worried that I used an inappropriate word while discussing perfumes in part 1. I used "different flavours" instead of "different odours" of perfume. Please tell me, to what extent it will effect my score?

Oct 08, 2019
Inappropriate word selection
by: IELTS buddy

The speaking test doesn't get marked like that. You don't lose points for each error you make. You are marked holistically across the whole test.

In terms of errors with your lexis (vocabulary), there are words like 'makes occasional errors' for a band 7 or errors are 'rare' for a band 8.

Also you get marked on other criteria such as fluency. So really it's impossible to predict any kind of score based on what you have mentioned.

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Contradicted myself in IELTS Speaking

by Brendon

Today i appeared in my IELTS speaking exam and i spoke fine, i gave answers to every question in a professional way. But i am bit worried about one thing.

When my test started examiner asked me do your work or study? i told her that i am computer scientist and work in software company, but when part 2 (Cue card) started i spoke that i used to work with my grandfather and right now i run his car business in a city.

I want to ask is this okay that i have mentioned different working fields in different parts?

The examiner's behavior was very friendly and fine.

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Jul 03, 2019
IELTS Speaking
by: IELTS buddy

No that won't make any difference.

The examiner may not have noticed but even if they did they can't mark you down because you may have contradicted yourself with regards to something you said earlier in the test.

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Did these mistakes affect my IELTS speaking score?

by Aakash


I had my IELTS Speaking interview today and I wanted to clarify a few things regarding the mistakes I made during the test.

I was quite nervous during the test but tried to maintain my composure.

My Part 1 went well I guess except for the fact that he cut me in the middle of my speaking about the place where I live. I am assuming this was because of time restraints.

I think I spoke alright in part 2 as well and was able to answer the following questions and quoted examples too however I gave short answers for a few and making few mistakes and maybe repeated statements.

However in part 3 I made the biggest mistakes. The question was about archeology and in 2-3 questions I made a few mistakes. One of them I answered shortly and made a few grammatical errors.

However when the question was asked about objects that will educate the future generations or something, out of nervousness I said rockets and flacon 9 and that it will help to learn about the culture or something. I didn't even correct myself and stopped speaking after that sentence.

How badly will these affect my band score?

A reply would help me work on my weak points for the future.

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Aug 23, 2019
IELTS speaking score
by: IELTS buddy

I think you are misunderstanding how the speaking test is graded.

It's not possible to point to a few errors you may (or may not) have made and predict how you did. You are marked on many things throughout the test so it's impossible to judge how you may have done by just considering the things you mentioned.

But regarding part 1 - yes this would have been time constraints.

Part 2 - I don't really understand what you mean by saying you answered the questions and gave some short answers because it is a 2 minute talk. Unless you are referring to the prompts. Anyway, as I say it's impossible to know how you did without hearing it.

Part 3 - Again, it's not possible to say how these affected your score. How can you know you only made those few grammar errors and did not make other mistakes in the test? And I don't know what 'rockets and flacon 9' are.

So really you just have to wait for your result.

Aug 24, 2019
Follow up
by: Anonymous

Yes I meant prompts in part 2. After my speaking for 2 minutes he asked me a a couple questions regarding it before moving to part 3.

In part 3 by rockets or falcon 9 I meant how rockets like falcon 9 would help educate the future. I should have said something like maybe fossils yet to be discovered or something but I said about rockets which is the future. I think I made it quite clear that I didn't get the question.

Aug 31, 2019
Ielts speaking - Predict my Score
by: Anonymous

Hello. I would like to share my ielts speaking experience. In task 1 she asked me:

She: would you like to give perfume as a gift to someone?

To which yes, i really did. And I explained the perfume brand and told it was very expensive and the friend of mine loved it. My answer was In detailed.

But she asked me: do you think we should give expensive perfumes to others as a gift?

Me: no. Perfumes are very harmful for our ozone layer and others sprays as well. So we should not spend extra money on it.

My answer was really messed up because at first i said the perfume was quite expensive and than i said we should not spend money. It doesn't make any sense.

Plus my answers were quite short and i was repeating the same words and sentences and my answers were not according to the questions i think.

Please predict my score.


It's impossible to predict IELTS scores without hearing your test, which of course I can't do.

IELTS buddy

Sep 03, 2019
Speaking Test Mistakes
by: Anonymous

I gave my speaking test today.

Part 1- I did pretty well in the first part and answered all questions with confidence.

Part 2- There were 3 sub points of the cue card. While answering I wandered and missed the last point, because the examiner stopped me and immediately started asking other questions. I was petrified and became very nervous.

Part 3- In this section, I did not answer what the examiner wanted to hear but I did not stop speaking and spoke about my views:

Examiner: Does modernisation has any effect on relationships?

Me: I don't think so that modernisation has any effect on our relationships. Modernisation means enhancement and it rarely affects the relations we have with our parents and friends.

I answered this because I misunderstood the topic.

Do these mistakes reduce my score to 6.5. I need 7 and have got 7.5 in my previous speaking exam, 1 year back.

Sep 05, 2019
Speaking Test Mistakes
by: IELTS buddy

It doesn't sound like you really did anything with regards to those points which would affect your score.

The examiner just stopped you in part 2 because your time was up. It does not necessarily matter that you did not finish everything on the cue card.

In part 3 if you are just referring to one question that again won't necessarily matter.

But that said it's impossible to give any score predictions. You have just picked out a few points. You are marked on many things over the speaking test so it's impossible to know how you may have done.

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Wanted a band 7.5

by Blank Face

Hi Ielts buddy,

I usually get a band 7 but this time I wanted a 7.5 in the speaking test. So I was quite nervous in the speaking exam, I even told the examiner this. He had to ask why sometimes after some questions in part 1, where I did give answers in the end.

I also had to pause sometimes and in part 3 I just couldn't think of an answer to the last two questions. I just didn't know the answer to those last questions since I never really thought about the topic before. I tried answering them but it took a long time for the words to come out, so the examiner had to stop me in the middle.

Overall, I think my English was good but I think the nerves got the better of me.

Now I'm afraid I'll get a very low score.

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Sep 26, 2019
Wanted a band 7.5
by: IELTS buddy

I don't understand what this means:

"He had to ask why sometimes after some questions in part 1, where I did give answers in the end."

But as for what you say in part 3, it's really impossible to tell you anything about how you did without hearing your test.

Sep 26, 2019
Re- thanks
by: Blank face

Hi Ielts buddy,
Thanks for your reply! You are right, I will try to update you with my score :)

Oct 11, 2019
Update speaking NEW
by: Blank face

Update- I received an 8 in speaking :D

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