Prepare for IELTS Speaking Test-Part 2






Prepare for IELTS Speaking Test-Part 2:

The IELTS speaking test, Parts 2 and 3 are interconnected.

For part 2, you will be given a cue card where the topic for speaking is given .You will then be given one minute to prepare and you have to talk on the topic for about 3-4 minutes. The examiner will not talk to you. The examiner may round off after a couple of questions to help you move on to Part 3.

Part 2 topics could be anything do with “description”—you may be asked to describe a person, a place, your job, hobbies,books,films and even modern gadgets, any new discovery and other matters from everyday life. The questions will not be anything that you are not used to seeing or experiencing.

Here is a sample cue card:

Describe an unusual job you think you would be good at.

You should say:

  • What the job is
  • What kind of people do this job
  • How you know about this job
  • What it involves


Speak confidently:

In the above example, you can see that the prompt actually gives you hints as to what to speak about. You could speak more but don’t speak less.

Write down the points you would speak about—for example, if you think being a newspaper boy is an unusual task, write down everything you associate with it.

Newspaper boy, cycle, running, door-to-door-delivery, early morning, extra job, getting paid extra, pocket money.

You could now expand your notes and speak;

“I think being a newspaper vendor is an unusual job for me. I love to cycle and run. I think that anyway, since I get up early morning for my morning jog, why not deliver newspapers door to door? I could also cycle for faster delivery. Not only would I be able to exercise but I could get paid and get extra pocket money”

You could add more content about newspaper vendors in general, how newspaper is sold in cities in India, how much time it takes, how much probable money you could make, how you would cope in hot/cold weather…anything to keep the speaking task going. If you have tried it before, mention that also. Do not worry about whether you are truthful. Your stories could be fictitious too!

You could start to talk about what your current job is or what you plan to do and add this particular topic after the introduction. Try not to pause and think too much. Also, speak very clearly. All your answers need not be accurate or right. It is alright to talk about related subjects–like how you think a newspaper vendor is not paid too well, how, in India, newspapers are also sold at traffic lights and how it could be fun running between cars and selling newspapers.

The examiner wants you to speak and display your knowledge of the language. So do speak more and for practice, at home and time yourself when you speak on a topic.

Here is a link you could practice from:


January 27, 2017

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