What drags an IELTS Speaking test score down?
Memorisation of Part 2 answers.
Is memorising PHRASES a good preparation strategy? Certainly, but NOT a complete answer!
All learning requires memorisation. To learn English, you memorise words and phrases (groups of words). But the skill that the examiner is testing is how you can select and connect phrases that are RELEVANT to the specific question asked. You need a wide choice of vocabulary and phrases to choose from. Select and connect them appropriately using the correct grammar.
DO NOT memorise a complete Part 2 answer.
DO NOT use ONE answer for every question on that topic!
One memorised answer will NOT address the particular question you have been asked on the day. IELTS constantly changes the focus of questions in both speaking and writing to TEST you! I
How should you prepare for IELTS Speaking Part 2?
- learn vocabulary to talk about a range of common topics
- type set phrases into Google and study examples of how they are used
- practise mock speaking tests with questions that are a surprise
- get constructive feedback from an experienced IELTS tutor
- work on your weaknesses
Selecting phrases and using them in a variety of CONTEXTS is a valuable skill that you need to develop.
Imagine each phrase is a piece of a puzzle. You have to fit the pieces together and show the examiner how you fully understand what each one means and how it can be combined with others to answer any question on any topic.
Remember, use your imagination if you don't have a real answer!
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