IELTS Speaking: The crucial 60 seconds

When it comes to the IELTS speaking test, how you use the 60 seconds of Part 2 can mean the difference between hitting or missing your target score.

So let's have a look at a few ways to achieve that.

What sort of topics can I expect?
These topics are curated with a very specific goal in mind, which is that anyone, regardless of their academic or social background should be able to talk about them. It will not be something that will require very specific knowledge, nor will it ask you something that is too personal in your life. You may be asked to talk about a friend, a possession, a place, an advertisement or an invention, or many other such similar topics.

How to use that minute?
Step 1:
The first step is to look at the subject of the talk. Sit that down in your mind properly and talk only about it. Anything else will not fetch you marks.

Step 2:
The next step is to have 3 points each for each of the sub questions that are given to you. This should give you plenty to talk about.

There are also a few structural phrases and having these preformed is a good idea as it will give you extra time to think about the topic.
  • Firstly, I’m going to tell you about…
  • As I mentioned before…
  • As a result…
  • So, this has not happened before.....
  • Yeah....and there is one more point that I would like to convey....
Happy Scoring!