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IELTS Speaking Tasks


IELTS researchers have found that students perform 12 different tasks during the IELTS Speaking Test. The first two are easy - giving personal information and giving non-personal information. Here are the other ten, which you must practice:

1. Expressing a Preference
  • I prefer A to B because...
  • If I have a choice, I will... (a real possibility)
  • If I had a choice, I would... (not a real possibility, just wishing)
  • For me, A is much more attractive / interesting / preferable than B because...
  • I would much rather do / have / eat / listen to / blah blah blah A than B...

    2. Narrating

  • When I was a high school student, I went to Guizhou to visit some friends.
  • After I graduated from high school, I ...
  • During my visit to Guizhou last year, I...
  • Last year during the Spring Festival, I went to Guizhou to visit some friends.
    (Also use "Whenever" or "While")

    3. Comparing and Contrasting

  • A is much better / worse than B.
  • A is not nearly as good as B.
  • A is not quite as important as B.
  • A is almost as tall as B, but not quite.
  • When I compare these two items, it's clear that...

    4. Suggesting

  • Maybe, Perhaps, Possibly
  • One possibility that I can think of is...
  • Another idea to think about is...

    5. Expressing Opinions

  • It seems to me that...
  • This is only my opinion but...
  • After a lot of thought, I have come to the conclusion that...
  • I've never thought about this question much before, but it seems to me that...

    6. Justifying Opinions

  • The reason I believe this is...
  • The most important evidence supporting my belief is...

    7. Speculating

  • I'm not sure what might happen, but one possibility is...
  • It's hard to predict the future, but I suppose it / we might...

    8. Analyzing

  • There are several points to consider, first of which is...
  • We can break this question down into several parts. First...
  • Let's look at this step by step. To begin with...

    9. Summarizing

  • Altogether, there were...
  • In the end, they had to...
  • When we consider all the factors...
  • Considering all of these ideas, maybe the best thing would be to...

    10. Conversation Repair

  • Maybe I'm not making myself clear. I want to say that...
  • What I mean to say is...
  • What I'm trying to say is...
  • Another way to put it is...

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