IELTS Speaking Part 2: Top tips for your one minute preparation time


Here are our tips on how to spend your 1 minute preparation time:

  1. Decide on your story/topic as quickly as possible, this should be done within the first 10 seconds.
  2. Then spend the next 50 seconds making notes.
  3. Use a story/topic you have already practiced before.
  4. Write a simple list of keywords you want to talk about. Don’t write sentences.
  5. Write at least one point for each part of the question.
  6. If you make a mistake, leave it don’t waste time erasing it.
  7. Concentrate on answering the question. Do not worry about grammar.

Point 3 is the most important. There are commonly asked topics in Speaking Part 2, with enough practice you should get good relatively quickly.

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