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  • Hi, I'm Jessica Beck from and the podcast, IELTS Energy.

  • I am going to share with you today, the three most common mistakes that candidates make

  • on the IELTS Speaking Exam every Saturday, or Thursday, if you're taking it on Thursdays.

  • But, regardless, students make these mistakes all the time.

  • So, please, as you watch this video, take out a pen and paper, write these things down

  • so you review this advice and you will not do these things on test day.

  • So, the first mistake is not listening to what the examiner is saying, or not listening

  • closely because I know that students are nervous.

  • So, what you're doing is, is you're thinking ahead and worrying about what you're gonna

  • say, worrying about what vocabulary you should use, what grammar is correct, and while you're

  • worrying about this, the examiner is talking to you, and you're not actually listening.

  • So what you need to do is: stop for a second, try and stop all of your worries and thoughts

  • for just a second, and listen carefully to the question that the examiner is asking.

  • So, if you don't do this, for example, the examiner might say, tell me about the house

  • that you grew up in.

  • If you're not listening, maybe all you hear is grew up, for example.

  • And so a bad response would be: I live with my mom and dad in Riad and I have five brothers

  • and sisters.

  • Like, that doesn't answer the question at all.

  • The question was asking you to describe the house.

  • So, if you are not listening and you start talking about something that's vaguely related,

  • and not directly answering the examiner, your fluency and coherence scores might drop.

  • Also, your vocabulary scores might drop.

  • Okay, it's very important to listen to what the examiner is asking and also, listening

  • to the examiner's directions.

  • Okay?

  • It's a test right?

  • You have know what to talk about.

  • So, first thing, stop worrying for a couple seconds, relax and listen to what the examiner

  • is asking, and if you don't understand the question, you can ask for clarification.

  • You can say, I'm sorry, I didn't quite catch that.

  • Can you repeat the question?

  • Like, that's a great phrase, alright?

  • Okay, so the second mistake is, and this is very common, is answering in incomplete sentences.

  • I understand that the questions in part one are very informal.

  • And in normal day to day conversation you would not answer in complete sentences.

  • I understand that, so if someone says, where in the city do you live?

  • You'd say downtown, like that's one word.

  • On the IELTS Exam, you can't do that.

  • Alright, the IELTS Exam, it's an exam.

  • It's not natural conversation.

  • So even if the question is informal, your response cannot have informal grammar.

  • You must always use complete sentences.

  • So, if the examiner asks, where in the city do you live?

  • You must say: well I currently have an apartment downtown.

  • Obviously that's a much higher scoring answer than, downtown, than just one word.

  • So, remember, always use complete sentences, okay?

  • The third mistake, and this is related into the first one, but it's slightly different.

  • The third mistake is talking about something that's unrelated to the topic.

  • And again, this might effect your fluency and coherence scores as well as your vocabulary

  • scores.

  • Okay, you must be able to show the examiner that you understand the topic you're talking

  • about, and you are able to give them vocabulary for that topic.

  • Alright, that's how it can effect your scores.

  • So, in speaking part two, sometimes candidates will not fully focus on what the question

  • is asking, and maybe they'll just choose, like, one word, from the question and go off

  • and talk about that for two minutes.

  • It won't drop scores by like, two band points, or whatever, it's not the biggest mistake

  • that you can make, but, it is a mistake, and it can decrease your scores.

  • Alright, and your job as an IELTS candidate, is to everything in your power to increase

  • your scores.

  • So please, pay attention to what the examiner is saying.

  • Pay attention to what the part two card is asking you to do.

  • And try and develop your answers in which, all of the information is directly connected

  • to the topic, alright?

  • That's the best way to show your coherence and your organization.

  • So, thank you very much for watching today.

  • If you would like more ideas on how to increase your IELTS scores and more ideas on what the

  • examiner is looking for, please check out our website:, and

  • our amazing IELTS course, Three Keys IELTS.

  • Thank you so much for watching today, have a wonderful day.

Hi, I'm Jessica Beck from and the podcast, IELTS Energy.

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