September 4

Time to think in the IELTS speaking test

Time to think in the IELTS speaking test

Time to think in the IELTS speaking test

As we've mentioned in previous posts (and is probably obvious!), when you are asked a question in the speaking test but cannot think of a response straight away, you should avoid just using words like 'Umm....' and 'Errr.....'.

Here are some expressions that you can use to delay your answer to give you time to think.

NOTE: These expressions are for Part Three of the speaking test - they are too formal for Part 1!

  • That's a very provocative question...
  • It's a contentious issue, but I think...
  • There are certainly different schools of thought regarding this...
  • Well, I don't personally have any strong views on this, but...
  • That's not something I have ever really considered before, but..
  • This is actually an issue / question that has been discussed for some time now...

You can also use the technique of stretching a word - like this:

Wellllllllllllll, I think that's a difficult question to answer (the word 'Well' is can be stretched for up to 2 seconds!)

Using these alternate expressions to give you time to think in the IELTS speaking test will boost your score, but when you become a full member of our online course, you learn different skills and techniques to make sure you always have something to say! Find out more about membership here.


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