IELTS Speaking Part 2: How to Answer with Effective Tips and Strategies

Have you ever found yourself running out of things to say during the IELTS Speaking Test Part 2? Many students do, but let’s change that. You’re in the middle of your test, and suddenly, your mind goes blank. It’s a scary thought, right? 

I remember my first IELTS Speaking test, I couldn’t find the right words and was panicking. But then I learned some effective tips and strategies for the IELTS Speaking Test Part 2. Using those tips, changed everything about my answers! This article will help you do the same. Let’s get started!

In the IELTS Speaking Test Part 2, you get a topic and 1 minute to prepare. Speak for at least 2  minutes. With PIE’s IELTS coaching in Dhaka, you can learn how to use this time effectively and boost your confidence!

The Right Way to Answer 

First and foremost, you understand the question type, so that you can prepare your answer very easily, during the 1 minute for preparation. It will also guarantee that you’re not missing out on any points. 

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Tip 1: 

Use Past Tense to answer questions in Part 2, most of the time because the questions always ask you to describe a past experience. In general, maintain the tense of your IELTS Speaking Test Answer with the IELTS Speaking Test Part 2 Question’s tense. 

Tip 2:  

Maintain a structure for all types of IELTS Speaking Part 2 Answers. Use an introduction and a conclusion sentence. It makes your answer more organized. 

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Tip 3: 

Take notes during the 1 minute given. Write down the keywords of each bullet point asked. You can also practice the first few sentences mentally, it increases confidence! 

Tip 4:

You don’t always have to tell the truth. You can make up a story if you really need to. Don’t give any negative answers, it will leave a negative impression on the examiner. 

Here, at PIE’s English-speaking courses in Dhaka, we know how important it is to maintain a positive tone and approach in your answers. Our unlimited practice sessions in Dhaka are designed in such a way as to help our students take the IELTS Speaking Test and absolutely ace it! 

Tip 5:

You can use a recommendation/advice to end your answer. It also works like a conclusion sentence. 

Question: Describe a book you have recently read. 

  • What kind of book it is? 
  • What is it about? 
  • What sort of people would enjoy it? 
  • Explain why you liked it. 

Let’s try to answer this question using the tips provided above. 


Recently, I read an exciting book called “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. It is a fiction adventure book about a magical story about following one’s dreams. The book was about a young shepherd named Santiago who travels from Spain to Egypt in search of a treasure hidden in the pyramids. Along the way, he learned valuable lessons about life, and love, and listened to his heart. People who enjoy adventure and stories about self-discovery would love this book. It’s perfect for those who are dreamers and believe in the power of pursuing their goals. I liked it because it was very inspiring and engaging. The story was simple yet filled with profound messages about life. It reminded me to always follow my dreams and to trust the journey, no matter how difficult it might seem. To recapitulate, “The Alchemist” is a wonderful book that I would recommend to anyone looking for an uplifting and thought-provoking read.

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Now, that’s definitely a very unique opportunity! You wouldn’t want to miss it, would you?

Mistakes to Avoid  

You might be thinking, why should I know about the mistakes? It should be just enough to know about the rules and regulations right? 

In reality, that’s not enough. Sometimes, we can make a mistake unknowingly. So, it is important to know which ones to avoid. Let’s take a look! 

 Tip 1: 

Don’t repeat your ideas or topics when you are answering. Instead, always use new ideas to expand your ideas further.  You can use a wide range of vocabulary or synonyms

Let’s see an example in a sentence, to make it easier for you. 

Example: Instead of saying “It was nice” repeatedly, use synonyms like “enjoyable,” “pleasant,” or “wonderful.

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Tip 2:  

Don’t use a negative tone or language. It can give off a bad impression. A positive tone helps you earn higher marks. 

Let’s see an example in a sentence, to make it easier for you. 

Example:  Instead of saying “I hate public speaking,” say “I find public speaking challenging but rewarding.

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Tip 3: 

Don’t memorize your answers. You should try to answer more naturally. Sometimes, if you memorize your answers, you can also go off-topic, so avoid doing it. You can memorize vocabulary for common topics, it will help you to expand the answer. 

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You won’t get stuck on the IELTS Speaking Part 2 anymore now that you know these effective tips and strategies. All of your problems will be solved if you use the past tense, have a clear structure, take notes, and stay positive. With these tips, you can speak with confidence and make a good impression on the examiner. You’ll be set to do well in your test if you study regularly. Have fun! 

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No, it’s not necessary. Instead, use those points as guidelines. 

Use semi-formal to formal language. Avoid slang or overly casual language.

Yes, self-correction is allowed. It shows the examiner that you are aware of your mistakes.

Pronunciation is important but doesn’t need to be perfect. You don’t have to worry about your accent either.

If you finish too soon, the examiner will ask you or give a hand gesture to speak further. Try to expand your answer by adding more details or examples.

By following these tips and taking advantage of PIE,  you are going to have a complete IELTS preparation in Dhaka. You can also join our English communication skill courses in Bangladesh and see the improvement in your IELTS speaking score yourself!

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