IELTS speaking task 2 is often believed to be one of the daunting parts of the whole exam. It could seem this way because here, you are allowed to speak independently for a comparatively longer time, without any prompts from the examiner. Here you will be asked to speak about something you’ve had an experience with: it could be about a person you like, or a book you read or a place you visited. You will be given a cue-card with the topic and a few ideas on how to address it. You can have a minute to improvise (here you are allowed to jot down your points) and 1-2 minutes to speak about it. The examiners will not ask any question while you speak but once you finish, they will ask you questions related to the topic you spoke about.

What does it check?

In the IELTS speaking test 2, you are expected to deliver a monologue. The examiners will mark you on your fluency and coherence, lexical resource, grammatical range and accuracy, and pronunciation. However, this does not mean you can score well with a British or American accent. You need to be confident, have your ideas ready and speak very clearly.

The areas you should focus on to get better

IELTS Speaking task 2 can be conquered with ease, if you prepare yourself, keeping the following things in mind:

Have a strategy

Strategic planning is the key to success, in nearly every exam. Before starting to speak, you must have a clear idea of what points you are going to speak about. It is a good idea to begin with a brief introduction, followed by a short description and then go on to talk about its past and your opinion about it and then finish off with your future plans with it.

Manage your time well

The IELTS Speaking task 2 is done in 3-4 minutes, including the 1 minute preparation time. It is important that you utilize each second of this brief but crucial test. You must make the best use of the 1 minute to make points of what you are going to deliver and then spend no more than 30 seconds to elaborate on each point. Make sure not to rattle away but speak clearly and at a consistent speed.

Expand your ideas

Whether you write or speak, it is necessary to expand your ideas. You will have to break down your ideas and critically analyze each component to see if it is relevant. It is unwise to take your ideas for their face-value. A thorough inspection of your ideas will automatically help you skim the unnecessary elements.

Prepare well

Speaking about a topic in 3-4minutes in fluent, error-free English can seem challenging. Therefore, preparing for your Speaking task2 requires a strategic approach. Coaching from an expert IELTS mentor can help you achieve your desired result without making it look complicated. A mentor can understand your difficulties and provide guidance accordingly. In fact, most of the students who cleared IELTS at one go invested on a good mentor. Preparing for an exam may be an entirely personal thing, but the quality of preparation depends wholly on the kind of guidance you are receiving.


A good score in IELTS speaking task 2 is just the tip of an iceberg. Plenty of hard work, quality guidance and expertise in time-management go behind that perfect score. If you aim for the best, you must be prepared to focus on the details and invest in a good personal mentor.

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