IELTS Speaking Test Part 2 Video Lesson: Writing Notes in 60 Seconds

IELTS Speaking Test Part 2 How to

IELTS Speaking Test Part 2
How to Answer Part 2 Questions

Producing Effective Notes in 60 seconds
Plus Example Cue Cards

In the IELTS Speaking Test, Part 2 can be one of the hardest parts of the test for many students.

You might be asking yourself: Will I be able to talk for long enough? What if I can’t think of enough ideas? What if I just end up repeating myself?

While there is no magic solution (apart from practice!) there is reliable technique I’ve been using with my students to help them take on Part 2 more confidently and coherently.

When you start taking notes in the 60 second preparation time, it’s tempting to scribble down everything you know about the topic. The result? Unorganised, unhelpful notes that will just confuse you when you’re giving your full answer.
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Here’s a more reliable strategy that can help: P – D – F

  • P stands for ‘Past’

  • D stands for ‘Describe’

  • F stands for ‘Future’

This means you should start in the past, continue to describe, then finish in the future.  

These are the only three things you need to keep in mind to create a coherent, natural and high-scoring IELTS Speaking Test Part 2 answer.

This strategy also extends to your 60-second notes as well. Divide your notes into the same 3 sections. Write down a grammar-specific sentence in each section. Make something like this:

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This IELTS Speaking Test Part 2 Video Lesson comes with Free Worksheets to practice your new note-taking technique: Give yourself the 60 seconds to prepare 4 Part 2 Example Prompts and read through the Written Transcripts so you don’t miss anything in our Video Lesson!

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