IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Band 9 Strategies – Driving Test

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Here are the Speaking part 2 questions that we covered in the past. Remember to practice your speaking by clicking, “Student Partner Speaking” in your My Student Account at


Talk about a time you felt much pressure to achieve a goal.

When did this happen?

What did you need to do?

Why did you feel pressure?

How did you manage this pressure and what happened in the end?

You will have one minute to prepare what you are going to say and

you will have two minutes to speak.

Event – past, simple, perfect, continuous tenses

Topic = when you felt pressure to achieve

Controlling Ideas = all the other questions

Come up with 2-3 possible/plausible ideas -> preparing for IELTS, applying for a scholarship to Vancouver Film School, international architecture competition, passing my road test for driving, taking the standardized national high school exam

Driving road test

Time, location, reason, attendees, activities, outcomes/feeling


5 mo ago, Automobile Driver’s License Center (DMV – driving and motor vehicles)

Driving downtown Vancouver

Food delivery – pizza deliver – pressure to make money

Me, examiner, – my father (make proud),

Parallel parking – stress

Heavy traffic

Got cut off

Made mistakes – no shoulder check

Passed! – father hugged, so proud

Happy and fulfilled

Paid attention to breathing,

Visualized my father beside me

Pale as a ghost

Automatic transmission


Roughly five months ago, back in May, I felt a tonne of pressure when I took my road test to get my class five driver’s license. My road test was at 9 am in the morning during the tail-end of rush hour in downtown Vancouver. My father had driven me to the test center and I was sweating bullets, to say the least. I really needed to get my driver’s license as soon as possible as I had applied for a pizza delivery job and this was of course one of the job requirements. I needed to get this position so that I could make money during university for my expenses. This created an added pressure to pass the test. Definitely, the most challenging part of the test that made me really nervous was having to parallel park up a hill in heavy traffic. Although I did a good job, I realized a bit late that I had forgotten to shoulder check before leaving the parking spot. I was able to cope with the pressure of the test and parallel parking by imagining that my father was there sitting beside me and calmly talking me through the necessary procedures. Also, I really paid attention to my breathing, I took long deep breaths whenever I felt anxious. In the end, I passed the test and really made my dad proud. I also got the delivery job, so it turned out fantastic and now I have already saved money for my first semester of university.

How long was this road test from start to finish?

Well, the road test itself took about 45 minutes from the time we got into the car until we got back to the test center, but overall I had been there for about an hour and a half, because of paperwork and just waiting in line for the examiner.

What kinds of instructions did the examiner give you besides parallel parking?

Aside from parallel parking, the examiner gave me instructions on where to turn, also to drive in reverse as well as overtake a car on the highway, and to make a u-turn.

When did you start feeling stressed about this road test?

Oh, I would definitely say that I started freaking out the night before the test, and in fact, I had poor sleep as a result of this. If I had to be specific, around 10pm the day before.

Here are the Speaking part 2 questions that we covered in the past. Remember to practice your speaking by clicking, “Student Partner Speaking” in your My Student Account at

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