IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Being Scared – Band 9


Describe a time when you were scared.

Why were you scared?

When and where did it happen?

Who was there?

How do you feel about the situation now?

You will have one to two minutes to talk about this topic.
You will have one minute to prepare what you are going to say.

***Your Part 2 one-minute preparation time sets the foundation not only for Part 2 but also for Part 3. *Having great strategy in this one minute can make a difference of one or two band scores.

TOPIC – event when I was scared

Tense – Mostly past (past progressive, past and present perfect), and present (*Be very careful with the Past/Present/Future method, as this is not always the requirement; you have to pay attention to the questions on the card – for this card, it would not be a good idea to talk about the future)

Event – title, time, location, attendees, activities, my experience (emotions)

[+ the specific questions on the card]

*Important! – come up with at least 2 to 3 possible answer ideas before you choose the one that you will talk about – it is VERY dangerous to talk about the first idea that comes to mind. 

Easy to talk about, BUT it should be original, AND lots to talk about – 

Cliff jumping, Jungle Safari, Crossing paths with a jaguar, swimming in the Indian ocean, experiencing turbulence during a flight, watched horror film ‘Conjuring’, experiencing an earthquake, car accident

TOPIC – Swimming in the Indian Ocean on school fieldtrip.


Time – May 5th, 3 days, 2019

Location – Goa Beach, golden sand, palm trees

Attendees – three teachers, 2 tour guides, 20 students

Activities – holding breath, diving, surfing, collecting seashells, snorkelling, 

Scary – first experience, weak swimmer, deep ocean, swallow water, drowning, big waves, sharks, riptide, 

Nervous, fearful, excited, mixed emotions, adrenaline rush, …confident, brave, dedicated to be strong swimmer

FIRST SENTENCE (***always use the topic in your first sentence, in this case ‘scared’) – 

One of the most terrifying moments in my life was when I went on a school fieldtrip to the Indian Ocean back in mid May of 2019. When we first arrived 

A time when I was absolutely terrified was back in mid-May of 2019 when I went on a school fieldtrip to the Indian Ocean with my grade 12 class. I was amazed at the beautiful scenery of Goa Beach with all of the palm trees, the golden sand and the deep blue ocean. We stayed in bungalows along the beach with my 20 classmates and three teachers for three nights and four days. I was extremely scared on the first day of activities since I’m not a strong swimmer, and I’d never swam in the open ocean before then. I was really terrified of the big waves and for good reason. It only took about half an our before a large wave caught me feet and pulled me into the ocean. I tried to hold my breath as long as I could, but the wave kept pulling me under. Eventually, I swallowed some seawater and started chocking. At one moment, I thought I was done for and I would become fish food for the sharks and other sea animals. Luckily, a lifeguard saw me and pulled me out to the beach.  The next day, our whole class was expected to go snorkelling, and I was shaking at the knees. I worked up enough courage to join the group and I ended up having a lot of fun. In the end, I look back on this experience with pride. I have learnt to respect the power of the ocean and also to be more careful when dealing with a new and dangerous situation. Also, I’m proud of myself that I didn’t give up, and since then I’ve become a much stronger swimmer. 

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