IELTS Speaking Part 1 – Television – Band 9

Buy a quality face mask before your speaking that does not sit directly on your mount but protrudes a couple of cm away, so that you have room to breath and talk and it does not ride up and down your face.

Go to your speaking exam about 1 hour before, so that you can get comfortable with the situation, go to the washroom if needed AND!!! Find another candidate to practice your speaking WEARING the mask. 

Mental checklist notepaper with you on the exam day that reminds you of key strategies and points to pay attention to in your speaking interview. You should create this sheet with five to six points in your practice sessions leading up to the exam. 


Mental Checklist:

  • Remember to use quantitative information – numbers to give good explanations!
  • Use the question grammar and vocabulary in the answers. 
  • Look at the questions on the cue card during the 2 minutes in Part 2 and answer ALL of them in the first 90 seconds. 

Examiner Questions:

*Think of the IELTS speaking exam as your first date! – you put your best foot forward but you do not want to seem fake! : )

May I see your identification?

Yes, of course, here is my passport that I used to register for this exam, please take a look.

What is your full name?

My full name is Alexander Drodz, please just call me Alex for short. 

Do you work or study?

I am currently both working as an IELTS instructor and studying the British Council Certified Agent course, so that I can help students around the world achieve their study goals. 

What do you like to do in your leisure time?

I love reading books about quantum physics in my spare time because exploring the holonomic universe is a very interesting take on the possible nature of existence. Just the other day I read an interesting book on this topic titled the Dripping Faucet. 


Let’s talk about television

How often do you watch the TV?

I occasionally watch television, I would say about three to four times a week for about an hour. I usually watch a documentary to learn about history or the world around me. Just the other day I watched ‘A life on planet earth’ a documentary by David Attenborough. 

What is your favorite TV show? Why?

My favorite show recently has been Game of Thrones. Although it is very violent and vulgar, it gives and incredibly detailed depiction of medieval times in a fantasy world and the story is quite captivating. It airs every Monday at 9pm Pacific Standard Time. 

Where in the house do you keep your TV?

Is it healthy for children to watch TV?

Have TV shows changed since you were a child?

Yes, I think the shows over the years have become very different than in the past. Of course as technology has improved so too has the audio and visual qualities of tv series and movies, beyond that the content in many cases has become worse. When I was a childe there was a lot less violence and more meaningful messages to production. 

If you could make a TV show, what would it be?

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