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Speaking vs Answering

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In IELTS Test there are 3 section for speaking module. Candidates are often asked to speak about various topics. However, the unfortunate event is, candidates often misunderstand this message and answer to the questions asked instead of speaking as a response to the questions.


Answering is often brief in nature. When someone asks your name or age, you only give them a one word response. For some opinion demanding questions, we also have a habit of not responding or nodding the head. In other words, informal or non-verbal way of responding to the questions. As in a situation, when someone asks you ‘Have you had your breakfast?’ or ‘Do you like this thing?’. You only node your head to convey the response. All these techniques are right in answering. But this method of response is not welcomed in the IELTS test as the test aims at making you speak and evaluating you English and validating the efficiency of your English language proficiency.


Speaking, on the other hand, is widely different in its nature. It is a way of answering elaborately. Nodding one’s head and non-verbal expressing using gestures and short (brief) answers are not welcomed in this mannerism. You speak as if you are very interested in speaking to the person asking you a questions. You are not simple answering, you are taking part in the conversation with all your heart.

Switching between Speaking and Answering:

It is quite certain that most students start answering in the interview without knowing the importance of speaking. However, once you recognise that you are answering instead of speaking, switch it. Answering on the whole doesn’t let the examiner evaluate you. But, speaking helps the examiner understand how good you are at English. Therefore speaking fetches you more marks than answering.

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