IELTS Speaking test in Nigeria – February 2016

When S took her IELTS Speaking test in Nigeria, she was asked the following questions:

Speaking testIELTS test in Nigeria


– What is your full name?
– Where are you from?
– Can I see your ID?
– In what town or village were you born?
– Do you like reading?
– How often do you read?
– Do you like taking pictures?
– Do you have a good family picture?
– Do you take pictures of yourself and why?

Cue Card

Tell me about a movie you watched either at home or in a cinema. Please say

– What movie was it?
– What was it about?
– Did you enjoy it?
– Why did you remember this movie?


– What part do movies play in our life?
– Should so much money be put in producing good movies?

How Tony overcame all challenges and got Band 7 in IELTS

Tony’s first language is Spanish, and he lives in Venezuela. When Tony started his IELTS preparation, things looked tough because he only had 9 weeks until the exam, he learned English 15 years ago and hasn’t ever been to any English-speaking country. However all these obstacles didn’t stop him from getting Band 7 in the exam! As one of our students and a winner of IELTS results competition, here is what Tony shared about his exam preparation:

Band 7 in IELTS“My real challenge was preparation time, I had barely two to three months to prepare for the test with not much free time available due to my busy life. So I needed a reference material because it was my first IELTS attempt and I needed a score of 6 in all components of the test for immigration purposes, so I decided to get IELTS Success Formula, it was a wise decision, I got an overall band score of 7.

My advice is to practice every day to improve your listening and reading skills, but the first and most important step is to familiarize yourself with all the type of questions of the test, IELTS is not actually very difficult, but it is a demanding, very technical and tricky test.

For Listening, I trained my ears listening to BBC podcasts first thing in the morning almost every day for about 2 months, and practiced with many IELTS Practice Tests.

For Reading, timing is important, there isn’t enough time to think carefully about each answer, so I had to read a lot and practice a lot under real test conditions, I found a lot of helpful exercises in IELTS Success Formula.

For Writing, again, time is your worst enemy, my advice is to read a lot of essays, and then begin practicing writing under real test conditions, is a great source of information and I found a lot of examples to practice for the Writing part of the test.

For Speaking, I did not have the opportunity to practice for this part of the test, and I got a 7 in Speaking which is amazing, considering the fact that I learned English 15 years ago, and I have never been in any English-speaking country, but, again, my advice is to check and IELTS Success Formula, they both have a lot of useful advice and exercises for this part of the test.

On the test day try to be calm and make eye contact with the examiner, speak with confidence, and consider the speaking test as a friendly conversation.”



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