IELTS Speaking Tip: “Straightforward with sufficient details”

Am I speaking enough in the speaking interview?


Quick tip:


While some people think that the longer you speak, the higher score you get, it is not so in IELTS. You will not increase you score if you are being wordy by repeating the same details over and over again. So, it is not merely about the length of your answer, but mainly about the content.


How do you know when you have spoken sufficiently to impress the examiner?

You need to make sure that all the details you mention are not repetitive.

Use this technique to help you: A-R-E-A.


A – answer

R – reason

E – example

A – answer again


Therefore, you can answer in just 4 short sentences which contain all the necessary details.

Now, let’s take a look at some examples of how this can be applied to either Part 1 or Part 3 questions.



As you can see from the examples, every sentence produced provides a different detail and the last sentence serves as a conclusion of your answer, making sure that you are not going beyond the topic of the question.


This does not mean that you should always use this formula strictly for each answer because that would make you sound unnatural. This formula is used to help you build ideas faster on what to say and consequently improve your fluency. Now, give it a try yourself!




Below are some questions from either Part 1 or Part 3 questions. Try to develop a fluent answer by giving a maximum of 3 seconds thinking time to develop your answer.

  1. Do you like your hometown?
  2. Do you think your hometown is a good place to bring up children?
  3. Is art popular in your country?
  4. Where do you usually buy your clothes?
  5. What did you enjoy doing as a child?