In Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking test, you are asked to talk about a topic for 1-2 minutes. If you manage to speak for 2 minutes, the examiner will ask you to stop. However, if you speak for less than 2 minutes, you have to stop yourself. Many candidates talk for about one minute and then try to think of something more to say and then become nervous, sit silently or make mistakes. Don’t make this mistake!
How to finish your answer
If you have discussed all the points on your cue card and you have spoken for at least one minute (a little longer is better), you can show the examiner that you have nothing more say with a natural expression such as:
- That’s all I have to say.
- So, that’s it.
- That’s everything.
- So, basically, that’s it.
If this examiner thinks that you have not finished your answer, he/she will not stop you and every mistake that you make will affect your score. That’s why it’s a good idea to finish your answer clearly.