1. Do I have to sound positive or optimistic? Or do I have to present completely original creative or unconventional answers?
Answers: It’s not what you say but how you say it.
Incorrect: interesting content
Amusing or funny answers
Appearance or dress
2. Should I equate big words with higher scores?
Answers: It is not necessary to use big, awe-inspiring words and convoluted sentences.
3. Will templates work?
Answer: It depends.
Interviewer: how do you think of the idea that we should protect wild animals and send them all into zoos?
Candidate: Humm, that is a very good question. Let me think about it…(several seconds later) Ah! Sir, I finally found a good answer to your question. But I am not sure if I understood your question correctly… So, could you please say that question again?
4. How can we use online collections of past test questions wisely?
Answer: It is good that we have the source to prepare for the oral part of the IELTS , but a fly in the ointment is there is too many questions in the collections.
5. Am I supposed to butter up the examiner?
Answer: Are you really up to anything the interviewer may be interested in?
6. What should I do when I can’t fully understand a question?
Answer: I beg your pardon?
Sorry, I zoned out.
Sorry, I didn’t quite catch the question. Could you ask it again?
I am sorry I missed that one. Could you repeat it?
Could you please rephrase your question?
Well, my best guess would be…