Extend your speaking answers
It’s essential in all parts of the speaking test that you don’t just give short answers. Part of demonstrating your English ability is to speak extensively on a variety of topics. Even if you don’t know much about or don’t like a particular topic, you must try to speak about it in some detail.
One strategy you can use is to always give a reason for what you are saying. Compare the following two responses:
Giving reasons forms part of a wider strategy to help you extend your answers, which we call AREC, standing for Answer, Reason, Example, Contrast. After you answer the question and give your reason for the answer, an example is always useful for the listener and will help you speak more about a topic. Continuing the example from no. 2 above:
A contrast is not always possible, but can be another useful way to extend your speaking responses.
You can see how extending your answers with reasons, examples and contrasts can help you demonstrate more extensively your English ability. This AREC strategy can be used in all 3 parts of the speaking test.