Experiencing mental block during the speaking exam is every IELTS test taker's worst nightmare. You're familiar with the topic, but for some reason, you just can't come up with a good response. Time is limited, and you can feel your chances of getting your desired band score slipping away.
Mental block can happen to anyone, regardless of whether they prepared with an IELTS review center and got a perfect score in all their mock exams. So, if it happens to you, don’t be too hard on yourself. Here are some things to consider when you don’t know what to say or how to respond to the examiner in the IELTS speaking test.