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During your speaking exams, it's better to say something than nothing. At times the question may seem weird, abstract or we may have simply frozen. If you answer naturally that you "don't know," you can still get a top mark but don't do this for every question! 

 Using some of these in combination will make you sound very natural.

- Oh that's a tough/tricky one.
- I've never been asked that before.
- That's never crossed my mind.
- I had it a moment ago. (you've forgotten what you wanted to say)
- It's on the tip of my tongue.
- I've never thought about that, actually.
- Wow, I really have no idea what to say.
- It's just slipped my mind.
- If I had to say something, I'd/it would...

Now examples of using them in natural combinations:

"Where do you see yourself in 5 years?"
- Wow, that's a tricky one because I've never been asked that before. But if I had to say something it would be something along the lines of bathing in the sun and being waited on, perhaps somewhere in the Maldives since I plan to retire in the near future.

"What makes a good friend?"
- Well, it's emmm you know, actually, ah sorry, It was on the tip of my tongue. Ah I just had it then. Sorry, it's gone. I have absolutely no idea what to say.

"How do people from your country usually spend their weekends?"

- Wow, that's a tricky one because we're all different and spend our time... emmm, to be honest I've never really thought about it. I had an idea a moment ago and now it's just slipped my mind. Ahhhh, it was on the tip of my tongue. So sorry.

As a former examiner, I would award top marks for those answers because the combination is natural with relevant vocab and expressions. But like I said, try to answer as much as you can. These phrases serve as a "fall-back option" just in case you can't think of anything.
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