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Speaking Test Part 3 Practice 3: Society

In IELTS Speaking Part 3, the examiner will base the questions asked around the topic that you discussed in-depth in part 2. In this part, the examiner is looking for you to go deeper with your answers, providing examples and explanations as you go. I recommend using the P.E.E. structure to help you develop your answers:

P: Point

Make a clear point in response to the question the examiner has asked, e.g. I agree/disagree that…

E: Example

Give an example to support the point you have made, e.g. For example, …

E: Elaboration

Provide further evidence or information to support your point, e.g. Furthermore…

Questions

What type of crime is prevalent in your country?

Why do you think this type of crime is being committed?

Do you agree that criminals should go to prison?

Practice answering the questions aloud and record your answers. Then compare with the model answer below.

Audio

Transcript

Examiner: We were thinking in Part 2 about society. Different societies face different sorts of problems. One key problem many societies struggle with is crime. What types of crime are prevalent in your country?

Candidate: In my country, one main crime that causes a lot of grief for people is mugging. There are a small number of people who will ride motorcycles and try to steal the bags of people walking along the street. They also tend to target tourists, which can make some people less keen to visit.

Examiner: Are there measures in place to reduce this type of crime in your country?

Candidate: Yes, the national government has put a range of provisions in place. All hotels must inform guests of the risks of moped muggers and are encouraged to wear their bags either in front of their bodies or strapped across their body. This helps to make them less vulnerable targets.

Examiner: Why do you think this type of crime is being committed?

Candidate: Sadly, there are many people living in poverty in the country who are desperate. These people will do anything to get money to feed themselves and their families and many resort to crime.

Examiner: Do you agree that all criminals should go to prison?

Candidate: Thinking about the reasons for why some people commit crimes, I do not agree that all criminals should go to prison. If someone is stealing because they have no money to feed their family, I think the government need to think about what they can do to support these families and give them an option other than stealing to stay alive.

Speaking Test Part 3 Practice 2: Family

In IELTS Speaking Part 3, the examiner will base the questions asked around the topic that you discussed in-depth in part 2. In this part, the examiner is looking for you to go deeper with your answers, providing examples and explanations as you go. I recommend using the P.E.E. structure to help you develop your answers:

P: Point

Make a clear point in response to the question the examiner has asked, e.g. I agree/disagree that…

E: Example

Give an example to support the point you have made, e.g. For example, …

E: Elaboration

Provide further evidence or information to support your point, e.g. Furthermore…

Practice answering the questions aloud and record your answers. Then compare with the model answer below.

Questions

What things are traditions for your family?

How do you think family life might change in the future?

Do you think it is important to preserve family traditions?

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Transcript

Examiner: We were thinking in Part 2 about family. What sort of things are traditions followed by people in your family?

Candidate: My family is quite spread out around the world but we do still follow many traditions. We are a Christian family and so Christmas is a very important time for us. Everyone will make the effort to come together in one place during this time so that we are able to celebrate together.

Examiner: How do you think family life might change in the future?

Candidate: I think that as it becomes easier for people to relocate around the world, families will become less close and, as a result, important traditions could be lost. If you consider family life throughout history, it was based around families always living in the same place and living their lives together, which just isn’t the case for many families nowadays.

Examiner: Do you think some families will keep traditions alive more than others?

Candidate: I believe that some families will value traditions more than others and focus on maintaining these for years to come. If, perhaps, a family has grown distant or if there has been a family feud, then it is likely that the family traditions will be happily dropped by family members. Those families that retain close relationships to one another will work to continue the traditions they know and value.

Examiner: Do you think it is important to preserve family traditions?

Candidate: In my opinion, I think creating new family traditions with your current family is more important than sticking to traditions of past generations. The way I would like to celebrate Christmas is very different to the way its currently done in my family and sometimes I wish that I didn’t have to follow these traditions so strictly. However, I do appreciate the value of traditions and think it is important that we still recognise and celebrate the past.

Speaking Test Part 3 Practice 1: Advertising

In IELTS Speaking Part 3, the examiner will base the questions asked around the topic that you discussed in-depth in part 2. In this part, the examiner is looking for you to go deeper with your answers, providing examples and explanations as you go. I recommend using the P.E.E. structure to help you develop your answers:

P: Point

Make a clear point in response to the question the examiner has asked, e.g. I agree/disagree that…

E: Example

Give an example to support the point you have made, e.g. For example, …

E: Elaboration

Provide further evidence or information to support your point, e.g. Furthermore…

Practice answering the questions aloud and record your answers. Then compare with the model answer below.

Questions

What things are often advertised in your country?

Have you been influenced to buy something because of advertising?

Do you think advertising should be allowed?

Audio

Transcript

Examiner: We were thinking in Part 2 about advertising. What sort of things have you noticed that are often advertised in your country?

Candidate: Well, in my country, baby formula is a very large and competitive market. This is evident on visiting the supermarket as there are many different brands available. To stand out and become the most popular, these companies tend to do a lot of advertising on the side of buses and on the television.

Examiner: Do you think that the advertising these baby formula companies are doing is effective?

Candidate: I think so. I know that my friend who has a young baby said that she bought a specific brand because it was the name she was most familiar with. Therefore, it seems that by advertising and getting their name known, people see the product as reliable.

Examiner: Have you, yourself, ever been influenced to buy something because of advertising?

Candidate: Yes, absolutely. I was never very influenced by the advertising on television but nowadays there is also a lot of advertising on social media and I have often found myself purchasing things that I have seen on my social media feed. For example, I needed a new hairdryer and one day a new super-fast hairdryer was advertised on my feed and so I bought it. It was easier than going to the shops!

Examiner: How did you feel after you had made the purchase?

Candidate: I was slightly worried that I had made an impulse buy and perhaps it wouldn’t be very good. But I was also relieved that I didn’t have to make the journey into town and spend hours comparing hairdryers in the superstore.

Examiner: Considering everything that we have discussed today, do you think advertising should be allowed?

Candidate: That’s a very hard question to answer. I feel that there are both advantages and disadvantages to advertising. For example, my friend wouldn’t have had a clue which baby formula to buy if advertising was not allowed. Even though the one she chose may not have been the best, at least she felt that she had made a good choice. However, it does also allow companies to convince people that they need things or that they should buy a certain brand, which is not a good thing. Overall, though, I would say that I do think advertising should be permitted.

Speaking Test Part 2 Exercise 4: Hobbies

In IELTS Speaking Part 2, you will need to talk about a topic that you are provided with for 1-2 minutes.You will be given a topic card with a talking point and a set of criteria – things you must talk about. The examiner will ask give you a pen and piece of paper. Use this to jot all of your ideas down. The examiner will tell you when to begin giving your talk.Take 30 seconds to read the topic and criteria and jot down some notes. Then, start your stopwatch and try to talk continuously for between 1 to 2 minutes.

Topic: Hobbies

Describe a hobby you enjoy.

You should say:

– What the hobby is

– What sort of people like this hobby

– How it is done

– Explain why you enjoy it so much

Model Answer: Hobbies

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Transcript: The hobby that I enjoy the most, by far, is rock climbing. I discovered the sport four years ago when I was introduced to it by a friend. The first time I tried it, I was full of fear and my legs were shaking like a leaf. Nowadays, though, I feel so much more comfortable and confident being so high above the ground. I have met a lot of other climbing enthusiasts over the years. They tend to be people that enjoy both the physical and the mental difficulty of the sport. You, obviously, have to be very fit to be a climber and to lift your body weight up a steep wall. However, a large part of climbing is also about working out how to climb the route. This is known as the beta – it is the approach you take to climbing the route. Sometimes, you can try a lot of different beta before you find the one that works for you! There are different types of climbing too and the one I like the most is called bouldering. This means that you climb without a rope up large boulders that are normally around 4-6 metres high. I love this type of climbing the most because you are relying solely on your own mental and physical strength to top out the route. It can be hard because the fear of falling can consume you, but if you can overcome the negative thoughts and replace them with determination, you can achieve great things in climbing!

Speaking Test Part 2 Exercise 3: Books

In IELTS Speaking Part 2, you will need to talk about a topic that you are provided with for 1-2 minutes.You will be given a topic card with a talking point and a set of criteria – things you must talk about. The examiner will ask give you a pen and piece of paper. Use this to jot all of your ideas down. The examiner will tell you when to begin giving your talk.Take 30 seconds to read the topic and criteria and jot down some notes. Then, start your stopwatch and try to talk continuously for between 1 to 2 minutes.

Topic: Books

Describe a book that you have enjoyed reading.

You should say:

– What the book name is

– Who the main characters are

– What the book is about

– Explain why you enjoyed reading it so much

 

Model Answer: Books

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Transcript: My favourite book would have to be The Kite Runner. I can’t recall the name of the author just now, but I do remember this being the biggest emotional rollercoaster any book has ever taken me on! I was living in London at the time that I read the book. I vividly remember sneaking into bed early as I was so desperate to discover what would happen as the story unfolded. The main character was a young boy who would chase after kites when they fell from the sky. His story was tragic at times, but also heroic and inspirational. The book follows him from being a young boy living in Afghanistan to adulthood. It depicted his friendships, his relationships with his family and his relationships with other people living in the village. There were some quite traumatic parts of the story – things that you really couldn’t believe would happen – but I think that is why I found the book so enticing. I honestly couldn’t wait to retire in bed with my book every night and find out the next part of the boy’s adventure-filled life. I also learnt a lot about the Afghan culture through the book. Some elements I was already aware of, but some things, such as women not being allowed to travel alone, were very surprising to me. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for good read!

Speaking Test Part 2 Practice 2: Important People

In IELTS Speaking Part 2, you will need to talk about a topic that you are provided with for 1-2 minutes.

You will be given a topic card with a talking point and a set of criteria – things you must talk about. The examiner will ask give you a pen and piece of paper. Use this to jot all of your ideas down. The examiner will tell you when to begin giving your talk.

Take 30 seconds to read the topic and criteria and jot down some notes. Then, start your stopwatch and try to talk continuously for between 1 to 2 minutes.

 

Topic: Important People

Describe someone who is very important to you.

You should say:

– Who the person is

– How you met the person

– What is special about this person

– Explain why the person is so important to you

 

Model Answer: Important People

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Transcript: One person who is very important to me is my grandma. Although she is my grandma, I have always called her nan. My nan is my dad’s mum. When I was growing up, I would spend all of my summer holidays at my nan’s house. She looked after my brother, my cousins and I for the whole of the holidays while our parents were working. My nan also looked after me when I was poorly. If I fell ill at school, the receptionist would call my nan and she would come and collect me and take me to her home. I would lie on the sofa covered in a blanket while my nan gave me food, lots of liquids to drink and lots of comfort to make me feel better. My nan is an incredibly special person. She is incredibly kind and thoughtful, and is always putting others before herself. As an adult, my nan is an inspiration to me and how I should treat others around me. She truly is one-of-a-kind.

 

Speaking Test Part 2 Practice 1: Music

In IELTS Speaking Part 2, you will need to talk about a topic that you are provided with for 1-2 minutes.

You will be given a topic card with a talking point and a set of criteria – things you must talk about. The examiner will ask give you a pen and piece of paper. Use this to jot all of your ideas down. The examiner will tell you when to begin giving your talk.

Take 30 seconds to read the topic and criteria and jot down some notes. Then, start your stopwatch and try to talk continuously for between 1 to 2 minutes.

Topic: Music

Describe a piece of music that is very important to you.

You should say:

– What the piece of music is

– When you first heard it

– Where you were when you first heard it

– Explain why it is so important to you

Model Answer: Music 

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Transcript: My favourite piece of music is Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen. I first heard this piece of music when I was at university with my friends. It used to play every time we were at the student union bar for a night called Fun Factory. We would often be sitting around a large circular table together; chatting, dancing and having fun. Whenever the song came on, we would all jump up and start singing. We would sing at the top of our voices and drape our arms over each other’s shoulders. Everyone was always so happy when this song was playing. Now, when I hear it, I always think of my university friends and the fun times we had together. I recently watched the film that came out about Queen and Freddie Mercury. This song featured in the film and it reminded me of how much I love the song. Since hearing it again in the film, I have added it to my Spotify playlist and have started listening to it every day. It always makes me feel so nostalgic and grateful for the wonderful times I had with my friends at university.

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Speaking Test Part 1 Exercise 4: Weather


In this exercise, you will practise answering a series of questions on the topic of ‘weather’. For detailed information on the IELTS speaking test part 1, be sure to check out the post ‘Speaking Practice Part 1: Food’.

Before you start, be sure to check out my top 3 tips for success in the IELTS speaking test below:

– Use the audio recording below. Play the recording and pause it after each question. Give your answer (remember to aim for 3-4 good sentences!) and then press play to proceed to the next question.

– Check you are giving enough detail in your answers by using a timer on your phone or watch to time the length of this part of the test. To answer these 4 questions, you should aim to speak for around 1 minute 40 seconds.

– Record yourself giving your answers. Listen back to it at the end of the test and consider how well you answered the question, how good your language use was and how clearly you spoke.

Audio Clip

Listen to the audio file by clicking on the play button:

 

Questions 

  1. How would you describe the weather today?
  2. What type of weather is your favourite?
  3. What is the weather like in your country?
  4. Does the weather in your country ever affect daily life?

 

MODEL ANSWERS

  1. How would you describe the weather today?

Today the weather is rather miserable. There are grey skies and it is very overcast. Temperatures are approximately 12-15 degree celsius so it is important to wrap up in warm clothes. There has been no rain as yet today, however the dark clouds indicate that there could be a high chance of rain occurring later in the day.

  1. What type of weather is your favourite?

For me, I most enjoy warm, sunny weather. I feel the cold very easily and I absolutely despise being cold. At the same time, I hate getting too hot and sweaty so a comfortable, warm temperature in the middle is just right for me. I am also a fan of being outdoors in the fresh air and you can’t beat a glorious sunny day for that.

  1. What is the weather like in your country?

I live in Hong Kong and the weather here is extremely hot and humid during the summer months. Everyone tries to stay inside in the air conditioning as much as possible because the second you step outdoors, you will feel very sticky and want to shower. The winter here gets colder which is refreshing after the extreme heat of the summer.

  1. Does the weather in your country ever affect daily life?

Absolutely. Living here in Asia, there are more extreme weathers in comparison to countries in Europe. In Hong Kong, there is a typhoon season between June and October. Some of the typhoons have been very strong and weather warnings are issued for everyone to stay indoors. I actually only recently found out that typhoons and hurricanes were the same thing – I thought hurricanes were much scarier!

Speaking Test Part 1 Exercise 3: Books


In this exercise, you will practise answering a series of questions on the topic of ‘books’. For detailed information on the IELTS speaking test part 1, be sure to check out the post ‘Speaking Practice Part 1: Food’.

Before you start, be sure to check out my top 3 tips for success in the IELTS speaking test below:

– Use the audio recording below. Play the recording and pause it after each question. Give your answer (remember to aim for 3-4 good sentences!) and then press play to proceed to the next question.

– Check you are giving enough detail in your answers by using a timer on your phone or watch to time the length of this part of the test. To answer these 4 questions, you should aim to speak for around 1 minute 40 seconds.

– Record yourself giving your answers. Listen back to it at the end of the test and consider how well you answered the question, how good your language use was and how clearly you spoke.

Audio Clip

Listen to the audio file by clicking on the play button:

 

Questions 

  1. Do you enjoy reading books?
  2. What type of books do you most enjoy reading?
  3. Where do you most enjoy reading books?
  4. Do you think reading is important for children?

 

MODEL ANSWERS

  1. Do you enjoy reading books?

I do like to read a good novel and I often find that once I start a book, I get very hooked on reading it. However, I do find it increasingly difficult to find the time to read books. Nowadays, I probably only read books when I am on holiday.

  1. What type of books do you most enjoy reading?

For me, there is really only one genre of books that I am interested in reading – crime. I find crime novels capture my interest and keep me engaged throughout. In fact, I think it makes me read the books faster because I am so intrigued to find out ‘whodunnit’ at the end. I have tried other styles of books, but the storylines often move too slowly and I lose interest in the plot.

  1. Where do you most enjoy reading books?

I believe that reading books is a very relaxing activity and, so, I like to be in the most comfortable position possible when I settle down to read. If I am sitting on the sofa, I tend to curl up in a ball and lean on the arm rest. I have tried reading books in bed but find that I am so cosy, I fall asleep!

  1. Do you think reading is important for children?

In my opinion, reading is essential for children. From a very young age, books provide children with the opportunity to better understand the world and to develop their language skills at the same time. I understand that not all children love reading, but it is still important that they engage with books. This will help them to improve their vocabulary and become better readers and writers in adulthood.

Speaking Test Part 1 Exercise 2: Hobbies and Interests

To prepare well for the IELTS speaking test, you need to become familiar talking about popular topics that frequently feature in this part of test. In this practice, you will focus on the popular IELTS speaking topic of hobbies and interests. Remember, in this test, you will be face to face with the examiner. In Part 1 there will be a total of 12 questions, split into 3 categories, so for each category there will be four questions. Make sure your responses contain enough detail and language to show off your English language skills. I recommend you aim for 3-4 sentences per question response.

Check out my top 3 tips for success in the IELTS speaking test below:

– Use the audio recording below. Play the recording and pause it after each question. Give your answer (remember to aim for 3-4 good sentences!) and then press play to proceed to the next question.

– Check you are giving enough detail in your answers by using a timer on your phone or watch to time the length of this part of the test. To answer these 4 questions, you should aim to speak for around 1 minute 40 seconds.

– Record yourself giving your answers. Listen back to it at the end of the test and consider how well you answered the question, how good your language use was and how clearly you spoke.

Audio Clip

Listen to the audio file by clicking on the play button:

 

Questions 

  1. What hobbies or interests do you have?
  2. Do you require any special equipment for your hobby?
  3. Do you enjoy doing hobbies with other people or do you prefer to be alone?
  4. Why do you think people have hobbies?

 

MODEL ANSWERS

  1. What hobbies or interests do you have?

My favourite hobby is playing the piano. I started taking piano lessons when I was seven years old and I’ve played ever since. At age 18, I took my Grade 8 exam and then I stopped playing for a few years. I started to miss it though so I recently purchased a new piano! In addition to the piano, I also enjoy outdoor sports, such as rock climbing.

  1. Do you require any special equipment for your hobby?

For playing the piano, there are only a few items that are necessary to purchase. Obviously, you have to start with buying a piano, although nowadays there are a lot of keyboards that give the feel of playing a real piano. You should also purchase a piano stool so that you learn to sit properly with a straight back, and a metronome is another important tool to help you keep in time.

  1. Do you enjoy doing hobbies with other people or do you prefer to be alone?

For me, I think I enjoy both. One of the things I love about rock climbing is spending the day outdoors with friends. Climbers are very supportive and encouraging of each other so it is very easy to meet new people and build new friendships in this sport. However, I also love the time to myself on the piano. When I play, it feels as though nothing except the piano and I exists in the world.

  1. Why do you think people have hobbies?

I think hobbies provide people with a way to relax. People in today’s world work very hard and so it is important that they also spend their time partaking in relaxing activities and generally having some fun! I believe that hobbies help us to switch off from the pressures and stresses that exist in society.