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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?

Audio

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?

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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.

Table Completion Practice 3

In the IELTS Reading table completion task, you must fill in a table using words from the reading passage that you have been provided with. To do this, you must ensure that you comprehend the details of the text, that you can locate information in the reading text and that you choose the correct words.

Bilingual People Can Switch Between Different Personalities

Let’s start with the fact that there are three types of bilingual (or multilingual) people:

  • Compound bilinguals. These are people who use two or more languages from their birth and as a result, have several linguistic codes simultaneously.
  • Coordinate bilinguals. These are people who were speaking a single language at birth but learned a second one during the early stages of development (teenage to mid-twenties). As a result, they can easily shift between linguistic codes but there’s a dominant ‘native’ one.
  • Subordinate bilinguals. These are people who didn’t speak a second language to the later stages of life. After learning it in the adult age, they still have a single linguistic code, and filter the ‘alien’ language through it.

Timing and conditions for those types may be individual but that’s highly unlikely that you will become a compound bilingual by learning a second language at the age of 40.

Compound and Coordinate bilinguals are prone to have different personalities for every language they know. It’s possible because in the process of learning their brain is still very plastic due to the young age, so they use a lot of their right hemisphere — which is primarily in charge of emotional perception. It means that they acquire an emotional connection with a language and develop their own distinct character in it, not just learn a set of words and grammar rules. Every language has its own peculiar tones and shades, so by matching your persona with the nature of the language you simply go through the process of adaptation.

Source: https://medium.com/@dgrybach/bilingual-people-can-switch-between-different-personalities-5d012c8b3e4

Question

Complete the table below with information from the passage above. Choose no more than 4 words to fill in for each answer. Write the answers in the boxes below.

Key Vocabulary:

  1. linguistic: Connected with language or the study of language.
  2. simultaneously: Happening or being done at exactly the same time.
  3. shift: To slightly move or change from one position or direction to another.
  4. dominant: More important, strong, or noticeable.
  5. prone: Likely to suffer from, do, or experience something unpleasant or regrettable.
  6. perception: A belief or opinion, often held by many people and based on how things seem.
  7. acquire: To get something.
  8. peculiar: Unusual and strange, sometimes in an unpleasant way.
  9. persona: The particular type of character that a person seems to have and that is often different from their real or private character.
  10. adaptation: The process of changing to suit different conditions.

Answers

 

Table Completion Practice 2

In the IELTS Reading table completion task, you must fill in a table using words from the reading passage that you have been provided with. To do this, you must ensure that you comprehend the details of the text, that you can locate information in the reading text and that you choose the correct words.

The Characteristics of 12 Architectural Styles From Antiquity to the Present Day

 Classic

Classical architecture was constructed in Ancient Greece between the 7th and 4th century BC. It is best known for its large temples built in stone. The greatest work of Classical architecture is the Parthenon. Built in the Acropolis of Athens in the 5th century BC, the Parthenon exhibits striking characteristics.

Romanesque

Developed in Europe between the 6th and 9th centuries, this architectural style has a great relation to its historical context. In a period when European countries were at war and worried about protecting against invasions, the buildings, inspired by the Republic of Ancient Rome, were characterized by heavy walls and minimal openings in semicircular arches. Its main exemplars were the churches built during this period.

Baroque

Beginning in the 16th century, Baroque architecture can also be seen in religious buildings. Making use of ornaments and elements that sought to establish a dramatic sense — especially by contrasting light and dark — Baroque architecture viewed structural elements as platforms for decoration.

Source: https://www.archdaily.com/900027/the-characteristics-of-12-architectural-styles-from-antiquity-to-the-present-day

Question

Complete the table below with information from the passage above. Choose no more than 1 word to fill in for each answer. Write the answers in the boxes below.

Key Vocabulary:

  1. architecture: another name for buildings
  2. constructed: built
  3. temples: a name for certain religious buildings
  4. striking: something that attracts attention
  5. invasions: when a large number of people (such as soldiers) enter a place that belongs to someone else
  6. minimal: small amount of
  7. semi-circular: half-moon shaped
  8. exemplars: typical examples of something
  9. ornaments: objects that are used for decoration, such as a small figurine
  10. sought: looked for
  11. structural: related to the structure of something

Answers

 

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

Audio:

 

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

Audio:

 

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 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 

Audio:

 

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.

Time: 01:10

Listening Practice 10: Sentence Completion (North American, Irish & British)

Listen to the audio clip below and answer the sentence completion questions. If you have completed some of the practice questions for reading, you are probably already familiar with sentence completion tasks.

For the listening test, it is recommended that you use capital letters to record your answers – this will make your answer clear. And remember: to get a mark for a correct answer, it has to be spelt correctly!!!

In the instructions, you will be told how many words and/or numbers are expected to be given in the answer. Ensure that you check this carefully before answering the questions and be sure to stick to this amount of words and numbers in your response.

This practice exercise is focused on a text about bicycles.

A final top tip – be sure to quickly glance through the questions before listening to the recording – this will help you to listen out for relevant information!

Audio

 

Questions

Listen to the audio clip and complete the following sentences. In each answer, you must give no more than 1 word and/or number.

1. The radio presenter is ________ Barton.

2. The presenter wants to know if cycling is actually  ______.

3. There are many types of bikes; mountain, _______, road, city and fixed gear.

4. Bike price and _____ differ.

5. Higher quality bikes are ______ to ride on busy roads.

6. Prices range from $____ to $_____.

7. Bikes are ______ than cars.

Transcript

In this listening exercise, a radio presenter is talking about cycling. First, look at questions 1 to 7 below then listen carefully and answer those questions.

Good morning and welcome to the Anna Barton Show. Our show today is talking about whether more people should travel to work by bicycle. We know this is better for our health, but is it really safe? I’m joined this morning by Ken Hayes of the organisation 2 Wheels 4 Life. Ken, what do we need to consider about cycling to work?

Well, firstly the range of bicycles is huge -mountain, hybrid, road, city and fixed gear. These range in both quality and price. Obviously, this means that some bikes are safer for riding on main roads. On the whole, people would spend somewhere between $300 and $1000 on bikes so it isn’t a cheap option – although, it is far cheaper than buying a car!

Answers

1. The radio presenter is Anna Barton.

2. The presenter wants to know if cycling is actually  safe.

3. There are many types of bikes; mountain, hybrid, road, city and fixed gear.

4. Bike price and price differ.

5. Higher quality bikes are safer to ride on busy roads.

6. Prices range from $300 to $1000.

7. Bikes are cheaper than cars.

 

Listening Practice 9: Listening For Names and Numbers (North American Accent)

Another common task within the IELTS test is listening to names and numbers and writing these down correctly. Some names may be spelt out for you, but be warned that some may not! Be sure to listen to the whole name and record the title, first name and surname if they are given in the audio recording.

It is recommended that you use capital letters to record your answers – this will make your answers more clear. And remember: to get a mark for a correct answer, it has to be spelt correctly!!!

In this test, listen carefully and try to distinguish between letters with similar sounds. Think also about the word as a whole – if you hear a letter and are not sure if it is a B or an E, jot both letter down and come back at the end. If the letter is going between an N and a T, the correct answer must be E to make NET (because there are definitely no names spelt NBT!).

The more you practice listening to and distinguishing letters, the better you will get at this task.

 

Question

Listen to the audio clip and write down the names or numbers you hear.

 

Audio

 

 

Answers:

1. HANNAH

2. PAULINE

3. ROHAN

4. MISS ANNA SMITH

5. SALLY

6. RONALD

7. 81

8. 422-931-6167

9. 23rd