Unit 1: Understanding Speaking Test
Unit 3: Focus on Fluency & Coherence
Unit 3: Focus on Pronunciation
Unit 6: Focus on Lexical Resource
Unit 5: Focus on Grammatical Range & Accuracy

IELTS Speaking Part 3

IELTS Speaking Part 3 lasts 4-5 minutes. You will have to answer more complex questions related to the topic that you talked about in Part 2. Unlike Part 1, these questions are not personal – they are not about you. They are about people in general or people in your culture.

Part 3 is the time to show off your English ability. Really try your best to give full answers to each question including reasons. However, don’t over complicate it. First, answer each question simply and directly – then give reasons.

ielts speaking part 3
ielts speaking part 3

IELTS Speaking Part 3: Functions

When we speak, we generally have a reason for doing so – we have something we want to communicate. We may want to give a suggestion, make a comparison, agree or disagree with someone or speculate on something. These are known as functions, and you are tested on your ability to do these things in Part 3 of the IELTS Speaking test.

The most important functions for Part 3 are:

  • Suggest / Give Reasons
  • Agree / Disagree
  • Identify / Outline
  • Assess / Evaluate
  • Compare / Contrast
  • Speculate / Predict

However, you are never told the function in the question. So, if the question requires you to compare how older and younger people feel about technology, you will not be asked ‘Can you compare how older and younger people feel about technology?’, you will just be asked ‘How do older and younger people feel about technology?’ and be expected to understand that you have to make comparisons. Make sure you can give and support your opinions, make comparisons between different groups of people and between the past and now and speculate about the future. Let’s look at some example questions for the most common functions:

IELTS Speaking Part 3 Example Questions

Suggest / Give Reasons

  • Why are horror movies so popular nowadays?
  • Why do people like travelling in other countries?
  • Why do more people live in large cities than in the past?
  • Why do some people not use smartphones?
  • Why do people need leisure time?

Agree / Disagree

  • Can creativity be learned?
  • Do people in your country need to be more environmentally friendly?
  • Has technology made people lazier?
  • Should children always obey their parents?
  • Is it better to go shopping in large department stores than in smaller shops?

Identify / Outline

  • What are the benefits for children of playing outside?
  • What types of food are most popular with people from your country?
  • What are the advantages of spending some time alone every day?
  • What rules should parents have for teenage children?
  • What makes a museum an interesting place to visit?

Assess / Evaluate

  • How important is it for children to learn about computers in school?
  • How does modern life affect individuals?
  • How have developments in transport affected cities in your country?
  • How common is it for people in your country to tell each other secrets?
  • How environmentally friendly are people in your country?

Compare / Contrast

  • How do younger and older people feel about new technology?
  • Do men and women generally enjoy the same free time activities?
  • What are the main differences between living in a town and living in the countryside?
  • Do people in your country enjoy the same free time activities now as they did in the past?
  • How have people’s lifestyles changed in your country over recent years?

Speculate / Predict

  • How might climate change affect future generations?
  • How might technology affect working life in the future?
  • What would the world be like without scientists?
  • Which sports will continue to be popular in the future?
  • How likely is it that we will spend most of our free time in virtual reality in the future?

Useful Language

General Useful Phrases
First, you need a range of different ways of saying ‘I think’ when you begin an answer. Remember, you are marked on your range of vocabulary so try not to repeat anything more than once or twice:

  • I think…..
  • I guess…..
  • I imagine….
  • I reckon…..
  • I believe….
  • In my view…..
  • In my opinion…..
  • I’d say…..

Then, you can extend these to make different ways of starting each answer.

  • It’s hard to say, but I think…
  • I guess it depends, but generally…
  • I’m not sure, but I imagine that….
  • I reckon that people tend [not] to…
  • Well, in my view, it depends on a few things. First,….

Here are some more useful phrases for Part 3 if you need time to think, or if you don’t hear the question clearly or don’t understand the question:

Time to think
Don’t overuse these – it will sound unnatural. Only use 1 or 2 in the whole of Part 3. Do not repeat any of them:

  • Hmm. That’s an interesting question.
  • Hmmm. That’s a tricky one.
  • Well. It’s hard to say but I guess….
  • OK. Let me think for a second. Well….

Didn’t hear the question
Again, do not overuse these – only when you really didn’t hear the question:

  • Sorry, I didn’t quite catch that.
  • Sorry, what was that again?
  • Sorry, could you say that again please?
  • Sorry, could you say that more slowly please?

Didn’t understand the question
If you don’t understand a question, try to rephrase it in your own words:

  • You mean ……….. ?
  • Does that mean ……… ?
  • If I understand that correctly, it means…..
  • What do you mean by ‘_________’?
  • Can you explain that please? I’m not quite sure what you mean.
  • Ummm. I’m not sure I get that. Can you explain what you mean?

Now let’s look at some useful phrases for each type of Part 3 question:

Suggest / Give Reasons
These are usually phrased as ‘why’ questions. Try to give more than one possible reason for each answer.

  • I reckon there are a number of different reasons for that. Firstly,…..
  • Well, because ______ or _______ or ……
  • I’d say it’s mainly _______ and also ……
  • Hmmm. I think the biggest reason is ……..

Agree / Disagree
These are usually phrased as yes/no questions. Start your answer by saying whether you agree or not, and then say why. You can also agree to some extent because …. And disagree to some extent because ….

  • For sure, I agree with that.
  • Yeah, I’d say that I generally agree with that.
  • I guess I would mostly agree with that.
  • Well… on the whole I agree with that.
  • Well, I agree to some extent, but…
  • No, I don’t really think so.
  • No, I don’t agree with that at all.

Identify / Outline
These are usually phrases as ‘what’ or ‘which’ questions. Try to give two or three ideas for each answer.

  • I’d say there are a few benefits/advantages/_____.
  • The most popular ________ are …..
  • First,…. and another one is….

Assess / Evaluate
These are usually phrased as ‘how’ questions. It’s difficult to give useful language that will apply to all assess / evaluate questions because they tend to vary quite a lot. Here are some examples for the questions given above:

  • I think it’s really important because ….
  • Ummmm. In many ways. First of all ….
  • Well, there have been a number of impacts….
  • Uhhh. I don’t know. It depends on …..
  • In general, I’d say that they…..

Compare / Contrast
For these questions, the language you use will be different depending on whether you are comparing groups of people or comparing the past to now:

  • I think _____ tend to ______ whereas _____ are more likely to…..
  • I believe that there are a few big differences. First of all, …..
  • I’m not sure that there are any real differences. I mean ……
  • Generally, I’d say ______ are more ……
  • In my opinion, there have been a lot of changes in recent years…..
  • I guess in the past … whereas now …
  • I’m not sure if it’s changed that much or not.

Speculate / Predict

  • I suppose that in the future, _____ will probably …..
  • Well, it might change or it might not. It’s hard to say, but I guess if it does change then it’s likely to …….
  • I believe if _____ happened in the future, then ….
  • I guess that _____ could …….
  • I really have no idea, but maybe …….

It’s difficult to predict exactly what questions we will get asked in the third part of the exam, but usually they will have a close connection to the topic we discussed in part 2 of the exam. In addition the following functions may be tested.

  1. Different kinds of
  2. Comparing  (time/objects/concepts)
  3. Predicting
  4. Advantages
  5. Disadvantages
  6. Problems
  7. Solutions
  8. Opinion (why)
  1. Different kinds of

What are some of the different kinds of shops in your country?

What sort of people are celebrities in your country

  1. Comparing 

Do you think people were smarter in the past?

What is the difference between learning skills and knowledge?

  1. Predicting 

Do you think people will be more intelligent in the future?

Do you think technology can replace teachers in the future?

  1. Advantages 

What are the main advantages of studying online?

What are the main advantages of studying abroad?

  1. Disadvantages 

What are the main disadvantages of studying online?

What are the main disadvantages of studying abroad?

  1. Problems

What are some of the main problems that students often encounter with learning English?

What problems do students often have with their classmates?

  1. Solutions 

[for above “how could we solve these problems”]

  1. Opinion 

Why do you think some people enjoy learning new things?

What are some useful ways to remember things?

  1. Different kinds of

This is very often the very first q1 in this part of the test. You should try to describe at least two different types. Many people only give one which is not ideal because you are not asked to only give one you’re asked what the different types.

Opening: 

Well, there are a few different types.

There is a range of different options.

The main type: 

Off the top of my head the most common is…

The first one that springs to mind is…

Another type: 

Another one that pops into my head is…

As well is this we can often see…

Practice Questions for Part 3 of the IELTS EXAM 
  1. What are some of the different types of fast food in your country?
  2. What are some of the most popular forms of entertainment in your country?
  3. What are some of the ways that a poor lifestyle can contribute to health problems?
  4. What are some of the different types of restaurants in your country?
  5. What are some of the most popular outdoor activities in your country?
  1. Comparing 

Try to use language of comparison (cheaper, more expensive, more/less than)

Opening: 

Well, obviously, there are a variety of possible differences here.

Well, undoubtedly, they are like chalk and cheese.

The First difference: 

However, I (guess/ suppose) that the most striking difference is ~; whereas in contrast…

But I would say the most fundamental would be that (S+V). On the contrary,

The second difference: 

In addition, a subsequent contrast could be that (S+V). Conversely,

Moreover, a further distinction might be that (S+V). While on the other hand,

Practice Questions for Part 3 of the IELTS EXAM  
  1. In what ways magazines are different to newspapers?
  2. How could we deal with the problems of Internet?
  3. Are people travelling more now than in the past?
  4. Who make better teachers —men or women?
  5. How have family values changed over the years?
  1. Predicting

Try to use future tense (will, going to + verb)

Opening: 

I am sure that in years to come we will see a number of changes related to this.

I imagine that in the near future, we will witness some major changes with regard to (N).

The first prediction: 

To begin with, I would predict that we will most likely have (N).

Primarily, it looks quite possible that we are going to have (N).

The second prediction: 

As well as this, some people claim that we will probably start to see (N).

Likewise, I would imagine that we may even be able to see (N).

The third prediction: 

And who knows, there is even a chance that we will have (N).

And I know it is a bit of a crazy thought, but one day we may even have (N).

Practice Questions for Part 3 of the IELTS EXAM 
  1. What will schools be like in the future?
  2. What will cars be like in the future?
  3. Do you think people will have to conserve water in the future?
  4. Do you think we will get the news in different ways in the future?
  5. What will your country be like in 50 years?
  1. Advantages (merits, benefits, rewards)

Opening: 

Clearly there are a number of obvious merits.

Obviously there are a number of positive features.

The main advantage: 

But I would probably say that for the most part, the one thing that really stands out is that~. This is obviously favourable because (S+V).

However, I guess that the most evident would be that (S+V). This is surely a positive feature as (S+V).

The second advantages: 

Besides this, a second plus point could be that (S+V). This is undoubtedly favourable because (S+V).

At the same time, a second bonus might be that (S+V). This is surely a positive feature as~

Practice Questions for Part 3 of the IELTS EXAM 
  1. What are the advantages of living in an old building?
  2. What are the advantages of living in big cities?
  3. What are the advantages of owning an up-to-date mobile phone?
  4. What are the advantages of advertising?
  5. What are the advantages of studying abroad?
  1. Disadvantages (drawbacks, shortcomings)

Opening: 

I am sure most people would agree that there are some drawbacks.

Of course there are a couple of shortcomings.

The main disadvantages: 

I suppose the most unfavourable quality might be that (S+V). This is an obviously weakness because (S+V).

I guess the most impractical characteristic would be that (S+V). This is a clear limitation because (S+V).

The second disadvantages: 

At the same time, another stumbling block might be that ~. And the trouble with this is that

Correspondingly, an additional weak point may be that (S+V). And this can be a hassle as~

Practice Questions for Part 3 of the IELTS EXAM 
  1. What are the disadvantages of living in an old building?
  2. What are the disadvantages of living in big cities?
  3. What are the disadvantages of owning an up-to-date mobile phone?
  4. What are the disadvantages of advertising?
  5. What are the disadvantages of studying abroad?
  1. Problems

Opening:

Obviously we can say there are quite a lot of dangers with regard to this issue.

It is universally accepted that there are a few hazards involved with (N).

The main problem: 

Essentially, one fundamental concern is probably that ~. This is clearly alarming because~.

The second problem: 

Equally worrying is the suggestion that~. And the underlying repercussions of this are that.

Practice Questions for Part 3 of the IELTS EXAM 
  1. What problems are associated with eating fast food?
  2. What problems are caused by a lack of physical exercise?
  3. How is our busy lifestyle contributing to health problems?
  4. What problems are associated with global warming?
  5. What problems are associated with violence being shown on TV?
  1. Solutions

Opening: 

In my view there are a few ways to tackle this problem.

The first solution: 

When dealing with _________, the easiest way to solve it out would be ~.

The second solution: 

I also think that we could ________________

Practice Questions for Part 3 of the IELTS EXAM 
  1. What would you do to get more physical exercise?
  2. How can stress from our busy lifestyle be relieved?
  3. What steps could be taken to tackle global warming?
  4. How could kids be prevented from seeing violence on TV?
  5. How could we deal with eating fast food?
  1. Opinion (why) questions

Opening: 

Well in my opinion, there are undoubtedly a variety of justifications for this.

I suppose I would say that (S+V). There are probably a number of factors involved.

Well generally it is my belief that (S+V). There are obviously a number of motives surrounding this idea.

The first reason: 

The chief cause might be that (S+V).

The key explanation is possibly because (S+V).

The second reason: 

As well as this, a subsequent factor could be because (S+V).

At the same time, a secondary motive could be that (S+V).

First, the key facts about IELTS Speaking Part 3:

1) It is a two-way discussion with the examiner lasting for 4-5 minutes.

2) You will be asked more questions about your Part 2 topic.

3)  It gives you the opportunity to show a greater range of speaking skills.

4) The examiner’s questions will encourage you to express your thoughts, feelings and opinions.

5) You will only be assessed on your English language skills, not on the content of what you actually say.



IELTS Speaking Part 3 Questions

The questions in IELTS Speaking Part 3 will be more abstract than in Part 1, that is, they’ll be about ideas and concepts rather than about you. For example,

Friends

Part 1: What kind of things do you like to do with your friends?

Part 3: Why do you think children can make friends more easily than adults?

Money

Part 1: Would you like to be rich someday?

Part 3:It is said that happiness cannot be bought with money. Do you agree?

Travel

Part 1: What is your favourite type of holiday?

Part 3: Do you think travelling to another country can change the way people think?Can travelling to another country change the way people think?


Level of difficulty

Expect some of the questions to be challenging. The purpose of this final part of the Speaking test is to push you to the limit of your ability. The examiner needs to do this in order to accurately assess the full extent of your English language skills.

You won’t be expected to give a long talk in answer to each question, but your answers will need to be longer than in Part 1. You can develop them with explanations and examples.

IELTS Speaking part 3: Problems

  • Their answers are too short.
  • They get stressed over difficult questions.
  • They don’t listen carefully to the question.
  • They don’t fully understand the question.

Their answers are too short

Know that you need to give extended answers. Don’t try to rush through this last part of the test because it’s challenging and you’re dying to get to the end. If you give short answers, the examiner will just keep asking you more questions until the time is up. It’s far better to answer each one properly and not have to answer so many of them.

They get stressed over difficult questions

Accept that you’ll be getting difficult questions and deal with them appropriately. I’ll be showing you how very soon.

They don’t listen carefully to the question

It’s so easy to just hear one or two key words in the question and think you know what’s being asked. Very often you’ll be wrong. In an exam, that’s a serious mistake to make because you probably won’t answer the question appropriately, so listen carefully before answering.

They don’t fully understand the question 

If there’s just one key word in the question that you don’t understand, you aren’t going to be able to answer the question properly.

What most candidates don’t know is that you’re allowed to ask one or two questions during IELTS Speaking Part 3 if you really need to.

There are just three things you can ask:

  • Can you repeat the question please? (when you want to hear the question again)
  • Can you explain what you mean? (when you want the examiner to rephrase the question)
  • Can you explain what the word ___ means please? (when you want the examiner to explain a specific word)

These are the only questions you’re allowed to ask and only do so if absolutely necessary. Ask no more than two questions in total.

Asking the examiner a couple of questions won’t affect your score but do keep it to two and don’t ask them anything else.You can ask up to two questions.






6 Common Types of Questions for IELTS Speaking Part 3

Common types of question for IELTS Speaking Part 3:

1) Opinion

2) Hypothetical

3) Compare and Contrast

4) Change

5) Future

6) Benefits


1) Opinion

Being asked to give your opinion is one of the most straightforward question forms.

Read this question and answer. The words that I’ve underlined show that Mustafa is giving his opinion rather than stating facts?

Questions: Do you think people in your country are less healthy than they used to be?

Mustafa: Personally, I think that the health of many people is worse than it used to be. This is mainly due to obesity caused by an unhealthy diet. Being overweight can cause diabetes, heart problems and many other serious health issues. A high percentage of the population don’t take regular exercise which is another factor that contributes to poor health.

There have, of course, been major improvements in health care in recent years. This means that more illnesses and diseases can now be cured which has had a positive effect on health in general. However, in my opinion, many people in my country are less healthy these days because of unhealthy lifestyles.

There are many other phrases you could use to give your opinion, such as:

  • In my experience…
  • As far as I’m concerned…
  • Speaking for myself…
  • I’d say that…
  • I believe that…
  • In my view…
  • If you ask me…
  • I feel sure that…


2) Hypothetical questions

These are about ‘unreal’ or imaginary situations. For example:

Question: If tourists stopped visiting your area, what effect would it have on the economy?

To answer a hypothetical question, you’ll need to use the conditional. The clue is that little word ‘if’.

Read Yu Yan’s answer to the question. Can you identify the conditional clauses? I’ve underlined them to help you.

Yu Yan: If tourists stopped visiting the beautiful beaches where I live, it would have a terrible impact on our local economy. Tourism is our most important industry and many people run hotels and guest houses or work in popular restaurants and cafés. Lots of shops sell beachwear and souvenirs so these would soon go out of business. Also, there would not be enough other jobs in the area for all the people involved in tourism to find work.

So, I have to say that it would have a disastrous effect on the economy in my area if tourists no longer came here on holiday.



3) Compare and Contrast

The third type of question common in IELTS Speaking Part 3 is ‘compare and contrast’. For example,

Question: What are the advantages of living in a city compared to living in the countryside?

In this answer, Jamilla uses three different words or phrases to show that she is comparing two things. I have underlined them so you can easily identify them.

Jamilla: One of the best things about living in a city is the wide range of leisure activities, from sports to theatres and museums, unlike rural areas where there are few facilities like this. City shops sell everything you could want whereas there is a limited choice in country markets and many goods are unavailable.

It’s also easier to find work and accommodation in cities and the public transport system is better so you can get around without any problems. In contrast, people living in the countryside often have to walk everywhere or get a bicycle as there are few buses and no taxis. The roads are also bad.

There are many other words and phrases that are appropriate to use for answering this type of question. Here are a few of them:

     Compare

  •    in the same way
  •    similarly
  •    likewise
  •    comparatively
  •    compared with

     Contrast

  • conversely
  • nevertheless
  • otherwise
  • on the other hand

What are the advantages of living in a city?






4) Change

Questions about change ask you to talk about the past and the present.

For example,

Question: How has education changed since your parents were children?

Read Kwame’s answer and notice the tenses he uses.

Kwame: The biggest difference is that education is now compulsory for all children up to the age of eleven and many stay on into senior school. My father only went to school for a few years as he had to work in the fields and look after the cattle full-time from the age of eight. My mother didn’t go to school at all as she was needed at home to help cook, clean and mind her younger brothers and sisters. Education wasn’t considered important for girls back then.

What is taught in schools hasn’t changed much but in towns and cities the children use computers and can learn all about the world via the internet. In small villages, like the one I come from, there are still very few teaching resources and certainly no computers. So some changes in education depend on where you live.



5) The Future

You may also get a question asking you to speculate about the future. For example,

Question: Do you think that everyone in the world will have access to clean water in the future?

Such questions are obviously designed to tests your ability to use future structures. This is another type of question asking for an opinion but this time you will need to answer using the future tense.

Read Cheung’s answer and note where he uses the future tense.

Cheung: That’s a really difficult question to answer because I believe that we will have the technology to provide clean water for everyone, wherever they live, but there are other factors to consider that are less easy to predict.

Cost is the biggest issue as it is mostly poor communities who lack clean water so it will be necessary for wealthier communities and nations to fund boreholes and other means of providing decontaminated drinking water.

Warfare is another huge problem in many areas. It destroys resources and livelihoods and keeps people poor and unable to improve basic facilities such as access to fresh water. Sadly I think this will always be an issue in one place or another.



6) Benefits

Our sixth and final type of question common in IELTS Speaking Part 3 asks about benefits. It could be the benefits of a particular situation or the benefits of one thing over another. For example,

Question: What do you think are the benefits of hobbies?

What type of words does Gabriele use to give her answer structure?

Gabriele: I believe that there are many great benefits to be gained from having a hobby. First, taking up a leisure activity is an excellent way of making new friends, especially when you move to a new area, as you meet like-minded people who share your interest.

Second, having an interesting pastime is good for mental health as it can help to relieve stress and often improves work-life balance.

Finally, many leisure pursuits bring new challenges and the chance to learn new skills, which are both added benefits.

Gabriele uses sequence words to structure her answer – first, second, finally. Well structured answers get high scores and this is a simple but effective way of organising your ideas.

There are many other words that you could use to answer this type of question. Here are a few common ones:

then      next      furthermore      in addition      also      likewise      last



Using Examples

Where appropriate, give examples in your answers. It can be an easy way to develop IELTS Speaking Part 3 answers. You can do this for many different types of question.

Giving an illustration can also be a simple way of introducing a different tense into your answer, as it could be something that happened in the past, is a current situation, or something that will happen in the future, although you won’t have time to go into much detail.

Read Aisha’s answer to the following question, to see how she builds her answer around the example.

Question: How do you think children can be encouraged to read more?

Aisha: Giving children easy access to exciting books in their schools and in local libraries is perhaps the most obvious thing to do. However, I believe that the best way to motivate them to read more is to invite well-known children’s authors into schools to discuss their stories and read to the kids.

This is what turned my daughter into an eager reader. A lady called Jacqueline Wilson recently came to her school and read one of her fun stories about growing up and facing childhood challenges. My daughter talked about it for days and is now reading all of Jacqueline Wilson’s books and is even writing her own stories.

I know from talking to other parents that the visit encouraged other children in the school to read more as well. I think more schools should do this.

Click on the topic title to get a IELTS Speaking lesson to help you prepare for the test.

Animals

Wild animals, hunting and extinction, zoos, pets, animals in research

Art

Exhibitions, modern art, role of art at school, museums, digital art, art at home, graffiti  

Books

Reading for pleasure, novels, digital books, online book shops, books and learning

Buildings

Public buildings, historical buildings, conservation, architecture, smart buildings 

Childhood

Play, games, toys, behaviour, obeying parents, study

Cities 

Traffic, city planning, city versus countryside, advantages, pollution, noise pollution, green spaces

Clothes

Fashion, buying online clothes, clothes industry, brand names

Comedy 

TV shows, comedians, telling jokes,  humour in different countries

Companies / Business

Local versus multinational, starting a business, entrepreneurs, market research, customers, selling, company culture

Decision-making 

Important decisions in life, decisions at work, delegation, deadlines, leadership

Environment 

Global warming, pollution, animals becoming extinct, wildlife protection, deforestation, companies responsibility, individual versus government role 

Family   

Family structure and size, role of grandparents, care of the elderly, relationships, extended family 

Food

Restaurants, diets, fast food, healthy eating, obesity, food and children, GM food, supermarkets

Friends 

Friendship, relationships, men and women, friends versus family, making friends, online friends 

Health 

Exercise, diet, gyms, routines, obesity, disease, corona virus, stress

Helping / Charity  

Helping others, charities, fund-raising, skills needed, helping poor countries, international aid

History 

Ancient versus modern, lessons learnt, education, historical buildings, historical people

Home 

Buying and renting homes, types of accommodation, children leaving home, decorating homes, local community 

Jobs 

Popular jobs, future jobs, atmosphere at work, motivation, training 

Music 

Modern versus traditional, national anthems, style and genres, live concerts, listening to music, being a musician

News 

Local versus international, online news, newspapers, reliability, fake news, getting news, family news, journalism

Photography 

Taking photos, storing photos, photos as an art form, photos at home, professional photos, selfies

School 

Teachers, learning, online learning, preparing for work, skills, universities, sciences versus humanities 

Science

Branches of science, science in everyday life, disease, research, food science, nuclear power, space exploration, the planet

Shopping 

Real shops versus online shopping, payments, men and women shopping, habits, fashion, local shops versus shopping malls

Skills

Preparing for work, soft skills, hard skills, teaching and coaching, life skills 

Sport

Fitness, gyms, benefits, equipment, extreme sports, Olympic Games, international competitions 

Technology

Artificial Intelligence, the Internet, safety, computers, mobile phones, stress, robots, social media 

Teamwork 

Benefits, challenges, competition, children, teamwork at work, international competition in trade

Traditions

Benefits, marriage, festivals, generation gap, change, attitudes 

Transportation

Public versus private, advantages and disadvantages, transport in the future, electric cars, 

Travel 

Forms of transport, global warming, holidays, tourism, eco-tourism, travel abroad versus domestic, safety

Weather

Global warming, seasons, extreme weather, impact on life, weather forecasts

Work 

Popular jobs, jobs for the future, robots, salaries, men-women equality, work-life balance

Don’ts in the IELTS Speaking Part 3

  • Don’t think to tell something which will match with the IELTS examiner’s ideas. You can talk about your views, even if you feel like the IELTS examiner won’t like them. There is no criterion to mark your opinions during the speaking test.
  • Giving memorised answers is not a good idea. You should not provide answers that you have prepared beforehand. The examiner will figure it out from the speed at which you talk, your words and also your pronunciation. This way, you might even end up giving irrelevant answers which will result in a low score. That is why you should not prepare any answers at all! It is better to work on your speaking skills. So, talk and listen to native speakers and improve your vocabulary. 
  • Don’t give short answers like in part 1. You should provide long and explained answers with 3 or 4 sentences. Try to give some reasons that will define your specific point of view. You can also conclude your speech with your last sentence.
  • Don’t try to overdo it! If you want to use a fancy word, make sure that you know the exact meaning of it; otherwise, that might reduce your score. If you use a word, you are not very familiar with; you will more likely use it in the wrong context. It will be out of place, and the examiner will reduce your score. Thus, it is better to talk in the words you are comfortable with and use in your everyday life.

Do’s in the IELTS Speaking Part 3

  • Speak and explain your ideas with confidence. Even if you are not sure whether your notions are good enough or not, you can still get a band 9. The examiner pays more attention to your fluency and pronunciation. Moreover, they focus on your usage of a wide range of appropriate vocabulary. Your ability to produce error-free sentences is important as well.
  • If you do not understand the question, ask the examiner to repeat it. In this case, you might say: “Could you please repeat the question?” It is better to understand what exactly you are asked from the very beginning than shy away from it and end up giving an irrelevant answer. Do ask if something is unclear: we are all human!
  • You may need some time to think before answering the question. It is okay to ask for a couple of seconds to collect your thoughts. During this time, you can think of an answer. Try to figure out how to connect your ideas and get ready to give a confident speech.

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