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IELTS English speaking course - Simply IELTS

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  1. Introduction
    General Overview of IELTS Speaking Test
  2. Evaluation criteria to assess IELTS Speaking test
  3. Do’s and don’ts in IELTS Speaking
  4. Frequently asked questions on IELTS Speaking section
  5. Speaking Test – Part 1
    IELTS Speaking Part 1 format and general approach
  6. Tips for IELTS Speaking Part 1
  7. Speaking Test - Part 2
    A step by step guide to IELTS Speaking Part 2 or cue card
  8. IELTS Speaking Part 2 topics
    Describe your first day at school IELTS Cue Card
  9. Describe an aquatic animal IELTS Cue Card
  10. Describe a bag you want to own IELTS Cue Card
  11. Describe a time you got up early IELTS Cue Card
  12. Describe an art or craft activity IELTS Cue Card
  13. Describe a person who solved a problem in a smart way IELTS Cue Card
  14. Describe an exciting book that you enjoy reading IELTS Cue Card
  15. Describe a cafe you like to visit IELTS Cue Card
  16. Describe a plan in your life that is not related to work or study IELTS cue card
  17. Talk about an article which you have read about health IELTS Cue Card
  18. Describe a time you were friendly to someone you didn’t like
  19. Describe a time you bought something from a street or outdoor market
  20. Describe a time when you are waiting for something special that would happen
  21. Describe a place you visited on vacation IELTS Cue Card
  22. Describe a creative person whose work you admire
  23. Describe a difficult decision that you once made
  24. Describe a good service you received IELTS Cue Card
  25. Describe a famous athlete you know IELTS Cue Card
  26. Describe a habit your friend has and you want to develop
  27. Describe a bicycle/motorcycle/car trip you would like to go on
  28. Describe a decision made by others/someone that you disagreed with
  29. Describe a businessman you admire
  30. Describe a town or city you would like to live in the future
  31. Describe an activity that you do after school/work
  32. Describe a foreign person who you have heard or known that you think is interesting
  33. Describe a time when you tried to do something but weren’t very successful
  34. Describe a piece of equipment that is important in your home
  35. Describe someone older than you whom you admire
  36. Describe an argument two of your friends had
  37. Describe a natural talent you want to improve
  38. Describe a law on environmental protection
  39. Describe a puzzle you have played IELTS Cue Card
  40. Describe a live sports match that you have watched
  41. Describe an occasion when you were not allowed to use your mobile phone
  42. Describe a piece of local news that people are interested in
  43. Describe a time you saw something interesting on social media
  44. Describe an art or craft activity that you had at school
  45. Describe a company where you live that employs a lot of people
  46. Describe a quiet place you like to spend your time in
  47. Describe a time when you helped a friend
  48. Describe a leisure activity near the sea that you want to try
  49. Speaking Test - Part 3
    Tips to crack IELTS Speaking Part 3
  50. Actual Speaking Exams
    IELTS Speaking test sample answer: Accommodation and House
  51. IELTS Speaking test: Behaviour, Patience and Politeness
  52. IELTS Speaking test: Computers, Internet and Technology
  53. IELTS Speaking test: Friends
  54. IELTS Speaking Test Answers Family
  55. IELTS Speaking sample answers: Hometown
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Tips to crack IELTS Speaking Part 3

Tips to crack IELTS Speaking Part 3

Tips to crack IELTS Speaking Part 3
Tips to crack IELTS Speaking Part 3

IELTS Speaking Part 3 is the last part of the Speaking test.

Here you will be asked a total of about six questions. The format of this part is similar to that of IELTS Speaking Part 1.

The examiner will ask you questions, and you must respond immediately. There is no extra time to prepare or think here.

Tips to crack IELTS Speaking Part 3

  • Specific knowledge about any topic doesn’t matter.
  • Your opinion matters on IELTS Speaking Part 3
  • Offer a direct opinion with reasoning.
  • You may contradict the tone of the question in your answers as long as you justify your opinion.
  • Compare the options if offered in a question and give respective explanations.

Few observations on IELTS Speaking Part 3

The intention of IELTS Speaking Part 3

Most of the times, in part 3, you are asked questions related to the situation that you have already described in part 2.

For example, in part 2 if you have talked about the family trip to a tourist destination, chances are in this part as well you will be asked questions related to travelling or tourism. This is the main reason why many people call it a follow-up part.

However, in our view, it should be called a general opinion since you are asked your views on a matter that you may not know much about.

Tip 1: Specific knowledge about any topic doesn’t matter.

Continuing the same example where you talked about a family trip to a tourist destination, let’s say in part 3 you are asked about tourism. If you are asked, “What can locals do help tourists enjoy their visit?” chances are that you may not be confident about everything since most people don’t know much about tourism.

However, the IELTS speaking examiner is not much worried about your knowledge’s depth. Instead, he or she may expect just your opinion on the matter. So, you should concentrate on speaking about what things can locals to help tourists enjoy their visit according to you.

Tip 2: Your opinion matters on IELTS Speaking Part 3

Moreover, it is essential to note that recently it has been observed that a few examiners need not ask you follow-up questions on the topic in the second part. They may ask you questions on unrelated issues. Yet these questions will ask your point of view on matters with which you may not be familiar.

For instance, after talking about the family trip to a tourist destination, it is possible that the questions in the third part could be about politics.

Sample questions on IELTS Speaking Part 3

To understand, IELTS Speaking Part 3, we will take three sample questions to help you know how to tackle it.

  1. What would the world be like without computers?
  2. Should children be taught to use computers at school?
  3. Do you prefer using a computer for professional reasons or personal tasks?

Now, I am sure most of us don’t even consider these questions in daily life. So, it is understandable why many students find them difficult. Still, let’s analyse some wrong and some right answers to these questions.

Q1: What would the world be like without computers?

A wrong answer to Q1:

“Well, I have not really thought about it. So, I cannot answer it.”

Now the above answer is alright, but you must know that specific knowledge doesn’t matter. What matters is your opinion.

Another bad answer to Q1:

“Well, I cannot imagine my life without computers. They are the backbones of our modern society. They are the reasons why trains reach their destination on time. Computers are essential to communicate with the world.”

Now, it may seem like a decent answer. But ask yourself, has the person answered the question? No, not at all. You are supposed to paint a picture for the IELTS interviewer of the world where there are no computers. Now consider the following answer.

An excellent answer to Q1:

“A world without computers would not be great. Computers have single-handedly catapulted us into being an advanced civilisation. Without computers, most of what we do in a day would take days or weeks or even months to accomplish. For example, we could not have invented fast means of communication such as aeroplanes without computers.”

The above answer does an excellent job of painting a picture of the world without any computers. It tells us in a much better way what the world without a computer would look like.

However, to do so, the person offers a direct answer and explains it with reasoning and example.

Tip 3: Offer a direct opinion with reasoning.

Q2: Should children be taught to use computers at school?

For these types of questions, many students think that they must answer affirmatively. Many may manage an answer similar to that stated following.

An excellent answer to Q2:

“Given that computers are instrumental in shaping the future, it is my opinion that it should be mandatory for children to be taught computers in school. They may help students to adapt to the fast-changing world.”

However, it is not mandatory that you must answer in a positive tone. One could also offer a contrary opinion as long as the view is justified.

Tip 4: You may contradict the question’s tone in your answers as long as you justify your opinion.

Another right answer to Q2:

“I am not sure of the idea that we must teach computers to children. At such a tender age, children must learn to be one with nature. They must learn empathy that can be learnt only by spending maximum time with fellow humans and surroundings. If they are taught computers, I believe they may turn out to be emotionally cold individuals.”

Again, you may observe that your answer seems convincing when you offer your opinion and explain why you believe in it.

Now, let’s turn to the last question.

Q3: Do you prefer using a computer for professional reasons or personal tasks?

A wrong answer to Q3:

“I usually prefer using a computer for professional reasons. I send emails to my colleagues and communicate with them on video calls daily.”

This question clearly demands a comparison between using a computer for work and for personal purpose. So, you must offer it.

Tip 5: Compare the options and offer respective explanations.

An excellent answer to Q3:

“I find myself using a computer for my office to work more often. I keep in touch with my colleagues with the help of emails and video calls throughout the day. After working on that machine throughout the day, I don’t wish to spend even a second in front of it for my personal tasks.”

I hope you have realised how the above answer is complete as the opinion is backed by reasoning. Also, the two possible applications of the computer are compared well.

I am sure you understood how to answer questions on IELTS Speaking Part 3.

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