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IELTS

Speaking

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Two-way discussion.
Part 3 lasts for 4 to 5 minutes. In this section, you will be asked to have a short discussion linked to the subject you spoke about in part. Examiner asks questions that are linked to the topic in part 2 (follow up questions) and questions of more abstract nature.

Follow-up questions:
  • Q. What do you understand by a challenge?
  • Q. Who do you go for help when you are in some kind of dilemma?
  • Q. What practical skills do you have?
  • Q. Can practical skills be learned?
Follow-up questions:
  • Q. Which is the national animal of your country?
  • Q. Where can this animal be found?
  • Q. Have you seen the national animal of your country?
  • Q. What other wild animals are commonly found in your country?
Follow-up questions:
  • Q. What hardships does one have to face to attain success?
  • Q. How should one prepare one's self for success?
  • Q. What problems does one have to face when one is successful?
  • Q. What expectations do your parents have from you?
Follow-up questions:
  • Q. How can the monuments be saved?
  • Q. Are people respectful towards the historical monuments in your country?
  • Q. Should there be harsh penalty for the people who harm the historical monuments?
  • Q. What other famous monuments do you have in your country?
Follow-up questions:
  • Q. How do you keep yourself happy?
  • Q. What things are helpful in releasing our stress?
  • Q. What is the importance of a smile?
  • Q. Have you received any bad news recently?
Tips for Speaking Interview
  • Listen carefully to the Examiner's questions.
  • Make some short notes or points on the cue card given
  • Try to be fluent and only correct yourself when it's easy to do so.
  • Don't focus on your mistakes; move on.
  • Try to go into detail when you explain your opinion.
  • Give reasons for what you say.
  • Don't go wayward from the topic,
  • If you don't understand the question, ask for it to be repeated. Never answer a question
  • you don't understand.
  • Don't worry if you have to make up an answer.
  • You are being marked on your ability to speak English, not the truth of the content!
  • Don't speak quickly or slowly just speak clearly.
  • Concentrate on the message you are trying to give.
  • Don't worry about saying too much! The Examiner will stop you if he/she wants to.
  • When you say something, try to qualify it and expand it to support your opinion or reason.
  • Don't overuse words such as 'actually', 'moreover', 'what is more' and so on. This will come across as padding and won't demonstrate your use of English.
  • If you have time for a conclusion try saying something like: '…and so I …'
  • Follow the Examiner's lead. He/she might change direction quickly by asking an unexpected question for you to comment on. For example: What about…? Here, you might answer something like: 'Well, that's possible, but I think that…'
  • Don't try to use one breath to say everything. Pace yourself! Listen to how other people
  • speaking English pace themselves during speech. You will find it useful to listen to spoken English, such as on radio programmes, to see how this is achieved.