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IELTS speaking sample questions

Test 1

SPEAKING

PART 1

Example

Health

 Is it important to you to eat healthy food? [Why?/Why not]
 If you catch a cold, what do you do to help you feel better?
 Do you pay attention to public information about health? [Why?/ Why not]
 What could you do to have a healthier lifestyle?

PART 2

Describe an occasion when you had to wait a long time for someone or something to arrive.

You should say: 

who or what you were waiting for

how long you had to wait

why you had to wait long time

and explain how you felt about waiting a long time.

PART 3

Discussion topics:

Arriving early

Example questions:

In what kinds of situations should people always arrive early?

How important it is to arrive early in your country?

How can modern technology help people to arrive early

Being patient

Example questions:

What kinds of jobs require the most patience?

Is it always better to be patient in work (or studies)?

Do you agree or disagree that the older people are, the more patient they are?


Test 2

SPEAKING

PART 1

Example

Songs and singing

 Did you enjoy singing when you were younger? [Why?/Why not]
 How often do you sing now? [Why]
 Do you have a favourite song you like listening to? [Why?/Why not?]
 How important is singing in your culture? [Why?]

PART 2

Describe a film/movie actor from your country who is very popular.

You should say:

who this actor is

what kinds of films/movies he/she acts in

what you know about this actor’s life

and explain why this actor is so popular.

PART 3

Discussion topics:

Watching films/movies

Example questions:

What are the most popular types of films in your country?

What is the difference between watching a film in the cinema and watching a film at home?

Do you think cinemas will close in the future?

Theatre

Example questions:

How important is the theatre in your country’s history?

How strong a tradition is it today in your country to go to the theatre?

Do you think the theatre should be run as a business or as a public service?


Test 3

SPEAKING

PART 1

Example

Clothes

 Where do you buy most of your clothes? [Why?]
 How often do you buy new clothes for yourself? [Why?]
 How do you decide which clothes to buy? [Why?]
 Have the kinds of clothes you like changed in recent years? [Why?/ Why not?]

PART 2 

Describe an interesting discussion you had about how you spend your money.

You should say:

Who you had the discussion with

Why you discussed this topic

What the result of the discussion was 

and explain why this discussion was interesting for you.

PART 3

Discussion topics:

Money and young people

Example questions:

Why do some parents give their children money to spend each week?

Do you agree that schools should teach children how to manage money?

Do you think it is a good idea for students to earn money while studying?

Money and society 

Example questions:

Do you think it is true that in today’s society money cannot buy happiness?

What disadvantages are there in a society where the gap between rich and poor is very large?

Do you think richer countries have a responsibility to help poorer countries?


Test 4

SPEAKING

PART 1

Example

Art

 Did you enjoy doing art lessons when you were a child? [Why?/Why not?]
 Do you ever draw or paint pictures now? [Why?/Whynot?]
 When was the last time you went to an art gallery or exhibition? [Why?]
 What kind of pictures do you like having in your home? [Why?]

PART 2

Describe a time when you visited a friend or family member at their workplace.

You should say:

Who you visited

Where this person worked

Why you visited this person‘s workplace 

And explain how you felt about visiting this person’s workplace.

PART 3

Discussion topics:

Different kinds of workplaces

Example questions:

What things make an office comfortable to work in?

Why do some people prefer to work outdoors?

Do you agree that the building people work in is more important than the colleagues they work with?


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Words in English

Vocabulary is all the words a person knows. To express well, one should have a good stock of words. Apt words make beautiful sentence. If you know the meaning of eighty percent of the following words, you are reasonably good at English. If not, there is room for improvement. A good dictionary must be a constant companion of a student.

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Synonyms

The following pairs of synonyms are given to enrich to enrich your vocabulary and to make Reading Passages easier.

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Adjective + Preposition = Phrasal Verbs

look for the dictionary meaning of these phrasal verbs. Try and make sentences with the help of these phrasal verbs. Learn to recognise them and if possible memorise them.

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Although / Even though / Though

although-eventhough

Although, Though, Even Though:

These expressions are almost the same in the meaning. The way in which these expressions are used in a sentence is also similar. Let us look at some of the example sentences to learn the usage effectively.

After reading the samples, I’d recommend you to write some sample sentences of the same type and get it corrected from your English Faculty.

  1. Although it was raining, I could come to class.
  2. I made up my mind to attend the test, although I am uncertain about the result.
  3. Though I missed my bus in the morning, I was the first to reach the class.
  4. It was raining and I got wet, although I carried an umbrella.
  5. Even though one prepared well, the future is uncertain and often mysterious.
  6. Though you have a sour throat, you can sing today.
  7. Although Kerala is 100% a literate state, people sometimes behave uncultured.
  8. Education, although meant for intellectual development, is not necessary to contribute useful citizens.
  9. Though I was ill, I attend office yesterday.
  10. You can call me ‘Although’, though my name is ‘Even though’.

 

V2 – Simple Past

 

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V2 is usually the second part of the verb chart. This form of the tense is so simple and easy that anyone in the world can learn it in a few minutes.

v1 / Simple Present or Future v2 / Simple Past v3 / Past Participle v4=v1+s/es Simple Present v5=v1+ing Continuous Tenses
go went gone goes going

This verb form has a few specialities.

You don’t need to worry about the quantity of the subjects.

Usually we have articles for all subjects. It is because the number/quantity of the subject is always taken into consideration while deciding on the auxiliary verb or the verb to be used in the sentence. Fortunately, in this type of sentence where you use V2 to indicate a past action the count of the subject never alters the type of the verb or auxiliary verb. Therefore, you needn’t count them.

You don’t need to worry about the right auxiliary verb to use along with it.

Each auxiliary verb matches with a particular type of situation and a particular quantity of the subject. Here in the case of V2 you will never use an auxiliary verb to indicate simple past tense. Simple past tense is of two types: The type one uses auxiliary verb and the type two doesn’t use auxiliary verb.

Note: In the type which uses auxiliary verb unlike the one which we are discussing now, has V1 in the place of V2.

Type 1

Type 2

He went to office

The boy was late

I told him

Mary and I were in the bus

He left the building

She had a little toy with her

Essays: Discuss Problems and Solutions

  1. Nowadays we are producing more and more rubbish. Why do you think this is happening? What can governments do to help reduce the amount of rubbish produced?
  2. As most people spend a major part of their adult life at work, job satisfaction is an important element of individual wellbeing. What factors contribute to job satisfaction? How realistic is the expectation of job satisfaction for all workers?
  3. Some people think that universities should provide graduates with the knowledge and skills needed in the workplace. Others think that the true function of a university should be to give access to knowledge for its own sake, regardless of whether the course is useful to and employer. What, in your opinion, should be the main function of a university?
  4. Nowadays the way many people interact with each other has changed because of technology. In what ways technology affected the types of relationships people make? Has this become a positive or negative development?
  5. In some countries the average weight of people is increasing and their levels of health and fitness are decreasing. What do you think are the causes of these problems and what measures could be taken to solve them?
  6. Today more people are travelling than ever before. Why is this the case? What are the benefits of travelling for the traveller?
  7. Being a celebrity – such as a famous film star or sports personality – brings problems as well as benefits. Do you think that being a celebrity brings more benefits or more3 problems?
  8. Learning English at school is often seen as more important than learning local languages. If these are not taught, many are at risk of dying out. In your opinion, is it important for everyone to learn English? Should we try to ensure the survival of local languages and, if so how?
  9. It is generally accepted that exercise is good for children and teenagers. Therefore, physical education and sport should be compulsory for all students in all schools. What do you think?
  10. As the world become technologically advanced, computers are replacing more and more jobs. Describe job positions that may be lost because of computers, and discuss at least one problem that may result?
  11. Families who do not send their children to government-financed schools should not be required to pay taxes that support univer5sal education. Discuss.
  12. Emergence of township, cities, shopping malls affected the existence of small local shops. Describe positiveness and impacts with examples.

Essays: Discuss views and give opinion

  1. Some people think that a sense of competition in children should be encouraged. Others believe that children who are taught to co-operate rather than compete become more useful adults. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
  2. Research indicates that the characteristics we are born with have much more influence on our personality and development than any experience we may have in our life. Which do you consider to be the major influence.
  3. Successful sports professionals can earn a great deal more money than people in other important professions. Some people think this is fully justified while others think it is unfair. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
  4. Some people believe that visitors to other countries should follow local customs and behaviour. Others disagree and think that the host country should welcome cultural differences. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
  5. Some people prefer to spend their lives doing the same things and avoiding change. Others, however, think that change is always a good thing. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
  6. It is generally believed that some people are born with certain talents, for instance for sport or music, and others are not. However, it is sometimes claimed that any child can be taught to become a good sports person or musician. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
  7. Some people believe that there should be fixed punishments for each type of crime. Others, however, argue that the circumstances of an individual crime, and the motivation for committing it, should always be taken into account when deciding on the punishment. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
  8. Some people think that parents should teach children how to be good members of society. Others, however, believe that school is the place to learn this. Discuss both these views and give your opinion.
  9. Some people think that it is better to educate boys and girls in separate schools. Others, however, believe that boys and girls benefit more from attending mixed schools. Discuss both these views and give your opinion.
  10. Some people say that the best way to improve public health is by increasing the number of sports facilities. Others, however, say that this would have little effect on public health and that other measures are required. Discuss both the views and give your own opinion.
  11. Some people think that the teenage years are the happiest times of most people’s lives. Others think that adult life brings more happiness, in spite of greater responsibilities. Discuss both these views and give your opinion.
  12. Leaders like john F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King have made important contributions to the people of the United States. Name another world leader you think is important. Give specific reasons for your choice.
  13. Many people believe that it is very important to make large amount of money, while others are satisfied to earn a comfortable living. Analyze each viewpoint and take a stand. Give specific reasons for your position.
  14. Advances in transportation and communication like the airplane and the telephone have changed the way that nations interact with each other in a global society. Choose another technological innovation that you think is important. Give reasons for your choice.
  15. Many people have learned a foreign language in their own country; others have learned a foreign language in the country in which it is spoken. Which is better? Give the advantages of each and support your viewpoint.
  16. You are planning to study abroad. What do you think you will like and dislike about this experience? Why?

Essays: Advantages and Disadvantages

  1. In some countries young people are encouraged to work or travel for a year between finishing high school and starting university studies. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages for young people who decide to do this.
  2. Some people prefer to live in a house, while others feel that there are more advantages to living in an apartment. Are there more advantages than disadvantages of living in a house compared with living in an apartment?
  3. Some experts believe that it is better for children to begin learning a foreign language at primary school rather than secondary school. Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantage?
  4. Solar energy is becoming more and more popular as a source of household energy in many countries around the world. Why is this? What are the advantages and disadvantages of solar energy?
  5. Most people accept that we now live in a globalised world but not everyone agrees that this is beneficial. To what extent is globalisation a positive or negative development?
  6. By punishing murders with the death penalty, society is also guilty of committing murder. Therefore, life in prison is a better punishment for murderers. Discuss the advantages of murderers being sentenced to imprisonment for life time.
  7. Modern technology, such as personal computer and the internet have made it possible for many people to do their work from home at least part of the time instead of going to an office every day. What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of this situation?
  8. Children today spend more time watching television than they did in the past. Describe some of the advantages and disadvantages of television for children.

Essays: Agree or Disagree

  1. Universities should accept equal number of male and female students in every subject. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  2. Some people believe that children are given too much free time. They feel that this time should be used to do more school work. How far do you agree with this?
  3. Today, the high sales of popular consumer goods reflect the power of advertising and not the real needs of the society in which they are sold. To what extend do you agree or disagree?
  4. Some people think it would be a good idea for schools to teach every young person how to be a food parent. Do you agree or disagree with this opinion. Describe the skills a person needs to be a good parent.
  5. Using a computer every day can have more negative than positive effects on young children. Do you agree or disagree?
  6. Some people feel that entertainers (e.g. film stars, pop musicians or sports stars) are paid too much money. Do you agree or disagree? Which other type of job should be highly paid?
  7. Increasing the price of petrol is the best way to solve growing traffic and pollution problems. To what extent do you agree or disagree? What other measures do you think might be effective?
  8. Some people believe that unpaid community service should be a compulsory part of high school programmes (for example working for a charity, improving the neighbourhood or teaching sports to younger children). To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  9. Every year several languages die out. Some people think that this is not important because life will be easier if there are fewer languages in the world. To what extend do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
  10. Some people think that having a set retirement age (e.g. 65years) for everybody, regardless of occupation, is unfair. They believe that certain workers deserve to retire and receive a pension at an earlier age. Do you agree or disagree? Which type of workers do you think should benefit from early retirement?
  11. Rising university fees and scare employment prospects for graduates have led some people to say that universities should not teach arts subjects, like philosophy and history, and only offer practical degree courses that maximise chances of employment. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  12. Read and think about the following statement: Pets should be treated like family members. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
  13. Read and think about the following statement: The college years are the best time in person’s life.Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
  14. “Question authority. Only buy questioning accepted wisdom can we advance our understanding of the world. ” How far do you agree or disagree with this opinion.
  15. “If rituals did not exist, we would have to invent them. We need ceremonies and rituals to help us define ourselves socially and culturally.” To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
  16. Government should spend money in railways rather than roads. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

In many countries, the amount of crime is increasing. What do you think are the main causes of crime?  How can we deal with those causes?

C10 GA T2

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Some parents buy their children a large number of toys to play with. What are the advantages and disadvantages for the child of having a large number of toys?

C10 GB T2

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Commonly Confused Words

Learning to differentiate these words will make you confident to face listening, writing and reading tests. To have linguistic acumen, one has to be immaculate in the selection of words. This chapter is aimed at raising some doubts in your mind to reflect and to discuss with the learned.

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Thesaurus in English

A good command of synonyms and related words will be a cutting edge for you to excel in the writing test. The words are of intermediate level.

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Impressive Grammatical Structures

Essays need impressive Grammatical Range to attract the reader. Read these as many times as possible to get used to the nuances of English structure. Pay attention to the phrases to the nuances of English structure.

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A shortcut to Grammar

A few terms in Grammar you should be aware of:

Will, Shall:         

Everybody shall die. Shall we come now?

The employees shall be on a monthly basis.

I will do it.

He will do it.

They will not come.  

(Now the recent developments in English allows you to use WILL on most occasions)

Would:           

I would like to go to America. I would like to tell you something. (Phrases)                        

Would you please do me a favour? Would you mind if I smoke? (Politeness)

If I were a bird, I would fly. (Hypothetical) Gandhiji would argue with Nehru.

He would smoke a lot before his death. (Used to) He told me that he would come (Tense Sequence) I would rather die, than beg

Should:

You should keep left. Should I be given a chance, I shall work diligently. (IF)

Have:               

I have a car. He has a car. They have a car. I had a car. I have had my lunch.

Has, Had:         

I have to get it now. I had to go to Kottayam. I had a haircut.

Do, Does:      

Lal doesn’t know English. Lal and Gopi don’t do Yoga. He does not smoke.

Did:

He didn’t go to church. Who doesn’t have a car? Do they practice yoga?

May:

Mammotty may come.

Might:

Lal might come. Lal might have come.

Can:                

I can lift an elephant. Could: I could not help him. Could you please put me to Miss. Mary? Could you please do me a favour? You could do that.            

Be:                 

Let it be like that. To be or not to be is the question. If Veerappan were the P.M., how nice It would have been!

Being:            

Being a trainer, I forgive you.

It being a holiday let us go for a film.

It is being painted.

Having:          

Having a car attracts overheads.

Having enough funds, he could sleep well.

Ought to:             

We ought to respect our parents.

Used to:

I used to smoke when I was in the Gulf.

Get:                       

She got married.

He got selected.

I’ve got it repaired.

I am getting lots of proposals.

Syntax:                  

Bachchan knows how to dance.

I know little Sanskrit.  

The rich have exploited the poor.

Everybody/ Nobody/ Each/Every/ Everyone knows English.

(Agreement of verb with Subject is important in English)

Adjectives:           

Humble Kevin is quietly leading a simple life in the midst of horrible hooligans,

Adverbs:    

great plotters, grandiose friends, regressive politicians and silly students.

Articles:                

An apple a day keeps the greedy doctor away.

I am going to the UK.

He is the man.

Hoarding will affect the availability of staple food.

The news is shocking.

Various Structures:

I wish I had a car.

He made me cry.

One of my Friends has gone to Calicut.

I look forward to hearing from you.

First come, first served.

The earlier the better.

It being a holiday, why should I come?

Little:

(Little, Few, Less, Seldom, Scarcely and rarely mean not enough.

(They are not totally negative.)

We know little about the origin of the universe.

Little knowledge is dangerous.

I have a little money for you. He hardly knows anything.

Few:

Few people attended the meeting.

Few have understood the Theory of lativity.

A few:

A few people attended the meeting.

The few:

The few people who had gathered there have also vanished.

Hardly:

Hardly anybody was there for the gathered there have also vanished.

Hardly anybody was there for the meeting.

Would have:

if I were there, the SI wouldn’t have beaten you.

Should have:

You should have told it to me yesterday.

Could have:

I could have helped you if needed.

Apposition:

Kevin, the innovative Magician, has a passion for novelty.

Gandhi, the renowned advocate of ahimsa, was assassinated.

Gerund:                    

Watching too much TV is injurious to health.

Eating meat will make you rude.

Phrases:

In the morning, at night, at home, in the long run. To my mind. In the meantime.

Idioms:

Let’s keep our fingers crossed. I am leaving for good. Sachin called it a day.

Collocations:

Let’s have lunch. Walking distance. In dire need. Pay attention. Ride a bike.

Complex Sentences:

She became the leader. Only because her father was assassinated.

As I have no wheels, how can I come for the meeting?

Compound sentences:

India is booming while the poor people are being exploited.

When Veerappan was after money, our bureaucrats are after power and money.

Has been:                    

He has been smoking for five years.


Have been:

I have been teaching English for he last 20 years.

(We have lived here for 20 years. This is correct) I had been working in the Gulf from 1976 to 1996. Gandhi had been assassinated.

Since:                   

I have been working since March, 08.

For:

I have been studying here for 3 months.

He has left for the US.

But for the fact that I am a woman, I should have hit him down.

Reported speech:     

He told me that he would come. I asked him whether he would accompany me.

Correlative Conjunction:                

Both Lal and Sal have come.

Either you go or I will. It is too heavy for me to lift.

The more you eat, the fatter you become.

Transitive Verb:        

Rahul killed a mosquito.

Intransitive verb:

Mr. Birdy died.

Birds fly.

Homonyms:

I saw the saw mill.

Ice is not good for eyes.

I saw a sewing machine.

Conditional Clause:  

If were you, I would have scored a 9 band.

If you cook, I will fast.

 

      

      

 

Conditional tense

Learn the nuances of conditional tense. This tense is not commonly taught in many of our schools and colleges. Learn it to avoid mistakes while using ‘if’ and ‘when’.

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Forms of verbs

Learn the forms of verbs to speak and write well in English.

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Recently asked IELTS speaking question – Part 2

Describe a thing you made by hand and presented it to someone.
You should also say:
What the thing was.
When you made it.
How you made it.
How easy/difficult it was to make.
To who did you present it.
Why you presented it to the person.
What their response was after receiving it.
Would you like to do it again.


Note: This is a question asking you to speak about an unusual habit people have in your country. Most people, in India, don’t make things by hand and present it to someone. Although that is the reality, you can speak about a hand craft you did when you were young to present it to a special friend or a relative. Think about what you have made by hand. If you have no such experience, you can say about a thing that you bought from the shop and packed it by yourself after adding more specification or particulars to it. Try preparing similar sample answers and speak it in front of a faculty to know how well you are able to mange this task. Eventually you will be  confident to appear for the exam.


These are picture of handmade items that you can mention in your answer.

More and more students are studying at universities abroad, either because it is cheaper, or because they feel they can receive a better education, or because it will provide them with greater professional opportunities.

Disclaimer: This model answer has been prepared by expert trainers as a very good answer. However, please note that this is just one example out of many possible approaches. We have included maximum ideas, of which even if you remember a few points you can win the task. Don't memorise this sample answer, they are published only for students to understand the standard pattern in essay writing. You would never get the same question in the real test, but a question of similar model can be expected.

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It has recently been suggested that the classical, or “dead”, languages Latin and Greek should be re-introduced into the school curriculum. Those that oppose the idea claim that the ancient languages are of no practical use and no help in getting a job. Those in favour of the idea say that education is more about training the mind than preparing for a career.

Disclaimer: This model answer has been prepared by expert trainers as a very good answer. However, please note that this is just one example out of many possible approaches. We have included maximum ideas, of which even if you remember a few points you can win the task. Don't memorise this sample answer, they are published only for students to understand the standard pattern in essay writing. You would never get the same question in the real test, but a question of similar model can be expected.

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Tongue Twisters in English

Start by saying the tongue-twister slowly, then try to speed up. Once you can say a tongue twister through, try to say it twice or three times in a row for a bigger challenge.

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Nowadays we are producing more and more rubbish. Why do you think this is happening? What can governments do to help reduce the amount of rubbish produced?

Disclaimer: This model answer has been prepared by expert trainers as a very good answer. However, please note that this is just one example out of many possible approaches. We have included maximum ideas, of which even if you remember a few points you can win the task. Don't memorise this sample answer, they are published only for students to understand the standard pattern in essay writing. You would never get the same question in the real test, but a question of similar model can be expected.

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Some people believe that children are given too much free time. They feel that this time should be used to do more school work. How do you think children should spend their free time?

Disclaimer: This model answer has been prepared by expert trainers as a very good answer. However, please note that this is just one example out of many possible approaches. We have included maximum ideas, of which even if you remember a few points you can win the task. Don't memorise this sample answer, they are published only for students to understand the standard pattern in essay writing. You would never get the same question in the real test, but a question of similar model can be expected.

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How important is dress code in our lives? Do you consider that dressing appropriately is important or are you of the opinion that everyone should be able to wear exactly what they like?

Disclaimer: This model answer has been prepared by expert trainers as a very good answer. However, please note that this is just one example out of many possible approaches. We have included maximum ideas, of which even if you remember a few points you can win the task. Don't memorise this sample answer, they are published only for students to understand the standard pattern in essay writing. You would never get the same question in the real test, but a question of similar model can be expected.

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