IELTS Speaking Test: Part 3
Part 3 of the IELTS speaking exam
consists of a discussion (3-4 minutes): This is roughly based on the topic area of the Part 2: Long Turn.
Questions typically ask the candidate to compare, analyse
or speculate on the given topic. In this part the examiner may push the candidate hard to see
the boundaries of their ability.
Speaking Unit 3: The
based on PART 2.
takes the form of the Tester asking a series of questions related to your topic in Part
1. If necessary
paraphrase the question for clarity and to give you time to
2. There is no
extended replies by using linking words (because, and, but)
4. Try to
support your opinions, use examples
1. Don’t waste time
In this section it is very very important that you don’t waste time
trying to think of your real opinion – that doesn’t matter – what is important is that you
give your opinion and then support it.
2. You can even give opinions both for and against the question
EXAMPLE: “Do you think it’s a
good idea to work from home”
Yes, I think so, because
its very convenient and you don’t have to waste time to travel to work. But, maybe I have to be careful
that I am not too distracted, and that I don’t play online games or sleep all
3. Write both positive and negative answers to the following questions
a. Do you think it is good to live in a foreign country?
I think it’s fantastic
I think it’s terrible
b. Do you think it is good to retire early?
I think it’s wonderful
I think it’s a ‘fool’s
4. Some questions will require you to compare two things
Which is better: living in the countryside or in the city?
live in the city. City life offers modern living. There are many opportunities in terms of
work, entertainment, leisure and dining. However, the countryside gives a very common and limited life
style which is I guess preferred by people in their old age.
Do you think children’s lives are very different nowadays?
Yes, of course! With modern
life style, children are similarly affected as with adults. Before, children were confined in their
house. They were just limited to some activities such as playing indoor games of simple nature. However
nowadays, they are faced with enormous challenges such as meeting deadlines for a school project, waking up
early to beat the traffic and do homework using computers. These things are a few examples of the notable
changes in the lives of the children.
5. In Pairs practice asking and answering questions (Comparing).
Are cities nowadays different then they were in the
past? (transport, parks, entertainment)
Do children have better lives nowadays than they did in the
past? (entertainment, pressure, parents support)
6. Use redundant phrases to buy yourself time to think
- Well, that’s an
interesting question. I’ve never really thought about that before, but I guess I would have to say that I
- I’m not really sure about
that; however, if you are asking me for my honest opinion, I would have to say that I