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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 Discussion  

 

 

 

 

Part 

Requirement 

Strategy 

PART 3:  

4~5 Minutes 

Discussion based on PART 2. 

 

This normal takes the form of the Tester asking a series of questions related to your topic in Part 2. 

1. If necessary paraphrase the question for clarity and to give you time to think. 

2. There is no right/wrong answer 

3. Give 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 day. 

 

 

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 because, 

 

I think it’s terrible because, 

 

 

b.    Do you think it is good to retire early? 

 

I think it’s wonderful because, 

 

I think it’s a ‘fool’s paradise’ because, 

 

 

 

 

4. Some questions will require you to compare two things 

 

 

Which is better: living in the countryside or in the city? 

I’d rather 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 

 

  1. Well, that’s an interesting question. I’ve never really thought about that before, but I guess I would have to say that I agree. 
  2. I’m not really sure about that; however, if you are asking me for my honest opinion, I would have to say that I agree.