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Vocabulary Speaking: Part 3

It’s difficult to predict exactly what questions we will get asked in the third part of the exam, but usually they will have a close connection to the topic we discussed in part 2 of the exam. In addition the following functions may be tested.

  1. Different kinds of
  2. Comparing  (time/objects/concepts)
  3. Predicting
  4. Advantages
  5. Disadvantages
  6. Problems
  7. Solutions
  8. Opinion (why)

 

  1. Different kinds of

What are some of the different kinds of shops in your country?

What sort of people are celebrities in your country 

  1. Comparing 

Do you think people were smarter in the past?

What is the difference between learning skills and knowledge?

  1. Predicting 

Do you think people will be more intelligent in the future?

Do you think technology can replace teachers in the future?

  1. Advantages 

What are the main advantages of studying online?

What are the main advantages of studying abroad?

  1. Disadvantages 

What are the main disadvantages of studying online?

What are the main disadvantages of studying abroad?

  1. Problems

What are some of the main problems that students often encounter with learning English?

What problems do students often have with their classmates?

  1. Solutions 

[for above “how could we solve these problems”]

  1. Opinion 

Why do you think some people enjoy learning new things?

What are some useful ways to remember things? 

 

  1. Different kinds of

This is very often the very first q1 in this part of the test. You should try to describe at least two different types. Many people only give one which is not ideal because you are not asked to only give one you’re asked what the different types.

Opening: 

Well, there are a few different types.

There is a range of different options.

The main type: 

Off the top of my head the most common is…

The first one that springs to mind is…

Another type: 

Another one that pops into my head is…

As well is this we can often see…

[more about this question type]

 

Practice Questions for Part 3 of the IELTS EXAM 
  1. What are some of the different types of fast food in your country?
  2. What are some of the most popular forms of entertainment in your country?
  3. What are some of the ways that a poor lifestyle can contribute to health problems?
  4. What are some of the different types of restaurants in your country?
  5. What are some of the most popular outdoor activities in your country?

 

  1. Comparing 

Try to use language of comparison (cheaper, more expensive, more/less than)

Opening: 

Well, obviously, there are a variety of possible differences here.

Well, undoubtedly, they are like chalk and cheese.

The First difference: 

However, I (guess/ suppose) that the most striking difference is ~; whereas in contrast…

But I would say the most fundamental would be that (S+V). On the contrary,

The second difference: 

In addition, a subsequent contrast could be that (S+V). Conversely,

Moreover, a further distinction might be that (S+V). While on the other hand,

 

Practice Questions for Part 3 of the IELTS EXAM  
  1. In what ways magazines are different to newspapers?
  2. How could we deal with the problems of Internet?
  3. Are people travelling more now than in the past?
  4. Who make better teachers —men or women?
  5. How have family values changed over the years?

 

  1. Predicting

Try to use future tense (will, going to + verb)

Opening: 

I am sure that in years to come we will see a number of changes related to this.

I imagine that in the near future, we will witness some major changes with regard to (N).

The first prediction: 

To begin with, I would predict that we will most likely have (N).

Primarily, it looks quite possible that we are going to have (N).

The second prediction: 

As well as this, some people claim that we will probably start to see (N).

Likewise, I would imagine that we may even be able to see (N).

The third prediction: 

And who knows, there is even a chance that we will have (N).

And I know it is a bit of a crazy thought, but one day we may even have (N).

 

Practice Questions for Part 3 of the IELTS EXAM 
  1. What will schools be like in the future?
  2. What will cars be like in the future?
  3. Do you think people will have to conserve water in the future?
  4. Do you think we will get the news in different ways in the future?
  5. What will your country be like in 50 years?

 

  1. Advantages (merits, benefits, rewards)

Opening: 

Clearly there are a number of obvious merits.

Obviously there are a number of positive features.

The main advantage: 

But I would probably say that for the most part, the one thing that really stands out is that~. This is obviously favourable because (S+V).

However, I guess that the most evident would be that (S+V). This is surely a positive feature as (S+V).

The second advantages: 

Besides this, a second plus point could be that (S+V). This is undoubtedly favourable because (S+V).

At the same time, a second bonus might be that (S+V). This is surely a positive feature as~

 

Practice Questions for Part 3 of the IELTS EXAM 
  1. What are the advantages of living in an old building?
  2. What are the advantages of living in big cities?
  3. What are the advantages of owning an up-to-date mobile phone?
  4. What are the advantages of advertising?
  5. What are the advantages of studying abroad?

 

  1. Disadvantages (drawbacks, shortcomings)

Opening: 

I am sure most people would agree that there are some drawbacks.

Of course there are a couple of shortcomings.

The main disadvantages: 

I suppose the most unfavourable quality might be that (S+V). This is an obviously weakness because (S+V).

I guess the most impractical characteristic would be that (S+V). This is a clear limitation because (S+V).

The second disadvantages: 

At the same time, another stumbling block might be that ~. And the trouble with this is that

Correspondingly, an additional weak point may be that (S+V). And this can be a hassle as~

 

Practice Questions for Part 3 of the IELTS EXAM 
  1. What are the disadvantages of living in an old building?
  2. What are the disadvantages of living in big cities?
  3. What are the disadvantages of owning an up-to-date mobile phone?
  4. What are the disadvantages of advertising?
  5. What are the disadvantages of studying abroad?

 

  1. Problems

Opening:

Obviously we can say there are quite a lot of dangers with regard to this issue.

It is universally accepted that there are a few hazards involved with (N).

The main problem: 

Essentially, one fundamental concern is probably that ~. This is clearly alarming because~.

The second problem: 

Equally worrying is the suggestion that~. And the underlying repercussions of this are that.

 

Practice Questions for Part 3 of the IELTS EXAM 
  1. What problems are associated with eating fast food?
  2. What problems are caused by a lack of physical exercise?
  3. How is our busy lifestyle contributing to health problems?
  4. What problems are associated with global warming?
  5. What problems are associated with violence being shown on TV?

  

  1. Solutions

Opening: 

In my view there are a few ways to tackle this problem.

The first solution: 

When dealing with _________, the easiest way to solve it out would be ~.

The second solution: 

I also think that we could ________________

 

Practice Questions for Part 3 of the IELTS EXAM 
  1. What would you do to get more physical exercise?
  2. How can stress from our busy lifestyle be relieved?
  3. What steps could be taken to tackle global warming?
  4. How could kids be prevented from seeing violence on TV?
  5. How could we deal with eating fast food?

 

  1. Opinion (why) questions

Opening: 

Well in my opinion, there are undoubtedly a variety of justifications for this.

I suppose I would say that (S+V). There are probably a number of factors involved.

Well generally it is my belief that (S+V). There are obviously a number of motives surrounding this idea.

The first reason: 

The chief cause might be that (S+V).

The key explanation is possibly because (S+V).

The second reason: 

As well as this, a subsequent factor could be because (S+V).

At the same time, a secondary motive could be that (S+V).

 

Practice Questions for Part 3 of the IELTS EXAM 
  1. Why do people like travelling to foreign countries?
  2. Why do so many people move from the countryside to cities?
  3. Why is it important for children to play sports?
  4. Why do young people spend so much time on the Internet?
  5. Why is watching TV so popular all over the world?

 

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