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IELTS speaking test Part Three: Types of questions

It’s difficult to predict exactly what questions you will get asked in the third part of the exam, but usually they will have a close connection to the topic that was discussed in Part Two of the exam. The questions are based on the following functions, which will be discussed further in this section:

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:

This is a very common first question in this part of the test. It is a question like:

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

Note carefully:

Avoid just repeating the information or language that you used in Part Two. This is because it will not show the examiner anything new and not give them any new rateable language. In addition, another common mistake that people make is to just give one kind of shop, but the question clearly asks for more than one kind of shop. I suggest the following approach:

MODEL ANSWER:

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

Well, there are a wide range of placesto go shopping.

One of the most popular types isdepartment stores. I think this is becausethey stock high-quality products and always offer a money back warrantee if you are unsatisfied with your purchase.

Another,trendy place that people in my country enjoy shopping at is night markets. I guess this might be because it’s a lot of fun and the prices are usually cheaper than in the stores.

 

Steps to answer the question:

1. Paraphrase the question:

Well, there are a wide range of places to go shopping.

2. Introduce the first type and perhaps a reason:

One of the most popular types is….[type of shop]. I think this is because…[reason]

3. Introduce the second type and perhaps a reason:

Another, popular place that people in my country enjoyshopping at is [type of shop]. I guess this might be because… [reason].

 

USEFUL LANGUAGE

Introduction

Well, there are a wide range of…

Actually, there is quite an array of…

There are many options to choose from.

First type

One of the most popular types is…

Probably the most common is…

Second type

Another, trendy option is

Many people are also keen on…

Giving reasons

I think this is because

I guess this might be because

 

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