IELTS Speaking Test Part 3 Question Types and Example Answers

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IELTS Speaking Test Part 3

Question Type and Example Answer

In two posts, we’ll cover the IELTS Speaking Test Part 3.
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Question type – What do you think, why?

Listen to Mark explain and guide you through the ideas behind this type of question:

This is the most basic IELTS Part 3 question. It is very open, and you can answer in a very straightforward way. Here are some ways to begin your response based on your opinion:

What do you think?

100% means you are really really confident in your opinion

  • 100% I definitely / absolutely believe that…
  • 50% – 75% In my opinion… / If you ask me…/ For me…
  • 25%  I suppose…
  • 10%  I’m not sure, but I guess…

For example:

I absolutely believe that it’s important for people to read as much as they can, especially when they are young.

In my opinion, I think schools should continue teaching subjects like dancing, art and music.

I suppose people like to travel to different places because they want to experience some unique cultures which are different from their own.

I’m not sure, but I guess older people don’t take as many risks as young people.

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Example Test Questions & Example Answers

Example Test Question for the IELTS Speaking Test Part 3: Listen to the audio clip to hear an example question and example answer from a native English speaker.

Do you think schools should teach subjects like art, music and dancing? Why (not)?

Well…for me, creative subjects are just as important as much as the academic ones. I understand that most people think that business and technology are the most important career choices, but design and performance art are all big parts of the world that we live in. On top of that, some children are just more naturally creative, and they should have choices at school to take those kinds of classes – schools are supposed to help children try and learn new things and help them use their skills to find a career in the future. So I do think they should continue teaching those subjects at school.


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