Video Lesson IELTS Speaking Test Part 1 Examples
June 2017 Questions and Answers:
Using “It Depends” in Part 1
Many students consider Part 1 of the IELTS Speaking Test the easiest part. That said, Part 1 can still have it’s own challenges.
The examiner will often ask you quite simple questions, but sometimes you might think of two different answers. Also, some of the Part 1 topics can be quite unique, which means you don’t think about these things very often, or maybe they don’t affect you at all.
It can also be difficult when the examiner asks you about your daily life and your preferences, which change often, maybe even day by day.
In these situations, you can say: “It depends.”
The Basics: “Well, it depends.”
“It depends” can be an answer, without any chances or additions. It can also give you some extra time to think.
What do you usually do at this time of the day?
“Well, it depends. At this time of the day during the week, I’m usually driving to my office. But at the weekend, I’m probably still asleep!”
Do you usually have a lot of homework from university?
“Hmm, it depends. In the weeks and months leading up to my final exams, I don’t get much homework because my professors just tell me to revise for the test. But during the semester I usually have a lot to do.”
In my examples, I explained two different situations. I also used ‘But’ to start explaining my second option.
It is possible to be more specific though.
The Next Step: “It depends on…”
Do you like exercising outdoors?
“It depends on the weather. I really like jogging through the park when it’s sunny outside, but if it’s windy or rainy and cold then I will just exercise at home.”
Do you prefer staying in or going out at the weekends?
“It depends on my mood. When I haven’t seen my friends for a while and I want to catch up with them, I’ll definitely go out and meet them. But if I had a stressful week at work, I would prefer to just unwind and chill out at home.”
In these examples explained my two different options with “But if…”. Take advantage of the simple, short questions in Part 1 to score some grammar points. I this answer, I have used Conditional Sentences, (If it’s windy…If I had a stressful week…), the Present Perfect (I haven’t seen my friends…), and But to create a complex sentence – all of these are high-band techniques!
Here are some common collocations:
- It depends on the weather
- It depends on the time of day / the time of year
- It depends on the occasion
- It depends on my mood
- It depends on my schedule
- It depends on my friends
Big Points: Relative Clauses
Last but not least, you can use Relative Clauses, such as: Who – What – When – Where
- You can talk about People with: It depends on who…
“It depends on who I’m with. With my parents, I would visit some museums and parks. With my friends though, I would rather relax on the beach.”
- You can talk about Objects / Ideas / Activities and Actions with: It depends on what…
“It depends on what my family wants to do. At Christmas, sometimes we all meet at my grandparent’s house, and other times we meet at my aunt and uncle’s house. It changes every year.”
- You can talk about Time Periods with: It depends on when…
“It depends when I travel. During summertime, plane tickets are more expensive, but in the winter they are usually much cheaper.”
- You can talk about Places with: It depends on where…
“It depends on where I go shopping. At the supermarket I can buy cheaper food, but at the local market things are fresher and better quality.”
So when can I use this again?
Use this whenever you can think of two different answers, depending on the situation.
It’s especially useful to use with these kinds of Part 1 Questions:
- Do you like…?
- Do you think…?
- Do you usually…?
- How often…?
- How long…?
- Are people…?
Don’t forget, you also use this phrase in Part 3 of the IELTS Speaking Test. Part 3 questions are more difficult, and there are lots of different answers you can give. So use “It depends” there as well!