Updated Oct. 5, 2014


IELTS Part 2 and Part 3 Topics and Questions

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541.  A Product from Your Country   (Jan 11, 2014)  (Probably no longer used)

542.  A Film You Didn't Like   (Jan 11, 2014)  (Probably no longer used)

543.  A Class / Course You Studied   (Jan 11, 2014)  (Probably no longer used)

544.  A Busy Time   (Jan 11, 2014)  (Probably no longer used)

545.   No Topic



FQ = frequent question = a question that has frequently been reported = a question that is probably in the examiner's question book

* = my guess at a question


541.  A Product from Your Country   (Jan 11, 2014)   (Probably no longer used)

Describe something that is produced in your country or region (such as a food, a handicraft, or a car)

You should say:

        what the product is

        who buys this product

        what part of your country it is produced in *

and explain why your country (or region) produces this product. *


and explain how it is produced. *




  • So far, my understanding is that the wording doesn't say "a famous", "well-known" or "popular" product. If it's unusual. and/or little known, the examiner will be more interested in listening to what you have to say. Examiners love to learn something new!

  • Go to a dictionary web site to hear the correct pronunciations of "product" and "produce". (Go here to see some web site addresses - INTERNET_ENGLISH_STUDY.htm)


Possible follow-up questions:


Part 3

See also the Part 3 for Topic 386

Note: Not all products are "made". For example, oil and timber are produced  (or extracted) from natural recourses and crops are grown.

Other Products from Your Country

Food Production    Frequently Used Sub-topic

Products in the Home


International Trade

Luxury Products   Frequently Used Sub-topic


542.  A Film You Didn't Like   (Jan 11, 2014)  (Probably no longer used)

Describe a film you didn't like.

You should say:

        when you saw it *

        where you saw it *

        what it was about *

and explain why you didn't like it.




  • It looks like only one person has reported this and he or she seemed surprised that the word, "disliked" was used. It might be a mistake. For example, maybe the examiner asked a follow-up question about disliking a film. So, there is almost certainly a new topic asking you to describe a film but the wording is still unclear.

  • Even if the words, "dislike" or "didn't like" are used, it is possible to simply describe a film that "disappointed" you rather than one you disliked. But if you do that, it is important to communicate to the examiner that there is no film that you have ever (strongly) disliked but there have been a few that disappointed you. This adaptation of the wording of Part 2 topics is allowable, as long as you explain it to the examiner. If the words used on the card are "didn't like" or "disked" but you simply describe a film that disappointed you without explaining it to the examiner, then you will not get as good a score as if you had explained what you said.


Possible follow-up questions:


Part 3

See also the Part 3 questions for Topics 440, 397, 341, 278, 200, 145, 99 and 6


  • Do people (in your country) prefer to watch films in the cinema or at home? FQx2

  • Do you prefer to watch happy or sad films?

  • Would you say people in your country prefer to watch comedy films or dramatic films?

  • Do you think films of today have changed, compared to those of the past (e.g., 10-30 years ago)?

  • What role does the computer (or, the internet) play in people's film watching behaviour today?

  • Do you think computer technology has changed (the production of ) films in recent years?

  • In general, what are the qualities of a good-quality film and those of a bad-quality film? *

  • Are many foreign films shown in your country?

  • What influence do foreign films have on your culture (or, your society)? FQ

  • Do you think that international (= foreign) films have a positive effect ,or a negative effect, on the culture of your country?  FQ

  • Do you think watching foreign films can help you improve your English? FQ

Leisure Time Activities/ Entertainment

Note: Some questions might be about recreation and others about entertainment, which is a specific type of recreational activity. Where "entertainment" is written in some questions below, the examiner might simply use, "recreation" or "recreational". See here for notes on the topic of entertainment.

  • In general, what do people in your country do in their leisure time?

  • What do young people prefer to do?

  • In your leisure time, do you prefer indoor or outdoor activities?

  • (Similar to above) For leisure time activities, do people in your country generally you prefer to engage in indoor or outdoor activities?

  • What kinds of people prefer outdoor leisure activities?

  • Do you think leisure-time activities today are very different to those of the past (e.g., 20 to 30 years ago)? FQx2

  • How do you think leisure-time activities might change in the future? FQ

  • What kinds of people like to go to places such as KTVs (karaoke bars)?

  • Do you think small towns and villages in your country need more entertainment facilities? FQ  See Note

  • Who do you think should be responsible for the construction of public entertainment facilities? *

  • (Similar to above) Who do you think should be responsible for the construction of sports facilities?

  • What can (or do) people do for entertainment when there are no entertainment facilities?

  • How do young people entertain themselves at home?

  • What leisure activities can someone do using a computer?

  • Do you think the internet has changed home entertainment?

  • How do you think electronic devices will influence people's leisure activities in the future?

  • (Similar to above) Do you think the internet (and/or computers in general) will change home entertainment in the future?

  • How do you think computer games will (or might) develop in the future?

  • Would you say entertainment is educational?

  • Do you think entertainment can be used in education?

The Entertainment Industry (Show Business)


543.   A Class / Course You Studied   (Jan 11, 2014)  (Probably no longer used)

Describe a high school, university or evening class (or course) you studied *

You should say:       

        what you did in this class (or course)

        how long the class or course was

        who taught the class (or course)

  and explain why you enjoyed studying this subject (or course) *


 and explain why you chose to study this subject (or course) *  (the more likely real wording)




  • Part 2 always has three points following the words, "You should say" and one point beginning with the words, "and explain". If I ever write more than these, it means I am not sure and, in your preparation, it would be a good idea to prepare to say something about every point I have written.

  • This seems to be similar to Topic 18, (which was never very clear).

  • Important - If the word "class: is used in the wording, it means "a course", not "a lesson". For example, "I studied a class called Calculus 101 in first year at university".

  • The word, "class" can sometimes be used to mean a single lesson, but I don't think that is the usage here. For example, "We had an interesting class today in which we learned about photosynthesis".


Possible follow-up questions:

  • Did /Do other people (ever) ask you for advice (or help, or information) about that subject?


Part 3

See also any similar or related questions in the Part 3 of Topics 18, 36, 89, 230, 304 & 389


Education / The Acquisition of Knowledge

See some notes here


Adult Education


544.   A Busy Time   (Jan 11, 2014) (Probably no longer used)

Copy of Topic 4

Describe a time when you are very busy.

        You should say:

               when this time is

               what you do at this time

               how you arrange your time

   and explain how you feel after this busy time is over. * (Or, Explain how you feel during this busy time.) *



  • It is possible that the topic is past tense, i.e., "Describe a time when you were very busy" = describe a time when you are usually very busy. But I believe it is most likely to be present tense, as shown above.


Possible follow-up questions:


Part 3

Being Busy / Leisure


Time Management


545.   No Topic