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IELTS Part 2 and Part 3 Topics and Questions

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551.  A Photograph of You   (Sep., 2013)  (Probably no longer used)

552.  A Family Celebration You Attended  (May, 2014)  (Probably no longer used)

553.  Your First Cell-phone  (May, 2014)  (Probably no longer used)

554.  A Foreign Language You Would Like to Learn  (May, 2014)  (Probably no longer used) 

555.  A School You Attended  (May, 2014)  (Probably no longer used)

 

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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

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551.  A Photograph of You   (May, 2013 or possibly Sep. 2013)  (Probably no longer used)

Describe a time when a good photo was taken of you. *.

You should say:

        when the photo was taken

        where the photo was taken

        who took the photo

and explain why the photo was taken. *

                       or

                    and explain why you think it is a good photo. *

 

 

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Part 3

Part 3 Notes

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The Usage of Photographs

The Technology of Photography (or, of Cameras)

Professional Photographers

Note: Make sure you understand that a "professional photographer" means, "a photographer who earns a living by taking photographs". An "expert" photographer is simply one who is skilled at taking photos.

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552.  A Family Celebration You Attended  (May, 2014)  (Probably no longer used)

Describe a family celebration that you attended.

You should say:

        where this celebration was held

        why it was held

        who was there

        what people did at this celebration

 and explain why you enjoyed this celebration. *

    

See Notes

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Part 3

See Also Part 3 for Topic 287, Topic 108 and Topic 29

Marriage & Weddings

        Traditions and Weddings Frequent Sub-Topic

Other Celebrations Besides Weddings

Note: Be careful of saying "holidays" when you mean traditional festivals such as the Lunar New Year celebrations, or Christmas. In British English, "on holidays" or "during holidays" etc. most often means "during one's vacation (from school or work)", 假期. Although traditional festivals / celebrations, 节日, are usually also public holidays, I suggest using words such as "festival" or "celebration". This question is further complicated by the fact that English speakers tend to use the word "festival" to refer more to public festivals that are celebrated, for example, on the street or in public places, involving large crowds of people, not traditional celebrations that are held in the home..

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553.  Your First Cell-phone  (May, 2014)  (Probably no longer used) 

Describe your first mobile phone (or communication device).

You should say:

        when you got it (or, how old you were when you got it)

        how you got it *

        what you used it for *

and explain how the mobile phone changed your life.

    

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Part 3

Mobile Phones in Your Country

Smart-Phones

Children and Mobile Phones

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554.  A Foreign Language You Would Like to Learn  (May, 2014)  (Probably no longer used)   

Describe a foreign language you would like to learn (besides English).

You should say:

        what language

        how you would learn it

        what difficulties you think you might (or would) have when learning this language.

and explain why you would like to learn this language.

    

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 questions for Topics 49, 115, 171, 280 & 476

Learning Another Language

International Communication

An International Language

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555.  A School You Attended  (May, 2014)  (Probably no longer used) 

Describe a school you have attended (in your childhood).

You should say:

        where it was (or, what school it was)

        what the classrooms were like  (or, looked like)

        what the teachers were like *

and explain how you felt about this school. *

    

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Part 3

See also Part 3 for Topic 252

Schools

Teachers

Kindergartens

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Note 1

Note 2

The meaning of this question is, "Do you think it would be better if weddings (or wedding ceremonies) were simpler?" In fact, that wording might be used as a question. Remember, "too" means "excessively". On the other hand, the question might simply be, "Do you think weddings (or wedding ceremonies) are complicated (or complex)?" Clearly, there is a question or two in the examiners' question book that asks you to discuss the topic of tradition in relation to weddings.