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IELTS Part 2 and Part 3 Topics and Questions

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616.  A Time When You Got Lost  (January, 2015)    (Probably no longer used)

617.  A Happy Family Event from Childhood  (January, 2015)    (Probably no longer used)

618.  A Vehicle You Would Like to Own  (January, 2015)    (Probably no longer used)

619.  A Colourful Place  (January, 2015)    (Probably no longer used)

620.  An Unusual Building  (January, 2015)    (Probably no longer used)

 

RETURN TO PART 2 TOPIC INDEX

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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616.  A Time When You Got Lost  (January, 2015)    (Probably no longer used)

Describe a time when you got lost.

               You should say:

where it was

 who was with you

 how you felt

and explain how you eventually found your way.

 

Notes

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

Becoming Lost (Losing One's Way)

Maps & Modern Navigation Aids

Travelling to a New Place

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617.  A Happy Family Event from Childhood  (January, 2015)    (Probably no longer used)

Describe a happy family event from your childhood.

               You should say:

what the event was

 where it happened

 what you saw and did *

and explain why you remember this event so well. *

 

 

Notes

  • Those points marked with * are not 100% confirmed.

  • Strictly speaking, your "childhood" is before the age of about 13. So, an event when you were, say, 16 is unsuitable as an example here.

  • Every year, most Chinese and other Asian people celebrate New Year (春节) as a family event, including visits to and from members of the extended family. For this Part 2, it is suitable to talk about a New Year celebration as your example but you would have to choose one specific New Year celebration (i.e., in one particular year) and use the past tense you should not speak about "the typical New Year celebration" that you usually celebrated in your childhood every year.

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Possible follow-up questions:

  • Do other members of your family still remember this event?

  • Do you have a lot of family events?  See Note 4

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Part 3

See also any relevant Part 3 questions at Topics 547, 366, 345, 301, Topic 257, Topic 191, Topic 146, Topic 116 & Topic 55

See Note 3

Family Events

Families in Your Country

Adulthood / Maturity

Childhood

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618.  A Vehicle You Would Like to Own  (January, 2015)    (Probably no longer used)

Describe a vehicle you would like to buy (or have / own). *

               You should say:

what kind of vehicle it is

 what it looks like

 what you would use it for

and explain why you would like to buy it

 

Notes

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 of Topics 418, 318, 222 & 7

Transportation

Private Vehicles & Public Transport

Traffic Congestion / Air Pollution

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619.  A Colourful Place  (January, 2015)    (Probably no longer used)

Describe a place you went to that was full of colour.

               You should say:

what place it was

 why you went there

 what you did there *

and explain why you think it was full of colour. *

 

 

Notes

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

See also ALL_PART_1_QUESTIONS.htm#The Colour of Clothes

and ALL_PART_1_QUESTIONS-PAGE_2.htm#70. Colours

Don't forget to try to explain "why" after many of these questions. Don't just answer the basic question and then stop.

(There are probably three topics below, but I can't clearly see what these three topics are.)

Colours in Our Daily Lives

Colours and Mood

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620.  An Unusual Building  (January, 2015)    (Probably no longer used)

Describe an unusual building you have visited (or seen) *

               You should say:

where it is (was)

 what it is (was) used for

 what it looks (looked) like

and explain why, in your opinion, it is (or looks) unusual. *

 

Notes

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 for Topics 532, 383, 327, 243, 314, 71, 35 & 13

Buildings in Your Country

People's Homes

The (Exterior) Appearance of Buildings

City Life / City Planning

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Note 1

GPS (Global Positioning System), among other technologies such as electronic maps on cell phones & on the internet.

Note 2

Of course, using a compass is helpful! Some people can determine direction from the position of the sun. At night, some people know which direction is north by reading the stars. You can also use a landmark such as a tall building or a mountain. And you can maintain your sense of direction if you always know where you are in relation to a road that you know runs in a north-south or east-west direction.

Note 3

Personally, I don't like the feeling I get from these questions. There seems to be certain underlying, unspoken assumptions and attitudes (e.g., a "know-it-all" arrogance, a sense of cultural superiority) expressed by the original writer of these IELTS Speaking test questions, and possibly those of the examiners who might have made some of these questions themselves. In my personal opinion, if you want to see the most dysfunctional families in the world today, look at those in the English-speaking countries! This page is presenting the questions as they have been reported, not endorsing them.

Note 4

It is unclear whether this question means "In your family, do you have a lot of family events?" or whether it means,  "In your country, do you have a lot of family events?" if it is the latter, then the question is more likely to be asked in Part 3, not as a follow-up question in Part 2. If the question is referring to your family, it might not be present tense ("Do you ..") but might, instead, be past tense ("Did you ...)

Note 5

These three questions are probably referring to fashion, especially women's clothes.