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691.  A Good Friend  (Jan. 2016)  (Probably no longer used)

692.  A Family You Know  (Jan. 2016) (Probably no longer used)

693.  A Sport You Would Like to Try  (Jan. 2016)  (Probably no longer used)

694.  A Photograph of You  (Jan. 2016)  (Probably no longer used)

695.  A Childhood Toy  (Jan. 2016)  (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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691.  A Good Friend  (Jan. 2016)  (Probably no longer used)

Describe one of your best (= one of your close, or good) friends.

               You should say:

who this person is

who long you have known them (= him or her) *  Or, Where you first met him or her *

what you do together

and explain why you think this person is a good friend. *

 

Notes

  • This might be a return of a previously used topic such as, Topic 359, Topic 177 or Topic 288. However, The Part 3 might not be exactly the same as a previously used topic.

  • The first line might be simply, "Describe one of your friends".

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 of Topic 359, Topic 177 and Topic 288.

The topic of "a friend" is almost always in the test so there are many past Part 3 sections to look at, if you want. For example, Topic 8, Topic 30, Topic 91, Topic 106, Topic 123, Topic 162, Topic 223, Topic 412, Topic 480, Topic 529, Topic 571 & Topic 596 

Friendship in General

  • How do people in your country make friends these days?

  • Do you think you can trust friends who you make on the internet?

  • Would you say it's easy to make friends? FQ

  • (Similar to above) Do you think it's easy to become friends with someone?

  • Would you say using social media (apps & websites) is a good way to make friends?

  • Can you suggest why some people find it hard to maintain (or, keep) friendships?

  • Would you say some people have more ability to make friends than other people?

  • What kinds of personality do people have who can make friends easily?

  • Which do you think is better, to have many friends or just one to two close friends? FQx2

  • What do you think would be the advantages of having many friends?

  • Which is more important (to you), friends or family? FQx2

  • What do you think are the differences between a friendship and a family relationship? FQ

  • Can you explain why most people's friends are all about the same age as themselves?

  • Which do you think is more important, (a friendship with) your neighbours or (with) your relatives?

  • How do people choose who to be friends with?

  • Which do you think is more important (or, better), a friend who is useful to you, or a friend who you simply enjoy being with?  FQ

  • Would you prefer to make friends with someone who is similar to you, or someone who is quite different to you?

  • What do you think are the advantages of having a close friend (a good friend)?

  • What are the advantages for students, or for working people, in having friends at their study places or at work?

  • What would you say are the qualities (or characteristics) of a good friend? FQ

  • (Similar to above) How can you know (or, judge) if someone is a good friend?

  • Do you think co-operation is important in a friendship?

  • Do you think it's important for mothers of babies or young children to have friends?

  • In what ways do you think having an outgoing personality helps people in their studies, or at work? FQ

  • In general, how do you think a person could get along with someone who they don't like, for example, in the workplace?

Friendship and Gender

See Note 10

  • Do you think friendships between males are generally the same as friendships between females? FQx2

  • (Similar to above) would you say there is much difference between menís friendships and that of women? FQx2

  • What do you think are the differences between men and women when they are chatting with each other?

  • Which group, males or females, tend to have longer-lasting friendships?

  • Do males generally make friends with other males the same way that females make friends with other females? FQ

  • What do you think are the differences between a male friend and a female friend?

  • What do you think are the differences between a non-romantic friendship with a member of the opposite sex, and a romantic relationship? See Note 10

  • What do you think are the benefits of having friends of the opposite sex?

Friendships Between Unequals

  • Do you think it's necessary (or, important) for people to become friends with the people they work with?

  • Do you think it's possible for an employee and his or her supervisor (or, manager or boss) at work to become genuine friends? FQx2

  • Do you think it's possible for a student and his or her teacher to become friends? FQ

  • Do you think such friendships could have both negative and positive results?

Friendships Between Nations

  • Do you think modern methods of communication are influencing international relations?

  • How do you think sporting and cultural relations between countries can promote friendship between these countries?

  • What are the benefits for nations from holding or attending an event such as the Olympic Games? FQ

  • (Similar to above) What affects do international events such as the Olympic Games have on people? FQ

  • Do you think international events (or competitions) such as the Olympic Games can help promote international unity?

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692.  A Family You Know  (Jan. 2016)   (Probably no longer used)

Copy of Topic 146

Describe a family (not your own family) that you like.

    You should say:

            where this family lives

            who the members of the family are 

            how you know them 

            what each person in this family does in life  (student/work/retired etc.)*            

      and explain why you like this family. 

 

 

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Possible follow-up questions:

  • Do you know many other families?

  • Do you often meet with this family?

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 of Topic 146, Topic 301 & Topic 257. Many other past topics related to the topic of "family" have also been used.

Families in Your Country

  • What do you understand the word, "family" to mean?

  • (Similar to above) What does the word, "family" mean?

  • In your country, what family members typically live together in one home?

  • If you had the choice, who would you prefer to live with?

  • Is it common for an extended family to live under one roof in your country?

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of this?

  • In your country, do most people usually live in the same city as their family members?

  • In your country, what is the traditional model of a family?

  • In your country, what people most commonly live together as a family today?

  • Do you think the number of children in a family should be limited, for example, limited to two children?

  • In your country, who is usually the most important member of a family?

  • In your country, who is usually the head (the leader) of the family? FQx2

  • Who makes (the major) decisions in your family (or, in families in your country)?

  • Do grandparents still have the opportunity to make family decisions?

  • Can you compare family decision-making in the past and today?

  • Do you think this will stay the same in the future?

  • Would you say that, in most families, there is gender equality between the mother and father (or, wife and husband)?

  • Would you say the status of men in your country today is different to the way it was in the past?

  • In a traditional family in your country, does every family member have an equal right to speak?

  • (Similar to above)  In a traditional family in your country, is the opinion of every family member given equal weight?

  • Do you think this will change in the future?

  • What do you think are the advantages (and possible disadvantages) of having close family ties?

  • What would you say is the effect of media such as TV, radio and newspapers on families? FQ

  • Do you think the popular media has changed the way people think about family? FQ

  • In what way do digital devices influence family relationships?

  • What are the effects of change in working conditions on families?

  • Do you think the government should provide more help to families?

Grandparents

  • What role do grandparents traditionally have in families?

  • In your country, do most children grow up with their grandparents living in the same house? FQ

  • (Similar to above) Do grandparents usually live with their grandchildren? FQ

  • Who do you think young children prefer to live with, their parents or their grandparents?

  • Are grandparents today considered to be important family members in your country? FQ

  • What role do grandparents play in family life in your country?

  • Are grandparents (or, old people) today given the same respect (or, enjoy the same status) as they used to be given, or has it changed? FQ

  • What are the advantages (and possible disadvantages) of grandparents living with the family?

  • What are the differences between the relationships (or roles) of parents and grandparents to children in the fami9ly? *

  • Can (or, do) grandparents help with bringing up their grandchildren? FQ

Parents

  • In your country, what are the roles of the mother and the father in a family? FQ

  • (Similar to above) In your country, what are the different responsibilities of the mother and the father in a family? FQx2

  • Would you say that most parents in your country are good parents?

  • What makes a good parent? FQx2

  • (Similar to above) What personal qualities do parents need to have? FQ

  • How can a person learn to become a good parent?

  • Do you think it's easier today to raise children than it was in the past?

  • Would you say that parents in your country have different attitudes towards their sons, and towards their daughters?

  • What do you suggest parents should (or, could) do in order to avoid having their child grow up to be selfish (or spoiled)?

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693.  A Sport You Would Like to Try  (Jan. 2016)   (Probably no longer used)

Version A

Describe a sport that you would like to try for the first time.

               You should say:

what sport it is

how you would learn it

how difficult you think it would be

and explain why you would like to try this sport.

 

Version B

Describe a sport that you would like to learn. *

               You should say:

what sport it is

how you would learn it

how difficult you think it would be to learn

and explain why you would like to learn this sport.

 

 

 

Notes

  • This might be a return of Topic 265. That topic was, "A sport you would like to be good at" but that wording might have been inaccurate.

  • Most people are reporting Version A but a few people have reported Version B.

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Part 3

See also the following Part 3 of Topics related to sport: 611, 572, 599, 516, Topic  395, Topic 343, 265, Topic 209, 128, 176, Topic 6, Topic 572, Topic 64, Topic 516

Sport and Exercise in Your Country

See Note 13

  • What sports are most popular in your country? FQx2

  • (Similar to above) What is the most popular outdoor sport in your country?  FQx2

  • (Similar to above) What sport is most popular in your country?  FQx2

  • Do you think media plays an important role in the popularity of sports?

  • (For Chinese candidates) Can you explain why table tennis (or, ping pong) is so popular in China?

  • Is there any sports in your country that was the most popular years ago but isn't the most popular today?

  • Do boys and girls like the same sports?

  • Who plays these sports?

  • Can you explain why some people like to play a sport?

  • Would you say sport is important?

  • Which do you think is better, as a spectator, to attend an outdoor sports match or to attend a match held in an indoor stadium (or a gym)?
  • Do you like to go to sports matches that have very large crowds of spectators?

  • Which do you think is better, to play a sport outdoors or to play a sport in an indoor stadium (or gym)?

  • Which do you think is more important, study or sport?

  • What do you think are the benefits of playing a sport?

  • How would you suggest those people who don't like sport could keep fit? FQ

  • What do you think are the differences (or advantages and disadvantages) of team sports as opposed to individual sports?  FQx2  See Note 1

  • What do you think are the differences (or advantages and disadvantages) of competitive sports as opposed to non-competitive sports?  FQ

  • What do you think are the benefits of doing exercise? FQx2

  • Do you think exercise is important for good health? FQ

  • What forms of exercise do you think are best for losing weight?

  • Do you do much exercise?

  • Which do you think is better, to exercise outdoors or to exercise in a gym?

  • (Possibly) Which do you think is better, to exercise outdoors, or indoors? *

  • Is it expensive to use a gym?

  • Do you think elderly people also need to do regular exercise?

  • Do you think governments (local and / or national) should invest more in sports?

  • Can you suggest why some people spend a lot of money on sport?  See Note 9

  • Are you interested in any extreme sports? *

Children and Sport

  • Did you do (or, play) any sports when you were a child?

  • Did you enjoy it?

  • Do you think children today do enough exercise?  FQx2 See Note 12

  • (Similar to above) Do you think children should play more sport than they do now?

  • (Similar to above) Do you think school students today spend enough time on sport and exercise?

  • Are there any significant benefits to playing sports?

  • (Similar to above) What do children learn from taking part in sport?

  • (Possibly) Do you think children need to play sport, or would it be good enough for them just to do exercise? *

  • Can you suggest how students could be encouraged to play more sport?

  • Do you think children should be taught sports in schools?

  • Do you think children should be forced to take part in sports in school?

  • Do you think small children should play sport?  See Note 11

  • Which do you think is better for children, individual sports or team sports? FQx2

  • Which do you think is better for children, individual physical activities or physical activities done in a group? FQx2

  • Which sports are the best for children, indoor or outdoor ones?

  • If you had children, what sport would you like your them to do?

  • Do you think children should be encouraged to be competitive?

  • Do you think that a child who is a member of a sports team that never wins can be negatively affected by that?

Other Sports Questions

  • Who pays for the training of professional athletes?

  • Why do we have professional athletes?

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694.  A Photograph of You  (Jan. 2016)   (Probably no longer used)

Describe a photo of yourself that you took

You should say:

        when you took this photo

        how this photograph was taken

        where the photo was taken

and explain how you feel (or felt) about this photo. *

 

 

Notes

  • A few people have also reported this as something like "a selfie that you like" (without the word, "selfie" actually used).

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 of Topic 551, Topic 644, Topic 33, Topic 110, Topic 161, Topic 219 , Topic 393 and 483

Personal Photography

  • Do you like to take (like taking) photos? FQx2

  • Do people in your country like taking photos? FQx2

  • Why do people take (or, like taking) photographs? FQx2

  • Can you suggest why some people dislike taking photos?

  • On what occasions do people take photographs?

  • What do young people like to photograph?

  • What would you say are the main differences between taking photos today, and taking photos in the past? FQ

  • Do you think it's easier to take photos today than it was in the past? FQ

  • Are people today taking more photos than they did in the past? FQ

  • (Different to above) Are more people today taking photos than in the past?

  • In your country, what do people usually take photos of (= take pictures of)?

  • Who do you think likes taking photos more, men or women?

  • Do you prefer to take photos of natural scenery, or photos of people? FQ

  • On what occasions do people take photos of their family or friends?

  • Do you prefer to take photos of natural scenery, or photos of yourself?

  • If you want to be in a photo, do you prefer to ask someone to take the photo, or to use a self-timer?

  • Do you often take a photo of yourself?

  • Some people donít like to take photos of themselves, why?

  • Do you think taking photos is important?

  • What are the benefits of having photographs?

  • Do you think photographs can ever be used to harm people?

  • People like to take photos of their life's events, celebrations and so on. Why do you think that is so?

  • Do you think (some) people today are spending too much time taking photographs? FQ

  • (Similar to above) Do you think people today are overly dependant on photos (as a way to record their lives)? FQ

  • Some tourists spend most of their time taking photos when they visit places, with the result that they spend little time actually exploring and enjoying these places. Which do you prefer, to take many photos when you are a tourist, or to take fewer photos and spend more time experiencing these places?

  • How do people save their photos? FQ

  • Which do you think is better, to save photos on a computer or to save them in a photo album?

  • Why do people store (keep) their photographs? FQ

  • (Similar to above) Can you explain why people like to save their photos? FQ

  • Why do people store (keep) some photographs and delete (or throw away) others? FQx2

  • Can you suggest why some people save some photos that are not good quality?

  • What would you say are the differences between a "good photograph" and one that is, "no good"? FQ

  • How do you keep (or save) your photographs?

  • Some people don't like taking photos. Can you suggest why? FQ

  • Some people don't like to have their photo taken (= to be in a photo). Can you suggest why? FQ

  • Do you like other people taking photos of you?

  • Do you think photos (or, taking photos) can help students (with their study)? FQ

  • Do you think people need to learn how to take a photograph from a book?  FQ See Note 7

  • (Similar to above) What role do you think books play in teaching people about photography (or, teaching people how to take good photos)? FQ

  • Some people post their photos online for others to see. Do you think they should post ugly photos online?

The Uses of Photographs

  • Do you think photography is important? FQ  See Note 6

  • What are the different purposes (uses) of photographs?

  • What types of photos make the strongest impression on you?

  • Can you suggest why photographs are often used in advertising?

  • Why do you think the news media often shows powerful photographs of events?

Photographic Technology

  • What equipment does one need in order to take photographs?

  • What are the differences between how people take photos today and how it was done in the past? FQx2

  • What has been the effect of these differences?

  • Do you think it's easier to take photos today than it was in the past?

  • Why do many people like to use their cell phone for taking photos?

  • Can you suggest why some people prefer to use traditional cameras to take photos?

  • Do you think it's suitable to use a mobile phone to take a picture of a formal occasion?

  • Which do you prefer, taking pictures with a camera or taking pictures with a mobile phone? FQ

  • (Similar to above) How (what method) do you prefer for taking photographs?  See Note 2

  • Which do you think is more convenient to use for taking pictures, a cell phone or a digital camera?

  • Is it always necessary to print photos in order to view them?

  • Do you ever use any software to change your photos? FQ

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695.  A Childhood Toy  (Jan. 2016)   (Probably no longer used)

Copy of Topic 623

Describe one of your childhood toys that was special to you.

               You should say:

what it was

who gave it to you

 how you played with it  

and explain why it was special for you.

 

 

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 of Topic 187, Topic 273, Topic 477, Topic 427 and Topic 623

See Note 8

Children and Toys in Your Country

  • What kinds of toys do kids in your country usually play with (or, have)?  FQ

  • (Similar to above) What kinds of toys do kids in your country like to play with today?  FQx2

  • Can you explain why children like to play with toys?

  • Do you think preferences for toys change with age?

  • What are the differences between children's toys today and those of the past?  FQ

  • Do you think toys were better in the past than they are today, (or are the toys today better)?

  • What kinds of toys do you think are best for children?

  • Do you think puzzles are good toys for kids?

  • Do you think toys are just for play (entertainment) or do they also have educational value?  FQx2

  • (Similar to above) Which do you think are better, toys that provide fun for children, or educational toys?  FQx2

  • Can you give some examples of entertainment toys and of educational toys?

  • Would you say a toy gun is educational?

  • How do you compare children playing with toys, and children playing games on an ipad or a similar electronic device?

  • Do you think it's suitable to give children electronic toys?

  • What are the benefits of parents playing with toys along with their children?

  • What can children learn by playing with toys with their parents?

  • What can adults learn from playing with children?

  • Can you explain why some parents buy a lot of toys for their children?

  • Some parents don't spend much time with their child but, instead buy the child a toy as a way to show their love. Do you think this is good enough?

  • Do you think it's important for parents to communicate with (or, spend time with) their children?

  • Can you explain why children often have a favourite toy?

  • Do you think children learn any good habits from playing with toys?

  • How do children play with their toys when they are with other kids?  See Note 4

  • What benefits do you think children can gain by playing with their toys with other kids, for example, kids  from other families?

  • Do boys and girls generally play with the same types of toys?  FQ

  • Can you explain why boys usually prefer toys such as toy cars or toy weapons while girls prefer dolls or toy household items?  See Note 5

  • Are there any toys that young people (such as teenagers) like to play with?

  • Do you think the topic of "toys" is an important topic?

  • If you were going to give a toy to a child, what toy would you choose to give them?

  • What sorts of toys do you think will be most popular in the future?  FQ

Collecting Toys

  • Do you think it's good for children to collect toys?

  • Can you suggest why children like to collect toys? FQx2

  • What (types of) toys do some children like to collectFQ   See Note 3

  • How do some companies encourage children to collect these toys? FQx2

  • (A bit different to above) Why do some companies encourage children to collect these toys?

  • Can you suggest why some adults collect certain toys?

  • What are the differences between children collecting something, and adults collecting something?  See Note 14

The Marketing of Toys

  • Can you suggest what attracts a child to a toy?

  • How does the media attract children towards a certain toy?

  • Do parents in your country prefer to buy expensive toys, or cheap ones? FQ

  • Do you think it's good for parents to buy expensive toys for their children? FQ

  • Do you think some parents spend too much money on toys for their children (or child)? FQ

  • How can a parent decide what is a suitable amount of money to spend on a toy?

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Note 1

In this type of question, you will give a better impression and score more points if you include the names of at least one team sport and one individual sport in your answer.

Note 2

The main choices are: using a mobile phone, using a digital camera, or using the older style of camera and a roll of film?

Note 3

When people collect things, the things are usually of a similar type, or they form a set. For toys, examples are toy animals, toy cars, dolls, toy soldiers, toy characters from a well-known children's film etc.

Some (older) children might collect them in a similar way that adults collect stamps, i.e., just to look at them and compare them. Others like the challenge of collecting the full set that a toy manufacturer makes. These collectable toys are often small toys, (gifts) that come with candy or snacks. Or companies like McDonalds give these little toys along with their junk food.

On the other hand, "to collect toys" can simply mean, "to add to the toys that they already have". In this case, the "similar type" mentioned above is the fact that all toys are similar types of things. But of course children usually add any new toys to their toy box (or wherever they keep their toys) Ė  they don't usually throw away their older toys and just keep one newer toy. Therefore the most likely meaning of "collect toys" is the meaning in the first paragraph, above.

Be careful not to repeat these words verbatim in the test because some examiners might get a copy of these notes, or they will know that your answer is memorized if they have heard almost exactly the same words before. Memorized answers can cause you to lose points if the examiner realizes an answer is memorized.

Note 4

Role playing such as pretending to be different members of a family; competing soldiers in a war; competing racing car drivers etc.

Note 5

When children play, they are often role-playing what they imagine their future adult role will (or might be) or what they would like it to be.

Therefore, little girls traditionally imagine themselves as mothers & housewives or doing womanly things such as dressing in different clothes or putting on makeup while little boys imagine themselves in male roles such as fighters, car drivers, tool users, construction engineers etc. This is normal, healthy development (possibly with the exception of toy weapons, since warfare is negative.)

Note 6

The two questions, a) "Do you think photography is important?" and, b) "Do you think taking photos is important?" seem to have both been reported. Maybe both are being used or maybe just one of them is used. There are differences between these two questions.

a) "Do you think photography is important?" is similar to, "Do you think photographs are important?" It is a general question and you should refer to the usages of photographs in society. You could also add something about the importance of photography as an example of technology, or the importance of the business of photography.

b) "Do you think taking photos is important?" is similar to, but not exactly the same as, c) "Is taking photos important to you?" You could begin an answer to b) by saying, "Yes, for me, it's quite important." Or, "No, for me it's not very important." But you could also begin with, "Yes, for most people it's important". Then you need to add why it's important. Usually it's important for personal reasons.

In other words, although b) is not directly asking if it is important to you personally, it would be suitable to include a reference to yourself as well as to people in general. However, it would be best not to only refer to yourself in your answer, although that might be acceptable for some similar questions. This applies to most questions in the speaking test about the importance of something.

Note 7

a) "Do you think people need to learn how to take a photograph from a book?" is a completely different question to, b) "Do you think people need to learn how to take a photograph of a book?"

"Do you think people need to learn how to take a photograph from a book?" means the same as, "Do you think people need to learn from a book how to take a photograph?" Or it could mean, "Do you think people need to learn from a book how to take good photographs?"

In the question, "Do you think people need to learn how to take a photograph of a book?" the meaning is that a book is the subject of the photo. Many students nowadays use their mobile phone to take pictures of a page or two in a book. To photocopy a whole book requires the use of a scanner or a photocopy machine.

Note 8

In English we say, play with a toy", not "play a toy". But we say, "play a game".

Note 9

Some people spend a lot of money gambling on sports outcomes. Others might spend a lot of money attending sports matches.

Spending a lot of money going to an expensive gym is NOT spending a lot of money on sport because what we do in a gym is exercise, not sport.

Note 10

Learn the pronunciation and meaning differences between "boyfriend" and "boy friend" or, "girlfriend" and "girl friend". 

"Boyfriend" is pronounced with "boy" stronger than "friend" and it means a male who you have a romantic relationship with.

"Boy friend" is pronounced with the word, "friend" spoken with slightly more stress than the word, "boy" and it simply means a male friend, with no romantic relationship. Same for "girlfriend" and "girl friend". Go to www.howjsay.com to hear these words spoken.

However, you should also understand that "boy friend" is almost only used when the speaker wants to express a contrast with, "boyfriend". For example: "He's not my boyfriend! He's just a boy friend!"

Another point Ė English speakers do quite often use the plural, "girlfriends" to mean, "female friends" of a female. For example: "She likes to go out on Saturday nights with her girlfriends." On the other hand, I think we don't often use. "boyfriends" in the same way (unless we are referring to male homosexuals). When referring to heterosexual males, we use words such as "buddies" (U.S.), "pals" (U.S.) or "mates" (Br. & Aust. English) to mean, "male friends". For example: "He likes to go out on Saturday nights with his mates."

Sometimes, females also use, "buddies", "pals", "mates" etc. to refer to their female friends because "buddy", "pal" and "mate" really just mean, "friend" even though these words are usually used to refer to the male friends of males.

See also the term, "platonic friendship" in a dictionary.

Note 11

In Chinese (and probably also in several other languages), "small child" is used mainly to mean, "young child". For example, in Chinese a 5-year-old child is more likely to be called, "a small child" than a 12-year-old child. However, in English, "small" or "little" only refers to size, even though there is usually a correlation between age and size.

If a child is smaller than others of his or her age, then there might be disadvantages in playing sport against the others. For example, in contact sports, a smaller opponent is more likely to get hurt by bigger opponents than a bigger child getting hurt by the smaller child. Smaller children competing against bigger ones are also more likely to lose the contest (in many but not all sports), which is not good for a child's self-confidence.

Note 12

It is possible that for some of these questions about "children" the examiner really used the words, "young people" instead of "children".  "Children" are between the ages of about 3 and 12 years old but the term, "young people" has a rather inexact meaning. Most English speakers mean people between the ages of about 13 and 30 when they say, "young people" but some people include children in their definition of, "young people".

Note 13

Some of the questions in this Part 3 are worded in a way that could either refer to players of a sport, or to spectators. The question. "Which sport is most popular in your country?" is the best example of that. Since Part 3 is supposed to simulate a natural discussion, you should seek clarification from the examiner about which of those two the examiner means. Seeking clarification is one of the skills of having a discussion and the examiner will consider that when awarding your score.

Note 14

"What are the differences between children collecting something, and adults collecting something?"

This question might actually be, "What are the differences between children collecting toys, and adults collecting toys?"