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IELTS Part 2 and Part 3 Topics and Questions

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736.  A Busy Time  (Sep. 2016)  (Probably no longer used)

737.  An Interesting Song  (Sep. 2016)  (Probably no longer used)

738.  A Time When You Needed to Use Imagination  (Sep. 2016)  (Probably no longer used)

739.  Equipment at Home  (Sep. 2016)  (Probably no longer used)

740.  An Advertisement  (Sep. 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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736.  A Busy Time  (Sep. 2016)  (Probably no longer used)

Describe a time when you were busy.

        You should say:

                        when it was

                        what made you busy

                        how you dealt with it

        and explain how you felt about that experience.

              .

 

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Possible follow-up questions:

  • Are you often busy?

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 of Topic 544 and Topic 4

Being Busy Working

  • Are people in your country very busy?

  • Do people in your country have busy weekends?

  • Do people in your country spend a lot of time working?

  • What would you say are the advantages, and the disadvantages, of spending a lot of time working? FQ

  • How do you think employees who work extra hours or days should be compensated? FQ

  • Do you think computers will replace humans in the workplace?

Pressure on Children (Children's Education)

  • Would you say children are too busy nowadays?  See Note 2

  • (Similar to above) Would you say children are under too much pressure nowadays? FQ

  • Do you think they are under more pressure, or less pressure than children in the past?

  • Are they under pressure from their parents, or from their teachers?

  • Some people say that children should be learning many things in their childhood. But if they are under too much pressure to learn things, don't you think they will become tired to learn things?

  • Do you think children are give too much homework to do?

  • Do you think children need longer holidays than they have now? How long is suitable? FQ

  • How much time do you think children should spend on holiday? FQ

  • Should young children spend more time studying, or playing?

  • Do you think kindergarten children should spend more time playing, or learning?

  • Do you think children learn from playing in class?

Pressure (stress) on People

  • Do you think students (or, children) in your country are under too much stress? FQ

  • Do students in your country have to do a lot of homework?

  • Do you think high stress makes students unhappy?

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of pressure at work? FQx2

  • Do you think that modern technology reduces the pressure at work nowadays?

  • How do you deal with pressure?

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737.  An Interesting Song  (Sep. 2016)  (Probably no longer used)

Describe a song you are interested in.

        You should say:

where the song comes from

how you know about it (or, where you first heard i; or where you hear it) *

what the song is about

        and explain why you think it is interesting.              .

 

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 of Topic 622, Topic 452, Topic 330 and Topic 186,

Songs and Singing

  • Can you suggest why people like listening to songs?

  • What kinds of songs are most popular in your country?

  • Do young people and older people like the same kinds of sings?

  • (For IELTS candidates in China) Would you say teenagers prefer songs from Korea and Japan while middle-aged people prefer songs from Hong Kong?

  • What would you say is more important in a song, the lyrics or the melody (the music)FQ

  • Do you like to watch singing competitions on TV?

  • (Similar to above) Are singing competitions popular in your countryFQ

Music

  • What kind of music do you listen to?

  • What kinds of music do middle-aged and elderly people listen to?

  • Is music important in your country (or, your culture)?

  • What kinds of music are most popular in your country?

  • Are there any differences between the favourite music of young and old peopleFQ

  • Can you suggest some reasons for the differences between the music young and old people listen to?

  • Do young people in your country prefer European, or American music?

  • When people get older, do you think they prefer to listen to soft music?

  • Have you ever been to a concert?

  • Can you explain why some people prefer to listen to music at a concert rather than listening to a recording of the same musicFQ

  • (Similar to above) What do you think are the differences between listening to live music (at a concert), and listening to pre-recorded music?

  • What do you think are the differences between listening to live music, and listening to background music on TV?

  • What do you think is the purpose of background music in films and on TVFQ

  • Do you think humans are the only living creatures who make music?

Music and Children

  • Why kinds of lyrics and music do young children like to listen to (or sing)?

  • Do you remember any nursery rhymes you heard when you were a child?

  • Can you suggest why some parents take their children to concerts?

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738.  A Time When You Needed to Use Imagination  (Sep. 2016)  (Probably no longer used)

Describe a situation when you needed to use your imagination.

        You should say:

when it was

what you did

how difficult it was

and explain why you needed to use your imagination *

 

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Possible follow-up questions:

  • Would you do the same thing again?

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Part 3 

Imagination in General

Imagination in the Workplace

Developing the Power of Imagination in Children

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739.  Equipment at Home  (Sep. 2016)  (Probably no longer used)

Describe a piece of equipment in your home that you often use.

        You should say:

what it is

how often you use it

how long you have had it *

what you use it for *

        and explain why you choose to use it.             .

 

Notes

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

See also any related questions in the Part 3 of Topics 635, 575, 504, 420, Topic 300, 268, 199, 149 & 51

Home Appliances 

Modern Technology (in General)  See Note 3

Robots 

Industrial Devices & Machinery

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740.  An Advertisement  (Sep. 2016)  (Probably no longer used)

Describe an advertisement you have recently seen.

        You should say:

what it was about

where you saw it

why it impressed you *

        and explain why you remember this advertisement. *

           .

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Possible follow-up questions:

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See also the Part 3 for Topics 538, 464, 352, 297, 190, 170,  121 & 65.

Part 3

Advertising in Your Country

How Advertising Works

Advertisements and Children

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Note 1

This question might be, "Do you think it's important for children to develop their imagination?"

Note 2

"Too" = "excessive" = 过度

Note 3

This is mainly referring to electronic communication & entertainment technology such as computers, the internet, smartphones. (digital) high-definition television (HDTV) etc.