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IELTS Part 2 and Part 3 Topics and Questions

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771.  A Book You Want to Read Again (Jan. 2017)  (Probably no longer used)

772.  An Interesting House or Apartment (Jan. 2017)  (Probably no longer used)

773.  A Decision You Disagreed With (Jan. 2017)  (Probably no longer used)

774.  A Well-Paid Job (Jan. 2017)  (Probably no longer used)

775.  Your Favourite Type of Weather (Jan. 2017)  (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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771.  A Book You Want to Read Again (Jan. 2017)  (Probably no longer used)

Describe a book you read and want to read again. *

            You should say:

how you first knew about it

when you last read it

what the book is about

            and explain why you want to read it again. *            .

 

Notes

  • This might be Topic 215 returning to the test.

  • Possibly the words, "would like to read" are used instead of, "want to read". Make sure you know the similarities and differences between these two. "Want to" refers to something that you think about more, like a plan or a definite intention, and is stronger than, "would like to". Adjust your answer to best suit whichever ("want to" or "would like to") is written on the cue card.

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Part 3

 See also the Part 3 of Topic 215, Topic 590, 492, 355, 158, 88, 72, 52 & 14

People's Reading Habits

  • Is reading very popular in your country?

  • Do you think people read more today than they did in the pastFQ

  • (Similar to above) Would you say reading is a popular pastime today, or is it considered to be old-fashionedFQ

  • What materials do people read the most?

  • Do many people continue to read books after they have finished their formal studies at university or school?

  • Do you read before going to bed?

  • Do you think adults should do some reading every day?

  • How has technology influenced reading?

  • What do you think are the main differences between e-books and 'normal' books made of paperFQ

  • (Similar to above) Which do you think are better, e-books or 'normal' books made of paperFQ

  • How do e-books affect the sales of normal books?  FQ

  • Do you think that students should read more traditional books?  See Note 1

  • Do you think people are interested in reading books about the future?

  • What do you think are the differences between books and films that are based on those booksFQ

  • When learning a foreign language, do you think it's important (or, necessary) to also learn about that foreign culture?

  • Do you think people can gain an understanding of a foreign culture without reading some of the literature from that culture?

  • What do you think history books of the future will say about today?

Books and Children

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772.  An Interesting House or Apartment (Jan. 2017)  (Probably no longer used)

Describe an interesting house or apartment you visited. *

            You should say:

where it was

what it looked like

when you went there

            and explain why it was interesting.

              .

Notes

  • If it says, "you visited" and not, "you have seen" then it means you went inside this house or apartment.

  • "Interesting" means there was something different (to the ordinary) about this house or apartment.

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Possible follow-up questions:

  • Would you like to live in that (or a similar) place?

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 of Topics 670 and 512 and any relevant questions in the Part 3 of Topic 174, Topic 96, Topic 394 & Topic 439

Housing in Your Country

Note: Instead of, "in your country", the examiner might say, "around where you live".

Housing and Preserving the Natural Environment

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773.  A Decision You Disagreed With (Jan. 2017)  (Probably no longer used)

Describe a decision made by another person that you disagreed with.

            You should say:

who made the decision

what decision it was

whether you told him or her your opinion (or, feelings)

            and explain why you disagreed.

              .

 

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Part 3

For "Decision" see also the Part 3 of Topics 686, Topic 445, 509 and Topic 2

For "Advice" see also the Part 3 of Topics 632, Topic 561, Topic 302, Topic 182, Topic 130 and Topic 59

Decision Making in General

Young People (and Children) and Decision Making

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774.  A Well-Paid Job (Jan. 2017)  (Probably no longer used)

Describe a well-paid job you think you would be good at.

            You should say:

what the job is

where it would be

what is required to get the job

            and explain why you would like to have this job.

              .

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Part 3

There are many past topics related to jobs or work. I suggest you concentrate mainly on any related or similar questions to those below, especially any FQ questions in the Part 3 of the following topics: 706, 669, 640, 579, 564, 499, 484, 363, 453, Topic 457, 377, 363, 360, 346, 277, 228, 201, 147, 139, 97, 50, & 22

The following topics related to "company" or "business" might also have similar questions: 744, 720, 651, 508, 398, 378, 306, 98, 79 & 37

Highly-Paid Work

The Importance (or value) of Different Jobs

The Motivation to Work

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775.  Your Favourite Type of Weather (Jan. 2017)\  (Probably no longer used)

Describe your favourite type of weather.

            You should say:

what type it is

what you do in this weather

how this weather affects how you feel (or, affects your mood)

            and explain why you like it.

              .

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Part 3

Previous topics called, "Your favourite Weather" were 406 & 95. See also the Part 3 of Topics 699, 373, Topic 227, 517, 164 & 25.

The Weather

The Seasons

Clothing for Different Types of Weather

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Note 1

Do you think that students should read more traditional books?

It is not clear whether this means:

a) Do you think that students should read more books made of paper, ( = books made the traditional way), as opposed to e-books?

or

b) Do you think that students should read more books about the traditions of their culture?

Most likely meaning a) was the meaning.

Note 2

"Overpaid" = paid too much money

Note 3

Do you think peopleís wages are fair?

The word "wages" tends to be applied to those people in less well-paid jobs, such as factory workers. Wages are usually or often quotes as a set amount of money per hour worked. On the other hand, the word, "salary" tends to be applied to people who are doing the better paid jobs. Salaries are usually quoted as a set amount of money per year.

Both words, wages and salary, apply to employees. One's "remuneration" for their work is a more educated word that includes both salary and wages. One's "pay" is an equally acceptable, more everyday word that also includes the meaning of both salary and wages. A more general word is, "income", which applies to everyone, both employees and employers as well as people living on investment incomes or pensions.

Since "wages" is used to apply to those who are less well-paid. and if the question above actually does include that word, then the question really means, "Do you think wage-earners are paid fairly?" = "Do you think those who are less well-paid are paid fairly?"

Overall, the question refers to the distribution of wealth in society, which is similar to the distribution of incomes in society.

Note 4

Do seasons influence peopleís moods?

This question is possible but usually the question that is asked is, Does the weather influence peopleís moods? It is possible that the person who reported this question made a mistake.

Note 5

a) What are the main decisions that teenagers or young adults make nowadays?  

b) What are some important decisions that teenagers or young adults need to make?

Listen carefully to the exact words in these questions because the answer can be quite different, depending on the wording. For example, in question a), "main" means something like, "most". You could truthfully answer that most of the decisions that teenagers make nowadays are related to what pop song to listen to, or what game to play on their smartphones, or whether to eat at KFC or MacDonalds! But these are not important decisions.