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IELTS Part 2 and Part 3 Topics and Questions

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806.  A TV Program (May. 2017)   (Probably no longer used)

807.  Something You Want to Do (May. 2017)   (Probably no longer used)

808.  A Sport You Like to Watch (May. 2017)   (Probably no longer used)

809.  A Website (May. 2017)   (Probably no longer used)

810.  No Topic

 

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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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806.  A TV Program (May. 2017)   (Probably no longer used)

Describe a TV series or program you like to watch.

            You should say:

                            what it is about

                            who the main characters are

                            when you first watched it

             and explain why you like it

              .

Notes

  • The words, "TV program" can mean, a) one episode of a program, such as the program that was shown on Tuesday, 1 May, 2018 or it can mean, b) the name of the program, such as "World of Wild Animals" that appears every Saturday night. For this Part 2 question the usage of the word, "series" indicates that "program" here means b), not one particular episode of a program.

A "series" is a "string" of things that are alike. A program "series" means a program that is shown for example every Sunday night for a period such as 6 months or longer.

  • It doesn't have to be a "drama" (or soap opera) series, or a program that continues a story line from program to program. That type of program with a continuing story-line is sometimes called a "serial", which is not the same as a "series". With a serial, if you miss one episode, you might not fully understand what is happening in the next episode.

A "drama" is just one type of program. Dramas are, by definition, dramatic, are serious (unlike comedy shows), and are nearly always fictional. "Dramatic" means that the viewer's emotions are heightened, emotions such as excitement, fear, intrigue and mystery, strongly liking a character (e.g., the "good guy" or the hero) or strongly disliking another character, etc. Dramas include such genres as police dramas, war programs and fictional historical dramas.

Any TV program that appears regularly would be suitable as your example here. It could be a drama series, a soap opera, a talk show, a comedy show, a documentary program, a sports program (including a program that just shows a football or basketball game) or a news discussion program etc..

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Part 3

See also any relevant Part 3 questions at Topics 690, 594, 636, 520, Topic 494, 429, Topic 372, 274, 263, Topic 254, Topic 213, Topic 178 and 87

Television in Your Country Today

  • What kinds of programs do you have on TV in your country FQ

  • What types of programs are the most popular?

  • Do young people and elderly people like to watch the same types of TV shows?  FQ

  • Do you think many young people watch TV nowadays?

  • What do they like to watch?

  • Do you think computers might one day replace television sets?

  • Can you suggest why watching TV is a popular pastime all over the world FQ

  • Would you say there are any negative aspects of watching TV?

  • Have TV programs in your country changed much over the past 20 or 30 years FQ

  • (Not exactly the same as above) Has the television industry in your country changed  much over the past 20 or 30 yearsFQ

  • Why do TV programs change?

  • Are "reality" TV shows very popular in your country?

  • Are there any foreign TV programs that are popular in your country?

  • In what ways are foreign TV shows different to those made in your country?

  • (For Chinese candidates) Why are Korean soap operas so popular in China FQ

  • Who prefers watching soap operas, men or women?

  • Can you explain why some TV programs such as soap operas are popular all over the world FQ

  • Do you like to watch shows that feature parent-child relationships?

  • What do you think of advertisements on TV?

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807.  Something You Want to Do  (May. 2017)   (Probably no longer used)

Describe something you want to do but have not done yet. (Not related to your study or work)*

            You should say:

                                what it is

                                how long you have wanted to do it

                                how easy or difficult it will be to do it

             and explain why you want to do this.

              .

Notes

  • The first line might be, "Describe something you have always wanted to do but have not done yet." or, "Describe something you have long wanted to do but have not done yet."

  • Not many people have reported the words, "Not related to your study or work" but I think those words are probably included.

  • Topics 380, 609 & 344 are very close to this topic.

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  • Do you believe you will do it one day?

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Part 3

See also any relevant Part 3 questions at Topics 380, 609, 344,

See also the Part 3 of Topic 22, Topic 97, Topic 217, Topic 360, Topic 441 & Topic 521

See also any relevant Part 3 question in the following topics that relate to "success": 571, 43, 109, 173, 296, 344, 379 & 595

Personal Goals

Ideas for Improving Society

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808.  A Sport You Like to Watch (May. 2017)   (Probably no longer used)

Describe a sport you enjoy watching.

            You should say:

                                what it is

                                where you watch it

                                who you watch it with

            and explain why you like watching it

              .

Notes

  • It is best to talk about a sport that you watch quite frequently, not just a sport you like to watch when the Olympic Games, or similar events are broadcast on TV. However, if the Part 2 wording above is accurate, just describing your favourite Olympic Games sport would not be wrong.

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Part 3

Previous sports topics were: 

757, 693, 611, 599, 572, 516, Topic  395, Topic 343, 265, Topic 209, 176, 144, 128, Topic 64 & Topic 6

Previous topics related to health and fitness: 717, 668, Topic 654, Topic 585, Topic 485, Topic 433, Topic 350, Topic 309,  Topic 262 & Topic 184

Spectator Sports in Your Country

Sport and Exercise

Sport and Children

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809.  A Website (May. 2017)   (Probably no longer used)

 Describe a useful website you have used.

            You should say:

                            what it is about

                            when you first started using it

                            how easy it is to use (or, how you use it)

              and explain why it is useful to you.

              .

Notes

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 questions for Topic 760, Topic 716, Topic 593, 475, 385 & 269, 114

Leisure-time Internet Usage

Education Via the Internet

Technology

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810.  No Topic

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Note 1

Pay careful attention to the examiner's exact words. If the examiner says, "old people" in this question, he or she means "people over about 60". If the examiner says, "older people" then the meaning is, "no longer young people", which is probably people over the age of about 30. You can clarify your answer yourself by quickly mentioning what age range you are talking about.

This question is most likely asking you to compare "young" and "old" because the contrast between the two is greater than between "young" and "older".

Note 2

All of the world's countries have a problem with poverty in society, some more than others. But a question asking about literacy seems to be more suited for a candidate from a developing country. It is possible examiners vary that question for candidates from countries that have an almost 100% literacy rate. For example, "education" might be used instead of "literacy".