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IELTS Part 2 and Part 3 Topics and Questions

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816.  A Car Trip (Sep. 2017)   (Probably no longer used)

817.  Your Ideal Home (Sep. 2017)   (Probably no longer used)

818.  An Exciting Book (Sep. 2017)   (Probably no longer used)

819.  Furniture in Your Home (Sep. 2017)   (Probably no longer used)

820.  A Good Parent (Sep. 2017)   (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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816.  A Car Trip (Sep. 2017)   (Probably no longer used)

Describe a car trip that you remember well.

               You should say:

 where you went

 who was with you

 how long it took

 and explain how you felt about the trip. *

                    or              .

                and explain why you remember this trip. *

                    or              .

                and explain why you took this trip. *

 

 

Notes

  • It seems that the first line did not specifically say, "Describe a long car trip .." but many people have reported that the word, "journey" was used, instead of "trip". The word, "journey" is usually used when talking about long trips.

  • If you cannot recall a car trip in your life that was longer than one hour (or further than about 40 kilometres), then it would be perfectly fine to begin your answer like this: "I haven't taken any really long car trips in my life, but I can tell you about one of the longest taxi trips I took in Beijing. Is that OK?" Possibly the examiner will not indicate a yes or no answer here (they're not allowed to talk to you during your Part 2 monologue). So, an alternative to that could be to simply say, "I haven't taken any really long car trips in my life, but I can tell you about one of the longest taxi trips I took in Beijing. So I'll tell you about that." Then continue telling your story.

Not only would this give you flexibility in your choice of a trip, it would demonstrate that you have the communication skill of explaining your reply in some detail, that is, explaining how your answer is not 100% reflecting the question. This kind of language usage, showing an ability to communicate flexibly, impresses examiners.

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Possible follow-up questions:

  • Did you enjoy that trip?

  • Would you do it again?

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Part 3

Transport in General

Driving (a Car)

Public Transportation

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817.  Your Ideal Home (Sep. 2017)   (Probably no longer used)

Describe your ideal home (for example, a flat or a house). *

               You should say:

 when you would like to live in it *

 where it would be

 what it would look like (or, what it would be like)

     and explain why this is (or would be) your ideal home.

              .

Notes

  • Possibly the first line says, "Describe your perfect home" or even, "Describe your dream home". All three wordings mean more or less the same thing.

  • The key point when answering this is to use the word, "would", not "will". For example, "It would have a swimming pool in the back yard".

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Possible follow-up questions:

  • Are you planning to buy such a house in the future?

  • Do you think there ever will be such a perfect home?

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Part 3

Past Part 2 topics are:

Ideal Home: 394 & 96

See also: 772, 670, 512, Topic 439, Topic 174 & 567

Homes in Your Country

The Location of People's Homes

Buying a Home

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818.  An Exciting Book (Sep. 2017)   (Probably no longer used)

Describe an exciting book you read recently. *

               You should say:

 when you read it *

 what book it was

 what type of book it was *

 what the book was about

 and explain why you thought the book was exciting.

              .

Notes

  • Although the topic of "a book" is nearly always in the test, this seems to be the first one that asks about an "exciting" book.

  • It is not certain that the word, "recently" is included in the first line, although it probably is. If it is used, the meaning of "recently" can be understood to be, "within the past two years or so". Basically, if "recently" is used then the question wants you to speak about a book you read as a young adult, not a book you read when you were a child.

  • It is possible for a book to be "exciting" for someone but boring for other people. For example, a book about the stock market might excite someone who thinks he has learned how to make money on the stock market from reading the book, but it might not appeal to others who don't plan to, or want to invest in the stock market, or someone who doesn't fully understand what the book says. So, "exciting" here is highly personal it applies to how you felt when (or after) you read it and you should emphasize that point.

  • The book does not necessarily have to be an adventure novel or a book of that genre, although such a book would obviously be a suitable choice.

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

There are too many past Part 2 topics about a book to list them here. But you can see an easily searchable page of past topics here.

Books and Reading in Your Country

Films Adapted from Books

Children and Books

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819.  Furniture in Your Home (Sep. 2017)   (Probably no longer used)

Copy of Topic 382

Describe a useful piece of furniture in your home. *

            You should say:

                        what it is

                        where it is

                        what it looks like (or, what it is made of)

            and explain why it is useful. *

                        or

           and explain how you use this piece of furniture. *

 

              .

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 of Topic 382 and Topic 16

Buying Furniture for the Home  See Note 8

Home Decoration  See Note 7

 Furniture Design

    Office Furniture

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820.  A Good Parent (Sep. 2017)   (Probably no longer used)

Copy of Topic 470

Describe someone you know who you think is a good parent.

You should say:

        who they are (= who he or she is)

        how you know them (him or her)

        what children they have *

and explain why you think they are (= he or she is) a good parent.

              .

Notes

  • In this Part 2, you should talk about someone you personally know, such as a relative, neighbour, colleague, friend etc. It would not be wrong to talk about one of your own parents but most examiners in China know that high school students in China have to write an essay or give a speech about their own parents in English class, and using this example in the IELTS test might seem to be a memorized answer.

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 of Topic 470. It looks like the questions below and those for Topic 470 were more or less the same.

Parenting in Your Country

    Parenting

    Young Parents

     Spending Time with Children

     Working Parents

    Nannies & Babysitters   See Note 4

    Grandparents

    The Mother's & the Father's Responsibilities & Roles

    Television & Children

    Strictness

Teenagers

The Education of Children  See Note 5

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Note 1

Some people have reported that the examiner used the word, "traditional" instead of "old" or "older". It is possible that the examiner used that word. But a "traditional" style of home or residential building, like anything that is called "traditional", is the style that was in use for hundreds of years. Possibly there were two different questions, one about older homes (e.g., 50 or more years old) and one about homes (or buildings) of a traditional style or design.

Note 2

It seems that several examiners use "Harry Potter" as an example of this.

Note 3

This is a question about watching films and reading books in general, not specifically about the case of films based on books.

Note 4

A "babysitter" is a person who looks after someone else's child or children for a short period of time, such as an evening, for example when both parents go out that evening. Often a babysitter is someone such a neighbourhood teenage girl who earns a little pocket money for doing this. Despite the name "babysitter", they usually don't look after very young babies but instead look after children such as those under the age of about 10 who should not be left alone for several hours.

A "nanny" is a woman who takes care of a child, even quite young babies, as a more or less full-time job. Often (or usually) they live with the family and the child. Usually it is the wealthier families who have a nanny. If the woman is the real grandmother of the child, she is best described simply as the child's grandmother, even if she performs the same tasks as a paid nanny. A nanny is not the same as a "maid", who is employed to do general housework, although some maids work as both a maid and as a nanny in the family.

Note 5

This topic seems to be about the overall education of children, including education at school, and the teaching of life skills and social training in the home. It seems to include the attitudes and involvement of parents in  the formal school education of their children, and it may include the parents helping their children with homework. However, the topic is not about parents acting as a replacement of school teachers. That is, no questions seem to really suggest the idea of parents being "teachers" in the sense of "home-schooling" of their children in academic subjects with the children not going to school at all, although you could introduce that idea if you want.

Note 6

Do you think the children in the family should choose furniture?

This question is not as silly as it might seem at first. A child choosing what furniture to have in his or her own room is not such a silly idea!

Note 7

In a way, the furniture itself can be considered part of the overall decoration inside a home. But in addition to furniture, "decoration" refers to such things as: the colours used for painting the walls; the wallpaper, if any; the curtains for the windows; the lighting arrangements, including any coloured lights; chandeliers and decorative ceiling light shades; paintings, mirrors and other things on the walls; the colour and design of rugs or carpets on the floor, if any; shelves holding small ornaments; larger, ornamental objects such as those made of porcelain or pottery; indoor plants; fish aquariums; fresh flowers in vases etc.

Note 8

Most of the questions here seem to be about people changing or replacing (some of) the furniture that they already have in their homes. That is, the questions are mainly not asking about the first time a newly married couple buys furniture for their new home, although you could include that in your answers if you want.

Note 9

If you get this question (and there is no guarantee that the wording of this question is accurate), then it would be best to talk about the involvement of the parents in the child's school and school work (homework). Either that and / or talk about the everyday living skills & social skills that the parents teach their children.

Note 10

Do you think there are any downsides (disadvantages) to having old people (or, the grandparents) take care of children?

Do you think there are any downsides (disadvantages) to having old people (or, the grandparents) raise children? 

These two questions are different because someone can take care of a child just occasionally or temporarily, but to raise a child means to be the person who brings the child up. which means being the person who takes care of the child most of, or all of the time.