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IELTS Part 2 and Part 3 Topics and Questions

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841.  A Recent Change (Sep. 2017)   (Probably no longer used)

842.  A Science Class (Sep. 2017)   (Probably no longer used)

843.  A Time You Gave Help  (Sep. 2017)   (Probably no longer used)

844.  Glad You Had a Mobile Phone (Sep. 2017)   (Probably no longer used)

845.  A Wise Decision  (Sep. 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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841.  A Recent Change (Sep. 2017)   (Probably no longer used)

Describe a recent change in your life. (for example, a change related to your work, study or family life).

               You should say:

 what the change is (or was)

 what caused this change

 how this change affected your life *

 and explain your response to this change *

                    or

and explain your feelings about this change *

              .

 

Notes

  • If you're about 20 years of age, "recent" can mean within the past year or two. It doesn't have to be this month or this week.

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Part 3

See also any relevant questions in the Part 3 of:

Recent Change - 462, 148,  92          Positive Change - 728, 530, 354, 47   

Hometown Change - 387, 266          Future Change - 194          Change You Would like to See - Topic 523

Change in General

Change in Children's Lives

        Children Being Asked to Make Changes to Themselves

Changing Your Job or Career

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842.  A Science Class (Sep. 2017)   (Probably no longer used)

Copy of Topics 498 & 408

Describe a science class (= subject) that you studied in high school (such as biology, chemistry or physics). *

            You should say:

                          the name of the subject (what branch of science it was)

                          what you did in this class

                          how the teacher taught it

            and explain how you feel about this subject. *

                                or

            and explain how much this subject has helped you. *

              .

Notes

  • As shown below, I previously labelled Topic 758 as "A Science Lesson" but that might have been a mistake. On the other hand, "A Science Lesson" is a very possible topic in the IELTS Speaking Test.

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Part 3

See also:

A Science Subject - Topic 408 & Topic 498      A  Science Area -  Topic 758     A Science Lesson -  Topic 758 

Science Classes in Your Country

    Boys and Girls Studying Science

Science in General

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843.  A Time You Gave Help  (Sep. 2017)   (Probably no longer used)

Describe an occasion when you helped someone.

               You should say:

who you helped

why you helped them  (or why they needed help)  *

how you helped them

and explain how you felt after helping this person.

              .

Notes

  • Part 2 "Help" topics are almost as common in the Speaking Test as Part 2 topics about a book.

  • Always read the card carefully to see if it says, "someone you helped" or if it says, "someone who helped you". Of course, they are opposites of each other. Both of those are frequently used.

  • It is your grammatical responsibility to say when this happened, even if the card does not tell you to say that.

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Part 3

See also:  

You Gave Help - 28, 78, 156, 267, 279, 461, 550, 613 & 705

You Received Help - 797, 526, 392, 210    and see 104

Helping Others in Your Country

Volunteering To Help 

International Aid

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844.  Glad You Had a Mobile Phone (Sep. 2017)   (Probably no longer used)

Describe an occasion when you were glad you had a mobile phone. *

= Describe an occasion when you were glad to have a mobile phone. *

               You should say:

 what the occasion was

 who was with you

 what you did with your phone          .

                and explain why you were glad to have your mobile phone. * 

Notes

  • Before the days of the mobile phone, if two people were meeting each other in a crowded place such as a train station, it was sometimes hard for them to find each other in such a place because they couldn't communicate with each other. But now people can communicate easily using mobile phones.

In addition to that, the camera, and audio & video recording features of mobile phones today make them a very useful tool to have readily available. Maybe you were glad you had your phone one day because you were able to take a photo of an unusual sight.

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Part 3

Mobile Phone Usage in General

Mobile Phone Apps

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845.  A Wise Decision  (Sep. 2017)   (Probably no longer used)

Describe a wise (or good) decision made by someone you know.

               You should say:

 who this person is (or was)

 how you know this person

 what decision they made

 and explain why you think it was a wise (or, good) decision.

              .

 

Notes

In this Part 2, if you choose to speak about, for example, a decision by the leader of your country, some but not all examiners would think your answer was not 100% correct because you don't really know the leader personally, you only know about him or her. On the other hand, other examiners might accept a looser definition of "to know someone" and accept that a person can "know" the leader of their country. If you explain yourself clearly, especially about "how you know them", then even those examiners who think you "don't really know" the leader of your country would not (or should not) take any points off your score.

 

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Part 3

See also related questions in the Part 3 of Topic 2, Topic 445, 509, 686 & 773

Decision-making in General

Young People & Children, and Decision-making  See Note 7      

 Decision-making in the Workplace

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Note 1

Do you think children like moving to a different country and learning a new language?

This seems to be the question although it is possible the examiner might ask, before this question, questions such as, "Do you think children like visiting different countries?/" and, "Do children like to learn a foreign language?"

Note 2

Among other possibilities, this question is mostly referring to children being asked to improve themselves. For example, being asked to change a bad habit such as not keeping their room tidy, or being asked to do better at school.

In the English-speaking countries right now, there is a big push to allow (or even encourage) boys to be free to act like girls if they want, and girls to act like boys if they want or even if they just occasionally exhibit a trait of the opposite gender. For example, girls are being encouraged to play rough physical sports like rugby football (not just soccer, which involves less physical contact with opponents than soccer). I don't suggest you introduce this topic yourself, but it is possible the examiner might ask a question about it.

Note 3

To make changes to the "direction" of one's career, or other aspects of one's career, is not the same as completely changing your career to a different career.

On the other hand, there probably are also questions about completely changing one's career, and I think there are also questions about changing your "job". Changing your job most often simply means changing your employer without necessarily changing your career, but it could include changing your career.

Some people just have different jobs in different fields, without having a "career" (a specialized area of work that they continue working in for most of their working lives).

Pay careful attention to the exact words in the questions here.

Note 4

Do people in your country often change their work environment?

The question was reported as including the words, "work environment" but the examiner might not have actually used those exact words. If someone puts flowers on their desk in the office you can say they changed their work environment in a small way. However, I suspect this question is actually about changing where you work, i.e., moving to work in a different company or organization = changing jobs.

Note 5

The examiner probably asks you to compare any two of: chemistry, biology and physics.

Note 6

The examiner probably chooses any one of:  chemistry, biology and physics.

Note 7

Most of the questions here are about "young people", i.e., people aged from about 13 to about 25.

Also in most of the questions here, the word, "children" means "the sons and daughters of the parents" or, "the offspring of the parents". We can even refer to the "children" of two people who are, for example, aged in their 80's when the children are aged n their 50's or 60's. When no relationship with parents is included in a statement, (or is implied) the word "child" normally means "a person between the ages of about 3 and 12" but almost all questions here are about parents and their offspring.