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IELTS Part 2 and Part 3 Topics and Questions

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876.  Something a Friend Did  (May 2018)

877.  Your First Mobile Phone  (May 2018)

878.  Something that Made You Happy  (May 2018)

879.  An Interesting Job  (May 2018)

880.  Something You Lost  (May 2018)

 

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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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876.  Something a Friend Did  (May 2018)

Describe something a friend of your did and which you would like to do yourself. *

               You should say:

 what your friend did

 why they (he/she) did it *

 how they (he/she) felt about it *

 and explain why you would like to do it.

              .

Notes

  • This is a new topic.

  • It is asking you to talk about something you have never done (= not done yet).

  • Basically, the topic is looking for an example of an interesting or exciting (fun) activity. Of course, you could talk about a place your friend had visited. especially abroad, that you would also like to visit one day.

  • One person (not in China)

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Possible follow-up questions:

  • Do you think you really will do it?

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Part 3

The Influence of Friends and Family on Young People

Trying New Things

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877.  Your First Mobile Phone  (May 2018)

Copy of Topic 553

Describe your first mobile phone (or communication device).

You should say:

        when you got it (or, how old you were when you got it)

        how you got it *

        what you used it for *

and explain how the mobile phone changed your life.

              .

 

Notes

  • This looks like a repeat of Topic 553.

  • "Cell-phone" is more American usage while "mobile phone" is more common in British English. But either is OK.

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

Mobile Phone Use in Your Country Today

Mobile Phone Apps

Children and Mobile Phones

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878.  Something that Made You Happy  (May 2018)

Modified copy of Topic 682

Describe a recent happy experience in your life. *

               You should say:

what it was *

what you were doing *

where you were

who was with you

and explain how it made you happy.

              .

Notes

  • This looks like a repeat of Topic 682.

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

The Nature of Happiness

  • In general, what do you think brings happiness to people FQ

  • Do you think money can make people happy?

  • How important do you think money is for bringing happiness to people?

  • Do you think buying a big house makes people happyFQ

  • Would you say rich people are happy?

  • Do you think interpersonal relationships bring happiness to people?

  • Which do you think gives people more happiness, having money, or having good relationships with other peopleFQ

  • (Similar to above) What is better, to get happiness from money, or from a good relationship FQ/

  • Do you think people can be happy because of their workFQ

  • How does work bring happiness to peopleFQ

  • Would you say that children are generally happier than adults?

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879.  An Interesting Job  (May 2018)

Modified Copy of Topic 277

Describe an interesting job you would like to do (or, try).

You should say:

what job it is

what people do in that job

what skills are needed for this job *

where you heard or read about it

and explain why you think it would be interesting work to do. * 

              .

Notes

  • This looks like a repeat of Topic 277.

  • If the card uses the word, "interesting", make sure you know how to talk about a job that would be interesting (for you), not just a job that you would like because of the high salary or for some other reason. A job that would be exciting or fun to do is not really the same as an interesting job. Something that is "interesting" stimulates the mind.

  • This does not have to be your real future work plan, and it might be best not to talk about that, although it would not be wrong to choose that. An example of an answer is, "I think working as an archaeologist would be an interesting job". Unfortunately, there are not many jobs available for archaeologists but that is not the point of this topic.

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Possible follow-up questions:

  • Do you know anyone who does that job?

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Part 3

Work in Your Country

  • What are some of the most popular job choices (or career choices) among young people in your country todayFQ

  • Do many young people want to get a government job?

  • Is it hard to get an interesting job in your country?

  • What are some examples of high-paying jobs in your countryFQ

  • What are some examples of low-paid jobs in your countryFQ

  • Why are some jobs highly paid while other are low-paid jobsFQ

  • Can you think of any jobs that used to exist in your country that no longer exist?

  • What kinds of jobs do you think will probably disappear in the future?

  • At what age do people usually retire in your country?

  • (Similar to above) How many years do you think people are fit for work, before they retire?

Changing Jobs

  • Is it common for people in your country to stay in the same job for a long timeFQ

  • (Similar to above) Do people in your country often change their jobsFQ

Choosing a Career

  • When do students begin to seriously consider their future careerFQ

  • How do teenagers get information about jobs?

  • Did your high school have counsellors to give you advice about your future career?

  • Do you think high schools should give career guidance to their students?

  • What preparations do you think a person should do before going to a job interview?

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880.  Something You Lost  (May 2018)

Modified Copy of Topic 384

Describe a time when you lost something important.

You should say

        what you lost 

        when and where and you lost it

        what you were doing at the time

             and explain how you felt after you lost it. *

                                        or

            and explain what you did about it. *

              .

Notes

  • This has been used before as Topics 384 and 93.

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

Losing (and mislaying) Things

Being Well-Organized

Children Losing Things

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