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IELTS Part 2 and Part 3 Topics and Questions

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891.  A Talkative Person  (May 2018)

892.  A Sport You Would Like to Try  (May 2018)

893.  A Website  (May 2018)

894.  An Interesting Animal  (May 2018)

895.  A Good Law  (Sep 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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891.  A Talkative Person  (May 2018)

Describe a person you know who talks a lot. *

               You should say:

 who it is

 how you know this person

 what they usually talk about

 and explain why you think they talk a lot. *

                    or

and explain how you feel when this person talks. *

              .

 

Notes

  • I named this topic as "A Talkative Person" because it is a short label and also because most examples of this are, in fact talkative people. Talkative people are people who like to talk a lot and, in fact, a few people have reported that as the topic wording. Talkative people usually have quite an extroverted (outgoing) personality. However, I think the card probably just says, "a person you know who talks a lot".

What's the difference? Well, one example of a person who talks a lot is a university lecturer (or a school teacher). But those people have to talk a lot as part of their job. In reality, I think many university lecturers (and some school teachers) don't really feel comfortable talking to large groups of people, although the more extroverted ones do like to talk a lot about their field of expertise. University lecturers are academic people who have had a lot of experience studying and who probably are interested in reading about, and doing research in their field. This profile fits someone who is usually quite introverted, rather than extroverted. By nature, outside of work, they might not be very talkative even though they (have to) talk a lot when they teach. In other words, "talkative" is a personality trait. It's just a small point.

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Possible follow-up questions:

  • Are you a talkative person?

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Part 3

Communication in Society

  • Are you a talkative person?

  • Would you say people in your country are talkative?

  • In what situations do people talk?

  • Do you think it's important to be a good communicator FQ   See Note 1

  • (Similar to above, but a bit different) Do you think communication is important?  FQ

  • In what situations is it most important to be communicative?

  • In the workplace, which do you think is more important, knowledge or good communication skills?

  • How do you think someone can improve their communication skillsFQ

  • Can you give me some examples of jobs that require good communication skillsFQ

  • (Similar to above) Can you give me some examples of some types of jobs that require people to talk a lot?FQ

  • Can you give me some examples of people who need to speak to groups of people FQ

  • Can you suggest how someone can learn to be a better talker / speaker?

  • What skills do you think a lawyer needs when speaking?

Children Talking

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892.  A Sport You Would Like to Try  (May 2018)

Describe a sport that you have watched others play and would like to try (or play) yourself. *

               You should say:

 what sport it is

 where you have seen it being played

 who was playing it

 and explain why you would like to try it.

              .

Notes

  • This seems to be a variation of Topic 693.

  • The words, "would like to try" do not necessarily mean that you have a strong desire to play this sport. However, if you say, "I want to try this sport" then your meaning is that you have a strong desire, even a goal, of trying it.

The words, "would like to try" could be used just to describe a sense of curiosity about what it would be like to try this sport, maybe just once when, in fact, you really have no strong desire (at the moment) to play the sport more often than that. Even a person who is not very athletic could say that.

If you really do have quite a strong desire to try (or play) the sport, then the most suitable thing is to start by saying you "would like to try it" but then quickly move one step further by saying that, in fact, you "want to" try it or that it is one of your goals for things to do in the future.

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Possible follow-up questions:

  • Do you think you (really) will try that sport one day? *

  • Have you thought about studying sport (or, physical education)?

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Part 3

Watching Sport

Famous Athletes

Competitive Sports in Your Country

  • Would you say people in your country are good at sportFQ

  • (Similar to above) What kinds of sports are people good at in your countryFQ

  • How often do you play a sport?

  • What are the differences between individual and team sportsFQ

  • Do you think athletes are under more pressure to succeed when they compete in a team?

  • Is teamwork important to you?

  • Why do you think some countries are better at sport than others?

  • In your opinion, should children have sports classes in schoolFQ

  • Do you think athletes need to be raised from childhoodFQ

  • Do you think the government should spend more on developing sports in your country?

  • Do you know how athletes in your country are selected to compete in competitions such as the Olympic Games?

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893.  A Website  (May 2018)

Describe a website that you like to visit.

               You should say:

 what it is

 how you first found it

 how you use it

     and explain why you like using it.              .

 

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Possible follow-up questions:

                or

        Have you recommended that website to other people?

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Part 3

Uses of the Internet  See Note 2

The Media in Your Country

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894.  An Interesting Animal  (May 2018)

Describe an interesting animal.

               You should say:

 what it looks like

 where you saw it

 where it lives

 and explain why you think it is interesting.

              .

Notes

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

Animal Protection

Animal Welfare

Children and Animals

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895.  A Good Law  (Sep 2018)

Copy of Topic 558

Describe a good law in your country.

        You should say

                what the law is 

                how you first learned about this law (or, how you know about this law)

                who benefits from this law (or, who is affected by this law)

         and explain why you think this is a good law. *

              .

 

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

The current questions look very similar to the questions asked in Topic 558, Topic 284 and Topic 152.

The Law

Lawyers and the Police

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Note 1

How do students use computers at school?

This question was reported using the word, "computers" instead of, "the internet". The question was probably really about the internet, not computers in general. But be aware that computers are used for other purposes, besides the internet.

Note 2

In most cases, you need to use the word, "the" before the word, "internet". For example, "I like to use internet" is not 100% correct. That should be, "I like to use the internet".

However, there are a few cases when the word, "the" is not normally used. For example, "I don't like internet advertising" and, "Internet shopping is the main way young people buy things nowadays." In those examples, "internet advertising" and "internet shopping" are compound nouns, i.e., two (or more) words together that represent one thing, or one activity.