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IELTS Part 2 and Part 3 Topics and Questions

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896.  A Beautiful City  (Sep 2018)

897.  A Time When you Were Afraid  (Sep 2018)

898.  A Time When You Had to Take Some Medicine  (Sep 2018)

899.  A Film or TV Program that Made You Laugh  (Sep 2018)

900A Time You Received Money as a Gift  (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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896.  A Beautiful City  (Sep 2018)

Describe city that you think is beautiful.

               You should say:

 what city it is

 where it is

 how you know about this city

 and explain why you think this place is beautiful.

              .

Notes

  • If this wording is accurate, it doesn't have to be a city you have actually visited; it could be a city you have read about or seen in photos or videos.

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Possible follow-up questions:

  • Will you visit that city in the future?

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 of Topics 24, 122, 235, 195, 422, 570, 713 & 788

See also any related questions in the Part 3 of Topic 620, 532, 383, 327, 243, 314, 71, 35, 13 & 713

Topic 653 also has some questions related to public facilities.

Tourism (to historical locations / historical towns)

Living in Modern Cities

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897.  A Time When you Were Afraid  (Sep 2018)

Describe an occasion when you were scared.

               You should say:

 when it was

 where you were

 who was with you

 and explain why you felt scared.

              .

Notes

  • This topic has not been used before.

  • Interestingly. the emotion of fear is related to what we think, or anticipate, might or will happen in the future; it hasn't happened at the time of feeling fearful, and might never happen. For example, if you see a poisonous snake near you, you don't really fear "seeing" the snake; you fear that the snake might bite you.

  • Since this is a past tense question, you should not talk about something that you might be always scared of (including now), such as catastrophic global warming, or a nuclear war.

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

Being Scared (= Being Afraid)

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898.  A Time When You Had to Take Some Medicine  (Sep 2018)

Describe a time when you had to have some medicine.

               You should say:

 when it was

 who gave you the medicine

 how you felt about it *

 and explain why you had to have some medicine. *

              .

Notes

  • Unlike Chinese (and possibly other languages), in English we do not say, "eat" medicine. Instead, we say, "take" medicine.

  • If the words, "had to" are included in the wording (which seems to be the case) then the most suitable example is to talk about a time when you were sick (ill) or were experiencing pain such as from an injury or a bad headache.

  • Most, but not all examples of traditional medicine are examples of "preventative medicine", which are used in order to prevent illness, not cure an illness.

There might be times when people genuinely need to (= have to) take a preventative medicine, such as when experiencing an extreme climate or when the diet is lacking a certain nutrient but in most cases, talking about taking a preventative medicine is not a suitable example of when you "had to" take a medicine. For example, many people say that green tea has medicinal properties. But people usually don't drink green tea just at one time; they usually drink it habitually.

On the other hand, a "medicine" can sometimes be a traditional medicine that has been used to treat or cure an illness for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Such an example would be suitable in your answer here, even if the examiner, a Westerner, might not agree that this traditional medicine is an effective way to treat or cure an illness.

  • Almost everyone has taken a painkiller at some time in their lives, which can include the relatively mild painkiller, aspirin. Aspirin is also used to treat fever, not just pain.

  • If you put something on your skin because of some skin problem, we don't usually describe it as "medicine", although we might be able to call it "a pharmaceutical product" or even "a medicinal product". This is because a "medicine" is a chemical that enters the body more deeply, usually through the mouth, not something that just affects the (surface of) the skin.

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

Medicine

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899.  A Film or TV Program that Made You Laugh  (Sep 2018)

Copy of Topic 494

Describe a film or TV program that made you laugh.

You should say:

        what film or TV program it was

        what the film or TV program was about

        who the actors were

and explain why (or how) it made you laugh.

              .

Notes

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 of Topic 494, Topic 404, 633 & 750

Laughter

Humour

Happiness

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900A Time You Received Money as a Gift  (Sep 2018) 

Version A: Copy of Topic 396

Describe a time when you received some money as a gift.

               You should say:

                               who gave it to you

                               what the occasion was (= why they gave you the money)

                               how you felt

                and explain what you did with the money.

 

Version B

Describe a time when you received some money as a gift.

               You should say:

 what the occasion was

 who gave it to you

 what you did with the money

 and explain how you felt about this gift. *

              .

Notes

  • This is probably a repeat of Topic 396, which was used in 2012.

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

See also Topic 396

Money as a Gift

Paying for Things

Note: Debit Cards are different to credit cards but are also used by people to buy things. The difference is that, when using a debit card, you are using money from your bank account but when you use a credit card, you are borrowing money.

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Note 1

Tourists throwing rubbish on the ground is not really an example of "damaging" a tourist spot because the rubbish can easily be picked up, with no permanent damage done to the place.

Before you answer this question, you need to consider what type of damage to talk about, and how it is caused. For example, at the Buddhist caves (the Yungang Grottoes) near Datong, Shanxi Province in China, the caves have ancient paintings on the walls. When I visited there, only a limited number of tourists were allowed into each cave at one time. Why? Because the moisture in the exhaled breath of people makes the air moist, and too much moisture in the air damages the paintings.

Also, think of fences or glass walls to keep tourists at a distance away from important things that could be damaged by tourists who might want to commit vandalism (e.g., writing on something), or steal something.

Of course, important historical sites also need to have security guards and video cameras installed.

The following points apply to other types of tourist spots, not historical sites - 

Fences could be installed to prevent people from picking flowers and plants in places where the flora is protected. Similarly, hunting and fishing need to be banned in places where the fauna is protected. And often camping or lighting fires (for cooking) are also banned. These rules apply mostly to national parks, which are one example of a tourist location.

Another factor is the sewerage and other waste from tourist hotels. This can damage nearby rivers or beaches. So the number of tourist hotels at some places needs to be limited.

Note 2

As someone who has lived in several parts of north-east Asia (Mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea), I agree that many of the big, modern cities look similar. This is probably because the modern development of all of these cities took place at approximately the same time, and because they all are in places where there is limited land but many people wanting to live in these cities. The result is that many buildings are of the same age and style in these countries, and hi-rise apartment buildings are the norm in these places, unlike cities in other places such as Australia, Canada, Europe etc.

Note 3

In your country, do people prefer to pay cash when they buy things, or to pay using a card?

If the question only gives you those two choices, you should begin your answer by addressing the choice between these two. However, in many parts of the world today people, especially young people are not using either of those two very much but are, instead, paying by using their smartphones to scan a QR code.