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IELTS Part 2 and Part 3 Topics and Questions

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906A Time You Searched for Information  (Sep 2018)

907.  A Complaint You Made  (Sep 2018)

908.  Someone who Tries to Protect the Environment  (Sep 2018)

909.  An Interesting Person You Would Like to Meet  (Sep 2018)

910A Gift You Made Yourself  (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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906A Time You Searched for Information  (Sep 2018)

Describe a time you looked for (= searched for) information on the internet.

               You should say:

 when it was

 what you searched for

 how long it took you

 and explain why you used the internet to search for this information *

                                or

and explain why you searched for (or, why you wanted) this information. *

              .

Notes

  • This seems to be a new topic.

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Part 3

  • What kinds of information can you (= we) find on the internet?

  • What would you say are the advantages of searching for information on the internet?

  • Do you think there are any disadvantages from searching the internet for information?

  • Has the way people get (or, find) information changed in the past few decades?

  • What would you say are the differences between getting information from a library and getting it from a newspaper?  See Note 1

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907.  A Complaint You Made  (Sep 2018)

Describe an occasion when you made a complaint.

               You should say:

 what you complained about

 why you complained

 who you complained to

   and explain whether you were satisfied with the result.

              .

Notes

  • This seems to be a new topic.

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Part 3

See some vocabulary here

Complaining in General

  • Would you say people in your country often complain about things, or are they reluctant to complain?  See Note 2

  • Do you think complaining works?

  • Which do you think is better, to make a face-to-face complaint, or to complain by letter (or email)?

Customer Service

  • What sorts of products and services do people in your country sometimes complain about?

  • Do you think companies should respond to customer complaints quickly?

  • Do you think it's important for companies to have a customer service department?

  • What do you think are the benefits of having such a department in a company?

  • Do you think having such a department in a company would improve the quality of the products that it sells?

  • Would you continue to buy things in a shop where you had previously made a complaint?

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908.  Someone Who Tries to Protect the Environment  (Sep 2018)

Describe a person you know who tries to protect the environment. *

               You should say:

 who this person is

 how you know them

 what they do to try to protect the environment

 and explain why you think they do this. *

              .

Notes

  • This seems to be a new topic, i.e., a topic that has not been used before.

  • Even if you personally do not think what this person does has any effect on the environment, the key point here is that this person thinks he or she is helping to protect the environment. See some examples at Note 3.

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Part 3

Protecting the Environment

Education about Protecting the Environment

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909.  An Interesting Person You Would Like to Meet  (Sep 2018)

Version A

Describe an interesting person who you would like to meet. *

               You should say:

 who this person is

 how you know about them

 what you would say to this person * (or, what you would talk about) *

 and explain why you would like to meet this person.

              .

Version B

Describe a person you have never met who you would like to get to know. *

               You should say:

 who this person is

 how you know about them

 what you would say to this person * (or, what you would talk about) *

 and explain why you would like to get to know this person.

 

Version C

Describe a person you know but who you would like to get to know better. *

               You should say:

 who this person is

 how you know them

 what you would say to this person * (or, what you would talk about) *

 and explain why you would like to get to know this person better.

 

 

Notes

  • The wordings for this topic on the Chinese websites seem to be somewhat inaccurate and somewhat illogical, in my opinion.

  • The wording here will probably become clearer after I gather more data on this topic.

  • I think Version B is more likely. That version is similar to Version A but Version B means you would like to become closer to this person, even make friends with them. To "get to know" someone means to "become familiar with them". This is similar to, "to make friends with them". This would suit someone who is on your social media list of contacts but someone who you don't really know very well.

  • "Interesting person" means interesting to you. This person might not be so interesting to other people.

  • The words, "who you would like to meet" mean you have never met this person yet.

  • Using "will" is not suitable here, for example don't say, "I will say". Use "I would say" ("I'd say").

  • "Would like to meet" is a less emphatic way of saying, "I want to meet". That is, your expression of desire to meet this person is not as strong when you say, "would like to" as it is when you say, "I want to". "I want to" is more suitable when talking about a goal or plan. However, for this topic, it is possible for you to develop your answer from, "I'd like to meet" to, "I want to meet". Most people "would like to" meet the leader of their country (= would be happy to meet this person) but not many people would say they, "want to" meet this person.

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Part 3

Making Friends

People's Personalities

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910A Gift You Made Yourself  (Sep 2018)

Modified copy of Topic 588

Describe an occasion when you gave a gift that you had made yourself.*

               You should say:

what it was

who you gave it to

how you made it

and explain why you gave a self-made (or, handmade) gift *

                  or

and explain how the other person reacted on receiving this gift. *

              .

Notes

  • There is a small possibility that the first line just says, "a handmade gift", not a gift you made yourself. For example, you could have bought a handmade gift that was made by someone else. However, it would be safer to assume that it does say that you made it.

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 of Topic 588 and other past topics about a gift.

Handmade Products

  • Have you yourself ever received a gift that someone else had made?

  • Which do you prefer, a gift that was made by the gift-giver or a gift that was bought in a shop?

  • Which do you think is better, food that you make yourself or food that you buy?

Art in Schools

  • In your country, are art lessons in school considered to be important?

  • Do you think they should be given more importance? *

  • Do you think creativity should be encouraged (or, taught) in schools?

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Note 1

Almost all libraries hold newspapers that are current right up to the day you visit the library. So the question was possibly inaccurately reported.

Note 2

The general meaning of, "to complain" is to express dissatisfaction to another person about a thing or a situation. For example, a student might complain to someone about the amount of homework he has to do; a person might complain to someone else about the traffic jam he or she is stuck in; someone might complain about a product he bought recently that suddenly stopped working.

Then there are the complaints that people make to shops or other businesses when they believe the quality of product or service from that business is not satisfactory. In this case, the person making the complaint usually expects the problem to be resolved, such as having a defective product replaced, (or fixed) or getting a refund on what they paid.

Note 3

Most examples of "protecting the environment" are either, a) avoiding pollution of the air, water or soil or, b) preserving the natural environment, especially the native forests.

Some examples of helping to protect the environment:

Note: There are some people, especially in the English-speaking countries, who believe that doing things that reduce their personal contribution to man-made carbon dioxide, CO2, (= their "carbon footprint"), is helping to protect the environment. However, there is considerable scientific disagreement about whether man-made CO2 or even naturally produced CO2 is a "pollutant". Carbon dioxide is, after all, "food for plants". This is related to the topic of "man-made climate change" or "man-made global warming". The main examples of what these people do are: avoiding travel in cars and planes in order to reduce the production of CO2 from the burning of petroleum products; and reducing their personal consumption of electricity because most electricity is produced by burning coal, which results in more CO2 being added to the atmosphere. Installing a solar power or wind power system for a house, and insulating one's house are other examples of reducing electricity usage from the public electricity system. Another example is not eating meat because beef cattle and other animals produce methane, another greenhouse gas.

Some people are active in groups that plant trees in places where trees used to exist (possibly hundreds or thousands of years ago) but do not exist there now. This includes deserts. This is more a case of "restoring the environment" rather than protecting it. However, some people who believe in the "carbon footprint" idea also do this because trees consume some of the CO2 in the atmosphere, as well as produce oxygen, O2. This example would be suitable to use in Part 2 here.

Note: Avoiding the use of, or purchase of protected animal products, such as ivory from elephants, is a question of protecting the ecology, rather than protecting the environment. The two are not exactly the same thing, although some examiners would probably accept it as a suitable example of protecting the environment, especially if you say it is protecting the, "natural balance of that part of the environment that involves the living things" (= the ecological balance).

Note 4

In addition to your example from Part 2, what are some other things that can be done to protect the environment?

If the examiner uses words such as, "other things that can be done to protect the environment" then your answer can, and should include things that governments and companies can do, as well as what individuals can do. On the other hand, if the examiner uses words such as, "other things that people can do to protect the environment" then your answer should focus on what individuals can do.