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IELTS Part 2 and Part 3 Topics and Questions

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926 Not the Full Truth  (Jan 2019)

927.  Bad Service  (Jan 2019)

928.  An Historical Event  (Jan 2019)

929.  You Taught Someone Younger  (Jan 2019)

930 A Subject You Now Like  (Jan 2019)

 

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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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926 Not the Full Truth  (Jan 2019)

Version A

Describe an occasion when someone did not tell you the complete truth.

               You should say:

 who this person was

 what they told you

 what they did not tell you

 and explain why they didn't tell the full truth.

 

              .

Version B

Describe an occasion when you did not tell someone the complete truth.

               You should say:

 who this person was

 what you told them

 what you did not tell

 and explain why you didn't tell the full truth.

 

 

Notes

  • Many people on the Yasi Ge app report that it is Version A. But at least one person recently reported Version B. Perhaps he or she made a mistake. I suggest you prepare for both versions.

  • If it is Version A perhaps you should include how you know they didn't tell you the complete truth. Some time after someone has told us a lie we occasionally do realize we have been lied to, or we find out the truth some other way.

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Part 3

Telling Lies

 

Crime and The Police  (These questions seem to be unusually difficult!)

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927.  Bad Service  (Jan 2019)

Describe a time you received bad service at a shop or a restaurant.

        You should say:

                what goods or services you bought

                who you were with when you were served

                why you went there

        and explain how you felt about the service. *

                                or

        and explain what you did after receiving this bad service. *

              .

Notes

  • For this usage (this meaning), the word "service" is a non-count noun. So it is not correct to say, "I received a bad service" because "a" means, "one", which is counting. The correct wording is, "I received some bad service" or simply, "I received bad service". "Services" (plural) is used in English but not for this usage, where "service" is a general type of behaviour. (Similarly, "advice", which is a general type of language or communication, is non-count.) See NON-COUNT_NOUNS.htm

  • English speakers often use the term, "poor service"  (= poor-quality service) although "bad service" is also used. "Bad service" is worse than "poor service". If your example is not so bad, adapt your language to include the term, "poor service", which is more or less the same and is still answering the question.

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 of Topics 860, 783 & 600

Service in Your Country

        Reacting to Bad Service

Improving Service

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928.  An Historical Event  (Jan 2019)

Version A

Describe a period in history that you would like to know more about.

               You should say:

 what period it was

 how you heard  about this period

 what you know about this period

 and explain why you would like to know more about this period.

              .

Version B

Describe an historical event that you would like to know more about.

               You should say:

 what event it was 

 how you heard  about this event

 what you know about this event

 and explain why you would like to know more about this event.

 

Notes

  • About 50% of people are reporting this as, "Describe an historical period .." and 50% as, "Describe an historical event .." The two are quite different. Most likely both words are used in the Part 3 questions, which is the cause of this confusion.

  • No-one has reported that the first line says, "in your country".

  • Slightly different versions of this have been reported in the past. It is possible that this Part 2/3 is a repeat of a previously used topic. Alternatively, it might be an adaptation of a previous topic. The main previous topics like this or about history were 852, 762, 650, Topic 603,  491, 411,  327 & Topic 188.

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 of the following topics: 852, 762, 650, Topic 603,  491, 411,  327 & Topic 188.

Learning About History

Historical Buildings

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929.  You Taught Someone Younger  (Jan 2019)

Describe a time you taught something new to a younger person.

        You should say:

    who you taught

                    what you taught

                    why you taught it to this person

        and explain how you felt after doing this.

              .

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Part 3

Learning (or Teaching) In General

  • Do you think a person needs to be especially trained in order to teach skills to other people?

  • What are some differences between good trainers and ordinary people?

  • How do (or should) a good trainer teach a skill?

  • Do you think a person needs to be motivated to learn a new skill?  FQ

  • Would you say most students (high school & university) are motivated to learn?  FQ

  • Can you suggest some ways to motive a person to learn something?  FQ

  • Do you think having curiosity is important when learning something new?

Skills in General

Teaching Skills to Children

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930 A Subject You Now Like  (Jan 2019)

Describe a subject that you once were not very interested in but are now interested in. *

                or

Describe a subject that you once thought was not very interesting but now think is interesting. *

               You should say:

 what subject it is

 how long you studied it

 why you thought it was not interesting

 and explain why you now find it to be interesting.

              .

Note

  • A few people have reported this as, "Describe a subject that you didn't like before but now like." However, most people report it using the word, "interesting" or "interested in". Note that "interesting" is spoken with 4 syllables while "interested in" is spoken with 5 syllables.

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Part 3

Subjects

Teachers

The Internet as a Source of Knowledge

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Note 1

A lie-detector (= a polygraph), which is attached to a person who is then asked questions.

Note 2

Note 3

Do you think communication skills need to be learned? 

This is a good example of the difference between the two words, "to study" and "to learn". Obviously we need to learn these skills because we are not born with them. But to "study" something usually means something like reading a textbook on that topic, writing essays on the topic etc.

The topic of "Communication" is studied at university by some students but this is mainly about mass communication, such as the media, advertising etc. "Communication skills" is also studied at university as part of the subject of psychology. It is possible to study the subject of communication skills in high school and, more commonly,  many high school studenrs do learn some communication skills in high school, such as writing essays, public speaking, debating etc.