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IELTS Part 2 and Part 3 Topics and Questions

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986An Achievement You Celebrated  (Sep 2019)

987.  A School You Attended  (Sep 2019)

988.  A Gift That Took a Long Time to Choose  (Sep 2019)

989.  A Picture or Photograph at Home  (Sep 2019)

990 A Beautiful Sky  (Sep 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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986An Achievement You Celebrated  (Sep 2019)

Describe a time you celebrated an achievement (of yours).

               You should say:

 when you celebrated it

 what your achievement was

 how you celebrated it

 and explain how you felt when you celebrated the achievement.

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Notes

  • In the first line, even if the words, "of yours" are not included, it does mean your achievement, not someone else's.

  • It could be an achievement that that you jointly made, with others, as a member of  group.

  • Although people do celebrate achievements (wins) when the football team etc. that they support wins a match, it's not a suitable example in the Part 2 because you did not contribute to the achievement, even if you feel the team, or sports cub is a group that you are a member of.

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Part 3

Celebrating Achievements of Sports Teams (or clubs)

  • Can you explain why sports fan celebrate when their favourite team wins a game?

  • Do you think itís important for sports fans to celebrate when their favourite team wins?

  • Would you say most people prefer to win as a member of  a team, or by themselves?

Family Celebrations

  • How do people in your country celebrate family events?

  • Do you think that's very different from other countries?

Celebrating Important Days

  • How do people in your country celebrate 'big days' (important events)?

  • Do they spend a lot of money on these celebrations?

  • Do people spend a lot of money celebrating (their own or their friends') birthdays?

  • In your opinion, is it necessary to spend money in order to make friends (or, maintain a friendship)?

 

 

 

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987.  A School You Attended  (Sep 2019)

Describe a school that you attended during your childhood.

               You should say:

 what it looked like

 what teachers you liked

 what you learned at the school

   and explain what you remember most about the school.              .

 

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Part 3

Teachers

  • Nowadays, teachers have become friendlier than they were in the past. Do you think thatís a good thing?

  • What kinds of preparation do you think teachers might need to do before teaching a class?

  • Do you think teachers need to be trained in a professional way?

Computers at School

  • Do you think school students nowadays like using computers?

  • Which do you use more, the internet or the library?

School Students

  • Do you think school students today study harder than previous generations (did)?

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988.  A Gift That Took a Long Time to Choose  (Sep 2019)

Describe a gift you took a long time to choose.

               You should say:

 what it was

 who it was for

 how this person felt about your gift

 and explain why you spent a lot of time choosing the gift.

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Part 3

Gifts

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989.  A Picture or Photograph at Home  (Sep 2019)

Describe a picture or photograph in your home.

               You should say:

 what is in the picture or photograph

 how long you have had it (= when you took the photo or got the picture)

 where it is in your home

 and explain how you feel about it.

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Part 3

Painting and Drawing

Photographs

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 990 A Beautiful Sky  (Sep 2019)

Describe a beautiful view of the sky you looked at (either at night/or in the daytime).

               You should say:

 when you looked at the sky

 where you (were when you) looked at it

 who you were with

 and explain why you felt it was beautiful.

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Notes

  • Possibly this is not a real, current Part 2 topic. Some, but not all of the reported Part 3 questions look a lot like the Part 1 topic, The Sky that was used from January to the end of September, 2019. If you think this is a real, current P2/3 topic, (which it probably is), you should especially note the vocab list for this topic, shown in a link on that Part 1 page.

  • The word, "sky" is normally a non-count noun so, "a beautiful sky" sounds strange. But I will leave it as the topic title because it could be used in poetic language. Normally, it is, "the sky".

  • In English we don't "watch" the sky because we "watch" moving things and the sky does not move (although clouds move). Instead, we say, look at" for things that are not moving.

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Part 3

The Stars and Planets

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