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IELTS Part 2 and Part 3 Topics and Questions

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991A Special Day  (Sep 2019)

992.  Tired but Had to Stay Awake  (Sep 2019)

993.   A Time You Lost Something  (Sep 2019)

994.  A Place You Visited With Friends  (Sep 2019)

995 A TV Program You Enjoyed  (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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991A Special Day  (Sep 2019)

Describe one of the happiest (or most special) days in your life.

               You should say:

 when it was

 where you were

 what happened (or, what you did) that day

 and explain why it was such a happy (or special) day for you.

              .

 

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Part 3

Happiness

Memory

  • What are some examples of memories from childhood that many (or most) people have?

  • What are some ways that people today use to preserve memories?

  • Do you think photos are a good way to help people preserve memories (or, keep past events in a person's memory)?

  • How do people such as police record events?

  • What do you think would happen if history was incorrectly recorded?

Celebrating Important Days

(The following questions might in fact be in the Part 3 of Topic 986)

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992.  Tired but Had to Stay Awake  (Sep 2019)

Describe a situation when you felt tired but (you) had to stay awake.

               You should say:

 when it happened

 where it happened

 what you did  (or, what you were doing)

 and explain why you had to stay awake.

              .

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Part 3

Staying Awake When Tired

The Stress of Modern Life

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993.   A Time You Lost Something  (Sep 2019)

Describe a time when you lost something

               You should say:

 when it was

 what you lost

 whether you found it again

 and explain how you felt when you first discovered you had lost it.

              .

 

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Losing Things

 

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994.  A Place You Visited With Friends  (Sep 2019)

Version A - past tense

Describe a place where you spent (or, had) a good time with your friends

               You should say:

 where it was

 when you went there

 what you did together

 and explain why you had a good time there.

              .

 

Version B - present tense

Describe a place where you (go to) spend a good time with your friends

               You should say:

 where it is

 when you go there

 what you do together

 and explain why you have a good time there.

 

Notes

  • "Have a good time" = enjoy yourself = have fun = be happy

  • It is unclear whether Version A or Version B is being used. Version A is more likely to be about a place that you went to just once, for example, a camp. Version B is about your life nowadays, your habits.

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Part 3

Friends

Social Skills / Socializing

Modern Lifestyles

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995 A TV Program You Enjoyed  (Sep 2019)

Describe a TV program you enjoyed watching during your childhood (or, when you were a child).

               You should say:

 what kind of program it was

 what it was about

 when you watched it

   and explain why you enjoyed watching the program

              .

 

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Note 1

In the questions below, you can interpret the words, "What kinds of people?" to mean, "What are some examples of people who . . ?"

What kinds of people need to keep awake when they are tired?

This question is mostly asking you to name occupations, such as taxi drivers. But there are very few jobs where you can sleep at work (during work time)! So a more general answer would be that people who are doing work where even falling asleep momentarily would (or could) endanger themselves or other people.

A variation of that question is – What kinds of people must (or, have to) keep awake when they are tired?

This is somewhat different (or can be different) to the previous question. Examples would be people who need to complete a task that night, before they go to sleep because of a deadline such as students who have to finish writing an essay that is due the next day, or journalists who have to finish writing a news story before the printing of tomorrow's newspaper begins (often at around midnight). People who have made a promise to complete a task before a certain deadline are similar.

People such as nurses or mothers of babies must attend to the needs of the people they are taking care of if the occasion demands it, even late at night when they might feel tired such as a crying baby or a patient in hospital who is in great pain or suffering a medical emergency.

Note 2

What kinds of people stay awake even when they are tired?

This question is similar to, What kinds of people can't fall asleep even when they are tired and are trying to fall asleep?

The most obvious answer to that is, "insomniacs" (people suffering from insomnia) – people who can't fall asleep even though they want to. Similarly: people who are under great stress; people who are very worried about something; people experiencing great pain; and people who are in a very noisy or otherwise uncomfortable environment such as extreme cold, extreme heat  or a very uncomfortable bed (after all, we need to feel a certain level of comfort in order to fall asleep).