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IELTS Part 2 and Part 3 Topics and Questions

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1016.  Not Allowed to Use Mobile Phone  (Jan 2020)

1017.  A Delayed Trip  (Jan 2020)

1018.  Something Difficult to Use  (Jan 2020)

1019.  A Time You Helped Someone  (Jan 2020)

1020.  A Goal  (Jan 2020)

 

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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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1016.  Not Allowed to Use Mobile Phone  (Jan 2020)

Copy of Topic 769

Describe a time when you couldn't (= were not allowed to) use your mobile phone.

            You should say:

where it was

what you were doing at this time (what the situation was)

when it was

            and explain why you were not able to (or, allowed to) use your mobile phone. *

                                                            or

            and explain how you felt when you were not able to (or, allowed to) use your mobile phone. *

              .

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 of Topic 769

Mobile Phones

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1017.  A Delayed Trip  (Jan 2020)

Describe a trip that was delayed for some reason.

               You should say:

where you were going

why it was delayed

what you did

and explain how you felt about the delay. *

             

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

Traveling (Transport)

(These questions are mainly about rather long-distance trips.)

Tourism

 

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1018.  Something Difficult to Use  (Jan 2020)

Version A

Describe something you bought that was hard to use at first. *

               You should say:

 what it was

 why you bought it *

 how you use it *

   and explain why it was hard to use at first.

              .

Version B

Describe a situation when something in your home broke or stopped working. *

               You should say:

 what it was

 what you used it for *

 what happened *

   and explain how you felt when it stopped working. *

 

Version C

Describe something you bought but hardly use. *

               You should say:

 what it is

 what it is used for *

 why you bought it *

   and explain why you hardly use it. *

 

Notes

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 of the following topics - Topic 556, Topic 918 and Topic 575

Buying & Using New Things

Consumerism

Second-Hand Goods

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1019.  A Time You Helped Someone  (Jan 2020)

Describe a time when you helped someone. *

               You should say:

 who you helped *

 what you did *

 why you helped them *

   and explain how (you think) they benefited from your help. *

              .

Notes

  • That wording is all my guess. It might be inaccurate but this type of Part 2 has been asked many times in the past.

  • Someone has reported this as, "Describe a time when you offered to help others" but the word, "offered" just means you showed your willingness to give help. The other person (or people) might have said, "No thanks", which means your offer was rejected (= not accepted = not taken up). And "others" means you offered to help more than one person. This wording is possible but I doubt it is accurate/correct for this current Part 2.

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

Helping in General

Helping Others in Dangerous Situations

Helping Children

Giving Advice

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1020.  A Goal  (Jan 2020)

Describe a goal you set for yourself. *

               You should say:

 what the goal was

 why you set this goal

 what other people were involved with your goal *

   and explain whether you reached your goal or not. *

              .

Notes

  • The points here are a little unclear. The words, "what other people were involved" have been reported as, "who you cooperated with" and "who you worked with".

  • The final line, "explain whether you reached your goal or not" might actually be a follow-up question. But logically, if you talk about a goal, it makes sense to include that information in your monologue. The last line might simply be, "and explain what the result was."

  • Instead of, "set a goal", the wording might be, "decided on a goal".

  • Since this is a past tense question, you MUST include when you set this goal, even if the card does not tell you to include that.

  • This might be a repeat of Topic 700, in which case it would be a present tense question.

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

See also Topic 700

Goals

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Note 1

Some expressions  to "follow the herd"; peer pressure; to "keep up with the Joneses" (i.e., keep up with your neighbours, "Jones" being one of the most common English surnames.)

Note 2

Do not confuse the two different words, "to insist" on doing something and, "to persist in doing something". "Persist" is the suitable word to use for this question.