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IELTS Part 2 and Part 3 Topics and Questions

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201.  A Job  (May 9, 2009) (Probably no longer used)

202.  A Leisure Activity  (May 9, 2009) (Probably no longer used)

203.  A Newspaper or Magazine Article  (May 9, 2009) (Probably no longer used)

204.  A Party  (Apr. 25 2009) (Probably no longer used)

205.  A Picnic or Outdoor Meal  (May 9, 2009) (Probably no longer used)

 

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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

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201.  A Job  (May 9, 2009) (Probably no longer used)

 

Version A For students and those candidates who have not yet started working

Describe a job you think you would be good at. (= a job you think you would do well) *

       You should say:

               what job it would be

               what skills you would need to do this job

               how you would get this job *

       and explain why you think you would be able to do this job well.

 

Version B "A Different Job", For working people      

Describe a job (different to the job you have now) that you would choose to do if you had to change your job.

You should say:

what the job would be

what skills you would need to do this job

how you would get this job *

and explain why you think you would be able to do this job well *

                            or

and explain why you would choose to do this job. *

                         

Notes

Although what you are interested in is also important, being interested in something is not good enough if it is the only reason why you say you think you could do a certain job well.

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Part 3

Choosing a Career

Career Guidance in School/University

Work Experience

Careers

Changing Jobs (FREQUENT TOPIC)

See Note

If You Are Working Now

Other Questions


Unemployment

Looking for Employment

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202.  A Leisure Activity  (May 9, 2009) (Probably no longer used)

Describe a leisure activity you would like to do. *

            You should say:

                          how easy or difficult you think it would be

                          where you would do it

                          what equipment (if any) you would need to use

            and explain why you would like to do this activity. *                        

 

Notes

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

The Importance of Leisure Time

Alone or with Others

The Value of Hobbies

Different People's Choices of Leisure Activities

Influences on People's Choices of Leisure Activities

Changes in Leisure Time Activities

Traditional Leisure Time Activities in Your Culture

Children's Leisure Time

Old People's Leisure Time

[Note: "Old" = about 65 and above; "Older people" = not young people = middle-aged and old people]


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203.  A Newspaper or Magazine Article  (May 9, 2009) (Probably no longer used)

Describe an article you recently read in a newspaper or magazine.

            You should say:

                          what magazine or newspaper it was

                          when you read it *

                          what the article was about

             and explain why you remember this article.                                   

 

Notes

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

Magazines and Newspapers in Your Country

Reasons for Reading Magazines

Differences in Magazine Readership

Magazines in the Future

Magazines versus Newspapers

News (and Information) in Different Media Frequent Topic

Journalists

Reading


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204.  A Party  (Apr. 25, 2009) (Probably no longer used)

Describe a party you would like to arrange for your friends or family. 

            You should say:

                          who you would invite to the party 

                          when and where you would hold the party

                          what you (or, your guests) would do at the party

             and explain why you would hold (= have) this party. *

                                            or

            and explain what preparations you would do for this party. *

                                

                       

See note about the number of points on the card.

Also see Notes

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

Parties

Family Gatherings and Celebrations (Including Family Parties)

Traditional Celebrations/Festivals/Holidays

The word "holiday" here has the meaning of 节日, not 假期.

(These celebrations might be family celebrations or community celebrations or both. Note that the topic here is "traditional celebrations", not simply "traditions" in general, although the discussion could be expanded to include traditions in general.)

Foreign Festivals (e.g. Christmas)

International Celebrations FQ

Ceremonies


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205.  A Picnic or Outdoor Meal  (May 9, 2009) (Probably no longer used)

         Describe a picnic or meal that you ate outdoors.

            You should say:

                          where you had this meal

                          who was with you

                          what you ate and drank

             and explain why you ate outdoors. *

                                                or

             and explain why you enjoyed this picnic or outdoor meal. *

                                              

                       

See note about the number of points on the card.

Also see Notes

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

Eating Places

Eating Outdoors

Eating Out

Food (in general)

A Healthy Diet

Informing People About a Healthy Diet (and Safe Food)

Food Safety

Traditional Food


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