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IELTS Part 2 and Part 3 Topics and Questions

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416 A Difficult Thing You Did Well  (Jan 7, 2012)  (Probably no longer used)

417.  A Birthday Celebration  (May 26, 2012)  (Probably no longer used)

418.  A Vehicle You Would Like to Buy (3)  (May 26, 2012)    (Probably no longer used)

419.  An Item of Clothing for Special Occasions (2)  (May 26, 2012)  (Probably no longer used)

420.  A Piece of Modern Equipment (May 26, 2012)   (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

* = my guess at a question

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416 A Difficult Thing You Did Well  (Jan 7, 2012)  (Probably no longer used)

Note

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Version A

Describe a difficult thing you did well.

               You should say:

                               what it was

                               how you did it

                               why (or how) it was difficult

                and explain how you felt after you did it. *

 

See Notes

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Version B (Previously listed as Topic 379)

Describe a goal that you have achieved.

               You should say:

                               what it was

                               how you achieved it

                               what others thought about your success

                and explain how you felt after you achieved this.*

                                        or

                and explain how this success affected you. *

                                        or

                and explain how this success influenced your life. *

 

See Notes (for topic 379)

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 questions from Topics 344, 173, 109 and 43.

Challenges and Difficulties

Dangerous (or challenging) Jobs

Ambition

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The questions below were transferred from Topic 379 on June 20, 2012. I think Topics 379 and 416 were always the one, same topic.

Competition

Celebrating Success

Motivation and Encouragement

  • What challenges do young people face today?

  • What (do you think) motivates people to develop themselves? FQ

  • (Similar to above) What (do you think) motivates people to strive for some achievement? FQ

  • (Similar to above) Where does the sense of 'motivation' come from? FQ

  • Why do you think some people are more motivated than others?

  • In your culture (or, country), what are some of the ways that people show (or, give) encouragement to other people?

  • Why do we need encouragement?

  • (Similar to above) Do you think encouragement is important?

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417.  A Birthday Celebration  (May 26, 2012)  (Probably no longer used)

Describe a birthday celebration that you enjoyed. *

               You should say:

                               whose birthday it was

                               who was there *

                               what you (or what people) did

                and explain why you enjoyed it. *

                               or

                and explain what was special about that birthday celebration. *

 

 

See Notes

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Part 3

Festivals and Celebrations in Your Country

Birthdays

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418.  A Vehicle You Would Like to Buy (3)  (May 26, 2012)  (Probably no longer used)

Copy of Topic 318

 Describe a vehicle you would like to buy (for example, a car or bicycle).

            You should say:

                         what (kind of) vehicle it would be

                         what it would look like (e.g., what color it would be)

                         why you would like to have it (or, how you would use it)

                         how you would buy (or, get) it

             and explain why you would prefer this means of transport.*    

 

 

 

Notes

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Part 3

 Modes of Transport (especially in cities)

Bicycles

Vehicle Safety / Road Safety

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419.  An Item of Clothing for Special Occasions (2)  (May 26, 2012)  (Probably no longer used)

Modified copy of Topic 165 

Describe an item of clothing or jewelery that you wear on special occasions.

                You should say:

                            what this clothing looks like

                            where you bought it

                            on what special occasions you wear it

                and explain why you wear it on special occasions. *

                                        or

               and explain what other people think about this item of clothing. *

 

 

 

Notes

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Possible follow-up questions:

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Part 3

Traditional Clothing in Your Country (or, culture)

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420.  A Piece of Modern Equipment  (May 26, 2012)  (Probably no longer used)

Version A

(Adaptation of Topic 149)

Describe a useful piece of electrical equipment (besides the computer) that you use at home

        You should say

                how you use it

                where you use it

                what you use it for

        and explain why you think this thing is useful.

 

 

Version B

Describe an electronic device that you would like to buy (or have), such as a CD player or a cell-phone. (Not a computer)

               You should say:

                               what it is (or, what it would be)

                               how you would use it

                               how you  would buy it * (or, where you would buy it) *

                and explain how you would benefit from using it.

 

 

Notes

  • The topic looks like a repeat of Topic 149.  In that case, the word "electrical" would be more suitable than "electronic".

  • There is no strong indication that this topic has changed between May 2012 and August 2013.

  • I believe it is more likely to be Version A, because this is what most people have reported. However, you should prepare for both versions Version A might be phased out of usage and be replaced by Version B at any time.

  • On August 3, 2013 and August, 17 2013, one person on each of those days included the word "buy" for this Part 2 topic in their report of their test. This might indicate that two different versions are being used at the same time. I am reasonably certain that a similar situation, i.e.,  using two similar topics at the same time, existed for the "meal" topic between January and April 2013. See here for my notes on this. Not only that, people seemed to indicate that "buy" was part of this topic when it first entered the test in May 2012 but that wording seemed to fade away after the first one or two tests. It is possible that both of the people who wrote "buy" in August 2013 as part of their Part 2 topic might have been confusing a Part 3 question with their Part 2 question.

  • Also see Notes. These notes, first written in 2012, include the fact that people seemed to be reporting something like, " ... want to have in the future" when the topic was first introduced in May 2012. (Often, when the real wording is, "would like to + verb" people report it as, "want to + verb in the future". "Would like" does not always refer to the future it often means "would like to + verb, now", meaning you would like to have a different present situation to the present situation that exists now. )

  • If you get Version B, you should talk about something that you don't have now.

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Possible follow-up questions:

  • Do other people you know also have (or, want to have) one of those?

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Part 3

See also the Part 3 for Topics 51, 149, 199 & 268.

Technology Used in Schools (esp. high schools) and Universities

Modern Technology In People's Personal Lives, and at Home

Technological Innovation and Design

The word "invent" might be used instead of "design" for some questions.

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