IELTS Speaking

IELTS SPEAKING Part 3

IELTS Speaking Part 3 provides you with a chance to really show off your ability to speak on a particular subject flexibly, in detail and in depth.

This is where the examiner would like to hear more complex functions such as speculating, evaluating and justifying ideas and opinions. 

This speaking section is not about you and your life, like IELTS Speaking Part 1 and Part 2, but more about abstract and general ideas.

What happens in Part 3?

After you have been asked to talk in a bit more detail about a topic in Part 2, the examiner will go on to probe a little more about your ideas on the subject. You will be asked 5-6 questions and it will be around 30 seconds to 1 minute per answer. So you really need to expand your points here and give some examples. Knowing the vocabulary on the topic is also useful.

You can expect some scripted and some impromptu (made up) questions based on your last answer. 

How can I answer Part 3 questions?

There’s no break between any of the speaking parts so you have to stay focused. As said earlier, you will need to give longer and more detailed answers. To help you, you can use this 3-step model (O.R.E) by giving your opinion, reason and example or a 4-step model (O.R.E.C) which is opinion, reason, example and consequence.

 

So, let’s say the examiner asks 

‘How have newspapers changed in recent years?’

You answer might now be,

Well, I’d say the biggest change is that they can now be read online’ (opinion)

That’s because they have had to keep up with social media as a means of delivering news’ (reason)

For example, I used to read the Times newspaper in its paper format but now I read it via their app on my mobile phone’ (example) 

I think, by moving online, the big newspapers have managed to actually increase their audiences’ (consequence) 

 

Part 3 Sample Questions 

It is impossible to know what questions you will get in IELTS Speaking Part 3 because it is more of a natural flowing conversation. At times, the examiner may make up questions, reacting to what you have said. 

At the same time, it is useful to be familiar with the kinds of questions you may get in  Part 3. 

Here are some examples of the kind of  IELTS Speaking Part 3 question types you might hear.

 

Questions

Here are some example questions for IELTS SPEAKING Part 3. Note that SHOPPING can be substituted by another topic.

  1. How has SHOPPING changed in recent years?
  2. How will it change in the future?
  3. How could we it make it better?
  4. Why do people do it?
  5. What are the advantages and disadvantages of it?

 

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