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Part 3

In the third part of the speaking test you will be asked to discuss more general issues related to the part 2 topic.  This part will be much more abstract and the examiner will be interested in how well you express your ideas and opinions about these issues.

As an example, look at the possible issues that could be linked to the topic given on one of the cards in Part 2:

Issues linked to topic of wild animals, diagram

Now brainstorm ideas for a discussion linked to the topic of 'weddings' in Part 2. If possible with a partner, develop this into a part 3 discussion by asking and answering questions.

It is useful if you develop some strategies, such as useful expressions, that will help you maintain a well-organised, fluent discussion.  Some of these phrases will give you time to think while others will get you out of difficulties.  Match these phrases with their uses.

Remember that IELTS is not assessing your knowledge;  it is measuring your competence in English so you should not be afraid to say you do not know, nor to give your opinions even if you do not know very much about the subject - you can use your imagination to explore the topic.

You can practise your fluency by imagining yourself in situations where you would need to speak English.  Practise asking questions and talking about any sort of topics.  Pay attention to accuracy too - note any special problems you have and try to avoid them in your practice.


What you need to know:

how to talk fluently
how to anticipate content
how to use appropriate language
how to use strategies


1. The format of the test is as follows:

In the first part of the interview you will be asked questions about yourself and familiar topics.

In the second part you will be given a card with a topic and some prompts.  You will have one minute to prepare this topic and then you will talk about it for one to two minutes.

In the last part the examiner will develop the topic into a more abstract discussion.  You will be asked for your opinions and ideas on related issues.

2. Try to talk as much and as fluently as possible.  In the actual test, do not let concern about accuracy obstruct fluency.

3. Do not prepare specific answers:  they will not be useful and they will make it more difficult for you to do a good interview.

4. Relax, be confident and enjoy using your English.

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