Practice for the IELTS Speaking part 3

On the IELTS test, the Speaking section is divided into 3 parts. After spending a few minutes talking about yourself on part 1, then talking about a more general subject on part 2 with the task card, here comes part 3.

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What happens during Part 3?

In Part 3 of the IELTS speaking section, the examiner is going to ask you additional questions that are directly related to the topic discussed in Part 2 of the speaking test. This section of the test is intended to provide you the chance to talk about abstract issues, ideas and to speculate. Part 3 will take approximately 4-5 minutes to do.

The examiner will ask the candidate around 5 questions or so. Here are some examples:

  • In your opinion, what makes someone a good student?
  • How do teachers teach in your country?
  • How has education changed in your country over the past few decades?
  • How will education change in the near future?
  • Is education only something that occurs in schools?

There is around 5 questions in the Speaking part 3.

You may need to give an opinion, compare things from different cultures and times, speculate, talk about the past, talk about people, give a hypothetical response, and provide reasons with examples. All in all, you must answer in a much more detailed manner. Part 3 of the speaking test tends to be the most troublesome for students. This is where you make or break your score.

How should you answer?

Always keep in mind the four areas in which the IELTS examiners will assess you:

  • fluency and coherence
  • lexical resources
  • grammatical range and accuracy
  • pronunciation

IELTS test Speaking part 3, practice with question types!

You must go into detail for Part 3. One sentence answers are not good enough for this section. For those of you who were educated in a system where teachers asked questions with specific answers and rarely engaged in classroom discussions, Part 3 can be difficult. As with Parts 1 and 2, there are no right or wrong answers with Part 3. The examiners are assessing your ability to use the English language; they are not assessing the rightness of your answers. Don’t worry what the examiner will think of your idea. State your idea, and then explain it with details and examples. Don’t be afraid to speculate and analyze.

How to prepare?

You must become familiar with a wide variety of topics in order to be able to prepare quickly and speak confidently. Many candidates are baffled by the topic or want some help from the examiner. The examiner is not permitted to offer assistance. It’s a good idea to combine your practice with Part 2 of the speaking test with your practice for Part 3. It gets you used to speaking for the designated time frame, and you get exposure to the relatedness of Parts 2 and 3.

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Some Basic Considerations

Don’t hesitate or stop while you’re speaking. If you make a mistake, keep talking. Stopping for a lengthy period lowers your score. You have the time to develop your points. The examiner will stop you when he/she wishes to move on to the next question. You can practice with a friend, as if it was the examiner, it could be a good start.

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