IELTS Speaking Test USA Part 2

Talk about a subject that people always ask you about. Please say:
  • What is it?
  • Where did you learn it?
  • Why do they ask you about it?
  • How do you feel about it, when they ask?

IELTS Speaking Part 2 Sample Answer

When I was a child I became interested in kick boxing and took classes for two years. Through that I discovered that I really like physical activities and especially training and I’ve tried most types of training exercises such as weight training, TRX and Crosssfit. I usually train all the time with just a rest day or maybe two every week but even when I don’t go to the gym I usually do something active even on a day off. Maybe I’ll go biking or hiking or swimming just for a change.

IELTS Speaking Test 2014

IELTS USA speaking test
Here are some of the questions asked in a recent IELTS speaking test in the USA with sample answers to give you ideas about how you can answers such questions.

IELTS USA Speaking Test Part 1

What is your full name?
It’s … / My name is …/ My full name is …

Can I see your ID?
Yes, of course, here’s my ID card / passport

Where are you from?
I’m from… / I come from…

Do you work or study?
I study; I’m a third year Economics student at the moment.

Are you a morning or an afternoon person?
Definitely a morning person, I like to get up early and get things done while I feel fresh and energized. I tend to feel a little lazy in the afternoons so I try to do all the most important things I have to do in the morning and then the less urgent things later in the day.

What is your favorite wild animal? Why?
It would probably be the lion because I like its majestic manner and it’s considered to be the king of the jungle. I love the way lions move when they run and also the male lion looks very impressive with its mane of hair and it always looks so proud when it’s standing there.

Do you like watching animals in zoos?
Sometimes, yes. It can be quite interesting but really I prefer to watch wild animals on the TV or internet… some of the wildlife channels are excellent and they have superb photography and videos showing wild animals up close in their natural habitat. For me that’s more interesting than seeing animals in the zoo.

What kind of music do you like to listen to?
What I call happy music… what I mean is that if the music makes me feel happy then I like it. I don’t really care who sings it or plays it or what kind of music it is… if I feel happy when I hear it then I like it. It also means that I have favorite songs more than a favorite singer or band, sometimes I only like one or two songs from a particular artist but none of their other songs, it all depends on how the music makes me feel.

Have your music preferences changed over the years? Why?
No, not really. I mainly listen to popular music on the radio or sometimes on You Tube. I’m not really a big music fan, I just listen to whatever is popular at the time and that’s what I’ve always done. I have a friend who’s really into music in a big way but I’m not like that. I don’t have a particular style of music or artist that I like better than any other. Maybe in the future I’ll be more choosy about what I listen to but at the moment it isn’t really important to me.

IELTS speaking test Part 2 questions and answers



IELTS Speaking Test September 2014

Here are some questions (with sample answers) reportedly asked in a recent IELTS speaking test in Australia this month. How would you answer these types of questions? What would you say?




IELTS Speaking Test Part 1

What is your full name?
My name is …

Can I see your ID?
Yes, here’s my ID card

Where are you from?
I’m from Rome, in Italy.

Do you work or study?
I work. I’m a business administrator.

Where do you work?
I work for banca d’Italia, Italy’s largest bank.

Can you describe your work and the company?
Yes, I am responsible for the administrative functions in the city of Rome branch. I work as part of a team which provides support for essential admin functions within the bank. The bank is the largest in Italy, it’s the central bank, and is part of the European central banking system.

Why did you choose this job?
Banca d’Italia is a large organization and they had a very good management training program which I wanted to participate in after attending business school and graduating with my degree in Economics. I thought it would be a good first position and that I could learn a lot before specializing in the future.

IELTS Speaking Test Part 2

Talk about a place where you stayed away from home. Please say
  • Where was this place?
  • Why did you go there?
  • How long did you stay there?
  • How did you feel staying away from home?
I remember a few years ago when I was on vacation from university I went to stay with my grandmother in Livorno on the coast. I spent two months there, helping her with some work around the house and also writing my thesis for university.

She has a very old house near the coast and it has an amazing view of the sea. It was completely different from living in Rome, where I grew up as a child. The air is cleaner and the town is much smaller and quieter so it was a very nice change of pace to live there for the summer. I had visited several times before when I was a child but had never stayed more than a day or so and I had always gone with my parents before – this time I went by myself – so it was quite different.

It was a really nice time and it’s also a really good place to live. It was very relaxing and refreshing to see something different and to meet some of the local people who are quite different from the people I usually hang out with in Rome. If I wasn’t working in the bank and living in Rome I would maybe like to live in a place like that where life is slower and more relaxed, somewhere out of the city, but at the moment I’m concentrating on my career so the city has the best opportunities.

IELTS Speaking Test Part 3

Have you stayed at a hotel before?
Yes, I have several times when I’ve been travelling and also a couple of times for trips related to work.

Do you think people like to stay at hotels? Why?
It depends on the individual, and the reason for the trip I suppose. Some people don’t like being away from home so staying in a hotel maybe doesn’t appeal to them. Other people see it as a change to the normal – like a small adventure – something different and so they enjoy it.

My father used to travel a lot and lived half of the week in hotels, he always had some interesting stories about other people he met and I think he quite enjoyed the variety rather than staying in only one place all the time.

What are the most important things that a good hotel should have?
Well, again it depends, if it’s a business trip then it needs to be close to where you need to go and have all the facilities you need to get things done, maybe a business centre and things like that. But if you’re on vacation then you probably think more about it being in a nice location, maybe with a nice view, a balcony and comfortable rooms. In all cases, it’s important that the staff are warm and friendly and the service is good – that’s important if you’re travelling on business or on vacation.

Do you think hospitality jobs are desirable?
I think the people who do them think they are. I mean, there are so many jobs and I suppose it can be very interesting too. I have a friend who works in hotel management and she loves it, so yes, I think such jobs are good and essential for those who need to stay in a hotel.

Really, hospitality is no different from any other commercial sector – there are many different aspects to it and many different kinds of jobs available. You can be a waiter or maid or develop a professional career as a manager in a large multinational hotel chain – so there are plenty of opportunities for everyone, just like in any other industry.

Do you think the hotel industry should be regulated? Why?
There should certainly be some sort of regulation which covers minimum standards. You know, in terms of food in restaurants, basic hygiene and cleanliness in rooms, the provision of services and such like.

But I don’t know what else needs to be regulated … ah yes, health and safety, for example, a hotel has to make sure that guests can escape in the event of a fire or emergency, it needs to have emergency lighting and medical services, I think.

That sort of regulation is necessary and good for the industry in order to maintain minimum standards for the public.



IELTS Speaking Friends and Friendships





IELTS Speaking Test Part 3 Questions | Friends & Friendship

When did you last see your friend?
It was about a month ago, we went for a coffee together and to catch up with what’s been happening.

What is the importance of friends?
Well, speaking generally, having friends is good because you can share things with them, not just activities and events, but you can share your thoughts and feelings with them. Sometimes you can help each other in a bad situation or simply just be there to support them in whatever they are doing. Nobody likes feeling alone so having friends is very important for most people.

IELTS Speaking Test Canada August 2014

IELTS speaking travel, flying, airlines and emissions

IELTS Speaking Test Part 3 Questions

What mode of travel do you prefer? Why?
Actually, I quite like most types of transport, so when I travel I enjoy going by plane or train or even boat sometimes. It depends where I’m travelling to. Generally, flying is the easiest for longer distances, transatlantic for example, but within a country anything from buses to cars to motorcycles are great for seeing different places and getting a feel for a different country and its culture.

IELTS Speaking Describe a time when you had a problem with a piece of equipment

Here is an example of a Part 2 IELTS speaking test question about problematic equipment which was asked this month in an IELTS speaking interview in the USA .

IELTS Speaking Test Part 2 Question Problematic Equipment

Describe a time when you had a problem with a piece of equipment (For example, a TV or a washing machine)
You should say:
  • what equipment it was
  • what problem you had
  • when you had this problem
and explain what you did about this problem. (How you fixed or resolved the problem)




Example Answer

I remember once, a few years ago it was, when I had a problem with my washing machine. It was quite an old machine but it had always worked very well and was effective at washing clothes, sheets and such like.

IELTS Speaking Test August Questions & Answers about Travelling


IELTS Speaking Test Part 3 questions

Do you think people like to travel far away from home? Why?
Yes, some people do, but not everyone does. Some people don’t like travelling outside their own country, or even their city. A lot of young people like travelling to places far away because they see these places as being more exotic or exciting because everything is different there.

IELTS Speaking Test 2014 Questions & Answers about TV and Magazine Advertising


IELTS Speaking Test Part 3 Questions

What do you think about advertisements?
Sometimes they’re good, I mean there have been some funny ones and the video ads on the internet are sometimes interesting, but generally I don’t pay much attention to advertising unless I’m really interested in buying something, and even then I’d probably go and read some reviews or stuff like that rather than make a buying decision based just on an ad.

IELTS Speaking Test August | Part 3 Questions & Answers

IELTS speaking test questions August - Part 3

IELTS Speaking Test Part 3

When was the last time you used a taxi?
Actually, it was about a month ago when I was on vacation – to go from the airport to the hotel we’d reserved.

Why did you use a taxi?
Because when we arrived we were very tired and couldn’t be bothered figuring out the bus system and how to get to the hotel on public transport, we’d probably have gotten lost. It was much quicker and easier just to take a taxi.

Did you think the taxi service was good?
Yes, I suppose so, the driver seemed to know where he was going, he knew the hotel, apparently it’s quiuite popular with tourists so we didn’t have to try and explain directions or anything like that to him. And the cost seemed to be reasonable for the distance we travelled, so really, no complaints about it.

What would be your advice to a youngster thinking about choosing a career?

IELTS Part 3 questions

Well, personally, a lot would depend on you and your ideas and personality. If you are passionate about something, be it sport, music, art or anything else, I would advise you to firstly explore the career possibilities and opportunities in that particular field.