IELTS USA Speaking Test And Answers

IELTS speaking test USA August 2013



Part 1 IELTS USA speaking test

What is your full name?
My name is ...

Can I see your ID?
Yes, here's my passport

Where do you come from?
I'm from the Ukraine originally, but I've been in the US for the last 5 months, here in Arizona.

Are you a student or are you working?
At the moment I'm studying, but working part-time as well.

Where do you work?
I have a part-time position as a research assistant at the university of Arizona here in Tucson.

What are the main responsibilities of your job?
I work in the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory which is used to teach about how the planetary system was formed and evolved. I have to organize various research tasks and also academic material for participating students as well as assist one of the profesors in her research for the university.

Do you have any hobbies?
Yes, I like to keep fit. I like running and going to the gym or doing Pilates.

Do you like dancing?
No, not really. Maybe sometimes if I go to a club with some friends or at a party I'll dance a little, but not very often.

Is dancing a good hobby? [Why? / Why not?]
I think it could be if you like doing it. There are many types of dance and it's supposed to make you feel good and relaxed afterwards, so it could be a good therapy for stress. It's certainly popular with a lot of people.

Do you prefer watching movies at home or at the cinema? [Why?]
Can I say both ...because sometimes it depends on the movie. Sometimes I like to go to the cinema with a friend to see the latest movie releases or if the movie is in 3D it's normally better to watch it at the movies. But there are times when I like to watch a movie when I'm at home just to relax for a while, so I guess I like both of the options.

Do you like watching movies alone or do you prefer to watch them with someone else? [Why?]
As I said ... I like both, although I probably prefer to go out with my friends to see a movie at the weekend at the cinema maybe, but during the week I'll maybe watch a movie online by myself.



Part 2 IELTS USA speaking test

Talk about a new law you would implement where you live to make it a better place, please say:
- What law would it be?
- Will it be easy to introduce such a new law?
- Will it be popular?
and what the benefits of such a new law would be.

Sample Answer
I will talk about my own country because I'm not sure about the laws here in the US. But in the Ukraine we have seen several attempts to implement recycling programs, but unfortunately after the initial international funding has beed used up they always seem to go bankrupt. Most of them were curb-side recycling programs which meant that trucks had to go and collect recycling material from the various areas of the city and then transport it to a central recycling plant.

One of the problems with this is the amount of trucks required to make it efficient and also the fact that the trucks use diesel as fuel which produces even more environmental pollution. There was also a great emphasis placed on recycling paper, cardboard and plastic rather than more useful materials such as aluminum. This is in great demand for construction and production purposes from house building to constructing airplanes and cars not to mention cans for drinks.

Aluminum is one of the most useful materials to recycle and it is also a very efficient process. A large part of the cost of producing new aluminum is in the electricity used in the smelting process - recycling it cuts out much of that cost.

I would pass a law which requires more and more businesses to recycle their products and materials used in their production and manufacturing plants and possibly to be responsible for the recycling of their products at the end of their useful lifecycle. This woulod have a greater impact than concentrating on the usual domestic garbage side of recycling programs which are often more popular for social reasons.

It may not be easy to introduce such a law and any additional costs for companies may result in slightly higher prices to the end consumer but it would probably be more effective. The government could impose financial penalties or reward depending on how successful each company is in their recycling efforts.

I think it would be popular if people understood why it was being done ... and that would mean some promotion of the idea and concept and a clear explanation of the benefits for the future of the economy and planet as a whole. Simply recycling more aluminum would reduce the amount of electricity required to produce new aluminum and that would be an immediate saving, even with the costs of recycling it.



Part 3 IELTS USA speaking test

Are lawyers respected in your country? [Why? / Why not?]
Yes, it's a good profession and they are resonably well paid if they work for a good comapny. I think they are respected because they have to study and prepare a lot, similar to doctors.

In your opinion is it fair that lawyers are paid very well?
Firstly, not all lawyers are paid very well. Like in most countries, lawyers who work in public service for the government don't earn very big salaries, well, not as much as a lawyer working for an international company or a tax lawyer for example. Is it fair? I think that if the labor market decides that a lawyer should earn a lot becasue of the type of work they do or because they have a lot of responsibility then that is ok. I mean it's like a soccer player or film star - why do they earn so much money - because the soccer club or the film company decide that they are worth it or maybe they have skills or knowledge that only a few people possess - which make them rare.

Do you think that being a policeman is a good career choice? What are some of the advantages or disadvantages of this profession?
It's a good choice if you want to develop a career in the long term. There is a lot of structure and opportunities within the police. You cal also learn skills that are transferrable to civilian jobs in the future. I have a cousin who is in the police and he loves it. He says the pay is good and the benefits and pension after many years of service are better than in many ordinary jobs.

Do you agree that all policemen should have guns?
I'm not sure. I think it depends on where they are and what their responsibilities are. For the police here it's normal, but there are some countries where they don't have all police officers armed. They have special armed squads for when it's necessary. But some countries have less armed attacks or violence than others so I think whether or not the police are armed is based on the local circumstances. I think they should be armed if it's likely they will need to deal with armed criminals or violent situations.

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IELTS Vietnam Speaking Test And Answers


IELTS speaking test Vietnam August 2013

Part 1 IELTS Vietnam speaking test

What is your full name?
My name is Vo Hoang Yen

Can I see your ID?
Sure, here's my ID card

Where are you from?
I'm from Ho Chi Minh City

What is your hometown famous for?
I guess that most people would know it as the capital of South Vietnam in the past when we were two separate republics. Most people agree that it is the economic heart of the country and makes possibly the largest contribution, as a business center, to the overall economy of the country. And of course most people have heard of the famous musical "Miss Saigon" which was based on some of the historic events that took place here in the past.

Do you still live in your hometown?
Yes, I do, I still live with my family there.

What do you like about living there?
It's a large international city, it's busy and exciting and yet you can find quiet places to spend time too. I grew up there so that's one reason I like it. There are many people from other countries who live and work in the city and there is a lot of international influence which makes it more interesting than some other places in Vietnam.

Are you working or studying at the moment?
I'm working and studying. I'm studying theater and working as a model and actress sometimes.

Do you enjoy your job?
Yes, very much. It's interesting and I get to meet lots of different people and sometimes go to different places. I'm a very creative person so the theater and working in drama are two things that I love.

Is it difficult to get a such a job in your country?
It can be. I spent a lot of time doing part-time work and learning about acting before I got some good jobs. One of the resons I'm studying theater, which covers many more aspects than just acting, is that it will give me more opportunities in the future for different projects.

Part 2 IELTS Vietnam speaking test

Talk about a skill you have learned to do very well (eg. cooking or driving), please say:
- What skill did you acquire?
- How did you acquire that skill?
- How is it important for you?
and if you want to learn more about this skill.

Sample Answer:
When I was a little girl I used to love dancing to music so my mother took me to dance classes. I loved them and learned lots of different styles of dancing. I started when I was about 7 or 8 years old and practiced all through the time I attended school. I even entered some competitions but I never won them, there were always girls better than me.

Competing wasn't really important for me though, I just loved dancing and the rhythm and the movements and stretching helped me keep fit. I didn't really appreciate it when I was younger but I think I lerned a lot of self-discipline from my dance classes when I was a little girl. I also learned that if you keep practicing then even something which seemed impossible can become easy or at least easier, so I guess I learned perseverance also.

My teacher was an ex-ballet dancer trained in classical dance in France, but she also taught us more modern dancing too so I grew up appreciating many different types of dancing. Even now I still love to dance and find it very comforting ... almost therapeutic you might say ... it helps me relax.

I'm not sure if I would learn or study more about dancing now, I'm more interested in drama and acting, but I will always be very grateful to my mother for giving me the chance to learn and take dance classes and to my dance teacher for giving me such a special gift that I can still enjoy now.

Part 3 IELTS Vietnam speaking test

What are some practical skills that children acquire at school?
Well, they learn to read and write, and they learn analytical and thinking skills, and they also learn social skills as well. I think those are the main ones. Obviously as they get older they learn about specific subject in more detail.

How important do you think these skills are?
Very important. Especially reading and writing. If a child can read then it is possibly the most important skill they can learn because then they can learn about anything else by reading about it. The otherskills are important too but I think reading is by far the most important one - it can make a person into an independent learner and then self-education is possible.

Do children learn certain skills faster or easier than most adults?
In some cases yes. Most people agree that children learn foreign languages easier and faster than most adults. Maybe adults might learn some skills faster that depend on previous experience, an advantage they would have over children. But in general I think children have more open minds and can accept information more easily rather than questioning everything or comparing it to what they already know.

Do you think that team building is important in the work place? [Why? / Why not?]
Generally, yes, because in most work environments you need to collaborate with other people to get anything done. It is easier if everybody works together instead of against each other, so knowing how to work in a team or how to manage a team is a good skill to have.

Do you like learning new skills or learning about new things related to work?
Yes I do, I'm constantly learning new things on the course I'm studying at the moment and I think it's good. The more you know the more you can do or the easier things become - and you can also help other people more if that is something you like doing.

Is it important employers provide opportunities and pay for skill development courses for their employees? [Why? / Why not?]
In an ideal world that would happen, yes. However, not all employers have the resources to provide such opportunities for all their employees. I think it is something that large multi-national comapnies do for their employees, or some of their employees, because they can see the benefits in the long term future, but many smaller companies simply can't afford to pay for constant training or provide the resources for employees to always be developing their skills. It is important, but not always practical, depending on the circumstances.

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