IELTS USA Speaking Test Part 1 Questions and Answers
What is your full name?My name is Maria Elena del Torro
Can I see your ID?Yes, here it is…
Where are you from?I’m from Argentina.
Do you work or study?I work, I’m an industrial chemist.
Do you enjoy your work? Why?Yes, I do, I love it because it’s so interesting.
Why did you choose a career as an industrial chemist?It was a subject I loved at school and I was good at it… so I decided to study it further at university and it was fascinating for me… then I got a job in a large multi-national company which has a plant in Buenos Aires.
Will you continue with this in the future?I’m sure I will because I really like it, in fact, I’m working towards my PhD at the moment. That’s one of the reasons I’m here in the USA, as part of my research with the university here in town.
What was your favorite activity when you were a child?When I was a child I used to love playing with my dog outside in our garden or in the local park. I used to spend hours just running around and jumping and playing with him. He used to like running after a ball when I threw it… he was a great dog!
What do you think children prefer: outdoor or indoor activities? Why?I think they like both, don’t they? I mean they like playing soccer or sport outside or going to the beach or things like that but they also love watching TV and video games as well. I suppose if you lived in a cold country then you’d prefer doing stuff indoors though, and if you come from a warmer climate, then spending more time doing stuff outside might be more common, especially of you live near the ocean.
How have kids’ activities changed since you were a child?Not much really… I think kids have more technology gadgets now than before, but when I was growing up we had computers and cellular phones, it’s just that now they’re smaller and more advanced. Kids still play the same sports they did in the past and go for picnics with their family and stuff like that, it’s pretty much the same overall.
What is politeness in your opinion?Mmmm… for me politeness is treating other people like you would want to be treated, and remembering to say please and thank you, that was something my grandmother always reminded me about.
When you were child who taught you to be polite?My parents, and especially my grandmother, she was always telling me to say please when I asked for something and to remember to say thank you when somebody gave me something or did something for me.
Why is it important to be polite to people?It’s one of those things that just makes life nicer, isn’t it? When people are polite, or courteous, it’s just nicer than if they’re not. It makes everyday activities better… if people weren’t polite then maybe we wouldn’t speak to so many different people every day or help people… or ask for help either.
Do you think people became more or less polite in your country compared to when you were a child?If you ask my grandmother, she’ll tell you that people are not as polite as they were in the past, but I think it’s really more a case of people being less formal nowadays… not necessarily less polite. Young people today are quite informal, but they generally still respect their parents and older members of society, even if they don’t always show it by the words they use.
Part 2 of IELTS interview