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Part 1

What is your full name?

My name is…

Can I see your ID?

Yes, of course, here it is.

Where are you from?

I’m from [city] in [country].

Do you work or study?

I’m studying at the moment, in my final year of an International Business Degree.

Why did you choose this subject?

Because I thought it would be interesting and also because there are some extremely interesting career opportunities available for successful graduates.

Where are you living?

I live with my parents, in our family home.

Which room do you like the most?

there are two rooms I really like, my own room because it’s like my personal space, and also the kitchen because it’s where we all spend a lot of time with my mother and also as a family – eating, talking and socializing as well.

Would you like to modify anything in that room?

No, not really. I think it is just fine as it is at the moment.

Did you make any items by hand when you were at school?

Yes, once or twice, as part of school projects. I can remember one of the first things I made was a fruit basket – made from reeds which I had to weave by hand into the shape of a basket.

I also remember making a model airplane from wood; I think I was a little older when I made that. It took me longer because I had to make all the different parts, the wings, the fuselage, the wheels, and the propeller, but it was quite good when it was finished – or so my teacher told me.

Do you have any plans to make handmade items in the future?

No, no plans for that sort of thing at the moment. Maybe much later in the future if I have a family, I’ll make some handmade things with my children one day.

Is it necessary that children should learn how to make handmade things?

I think it’s a good skill to learn because it teaches you coordination and patience, and some children love making things with their hands – it’s one way of discovering what children are good at, so yes I think it’s necessary to at least learn the basics.

Part 2

IELTS Cue Card Topic Question

Talk about a difficult decision you have taken in your life.

You should say:
  • what the decision was
  • why it was a difficult decision
  • how you decided
and say whether you think the decision was correct or not now.

IELTS Speaking Cue Card Answer | A difficult Decision

Before I entered the final year of my degree course, I made quite a big life decision. I decided that I wanted to go and live and work abroad in Australia.

This was a big decision and it took me quite a long time to finally decide it was what I really wanted to do.

It was difficult for several reasons. Firstly, because it is a huge change – going off to another country and culture and leaving everyone I love behind, and everything that’s familiar.

Secondly, my parents are getting older now and I was worried about who might look after them if I go to live in another country. But I talked about my concerns with my brother and sister and they told me not to worry – that I should take the chance to experience living and working abroad.

Both my brother and sister are older than me and they are also both married and well settled here with their own families, so they are not likely to go and live abroad now – they both seem happy and content here.

And the third reason was that I wasn’t sure if my parents would think it was a good idea or not. I was a little nervous when I told them about my plan – but once they accepted the idea, they were very enthusiastic and happy for me.

I arrived at my final decision after a lot of thought. I wrote down all the things I like about the idea and also all the things I didn’t like about the idea – then I gave each item a score. The higher the score the more important it was, the lower the score the less important it was – and then I compared the total scores for all the positives and all the negatives I had thought of.

The final result was a higher score to go and live and work abroad. I think it’s a good decision, but only time will really tell if it is – I will have to wait and see if it was the correct decision to make.

IELTS Part 3 Discussion Questions


What are some of the difference between decisions made by children and those made by adults?

Well, I think that most adults take longer to make decisions because they tend to consider more things before they decide what to do. On the other hand, children tend to be more spontaneous than adults – they either want to do something or don’t want to, their decision-making process seems less complicated.

Are some people naturally good at making decisions, or is decision making a skill that you can learn?

It’s more often a case of some people being able to make decisions quicker than others. That might be because they have more experience making decisions or they simply go about it in a different manner.

You can definitely learn how to make better decisions and I suppose you could even learn how to make quicker decisions. A lot of it comes down to practice and the types of decisions you make, and need to make.

For example, business people make a lot of important decisions every day, but when it comes to personal decisions they probably don’t make any more decisions about their life than other people. However, they might put into practice some of the experience they have learned from work when making their personal life decisions, which makes it seem easier.

What would you say in response to these IELTS Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3 speaking test questions? Could you talk about a difficult decision you made for the maximum time allowed of 2 minutes in Part 2? You can use the above questions to practice IELTS speaking with a partner. Role play the IELTS speaking test and try to complete the entire test within a maximum of 15 minutes.

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