Structure and tips for part 3 of IELTS speaking

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IELTS Speaking part 3 has about 3 to 6 questions and you need to give detailed answers.

The main focus of this part of the test is to talk at length and give examples. You are marked on grammar, vocabulary, fluency and pronunciation. You will not be marked on your ideas. There are about 6 or 7 question types that could come up. They might be about giving an opinion, comparing, predicting something in the future, talking about people, contrasting and so on. Click here for a lesson on the types of questions in speaking part 3.

If you are given an opinion question you can use these techniques below. Remember that you should not go into the exam with memorised answers.

The model answer below is just an example of a good response. Another thing to remember is to be natural and don’t try and impress the examiner with very formal or complicated sentences. The IELTS examiners are trained to spot this.


Here is a general structure you could use.

  • Give your opinion.

  • Give a reason for your opinion.

  • Give an example.


Example topic:  Shopping

1. Is shopping a popular activity in your country
2. How have shopping habits changed over recent years?
3. Do you think shopping habits are likely to change in the future?

 

Lets have a look at question 3

“Do you think shopping habits are likely to change in the future?”

This question asks for your opinion and also asks for a prediction about the future.

  • OpinionAs far as I’m concerned shopping habits will change considerably over the next few years especially with buying online and the way people use cash when shopping.
  • Reason: One reason for this is that most people prefer online shopping and carrying paper cash is becoming less poplar these days. Using a credit card is a much easier way to shop.
  • Example: For instance, if I want to buy books, a new PC, clothing or just about anything, it’s often much cheaper and quicker to buy online, there are options to pay with credit card, Apple Pay or PayPal when buying online. Another thing is that buying stuff in high street shops or shopping centres requires the use of a credit card, this shows that shopping is becoming more efficient and digital. In the near future I think that habits will change where nobody will be using cash when they go shopping, I also reckon nearly all purchasing will be done online.

Things to remember about Part 3 of the IELTS Speaking test.

In part 3 of the IELTS speaking test don’t worry too much about using highly advanced vocabulary or formal words, of course you need to have good level of vocabulary as this is being assessed but the main point of Part 3 speaking is to give a longer detailed answer, with some examples and reasons. Also make sure you stay on topic.

Tip: Give an opinion with detail, give reasons , give examples and stay on topic.

Useful Expressions.

Some useful expressions for introducing your opinion are important to use in part 3 of IELTS speaking. Beware that some of these we cannot use in the writing part of IELTS because they are too informal in writing.

Giving your opinion

  • As far as I’m concerned…..
  • If you ask me I think….
  • To be honest I think….
  • I reckon…..

Giving the public opinion

  • Many people would say that…
  • It is often said that….
  • It is widely believed that…

Giving Examples

  • For instance…..
  • One reason for this is…..
  • One example is……
  • Lets take…….. for example
  • In the case of…..

Saying you don’t know and getting thinking time.

If you are not sure or don’t have a clear opinion never just say ‘I don’t know’, use these expressions below, they sound much better, but you will still need to offer an opinion or example and you cannot ask the examiner for a different question. These are also useful when you need more time to think of a response.

  • I haven’t really thought about it but I reckon….
  • It is not something I have considered, however I think…
  • To be honest, I don’t really know but I would say…
  • I don’t know much about the issue, however I would say that…..
  • That’s a tough question, …well I reckon that…..
  • Well that’s an interesting question, let me see….. I think….

Part 3 of IELTS speaking can be difficult and needs practice because you have to talk in detail and it must sound natural , not like you have memorised an answer or are talking from a script...


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