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The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication. It uses a nine-band scale to clearly identify levels of proficiency, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9).

IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training

IELTS is available in two test versions: Academic - for people applying for higher education or professional registration, and General Training for those migrating to Australia, Canada and the UK, or applying for secondary education, training programmes and work experience in an English-speaking environment. Both versions provide a valid and accurate assessment of the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

 

STRUCTURE OF IELTS EXAM

The IELTS exam pattern 2020 comprises four sections, Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The candidates are tested on these four parameters. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS exam) can be given in two formats namely IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training Test. Candidates should check the requirement of the college/university they are applying to and then prepare accordingly. IELTS Academic is accepted by universities worldwide where candidates apply for pursuing undergraduate or postgraduate courses. The IELTS test pattern includes 4 sections that evaluate the candidates' ability on various parameters.

It is also accepted by professional organizations that ask for English language proficiency scores from the candidates whose native language is not English. Before preparing for the IELTS Exam 2020 should always check for the IELTS test pattern 2020 and then start preparing for the test. On the other hand, IELTS General Training is given by those who are planning to migrate to a major English speaking nation. It can also be given by those who are shifting to a different country for work-related training. IELTS Test Score plays a significant role in the selection criteria. This exam is conducted and administered by the ETS, Educational Testing Service, across the world. This exam is accepted by more than 10,000 educational institutes in more than 150 countries.

10 RECENT SPEAKING CUE CARDS

1. A House or Apartment You Would Like to Live In  

 

IELTS Speaking Part 2

 

Describe a house or apartment you would like to live in.

 

You should say:

 

  • where it is / Where it would be

  • what you would (like to) do there

  • who you would (like to) live therewith

  • and explain why you would like to live in this place.

 

 

IELTS Speaking Part 3

 

  • Do you think it’s better to rent or to buy a place to live in?

  • How easy is it to find a place to live in your country?

  • Do you agree that there is a right age for young adults to stop living with their parents?

  • What options are available to young couples looking for accommodation in your country?

  • What are some of the pleasures involved in making a home for ourselves?

 

 

2. An Interesting Animal You Have Seen  

 

IELTS Speaking Part 2

 

Describe an interesting animal you have seen

 

You should say:

 

  • What animal it was

  • When and Where you saw it

  • And explain how you feel about this animal

 

IELTS Speaking Part 3

 

  • What kind of animals do people have in their homes?

  • A lot of animals are getting extinct these days. What do you think about this? Why is it happening?

  • Earlier people used animals for their work. Now, what do people use to do their work?

  • Researches are being conducted on animals, is this a good idea?

 

 

 

3. A Successful Small Business  

 

IELTS Speaking Part 2

 

Describe a successful small business that you know about.

 

You should say:

 

  • what business/company it is

  • what this business does

  • how you know about this business

  • and explain why you think this business/company is successful.

 

IELTS Speaking Part 3

 

  • What qualities are required to become a company leader (or, CEO or, manager)?

  • In general, what factors do you think to determine whether a small company will become successful or not?

  • Do you think the latest technology plays an important role in a company’s development?

  • What do you think of charitable organizations?

  • Which do you think is better, to start your own business or to work for someone else?

 

4. A Crowded Place You Went To

 

IELTS Speaking Part 2

 

Describe a crowded place you’ve been to

 

You should say:

 

  • when you went there

  • where the place is (or, was)

  • who you went therewith

  • and explain how you felt about the place.

 

IELTS Speaking Part 3

 

  • Why do a lot of people enjoy going to crowded places?

  • Where (or what) would you say is the most crowded place in your city?

  • Would you say it’s important for a city to have amusement (and/or recreational) facilities?

  • Why do you think people choose to live in big cities (despite certain problems)?

  • How do you think cities overseas are different from those in your country?

  • Would you say urban planning is important?

 

5. A Family Member You Spend Time With

 

IELTS Speaking Part 2

 

Describe a family member you spend a lot of time with

You should say:

 

  • who this person is

  • what you usually do together

  • what kind of person he/she is

  • and explain why you spend the most time with him/her.

 

IELTS Speaking Part 3

 

  • What are the advantages of strong family relationships?

  • How many generations are usually living under one roof in your country?

  • What are the benefits, and drawbacks of a family of several generations living together?

  • Do both parents have equal responsibilities in taking care of their children?

 

6. A Person Often in the News

 

IELTS Speaking Part 2

 

Describe a person who is often in the news, and who you would like to meet.

 

You should say:

 

  • who this person is

  • how you know him/her

  • why he/she is often in the news

  • and explain why you would like to meet him/her.

 

IELTS Speaking Part 3

 

  • What is the difference between new media and old media?

  • Do you think the contents in the newspapers are reliable?

  • Do you think it’s necessary for people to watch foreign news?

  • How has social media changed how we consume news?

  • What kinds of (famous) people are usually in the news in your country?

 

7. The Desired Change to Your Local Area

 

IELTS Speaking Part 2

 

Describe a change that could improve your local area.

 

You should say:

 

  • what the change would be

  • how this change could be made

  • what problems are causing the need for this change

  • and explain how this change would improve your local area.

 

IELTS Speaking Part 3

 

  • Why do old people not like changes?

  • Do you think it’s important for people to socialize with their neighbours?

  • How do people socialize with their neighbours?

 

8. A performance you enjoyed watching

 

IELTS Speaking Part 2

 

Describe a performance you enjoyed watching.

 

You should say:

 

  • what the performance was

  • when and where you watched the performance

  • who was performing (or, who performed)

  • and explain why you enjoyed the performance.

 

IELTS Speaking Part 3

 

  • Do you think traditional performances are important?

  • What do you think is the difference between watching a live performance and watching it on TV?

  • How do you think to watch a dance performance or a stage play influences children?

 

 

9. An Important Text Message

 

IELTS Speaking Part 2

 

Describe an important text message you received.

 

You should say:

 

  • who sent the message

  • what was in the message

  • why the person sent the message

  • and explain why the message was important to you.

 

IELTS Speaking Part 3

 

  • Why do some people dislike using text messages?

  • Have the ways that people communicated with each other, changed much in the last few decades?

  • Why do people prefer texting as compared to phone calls?

  • Do you think modern technology has any negative influence on communication?

  • What do you think are some of the main differences between written communication and spoken communication?

 

10. A uniform you have worn

 

IELTS Speaking Part 2

 

Describe a uniform you have worn, (such as a school or company uniform).  You should say:

 

  • what it looked like

  • when and where you needed to wear this uniform

  • who paid for this uniform

  • and explain how you felt about that uniform.

 

IELTS Speaking Part 3

 

  • What would you say are the advantages and disadvantages of wearing a uniform?

  • In your country, do schools provide similar uniforms to their students?

  • What kinds of professionals need to wear uniforms?

  • Do you think people wear clothes that reflect their personality?

  • Do you think women’s clothes show more variety than men’s clothes?

IMPORTANT WRITING TASK 2 QUESTIONS

1. Some people think that young people should go to university to further their education while others think they should be encouraged to work as car mechanics or builders etc.to serve society. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

2. Some people believe that to give opportunities to the new generation companies should encourage high-level employees who are older than 55 to retire. Do you agree or disagree?

3. Nowadays celebrities earn more money than politicians. What are the reasons for this? Is it a positive or negative development?

4. Many people believe that countries should produce food for the whole population and import as little food as possible. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

5. Some people think that it is necessary to travel abroad to learn about other countries, but others think that it is not necessary to travel abroad because all the information can be seen on TV and the internet. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

6. Why are some people who leave school early more successful compared with those who complete their studies? Provide reasons why they are more successful and what are the requirements for success?

7. Countries with long average working hours are economically more successful than those countries which do not work long hours. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

8. Many students around the world don’t choose science subjects at university. Give the reasons for this and describe the impact on the community?

9. It is better for young people to get advice from old people than young ones. Do you agree or disagree?

10. Some people think that music plays an important role in society. Others think it is simply a form of entertainment. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

11. Some people think that job satisfaction is more important than job security. Others think that people cannot expect to enjoy a job and that having a permanent job is more important. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

12. Some people say that technologies such as mobile phones are disrupting social interaction. Do you agree or disagree?

13. Some people think history has little or nothing to offer, while others say the study of the past helps us understand the present. Write on both views and give your opinion, citing examples from your experience

14. Some people think that zoos are cruel and all the zoos should be closed. However, others think that zoos are useful to protect rare animals. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

15. Some people think that the best way to stay fit is to join a gym/health club while others think doing everyday activities such as walking and climbing stairs is sufficient. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

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