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Answers for Common Questions in Speaking Test



This is my answers for Understanding IELTS Course by British Council Task 2.8.

Do you like your job?

Yes. I like my job because it gives me possibility to speak with people, stay in the thick of things and create something new, that hadn't existed before.

Do you hope to do this job for a long time?

I hope so. This work requires experience. And I learn something new in each project, it will help me to be successful in next projects.

Do you still live in the town where you grew up?

Now I live in Moscow, but I grew up in Khimki. It's a city near Moscow. But Khimki has a common border with Moscow. So I can say that I was born, grew up and lived in the same city.

Do you think it has changed since you were young?

Yes. There are a bunch of changes. Nowadays there are more buildings, people, cars and stores in the city. Everything is changing in Moscow, even the weather, I think.

Do you like reading?

Yes. I like reading much. But I didn't use to read much when I was a child. I think if I were child now, I would spend much more time on reading.

Do you think people will continue to read books in the future?

With no doubts. I've heard the opinion that in the future people will stop reading and will only watch short videos. But I hope, it will never occur. The reading is faster, develop your imagination and it expands your vocabulary and your ability to express yourself.

Marking Criteria

Educator Simon Carrie gives his tips for Part 1 of the IELTS Speaking test.

Part 1 lasts between four and five minutes. The examiner will introduce him/herself and asks you to introduce yourself and confirm your identity. The examiner will ask you some simple 'getting-to-know-you' questions on familiar topics, e.g. home, family, work, studies and interests. These questions will help the examiner find out a little bit about you and help put you at ease.

Look at these tips:

  • Explain your answers by giving reasons for what you say.

I like my job because it's varied and it gives me the opportunity to travel.

  • Ask for clarification if necessary.

I'm sorry, could you repeat the question, please?

  • Develop your answers. Give full, relevant answers to the examiner's questions. This will help get the interview off to a good start.

Q: Where are you from?
A: I'm from Buenos Aires. (Don't stop there!) It's the capital city of Argentina and is also the largest city in the country. It has a lot of history and is famous for having a rich culture. I really like living there.

  • Express your opinions; the examiner is assessing your ability to communicate.

Q: Do you prefer reading or watching TV?
A: I prefer watching TV. When I come home from work I'm usually quite tired so I feel like relaxing. I find sitting with my family in the living-room watching TV is relaxing because we watch TV and chat together. For me, this is a great way to unwind.

  • Always expand your answers to simple, 'yes' or 'no' closed questions. (Questions beginning 'Are you…', 'Do you …', etc).

Q: Do you like listening to music?
A: Yes. I listen to music everyday on my way to work. I like lots of types of music but my favourite is rock music. I'm a big fan of U2. I really like Bono's singing voice.

  • Talk as fluently as possible and be spontaneous.
  • Speak more than the examiner.
  • Relax, be confident and enjoy using your English!

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