IELTS Speaking Part 2 and Part 3 Samples

 By Jiabao Hors

IELTS Speaking Part 2 and Part 3 Samples

IELTS speaking test Part 2 is less than 2 minutes monologue. A candidate has one extra minute around to prepare. Usually, IELTS speaking Part 2 lasts 3-4 minutes. The speech is based on a given test card; a candidate can write down notes or critical points when preparing, then talks about the topic for one or two minutes as a final answer.

Here are some common questions among test cards:
  • Describe a book, story, or movie which has impacted on you very much.
  • Describe a person you would like to meet with or talk, explain why you chose this person.
  • Describe a difficult time in your life, your solution, and what you learned.
  • Describe a place that is special for you and explain your reason.
We list new topics in "IELTS Speaking Topics" section of IELTS Speaking Test & Topics. The latest Part 2 and Part 3 samples are presented there. We also maintain a list of IELTS Speaking Questions, which are mainly from memories of recent test takers, and probably will reoccur in near future.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 isn't a real discussing. After getting the topic card from an examiner, you prepare and then speak alone; the examiner wouldn't interrupt your speaking. Unlike Part 1 and Part 3 that are guided by examiner, Part 2 is by candidate.

Because you can completely control the monologue, if you happen to prepare the topic in advance, Part 2 would be an excellent opportunity to up score. Like Part 1, Part 2 is also fundamental to get a basic mark, e.g., 4-5. To get a better score, you must present an excellent speech to let the examiner believe that difficult questions are deserved to offer in Part 3.

IELTS speaking part 3 is a two-way discussion of 4-5 minutes, follows the topic of Part 2. It is driven by examiner who prompts questions depending on your performance in preceded Part 1 and Part 2. The more questions to be asked, the better chance to get a high score.

To help familiarize and prepare IELTS speaking questions of Part 2 and 3, we collect ten pairs of Part 2 and 3 sample questions. Each pair has the same topic, Part 2 is the essential, and Part 3 is its extending questions.

  No: 1   2020-01-19: Part 2

Topic: BORED - Candidate Task Card
You will have to talk about the topic for 1 to 2 minutes.
You have one minute to think about what you're going to say.
You can make some notes to help you if you wish.
Talk about a time when you were with people and you got bored.

You should say:
  • what happened
  • who you were there with
  • and explain why you felt bored.
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-01-13
  • 2019-12-28
  • 2019-11-08
  • 2019-10-12
  • 2019-09-02

  No: 1   2020-01-19: Part 3

Topic: BORED - Two-way Questions
  1. Why are people bored? Is it good to be bored?
  2. What kind of jobs is boring?
  3. Why do some people stay in boring jobs?
  4. What can people do to stop feeling boring?
  5. Do you think technology product can make the life more interesting? Why?
  6. Do technology made life good or worst? Why?
  7. Do you think robots are stealing our jobs?
  8. Can robots replace human workers? Why?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-01-13
  • 2019-12-28
  • 2019-11-08
  • 2019-10-12
  • 2019-09-02
  No: 2   2020-01-18: Part 2

Topic: ACHIEVEMENT - Candidate Task Card
You will have to talk about the topic for 1 to 2 minutes.
You have one minute to think about what you're going to say.
You can make some notes to help you if you wish.
Talk about a situation when you celebrated your achievement.

You should say:
  • what you did
  • when you celebrated it
  • who you celebrated it with
  • and explain why you celebrated it.
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-01-01
  • 2019-12-20
  • 2019-12-10
  • 2019-11-19
  • 2019-10-17

  No: 2   2020-01-18: Part 3

Topic: ACHIEVEMENT - Two-way Questions
  1. What are the cultural celebrations in your home country?
  2. What is the importance of national holidays in your countries?
  3. How do people celebrate their family events (anniversaries, baby born, weddings...) in your country?
  4. Do people spend a lot of money on their family events?
  5. Are all family events in your country like that?
  6. What is the difference between the ways in which young and old people celebrate their birthdays? Why?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-01-01
  • 2019-12-20
  • 2019-12-10
  • 2019-11-19
  • 2019-10-17
  No: 3   2020-01-18: Part 2

Topic: APOLOGIZE - Candidate Task Card
You will have to talk about the topic for 1 to 2 minutes.
You have one minute to think about what you're going to say.
You can make some notes to help you if you wish.
Describe an incident/situation when someone apologized to you.

You should say:
  • when this happened
  • what happened
  • who apologized to you
  • and explain why they apologized to you.
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-01-11
  • 2020-01-01

  No: 3   2020-01-18: Part 3

Topic: APOLOGIZE - Two-way Questions
  1. Do you think people are selfish? Why?
  2. In your country, do the people apologise often?
  3. Do you think it is important to be considerate of others? Why?
  4. Do you think people need to be considerate of others when they are speaking? Why?
  5. In what situations people need to make an apology?
  6. What kinds of people are more likely to say sorry?
  7. Would you like to make an apology if you had made a mistakes? Why?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-01-11
  • 2020-01-01
  No: 4   2020-01-18: Part 2

Topic: GOAL - Candidate Task Card
You will have to talk about the topic for 1 to 2 minutes.
You have one minute to think about what you're going to say.
You can make some notes to help you if you wish.
Describe a goal that you set in your life.

You should say:
  • what it was
  • why you set this goal
  • whether it was difficult to achieve this goal
  • and explain how you felt about achieving this goal.
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-01-06

  No: 4   2020-01-18: Part 3

Topic: GOAL - Two-way Questions
  1. What kind of goals that people set according to their different stages in life?
  2. What kind of personal goals that people usually set in life (increasing self confidence, losing weight?)?
  3. Do you think that personal goals are more important than other kind of goals (promotion at work)?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-01-06
  No: 5   2020-01-18: Part 2

Topic: PUBLIC PLACE - Candidate Task Card
You will have to talk about the topic for 1 to 2 minutes.
You have one minute to think about what you're going to say.
You can make some notes to help you if you wish.
Describe a new public place/building you would like to visit.

You should say:
  • where it is
  • what it is like
  • how you knew this place
  • and explain why you would like to visit it.
Recent Tests:
  • 2019-11-25
  • 2019-10-13
  • 2019-09-12
  • 2019-09-10
  • 2019-09-01

  No: 5   2020-01-18: Part 3

Topic: PUBLIC PLACE - Two-way Questions
  1. Why do people need public buildings in their community?
  2. In your country, what kinds of public buildings do people like to visit ?
  3. What is most important to a public building, design, location, or facilities?
  4. Do you think the appearance of a building is important?
  5. Which is more important, preserving old buildings, or building new ones?
Recent Tests:
  • 2019-11-25
  • 2019-10-13
  • 2019-09-12
  • 2019-09-10
  • 2019-09-01
  No: 6   2020-01-11: Part 2

Topic: TOY - Candidate Task Card
You will have to talk about the topic for 1 to 2 minutes.
You have one minute to think about what you're going to say.
You can make some notes to help you if you wish.
Talk about a toy which you enjoyed the most in your childhood.
  • What it was
  • Where you got it from
  • Who you played with
  • How you enjoyed playing with it.
Recent Tests:
  • 2019-12-21
  • 2019-11-22
  • 2019-11-15
  • 2019-07-24
  • 2019-05-18

  No: 6   2020-01-11: Part 3

Topic: TOY - Two-way Questions
  1. Generally what types of toys do children like to play with now?
  2. Why do you think play is important for kids?
  3. What is your opinion about commercial advertisements aimed at children?
  4. Do you think toy manufacturers make educational toys or just toys for profit?
  5. Do you think toys that you played with in your childhood are different from modern ones? Why?
  6. How does brand influence parents purchasing decisions?
  7. Do you think parents have a responsibility to selecting Internet games for children?
  8. What are the benefits of outdoor team games for children?
Recent Tests:
  • 2019-12-21
  • 2019-11-22
  • 2019-11-15
  • 2019-07-24
  • 2019-05-18
  No: 7   2020-01-08: Part 2

Topic: FAMILY MEMBER - Candidate Task Card
You will have to talk about the topic for 1 to 2 minutes.
You have one minute to think about what you're going to say.
You can make some notes to help you if you wish.
Describe a family member you spend most time with.

You should say:
  • Who this person is
  • What kind of person he/she is
  • What you usually do together
  • And explain why you spend most time with him/her.
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-01-01

  No: 7   2020-01-08: Part 3

Topic: FAMILY MEMBER - Two-way Questions
  1. Do you think how many generations can live in one family?
  2. What are the advantages and disadvantages?
  3. What are the responsibilities of men and women for their children?
  4. Which do you prefer: support from family members or friends? Why?
  5. Is it important to visit family members? Why?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-01-01
  No: 8   2020-01-08: Part 2

Topic: TRUTH - Candidate Task Card
You will have to talk about the topic for 1 to 2 minutes.
You have one minute to think about what you're going to say.
You can make some notes to help you if you wish.
Describe a time when you did not tell a friend the truth.

You should say:
  • When it was
  • Who you did not tell the truth to
  • Why you did not tell the truth
  • And explain how you felt about it.
Recent Tests:
  • 2019-11-29
  • 2019-11-05
  • 2019-09-26
  • 2019-09-06

  No: 8   2020-01-08: Part 3

Topic: TRUTH - Two-way Questions
  1. Do you think mutual trust between friends is important?
  2. Do you think people need to tell the truth all the time?
  3. Do successful people always speak truth?
  4. In what kind of situations should people not tell the truth?
  5. What's a situation where a person would prefer you to lie rather than tell the truth?
  6. Why do children tell lies?
  7. What should parents do if their children tell lies?
  8. What the difference between lie of adults and children?
Recent Tests:
  • 2019-11-29
  • 2019-11-05
  • 2019-09-26
  • 2019-09-06
  No: 9   2020-01-07: Part 2

Topic: HAPPY DAY - Candidate Task Card
You will have to talk about the topic for 1 to 2 minutes.
You have one minute to think about what you're going to say.
You can make some notes to help you if you wish.
Describe a special day that made you happy.

You should say:
  • when it was
  • who you were with
  • what you did
  • and explain why it made you happy.
Recent Tests:
  • 2019-12-10
  • 2019-10-22
  • 2019-09-12

  No: 9   2020-01-07: Part 3

Topic: HAPPY DAY - Two-way Questions
  1. How would you define happiness?
  2. Are modern people happier than those living in the past?
  3. Can money bring happiness?
  4. How important is money for happiness?
  5. What is important in achieving happiness?
  6. Why are some people unhappy nowadays?
  7. Is it possible to be happy during whole life? Why?
Recent Tests:
  • 2019-12-10
  • 2019-10-22
  • 2019-09-12
  No: 10   2020-01-04: Part 2

Topic: ENCOURAGE,MOTIVATE - Candidate Task Card
You will have to talk about the topic for 1 to 2 minutes.
You have one minute to think about what you're going to say.
You can make some notes to help you if you wish.
Describe a person who encouraged you to achieve a goal recently.

You should say:
  • who the person is
  • what he/she encourage you for
  • how he/she encouraged you
  • Explain how this encouragement was important for you .
Recent Tests:
  • 2019-12-11
  • 2019-11-20
  • 2019-10-26
  • 2019-10-11
  • 2019-09-05

  No: 10   2020-01-04: Part 3

Topic: ENCOURAGE,MOTIVATE - Two-way Questions
  1. Is money the best motivation for employees?
  2. How can managers motivate their staff?
  3. Apart from money, what other things can be used to motivate employees?
  4. Do you think self motivation is important? Why?
  5. Why do some people seem to be more motivated? What could be the reason?
  6. What are the factors affecting people to get motivated?
  7. How should children at young age get motivated?
Recent Tests:
  • 2019-12-11
  • 2019-11-20
  • 2019-10-26
  • 2019-10-11
  • 2019-09-05