Speaking Test 2 | IELTS Sample

IELTS Speaking test sample

The questions in this test are from Official Guide to IELTS by Cambridge.

In this IELTS Speaking test, you will read sample questions and answers. At the same time, you will also read the expert comments on the responses that will help you to prepare better. 

IELTS Speaking Part 1

Hometown

Let’s talk about your hometown.

Is your hometown a right place to live?

Bangalore is the best place to live in India according to me as it’s famously known for its weather and job opportunities. We are growing and known as Silicon Valley of India.

What sort of jobs do people do in your hometown?

Since it’s a cosmopolitan city and popularly called as the silicon valley of India, most people do jobs related to computers, and many are young entrepreneurs. At the same time, many people are also engaged in the manufacturing industry. Apart from these, there are small business owners and bureaucrats.

In which part of your hometown do most people live?

Since Bengaluru is one of the rapidly changing cities of Asia, people live everywhere in the city. There is no special zone for most people to live; there’s no seclusion. There are people everywhere.

Where did you play in your hometown when you were a child?

I mostly played in the nearby park as a child. Other children my age and I used to play cricket, hockey, and football there. Also, in summers, I used to visit my village where I played the most and enjoyed a lot.
Cinema

Now let’s talk about cinema.

How often do you go to the cinema?

Since I am not a movie buff, I don’t watch movies often. Still, I must say, once in three months I visit the cinema.

Do you prefer to watch a movie at the cinema or home?

I’d prefer to watch movies at home as it is more comfortable, flexible and economical. However, I enjoy watching 3D movies at the cinema.

Which film from your childhood do you remember the most?

It must be this Hindi blockbuster movie called Mohra because of the plot, cast, and memorable songs. It reminds me of those summer vacations with my cousins, who were so amazing.

What’s your favourite film now?

It is still the same. Must say a good movie never loses its charm. I even watch it if its on TV on a weekend afternoon or so.

Review of IELTS Speaking Part 1

Strengths of the speaker

The speaker has provided logical, precise answers to the questions posed. Not many grammatical errors made

Weaknesses of the speaker

The language used by the speaker gives away that they learnt the language by reading, and are not native speakers. This is noticed in the way they arrange the information in the sentence, which is different from the sequence a native speaker would use. 

IELTS Speaking Part 2

Describe an interesting place that you have visited as a tourist.

Where this place is

Why you went there

What you did there

Explain why you thought this place was so interesting

The most fantastic place I have been to so far is Koh Samui, a beautiful island in Thailand which is hardly four-hour flight from India. The scenic beauty of the area offered me much more than I had expected.

I went there on vacation with my family. We started from my hometown Bengaluru by flight till Kolkata. Then, we had a hopping flight to Thailand. Initially, we had a gala time in amusement parks which suit a perfect tourist destination. Although I am not a big fan of these rides, I was happy to see my family members chilling in the dangerous rides. Later, we visited zoos in Thailand. There I saw an Albino Tiger, which is one of the rarest species and on the verge of extinction. Apart from visiting these places, we shopped on famous streets. Despite the communication barrier, the locals were very cooperative and cheerful while shopping. It was a heaven for shopping buffs like me. Not to forget the fun on the beautiful beaches of Pattaya, we were content to watch beautiful sunrise and sunsets on the beaches.

We decided to visit Thailand simply because we needed family time for a long time. We wanted to be rejuvenated. Also, Thailand is an economical and nearby tourist destination.

This trip was fascinating because I had the opportunity to travel by all the means of transport at once for the first time, making it my most memorable experience so far.

Review of IELTS Speaking Part 2

Strengths of the speaker

The speaker reaches the time limit of 1.5 minutes, so this is an appropriate response to the instructions provided. The speaker covers most instructions adequately. The speaker gives enough details about the trip to make it sound authentic and worthy of the question asked. 

Weaknesses of the speaker

The speaker frames sentences in a manner that is not usual for spoken English, like missing out on the pronoun in the beginning of the sentence, or linking two ideas that would be awkward if not read together. The speaker slips in the tone maintained throughout the monologue with “… I was happy to see my family members chilling in the dangerous rides”. ‘chilling’ is a very informal word in the context used, making it seem out of place in the monologue. 

IELTS Speaking Part 3

What areas of a town or city do tourists often like to visit?

In my opinion,Tourists would often love to visit monuments of great historical significance, shopping complexes, and eateries. Many people also choose to visit museums and art galleries, although I am not sure, nowadays, I am not sure about their popularity.

How important is it for local governments to look after popular tourist attractions?

In many successful tourist friendly nations, I have observed and read that the secret behind such places is the strong support of local governments to its citizens. So it is really important that local governments look after these destinations as tourists are drawn to well-maintained attractions readily increasing business for local people.

Should people pay to visit attractions such as museums and galleries?

According to me, museums and art galleries should collect minimal entrance fees to maintain the premises and pay their staff. I am against exorbitant prices which I have seen in some of the museums.

How should tourists behave when they are in a different country?

As the saying goes-’ When in Rome, do as Romans do’ I strongly believe in this to avoid any mishaps. Tourists should read a bit about the culture and history of the place they are visiting so that they respect the sentiment of the host country. Worse! they can avoid any awkward standoffs.

What can local papers do to help tourists to enjoy their visit?

Locals can be friendly, helpful and kind to help tourists enjoy their stay. At least they should not try to take advantage of the stranded ones. I think trustworthy hosts are always warm and remembered for years to come by the tourists.

What can tourists learn from visiting new places?

Hmmmm………..Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller. Tourists learn the customs, tradition, and culture and get first hand information about the places they visit.

Review

Strengths of the speaker

The speaker gives precise answers to the questions posed. They state their opinion and give reasons wherever they see the need.

Weaknesses of the speaker and solutions

The answers could have been a little longer as it is part 3, and there is an expectation of giving the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ along with the opinion stated. 

The last question could instead be answered in this manner: 

“Hm… Traveling… it leaves you speechless, and then turns you into a storyteller. Tourists learn the customs and traditions of a place by interacting with the locals and spending time observing their way of life first hand. When a tourist has been to enough places, they can compare the different cultures. They can then tell the tales of their travel to all those who want to know more about those distant lands.”

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