Questions and Answers IELTS

23.02.14. Part 2 Speaking - Model answer

Here is a model answer for this commonly asked IELTS Speaking Part 2 question:

Describe an intelligent person you know:

You should say:

-who this person is

-when and where you first met them

-what you usually talk about

-say why you think this person is intelligent

  • I’m going to talk about my father. I’ve known him all my life, so I can’t really say when or where we first met. In point of fact, he didn’t feature heavily in my early childhood; he worked away a lot so I rarely saw him. Now he’s approaching retirement I see him much more.
  • My father and I share a passion for computer science and football so we regularly talk about both of those things. My father is not a computer scientist exactly, but he advises the Thai government on which new technologies to develop here in Thailand and which should be…

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IELTS Listening Task: Aim for Band 7.5

03.02.14 - Listening Ticket Touts - Questions

Here is a very challenging listening task taken from the BBC. This task is aimed at students aiming for 7.5; students aiming for 6 or 6.5 are likely to find it challenging. Give it your best shot:

We’ll post the answers next week.

  1. What is the name of the owner if the ticket agency?
  2. Where is the ticket agency based?
  3. Name one of the shows that will sell its tickets 6 months in advance
  4. How many day seats might be on sale?
  5. How late was Mary Ann able to get tickets for the theatre?
  6. What is the name of the Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House?
  7. What percentage of tickets is under £40 at the Royal Opera House?
  8. At what prices do the touts resell the tickets?
  9. How long have people been trying to solve the issue of ticket touts?
  10. Where are the reputable ticket sellers listed?

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IELTS Speaking Part 2: Top tips for your one minute preparation time

Here are our tips on how to spend your 1 minute preparation time:

  1. Decide on your story/topic as quickly as possible, this should be done within the first 10 seconds.
  2. Then spend the next 50 seconds making notes.
  3. Use a story/topic you have already practiced before.
  4. Write a simple list of keywords you want to talk about. Don’t write sentences.
  5. Write at least one point for each part of the question.
  6. If you make a mistake, leave it don’t waste time erasing it.
  7. Concentrate on answering the question. Do not worry about grammar.

Point 3 is the most important. There are commonly asked topics in Speaking Part 2, with enough practice you should get good relatively quickly.

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