Planning an IELTS Speaking Part 3 Answer

The IELTS Speaking is comprised of three parts. Part three follows on directly from Part 2, is 4-5 minutes long, and is a conversation between you and the examiner. Planning an IELTS Speaking Part 3 answer is crucial as you may be asked a range of questions based on the topic of the earlier section.

Today, we will give you some handy tips and strategies for creating the perfect answers for Part 3 of the IELTS Speaking Test. The examiner will lead the discussion by asking you questions about the cue card in Part 2. These questions are a lot more general than Part 2 questions and will focus on asking your opinion on broader topics.

What kind of topics are in Part 3?

Confused? The main difference between Part 2 questions and Part 3 is that Part 2 asks for your experiences and examples. Part 3 will be asking questions in relation to a broader context but still directly related to the Part 2 question. Here are a few examples to give you an idea of what to expect…

Part 2 Question

Tell me about a place you visited when you were a child.

Part 3 Related Follow Up Question

Do you think that school trips are essential for a child’s education?

Part 3 questions can be a bit more difficult to answer but remember that this isn’t a general knowledge test; it’s an English test! Part 3 questions are less about you but about your opinions about the community or country
as a whole. So tell them your opinion!

How To Create a Part 3 Answer

Planning your answer is an excellent idea before you take the IELTS exam. Understanding how much to say and what to say can be sometimes confusing. In Part 3, they want to know your opinion. So we can use language to signpost this to the examiner. For example, you can use;

Personally, I
think that, In my opinion

So your first sentence should always answer the question, paraphrasing it when possible.

For instance: Do you think school trips are essential for a child’s education?

In my opinion, I think that school excursions are vital
for a child’s education.

After your introduction sentence, you want to move on to the reasons for your opinion. You can use personal experience and ideas to shape this answer. You want to provide one or two examples to support your argument after your introduction. For example…

Firstly, I think school trips are a different type of
education which allows children to explore the real world. Secondly, I believe that children require diverse stimuli to improve their mind, focus and interest.

You now have an introduction sentence, two supporting reasons, and now you need to conclude and summarise your views. You can do this by signposting to the IELTS examiner using phrases such as ‘In conclusion, to summarise, to conclude’.

For example…

In conclusion, I think that school trips are an
invaluable activity for a child’s education, which should increase.

The Finished Answer

‘In my opinion, I think that school excursions are vital
for a child’s education. Firstly, I think school trips are a different type of education which allows children to explore the real world. Secondly, I believe that children require diverse stimuli to improve their mind, focus and
interest. In conclusion, I think that school trips are an invaluable activity for a child’s education, which should increase.’

This is a high-level answer and directly addresses the
question. Can you give it a go yourself? What would your answers be? We have created a template for you to complete below. Feel free to fill out the comments below for our feedback.

Structure RECAP + Template
Answer Introduction

In my opinion, I think that school excursions are … for a child’s education.

Opinion Reasons/Examples

Firstly, I think school trips are ….

Secondly, I believe that ….

Conclusion

In conclusion, I think that …

We look forward to receiving your answer, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us by leaving a comment below or by sending us an email. We love to hear from our students and help in any way we can.

If you are interested in practicing the Speaking Exam in more detail, please visit the British Council website for further details.

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