IELTS Speaking Test Sample Answers | Work, Time Management, Flowers, Internet, Knowledge (general & specific)

IELTS speaking test sample answers

IELTS Speaking Test | Part 1

What is your name?
My full name is ...

Do you work or study?
I work, I'm part of a team who do digital marketing for a company here in London.

What part of your job is exciting?
It's all exciting - it's a really dynamic environment and things are changing all the time. That's why I love working in a technology related area - you always have to be up to date with what's developing and what's trending for the next six months or so.

Which is more important – your job or the people you work with?
For me personally, they're both important. I guess I'm lucky because I love my job and I get to work with some really great people also.

Do you manage your time well?
On the whole, yes. My job requires that I do, as often we work to very short deadlines on marketing projects and clients expect almost round the clock service when they are spending so much money.

How do you do it?
Time management? Well, I try to keep it simple. I always have my tasks prioritized and I usually try and finish something once I start it - not leave it and then come back to it - I find that takes longer to get things done. Sometimes it's necessary to leave certain tasks, while other people do a part of the project, but in general I try to complete everything immediately and not leave things pending longer than absolutely necessary.

Do you like flowers?
Yes, I do. Especially when someone buys them for me. I like unusual flowers with strong colors.

Are flowers important in your country?
They're important for special occasions - but I don't know if they are more important or less important than in any other country. Most people think of giving flowers on important events such as weddings, funerals, birthdays, and then there's the romantic side of flowers ... very important for us women. I love it when a man I like buys me flowers.

How are they important?
I think that flowers represent many different things for different people. A certain flower may have a special meaning for certain people, for example, my mother was always very fond of tulips. I asked her once... why tulips?... because personally, I don't think they are very beautiful. Anyway, she told me that the first flowers that her husband (my father) had bought her were tulips - and that's why she loved them. It's very sweet, not becasue the tulips are special flowers, but because of who gave them to her.

IELTS Speaking Test | Part 2

Talk about an interesting topic.

You should say:
  • What topic is it?
  • Why do you find it interesting?
  • What can you learn from it?
and how important is this topic in today's world.

Sample Answer

Okay, I'd like to talk about the internet ... I think it's one of the biggest influencers in our culture at the moment. I think my generation find it hard to believe that our parents didn't grow up with the internet and all it offers. We are just so used to going online and doing all the things we do every day a normal - they didn't have any of that - well, maybe they were using email but social media hadn't really been invented back then. My father still has problems understanding the attraction of site like facebook and Twitter even when I try to explan what's so good abou them to him.

In my opinion, the internet has and will continue to change the world, there is just so much you can do with it. It's not only about entertainment and socializing. I mean, you can virtually educate yourself online nowadays. All the latest research and developments are published almost immediately and there are so many great sites where you can read and study and learn from experts in any field - it almost makes going to university obsolete.

But the thing that I think will change the world the most, and it is already happening, is that people from all over the world can work together. There are now virtual companies where there is no big main office, you know - no headquarters - or anything like that. Groups of people work together but they may be living in different parts of the world, in different time zones, and since cloud computing is now becoming even more common, it means that they can all collaborate easier than ever.

Why is this important for the world? There are many advantages, geographical borders simply don't exist... if the best person for the job is in another country, now it doesn't matter. Many of these people work from home - they don't go to an office - and this means that they are not commuting to work every day which cuts down on traffic and pollution. They also maybe don't have to worry about how to travel to work anymore or spend money on transport. This makes them better off. They have more flexibility and less expense related to working.

I think we are only beginning to learn just what we can actually achieve with the power of the internet and there will be many more developments in the future, but it's certainly making the world a more interesting place at the moment.

IELTS Speaking Test | Part 3

What is more important in your opinion: general or specific knowledge?
That would depend on the circumatsnces ... it's good to know a something about many different things, but in some cases you need to have indepth knowledge. I mean, you wouldn't want to go and consult a doctor about a health problem if he wasn't a specialist in that area, if he didn't have the necessary knowledge.

How is general knowledge important to a country?
I think the more people know the better - in general - because they can have a beter understanding of the world and how their own country is positioned economically and politically. General knowledge is a good thing and more important now because as I said before the internet has made the world a smaller place, not physically, but we can now be in contact with people from all over the world, so it can be very important for people in a certain country to have a good level of general knowledge in order to interact well with people from other places.

Which person is more interesting to you: somebody who has some knowledge about many different subjects, or somebody who knows almost everything about a few certain topics?
Again, that depends on the circumstances in question ... if I was just wanted an interesting person to chat with I think knowing a lot about many different things would be a good thing, but if I wanted some know something specific about a certain issue then maybe a specialist or expert would be more interesting to talk with. It's good that there are people who know a lot about only some things - but it's only interesting if you are interested in the same things,or need to know more about that particualr topic. I mean, it could be quite boring listening to someone talking on and on about something they know a lot about - if I'm not interested in it.
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