Part 3 of the IELTS speaking test

Part 3 of the IELTS speaking testIn Part 3 of the IELTS speaking test, the examiner will ask you between 4 and 9 questions. These questions will be in some way related to the subject of the topic card you spoke about in Part 2 of the speaking test. In total, this section of the test will take between 4 and 5 minutes.

The focus of Part 3 of the IELTS speaking test is to get you to talk in more detail about issues that are not directly related to you. Here is an example:

(The Part 2 topic card)

Describe a good meal you have had
You should say:
• Where you had the meal
• Who cooked / prepared it
• What is was
And explain why you thought the meal was good

The Part 3 questions

  • Why do you think fewer people are cooking at home these days?
  • Should children be allowed to eat fast food?
  • Are we losing traditional cooking skills?

The important points to keep in mind about Part 3 is that the examiner is looking for you to demonstrate a range of both formal vocabulary AND a wider range of grammar (such as conditional sentences, participle clauses and relative clauses). You should talk at length about each question.