IELTS Speaking Test # Skill, you have learned successfully

IELTS Speaking Test
The speaking test in IELTS consists of three parts.
Duration 11-14 minutes
One examiner + one candidate
Part 1 (4-5 minutes): The examiner asks a number of questions about familiar topics such as the candidate’s studies/work, hobbies, interests etc. Normally 8-9 questions are asked in this part.
Part 2 (3-4 minutes): The examiner gives you a topic to talk about. The topic is written down and includes some bullet points to guide you. After a minute’s preparation, the candidate speaks for two minutes on the topic provided by the examiner.
Part 3 (5-6 minutes): The examiner and the candidate discuss some general questions based on the theme of the Part 2 topic.
In this post I will focus on Part 2 and Part 3.

Part2 Cue Card

Describe a skill (for example, driving, speed reading etc.) you have learned successfully
You should say:

  • what skill you have learned!
  • why you learned it!
  • who helped you learn it!

and explain what helped you to become good at the skill.

Sample Answer

Skills play a defining role in our life. They make us more efficient and productive. Today, I am going to talk about a skill that I learnt successfully.
Two years ago, I learnt how to drive a car. I live in the countryside and my workplace is about 20 km away from my home. When I started working, either my father or my sister used to drop and pick me up at the office every day. But, after a while, this daily duty became an unnecessary burden for them as they have their own jobs. In general, I am a confident person but this dependency on others affected my self-esteem. So, I immediately decided to take driving lessons.
There is a well-known driving school near my home. I contacted the school and took two months’ training. The trainer was very friendly. He always gave clear instructions and prepared me really well for the driving test. Later, I successfully passed the driving test and obtained my driving license.
Driving is a skill which takes a lot of time to master. But, once you overcome the fear of driving on crowded roads, it gives you immense satisfaction and pleasure. The same thing applies to me. To improve my car driving skills, I drove daily to my office and to other nearby locations. I used to make mistakes at the beginning but I always took a note of them and tried not to repeat them.
In short, my commitment, perseverance and dedication helped me become a skilled driver.

Part2 Part 3 Follow-up questions

Skills and everyday life
Q. 1 Can you compare the skills that are important nowadays with the skills that were important 20 or 30 years ago?
Sample answer: Twenty/thirty years ago, traditional skills like weaving, knitting, sewing and earthenware pottery making were an integral part of people’s lives. But, nowadays, computer, management, language, and data analysis skills are given more importance.
Q. 2 What skills are valued most in your country?
Sample answer: My country is a developing nation and there are many sectors such as banking, manufacturing, information technology and tourism etc. In almost every sector, basic computer skills and communication skills are of utmost significance.
Q. 3 What kind of skills might be important in the future?
Sample answer: This is an interesting question. Considering the amount of data generated every day, I think that in the future the demand for research and data analysis skills will rise considerably.
Skills and training
Q. 4 What qualities does a good trainer need to have?
Sample answer: In my opinion, a professional trainer should have a wide range of skills. Firstly, he/she should possess an in-depth knowledge of his field. Secondly, he/she must be friendly, punctual and impartial. Thirdly and most importantly, he/she should lead by example.
Q. 5 Why should companies invest a lot of money in training?
Sample answer: Training programs are vital for the growth of a company. A company with the trained staff is more likely to outperform its competitors. Regular training sessions upgrade the knowledge and skills of employees which in turn leads to higher productivity and profitability. For this reason, many companies spend a major part of their annual budget on different types of trainings.
Q. 6 Do you think schools and universities prepare young people well for the future employment?
Sample answer: Not really. I think that secondary schools and universities in most parts of the world focus too much on conventional academic subjects like mathematics, science and history etc. Professional skills are often neglected. This imbalance between theoretical and practical knowledge has a negative impact on the future job prospects of young people.

 

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IELTS CUE CARD – Describe a place where you want to read and write apart from your home

IELTS CUE CARD – Describe a place where you want to read and write apart from your home

 

Describe a place where you want to read and write apart from your home

  • what is it
  • where is it
  • why do you go there to read and write

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SAMPLE ANSWER

There are many places apart from my home where I read and write. One such place is my college library. It’s a new library that has been recently built in the college premises. The building is a beautiful structure with three floors. Each floor is dedicated to different genre of books. On the third floor there is a cafeteria and books for children to pass their leisure time. The students can bring their children as well. I believe it’s a great initiative to inculcate reading habits in them. The furniture provided there is also very comfortable. This library provides several dedicated work stations with computers and internet connection. Besides that it also has online resources which the students can access and also save the relevant data on their laptops and other devices. All these features make it different from traditional libraries. In fact many students are attracted to visit this library for reference work.

I am studying a course in Travel and Tourism which requires a lot of research on other countries. The library has the latest collection of books on tourism industry. Some books are for reference only and can’t be borrowed so I often visit here to make notes. During my exams I go there every day as it helps me concentrate better than home. I love the ambience of the library. The librarian is also very helpful. He is always ready to search the required books for the students who come here.

Many of my friends also visit this library for making notes and consulting books for their research work. I believe it is one of the best places in the campus of the college to read and study peacefully.

STRONG WORDS
WORDS MEANING
Genre a style or category of art, music or literature
Traditional existing in or as part of a tradition, long established
Ambience the character and atmosphere of a place

 

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IELTS Cue Card #Describe a mistake you made

Here is latest cue card question. IELTS Band9 level answer

Describe a mistake you made

    • what the mistake was
    • when you made it
    • why you made it

And explain how it affected you.

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Sample Answer

To err is human. Today, I’m going to talk about a mistake I made when I was in 6th class.

One day my sister was quite unwell. She was suffering from fever. There was only one doctor in my village and there were no mobile phones at that time. The only way to call the doctor was to send someone to fetch him. Unfortunately, my father had gone somewhere.  My mother asked me to go to the doctor. Since it was quite cold and dark outside, I told her that I would fetch the doctor tomorrow.

In the night my sister’s condition deteriorated, her fever was touching the mark of 104-105 degree Fahrenheit. She started murmuring. That was the most difficult time for me and my mummy. I was cursing myself. If I had gone to the doctor on time, my sister would not have been in this situation.

I made this mistake without realizing that I was making a mistake. I was a child and I had no idea about how high fever can be life threatening for someone.

This incident affected me a lot. With God’s grace and my mother’s efforts, my sister survived. But, her complete recovery took a long time. Now, I am much more careful about health and I never ignore any kind of health problems.

 

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IELTS CUE CARD Describe a time when you had to use your imagination

IELTS CUE CARD Describe a time when you had to use your imagination

 

Describe a time when you had to use your imagination.

You should say:

  • when it was
  • why you had to use it
  • what you imagined

And explain how you felt about it.

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Sample answer:

One particular event which I remember quiet clearly was when I had to babysit my little niece Apu. She was about 4 years old and adored stories. In order to entertain her I picked the obvious route of introducing her to a story telling based game. This game heavily relied on the use of a creative imagination. I started off with a sentence which she in turn completed. Together we both created a magical world with flying mermaids and ice cream houses, it would have been quite a sight to behold. As we were creating the world beyond our dreams, I realised I felt like a mischievous kid. Once more I was free and happy, oblivious to what lay beyond our happy little world. Together me and Apu had a blast, we did not even notice when the time flew by. Since then it’s become her favourite game and we always play it together whenever I visit her.

 

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