Aubrey Carter
"3 Keys IELTS Certified Coach"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

3 Keys student Binderiya joins us today.

She answers IELTS Speaking Part 1 and Part 3 questions.

The vocabulary and intonation for these must be very different!

You must show a range of vocabulary, depending on the formality of the question.

Listen in for feedback on how she can uplevel her Vocabulary scores.

Apply this advice to your own speaking practice!

This will improve your IELTS Speaking score.

Feedback from Binderiya’s personal coach class

She was given feedback to improve her pronunciation score.

  • The ‘th’ digraph
  • Clarify sounds

Additionally, she received advice on improving Vocabulary scores.

  • More variety of vocabulary
  • Informal vocabulary for Part 1 and Part 2

She will answer Part 1 and Part 3 questions, attempting to apply this advice.

Part 1 sample answers

How much time do you spend outdoors each week?

Binderiya shares that she walks and cycles to get outdoors.

She explains that when she’s not at work she tries to be outside.

Why do you think outdoor activities are good for people.

She uses great details in her answer.

Explaining the benefits of being outside, she talks about movement and feeling peaceful.

She describes hearing the birds sing and relaxing with a cup of coffee.

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Make sure you understand the question!

Notice the clarifying questions Binderiya asks.

Do you mean free time or work time?

This is much better than hoping you understand and possibly answering the wrong question.

The Examiner will clarify so you know you’re answering the question.

It does not pull down your score to do this.

However, you need native, natural phrases to ask for clarification.

Part 1 feedback

Binderiya did a great job providing details!

This brought out some interesting vocabulary.

However, she used the word “good” multiple times.

Avoid low-scoring, common words like “good.”

Replace it with something high level.

  • Totally awesome
  • Super amazing

This gets you the variety of vocabulary you need!

Idiom: good for the soul

On the Speaking exam, if you want to talk about the benefits of something, use this idiom!

  • Good for the soul / does my soul good: beneficial

We use this to exaggerate about simple things like drinking coffee or hearing music.

It does not have a spiritual or religious connotation.

It just means you find it beneficial.

Part 3 sample answers

Are there many environmental problems in your country?

Binderiya talks about her home country of Mongolia.

She describes the problem of air pollution, which is especially dangerous in the winter.

Industries and cars create a lot of smog.

She talks about the effect of this on children, as they can’t breathe clean air.

Should you talk about your home country or where you live now?

If the Examiner doesn’t specify, you can choose.

If they just say “in your country,” you can talk about where you live now or where you were born.

However, if the question says “in your home country,” you should discuss where you were born.

There is some flexibility here, so don’t get tripped up!

Part 3 feedback

The words “small” and “huge” were repeated multiple times.

These are band 5 words because they are so common.

There are many high-level options, so replace these!

Instead of small, say:

  • Minuscule
  • Tiny

Instead of huge, say:

  • Gargantuan
  • Humongous
  • Gigantic


In order to get the scores you need on IELTS, you need to understand the scoring system.

You must know what the Examiner is looking for!

Today’s feedback gives insight into Pronunciation and Vocabulary scores.

Apply it to your own sample answers.

Practice answering today’s questions in the mirror!

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