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

There is a good chance you will be asked about technology on IELTS Speaking.

You may be asked questions about the Internet, computers or cell phones.

Part 3 questions might be about children using technology or addiction.

It is also common to be asked to compare technology in the past to now.

Today’s sample answers will help you be ready for this common topic!

Intonation boosts pronunciation scores

Don’t forget to vary your intonation on IELTS Speaking answers.

You cannot use a monotone!

Your voice must be expressive.

Allow emotion to show that matches what you are saying.

For each of our sample answers, notice the intonation.

Question #1: Computers at home

The first question Aubrey gets is about home computers

Do most people have a computer at home in your country?

Aubrey shares that the pandemic forced many Americans to buy computers for each child.

Once school went online, kids were required to have a computer.

She shared that these were usually cheap Chromebooks that were a pain.

  • a pain: something that has many disadvantages
  • a necessary evil: something that has many disadvantages but we need it anyway

I hate my job but it’s a necessary evil because I need to save money.

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Can you self-correct on IELTS Speaking?

In Aubrey’s answer, you heard her self-correct.

She first said ‘epidemic’ and then corrected herself and said ‘pandemic.’

This does not decrease your score.

It shows that you know both words and how to use them.

If you realize you’ve used the wrong word, just use the correct word.

Question #2: Can you trust what you read online?

Aubrey then is asked about information online.

Do you think all the information on the internet is true?

She shares that posts in forums usually contain opinions.

When researching details about English grammar, she often sees conflicting information.

It’s important to check sources and recognize if something online is an opinion.

Question #3: How has the Internet changed our lives?

Jessica’s first question asks her to compare the past to now.

How has the internet changed the way we live?

She starts her answer by saying, “The better question is, ‘How has it NOT changed the way we live?'”

Aubrey says that when we vehemently believe something we often emphasize like this.

  • vehemently: with great feeling

Sharing a meme she saw online, she points out that we used to stare at our shoes while we waited.

Sometimes we’d strike up a conversation with a stranger.

Now whenever we are waiting we’re on our cell phones!

She shared a couple of phrases we use that mean ‘this is complicated.’

  • it was this whole thing
  • it was a whole thing

#4: Is the Internet safe for children?

Jessica’s last question asks about the safety of the Internet

Do you think the internet is safe for children to use unsupervised?

She shares that there’s a lot online that isn’t appropriate for children.

First, X-rated content can permanently damage a young child’s mind.

Additionally, they shouldn’t be exposed to the hateful comments posted anonymously.

I am filled with trepidation at allowing my son unfettered access to the children.


You will likely be asked about technology on Part 3 of the IELTS Speaking exam.

It’s vital that you use interesting intonation, even when responding about serious topics.

Today’s sample answers are full of high-scoring vocabulary and intonation.

Practice shadowing by listening and then repeating the intonation.

Add a few of today’s vocabulary words to your notebook.

Practice using them in your own sample answers.

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