Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Today you’ll find out if you can game the system for higher speaking scores.

(Listen to the beginning of the podcast to learn about puns!)

On the IELTS Speaking Exam, you may be asked to talk about games.

For instance, you may be asked to describe a game you played as a child in Speaking Part 2.

Then, you may get these Part 3 questions about games.

Speaking Part 3 question: Are the games children play today different than the past?

Notes from Lindsay’s answer:

  • to me, the answer here  is really obvious
  • suburban, rural area
  • kick the can, game of the 80’s
  • the key difference, I presume
  • the imaginative play with the physical body

Speaking Part 3 question: What can children learn from participating in competitive games?

  • children are handled with kid gloves
  • team sports are a natural way to get into this
  • trying to pretend like there isn’t a winner
  • important to acknowledge that there are winners and loser
  • win and fail graciously
  • throwing a temper tantrum


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Speaking Part 3 question: Should adults try to include more games in their lives?

  • not a big cards player
  • at first I roll my eyes
  • engage on a conversational level
  • end up having a blast
  • build a sense of cohesion among the group
  • bachelorette party
  • super crude
  • Cards Against Humanity
  • take it with a grain of salt

Speaking Part 3 question: Why is playing board games a fun family activity?

  • I’m a sucker for games
  • shelves and shelves of games
  • structured learning activities
  • using the TV as a babysitter
  • the perfect intermediary activity
  • ridiculous task
  • enjoying the present moments with your loved ones
  • a really good excuse to bond with your family
  • Monopoly

The intonation of these answers is fantastically expressive. Listen and mimic!

Don’t rush through your answers. Give yourself space for personal stories and intonation.

How would you answer today’s questions?

Share your love of games in the comments section below!


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