Aubrey Carter
"3 Keys IELTS Certified Coach"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"
Ex-IELTS Examiner blog

Today you’ll hear stunning, native answers to IELTS Speaking questions about business.

You need to make it your business to be able to answer tough questions like these.

Check out our video with vocabulary and phrases for questions about small businesses.

Common topics concern the effect of big business on the economy and environment.

They also cover topics such as globalization and work/life balance.

Part 3 tips

  • #1: Use more formal vocabulary

Your vocabulary should sound very different from Part 1.

Part 1 should be informal, with slang and informal transitions.

Part 3 should be more formal.

This is your chance to sound fancy and use more formal vocabulary.

  • #2: Sound more serious

The intonation should be different from Part 1.

These are more serious topics, so your tone should be more serious.

Reserve the bubbly, excited tone for Part 1!

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#1: Comparing work hours present and past

In your opinion, do working professionals have to dedicate longer hours today than they did in the past?

Jessica uses more formal transitions such as “thus” and “in the past.”

Her vocabulary is also more formal.

Practice mimicking her answers for a band 9 pronunciation score.

#2: Down time for working professionals

What is the best way for busy professionals to relax?

Notice how much more serious our intonation is in these answers.

The intonation at the ends of words goes down, which creates a serious tone.

daily grind: the heaviness of daily work tasks

#3: Globalization

Let’s talk about globalization. What are the impacts of globalization on small businesses?

Jessica’s answer highlights the importance of keeping up on current events.

You will be asked difficult questions on Part 3.

It is vital that you are reading the news and listening to podcasts so you have ideas on any topic!


To score 7 or higher on Speaking, you must show a range of vocabulary and intonation.

To do this, Part 1 must sound very different from Part 3.

Informal vocabulary and tone must be present in Part 1.

For Part 3, you need to adopt a more formal tone and use formal vocabulary.

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