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

There are many IELTS Speaking and Writing questions about time.

  • Having enough
  • Running out
  • Being late
  • Controlling a schedule

You never know how this topic will pop up on the exam!

Today we share real IELTS questions about time.

We also provide a sample Part 2 answer about business.

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The native business professionals we interviewed often discussed this.

They provided strategies for prioritizing tasks and chunking time.

Time questions on IELTS

Describe a time you didn’t have enough time.

Describe a time you were late or early.

If your Speaking Part 2 question begins with “Describe a time when…” you are in luck!

These are the easiest questions to answer with a story.

Speaking Part 3 might also have challenging time questions.

Should students be required to spend more or less time on homework?

Do adults make better use of their time now than they did in the past?

For this question, it would be easiest to choose an era that is much different from ours.

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Sample Speaking Part 2 answer

Describe a time when you didn’t have enough time.

Jessica shares her current situation.

She breaks down a busy day and shares specific details.

  • Creating a new All Ears English course
  • Finish writing a final exam
  • Finalize the study plan for two different time frames
  • Interview a business professional from China

Additionally, she discusses the way she rewards herself for being productive.

She then talks about all the things she’d like to be doing if she had more time.

Check out our video detailing telling stories in Part 2.


There’s a good chance you will face questions about time on the IELTS exam.

Today’s sample answer gives you a band 9 example for Speaking Part 2.

Tell a story!

Share details and specifics.

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