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

Today you’ll hear band 9 sample answers about watching television.

Listen as Jessica and Aubrey give stellar answers to Speaking Part 3 questions.

We’ll use techniques we teach in 3 Keys IELTS.

You’ll hear feedback specifically related to the different Speaking scoring sections.

You can then use these strategies you need to get the score you need on IELTS!

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You’ll get your estimated band score as well as free resources at your level.

What are candidates graded on for the IELTS Speaking exam?

  • Pronunciation: You must sound native and natural. You can’t sound like a student.
  • Fluency/Coherence: You can’t have long pauses. You must be easy to understand, and you need transition phrases.
  • Vocabulary: You need a range of vocabulary – some informal and some formal. You also need idiomatic language, or idioms.
  • Grammar: You must have a variety of grammar structures: simple, compound and complex sentences. You can’t make too many mistakes!

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What to listen for in today’s sample Part 3 answers

As mentioned, for the Vocabulary score you must show a range.

Therefore, for Part 3 answers you will be more serious.

This will show up in your vocabulary and intonation, as well as the transition phrases you choose.

You’ll also notice that we answer with personal examples.

Students often think they can’t do this in Part 3 because it’s too informal.

That isn’t true!

As long as you’re using a more formal tone and vocabulary, you can definitely use personal examples.

This makes it more natural and real.

It also makes it easier to come up with details!

Question #1: How popular is watching television in your country?

Listen to Aubrey’s answer for native intonation and stress.

Notice how quickly she makes it personal.

She also uses great vocabulary, like “sanction.”

  • sanction: a limit or control placed on something

Question #2: Tell me about the types of television shows available in your country

Jessica knew it wouldn’t be ideal to list a few shows, as it would be difficult to use high level vocabulary.

Instead, she talked about how different television watching is today than in the past.

This gave her the opportunity to use native intonation and uncommon vocabulary.

Question #3: What effects can watching television have on children?

Jessica immediately talks about the controversy involved.

She talks about how it’s different for each child, as some process information differently.

She then shares a personal experience about watching television with her son.

She doesn’t worry about what the Examiner wants to hear.

Instead, she shares her opinions and thoughts naturally.


Speaking Part 3 sample answers are band 9 examples for questions related to television viewing.

There are key strategies you can use to get a 7 or higher.

It’s vital that you’re aware of the scoring system, and exactly what the Examiner is looking for.

For all the information you need to get your IELTS score, sign up for 3 Keys IELTS today!

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