Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

There can be some surprising questions on IELTS Speaking Part 3. What if you have no idea about the topic?

Our strategy here goes back to our overarching belief in honesty.

IELTS is a test of your communication ability, not your knowledge on a wide range of topics.

So, if you really have no experience or thoughts about a topic, here’s your strategy:

1- Be honest about your lack of knowledge.

2- Say why you don’t know about this, and/or how you intend to learn about it in the future.

Sample IELTS Part 3 Answers 

Question 1:

How do private schools benefit the students?

I would say:

Wow, to be honest I have no idea about private schooling. I was born and raised on the west coast of the States, in a small town. The only private school we had was a Catholic school, and that only went up to eighth grade. However, now that I have a son, I’m becoming curious myself about the possible academic and athletic positives that a upper-level institution may bring, and I intend to start researching some options in my area.


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Question 2:

What is your view on teachers who give prizes to students?

I would say:

To be honest, teachers didn’t really reward us with tangible things when I was in school. I mean, we had certificates sometimes for good grades or attendance, but that’s just a piece of paper. I suppose that children would be motivated by prizes like candy or toys, but that wouldn’t really be healthy or educational. So, I guess I’d have to say I disagree with that notion.

In this video, you learn additional phrases to use to introduce answers such as these.

How would you answer the Speaking Part 3 questions from this article?

Share your ideas in the comments section below!

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