IELTS Speaking – Part 3

In Part 3, the examiner asks follow-up questions to the topic the student spoke about in Part 2. Within these follow-up questions students are generally expected to give opinions, compare different times or places, and provide examples. Part 3 lasts for around 5 minutes.

Sample Questions


– In what parts of your life do you want advice?
– Would you prefer to ask family or friends for advice?
– Do older people give better advice?
– Would you ever use the internet for advice?
– Should young people follow their parents’ advice or decide for themselves?

– What type of news stories interest you?
– Is local, national or international news more important to you?
– Which news media do you trust the most?
– Do you think the way people read news has changed?
– Do you think news is too negative?

– Do you think men and women get angry in different ways?
– Has the way you act when you are angry changed from when you were a child?
– What are some common ways for people to relax in your country?
– Is it better to tell someone you are angry, or to keep quiet?
– Do you think people are more angry today than in the past?

Outside activity

– What are some common activities people do outside in your country?
– Do old and young people do different outdoor activities?
– Do you think children spent more time outside in the past?
– Should schools encourage children to play outside at breaktime?
– What can cities do to make it safer to do outdoor activities?


– Are zoos good places to keep animals?
– Do you think the way people think about animals has changed in the last few decades?
– Should the government spend more money on protecting nature?
– What can cities do to be more animal friendly?
– What is the difference between a cute animal and an ugly animal?

Outside place

– What different outdoor places do young and old people like?
– How have places outside changed in your hometown?
– What makes a peaceful place?
– Should there be laws to keep outdoor places quiet?
– Do you think life outside is safer now than in the past?


– How have apps changed the way people communicate?
– Are the apps in your country different from apps used in other countries?
– Do you think children should have access to apps and the internet?
– Are the apps young people use different from those old people use?
– Do people in cities use different apps than people in the countryside?
Person you admire

– What makes a good role model?
– What are the advantages and disadvantages of young people having role models?
– Has the way people find role models changed in the last few decades?
– Why do many people admire entertainers more than scientists or doctors?
– Should the government tell people who are good role models?

– What kind of art do you enjoy?
– What do you think makes good art?
– What types of art are popular in your country?
– Why should children study art?
– Do young people and old people like different types of art?
– Do you think people’s taste in art has changed?


– Do you think people who live in the countryside have different personalities to people who live in the city?
– How would you describe the personality of people from your country?
– What can parents do to teach their children to be better people?
– Does a person’s personality change as they get older?
– Does a husband or wife need to show a different personality than a friend?


– What are the most popular types of book in your country?
– Should schools use paper books or electronic technology in class?
– Why is a love of reading important in children?
– What can parents do to make children read more?
– Do you read different books than your grandparents did when they were your age?

– Why do people enjoy taking photographs?
– What makes a good photograph?
– How has the way people take photographs changed in recent years?
– Should photography be taught in school?
– Do tourists take too many photographs?

– What makes a good celebration?
– Do young people celebrate differently from old people?
– Should street parties be allowed?
– Have traditional celebrations and festivals in your country changed in the last few decades?
– Do people in your country celebrate other country’s festivals?

– Some people say the best things in life are free. Do you agree?
– What makes a possession special?
– Do people today have more possessions than in the past?
– Should children be allowed to buy things for themselves?
– Do men and women keep different types of possession?

– What are the biggest changes in a person’s life?
– Why do some people not like change?
– Have changes in your country changed the way people behave?
– Can people make changes by themselves, or do they need other people to help?
– Is modern life more or less stable than life in the past?

– What type of people do you respect?
– Should we respect everyone, or do people have to earn respect?
– What can a person do to make other people respect them?
– Do you think it is important that young people respect older generations?
– Are people who live in the city more or less respectful than people in the countryside?


– What are the advantages of living in a city?
– Do people from cities have different personalities from people from the countryside?
– What makes a good city?
– Have cities in your country changed in the last few decades?
– What do you think cities will look like in the future?

– What do you think makes a good restaurant?
– Why do people like to eat in restaurants?
– What differences are there between family restaurants and romantic restaurants?
– Have the types of restaurant changed in your hometown since you were a child?
– Do people behave differently when eating in restaurants than when eating at home?

– What are some common things you talk about with your friends?
– Do men and women like to talk about the same things?
– What is a good way you to start a conversation with a stranger?
– Are there differences between having a conversation online and face-to-face?
– What advice would you give a person who is afraid of starting a conversation?

– Why do some people prefer having routines?
– Do people’s routines change as they get older?
– How can routines help people in their work?
– Are routines different for people in the countryside and people in the city?
– How can a person break an unhealthy routine?

– What are some traditional recipes in your country?
– Have people’s diets changed in your country?
– What skills does a good cook need?
– Should children be taught cooking at school?
– Do you think the government should tax unhealthy foods?

– In what situations is it OK to break the rules?
– Do you think society has more or less rules now than in the past?
– What rules exist in your country that other countries don’t have?
– Should schools or parents be responsible for teaching children discipline?
– What is the difference between a rule and a law?

– How have electronics changed the way we communicate?
– How do the elderly use electronics?
– Should children be allowed to use electronics in class?
– Do you think electronics are making people lose some skills?
– Is it OK for the police or government to access people’s phones?

– What makes a good school?
– How have schools changed in the last century?
– What are the advantages and disadvantages of home-schooling?
– Are there any new subjects that schools should teach?
– Is there a link between money and good education?

– What benefits can a person get from exercise?
– How has exercise changed from when your grandparents’ generation?
– What are the advantages of team sports?
– Should schools be responsible for making sure children exercise enough?
– What advice would help somebody who needs to do more exercise?

– What do you think the biggest recent scientific discovery has been?
– Why does society need scientists?
– Should schools teach science more than art?
– Are there any areas of science you think should be banned?
– What do you think science will achieve in the future?

– What makes a happy family?
– What are some common family activities in your country?
– How have families changed compared to a century ago?
– Should men and women have different jobs in a family?
– What are the advantages of having a large family?

– What type of things do you think make good service?
– Why is receiving good service important?
– What can a customer do to encourage good service?
– Do young people and older people give the same type of service?
– What can people do if they receive bad service?

– Why do people enjoy films?
– What is the most important thing in a good film?
– What are the advantages of watching a film in a cinema?
– Do different ages of people like different types of films?
– What is the film industry like in your country?

– What do you think is the most important skill a person needs in life?
– What are the advantages of having a teacher teach you a skill, rather than learning by yourself?
– How is modern technology changing the skills people need?
– Do you think men and women are better at different types of skills?
– Should children be taught more practical skills in school?

– Why is it important to have friends?
– What qualities do you look for in a friend?
– In what situations is it easier to talk to a friend than a family member?
– Do you think men and women talk to their friends differently?
– Is it important to keep childhood friends?

– What are some well-known traditional songs in your country?
– In what way are the songs you like different from the songs your parents or grandparents like?
– Do you think the lyrics or the tune is more important in a song?
– Is it important for children to learn songs in school?
– Do people like pop stars for their songs or for the way they look?

– What style of games do you enjoy playing?
– What traditional games are there in your country?
– Have the type of games people like to play changed since your grandparents were children?
– What can children learn from playing games?
– Is it OK for adults to play games?

– What are the most popular sports in your country?
– What benefits do people get from playing sport?
– What makes some people better at sports than others?
– Do children and adults think about sports the same way?
– Does having money change the types of sports people play?

– Do you find it more satisfying to give gifts, or to receive gifts?
– On what occasions do people give gifts in your culture?
– Has gift-giving changed in the last hundred years?
– What types of gifts can people give that don’t cost a lot of money?
– Do you think there is pressure on people to give gifts?

– Which sports do the most famous sportspeople in your country play?
– Do sportspeople make good role models?
– Do you think top sportspeople should be paid a lot of money?
– What qualities does a person need to become good at sport?
– Is it important that children and teenagers who are good at sport also study hard?
Historical item

– What are some of the most famous historical items in your country?
– Should all important historical items be kept in museums?
– Why are some old items thought important, and some items not?
– Why is it important to teach history in schools?
– Do you think history books are always true?

– Does your country have any famous streets?
– What makes a good street to live on?
– What can locals do to make their streets nice places?
– Have the streets in your hometown changed since you were a child?
– What are the advantages of making pedestrianised streets, where no cars are allowed?

– Why do people have hobbies?
– What are some common hobbies in your country?
– Has technology changed the type of hobbies people have?
– Do people’s hobbies change as they get older?
– Should children spend their time after school doing homework or hobbies?

– On what occasions might people surprise other people?
– Can you think of some examples of unwelcome surprises?
– Why do some people not enjoy surprises?
– Do you think young people enjoy surprises more than old people?
– Do you think relationships need surprises?

– How has the internet changed society in the last few decades?
– Do young people and old people use the internet for the same things?
– Should governments control what is on the internet?
– Should the internet be used in class to teach children?
– Do you think the government should protect shops that are losing business to internet shopping?

– What makes a good teacher?
– Why do you think people become teachers?
– What are the difficult parts of being a teacher?
– Should teachers be responsible for teaching social skills, or just their class subject?
– What can the government do to get more and better teachers?

– What makes a memorable journey?
– What can people learn from taking a journey?
– Do you think parents should take their children travelling, or keep them in one place?
– Is travel something only rich people can enjoy?
– Which is more important: the journey, or the final destination?

– What makes a good team player?
– Why do many companies ask for ‘a good team player’?
– What problems can happen in teams?
– How can childen be taught to work in teams?
– Has technology changed the way teams operate?

– Why is it important to be kind?
– Do you think men and women show kindness in different ways?
– Is society more or less kind than in the past?
– In what jobs do you think kindness is important?
– Can you think of an example of when it is better to be tough on a person instead of being kind?
Television show

– What types of television shows are currently popular in your country?
– Have the types of shows that are popular changed since you were a child?
– How much television do you think children should be allowed to watch each day?
– Do you think the government should control what is shown on television?
– Has the internet changed the way people watch television?

– Which foreign langauges do people learn in your country?
– Did your parents and grandparents learn languages differently from you?
– What are the advantages of knowing two languages?
– Should all children have to learn a second language at school?
– What is the best way to learn another language?
Time of day

– Do people in your country generally wake up early or late?
– Is it important what time of day a person wakes up?
– Do people’s routines, such as the time they go to bed, change as they get older?
– Have people’s work routines changed in the last few decades?
– How does becoming a parent change a person’s routine?

– Does your country have any days when people eat special meals?
– What makes a good meal?
– Which is more important in a good meal: the quality of the food, or the quantity of the food?
– Does money affect the type of restaurants people go to?
– What foreign cuisines are popular in your country?

– What the popular toys in your country at the moment?
– Have the types of toys children play with changed compared to 50 years ago?
– Do you think boys and girls naturally want to play with different types of toys?
– What do you think toys will look like in the future?
– Is it Ok for adults to play with toys?

– What are the most popular types of music in your country at the moment?
– Do people’s taste in music change as they get older?
– What are the benefits of learning to play a musical instrument?
– Is listening to music live different from listening to a recording?
– Should the government use money to help encourage traditional styles of music?

– What are some different types of holidays people can take?
– What are the busiest travel seasons in your country?
– Have the places people travel to changed in recent years?
– Does having more money change the way people travel?
– What can be done to make travel more environmentally friendly?

– Which musical instruments do most people play in your country?
– What is the best way to learn music?
– Why do many people like stars who sing and dance more than musicians?
– Do you think practice or natural talent is more important in becoming a musician?
– Should the government help paymusicians who don’t earn much money?
Useful job

– What do you think are some of the most useful jobs in society today?
– Have the types of jobs we think useful changed compared to the past?
– Should university students be forced to do useful subjects, or choose any subject they want?
– Are men and women better at different types of jobs?
– Do you think people who do jobs for other people, such as teaching or medicine, should be paid more than people in business?

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