IELTS Speaking Test Sample 102
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IELTS Speaking Test # 102
Part One - Introduction
[The examiner asks the candidate about him/herself, his/her home, work or studies and other familiar topics.]
Q. How did your parents choose your name(s)?
A. It is a tradition in our country that newly-becomes-parents discuss with relatives and friends about the name of the newborn. Many relatives suggest names and parents even search online for great names. As I heard from my father, he and my mom did the same. However, instead of searching online, as the internet was yet to be available back then, they bought a book that listed several hundred names for newborns. Finally, they took my grandmother's suggestion and named me Vida.
Q. Does your name have any special meaning?
A. Yes, the name has a nice meaning, at least to me and my parents! The word 'Vida', which is my first name, means 'dearly loved'.
Q. Is your name common or unusual in your country?
A. I don't think it is that rare as I have encountered several other girls in my life who share the same name. However, I would not say that the name 'Vida' is very common as well.
Q. If you could change your name, would you? [Why/Why not?]
A. Definitely not. I love my name and the very sound of this name gives a special feeling in my heart and mind. I am Vida to my parents, relatives, friends and I want to be it to the rest of the world for the rest of my life.
Part 2 - Cue Card
[The topic for your talk will be written on a card which the examiner will hand you. Read it carefully and then make some brief notes.]
Describe a TV documentary you watched that was particularly interesting.
You should say:
- what the documentary was about
- why you decided to watch it
- what you learnt during the documentary
and explain why the TV documentary was particularly interesting.
[ You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you’re going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]
Part 3 - Two-way Discussion:
Different types of TV programmes:
Q. What are the most popular kinds of TV programmes in your country? Why is this?
A. I guess news, talk shows and TV series are the most popular TV programmes in our country. People love to get updates and most of the TV channels have some sort of news programmes. This is why people want to watch the news daily. Talks shows give an insight of a pressing issue and bring many popular personalities to the programme and people love to watch what they have got to say on an issue. TV series is highly entertaining and have many genres and viewers can always pick their favourite series based on their preferences. Personally, I like TV series and news programmes. Apart from that, some music and sports channels have gained huge popularity in recent days and I am a fan of these channels as well.
Q. Do you think there are too many game shows on TV nowadays? Why?
A. I think the number of sports and game shows is on the rise and it is interesting to notice that a good number of sports channels has gained tremendous followers these days. Game shows are entertaining and exciting and people love to watch their favourite sports team win a competition. Following the national team compete in international stage is a passion for many and the TV channels want to reach those audiences. Apart from that, quiz shows, game shows and other shows related to sports are also gaining popularity.
Q. Do you think TV is the main way for people to get the news in your country? What other ways are there?
A. I think TV is still the main source for people in my country to get news and updates on current events. With the increasing popularity of the Internet and social networking platform, many young people opt to the Internet for getting news. However, TV is still the main source for news for the whole nation.
Among other common sources for news, people rely on radio, newspaper and the magazines. Obviously, a great proportion of people these days depend on the Internet for latest news.
Q. What types of products are advertised most often on TV?
A. I would rather say what type of products and services are not on the TV? Starting from cosmetics, household appliances and cars manufacturers, online stores, fast food chains shops, real estate businesses and so on all want their presence on TV and to attract more people to their products and services. I personally believe beauty products and electronic products have the highest number of TV advertisements in our country and whenever I turn on a channel, their adverts are there.
Q. Do you think that people pay attention to adverts on TV? Why do you think that is?
A. I think people pay attention to TV ads even after they are bombarded with those adverts constantly. Sometimes people pay attention to those adverts willingly and sometimes unconsciously. I believe that whenever someone has to pick a product from a store which offers a large number of brands and manufacturers, people opt for the one they have noticed on TV. Besides, whenever someone is in front of a TV set, his eyes and ears concentrate on the things shown on the screen, and even though many of us are irritated with the number of adverts shown on TV, we have no alternatives if we want to watch our favourite programmes on TV.
Q. How important are regulations on TV advertising?
A. I think every advert should go through a rigid screening before they are live on TV. The authority should make sure that the advertisement is suitable for the whole family, do not broadcast fake products or services and does comply with the advertisement policies.