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IELTS Speaking Test # 115

IELTS Speaking Test # 115

IELTS Band 8/9 level Speaking sample.

Part 1 Topic:  "Languages".
Part 2 Topic:  "Describe a website that you bought something from".
Part 3 Topic:  "Shopping online" & "The culture of consumerism".

Part 1 - Introduction & Interview

[This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself and checking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview. In the interview, the examiner asks the candidate about his/her home, work or studies and other familiar topics.]

Topic - "Languages."

Q.  How many languages can you speak? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: I can speak three different languages - My mother tongue, English and Spanish. I can speak the first language, obviously because it is the language of my home country. As for the two foreign languages, I can speak English because I learned it at school, and the other one is because it is very similar to my mother tongue.

Q.  How useful will English be to you in your future? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: Well, since "English" arguably is the most widely spoken language around the world, there is no doubt that this language is going to be very useful for my future, especially in regards with finding a better career opportunity and communication. Moreover, I have a plan to travel to as many countries as possible in the future, and then English would be the language to communicate with others. Finally, it will help me read many books that I wish to read in the future.

Q.  What do you remember about learning languages at school? [Why/Why not?]
Answer: As far as I can remember, it wasn’t really much of an issue for me to learn any of the languages, which I can speak, mainly because I overall enjoyed learning them. In some cases, I even used to boast about my foreign language learning skills and abilities to my classmates. My language teachers always appreciated my effort and performance in the class while learning a foreign language and it inspired me to do even better.

Q.  What do you think would be the hardest language for you to learn? [Why?]
Answer: Well, I haven’t exactly tried to learn any other languages than the ones I can already know about.  But, I think that Chinese, Mandarine to be more exact, language is going to be the hardest language to learn because one literally has to memorize thousands of its characters.


Part 2 - Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card

[The topic for your talk will be written on a card which the examiner will hand over to you. Read it carefully and then make some brief notes.]

Describe a website that you bought something from.

You should say:

  • what the website is
  • what you bought from this website
  • how satisfied you were with what you bought

and explain what you liked or disliked about using this website.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

[Examiner: All right? Remember you have one to two minutes for this, so don't worry if I stop you. I'll tell you when the time is up. Can you start speaking now, please?]

Click here for the answer to this Cue Card Topic


Part 3 - Details discussion:

Discussion topic: "Shopping online".

Q.  What kinds of things do people in your country often buy from online shops?
Answer: With the increasing popularity of online shopping among all kinds of customers, no wonder that many people in my country are also taking its advantages, especially during this time of the pandemic, by ordering foods, medicines and regular grocery items. Other than these things, people are using online shops also to buy electronic devices, home appliances, clothing items, cosmetics, perfumes, computers, mobile/smartphones, and fashionable items from wristwatches to sunglass and every other thing in between.

Q.  Why do you think online shopping has become so popular nowadays?
Answer: Online shopping has become popular all over the world nowadays for several reasons. Number one reason is that it saves our time and energy since we don’t have to run to a physical store, deal with the crowds and stand in lines to buy things. Another reason is that it offers a wide range of options in choosing a product and price comparison before actually buying a product. Besides, the fear of being infected by the recent Covid-19 Virus, while going outside to do the shopping, also has made online shopping popular these days.

Q.  What are some possible disadvantages of buying things from online shops?
Answer: There are several disadvantages to buying things from online shops.  The major one is probably the "delivery" as most of the times, delivery doesn’t arrive on time, and even if it arrives on time, the product/the product package gets damaged. Then, of course, the price of the product is also an issue as it gets higher because of adding the shipping charge with it. Finally, there are also chances of being scammed as the delivered products can be inferior in quality to the products that are shown on the websites.


Discussion topic: "The culture of consumerism".

Q.  Why do many people today keep buying things which they do not need?
Answer: Well, people like to attribute different reasons to the culture of consumerism, but the major ones could be summarized like these: we think that possessing more and more things will make us feel more secured and happy in life. Then we try to impress other people or want to feel more important in front of others with the things that we own. And finally, we, in general, are more susceptible to the advertisements on the media and their catchy messages than we like to believe.

Q.  Do you believe the benefits of a consumer society outweigh the disadvantages?
Answer: Well, it is a tough question to answer as there is no conclusive research data or evidence to simply say “yes” or "no". But, when we look at our societies which seem to have become more affluent and happy with their works and lifestyles, it is really hard to suggest that consumerism trend has many disadvantages. Besides, given the fact that the culture of consumerism has resulted in more international commerce and communication among people from different parts of the world, it also suggests that it has many benefits. On the other hand, the way people have become materialistic and self-centred, and the way the gap between the rich and poor has widened, makes it hard to say that this trend only has positive effects.

Q.  How possible is it to avoid the culture of consumerism?
Answer: In my humble opinion, in this age of international trade and commerce, it is almost difficult to avoid the culture of consumerism because we have become so much used to the luxury and comfort of life. After all, it is mostly the culture of consumerism which encourages us to become more productive in our life, which, in turn, makes sure that people have food on their tables, houses to live in, and clothes to wear. We have to have some kinds of genuine hopes to survive in this world, and the culture of consumerism does just that.

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