IELTS Speaking Sample 8

IELTS Speaking Mock Test # 8

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.…]

Q. How did you reach the examination centre?
A. After I left my home earlier in the morning, I booked a Uber car and it dropped me in front of the exam venue. So it was easier for me to reach the exam centre on time.

Q. Do you like travelling? Where have you travelled to lately?
A. Yes, I do like travelling very much. Travelling gives me first-hand experience of diverse places, people and their culture and ways of life. I would like to travel more often in the future.

I went to Hong Kong to have some business deals two months ago. This is the latest tour I have had.

Q. How do you usually travel?
A. I usually travel in a private car that my family owns whenever I need to move within the city. As renting a car from Uber is really convenient these days, I often book a car from Uber if someone else in my family needs to use our private car. However, I take a train or a bus when I need to travel to somewhere far away. While travelling to a different country, air travel is the way to go.

Q. What are the most common types of transportation run on the roads in your town?
A. Well, private cars and public buses are the two most common types of vehicles in my town. Taxis and trams are also available for us to use. To reach a far destination within the city one can also take a metro rail. The Uber has, however, made the car journey popular among people who are daily commuters and like to share a ride.

Citizens in my country mostly use public buses or Uber cars to move from one place to another within the city. If they need to visit outside the city, they take the train and that’s the most convenient way of travelling a long distance. Sometimes people hire a taxi, which is a bit expensive, to reach important places where they need to maintain strict time schedules.

Q. What kind of places do you like to visit?
A. I like to visit sites and areas which are either naturally beautiful or historically important. In particular, sea beaches, mountains and old historic places are at the top of my list.

Q. Do you think that the new transportation system should be introduced in your city? Why?
A. I don’t think that new transportation systems would be required in my city right now especially because Uber has filled the gap. However, the existing transportation system like public bus and tram should be renovated. The number of such public transportations should also be increased for the convenience of the commuters.


PART 2 - Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card

Cue Card Topic:

Describe a historical place that you know about.

You should say:

    •  what the place is
    •  where it is located
    •  what is the historical significance of the place

and explain what you think about this place.

[You will have to talk about the topic for 1 to 2 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.]

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PART 3 - Detailed Discussion

Topic: Historic sites and their significance

Q. Do you think that governments should be required to pay for the maintenance of areas of historical significance?
Q. How the importance of different places changes over the course of history?
Q. Should historic buildings and sites be preserved or demolished for modern constructions? Why?

Topic: Travelling to Historic Places

Q. How can travelling be important for students? What about travelling to historic places for them?
A. Well, travelling is extremely important for students, I believe. In fact, travelling is also a form of education. It helps to broaden the outlook of the students. The things that students learn in their classrooms, they can see those when they travel and their knowledge becomes matured. Moreover, when students will travel in different places, they would come out of their comfort zones which in reality will increase their skills to adapt to new situations and learn to deal with them smoothly in the future. But the most important thing is that travelling is fun. It provides immense pleasure to the students. It refreshes their mind and helps to focus on their studies.

Q. Why some people prefer to visit a historic place than a more renowned tourist spot without any historical significance?

Q. Will more people travel to different historic places in the future than the past? Why do you think so?

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