IELTS Speaking Test – PART 1: Introduction & Interview
Q. What kinds of public transports are there where you live?
A. Various types of public transports are there in my city, but the popular ones are definitely buses and trains. Most commuters in my city like to take either buses or trains because they are cheap, and offer convenient commuting experience and safety.
Q. Which type of public transport do you use the most? Why?
A. I often use a train to commute to different parts of my city. I take trains because they are less expensive, more comfortable and faster than buses. Moreover, they are almost always on time.
Q. What problems are there with public transports where you live?
A. The public transport system in our city is usually better than that of many other cities in the world and we have plenty of buses and trains to take commuters to their destinations. However, buses are often late and it kills valuable times of the commuters. Moreover, not all people can get a seat on a bus or a train when they travel, especially during busy office hours. We also need reserved seats for senior citizens.
Q. How would you improve the public transport system in your city?
A. I think we should have video cameras and other means of security system inside these public transports in order to prevent any kind of misconduct. I would also replace some of the old buses and add more new facilities for the commuters including free WiFi. If I get the chance, I will appoint more security guards in those public transpiration systems and make sure enough buses are on the road during the busy hours.
IELTS Speaking Test – PART 2: Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card
Describe a historical figure or a famous person you know about.
You should say:
» who he/she is
» what makes him/her famous
» whether you like him/her or not
and briefly explain something about his/her life or work.
[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.]
Model Answer 1:
One of the historical figures that I admire the most would be Thomas Alva Edison. He was an American Inventors who lived at the end of the eighteenth century. It is said that Edison was one of the greatest inventors in the world, as he had found more than 1000 inventions during his time.
One of his greatest inventions would be the bulb light that we still use until today. In his biography, it was told that he had done almost 1000 experiences for the light and almost failed. But due to his persistence and strong determination, he finally found the bulb light. He was also the co-founder of the giant multinational company, General electric, which still exist until today. But the Company has transformed into a high-tech company which sells various kinds of products these days.
I personally like Edison, because of his great determination. During his time, scientists had limited equipment, as there was no computer, no calculator and people have limited access to the library. But with that limitation, he never complained and gave up and continued to make some experiments. His story has motivated so many people all over the world and I believe that we should continue to pass the story to the young generation.
One of the fascinating things about Edison’s life would be when he was a child. He was dropped out from school because his teacher believed that he was too stupid to learn. But thankfully he had a kind and loving mother who never gave up on him. She became Edison’s teacher who always supported him in every situation. And in the end, Edison became one of the greatest inventors in history.
Sample Answer 2:
The United States of America is a land of historical events. Besides, the country is also famous for some of its heroic sons. Abraham Lincoln is one of them. I am really glad that I got the opportunity to talk about him for the next few minutes.
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the USA. During his reign, the situations were unusual. The country went under some serious critical moments and the Civil War was one of them. Besides, there were some political and constitutional crises as well. But Lincoln controlled the situations in an efficient manner. It is Abraham Lincoln who abolished the slavery. Before the abolition of this system, racism was at its peak. Lincoln also did some other notable activities. He is the man who also made the federal government system stronger. The modern economy actually started its journey with the association of this President. In fact, many of the facilities we are enjoying today are the gift of this smart man.
Abraham Lincoln is famous for some specific reasons. First of all, he brought some positive changes in the society and as a direct consequence, we are enjoying the greatest benefits. He abolished slavery permanently from the country and ensured equal rights for all. He also reigned during the bloodiest war in the country. In fact, the Civil War was the most serious war in the history of the USA so far. People still remember him for his concepts to create a modern economy. Moral degradation was an important aspect in the then time. He ruled over the degradation. He also played role in the structural development of the country, established railroads, banks etc. He is also famous for his Gettysburg Address which is also quoted even in the present days. He wanted to unite the nation by all possible means and he was successful.
Yes, I like him much. He is a historical figure in the history of the USA. He served the country as a great guardian and wanted to improve the existing norms and rules. Accordingly, a good number of changes took place in the country and we are bearing the legacy in the present days. It is really a matter of courage indeed to rule a nation during a bloody war and provide the right directives, working amid internal crisis and more. He also supervised and set strategies during the war so that the losses are minimal. All of his attempts were humane and he dreamt of a modern America. He emancipated the slavery in the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution for the USA. In fact, this the greatest tasks he has ever done and for this reason, a majority of the US citizens like me hail him.
The great figure in the history of the USA, Abraham Lincoln, was born in Kentucky in 1809. He had his schooling in Kentucky and Indiana but could not attend college for some issues. He moved to different states and worked as different professionals. He was popular among his fellowmen for his improved character, ethical feature etc. He ran for several terms to be a member of Illinois legislature and became a member of Whig Party. He also turned into Republican, studied law during his leisure hours and became a lawyer as well. After his tenure ended as a United State House of Representatives, he started his law practice. He became the 16th President of the country in 1861. He was assassinated, in fact, shot in the head on April 14, 1865, and breathed his last on the next day. This was the first assassination in the history of the USA.
IELTS Speaking Test – PART 3: Details Discussion
Q. Who are the most influential people in your society?
A. Famous scientists, writers, sportsmen, politicians, business people, and actors are mainly the most influential personalities in our society. Apart from that, media personalities, teachers and army persons also have influence over people to some extent. One of the most influential persons in our country would be the current president who is very popular among citizens because of his humble and simple lifestyle. Besides, everyone knows that he is free from corruption and nepotism. He had been given an award by the international Time Magazine as one of the inspirational people in my country.
Q. Are there many heroes or role models today?
A. Yes, we still have many role models these days even though we like to believe that most politicians and influential people are corrupted or biased. Our role models always don’t have to be politicians as we could follow many athletes, scientists, journalists and teachers as our role models. Even our parents could be our heroes and great role models.
I also do believe that we should be selective about our heroes as some famous persons have negative personality and we should not follow their lifestyle. For example, a famous singer could be a role model and hero for thousands of teenagers only if he or she leads an exemplary life.
Q. What, in your opinion, are the qualities of a good leader?
A. I think it is really important for a good leader to have integrity in his/her life and be honest, talented and brave. As he/she leads people, an institution or a company, he/she should lead by examples. For instance, when a boss wants all of his/her employees to come to work on time, he/she should never come late. He/she should also be open-minded and listen to the ideas of his/her team. With this kind of attitudes, many people would respect and admire the leader and obey him/her no matter what.
Q. It is said that heroes are born, not made. Do you agree? Why?/Why not?
A. No doubt, it is a widely believed notion but I would rather say that heroes are created, not born. A couple of reasons will help remove ambiguity on this topic.
Generally, people are born with some inherent qualities. These qualities may vary based on geographical locations and genetic features. But many qualities remain hidden unless they are nurtured properly and there are scopes to express and use them. To be a hero, someone needs to show that he/she is creative, can lead others, take risks and possess some exemplary qualities that others are afraid to express or do. Such a leader might risk his/her life as well. I believe that, unless there are chances to show such qualities, people will never consider that individual a hero. Great qualities are exposed on certain occasions. So, I cannot agree that heroes are born, rather they are made and situations play an important role to make ordinary individuals do great things.
Q. What qualities a leader must have to be loved by his fellowmen?
A. Well, being a leader who is truly admired by all is quite difficult unless that person has some great qualities. People usually seek “honesty” and “transparency” in a leader. So, if the leader wants to be loved and admired by his/her fellowmen, he/she has to be “fair” in all terms and by all means. Positive thoughts, humble behaviour and kind acts also play a crucial role for a leader to be followed. Effective communication and problem-solving skills are also required to be a favourite leader.
Q. How do you see a leader now and in the future?
A. Well, I do not believe that future leaders would be much different than they are now unless we have a totally different social system in the future. The core value of a good leader would always remain the same and people will expect honesty, innovation, integrity, selflessness and dedication among the future leaders as well. Hence, despite living in different times, true leaders would still be those with many admirable traits that are distinguishable and useful for someone to lead us.