IELTS Speaking Part 3

IELTS Speaking Part 3 [The Band Booster]


In the IELTS Speaking test, undoubtedly IELTS Speaking Part 2 is really important, but if you want to push your band score a little higher then doing well in IELTS Speaking Part 3 is also very crucial.


In this article, we will discuss: 

  • The Question structure of IELTS Speaking Part 3.
  • How should you answer the questions? 
  • What are the things you can do? 
  • What you should avoid doing?
  • How to boost your band score?


The Question structure of IELTS Speaking Part 3


In the IELTS Speaking part 3: 

  • You will be asked around 4-8 questions.  
  • Questions will be related to part 2 speaking topics. 
  • In the questions, basically, you will be asked to:

1) Give your opinion. 

2) Talk about the advantages and disadvantages.

3) What are the causes and effects of anything? 

4) What are the benefits of doing something? 

5) Agree or disagree questions.


Here is an example of IELTS Speaking part 3 questions:

IELTS Speaking Part 3

Here, you can see, the structure of speaking part 3 is similar to part 1. Both parts are two-way discussion with the examiner. Then maybe you are thinking about “what is the difference between speaking part 3 and part 1?” 

Well, the main difference is IELTS Speaking Part 1 is all about yourself, the examiner will ask you direct questions about your hobbies, experience, etc. These questions are short and straight forward types. 

On the other hand, the questions of  IELTS Speaking Part 3 will be based on the topic of speaking part 2, where the questions will be a bit trickery, and complex. So you should pay attention to understand the questions before answering them.



How should you answer the questions of IELTS Speaking Part 3


In the part3 of IELTS Speaking, you can’t give your answer as you gave in part1. You should explain your answers clearly by adding relevant examples. 

You can follow a specific structure to give your answers in IELTS Speaking Part 3. This will help you to develop your ideas also.  

So, “What is the best way to answer the questions?”. Well, you can find tons of styles or structures that you can use but I think you should start your speaking part 3 practice by following this structure:  

1) Give your opinion 

2) The reason why you think so 

3) Give an example 

For Example: 


The examiner asks you: 

How do you evaluate the increase or decrease in the popularity of cinema in recent years?

You can say: 

I think the popularity of cinema has decreased in recent years. (opinion)

This may be due to the omnipresence of TV programmes in our life. Hundreds of TV channels make interesting programmes and fulfil our entertainment needs. (reason)

For example, there were many popular cinema halls in our city. But nowadays their condition is not really good and even some of them are converted into markets. (example)


Things you can do in IELTS Speaking Part 3


Many students don’t know what they are allowed to do in the IELTS Speaking test. As a result, they often make some mistakes. Well, here in this part we will discuss some of the things that you are allowed to do in the speaking test.

1) You can ask the examiner to repeat the question

In the IELTS Speaking Part 3, questions are a bit trickery. If you are unable to understand the question, you are allowed to ask the examiner to repeat the question again. You can simply say: 

Sorry. Can you please repeat the question?

Also, if you do not clearly understand the question, you say: 

By saying …, do you mean….” 

Remember, never start giving your answer without understanding the question properly. 

2) Ask for a few seconds to think

You may face many questions which you don’t have any idea about. So, without giving any irrelevant answers you can ask the examiner for a few seconds to think. You can say: 

Well, it’s a really tricky question, let me think about this…


I don’t really know about this, let me think for a moment

But, remember never take a long break, you should start your answer within 3 to 4 seconds.

3) Made any mistakes? Correct it immediately

If you make any mistake while giving you answers and able to understand your mistake, you can correct it immediately. You can say: 

By saying…, I meant….

 But, if you are unable to understand the mistake immediately, then should move on. 


What you should avoid in IELTS Speaking Part 3


To get a high score in the IELTS Speaking test, there are certain things you should avoid doing in the IELTS Speaking Part 3.  These are: 

1) Giving Short answers

In the speaking part 3, you should avoid giving short answers like part 1. Try to explain your answers by giving relevant examples and explanations. For every question try to give your answers with at least 3 to sentences.   

2) Using too much filler words

Almost everyone uses filler words like: “ah”, “uh”, “um”, “You know”, “I mean”, “so”, “actually”, “basically” etc. while speaking, and it’s good. But if you are using too much filler words, then the examiner may think you are not able to connect your ideas properly, and he can decrease your band score on fluency. 

3) Delivering a Memorised answer

Try not to deliver any memoried answer. The examiner can easily understand if you deliver any memorised answer by the speed of your talking and pronunciation, and you may face a penalty which will result in a low score. So, you should develop your speaking skills rather than memorising any answer. 

4) Using words you don’t know

Well, if you look at the assessment criteria in the Speaking test, lexical resources, in other words, using a range of vocabulary hold 25% of the band score. Many students try to impress the examiner by using good quality worlds. But sometimes they also try to use those words they don’t even know how to use them properly. And this becomes another reason for a low band score in the IELTS Speaking test. 

5) Overthinking 

The Speaking test is all about your English speaking ability, not your knowledge. The examiner won’t judge you by your opinions or point of view. So, don’t overthink about any topic that you don’t know, just keep talking and don’t go off-topic. 

Also overthinking may increase your mumbling rate, which is totally not good for your fluency. 


How to boost your band score in IELTS Speaking Part 3


To boost your band score in the IELTS Speaking, you should focus on improving your skills in the 4 different criteria in which you will be assessed. These are: 

1) Fluency and coherence 

In the criteria, the examiner will pay attention to your Fluency and Coherence. Here, Fluency means, if you are able to speak spontaneously, and Coherence means, how well you can connect your ideas. The examiner will also check your speaking speed. 

Tips for improving your fluency rate and coherence:

i) Use linking words 

ii) Don’t take a lot of pauses 

iii) Stop thinking too much and

iv) Control your mumbling rate. 


2) Lexical resource 

The examiner will check: 

Can you accurately use or attempt to use a wide range of vocabulary accurately and effectively?

How do you explain your ideas even if you don’t know a particular word?

Can you use or attempt to use high-level vocabulary accurately?

Tips for improving lexical resource: 

i) Don’t repeat the question.

ii) Paraphrase the question while answering. 

iii) Avoid using words that you don’t know.

iv) Don’t repeat any word multiple times. Use synonyms.   


3) Grammatical Range and Accuracy 

Here, the examiner will check if you are able to use a wide range of grammatical structure rather than repeating the basic structure, also are your sentences accurate or do you often make grammatical errors. 

Tips for improving grammatical range and accuracy: 

i) Find a speaking partner or a teacher to point out your grammatical errors.

ii) Record yourself then you will be also able to check your mistakes.

iii) Practice using a variety of grammatical structure. 

iv) Read English newspapers or books. This will help to improve your grammar skills naturally. 


4) Pronunciation

Here, the examiner won’t assess you on your accent. It doesn’t affect your band score whether you are talking in British or American accent.

The examiner will check:

– Is your spoken language clear and easily understood?

– Do you use stress and intonation to add extra meaning? 

– With individual words, do you use stress accurately? 

Tips for improving your pronunciation: 

i) Don’t speak like a robot, feel what you say. 

ii) Find a speaking partner or a teacher to point out your pronunciation errors.

iii) Watch English movies and YouTube videos. 

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