Study – 2017 IELTS Speaking Part 1 & Sample Answers

IELTS Speaking Part 1

Part 1 Topic & Questions – Topic : Study

Q1: Are you a student or are you working?

I’m currently a senior at X University, which is one of the top schools in the nation. Admission is incredibly competitive so I’m very proud of being a student here.


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Senior (noun) final year university student

Q2: What are you studying?

Well, I’m majoring in Accountancy, so as you can guess, I deal a lot with numbers and figures day in, day out. It can be overwhelming at times, but I’d like to think that I have a knack for mathematics and calculations so it’s okay.

Day in, day out (phrase) continuously or repeatedly over a long period of time.

Have a knack for (phrase) to be exceptionally proficient at (doing) something

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Q3. Why did you choose to study that major?

There are many reasons for my choice. As I’ve already explained about my long-term interest in Accountancy, another reason could be because of accountancy itself, since I’ve found my personalities have changed in a positive way, you know, like I’ve become more patient and skillful.

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Q4. What’s the most difficult part of your study?

Well, for the most part, I’d say it’s the workload. I mean there are so many assignments and students are always under a lot of pressures from deadlines. But on the other hand, exams are a piece of cake. They are quite predictable, and I can pretty much breeze through them with a bit of revision.
*pretty much = almost

A piece of cake (idiom) very easy

Breeze (through) (verb) to easily complete or win something

Q5: What do you like most about your school?

I guess the aspect I find most enjoyable is the environment. I mean, I get to study in English-speaking classrooms and the facilities are top-notch; I mean, all the classrooms are air-conditioned and equipped with projectors. My friends and teachers are all very nice as well, so all in all it’s a great place to study.

top-notch (adj) excellent

Composed and edited by Dang Tran Tung,  IELTS 9.0

Speaking Tip :

Bear in mind that you should explain your topic ideas to lengthen your sentences and show off some more advanced vocabulary. For example:

  • top school ==> competitive admission + very proud
  • accountancy ==> deal with numbers ==> overwhelming
  • workload ==> many assignments ==> pressure
  • top-notch amenities ==> air-conditioned classrooms + equipped with projectors

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