IELTS Recent Speaking Actual Test in September 2016 & Sample Answers

IELTS Recent Speaking Actual Test in September 2016 & Sample Answers

IELTS Speaking Part 1

1.Are there many advertisements in your country ?

I would say yes. You can easily see a wide range of advertisements almost everywhere in my hometown. For example, almost half of a newspaper is made up of ads.

2.Why do you think there are so many advertisements now ?

I guess it’s due to their benefits. First, advertising is an essential part of promotional campaigns for companies to reach their end users. It helps raise the visibility of a company’s brand. Second, advertisements can act as decoration on the street. I find a street better-looking with advertisements.

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3.What are the various places where we see advertisements ?

Today advertising gets to people through different forms of communication, from print media to electronic ones, so you can see advertisements on websites, social networks or in the newspapers and magazines. There are also ads you see outdoors as well, for example, large banners and posters hung on the roads, on the buses or trains.

4.How do you feel about advertisements ?

Most people may find those ways of product promotion annoying, but I’m an exception. I’m quite into advertisements. They’re colourful, brilliantly designed, illustrated, photographed or typeset pieces and often have useful, informative contents.


Promotional campaign: [noun] A series of advertisements using various marketing tools that share the same message and ideas to promote a business or event to a target audience.
Example: Promotional campaigns play a crucial role in the marketing strategy of a company.

End users: [noun] Person or organization that actually uses a product

Example: We provide the best quality products to our end users.

Print media: [noun] refers to paper publications circulated in the form of physical editions of newspapers, articles, journals, etc

Electronic media: [noun] refers to television, radio, etc

Informative: [adjective] giving useful information
Example: The professor’s lecture was very informative and I learned a lot from it.

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IELTS Speaking Part 2

Describe a team project for study or entertainment

You should say :

• When you did it
• Where you did it
• Who you did it with
• How you did it
• Why you liked it or disliked it

Well, when it comes to teamwork, I can only think of a bad memory. I remember when I was a first year student, my teacher asked me and some other students in my class to set up a team project. A girl was assigned to be the leader and we had to prepare a presentation about our university. My teacher thought it would make a great contribution to our friendship, and the whole thing done with the best of intentions. But it turned out to be the worst team project ever.

All of us were freshmen, so my team was essentially a bunch of strangers who I happened to be teamed up with. I didn’t know anything about the others, and they knew nothing about me. Moreover, it was obvious that the leader didn’t have any leadership skill. She didn’t know how to allocate work to individual team members. She always sat on the fence, I mean, she let every member raise their voice but she didn’t know which one would be the best. As a result, she wasn’t able to make any decisions. No one in our team showed any respect for her. They only did what they wanted to do. And I was no exception. I was too busy doing my own thing. In the end, no one did any work and nothing was done. Several weeks later, I was still kicking myself for taking part in such a team project.


When it comes to: [expression] as for something; speaking about a particular topic
Example: When it comes to trouble, little boys know how to cause it.

assign: [verb] to give a particular job or piece of work to someone
Example: The case has been assigned to our most senior officer.

freshmen: [noun] first-year university or college students
Example: The dean of the university gave a speech of welcome to all the freshmen who had arrived there to study.

A bunch of: [expression] a large group
Example: She gave me a bunch of flowers.

allocate: [verb] to give something to someone as their share of a total amount, to use in a particular way
Example: The government is allocating £10 million for health education.

Sit on the fence: [idiom] not to take sides in a dispute; not to make a clear choice between two possibilities in a dispute.
Example: My tutor told me to support one side of the argument or the other, and not to sit on the fence.

Do one’s own thing: [expression] following one’s own interests and ideas, without considering other people
Example: On Sundays, I just enjoy doing my own thing without any regular commitments.

To kick oneself for: [idiom] regret doing something
Example: I’m kicking myself for not buying that T-shirt.

IELTS Speaking Part 3

1.What kinds of qualities does a leader need ?

Well, I suppose leaders need to possess a wide range of skills. First, they have to know ways to inspire and motivate their followers. Second, they have to be the ones who are willing to take responsibilities and criticism. Sometimes, their ego can hinder them from being a great leader. Leadership skills also include their abilities to build relationships. The stronger their relationships, the better a leader they will be.

2.What are the reasons for the failure of teamwork ? 

I reckon teamwork failure depends solely on the failure of that team’s leader. If the leader has a short vision and makes misguided decisions, he or she will lead the whole team into a mess. Moreover, the leader is the bridge between team member’s relationships. Bad relationships result in weak communications and a lack of networking with each other. Consequently, team members cannot work effectively together. Apart from poor leadership skills, poor time management or poor budgeting may also cause the whole team to fail.

3.Do children need to know more about teamwork ?

Of course they do. Children need instruction in effective teamwork for a wide variety of reasons. When learning about teamwork, not only are children learning to work as a team, they’re also learning to actively listen and respond in a way that makes the group effort more effective. It’s beneficial for their ability to interact socially. In addition to that, working in a team helps children learn to reflect on their individual experience versus the experience of the group. They often get feedback from their instructor and other members of the group. Self-reflection contributes a lot to a child’s development.

4.Is cooperation more important than competition ?

Actually, I can’t tell which one works better in general. On the one hand, by competing against others and comparing ourselves with one another, we learn how to improve and achieve success. On the other hand, in some cases, competition leads directly to hostility and greed, both of which are the enemies of progress. Cooperation also has certain advantages and disadvantages. The main strength is that cooperation provides the chance to help other people and let them help you in return, while the biggest weakness of cooperation is that the mass of members may lose interest and let a small clique take over affairs and manage things for their own benefit. So, I would say that it depends on each situation as to whether cooperation or competition is more important.


inspire: [verb] to make someone feel that they want to do something and can do it:
Example: After her trip to Venezuela, she felt inspired to learn Spanish.

hinder: [verb] to limit the ability of someone to do something, or to limit the development of something:
Example: Her progress certainly has been hindered by her lack of experience.

solely: [adverb] only and not involving anyone or anything else:
Example: He’s solely in charge of the operation.

Misguided: [adjective] wrong, because you have judged a situation badly:
Example: Her decision to quit her job is, in my opinion, misguided.

Mess: [noun] a situation that is full of problems:
Example: The economy is in a mess as a result of government policies.

Result in: [phrasal verb] lead to, bring about
Example: The fire resulted in damage to their property.

Self- reflection: [noun] careful thought about your own behavior and beliefs
Example: I often do some self-reflection when I’m alone.

Clique: [noun] a group of people who spend their time together and exclude others:
Example: A small clique of corrupt politicians are running the country
Take over: [phrasal verb] to get control of something, or to do something instead of someone else:
Example: She took over management of this department last winter.

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