IELTS Speaking Actual Test in the UK – April 2017 & Sample Answers

ielts speaking actual test in UK

IELTS Speaking Part 1

  1. What is your full name?
  2. Can I see your ID?
  3. Where are you from?
  4. Do you work or study?
  5. What do you do?


Do you like to wear watches?

Well, I am more a cosmetics girl than clothing and accessories, hence, there are not many watches and jewelries in my possession. However, I have nothing against wearing a beautiful piece of art on my wrist and do own a few exclusive timepieces which suit perfectly with my clothing on some special occasions, giving me a sense of identity and uniqueness.

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  • In someone’s possession: if something is in someone’s possession, they have it
  • Have nothing against: to dislike or not approve of someone or something for a particular reason
  • On (special) occasions: from time to time; now and then

Why do people like expensive watches?

Just like any other accessories, the more luxurious a timepiece looks, the higher social status the owner may hold. Watches are widely used by either gender and one of the visual indicators presenting how professional, smart and attractive a person is. Therefore, if one wants to be acknowledged and taken seriously, he/she will prefer a high-end watch rather than a collection of low-end ones.


  • Timepiece (n): a clock or watch
  • Social status (n): a person’s standing or importance in relation to other people within a society
  • Indicator (n): a sign that shows you what something is like or how a situation is changing
  • Acknowledge (n): to accept that somebody/something has a particular authority or status
  • High-end (a): expensive and of high quality
  • Low-end (a): at the cheaper end of a range of similar products


What do you usually do during public holidays?

Well, I often spend my time gathering with my beloved family and friends. Maybe go shopping and take advantage of the sales which my favorite shops are offering or hanging out with friends and having a whale of time at some entertaining places.

  • Take advantage of (phrase) to use an opportunity to achieve results
  • Have a whale of time (n) to have an exciting or fun time; to have a big-time

Do you like short holidays or long holidays?

Both options have their own merits, but if I have to choose one, I would pick short holidays. The reason for this is that I can feel more prepared to go back to study and feel less fatigued than spending a week for playing or travelling. Tthe purpose of holiday should be to give people a temporary rest and help them recharge the batteries for a fresh period ahead. Therefore, it is not recommended that people turn their days off into a long holiday, indulge themselves and neglect their study and work.

  • Fatigued (a) feeling extremely tired, either physically or mentally
  • Indulge (v) to have or eat something that you enjoy but that you should not have much of


Do you like shoes?

I have a lifelong passion for shoes since I was a child. When I’m not overloaded with work, I will go to the shopping complex to indulge myself in tons of different stylish shoes. Until now I reckon that I spend much more money on shoes than anything else.


  • To have a passion for (v) to be enthusiastic about Sth
  • Overloaded with (v) having or supplied with too much of something
  • Indulge myself in (phrase) to allow oneself the pleasure of something

Have you ever bought shoes online?

Online shopping has never been more convenient and affordable and of course, how can I possibly miss the opportunity to take full advantages from many occasional big sales promotions, especially clothing and footwear. Although buying shoes or any items online comes with the inability to actually try them on, competitive prices, wide product ranges and other exclusive customer’s experiences on some websites are quite attractive. Once I even got my hands on a limited-edition pair of running shoes thanks to the accumulated points I received from my previous shopping on an online store and I have been their loyal customer ever since.


  • Affordable (a): cheap enough that people can afford to buy it or pay it
  • Miss/ pass on the opportunity:
  • Take full advantages of: make good use of the opportunities offered by (something)
  • Footwear (n): things that people wear on their feet, for example shoes and boots
  • Competitive (a): as good as or better than others
  • Accumulate (v): to gradually increase in number or quantity over a period of time

Cue Card

Describe a decision you disagreed with.

You should say:

  • what the decision was
  • who made that decision
  • why you think it was wrong decision

Band 9.0 Sample Answer

It was a few years back when I was still in college that I was offered an opportunity to go on a voluntary trip to [___], the most worth-living city in our country. I was over the moon when first hearing the news but all my anticipation and happiness fled away when my parents flatly rejected the idea. I was dumbfounded since my time and effort spent on the preparation for our project wasn’t about to be paid off. However, I was old enough to know better than making a fuss about it at the moment; instead, I gave myself time and peace before reasoning with my parents. It came as no surprise to me when they took their all-time-favorite excuse that I was too immature to take care of myself and that there were plenty of untrustworthy people willing to take advantage of me out there when I was unaware. Much as I tried to assure them how well I would manage to stay safe and help other underprivileged people, I just couldn’t get through them. As a result, I had no options but withdrawing from the project with regrets. However, I wasn’t able to hold a grudge against my parents for long because I understood they were just overprotective and genuinely concerned about my well-being.


  • Offer/ give/ provide an opportunity
  • Be over the moon: to be very pleased
  • Anticipation (n): a feeling of excitement about something (usually something good) that is going to happen
  • Flatly (adv): in a way that is very definite and will not be changed
  • Come as no surprise to someone: will not be surprising [for someone] to learn [something]
  • Underprivileged (a): having less money and fewer opportunities than most people in society
  • Get through (phrasal verb): succeed in communicating with someone in a meaningful way
  • Withdraw (v): to stop taking part in an activity or being a member of an organization; to stop somebody/something from doing these things
  • Hold a grudge against someone: to stay angry (at someone or something)
  • Overprotective (a): too anxious to protect somebody from being hurt, in a way that restricts their freedom
  • Genuinely (adv): in a sincere and honest way that can be trusted

IELTS Speaking Part 3

  • How can decisions affect a person’s life?
  • What are the main decisions youngsters have to make nowadays?
  • Did you get advice from somebody before making crucial decisions?
  • Why do people make wrong decisions sometimes?

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