IELTS Speaking Recent Actual Test in India – January 2017 & Sample Answers

IELTS Speaking Recent Actual Test in India - January 2017 & Sample Answers

Read Sample Answers for IELTS Speaking Recent Actual Test in India (Academic Module) below to be well-prepared for the upcoming IELTS test.

Speaking Part 1

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Where do you live now?

– Can you describe the place where you live?/ Please describe the room you live in

Briefly, my humble house locates in a small and quite street, so coming home to me is like all the craziness happened outside is left behind. Just beside my house stands a big old tree. I have my own room with walls painted violet, which is kinda a peaceful color. The air outside is fresh. I usually open the window to enjoy the wind and sunshine, which will help cool down my room without an air conditioner. Since I spend most of my time staying at home, my room means the whole world to me. It’s like a friend who is always there to share ups and downs with me. So yeah, I would always miss my house, my room whenever I’m away.


Humble (adj) having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance

To help (SO) do Sth (v) to make it easier or possible for (someone) to do something by offering them one’s services or resources.

To share ups and downs (v) together being through good and bad times

To be away (adj) to or at a distance from a particular place, person, or thing

– Do you plan to live there for a long time?

The answer would be yes if the respondent is my parents, since moving in and out is too time-consuming and exhausting. Cleaning and arranging everything all over again would be like torture to them. For me, on the other hand, as I’m thinking of moving out to start my adult life, hopefully soon I’ll be able to afford to live in a flat or an apartment.

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All over again (idiom) used for saying that you do the whole of something again starting from the beginning, or that the whole of a long process happens again

Torture (n) great physical or mental suffering

Cue Card

Describe a popular place where people go swimming

You should say :

  • where this place is
  • what kinds of people go there
  • why people choose to go to this place instead of other places
  • what facilities it has

Sample Answers

I don’t usually wander far from my neighborhood when I am not at work, hence, I tend to find a local place if I need to catch up with some friends or simply, exercise. And lucky for me, we do have a recreation center only 10 minutes away which has been attracting plenty of sporty people since its opening in 2014.

This recreation center can be considered a symbol of the town, showcasing local sportsmanship and unification. It was built to replace the old stadium which was barely used by nearby residents and has become unexpectedly well-liked thanks to its wide range of facilities and modernity. The center has a large football field, 5 tennis courts, 3 swimming pools and many other rooms for different purposes. With people who enjoy swimming like me, this is an ideal place where all necessary facilities are provided: 3 pools with 2 indoors and 1 indoor, saunas, water slides, shower areas as well as a cafeteria by the pool, which are all neatly clean and nicely designed. As a result, it’s quite self-explanatory why people prefer this center and the number of visitors is increasing every month. Soon, anyone living in the area who wishes to exercise different kinds of sports is going to gather here due to its convenience and outstanding infrastructure.


Wander (v): to walk slowly around or to a place, often without any particular sense of purpose or direction

Recreation center (n): a facility open to the public for leisure and recreation activities

Showcase (v): to present somebody’s abilities or the good qualities of something in an attractive way

Sportsmanship (n): fair, generous and polite behaviour, especially when playing a sport or game

Unification (n): the act or process of joining people, things, parts of a country, etc. together so that they can form a single unit

Modernity (n): the condition of being new and modern

Self-explanatory (a): easy to understand and not needing any more explanation

Infrastructure (n): the basic systems and services that are necessary for a country or an organization to run smoothly, for example buildings, transport and water and power supplies

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Speaking Part 3

Is it important to learn swimming?

Swimming is not only one of the necessary survival skills but a great leisure activity, hence, it would be both beneficial and pleasurable to know how to swim. Every year, there are many heartbreaking accidents related to water incidents and most of the victims cannot swim or are not good swimmers. Thus, in order to ensure their own safety and help those in need, people should be able to swim well.

Survival skills (n): techniques that a person may use in order to sustain life in any type of natural environment

Leisure (n): free time

Pleasurable (a): enjoyable

Heartbreaking (a): extremely sad

Ensure (v): to make sure that something happens or is definite

What’s the difference between swimming in the pool and swimming in the sea?

It’s a dilemma. I like swimming in the ocean because it makes me feel close to the nature and there’s more space for me to stretch my arms and legs. However, if I have my private swimming pool, I’d love to swim in it because the water is fresh and shallow so I can enjoy my time without worrying about being drowned or swallowing the salty water.

Should swimming pools be free?

Even though it would be ideal to have swimming pools or any other sport facilities provided for free, I still think people should be charged upon entering. If we don’t pay when using swimming pools, the authority will have to rely on public spending to cover labor costs, renovation and so on, which can be used in more meaningful activities such as helping the underprivileged or building a new medical center. And anyway, entrance ticket to the pool is not that pricey that people cannot afford.

Rely (+on) (v): to need or depend on somebody/something

Public spending (n): money spent by the state; government expenditure

Labor cost (n): the sum of all wages paid to employees

Renovation (n): the act or process of repairing and painting an old building, piece of furniture, etc. so that it is in good condition again

Underprivileged (a): having less money and fewer opportunities than most people in society => the underprivileged (n): people who are underprivileged

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