IELTS Speaking Recent Actual Test in September, 2016 & Sample Answers


Today’s post will give you the latest IELTS speaking actual test & band 9.0 suggested answer to help you hike up your IELTS speaking score.

IELTS Speaking Part 1 :

1. Describe the place you live in

Well, now I live in a terraced house in the city centre with my family. It’s a three-storey house with a small garden at the front.

2. Which is your favorite room in your house?

It’s definitely the kitchen, where our family gathers ever)’ evening to enjoy dinner after an arduous working day. I always love the mouth watering aroma of the food my mom cooks and cherish the time that I share with my family over the evening meal.

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3. Is there anything you want to change in your house?

Actually, I haven’t ever thought about that, but if I could change one thing, I would paint my room yellow and draw a picture on the wall. At the moment, it’s painted pink but I have got tired of this color now.

4. Are there many parks in your country?

I’m not too sure about the whole country, but here in the crowded capital, there are several parks with large lakes, providing green spaces for people who want to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. So, I guess we have a lot of parks in all the big cities across the country.

5. What do people often do in public parks in your country’?

Well, generally, people go there to get away from the crowds and enjoy the fresh air. They can do many types of activities such as going jogging, cycling, taking exercise, just sitting on a bench watching the world go by, or even dating.

6. How often do you go to public parks?

Well, it depends. For instance, if I finish my work early, I will go to the park near my office to do a bit of jogging and relax. Otherwise. I usually go home and put my feet up. However, I’m trying to keep the routine of going jogging in the park at least once a week to stay fit.

7. Are the activities you do in the park now different from what you did in the past?

Yes, they have changed, obviously When I was a kid, I only saw the park as a playground where I could play on the merry-go-round with my friends. However, now I go there mostly to take exercise and enjoy the peace and tranquility.

8. What did you often do in public parks when you were a child?

When I was a toddler, my parents took me to the park every weekend to play with the other kids. As far as I can recollect, the thing I liked the most was to play on the merry-go-round, slide and seesaw When I was a bit older, I used to play football in the park with my friends.

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IELTS Speaking Part 2 :

Describe one of your best (= one of your close, or good) friends.

You should say :
who this person is
who long you have known them (= him or her)
Or how you first met
what you do together
and explain why you think this person is a good friend

Band 9.0 Sample Answer :

I would like to describe my best friend, Anna, whom I have known for roughly 10 years. I first met her at primary school when she was my classmate.
At first, she was quite shy and did not want to talk with anyone, which made me feel that she was a bit proud. However, when we became close friends, she was more sociable and amiable.
We have done a lot of things together. Studying at the same schools, we have various mutual friends. So, we usually throw parties at the weekends or have a picnic together. Besides, whenever I get into trouble, I turn to her for help. For example. I remember when I got bad marks in the mock university entrance exam, she consoled me and then we studied together until the official exam took place.
Finally, we had the opportunity to study at our favorite college. At present, despite the fact that we have different plans and goals to pursue, I believe that we will be best friends for good and we will try our best to maintain this relationship.

Useful Expressions & Vocabulary :

roughly: (adverb) approximately, but not exactly.
Example: In the exam. I wrote roughly 300 words for my essay.

close friends: [expression] friends who know each other very well and like each other a lot.
Example: Close friends usually share the same interests and have no secrets from each other.

amiable: [adjective] pleasant and easy to like
Example: Our form teacher is very amiable and we all enjoy the relaxed atmosphere in her classes.

mutual friends [expression] friends which are shared by two or more people.
Example: Although we had not met before, when we started chatting, we discovered that we had some mutual friends.

throw parties: [expression] give parties.
Example: Some Hollywood film stars throw parties which hundreds of people attend.

consoled: [verb] gave sympathy to someone who is unhappy.
Example: After the team lost the match, the coach consoled the players and told them that they had played well.

for good: [expression] permanently
Example: I decided to leave New York for good and move to Europe.

try our best: do as much as possible to achieve something
Example: Although we tried our best, we failed the exam.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 :

1. Do you agree with the opinion: “family is much more important than friends”?

Well, I agree with this idea, because for me, the family is irreplaceable. Members of a family share the same blood and are have an unbreakable bond with each other, which outsiders can never feel. I think the ties of kinship are stronger than any other relationships, and no matter how far apart you are, this connection can’t be erased For instance, parents always give their children unconditional love and support them wholeheartedly … and although siblings may fight, they 11 definitely stick up for each other if one is threatened in any way.

2. What is the difference between the friendship of men-men and women- women?

Obviously, there are several recognizable dissimilarities here. The most significant one might be that while male friendships are normally based on shared activities, especially sports, such as football, baseball or tennis, female friendships tend to be more emotional as they often share then feelings with each other. In addition, when it comes to arguments, men are the ones who find it easier to settle them physically, whereas it takes longer for women to make up with each other again after a disagreement.

3. Do you think the friendship between men-men lasts longer than that of women?

Well, actually I don’t think so. Although the way men and women treat their same-sex friends is quite different, I suppose that the length of a friendship truly depends on the personalities of each person in the relationship, and how much they understand each other, rather than the gender. For example, I have some intimate friends who I’ve known for over 10 years and our friendship is still going strong and they have really become my soulmates So, I believe that friendships among girls can also last a lifetime.

4. Do you think bosses and employees can be friends?

Yes, I think it’s possible that the relationships between bosses and employees can be developed further than just workplace relationships. When the manager and the employee understand and work well with each other, especially if they are of the same generation, they can easily become friends, of course, outside the company. As people simply make friends when they find the similarities between then souls, bosses and employees are no exception. However, in my opinion, they should keep an appropriate distance at work so as to do then jobs effectively.

Vocabulary (For Part 1 & Part 3)

Word(s) Meaning Example
1.       terraced house a house that is one of a row of houses that are joined together on each side. He’s living in a terraced house in the suburbs.
2.       storey a level of a building; a floor My room is on the upper storey of the house
3.       arduous involving a lot of effort and energy, especially over a period of time He’s just finished an arduous journey across the Andes
4.       mouth-watering food that looks or smells so good that you want to eat it immediately A mouth-watering display of cakes was put on the table
5.       aroma a pleasant, noticeable smell A delicious aroma was coming from the kitchen.
6.       cherish to love somebody/something very much and want to remember them or it always He cherishes the memories of his happy childhood.
7.       hustle and bustle busy noisy activity of a lot of people in one place We escaped from the hustle and bustle of the city for the weekend.
8.       get away from to escape from somebody or a place I won’t be able to get away from the office before 7.
9.       watch the world go by to look at people as they go past I love to sit by my window and just watch the world go by
10.   put my feet up sit down and relax After a hard day at work, I love to get home, switch on the TV and put my feet up
11.   routine the normal order and way in which you regularly do things. We are trying to get the baby into a routine for feeding and sleeping.
12.   playground an outdoor area where children can play, especially at a school or in a park. Children are playing at the playground.
13.   toddler a very young child When I was a toddler of about 3 years old, my sister used to take me to the park
14.   recollect to remember something, especially by making an effort to remember it. She could no longer recollect the details of the letter.
15.   irreplaceable too valuable or special to be replaced. These pictures are irreplaceable.
16.   kinship the fact of being related in a family. Kinship is the most basic principle of organizing individuals into social groups, roles and categories.
17.   wholeheartedly completely, in an enthusiastic way. She threw herself wholeheartedly into her work.
18.   siblings brothers and sisters In the story, the prince has two siblings – both of them sisters.
19.   stick up for to support or defend somebody/yourself/something. Don’t worry—I’ll stick up for you.
20.   when it comes to as for something; speaking about a particular topic. When it comes to chess, John’s an expert.
21.   settle to put an end to an argument or a disagreement. It’s time you settled your differences with your father.
22.   make up with to become friends again after a disagreement about something After an argument with my friend, we made up with each other and went out for a meal.
23.   intimate having a close and friendly relationship. We’re not on intimate terms with our neighbours.
24.   going strong remaining strong His love for his wife is still going strong after 50 years of marriage.
25.   soulmate a person that you have a special friendship with because you understand each other’s feelings and interests. She’s my soulmate and the best friend that I have in all the world.
26.   keep … distance to maintain a respectful or cautious distance from someone or something. Keep your distance from the fire.
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Nafia Zuhana is an experienced content writer and IELTS Trainer. Currently, she is guiding students who are appearing for IELTS General and Academic exams through With an 8.5 score herself, she trains and provides test takers with strategies, tips, and nuances on how to crack the IELTS Exam. She holds a degree in Master of Arts – Creative Writing, Oxford Brookes University, UK. She has worked with The Hindu for over a year as an English language trainer.


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