Recent IELTS Speaking Exam in Australia – May 2018 & Model Answers

Recent IELTS Speaking Exam in Australia - May 2018 & Model Answers

In this series, there are few topics that can be used to practice for the IELTS speaking test. In the end, there is also a model question and answer through which you will get an idea of how the Speaking test is conducted.

IELTS Speaking Part 1

  • What is your name?
  • Can I see your ID?
  • Where are you from?
  • Do you work or study?
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  • What kind of training can be given to hotel staff to help develop tourism?
  • What should countries do to attract tourists?
  • Do you know of any tourist who wanted to learn the culture of a new country?

Phone Apps

  • Do you use any phone app?
  • What apps do you use, often?
  • Do you want to develop an app by yourself?
  • What kinds of apps do you expect in the future?

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IELTS Speaking Part 2

Talk about your favourite song from your country.

You should say :

  • What the song or music is
  • What kind of song or music is it
  • Where did you first hear it
  • And explain why you like it

Model Answer 1

I have always been a huge fan of music. I love listening to music because good music helps to recharge my battery and energy as well as uplift my spirit after a long day overloaded with work and study. I listen to different kinds of music from Rock to Jazz, depending on where I am, who I am with and how I feel at the time. Today I’m going to tell you about one of my favourite songs titled ‘Hello’.

The genre is pop, as characterized by its upbeat music and simple, down-to-earth lyrics. It’s actually a single that just went platinum this week. The song is incredibly popular at the moment, I mean, it’s the talk of the town. It’s been topping the charts for weeks and has got millions of streams on music sites.

The person who performs the song is Adele, an internationally acclaimed artist, hailing from the UK. She’s made a killing with her albums, but she’s maintained a somewhat low-profile lifestyle. I am a huge fan of her. I have an impressive collection of her records that I really treasure. Maybe I would have the fortune to attend one of her concerts.

I first listened to the song last week. It was when I was in the middle of the finals. I was up to the ears in revision and it was incredibly nerve-racking time, so I needed something to let my hair down. That’s when I went to YouTube to watch some music videos. The minute I heard Adele’s voice, I was hooked and totally blown away. I’ve put the song on repeat ever since.

I am keen on the song for a number of reasons. First, it was her voice that struck me, which is incredibly soothing, and has a nice warm quality to it. The lyrics are also amazing. It talks about emotions after two people part ways in a relationship and I can definitely relate to that.

  • A huge/big fan of (phrase) really like someone
  • recharge my battery and energy (idiom) To regain one’s energy, liveliness, or motivation through a period of rest or recreation.
  • Uplift one’s spirit (phrase) fill with high spirits; fill with optimism
  • Overload with (phrase) to put too many people or things in or on something
  • Upbeat music (adj) Optimistic, happy, cheerful
  • Down-to-earth (adj) practical
  • Go platinum (phrase) to sell 1 million copies of an album
  • Incredibly popular ( adverb) Extremely popular
  • The talk of the town (idiom) if something is the talk of a place, people there talk a lot about it
  • Topping the charts (adj) Very popular
  • Acclaim (verb) praise
  • Make a killing (phrase) to have great success, especially in making money
  • Low-profile (adj) deliberately not attracting public attention
  • In the middle of (doing) something (phrase) busy doing something
  • Up to the ears/neck/eyes in (idiom) involved in a difficult situation, or with more work to do than you can deal with
  • Nerve-racking (adj) making you very nervous or worried
  • Let one’s hair down (idiom) to relax and enjoy yourself because you are in a comfortable environment
  • Hooked (adj) if you are hooked on something, you find it so attractive or interesting that you want to do it as much as possible
  • Blow away (phrasal verb) impressive greatly
  • put the song on repeat (idiom)  It means to play the song  over and over for an extended period of time
  • Part ways (phrase) end a relationship

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Model Answer 2

Honestly speaking, for the most part, I would probably say that I have a great passion for listening to music and indeed I have listened to thousands of songs so far. However, if I have to pick out a song that I like the most, I would probably choose the song ‘Million Years Ago’ by Adele.

Because of its gorgeous lyrics and melody, it’s like a piece of cake for Adele to make me addicted to this song. A significant feature that I should mention is the song’s meaningful content. It is a regretful calling inside an adult on the way of growing up and earning his stripesEvery now and then I feel he is so desperate that he could do anything to escape the cycle of his life but after all, he can’t afford to do so.

The reason why I am so fond of this song is that it invokes so many beautiful memories from my childhood. Although it is a sad song, it opens my eyes to many things in life, one of them is that you should not take anything for granted, even the simplest one, try to live to your fullest so that one day you would not have to regret much about the journey that you have been through.

Fairly speaking, ‘Million Years Ago’ is a really good song for self – reflection especially when you find yourself lost in the super-busy world nowadays.

  • Passion (n): strong and intense emotion, love
  • Pick out (phrasal verb): to choose
  • Piece of cake (idiom): something very easy
  • Be addicted to something (expression): be devoted to a particular activity or thing
  • Calling (n): a strong urge to a particular way of life
  • Earn someone’s stripes (idiom): Do something to show you deserve a particular rank or position
  • Every now and then (expression): occasionally, from time to time
  • Invoke (v): Call on for inspiration
  • Open one’s eyes to Something (idiom): make someone understand something
  • Take something for granted (idiom): fail to properly appreciate
  • Reflect (v): think deeply and carefully about something.

IELTS Speaking Part 3

  • Talk about traditional music in your country
  • On what occasions do people in your country listen to traditional music?
  • Where do children and adults learn about traditional music?
  • What kind of music do people prefer to listen to in your country?
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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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