Recent IELTS Speaking Exam in Saudi Arabia – Feb 2019 with Band 9 Model Answers

Part 1

What is your full name?
Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Where do you live now?
Do you work or are you a student?
How long have you been doing your job?
How was your first day at work?

Street Market 

Are street markets popular in your country?

Absolutely! Street food and markets are a huge part of my culture.  Many, no matter rich or poor, go to the streets in the morning to pick up the freshest produce from the street vendors. The thing is that the street produce is the best quality and price! You simply cannot find fish or crabs straight out of (directly)the water onto your plate in a supermarket.

What is usually sold there?

Principally food, but also miscellaneous items. For example, there’s a street that sells different electrical parts, secondhand clothing, decorations, and shoes. But still, the main event is the fresh produce, fish, and meats. That’s what defines our street market.

Do you think people like street markets?

Definitely. No matter what your economic status (how much money you have) is, there is always something for you. Moreover, our street markets are famed for freshness and quality at the lowest prices, so why would dislike that? On the other hand, some people fear being ripped off (being charged a higher price), so they avoid the street markets.

Sharing 

Have you shared anything with others recently?

Yes! Actually, I got a box of 6 bottles of red wine as a gift recently. Since I cannot consume all of that, I’ve shared 3 bottles with my friends, as red wine is a luxury here in Asia. I enjoy sharing alcohol with people, as it’s something that puts you in a good mood!

What do you like to share?

That’s an interesting question. I’m a pretty generous person, so I’m happy to share most of my things. However, I particularly enjoy sharing my food with others. I feel that food is one basic thing that undoubtedly makes everyone happy. It’s a win-win (always a benefit) situation.

What kinds of things are not suitable for sharing?

Well, for me, I’m extremely petite (small), so it’s difficult for me to share clothes with my friends. It’s quite a task for me to find clothes my size, so I don’t like to risk others stretching them out (to make bigger). Furthermore, I think it’s unsanitary to share certain items, like a toothbrush or a toothpick.

Did your parents teach you to share when you were a child?

Of course! Actually, since I’m one of 7 children, sharing was unavoidable. After one child grew bigger, we always shared their hand-me-downs (secondhand clothing). Furthermore, during a meal, we each started with a small portion to make sure everyone got enough, then would go back for seconds (second portion of food)

 

Part 2: Describe your grandparent’s job

You should say:

– what it was

– how long he or she had this job

– how he or she got the job

– and whether you would like to have this job

 

Model Answer 

Since I don’t exactly understand what my grandfathers did as a job, I will tell you about my grandmother’s career. As it was uncommon for a woman to have a university degree and their own career other than being a stay at home mom (mother who doesn’t work; stays at home to care for the house),  I really looked up to her (admired) for this my entire life. She always motivated me to be a strong, independent woman. Now, let me give you more details.

She was a Registered Nurse, mostly focused on caring for the mentally ill. I really admired her for her career choice, as her brother committed suicide when she was young. Because of this, she wanted to provide help to those suffering from mental illnesses.  She studied at a famed university in Washington, DC and directly after got a job at a hospital nearby. As she was at the top of her class, she was an extremely attractive candidate for any position, so she got the one she most sought after (desired). I know that she greatly cared for her patients there, as my father used to tell me stories about how she would even invite her patients over to have dinner with their family sometimes! Apart from working as a full-time nurse, she also tended to (took care of) her home and four children. She had this job from her post university years all the way to her retirement at age 65. All in all, I admire her for having a lot on her plate (having a lot to do) but still taking the time to take good care of her husband and children, while still taking the extra mile (doing more than expected of her) to make her patients feel part of her family, as well.

Although I do believe that nursing is a fulfilling career, I wouldn’t want it for myself. For one, I cringe (movement in disgust) at the sight of blood. Moreover, mathematics and the sciences aren’t my strong point, so I don’t believe I would be a good candidate for this vocation. At the same time, I certainly respect others in this field. To sum it up, my grandmother was a woman ahead of her time (a modern, forward woman)!

 

Part 3

What changes in employment have there been in recent years in your country?

As far as I know, more and more people, especially the young generations are involved in setting up their own businesses. Thus, the “start-up” community is now more alive than ever, especially tech startups.

Which jobs are most respected in your country?

Well, I have never thought about this, but I reckon that professional careers such as the fields of law, education, and medicine may be the most highly-acclaimed ones. It is mainly because of the fact that people working in these fields can easily earn lucrative income compared to others.

What are some of the important things a candidate should find out before accepting a job?

Well, this is an interesting question. If I were offered a job, I would definitely go through the company’s compensation package such as salary, allowances, maternity or paternity leave, insurance, pension plans, vacations, etc. Also, I’d need to know about my area of responsibilities so that I can make sure that I will not be overwhelmed with heavy workloads down the road.

 

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