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Camford IELTS brings to you previous IELTS Speaking Tests questions and answers. The tests are chosen from both IDP and British Council exams which are often repeated in IELTS exams across India. To reduce the difficulty, we have included a Meaning Section under which you can see the meanings of difficult vocabs in the tests. All the tests published here are written by Mr. Netto, the director of Camford Academy.

  • IELTS Speaking Test Tutorial 1
  • Part 1 : 1. What games are popular in your country?

    Well, there are a few games to be named, of which both card game and electronic game stand out. While the former involves a couple of participants, the latter can be played solo. These games are popular because they do not need as much space and time as other games.

    2. Do you play any games?

    Yes, I do play card games like bridge and rummy that are so mentally intensive and entertaining that it is hard to take my eyes off. Thanks to my brother, my playmate who is as much interested in the game as I am. What is more interesting is that it is too difficult to see me without a deck of cards while at home.

    3. How did you learn to play this game?

    Hmm, it was from both the elders and the peers who had already got hands-on experience in it. Moreover, the place I hail from is a sort of village where people massively indulged in such games for recreation as to kill the boredom.

    Part 2 : Cue Card Describe an open air or street market which you enjoyed visiting.

    You should say:


    where the market is
    what the market sells
    how big the market is
    and explain why you enjoyed visiting this market


    You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.

    Answer:

    It is the street market in Phnom Penh in Cambodia where I visited couple of months back. Diversified offerings ranging from farmers’ produces to fashion stuffs to street foods were on sale there. Interestingly, the boom of super markets hasn’t dented the popularity of this street market like what we see here in our country.

    This market, which stretches upto more than one kilometre, is as big as the ones we see in Mumbai or Delhi. Even though I have been to many open air markets, this one in Cambodia is amazingly outstanding. It is popular not only with local residents but also with international tourists who find it convenient enough to shop because of accessibility and affordability.

    Besides the numberless merchandises, what surprised me the most was the way everything was arranged and decked. While the west end of the market was seen with foodie stands as well as curry restaurants, the east end was meant for jewellery and clothing stalls spanning the designer spectrum from vintage to contemporary.

    You know, bargaining is as common a feature in the open markets in Cambodia as in India. As it is a famous spot for bargain hunters, people from different walks of life flock to there. I bought a couple of collectables at an affordable price which is even unimaginable here in our country. That’s why I enjoyed visiting this market quite a lot.

    Part 3 : 1. What, do you think, are the advantages of buying things from shops rather than markets?

    Now that many modern shoppers are brand-conscious, markets cannot meet their expectations as only locally manufactured merchandises are sold there. On the other hand, shops are the ones that deal with brands. Moreover, it is too hard to find any buyers who do not want to be respected. Shops are popular for personalised services, for which markets lag far behind. Despite the display of diverse items on sale, markets are notorious for crowdedness which spoils the thrill of shopping at convenience. So, the merits of buying from shops eclipse that from markets.

    2. How does advertising influence what people choose to buy?

    Being short and sharp, adverts are penetrative enough to create surreal demands and so, the choice of a consumer is redirected to freakish needs. Consequently, people are tempted to prioritise what they see in ads. Most adverts with celebrities as brand ambassadors leave an emotional bondage between the products and buyers. However, ads throw up a multitude of choices for what to buy and what not to buy besides the specifications and merits of each product.

    3. Do you think markets are more suitable places for selling certain types of things?

    Obviously, they are. The produces that are locally grown and cultivated, pottery made by local artisans and everyday’s catches like fish are what more suitable to be sold in markets than in shops. No doubt, the destruction of market could mark the end of the livelihood of many local communities who have not yet adapted to the industrialised world. Even though shops can sell all local produces, it is not that easy for local communities to sell it to them because they might not get the intended value from shopowners.


    Peer - a person of the same age; Dent - reduce; Merchandise - goods to be bought and sold; Deck - decorate or adorn brightly; Vintage - something from the past of high quality; Surreal - unusual;

  • IELTS Speaking Test Tutorial 2
  • Part 1 : 1. When do people give gifts or presents in your country?

    Gifts are bestowed at various occasions that fall either annually or once in one’s lifetime. Besides birthday, marriage is an indispensable episode where giving gifts is customary and highly anticipated by both bride and bridegroom. On special instances like promotions and send-offs can also be seen with giving gifts.

    2. When did you last receive a gift? What was it?

    It was 10 years back when I successfully completed my graduation. My niece presented me with a ring that I have been using since then. It was studded with glittering diamond like stone.

    3. Do you enjoy looking for gifts for people?

    To be frank, I don’t because I am a lazy guy who doesn’t like to spend time looking for gifts. It doesn’t mean that I don’t exchange gifts with others. Certainly I do. However, I am bit cautious about how I should spend my time.

    Part 2 : Cue Card Describe something you did that was new or exciting.

    You should say:


    what you did
    where and when you did this
    who you shared the activity with
    and explain why this activity was exciting


    You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.

    Answer:

    My life has always been full of exciting things. The one such thing was to reach food packets to those in need during the time when my state was grappling with Covid 19. It wouldn’t sound as new to those volunteers who intiated this philanthropic activity along with me. However, it was more exciting than any other charity that I had done.

    The Covid 19 pandemic was casting its catastrophic spell and the entire state was quarantined as to break the chain of the spread of the devastating virus. Life almost seemed as still as grave with all shutters down, no vehicular movement and no traces of human beings on roads.

    The entire country was locked down; starvation was at its peak. My friends and I collected money and cooked food. As many as hundred people were fed. It was the time I realized that hunger should be more painful than anyother feelings that man has ever experienced; even gold is not as precious as food.

    However, one might wonder if it is truly exciting. I would say certainly it is. Excitement happens when something new takes place. What could be more exciting and rewarding than satisfying one’s hunger?

    Part 3 : 1. Why do some people like doing new things ?

    Well, it is nothing but an escape from the monotony they feel. Doing new things certainly fills up life with new meanings, which is what makes life quite different from what they have been doing so far. On the other hand, if new things are not tried, life could be very bland. In other words, those who try out new things can be considered as creative. The revolutions what we see today in every field - be it science or technology - are the outcomes of why people like doing new things. People like Mr Marconi, the inventor of Radio and Thomas Alva Edison, the inventor of bulbs, are the epitomes for this.

    2. Is it best to do new things alone or with other people?

    Certainly with other people as it reduces margin of errors a great deal. While doing new things in a group, co-ordination is at its best that in turn heightens up the level of perfection. On the contrary, if new things are tried alone, what we fantasize could turn out faster than when it is tried in a group. However, its accuracy as well as reliability is highly likely to be so weak that it could miss the credibility. The highly intuitive persons could be exceptions. The fact is that not many people are as inventive as we think. So, it is always better to do new things with other people.

    3. Do children and adults learn to do new things in the same way?

    No, they do it differently. While children learn doing new things from observing their elders and peers, adults involve in new things mostly by being intuitive. The former, being in formative period, draw great inspiration from the society itself whereas the latter, having passed the formative years, look to different ways as to do new things. Doing a thing for the first time in their life is what generally considered as new thing. Even though it is absolutely right with regards to children, it is not so with adults who like to do things quite differently from what has been done before. So, they try to be creative enough to set themselves apart from others, for which they not only learn from what is being done and followed in their world but also create changes by doing what others haven’t done.


    Multitude - a large number of people or things; Artisan - a skilled worker; Bestow - present; Indispensable - absolutely necessary; Grapple - struggle; Philanthropic - generous; Catastrophic- causing great damage; As still as grave- lifeless; Monotony - lack of variety;

  • IELTS Speaking Test Tutorial 3
  • Part 1 : 1. How often do you make telephone calls?

    Quite often because it has become almost a routine for me now. Unlike in the past, I am more connected to my society including my friends, family members and colleagues. It is too tough to keep in touch without making calls as calling on everybody at their domiciles is obviously impossible. So, I keep making calls lest I should lose touch with my social circle.

    2. When do you think you will next make a phone call?

    Probably, the very next moment once this test is over because it’s been a while since I entered this exam hall. So, I haven’t made a call to anyone since then. I will make a call right after this test because I need to catch up with my friends who have agreed to take me for a movie.

    3. Do you use mobile phones or fixed land lines to make calls?

    It’s mobile phones that are handier than land lines. I am a sort of guy who likes to be on the move most often. If I depend on landlines, I have to stop over by breaking my journey to make calls. It doesn’t sound to be beneficial for me. Unlike land phone, cell phone is more convenient to use while on the move. That’s why I go for it.

    Part 2 : Cue Card Describe a trip or a journey. (eg by a car, plane, train,boat) that you remember well

    You should say:


    where you went
    how you travelled
    why you went on the journey
    and explain why you remember this journey well.


    You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.

    Answer:

    Being an avid traveller, I have many episodes of journeys which are still afresh. No matter how long back you hit the road; if it was eventful, it is forever to stay on. Visiting the Taj Mahal had been on top of the priorities on my to-do list. So, I set out to Agra from my home state by train to the Taj Mahal, which is not only the jewel of art in India but also a universally admired world heritage.

    However, the uniqueness of the Taj Mahal, which I was supposed to see, was done in by the heterogeneous landscapes and its varied colours. It was an eye opener for me that the road journey is no way comparable to the train journey in India.

    In one way, what I saw on the train compartments was a miniature India with people from diverse walks of life and religions. Indian trains are synonymous to the Indianness which is otherwise missing while on bus journey. Despite the fact that the train was fully occupied by officers, business people and polititians, I could see peddlers selling various produces and poor voluntary cleaners asking for money upon finishing their cleaning the train floor.

    As the train passed each state, different cultural, food and cloth patterns could be seen. Still, there was onething visible - the unity in diversity.

    Part 3 : 1. Why do people need to travel everyday?

    People travel everyday to meet various purposes. As they vary from one another, so do their needs. While some travel for buying stuffs, others do it for social purposes. In addition to travelling for job related needs, the number of travels taken out for entertainment is not few. If there are five members in a family, they might travel for 5 different requirements. Anyway, the more modern the people are, the more diverse their needs. Modern life could be incomplete without travels.

    2. What, do you think, people can learn from travelling to other countries?

    Well, each travel gives us a few takeaways. Especially, when it comes to travelling to other countries, a deep knowledge about how people live is gained. It is irrefutable that we get some insights on a country’s different attributes either from books or on videos on the internet. However, an all-out understanding on all aspects of a country would be impossible to get without travelling to there. A state’s cultural pattern, traditions, practices and customs are so vast that it canot be contained in a video or a book. Nothing can thrill a traveller as much as the explicit comprehension he/she gains while visiting a country.

    3. Can travel make a positive difference to the economy of a country?

    Now that tourism is the biggest booster of revenues of a country, travels contribute a great deal to the economy. Be it domestic or international travellers, they all add up their fairshare to the fiscal activities. Every traveller is expected to spill out a few bucks from their wallet in order to meet their basic needs. The more the travellers in a country, the more the consumption to take place in a market. It is quite logical to assume that travellers have more purchasing power than those who do not travel. It is not uncommon that the spending habits of travellers not only increase the money flow but also create more opportunities at local level. It is worth remembering here that every countries, regardless of their level of development, attract travellers to their regions as to boost up their economy further.


    bland - dull, uninteresting; Epitome - perfect example; Fantasize - imagine; Credibility - reliability; Intuitive - instinctive; Domicile - place of residence; Inventive - creative; Avid - having a keen interest in something; Heterogeneous- varied; Indianness - the feeling of being an Indian; Irrefutable- undeniable; Explicit- direct; Fiscal- financial; Comprehension- understanding;

  • IELTS Speaking Test Tutorial 4
  • Part 1 : 1. How popular are bicycles in your home town?

    As people became financially more stable, the importance of bicycles declined over time. So, it is not as much popular today as it was in the past. Thanks to the easy availability of ever improved four-wheelers and financial schemes and low EMI.However, it is not that unpopular in rural areas especially with financially weaker people.

    2. How often do you ride a bicycle?

    As I don’t have a bicycle, I don’t get to use it as much. Neither my friends nor I have a bicycle. If at all anybody has a fancy bicycle, while going for doing exercise in the morning, I try it out. I hardly get any chance to use it other than that.

    3. Do you think bicycles are useful for all ages?

    Even though it appears to be of merit for all ages, it cannot be ideal for octogenarians whose muscles and bones are too brittle to withstand any damage while cycling. For other age groups and fitness freaks, bicycles serve many useful purposes. However, it is not age but health that decides whether bicycles are useful or not.

    Part 2 : Cue Card Describe a person who has done a lot of work to help people

    You should say:


    who this person is/was
    where this person lives/lived
    and what he/she has done to help people


    You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.

    Answer:

    The modernity is lucky enough to have a number of people who dedicate themselves to help others. Mr. Bill Gates is one of the billionaire philanthropists who have contributed immeasurably to the cause of charity. The phrases like “the chief architect of Microsoft” and “the richest man in the world” are tagged to this generous billionaire who lives in the US.

    Today his name is chiefly remembered as the greatest humanitarian who has donated a fairshare of his income for helping others which is unimaginably higher than any other billionaire’s contribution.

    In addition, he jets off around the world to promote Polio vaccinations which is of great importance and utility to those affected in third world countries in Africa and Asia.

    At this moment, I fondly remember Mahatma Gandhi, who had sacrificed his entire life for serving the humanity selflessly. However, Mr. Bill Gates started his career as an entrepreneur by radically changing the face of communication sector and by creating the gem - like software WINDOWS which elevated him to the pinnacle of fame. He relinquished the title “the chairman of Microsoft” and embraced working for the people. He instituted Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation by allocating a lion’s share of his wealth as its working fund with a view to eradicating poverty and diseases and promoting women empowerment.

    I am pretty sure that his name will be written in the history of philanthropy; he will be regarded as the most benevolent billionaire.

    Part 3 : 1. Why do you think some people like to help other people?

    Even though men are born selfish, as they grow up, so do their compassion and empathy which are the two phenomenal traits that demarcate human beings from animals. The scriptures we read always stress on helping one another and the fellow-feelingness is the corner stone of every religion. Besides schools and teachers, our parents and peers also create profound influence on developing a helping hand. Community feeling is stronger in us than in animals. It is too difficult for us to be quarantined from others because life is very dull without the sense of belonging. Now it is an irrefutable fact that being human means being humane by helping others.

    2. Some people say that people help others in community more now than they did in the past. Do you agree?

    Yes, they do. The more educated we are, the more generous we tend to be. Today, people are more connected to one another than in the past. Being dependent, everybody feels helping others in community is as important as helping his or her family. The technology today including media has brought to us a sense of togetherness so that anything and everything that happens to a person creates instant response in others. In addition, the amount of income one earns today is unimaginably higher than what was received in the past. So, they have no reluctancy to help the community with surplus money. It’s worth remembering about the huge contributions to relief fund during Covid Pandemic in each country.

    3. Which groups of people generally need more support in a community?

    The more vulnerables are the ones who need more support because they are the sort of people who are either underprivileged or ill-equipped to meet both ends of their lives. Such people would be backward in all respects, be it in terms of education or income. If more support is not given to them, they may fail to come up socially.

    Moreover, there are weaker sections in a community, for whom gaining quality education is the only way to be part of the main stream in a society. For which, right support should be extended. The history has shown us that the meaningful and objective education could reduce the disparity between the rich and the poor, and the privileged and the underprivileged. Modern states are the best examples for it.


    Octogenarian - a person between 80 and 89 years old; Philanthropist - one who promotes the welfare of others; Jet off - to go by airplane to a destination; Relinquish - give up; Phenomenal- exceptional; Scripture- sacred writings; Pinnacle- peak;

  • IELTS Speaking Test Tutorial 5
  • Part 1 : 1. How well do you know the people who live next door to you?

    I know them like the back of my palm because we share a great rapport among us. For me, hardly does a week pass without my meeting and talking to my next door neighbours. Our neighbourhood is so close a community that we share deep bondage in between.

    2. How often do you see them?

    I see them at least once in a week. Even though I don’t get to see them every day, we do chat on whatsapp group before we go to bed. As my neighbours are engaged in different positions, they leave for their work at various times. So, it is hard to see everybody everyday, but most of us are home on weekends.

    3. What kinds of problems do people sometimes have with their neighbours?

    As people differ from one another, so do their problems. The most common problem we see is on the boundary dispute between two houses. Unlike in European countries, in my state, the houses are separated by fences. If the fences are not made of bricks and stones, and if it is made of hedges, the conflict could be more lasting than you can imagine. Few more problems to add to the list are peeping, slandering, eavesdropping and non - payment of debts.

    Part 2 : Cue Card Describe a time you were asked to give your opinion in a questionnaire or in a survey

    You should say:


    what the questionnaire or the survey was about
    why you were asked to give your opinion
    what opinions you gave
    and explain how you felt about giving your opinions in this questionnaire or survey


    You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.

    Answer:

    Giving opinion in a survey has always been a fabulous experience for ordinary persons like me. Around 10 years back, my country was holding elections to the parliament. When I was coming out of the polling booth after casting my vote, I was asked to give my opinion on who would win that election. The question was thrown to me by a leading Television Channel, which is still popular for conducting pre-poll and exit poll surveys.

    I was asked to give my opinion not only as a person who casted his vote in that election but also as a bold one who could give his opinion without inhibition. Even though India has a multiparty system with each party with substantial share of votes, there were 3 major political parties with centrist, leftist and rightist ideologies on the electoral fray. My choice was the centrist party as it was the most popular one that time.

    It was for the first time in my life, I was being videographed and asked for my opinion. Despite being timid at the start, I managed to gain confidence and expressed my thought affirmatively.

    To call spade a spade, I was reluctant to air my opinion in the public as I was crowded by the TV crew as well as onlookers. You know, during elections, the franchise is exercised secretively. For this reason, I was quite uncomfortable.

    However, this experience made me grow in confidence and in the subsequent election surveys, I would wait to be asked for my opinion.

    Part 3 : 1. What kinds of organisations want to find out about people’s opinions?

    A host of organisations collect people’s opinions. Market research firms are the leading collectors of opinions because their very nature of operation involves gathering feedback about a product and subsequently reproduce it with modifications addressing the concerns of consumers. As gathering opinion is the best way to attract as well as to impress future consumers, every manufacturer does it to improve their market. Besides non-governmental agencies, state organs also get into the perception of its people on the projects either implemented or to be implemented. To be precise, reintroduction of a product or a project is highly unlikely to be effective without taking people’s opinions into account.

    2. What reasons might people have for not wanting to give their opinion?

    Giving opinion is always a personal discretion where the respondent is in total control of whether he/she should put forth his/her perception or not. I have come across many people who like to maintain secrecy and hence abstain from expressing their thoughts.

    Furthermore, it is not uncommon that certain individuals hold themselves back from expressing their views lest it should hurt the sentiments of others. Not every persons we stumble across can air views publicly because they care about their privacy a great deal. Last but not the least, the introverts, who are timid and modest, are not few in our society. They find it too hard to convey openly what they think.

    3. Do you think it would be a good idea for schools to ask students their opinions about lessons?

    Asking for feedback is a right step ahead. Its importance is more when students are asked to evaluate about the lessons they are taught. If it is not done, the schools will be in the dark about the efficacy of what is taught in the classes. Once schools get right and unbiased feedback, they can be proactive in giving remedial measures to its faculty who could subsequently restructure the teaching methodology as to make lessons result- oriented. It’s worth remembering that today’s pedagogy is student-centric. So, it would certainly be a good idea for schools to ask students their opinions about lessons.


    Disparity - a great difference; Rapport - a close and harmonious relationship between people; Vulnerables- people who are weak and easily exploited; Underprivileged - poor; Hedge - a boundary formed by closely growing bushes; Call a spade a spade - say something the way it is; Inhibition - reluctance; Timid- shy; Affirmatively- positively; Franchise - the right to vote in an election;

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