IELTS speaking tests

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Part 1 - sample questions

Part 2 – sample task card

Describe the job you would most like to have.

You should say:

  • what this job would be
  • where you would work
  • which qualifications you would need

and explain why you would like to have this job most.

Part 3 – sample questions

  1. Which jobs would you say are most respected in your country?
  2. Some people say it's better to work for yourself than be employed by a company. What's your view?
  3. Do you agree that some jobs are still more suited to either men or women?
  4. Do you think schools provide enough advice and support to students about their future careers?
  5. What changes in employment have there been in recent years in your country?
  6. Do you think more people will work from home in the future?
  7. Can you think of any disadvantages of working from home?

Useful Vocabulary

Useful linkers for sequencing ideas

Sample Answer

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

I think there have been many changes in the types of jobs that people do nowadays compared to 20 or 30 years ago. First of all there are much fewer jobs related to heavy industry such as mining or ship-building or even manufacturing. Secondly, there has been a big increase in the number of jobs in the service and leisure industries like shops, gyms, and hotels. And finally, since the launch of the internet there has been a big surge in the number of jobs related to IT, such as web development and design.

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