IELTS speaking tests

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Part 1 – sample questions

Part 2 – sample task card

Describe an interesting journey you have been on.

You should say:

  • where you went
  • how you travelled there
  • who you went with

and explain what was so memorable about the journey.

Part 3 – sample questions

  1. What methods of transport are most popular in your city / country?
  2. What are some of the problems of long-distance travelling?
  3. Has the way people travel changed much in the last few decades?
  4. Do you agree that governments should do more to encourage greener methods of transport?
  5. What measures could be taken to reduce problems of congestion in cities?
  6. Do you think that transport problems are worse in urban or rural areas?

Useful Vocabulary

Typical methods of transport in cities

Other methods of transport

Transport problems

Solutions to inner-city congestion

Useful linkers for giving examples

Sample Answer

What measures could be taken to reduce problems of congestion in cities?

There are many ways that congestion could be reduced in big cities. In my city, for example, they have introduced a bike rental system where members can pick up a bike at one point and drop it off at another. It’s proving to be very popular and as a result more cycle lanes are also being provided.

Another example, which unfortunately doesn’t exist in my city, is a park and ride scheme where you leave your car outside the city in a carpark and then take a free bus into the centre. Another way to prevent people bringing their cars into the city would be to charge a special fee to access the centre, like they do in London, though I guess this wouldn’t be quite so popular with the residents.

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