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IELTS Speaking Sample 18

Part One:  Introduction and interview

[This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself and checking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview. …]

Examiner: Now, in this first part, I’d like to ask you some more questions about yourself, OK?

Q. Let’s talk about your home town or village. What kind of place is it?
 It’s quite a small village, about 20km from Zurich. And it’s very quiet. And we have only little … two little shops because most of the people work in Zurich or are orientated to the city.

Q.  What’s the most interesting part of this place … village?
Answer:  On the top of a hill, we have a little castle which is very old and quite well known in Switzerland.

Q.  What kind of jobs do people in the village do?
Answer:  We have some farmers in the village as well as people who work in Zurich as
bankers or journalists or there are also teachers and some doctors, some medicines.

Q.  Would you say it’s a good place to live?
Answer:  Yes. Although it is very quiet, it is … people are friendly and I would say it is a good place to live there, yes.

Q.  Let’s move on to talk about accommodation. Tell me about the kind of accommodation you live in.
Answer: I live with my family and we own a large house. This is the house I have been living from my childhood and I quite love it. We have a garden in front of our house and a gardener takes care of it every day. The main house is a two-stories semi-cottage house and it has got more than 12 rooms. I have my own room and a study room adjacent to it.

Part 2  Individual long turn (Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card)

Examiner: Alright? Remember you have one to two minutes for this, so don’t worry if I stop you. I’ll tell you when the time is up.

Part 2 – Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card


Describe a thing you possess which is important to you.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • what you can do with it
  • how you use it

and explain why it is important to you.

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

Examiner: Can you start speaking now, please?

Rounding off Question:

Examiner: Thank you. Would it be easy to replace this, I mean your laptop?
Answer: Yes, I think it wouldn’t be a big problem but I like my current laptop and I have purchased it only a few months ago. I will consider replacing it when it gets old and more powerful and latest laptops become available. For the time being, I would stick to this one, I guess.

Examiner: Which one do you more frequently use – your mobile or laptop?
Answer: I use my cell phone more frequently than I use my laptop. I have a smartphone and it is quite handy to me. However, the laptop is more important in terms of its utilisation for more serious work.

Part 3 – Two-way Discussion

Examiner:  In Switzerland, what kind of possessions do you think give status to people?
Answer: The first thing which comes to my mind is the car. Yes, because lots of people like to have elegant cars or expensive cars to show their status, their place in the society. Apart from that, a gorgeous house is a posh area, good job and obviously creativity help people gain status in Switzerland.

Examiner: Is that a new development?
Answer: No, I think it isn’t. In fact, status item in my country remained almost the same, at least this is what I have experienced. People in the past also considered a branded car, a nice house, talent and fame as their status symbol as people do these days.

Examiner: What do you think of this way of thinking, that I need to have a car or certain clothes to show my status?
Answer: I think talent, creativity and education should be the symbol of aristocracy and status. However, status is a strange thing as it has to be accepted by other people and it seems like we are more interested in assessing someone’s earthly position to be more important than his inner beauty and talent. I am sure someday people would start giving more importance to something we become not something we spend money on to own.

Examiner: Yes. And do you think this will change? In the future, will cars and designer clothes be status symbols in the same way?
Answer: I’m sure someday people would start realising that we boast about things that have little values and do not consider someone’s talent, education, knowledge and honesty as the most important aspect of gaining status in the society. From that time onward, people would no longer count branded cars and designer clothes to be that much important for gaining status in a society.

Examiner: Why people spend so much money on branded cars and designer clothes? Would you do the same? Why/ why not?
Answer: Thank you for this great question. In most of the cases, people seek for the branded cars or want to have designer clothes for several reasons. The top reason behind preferring brand is the quality and uniqueness. Majority of the branded products come with an outstanding quality than ordinary products. People clearly can distinguish the differences between a branded and a non-branded product. When brands manufacture cars, they use the best materials to make cars durable, safe and comfortable. The similar feature is applicable for clothing as well. Further, brands have some large business and there are fewer chances to get cheated. People rely on the brands for their reliability. They also have the chance to complain about the products they receive. And brads have varieties of products that allow consumers to select the right one.

I would do the same because I have had some negative experiences while using non-branded products. They come with a lower quality and fewer chances of replacement. Therefore, I have decided to move for branded products and indeed I have been doing so for the last couple of years.

Examiner: How do you compare the type of things young generation want to possess differ from that of elderly people? Why is so?
Answer: Well, the young people love spending time with electronic gadgets, computers and with friends. Life is a mystery for them and they want to reveal it randomly. They try to get experience and try new things. Their immature age makes them feel thrilled even in risky activities. So, they want to have the best things for them. They also do not know the deeper meaning of life. But the scenario of elderly people is different from them. They do not want to possess all the things that the young people possess. Life has a different meaning to elderly people. The number of material demands is lower. They love spending time with near and dear ones. They mostly spend time discussing past events and travelling different places. So, it appears that there is some remarkable difference between the demands of elderly people and young generation.

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