IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Studying Abroad

Here are the Speaking Part 2 questions that we covered in the past. Remember to practice your speaking by clicking, "Student Partner Speaking" in your My Student Account at https://www.gieltshelp.com/buy/ (Use code A8TW9 to get a 10% discount when you join the Premium Package).

TIP - *** DO not try to predict the speaking interview topics – this is basically impossible.
(The questions will be either about a person, object, place, event, or idea, but within these categories, there can be millions of questions!)

[To figure out whether you are talking about an idea or event, ask yourself, “Is this something that I’m thinking or doing – if you are doing it, it’s an event.]

***Good strategy is much more important than guessing and practicing for specific topics.

Talk about an important choice that you had to make in your life.
You should say:

When you made this choice

What you had to choose between

Whether you made a good choice

How you felt when you were making the choice

You will have one minute to prepare what you are going to say and you will have two minutes to speak.

STEP 1 – Read the card carefully, especially the topic sentence – read this twice!

STEP 2 – Identify what category you are looking at, and the tense of the question.

Event + past tense (past, present perfect, past perfect, conditional – real + unreal)

Event – Time, reason, attendees, activities, result, experience

(***For some questions, like this one, it’s easy to run out of ideas and just get into a lot of repetition. This results in low band scores! To avoid this, always keep in mind the components to describe the category as listed above)

STEP 3 – come up with 2 – 3 ideas to answer, they should be original and easy to talk about.
Choose a book for an essay, choose a major for and university, buying a vehicle for work, bike or motorbike, job or higher education after high school, choosing a business partner, choosing a life partner, studying abroad in the US or at home, marriage or further study.

Study abroad in the US or at home

TIP – For studying the speaking Part 2 at home, try your top 2 or three choices and see which one you feel you gave the best answer for! This will open up your eyes to choosing the best possible responses to maximize your scores.

STEP 4 – Write down some usable notes in the order of the components of the category – time, reason, attendees, activities, outcome, experience/feeling
Jan 19th, after grad
Abr – better edu
Home – cheaper ½ living cost
US culture and Eng
Local – family and friends
(people and entities) – MIT, Engin, fam, friend, teach, homestay
Exams, visa, travel
Culture shock, lonely, excited

STEP 4 – Write down your first sentence***
Very important, so when the examiner says, “please begin speaking”, you can start right away with an accurate sentence.
***Emphasize the topic statement in your opening sentence!!!!!!!!!!!!

One of the most important and difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make in my life was just this past year when I graduated school and I was thinking about studying at my local university or going abroad to MIT. Since I had been a top student in my school MIT gave me conditional acceptance into their engineering program, and of course, as one of the top schools in the world not only would my learning be outstanding but I could also gain valuable cultural and language experience. On the other hand, I knew that this meant both leaving my family behind and having to pay at least twice as much for school, not to mention living expenses. Nevertheless, thinking about my bright future, I decided to pursue MIT. In order to achieve this goal, I had to search for a homestay family in the US and explain my plans to my parents, siblings, and friends. This was very emotional and challenging. (look at the card and look at your notes) I’m currently in the process of managing all of the requirements to fulfill this choice, such as sitting this IELTS exam right now, and I’m not totally sure yet whether or not I’ve made the right choice. I am sure that time will tell. Initially, I felt very nervous and excited to make this decision. Recently, I’ve been feeling a bit anxious about becoming homesick, but I’m sure that this will be the adventure of a lifetime, and I don’t regret choosing to study in the US rather than here.

Here are the Speaking Part 2 questions that we covered in the past. Remember to practice your speaking by clicking, "Student Partner Speaking" in your My Student Account at https://www.gieltshelp.com/buy/ (Use code A8TW9 to get a 10% discount when you join the Premium Package).

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