How can you score better in IELTS SPEAKING PART 3 – Follow up questions?

ielts speaking part 3 - follow up questions

Now, as we have already discussed about how to score well in IELTS speaking section part 1 and IELTS speaking section part 2 so here we would be discussing about IELTS Speaking part 3 and how to excel in the same.

Talking about IELTS Speaking part 3 – Follow up questions , it is usually a 4-5 minute process that comprises of discussion of abstract topics.

Now a question that arises immediately is what can be the purpose of part 3 in speaking module?

The answer is quite simple that the examiner wants to hear you discuss some general but more abstract topics related to IELTS Speaking part 2 – cue card. This section usually begins at the end of part 2 talk when the examiner leads you into part 3 by asking about a more general aspect of the topic.

What are abstract topics? This is something that everybody wants to know. Now for eg “How much time you spend watching television?” is a question of part 1 but “Does television have a negative effect on people?” is an abstract and belongs to IELTS Speaking part 3 .

Other random questions examples that can be categorized as an abstract topic can be as follows:-

  1. What is the impact of technology on work?

  2. What’s your favorite newspaper?

  3. What are the effects of modern farming methods?

  4. How do you keep fit?

Now in this section the examiner will ask a range of questions based on the topic from part 2.

The very first question usually comprises of your views over a general topic. One thing to be kept in mind here is that your answers should be not too short or too long because if this happens then the examiner will ask more questions to develop your answer and they may stress you and confuse you so it’s better to give a good length answer. Here you can follow some strategies to develop ideas which can help you frame a good answer for eg “Do older people learn as much from travelling as younger people?” this question can be replied by using various fillers to make it a good one .

  • Think about what other people might believe – For example “…even though some people …….. I think…….”
  • Make a direct contrast or comparison – For example “I tend to think that while young people ,……. hence older people…..”
  • Use personal experience – For example “its hard to say, but in my experience… and so I believe that…”

Further heading i n this section the questions will become more difficult. Answers can be improved by understanding the development of the topic and what ideas may be related to it. The length of the answers is also a thing to be kept in mind . You must give a relevant answer – being complete and having inter linking of the ideas. It is also known as fluency. This can be improved by giving a reason that can support your opinion or by giving a second point of view. For instance “some people feel …. But I actually think….”

Speak loudly and clearly so that the examiner hears you well. Moreover, try not to speak in monotonous tone and pronounce the words well. These all will help you to get a good score and perform well.