IELTS Speaking Test August 2018

Below is a sample IELTS speaking test for August 2018. The topics and questions are currently being used in the IELTS Speaking test.

Remember that there is only one speaking test. All candidates, both GT and Academic, will get the same topics and questions. There is no difference in marking. The test will last between 11 and 14 mins. The IELTS Speaking test is informal.

Full IELTS Speaking Test August 2018

IELTS Speaking Part 1

Home

  1. Do you live in a house or an apartment?
  2. What room do you most like in your home?
  3. Is there anything you would like to change?
  4. Do you plan to move in the future?

Apps

  1. Do you often use apps?
  2. What type of app would you like to get for your phone or computer?
  3. What type of app do you think is most popular?
  4. If you could create an app, what would it be?

Foreign Food

  1. Did you often eat foreign food as a child?
  2. What type of foreign food have you recently eaten?
  3. Are foreign foods popular in your country today?
  4. Do you think there will be an increase in the amount of foreign food in your country in the future?

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IELTS Speaking Part 2

Describe an important event that you celebrated in the past. You should say:

  • what the event was
  • when it was
  • where it was held
  • who you celebrated with
  • and explain why the event was important to you

IELTS Speaking Part 3

  1. Do you think it is essential for people to celebrate their birthdays?
  2. Have you ever attended an outdoor event before?
  3. Which one do you prefer, indoor or outdoor events?
  4. Do you think people spend more money on events today compared to the past?
  5. What is the most popular event in your country? How do people celebrate it?
  6. Do you think it is beneficial for a country to host international events?

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  • analysing the question & identifying issues
  • developing ideas
  • planning paragraphs & structure
  • writing paragraphs
  • using linking words
  • what the examiner is looking for
  • tips and techniques for a high score

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Answers to August Linking Word Practice

Below are the questions and answers for the lesson on linking words this month. I hope you found this lesson useful 🙂

Questions 

  1. ……………. the government building more homes in city centres, there is still a lack of housing.
    1.  A) Although   B) Despite   C) So
  2. ………….. the government is increasing the amount of money spent on dealing with environmental pollution, individuals must still play their part.
    1.  A) But    B) Although  C) Despite
  3. People should eat a balanced diet …………….. avoid serious health problems.
    1. A) due to    B) so     C) in order to
  4. …………… there are children who may not find it easy to live abroad, for others it can be an experience that helps them mature and become more independent.
    1. A) While  B) In spite of  C) Even so
  5. ………………….. more and more people moving to the city to find jobs, housing has become a serious problem in city centres.
    1. A) Consequently   B) As a result  C) As a result of  D) Owing to

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Answers

  1. B
    1. Despite the government building more homes in city centres, there is still a lack of housing.
    2. It is not possible to have “Although” in this sentence. The meaning is correct, but the grammar is wrong. If you wanted to use “Although”, you would need to change the sentence: ” Although the government is building more homes in city centres, there is still a lack of housing.”
  2. B
    1. Although the government is increasing the amount of money spent on dealing with environmental pollution, individuals must still play their part.
  3. C
    1. People should eat a balanced diet in order to avoid serious health problems.
  4. A
    1. While there are children who may not find it easy to live abroad, for others it can be an experience that helps them mature and become more independent.
    2. The linking words “in spite of” have the right meaning, but can’t be used in this sentence. If you want to use “in spite of” you need to change the grammar structure of the sentence: “In spite of some children not finding it easy to live abroad, for others it can be an experience that helps them mature and become more independent.
  5. C & D
    1. As a result of more and more people moving to the city to find jobs, housing has become a serious problem in city centres.
    2. Owing to more and more people moving to the city to find jobs, housing has become a serious problem in city centres.
    3. It is not possible to have “Consequently”. The meaning is fine, but the grammatical structure of the sentence makes it impossible to use. Using “consequently” = More and more people are moving to the city to find jobs and, consequently,  housing has become a serious problem in city centres.
    4. The linking word “as a result” must have the proposition “of” with it for this sentence. Using “as a result” without “of” = More and more people are moving to the city to find jobs and, as a result, housing has become a serious problem in city centres.

To use linking words correctly, you must understand both their meaning and the correct grammatically way to use them in a sentence. See a full list of linking words for your essay: IELTS Linking Words List.

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Linking Words Practice August 2018

Fill in the gaps below with the correct linking words. This is useful practice for your IELTS writing task 2 essay. Using linking words requires you to be careful with the grammar structure of your sentences – this lesson will review your ability to do that.

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Questions

Choose the correct letter to complete each sentence. It is possible to have more than one letter for an answer.

  1. ……………. the government building more homes in city centres, there is still a lack of housing.
    1. Answers: A) Although   B) Despite   C) So
  2. ………….. the government is increasing the amount of money spent on dealing with environmental pollution, individuals must still play their part.
    1. Answers: A) But    B) Although  C) Despite
  3. People should eat a balanced diet ……………..  avoid serious health problems.
    1. Answers:  A) due to    B) so     C) in order to
  4. …………… there are children who may not find it easy to live abroad, for others it can be an experience that helps them mature and become more independent.
    1. Answers: A) While  B) In spite of  C) Even so
  5. ………………….. more and more people moving to the city to find jobs, housing has become a serious problem in city centers.
    1. Answers A) Consequently   B) As a result  C) As a result of  D) Owing to

Answers

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July 2018 IELTS Essay Questions

Below is a list of IELTS Essay Questions July 2018 reported in writing task 2.

Will these questions be repeated?

  • IELTS often repeat topics but change the questions and instructions.
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IELTS Writing Task 2 Questions July 2018

The questions below have been reported by IELTS candidates and may not be accurately remembered.

  1. Some people think that modern technology is making people more sociable, while others think it is making them less sociable. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
  2. Online, people write product reviews and opinions about services. Is it a good thing or bad thing?
  3. Some people argue that formal education should start for children as early as possible, while others think that it should not start until 7 years of age. Discuss both these views and give your opinion.
  4. Some people believe that teachers have a important role to play in the educational success, while others think it is the students’ attitude that matters. Discuss both views and share your opinion.
  5. Some physiologists recommend that it is important to overcome stresses by spending time do nothing. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  6. The education of young people is the main priority in countries around the world. Some people believe that educating adults who cannot read or write is essential for the society and more funding should be made available for it. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  7. The only way to solve the increasing crime rate of young offenders is to teach parents better parenting skills. To what extent do you agree?
  8. Scientist have been warning for many years about the importance of protecting the environment and that we must limit the use of energy in our daily lives. Despite warnings, many people do not do this. What are the reasons for that and how people can be encouraged to take an interest in protecting the environment?
  9. Some people believe that a great difference in age between parents and children is more beneficial. Do you think the advantages of a greater difference in age between them outweigh the disadvantages?
  10. Some people think the government should be responsible for solving the pollution problems which result from heavy traffic. To what extent do you agree?
  11. Some people believe that universities should only offer places to students with high marks, while others believe that people of all ages should be allowed even if they don’t do well in school. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
  12. People are less fit and active nowadays than in the past. What are the reasons for this? What measures can be taken to fix this?
  13. The world of work is changing rapidly. Working conditions today are not the same as before and people no longer rely on taking one job for life. Discuss the possible causes for these changes and give your suggestions for how people should prepare for work in the future.
  14. Some people find it beneficial to sent young children to nursery school before they go to primary school, while others think it is good to keep children at home with their family. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
  15. Some people think that to reduce traffic and pollution, the government should increase tax on petrol (gasoline).  Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
  16. It is believed that young people are more interested in international pop singers and movie stars than in history and historical people. Why is this? (June)
  17. Nowadays, culture is more or less the same around the world compared to in the past. Is this a positive trend or negative trend? (June)

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Vocabulary for Plant Topic IELTS Speaking

Below is a list of vocabulary for the topic of plants in IELTS speaking part 1.

Pot Plants

  • Cactus (plural = cacti or cactuses)
  • Peace lily (see picture above)
  • Bamboo
  • Palm
  • Flowering plants
  • Orchids
  • Small plants for the window sill
  • Easy to maintain

Balcony plants

Trailing plants / climbers

Plants and flowers attractive to bees and butterflies

Hanging baskets (flowering plants)

  • Roses
  • Geraniums
  • begonia

Other vocab

  • Leaves
  • Stem
  • Bloom
  • Lush
  • Soil
  • Compost
  • Plant feed
  • Pruning
  • Re-potting
  • Drainage
  • Watering (daily/ regularly)
  • Automatic watering system
  • Full sunlight / shade / exposure to sun
  • North facing window
  • Variety of colours
  • Petals
  • Herbs grown in pots
    • mint, parsley, coriander, basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme
  • Vegetables grown in pots
    • tomatoes, peppers, peas, beans
  • to have green fingers

Sample Questions & Answers

You can see that some questions might produce shorter answers and other questions require more detail and explanation. This is normal in speaking part 1.

  1. Do you like plants?
    1. Yes, I do. I usually have at least one indoor pot plant in my sitting room such as a peace lily.
  2. Are you good at growing plants?
    1. No, I’m not. I definitely don’t have green fingers, unlike my grandfather who was really good with plants. I frequently have to buy new plants for my house when they die.
  3. Why do people grow plants?
    1. I think some people grow plants because it’s a pleasurable hobby that they can enjoy all year round. It is very rewarding to grow a plant, particularly when the flowers bloom. For other people, it is a way to make their living environment better. What I mean is plants can provide not only clean air but also greenery which is supposed to be uplifting for the spirit.

See extra questions for this topic: Speaking Part 1 Questions for Plant Topic

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Speaking Part 1 Topic: Plants

Below are a few questions for the IELTS speaking part 1 topic of plants. This is a current topic in the IELTS speaking test.

Plant Questions: IELTS Speaking Part 1

  1. Do you like plants?
  2. Do you know a lot about plants?
  3. Have you ever had a plant?
  4. Did you ever grow a plant as a child?
  5. Would you ever give a plant as a gift?
  6. Why do people like plants in their house?
  7. Do you have a garden?
  8. Do you know how to cultivate plants?

Vocabulary:

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Plant Vocabulary & Model Answers

Tip: you are not expected to know specialist knowledge about plants – keep your answers personal and friendly. Be descriptive and chatty.

Other Speaking Topics

See common topics: IELTS Speaking Part 1 Common Topics

Also review the recent questions page: Current Topics & Questions

All the best

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