IELTS Speaking Part 3: Technology Questions and Model Answer

Technology is a popular topic in speaking part 3. Below are some common questions with a model answer underneath.

  • What modern technological devices are most common in your country?
  • Do you think modern technology is useful?
  • Do you think people rely too much on technology?
  • Do you think men and women view technological devices differently?
  • Why do you think people spend so much money buying the latest devices?

Model Answer

  • Question: Do you think men and women view technological devices differently?
  • Answer: Yes, I do. For starters, men are usually more obsessed with gadgets. They are almost like children with the way they want to play with the latest gizmos and learn all their new functions. They are constantly fiddling around with their new toys. I also think that gadgets are a kind of ego for men. I mean they often compare their new toys with each other to see who has the best one. Women, on the other hand, are more down to earth and see devices more rationally as a means to communicate with others or to perform a particular function. Of course, this is pretty stereotyped but it seems to hold true for most men and women I know.

Useful Expressions

  • fiddling around with something = playing with something
  • down to earth = realistic, practical
  • stereotyped = putting people into a group or categorising them not based on fact

Note:  As you can see this model answer is from a woman’s perspective, if you would like to give a sample answer from a man’s perspective, please post it in the comments box. Feel free to post your answers to other questions as well.


Technology Vocabulary for Speaking

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  1. Attempting to answer your question Liz, in Men’s perspective:

    I strongly feel that men tend to love the gadgets and will always look forward to update the gadget with the next version of it. On the other hand women give more importance towards the appearance of the gadgets while Men think deeper within the device with its functionalities.

  2. Hi liz.
    Bee here and i am taking my ielts exams soon.But the problem is that i am not very good in english my speaking skill is poor and in writing i have some kind of tenses because of the shortage of time i need my ielts as soon as possible so kindly plz tell me is it possible to prepare with in two weeks for test 😖😖plzzz tell me i am so upset

  3. Greetings to Liz,

    Am going to take up the ukvi ielts next week .I hope your lessons help me to secure good scores .Am very glad to know about this site before my exam At least

    With regards,

  4. Hi Liz,

    I have about four questions regarding the speaking test and I’m wondering if you could answer it for me.

    I’d like to provide a short background before the questions:

    I am used to speaking in meetings and conferences, debates and seminars and therefore tend to speak in a similar manner everywhere else too, regardless of the type of the audience. The manner of my speaking is usually like a discussion where I think a bit, sometimes give extra info( related to the topic), use pauses at times like ‘umm’.. or use words like ‘you know’.. etc. This comes naturally to me, I am unable to avoid it. I take speaking as a conversation, can’t do it in an exam like set up.

    My questions:

    1) In my speaking test, I was asked to talk about gender discrimination. This was my favorite topic of debate and I started talking a bit too much.. Is this considered going off track ( although still on topic but talking a bit irrelevant stuff about it) ?

    2) I also disagreed with the examiner a couple of times. Would this come across as arrogance?

    3) Is the speaking test much about the content or much about control and fluency?

    4) While speaking about the topic on cue card, I spoke for about 1 min and 40 secs.. Is that okay?
    I am a bit worried here.

    Thanks Liz. Yes and by the way, you do a wonderful job teaching the aspirants!!


    • Hi,

      Let me answer your questions.

      1. If you start going off the topic a bit when you talk, the examiner can do two things: 1. the examiner might just let you talk because you are producing some good language and ideas 2. the examiner might interrupt you and ask another question. It is possible you didn’t go off topic much, you were probably just speaking fluently trying to get your ideas across. So, don’t worry about it.
      2. If you disagreed with the examiner a few times, it shows you have pretty good command of the English language in order to do that. Lower level students just give answers to questions, higher level students are able to debate more and can express their exact feelings and thoughts. It certainly won’t count against you to have a different opinion to the examiner.
      3. The speaking test has 4 marking criteria, all of which are based on assessing language not ideas. You are assessed on fluency, vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. So, whether your ideas are good or not, you are only assessed on your English language. This is quite different to writing task 2 where you are also assessed on your ideas and the way you present them.
      4. It is still possible to get a good score if you speak for 1 min 30 seconds or 1 min 40 secs. It depends how fluent, rich and accurate your language was during the time you talked.

      On the whole, it sounds like you have a good level of English. However, much will depend on the 4 criteria and the level of language you used in all parts of the test. Let me know what your results are when they come.
      All the best

      • Hello Liz,
        Greetings for the day.

        I had written to you earlier regarding my speaking test concerns. Just wanted to let you know that I have received my test results today and have scored a band 8 overall. My speaking test score is 8.5.

        Other scores:

        Listening: 8
        My writing and reading score is 6.5 each

        I am not sure if this individual low score will affect my chances of getting into a top institution. Most top institutions mention atleast 7 in each.
        Please provide your input in this case, thanks.

        • You will need to approach each institution directly and ask them. With such high scores in other skills it might be possible. If they reject you, you should do the test again but don’t book it until you have complete understanding of writing and understanding of all the types of questions in reading. You must make sure you are repeatedly getting band 7 or 7.5 in all skills before you book your test. Let me know what happens.
          All the best

          • Thank you for your input.

          • Thank you for getting back Liz, will keep you posted.

          • Hi Liz.
            I am a bit nervous.
            Even a speaker who are exposed much to the challenges of speaking, even in the large audience, like Naaz could not reach the highest score, so I doubt the objectivity an the accuracy in the way candidates are judged. I just mean that is IELTS speaking test so hard that it requires us not only the fluency, LR, grammar and pronunciation but also the mastery of speaking? I also doubt even the native speaker could ever reach band 9.0.

  5. u r so good,u completely released my stress .

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