Jan 2017 Model Answer for IELTS Speaking Part 2

The January 2017 model answer for the IELTS speaking part 2 topic below was produced by an ex-IELTS examiner. It shows how you can extend your ideas to showcase your English for a high band score. The topic was reported in the IELTS test by students this month.

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IELTS Speaking Part 2 Cue Card Jan 2017

An occasion you received a good service from a company or shop

You should say:

  • who provided the service
  • when you received the service
  • who was with you at the time
  • and explain how you felt about receiving the service.

Model Answer for January 2017

I’d like to tell you about a recent purchase I made and the service I received which I thought was outstanding.

I bought a necklace from a small online shop that I found whilst surfing the net. It wasn’t a shop that I had bought things from before so I was slightly apprehensive about it. The shop didn’t have a wide range of gold jewellery but what it had was unique in style without doubt.

So, about three weeks ago, I selected a gold necklace to buy from this shop and within just three days it arrived through the post. The delivery came beautifully wrapped in fine Japanese style wrapping paper along with a gift voucher for a discount on my next order. I was truly impressed with the care that had been taken in wrapping it and the personal note that also came with it. But what impressed me the most was the free gift that arrived as well. I wasn’t expecting that at all. Along with my necklace was a matching bracelet which was also exquisitely made.

I remember the day it all arrived because my best friend was visiting me at the time. When I opened the parcel, we were amazed at both items of jewellery. My friend immediately went online and put in an order of her own. So, I suppose it goes to show that good customer service has its own rewards.

It’s hard to describe how I felt. Of course, as I said, I was amazed but it was more than that. Life can be tough sometimes and when you get such a lovely, unexpected present, it makes you feel as though anything is possible in the world. I’m pretty sure that small shop will do very well in the future. I know I will certainly order from that shop again.

Comments:

Fluency: a full talk, delivered without unnatural pauses and without effort.

Grammar: past simple, past perfect, past prefect passive, past continuous, present simple, future form, frequent complex sentences. Error free

Vocabulary: flexible, an awareness of collocations and with a strong range of words: slightly apprehensive, unique in style, beautifully wrapped, Japanese style wrapping paper, matching bracelet, exquisitely made, put in an order, it goes to show, good customer service, its own rewards

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  1. toady I did appear my speaking exam.
    part 1
    1 where from you
    2 related to future planing
    3 related to music
    should music subject in school?
    yu know about music instruments
    part 2
    book which would you like to read again
    part 3
    1 which kind of stores children like?
    2 is reading book popular than past?
    3 which popular now days ebook or books ?
    4 forget.
    but say sry to examiner 1 time in speaking . when I repeat one think
    2 time.
    is it negative .
    my LRW on 13th may.

  2. Hello ma’am. My speaking was on 2nd of april 2017.
    Overall i speak nicely but in part 2 there was not much to say so as i speak for sometime then i said that’s all and the examiner asks are you sure you have finished so i replied yes i have only that much to say. Question was about the gift that you gave someone recently: to whom, what was the gift and how was the reaction of the person whom you gave the gift.
    Also in part 3 i got one question wrong and answered it according to the question i heard than the examiner repeated the question again, after that i i understand the question and said the answer but forgot to say sorry for giving wrong answer in the first place so please let me know if these all will affect my marking. I am so scared🤞🏻🤞🏻

    • P.s your site and you are so amazing and it helped me a lot in my exam thankyou very much for being help. Love from nepal🙏🏻.

    • It won’t affect your score if you didn’t understand the question. There are no right or wrong answers. There are no marks for understanding. So, don’t worry. In part 2, it is always best to speak as long as you can but if you’ve finished then it’s fine. As long as while you were speaking, you spoke clearly and fluently, you can still do well. Good luck with your results!

  3. Adnan Shamsi says:

    Liz,

    I am confused with cue card part 2 of speaking.
    Whether the cue card question will be like this:
    “Describe something you own which is very important to you.
    You should say:
    – where you got it from
    – how long you had it
    – what you use it for; and
    explain why it is important to you.”

    or like this only:
    “Describe something you own which is important to you.”

    how the question will come??

  4. Hi Liz
    Do you have vocabularies on each common topic? If so could you please give me the link?If not posting vocabularies on common topics or model answers for common topics would be helpful for us.

  5. Hi Liz, I’ve got a silly question.
    Is it ok to express your feelings about the things you answered after the speaking test? Saying that you hope they would consider your answers so they could at least have a soft heart to at least give u a pass mark of 7 since I leave and work here in the U.K. For almost 10 years now!: )

    • If you showcase a band score 7 level of English, you will get band 7. Your are scored only on the language you produce in the test. It won’t change your score if you ask the examiner to be kind. The test is recorded and can be checked at any time to ensure the examiner was accurate with their marking. If you want to get band 7, show band 7 level of language. This doesn’t mean focusing on vocabulary, it means showing a range of grammar tenses and skills as well as the ability to extend all answers.

  6. Please tell me is there any chance of changing cue card jan 2017to april2017 in the month of april because i booked test of 29 april….

  7. Fazilat71 says:

    Hi LIZ,
    I have question about speaking. For example if question is “forign counry i have recently visited” and i havent visited forign country in my life Can i tell true? And can i tell friends or someone elses trip. Wouldnt it affect my band score negatively? ?

    • Sure you can talk about your friend instead. It won’t affect your score at all. Just say “I haven’t visited any foreign countries but my friend …”. Or alternatively, you can talk about a foreign country you would like to visit. For example, “I haven’t been to a foreign country, but if I could, you’d go to …”

  8. Hi Liz,
    If the examiner ask me this question, Do you like sports?

    My answer is, Yes, I do like sports.

    Does the answer quite enough?

    • No, that doesn’t show much English. You are marked on your English language “Yes, I do like sports” is elementary level. You need to add more at all times “Yes, I do but I rarely get the chance to play, unfortunately, due to work.” That is a complex sentence with much more English for the examiner to mark you on.

  9. Jessica Green says:

    I had my speaking test on the 9th of February 2017, and these are the questions I remember being asked (there are many that I forgot by now).

    Part 1:
    Do you live in a house or a flat?
    What is your favorite colour?
    What colours do you think are popular among your friends?

    Part2:
    Topic is about a starting a small business.
    What is the business?
    What do you need to start it?
    Where will it be located?

    Part 3:
    Which do you think are more beneficial, small locals local businesses or large multinational business?
    Should the government help small businesses?
    3 ways in which they could help?

  10. Hello Liz! Thank you so much for your amazing website. It helps me a lot.
    I just wanted to say that in that sample answer there is one thing that surprises me. It is “AN small online shop”. Shouldn’t it be “A small online shop instead? Thank you! 🙂

    • Thanks for spotting it. A typo. Well spotted 🙂

    • Hi Liz, your tips are more useful and you are the best,
      can I ask you a question in an essay how to describe an introduction if the two statement are given in an essay. For example, question such as to solve the ever-increasing environmental hazards throughout the world, the best way is to increase the price of fuel.
      what is your opinion on the above assumption?

  11. Hello, there.
    My topic was a small business which you would like to start.

  12. Vinay kumar thota says:

    I have done with IELTS on 21st January
    my cue card topic was
    Describe a person whom you like the most in your family?
    what the relation with you?
    what does he/she do?
    why you like?
    explain

  13. Lilian Otieno says:

    Hi Liz,
    I did my IELTS on 21st my speaking exams was to tell the difference between a cafe and restaurant.
    Writing part one hsd some map which was reading 1990 and the same map reading now I assumed they wanted me to note the changes and where according to compass direction.
    Writing part two:New parent’s should go for parental course to what extend do you agree or disagree I disagreed but later gave some peculiar circumstances to agree atleast one.
    Thanks for your assistance as I hope I will perform well.

  14. Chinenye Nneoma says:

    Thanks to you Liz. Your online videos were very helpful. It really did help my sister and I in the four sections.
    Good job.

  15. Mohammad Saoud says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I really appreciate it

  16. Thanks for email back. God bless you

  17. Navdeep Sahota says:

    I appeared for ielts on 21st January. My speaking cue card topic was;
    Choose one from physics, chemistry or psychology
    Where did you study
    Why you study
    What is the important in current times

    The rest of the general questions were related to science and medicine.
    Science in daily life usage
    Allopathy and Ayurveda importance and difference/why people choose one over the other kind.
    The introductory questions were about home county and famous festival.
    Thanks,
    Hope this will help.
    Good luck with IELTS!

  18. Burak Kurt says:

    Hi Liz,

    21st of Jan, I took IELTS exam. In speaking part 2, I was asked ” describe two people in same family”.

    I talked about my best friend and his sister. I used some vocabulary coming from latin such as dizygotic twin, fetus and ovular. I used them to describe my friend and his sister because they are twin. I talked like ” They are twin but they are not similar to each other because they are dizygotic twin. According to medical terms, it means that two fetuses in two different ovulars.”
    Does it get good point for my speaking band score?

    I also used some idioms such as “have a lot on the plate”, “blow my mind”, and “keep a lid on it”.

    • You will certainly do well with vocabulary, although using idioms does not mean a higher band score – it is better to use other idiomatic language such as phrasal verbs. Also there are three other marking criteria to consider: fluency, grammar and pronunciation. However, I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for you and I hope you do well 🙂

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