The IELTS speaking test starts with everyday questions about yourself (Part 1). Next, you have to give a short speech on a topic chosen by the examiner (Part 2). The test finishes with a discussion on your Part 2 topic. This part of the speaking test (Part 3) can be more challenging for you because you are expected to discuss the topic in a wider and more general way.
In Part 3 the examiner can be more flexible in questioning you. They do have some set questions but can ask follow up questions on the opinions you give. They can also ask if you agree or disagree with a statement. The idea is to have a discussion with the examiner. For example, if your topic in Part 2 was ‘’a favourite holiday’’ the examiner might say something in Part 3 like ‘’Some people believe we should travel less because of damage to the environment. Do you agree with this?’’ Don’t be afraid to disagree. This shows you can argue against a belief and express your own opinion.
Candidates often perform better in this part of the test as it feels more natural than the first two parts. Listen carefully to the examiner’s questions or statements and be prepared to back up your opinions with examples from your general knowledge or personal experience. Look the examiner in the eye as much a possible as this will make you appear more confident.
If you’d like to see more detailed examples of the types of questions the examiner might ask in Part 3, check out our link with sample questions. You can also have a practice test with an IELTS tutor.