Recent IELTS Part 2 Questions and Model / Band 7 Responses July 2017


One of the major themes in Part 2 is to describe a person/people. Here are the following up-to-date cue cards that corresponds to this theme:

  • Describe a thing that a wise person did/a person who gave a clever solution to a problem
  • Describe a helpful person in work or study
  • Describe a new friend you’ve made recently
  • Describe an interesting neighbor
  • Describe a family member who has had important influence on you
  • Describe a famous person that you are interested in
  • Describe a family member made you proud
  • Describe the politest person you know
  • Describe a person/something that made you laugh
  • Describe a person who you have met before and you want to know more about

Cue Card:

Describe the politest person you know

You should say:

Who this person is

When and where you know about him/her

How you know about him/her

And explain why you think he/she is a polite person
To begin with, I would like to inform you that I have met several polite people in my life including my family and friends, but the person I really consider polite is my Uncle M. You know, he is father’s good friend since they were in the University and the head of China Mobile in Changsha branch. Due to their closeness, they usually play chess and drink tea during weekends so I get to see him frequently. As a matter of fact, my dad used to work with him for 11 years and told me that he has over 3000 people working under him so he has a huge reputation and responsibility. I want to point out that, despite of his high position, Uncle M is a wonderful kind leader to his colleagues and has made Changsha branch one of the most profitable branches all over China. I would also like to add that, he is very flexible in making decisions with a wonderful vision. In addition to that, he knows how to get through to people, whether it’s his colleagues or the market. Perhaps, I often hear Uncle M and my father discussing abut business ideas where I acquired a lot of information from it. I have learned that, business and life is all equal, we have to be flexible and know how to make others feel comfortable. No matter how successful Uncle M is, he is till fair in treating his workers and most people admire his humbleness. All in all, I could say that Uncle M is the person I look up to and a person I know who is not only a good leader but also a kind person.


Answer Overview:

Uncle M’s topic is suitable for the PERSON/PEOPLE theme. You can use the details provided above to describe your cue card, however, you must fit-in the right key points according to what’s given to you. For instance, you are given a topic to “Describe a family member who has had important influence on you”, you can replace some information above to suit your subject. You can pretend that Uncle M is your father’s brother instead of your father’s friend. Same goes with the other cue cards.

Explanation, guidance and tips around IELTS speaking test (how to easily succeed!)

The other day, one of our students came up to us and was completely fussy as it is her third try and still getting the same result. Although, this is her third time she probably has a rough idea about the speaking procedure, yet, she doesn’t have a good foundation about each speaking section. On this article, we will give you an overview to give you a better understanding about your oral test. Do bear in mind that each section has a different purpose in assessing your communicative skills.


PART 1 – Interview

Basically, this is the least complicated section of your exam. The questions thrown at you here are basic questions about your personal life, they might ask you questions about your hometown, family, hobbies, interests, work or studies so the best response is a natural response that provides a little more information than the examiner asked for. It’s like talking to a long time friend in a coffee shop and being detailed about your talk. Remember that one of the aims of this section is to get you talking freely. I suggest that you must prepare vocabularies on these topics, for instance, if one of your interests is scuba diving, make sure that you gain the vocabulary you need to discuss this topic.


Part 2 – Long Turn

This section is generally a description part or story telling, the candidate will be assessed on how well he/she can describe a certain topic in two minutes. Most candidates are usually freaking out when they get into this section test, probably because of lack of ideas in elaborating their subject topic. They key strategy here is to prepare a topic for each major themes, these are subjects about a person, a place, an event/activity/situation, an item/object and a story. Also, make the most out of your 1 minute preparation time, it is still best to write down those important keywords  you will be using to discuss which will keep you on track and to avoid forgetting significant details.


Part 3 – Discussion

Apparently, candidates mistakenly take this part similar to how they respond in Part 1. Well, this section is to evaluate your competence in discussing analytically. It sounds a little nerve-wracking but normally the examiner uses this section to adjust your score, if they think that you didn’t perform well in Part 2 they will ask you a tough question in Part 3 to pull your score. You must provide at least 2-3 main ideas to discuss plus you must provide necessary examples such as personal anecdote to support your reasons. The examiner will mostly ask for your general thoughts on an issue; advantages and disadvantages; problems and solutions; how the issue has changed from the past until now; and how the issue will change in the future.


Learning about the purpose of each parts will help you recognize how to respond appropriately. Preparing for your IELTS Speaking is not just a matter of mastering the language but understanding the objective, this way you can feel at ease for having a lay out about what your speaking exam consist.