IELTS speaking tests: Education
Part 1 – sample questions
- Are you a full-time or part-time student?
- What subject(s) are you studying?
- Why did you choose this/these subject(s)?
- Which topic/subject do you find the most difficult/interesting?
- What was your favourite subject when you were at school?
- What do you plan to do when you finish studying?
- Is there anything else you would like to study in the future?
Part 2 – sample task card
Describe a teacher that had a positive influence on you.
You should say:
- what subject this teacher taught
- how long he/she was your teacher
- what positive attributes this teacher had
and explain why you remember this teacher in particular.
Part 3 – sample questions
- Some people say that your school days are the best days of your life. Do you agree?
- Do you think school and university prepares young people adequately for real life?
- Do you agree there is too much pressure on young people at school these days?
- Some people argue that end-of-year exams should be replaced by continuous assessment. What do you think?
- Have there been significant changes in schooling methods in your country in recent years?
- Do you think schools and universities provide enough careers advice to their students?
- nursery / primary / secondary school / education
- state school / private school / boarding school
- all girls / all boys / single-sex / co-ed school
- to go to / attend school
- the curriculum / syllabus
- extra-curricular activities
- school trips / holidays
- school playground / dinners / uniform
- school pupils / teachers
- schoolchildren / schoolboy / schoolgirl
- to sit / do / take an exam
- to resit / retake an exam
- to revise / to study (for an exam)
- to pass / to fail an exam
- to get exam results
- to get qualifications / to be qualified
- to leave school / a school-leaver
- to drop out of school / a dropout
- to be academic / to be an all-rounder
- tertiary / higher / further education
- colleges of higher education / technical colleges / universities
- to apply for a course
- to get an (un)conditional offer
- to do a course in [subject]
- halls of residence / student accommodation
- student union / student body
- a fresher / an undergraduate / a graduate
- a graduation ceremony
- to get a university degree / a Masters / a Doctorate (Phd)
- to graduate from university / to graduate in [subject]
- a postgraduate student / course
- to do / take a postgraduate course / a Masters / a PhD (Doctorate)
- to be a qualified [job title] / to qualify in [subject]
- to take a gap year
- to drop out of university
Useful linkers for contrasting ideas
- ...whereas / while...
- On the one hand…. but on the other hand…
- Although / Even though…
- Despite (the fact that)…