IELTS Speaking Part 3 

 At a glance:- Speaking test – part 3 (Two-way discussion/ follow-up question/ details discussion). - Questions 4-7. Questions are mostly based on cue card topic/ candidate task card topic.

Time: 4-6 minutes.


How to extend your answer

There are different Techniques you can use to extend your answer: paraphrase questions, explain why, give examples, make concessions, and make a conclusion.

Technique #1- Paraphrase Question

This technique is very effective because it not only gives you time to think in a natural way, but it also focuses your mind on answering the question.

For example:

  • Examiner: What can people do to try and reduce water pollution?
  • Student: So, what can individuals do to ensure water is kept clean? I think….
  • Examiner:  How can events like the Olympics improve international relations?
  • Student: Hmmmm, how can sport bring people from different countries closer together? I believe…
  • Again, this should not be used for every answer and only when you think it is appropriate.

Technique #2- Explain why

The best technique to extend your answer is presenting 2-3 reasons.
  • Student: I believe the best way to keep water clean is to curb water use at home. (Why?) The vast majority of water is used in the home, (why?), for cooking, cleaning and washing.


Technique #3- Give Examples

A good technique is to use an example from a newspaper article or recent study.
  • Student: For example, a recent survey found that householders use only 5% water for drinking and  45%  of the water is used in bathrooms and for the irrigation of gardens.

Technique #4- Make Concessions

We make a concession by admitting that there are limits to our opinion or there may be another side to the argument. We use words like ‘however’, ‘on the other hand’ and ‘despite this’ to make concessions.


  • Student: However, it is not the only side of this issue. Eliminating or minimizing your use of harsh chemicals provides the surest way to protect global waters from chemicals. When chemicals leach into a body of water, they can devastate ecosystems. 

Technique #5. Make a Conclusion.

Therefore/ So, by reducing the amount of water we use and deminishing the usage of chemicals the government can conserve the water supply and keep it clean.
To finish an answer
  • Anyway, that’s my opinion.
  • Anyway, that’s all I have to say. 
When you’re not sure if your answer was appropriate
  • Does that answer your question?
  • Is that what you were asking?
  • I hope that answers your question.


Do you think that school children should be encouraged to have their own ideas, or is it more important for them to learn what their teachers give them?
I think that we should definitely allow children to be creative and have their own ideas. (why?) Children need to develop the ability to think for themselves and solve problems (why?) because as adults they will not always have somebody to guide them or tell them what to do. (alternatives?) If we don't allow children to have their own ideas, they will be less successful in the adult world; they will be too reliant on others. (example?) A doctor, for example, might encounter a situation that he or she hasn't been trained for, but will still be expected to make a decision that could save someone's life. That is why I feel quite positive about giving children freedom for creativity to express their own attitude. I hope that answers your question.

IELTS speaking emergency language

When you don’t hear the question

  • I’m sorry, could you repeat that please?
  • I’m sorry, I didn’t catch that.
  • Would you mind saying that again?

When you don’t understand a particular word

  • What does (          ) mean?
  • Does (          ) mean (          )?
  • Sorry, I’m not sure what (          ) means.

When you think you understand the question but aren’t sure

  • Do you mean (          )?
  • Are you asking (          )?
  • Am I right in thinking you mean (          )?

When you don’t understand the question

  • I’m sorry, what do you mean exactly?
  • Could you say that in other words?
  • I’m afraid I’m not quite sure what you mean

When you need more time to think

  • Just a moment, please.
  • Just give me a few seconds to think about that.
  • I’ve never really thought about that before.

When you get a bit lost while explaining something

  • What I mean is…
  • What I’m trying to say is…
  • Anyway, to get back to my original point…

When you need to finish an answer

  • Anyway, that’s my opinion.
  • Anyway, that’s all I have to say.
  • So, that’s why I think (restate opinion).

When you’re not sure if your answer was appropriate

  • Does that answer your question?
  • Is that what you were asking?
  • I hope that answers your question.
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