THINGS TO REMEMBER
(1) Part 3 questions can be very difficult so spend some time before looking at different types of questions and thinking about your ideas about them
(2) Part 3 questions come in some common types (opinion, pros and cons, reasons, etc.) so just like in essay writing, practise some structures that will help you organise and give a clear answer
NOTE – The following questions each contain two sample answer: a simple one and an advanced one. Practise both and remember to focus on stress, intonation, and rhythm.
QUESTION ONE – Why do people like to visit historical places?
SAMPLE ANSWER ONE (Simple) – “I think people like going to historical places because they can see what life was like in the past. For example, when people go on holiday, they often want to see the old places in a city, like the Tower of London or the Statue of Liberty.”
COMMENT – Remember in Part 3, you have no time to think and the topic might be quite difficult. Therefore, try to keep your ideas simple and clear, and if you can’t explain them, then give an example.
SAMPLE ANSWER TWO (Advanced) – “Well, we can’t go to future places, and the present is familiar and maybe uninteresting, so it makes sense that people want a chance to get a small window into what life was like in the past. There’s a big difference between reading about a historic location in a book and then actually experiencing the atmosphere of the place firsthand.
COMMENT – The ideas in this answer are similar to the first one, but it uses more complex grammar and vocabulary as well as having an interactive conversational style. You can also boost your mark by adding topic-specific vocabulary, such as “architecture”.
QUESTION TWO – Are all historical buildings well maintained and managed?
SAMPLE ANSWER ONE (Simple) – “No, I don’t think all of them are. The ones that attract a lot of tourists are normally looked after well, but there are many old buildings that are falling down and will probably be replaced by something new in the future.”
SAMPLE ANSWER TWO (Advanced) – “I think buildings are preserved for their historical significance and their economic value. By that I mean, if a place generates a lot of tourism then there will be more investment in it so that it can continue to be profitable in the future. Other places that were the location of a major event are also looked after because of their cultural importance. However, many other historical places are left to fall into disrepair and are ignored until they have to be demolished.”
COMMENT – This is quite a long answer, so be careful with linking your ideas (e.g. “However…”) and providing explanation (e.g. “By that I mean…”)
QUESTION THREE– Do you think the government generates funds from tourism
SAMPLE ANSWER ONE (Simple) – “Um, of course, I think the government makes a lot of money from tourism. Every year, thousands of tourists come and spend money, so the government will make money off this from ticket sales and taxes. I know that tourism is an important part of my country’s economy.”
SAMPLE ANSWER TWO (Advanced) – “Absolutely. Many countries rely on tourism as a major driver of their economy. Tourists spend large amounts of money on food, shopping, accommodation, and visiting tourist spots. All of this boosts the local economy and allows the government to generate revenue through tax and also ticket sales.”
COMMENT – Remember that even though Part 3 is more formal and academic than the first two parts, you are still speaking one-on-one to another person. This means that clearly expressing your main idea with a single word (e.g. “Absolutely”) or phrase (e.g. “Of course”) can be a good way to start your answer and show you have confidence in your views.
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