BAND 9.0 Speaking: Part 3 – Films



  1. In Part 3, you should aim for 3-5 sentences.
  2. You might notice that many of the Part 3 questions are similar to Task 2 essay questions. Organise you answer like an essay body paragraph (i) Main idea (ii) Explanation (iii) Link to new idea OR more explanation OR an example
  3. However, remember you are talking to a REAL person, so don’t speak like a robot. Make eye contact and speak normally, while trying to show some relevant vocabulary.


NOTE – Synonyms and advanced vocabulary are in bold. Linking vocabulary is in italics.

QUESTION 1 – What do people enjoy about going to the cinema?

SAMPLE ANSWER – “Going to the movies is a completely different experience from watching a film at home. Obviously, the screen is much bigger. Also, the sound system is a lot better. It creates the sensation that you are “in” the movie and it makes it more enjoyable.”

TIPS – Link your ideas with appropriate phrases. If you are saying something that everyone knows, then use words/phrases like “Obviously” or “Of course”. Don’t speak like a ROBOT!

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QUESTION 2 – How have cinema-going habits changed in your country over the years?

SAMPLE ANSWER – “Um, I think the most significant change is that a lot more people go to the cinema. This is simply because people now have more disposable income to spend on leisure activities. Now, going to the movies is a regular activity, while in the past it was much rarer. In fact, many people had never been to the cinema before.”

TIPS – (1) Try to add some advanced vocabulary [like “disposable income”], but don’t force it. That means you need to have clear ideas BEFORE you worry about vocabulary (2) Add stronger explanation with phrases like “In fact”.

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QUESTION 3 – What’s your opinion on Hollywood films?

SAMPLE ANSWER – “I think overall they’re great. They have huge budgets, so the special effects are normally amazing. However, there main purpose is to make money, so often there is not a lot of creativity or artistic types of film – just big blockbusters with lots of explosions and not much story.”

TIPS – Using some topic-specific vocabulary is a great way to boost your score. (2) Make your main idea/opinion clearer with words like “overall” or “generally”.

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QUESTION 4 – Does your country produce films? How are Hollywood films different from films produced in your country?

SAMPLE ANSWER – “Yes, my country has a film industry. Although, it’s not very big. I think the main difference between it and Hollywood is the money available and the type of films. My country’s movie industry doesn’t have hundreds of millions of dollars to make a movie, so the scenes are normally more simple. Also, the films are more about traditional topics and stories as my country’s culture is still very conservative.”

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Band 9 Speaking: Part 1 – Colours


Speaking Part 1 is a casual conversation

DON’T use academic vocabulary

DON’T speak too formally

TRY to speak for 3 sentences (but NOT longer)


NOTE – Synonyms and advanced vocabulary are in bold. Linking vocabulary is in italics.

QUESTION 1 – What is your favourite colour?

SAMPLE ANSWER – “Um, I don’t know if I have a favourite colour. I guess I like natural colours, like brown and green. I don’t like things that are too bright.”

TIPS – (1) There is no “correct” answer. You just need to show that you can speak casually about some common topics. If you don’t have an answer, then that’s what you should say (with reasons!) (2) Try to give specific examples for general statements. For example, say what you mean by “natural colours”.

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QUESTION 2 – Are there any colours you don’t like?

SAMPLE ANSWER – “Like I said before, I don’t really like bright colours. I’m kind of an introverted person, so bright colours give me a headache. I especially don’t like pink and yellow”

TIPS – (1) If you repeat an idea from a previous answer, then link your speaking with a phrase like, “Like I said before” or “As I mentioned earlier” (2) Use casual language like “kind of” to make your speaking sound more natural.

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QUESTION 3 – What colours are popular in your country?

SAMPLE ANSWER – “Red is a meaningful colour in my country. It’s a symbol of luck. You can see a lot of it at special occasions, like weddings.”

SAMPLE ANSWER 2 – “Hmmm, I don’t know if there are any colours that are particularly popular. I think it depends on each person’s personality. Some people like bright colours, while others prefer dark ones.

TIP – You can say anything as long as you answer the question and are clear.

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BAND 9.0 Speaking: Part 3 – Gifts


(1) Part 3 is the most difficult part of the speaking test.

(2) Focus on structure and being clear before you worry about vocabulary and grammar

(3) Try to say 3-5 sentences.

(4) Organize your answer like a body paragraph in a Task 2 (Writing) essay (i) A clear topic statement (ii) Explanation of the statement (iii) An example (if you can) (iv) Link to a new idea.

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NOTE – Synonyms and advanced vocabulary are in bold. Linking vocabulary is in italics. Questions you need to answer for the examiner are in […]

QUESTION 1 – Why do people give gifts in our society?

SAMPLE ANSWER – “I think people give gifts for many reasons. One of the main ones is to celebrate a significant event [Like what?], such as a anniversary or maybe a graduation. People also like to give gifts to show their appreciation to someone (For what?). I mean if someone has done a good job or helped someone in some way then they might be given a gift as a “thank you”.”

TIP – When you have to list reasons, you can start with a simple sentence to give you some time to think – something like “Um…there are a lot of reasons….”

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QUESTION 2 – Why do some people like to give hand-made gifts instead of purchasing them in a store?

SAMPLE ANSWER – “I think it’s because something made by hand is more personal than something bought in a store [How?] It shows that the person giving the gift cares about the person and is happy to put in some effort to make something nice for another person. It’s the thought that counts!”

TIPS – (1) Rephrase the question with some synonyms. In the above example, “hand-made gifts” has been changed to “something made by hand” and “purchasing” has been changed to “bought” (2) Make sure your main ideas a clear [a keyword or phrase] such as “personal” in the above example (3) If you can, use some common English expressions like in the last sentence [“It’s the thought that counts”]

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QUESTION 3 – What kind of educational gifts can be given to children?

SAMPLE ANSWER – “Hmmm, I’m not sure about that. Um, I think books are a good gift for children because they are a great way to learn about the world [How?] Books can be about anything. Also, because many children now have a smartphone or internet-connected device, maybe some kind of educational apps would make a good gift.”

TIPS – (1) If you need some time to think (1-2 seconds!) then use a phrase like in the first sentence above (2) You don’t need to be a genius/expert to get a high mark. Just focus on making your ideas clear – What’s a good way to learn? Um…books? That’s all you have to think of.

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BAND 9.0 Speaking: Part 3 – Houses and Homes


NOTE – Synonyms and advanced vocabulary have been included in bold. Structural vocabulary (linking words/phrases) have been included in italics.
Notes for what the speaker should explain/add have been included in […]
1. What are the differences between a new house and an old house?

SAMPLE – “Okay, let me see. Well, houses that have been built more recently generally have more modern conveniences [like what?]. They might have some time-saving appliances like dishwashers . Moreover, newer homes are often constructed in a better way [How?]. They often have better insulation, which means they are warmer and drier, and there occupants are more comfortable and healthier.

TIPS – (1) Aim for some synonyms from the question. In this example, “built more recently” and “newer” [comparative vocabulary] have been used instead of “new” (2) Express your exact meaning with words like “generally” (3) Try to add some topic-specific and/or advanced vocabulary.

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2. How are people wasting energy at home?

SAMPLE – “People waste energy around the house in numerous ways. I think, in most cases, it’s just because it’s easier to do nothing and it doesn’t seem like a major problem at the time [can you make it clear with an example?]. For example, someone might leave the light on instead of switching it off when they leave the room. Another common lazy habit is leaving the tap running when someone is brushing their teeth.”

TIPS – (1) Many Part 3 questions require you to list some “reasons” or “ways” or “types”. You can begin your answer with a general statement (like above) and then give some specific details (2) Simple changes like “at home” to “around the house” can help to boost your score (3) Make sure you link your different points with appropriate vocabulary. In the Speaking Test, it is best to use simple words like “Also” or “Another thing”.

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3. How can solar heaters help to save energy?

SAMPLE – “Do you mean something like solar panels on the roof of the house? [Examiner – “Yes.”] …Okay, um, solar power is a great way to conserve power because instead of using electricity from the local grid people can simply use energy from the sun. This is especially important in countries where the power supply is not stable [what do you mean?] – I mean there are frequent power cuts.”

TIPS – (1) This is a difficult question. If you are not sure exactly what is being asked, you can ask the examiner to clarify the question (like in the sample above). However, the examiner is NOT able to explain words for you (2) This is an example of a question where you need to have a good vocabulary to answer it well. It is a good idea to read and learn about as many “modern” topics as you can before you take the Speaking Test.

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Band 9 Speaking: Part 1 – Gardens

1. What can people do in their garden at home?

SAMPLE – “Gardens are very versatile. By that I mean, you can do many things with them and in them. Some people want a garden full of brightly-coloured flowers that they can sit in, relax, and enjoy the natural beauty. On the other hand, many people start a garden because they want to grow their own vegetables and be more self-sufficient.

TIPS – (1) Link different ideas with appropriate phrases like “On the other hand…” (2) Try to use some topic-specific vocabulary. If you can’t, make sure to use any advanced vocabulary like “versatile” and “self-sufficient” (3) Explain ideas clearly with phrases like “By that I mean…”


 2. Why do many people not keep a garden?

SAMPLE – “I think many people avoid keeping a garden [different grammatical structure] because cultivating one can be very time-consuming [How?] Gardeners have to plant seeds, water the plants regularly, remove weeds, and deal with pests that might damage or kill the plants. Also, in crowded cities, many people simply do not have the room for a garden.”

TIPS – (1) This answer uses topic-specific words like “cultivating”, “weeds”, and “pests”. This is great way to show your vocabulary range and boost your score (2) Other advanced vocabulary like “time-consuming is good too (3) Use a range of sentence structures. Each sentence in this answer has a different structure.

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1. Is it beneficial for children to play in a garden?

SAMPLE  – “Definitely! Any opportunity that children have to play outside is a good thing. Nowadays, children generally live sedentary lives without much time for exercise. Playing in a garden can help a child be physically healthier through exercise and also mentally healthier by spending some time in a natural environment rather than staring at a computer screen.”

TIPS – (1) Make your main idea clear. It can be just one word like “Definitely!” Show your feeling through body language too (2) Advanced vocabulary like “sedentary” will boost your score (3) Explain your main ideas to make your answer clearer and say more

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4. Is it necessary to have gardens or parks in our cities?

SAMPLE – “Yes, I think open spaces like parks and gardens are absolutely necessary in urban areas. Without them, cities would just be block after block of buildings with nowhere for people to enjoy the outdoors. Green areas provide a space for relaxation and recreation, while of course more trees is always good for cleaner air.”

TIPS – (1) Use synonyms if you can. In this example, “open spaces” and “green areas” are used instead of “parks and gardens” (2) Interact with the examiner. Use phrases like “of course” if something is obvious AND make eye contact!
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Band 9 Speaking: Part 3 – Business


  1. Do you think academic education is more important than experience in the field?

    “Um, I think they’re both important, but I’m not sure which one is the most essential. Obviously, academic qualifications provide basic knowledge which might be necessary to do a certain job. For example, a doctor definitely needs a medical degree. On the other hand, there is a difference between theory and practice and some things can only be learned by doing them.”

Tips: (1) Try to add some synonyms if you can. In this example, “medical degree” and “qualifications” are used as specific replacements for “academic education” in the question (2) Try to give specific examples for general statements. In this example, “a doctor” is used as an example of “a certain job” (3) Use transition words and phrases to organise your answer. In this example, “On the other hand…” is used to contrast “academic education” with “experience in the field” (4) Stress ‘strong’ words like “definitely” (5) If you don’t know which side is the “most important” just say what your opinion clearly (like in this example!)


2. What skills are required to start a small business?

Setting up a small business can be risky, and so you need a broad range of abilities. One of the most important is being well-organised. You have to be able to keep track of your company’s revenue and expenses and find ways to save and make money at the same time. Having a calm temperament/Being able to keep calm is also important. If you get too stressed, you might make some bad decisions and your business might fail because of them.”

TIPS: (1) If you need a second to think about what “skills” to talk about (or any question where you need to give reasons, list ways, or give more than one example) start with a general sentence with something like “broad range” or “variety” (2) Make sure your main ideas are clear. In this example, the main ideas are “…being well-organised” and “Having a calm temperament…” (3) Use synonyms from the question. In this example, “setting up” is used instead of “to start” (it also uses a different grammatical structure!) (4) Try to add some topic-specific words. In this example, the topic is “business”, so words like “revenue” and “expenses” have been used (5) Make sure you explain your ideas. In this example, the speaker explains why “being well-organised” is important.


3. What are the risks of running your own business?

“Of course, the biggest danger is that you’ll go bankrupt. I think much more than half of all new businesses go out of business in the first six months. If you invest too much in your business you might be personally liable, which could mean you would lose your house. Another one is the fear of failure. Many people don’t even take the chance to start a business because they’re worried about failing and being embarrassed.”

TIPS: (1) Always use synonyms if you can. In this example, “danger” and “take the chance” are used instead of “risks” (2) Try to use some appropriate phrasal verbs. In this example, “go out of [business]” is used (3) Try to use some topic-specific words. In this example, “bankrupt”, “invest”, and “personally liable” are used (4) Always link different ideas. In this example, the second point is introduced casually with the phrase “Another one is…”

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Band 9 Speaking: Part 1 – Walking


1. Do you like to walk?

“Sure, I like to walk. I normally walk around the park near my house to get some exercise. It’s also a good way for me to relax and clear my head. I normally go for a walk in the early morning or the evening when the weather is cooler.”

TIP – Try to answer NATURALLY. Your main idea can be simple (e.g. “Sure, I like to walk”) and then you can give some details like “Why?” “When?” “Where?” etc.

2. Do you like to walk on your own or with others?

I prefer to walk by myself. Like I said before, I think walking is a good way to clear my mind and think about any problems I have or decisions I have to make. Also, I like to walk fast so I don’t want to have to slow down for someone else.”

TIP – Use some simple synonyms to show your vocabulary. In this example, “on your own” is changed to “by myself”. Try to link your ideas to boost your coherence score. Use phrases such as “Like I said before” to link your ideas and avoid repetition.


3. Would you say that your city is a good place for walking?

“Definitely not. It’s much too crowded. The sidewalks are taken up with motorbikes and other stuff so there’s nowhere really to walk. Also there is heavy air pollution so being outside for a long period of time is not good for your health.”

TIP – Link different ideas with simple words like “also”. Try to use some topic-specific words like “sidewalks” and “heavy air pollution”.

4. Do people in your country walk a lot?

“Not really. At least not in cities. Like I just said, cities are too crowded to make walking a good option. People normally get around by motorbike, car,  bike, or public transport. Not to mention in the summer it’s too hot to walk long distances.”

TIP – Link your answers with phrases such as “Like I just said”. Introduce new ideas with phrases like “Not to mention”.


5. Do you think walking is important?

“Yes, I think it’s extremely important. Nowadays most of us live a very sedentary lifestyle which means we don’t get enough exercise and are often overweight. Walking is a simple way to stay healthy and avoid a lot of modern health problems.”

TIP – Try to use some advanced vocabulary like “sedentary lifestyle”. Show your view clearly with adverbs like “extremely”.

6. Do you think walking in the countryside is better than walking in the city?

“I think the country is a much better place to walk because rural areas avoid all of the problems that urban ones have. The air is fresher, there is more space, and you don’t have to worry about being hit by a bus or motorbike.”

TIP – try to use some synonyms for the main topic. In this example, “countryside” is changed to “rural areas” and “city” is changed to “urban ones”.


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Band 9 Speaking: Part 3 – Museums


1. Do you think history can be learned in museums?

I think museums can be an effective way to learn about history. In museums, visitors can see real artifacts from hundreds or even thousands of years ago, and this can make history seem more real to them. It can bring it to life. Also, if people are curious about something they see in a museum, they might be encouraged to learn more about it in books or online.

NOTE – (1) Make sure sure your main idea is clear. In this example, the main idea is “can be an effective way” (2) Try to use some topic-specific words. In this example, “artifacts” is used (3) Link different ideas. In this example “also” is used.


2. What is the effect of technology on history?

“I think technology makes history much more accessible. By that I mean, with the internet, people can discover almost anything there is to know about the past at the tip of their finger. Technology can also make history more life-like through the use of CGI and virtual reality technology.”

NOTES – (1) Make sure your main idea is clear. In this example, the main idea is “more accessible” (2) Explain your main idea(s). In this example, the phrase “By that I mean…” is used (3) Try to use some topic-specific words and phrases. In this example, “at the top of their finger”, “CGI”, and “virtual reality technology” are used.


3. Many children these days don’t like museums. Why is that?

“I think many children don’t like museums because they are old-fashioned and quite strict. In a traditional museum, visitors just look at exhibits but are not allowed to touch or play with them. For children, they normally want to interact more with what their surroundings, so museums can be frustrating or boring for them.”

NOTES – (1) Try to use some relevant vocabulary. In this example, “exhibits” is used (2) try to use other advanced vocabulary. In this example, “frustrating” and “interact” are used.

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Band 9 Speaking: Part 3 – Sense of Humour


Do you think having a sense of humour is important? Why/why not?

Sample – “I think it’s very important. Being able to make to people laugh can make a big difference in our life. Telling jokes can brighten someone’s mood if they’re feeling down. Also, if you can laugh at yourself it shows that you don’t take yourself too seriously which will make you more likeable to other people.”


  1. Make your main idea clear. In this example, the main idea is just “…it’s very important.”
  2. Try to paraphrase some of the keywords in the question. In this example, “sense of humour” has been changed to “being able to make people laugh.”
  3. Try to use some advanced vocabulary, including idioms. In this example, “feeling down” (feeling sad or depressed) has been used.



Do you like movies or TV shows that make you laugh?

Sample 1 – “I like watching comedies sometimes, but they’re not my favourite kind of film. For example, I really hate romantic comedies. The plot is always ridiculous and is something that would never happen in real life. Normally the conflict in the movie could be solved if the couple just talked to each other for a minute.”

Sample 2 – “Sure, I love movies that are funny and silly. I’m not really a big fan of sad or dramatic films. When I’m watching a movie I just want to be able to switch off my brain and enjoy a funny story without having to pay attention to the plot too much.”


  1. You can answer “Yes” or “No” to these types of questions and still get a good mark. Just make sure you explain your reasons clearly.
  2. Try to use some topic-specific words. Of course, movies that make us laugh are called “comedies” so that term has been used. Another example is the term “plot” which means the overall story.
  3. Try to use some more advanced vocabulary than just “like” or “don’t like”. In the second example, the phrase “not a big fan of…” has been used instead of “don’t like”.


Is humour easy to translate from one language to another?

Sample – “Sometimes, but often it is really hard or it just doesn’t work at all. I think one reason is that a lot of humour relies on puns or plays on words. I can’t think of a good example right now, but maybe there are two words that sound similar in a language and this can be used to make a joke. But in another language the words are different so the joke makes no sense.”


  1. Try to explain your ideas. If you can’t because it’s too difficult or you can’t think of an example, that’s fine. Just say that. Remember your job is to speak clearly using English, not to be an expert on everything. In this example, the speaker can’t think of an example of a pun, so they simply say “I can’t think of an example right now”. They can still explain it by giving a general explanation of a pun – “maybe there are two words that sound similar…”

Band 9 Speaking: Part 3 – Roads


Do people like to complain about the narrow roads in your country?

“For sure. People complain all the time. The roads, especially in the older parts of big cities are often extremely congested. But, in my opinion, people make the situation much worse by not following the traffic rules, which cause even more traffic jams. They think that they have the right to go through a red light or drive the wrong way down the road, which makes the situation worse for everyone. I don’t know why. I guess they must think they’re very important.”


Do you think nowadays people are more attracted to cars than to other types of vehicles? Why?

“I think it’s true. In my country, the weather is often very hot and there is severe air pollution, so a car is way to kind of shelter yourself from the these things. Also, many people are very materialistic. By that I mean, cars are seen as a status symbol, so if you own a car you must be more successful or “better”.


Can transportation affect the environment?

“Without doubt. In fact, cars – and other vehicles – are one of the main causes of air pollution, along with industry. Vehicles release a lot of harmful emissions, like carbon dioxide that poison the air and cause lots of health and other problems. Also, the standards for vehicles are quite low, so ones that cause a lot of pollution are allowed to be sold, even though they are banned in other countries.”


  1. Try to use some topic-specific words. In these examples, terms like “congested”, “harmful emissions” and “carbon dioxide” have been used.
  2. Try to use some other advanced vocabulary to show your range. In the second example, the terms “status symbol” and “materialistic” have been used.
  3. Make your main point/opinion clear before you explain. In these examples, the main ideas are “For sure”, “I think it’s true”, and “Without doubt”.
  4. Explain your points with linking phrases. In the second example, the phrase “By that I mean…” has been used.