IELTS Energy 232: Speaking Part 3 How To and How NOT To

IELTS Speaking Part 3 strategy frameworkToday find out about IELTS Speaking Part 3 and how to do it and how NOT to do it for a 7 or higher on your next IELTS Exam.

Today you’ll get 3 sample answers for Speaking Part 3 that are great and one that is not so great so that you will know exactly what to do on test day.

We have already done some great episodes to show you how to answer Speaking Part 2 questions.


When you listen to today’s episode you should pay close attention to how we structure or answer and how we link our ideas together.

Today we’re going to give you a strategy that works for all Speaking Part 3 questions.

In our course we give you more details and linking words that you won’t find in today’s post.


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Structure for Speaking Part 3:

  • Give your opinion
  • Support your opinion with specific reasons and details
  • Give a short, one-sentence summary

**Be careful that you don’t go too long in your answer for Speaking Part 3 because the examiner wants to get in and ask you additional questions after the first question.

Let us know your questions about Speaking Part 3 in the comments below.

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  • 1) Give your opinion : My frank and honest opinion is that … ; It is my (firm) belief that … ; To/In my mind , … ; I’m (more/most) inclined to believe that … ; In my opinion , ….
    2) Support your opinion with specific reasons and details : For instance/example , … ; A great /fantastic example of this is … ; Moreover / Furthermore / In addition , … ; .. in terms of … ; To be certain , .. such as …
    3) Present a short, one-sentence summary : .. That’s what I think / That’s it ! Let me put it like this …

  • Ricardo Sendulsky

    Hello Jessica and Lindsey,

    I have a grammar question and I hope you find this a good one and comment it.

    While I was listening this episode, I had heard Jessica sad ” the next week they actually lost” (min. 2:39).

    Is it correct? I’ ve always tought talking about past times the most exact or precise form was “the following week”. So the sentence could be something like this: “the following week they actually lost”

    Do you agree? Is it important on Ielts’ score?

    Thank you very much, you are absolutely super cool, awesome!