We recently ran a poll on our Facebook page asking IELTS candidates which of the following questions would be an unfair question in the IELTS Speaking test.
- Do you work or are you a student?
- Do you think it is a good thing to give prizes to children who do well at school?
- What will you do if you fail the IELTS test?
At the last count, around 70% of candidates said that Question 3 would be an unfair question, and they were right.
Questions 1 and 2 are from published versions of official IELTS tests and are examples of the types of questions you may be asked in your speaking test. Question 1 is an example of a question from Part 1 of the speaking test, and Question 2 is an example from Part 3 of the test.
You won’t be asked Question 3 in your IELTS Speaking test because it could be distressing for you if the examiner asked you to think about failing the test.
What’s worrying is that I found this question in a list of IELTS Speaking questions on an IELTS preparation website, which goes to show that you shouldn’t believe everything you read about IELTS.
We make sure that everything we put on our website and Facebook page is accurate and will help you prepare for your IELTS test.
See our IELTS tutor profiles to find out more about our qualified and experienced English language teachers.