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IELTS Speaking Test, Part 1 questions with model answers (Studies + Swimming)

IELTS Model Speaking Answers Band 9, 2023

Here are some high-scoring Part 1 model answers for the Speaking Test that was shared by a student from Azerbaijan. The answers below show a good way to respond to these questions. You can find the answers in the other parts here: Part 2, Part 3.

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Speaking test

Part 1 (Interview)

1. Do you study or work?

I currently study at the University of California, in Los Angeles.

2. What is your major?

I am majoring in Political Science and minoring in Public Health. I chose this degree because of my interest in politics and public policy, and also because I’d love to make a positive contribution to public health initiatives.

3. What are you planning to do after your studies?

After I finish my studies, I plan to pursue a career in international development, or global health policy implementation. I want to use my knowledge and experience to promote human rights, improve access to healthcare services, and create sustainable solutions for vulnerable communities around the world.

4. Now I would like to talk about swimming. Is swimming popular in your country?

Yes, swimming is quite a popular activity in my country. There are numerous public pools in cities and towns that offer swimming lessons for children and adults, as well as competitive swim teams in high schools and universities across the nation.

5. Do you prefer to swim in the pool or the sea?

Well, personally, I prefer to swim in a pool. While there’s something special about taking a dip in the sea in summer, I find it more enjoyable to swim laps back-and-forth in a controlled environment like a pool, where I can do it in any weather.

6. Do many people in your country know how to swim?

Oh yea. Most people know how to swim, especially those living near coastal regions, where saltwater beaches are more common than freshwater lakes or rivers. Even though not everyone has the time or money to take regular swimming lessons, most adults will have had learnt how to swim growing up, either at school or from family members.

7. Do you think swimming is a useful skill?

Oh, absolutely! Swimming is an incredibly useful skill that everyone should learn! Not only does it help keep us physically fit by providing both cardio and muscle strengthening workouts, but it also regulates our emotions and reduces stress levels.

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4 thoughts on “IELTS Speaking Test, Part 1 questions with model answers (Studies + Swimming)”

  1. Md. Mujibur Rahman

    I am a Professor of English at a Private University in Bangladesh. My academic education is Masters Degree with Honours Graduation in English.I have had a short course programme on Quality Education through management.
    I have 35 years’ experience as a Professor /Teacher of English in Bangladesh and besides, I worked as a Teacher of English un Nigeria at GGS Yana, Bauchi State. I have authored 20 books on English Literary Criticism and one more on Advanced English Grammars for Graduating students.
    I want to study Ph.D. and work as a Teacher.
    My son and daughter live in New York as being Citizens of the U.S.A. I hope to go there soon on Immigration visa.
    Would you please give me advice. Thanks.

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