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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Questions:

  1. Do you work or study?
  2. Why did you choose your job?
  3. What do you like about your job?/ Why did you choose to do that type of work?
  4. What do you dislike about your job?
  5. Is there some other kind of work you would rather do?
  6. Would you like to change your job in the future?
  7. What would you change about your job?
  8. Do you prefer working alone or with others? Why?
  9. How many hours do you work each day?
  10. Do you consider it important to have a career?

IELTS Speaking Part 2 + part 3 Questions:

Part 2: Describe the job you would most like to have. 
You should say:
what this job would be
where you would work
which qualifications you would need and
explain why you would like to have this job most.

Part 3: Flow-up questions:
1, Which jobs would you say are most respected in your country?
2, Some people say it’s better to work for yourself than be employed by a company. What’s your opinion?

Part 2: Describe a job that you consider highly important
You should say:
what the job is
what the job involves
why it is important
and explain if people who do this job are appreciated enough by society

Part 3: Flow-up questions:

  1. What jobs are most popular among young people these days?
  2. Are there enough jobs for people who want to do this kind of work?
  3. Is it easier to change jobs now than in the past?
  4. Is it a good idea to leave a secure job in order to pursue a dream?

IELTS Writing test: Work & Jobs

Task 2: Some people think that people who choose a job early and keep doing it are more likely to have a satisfying career life than those who frequently change jobs. To what extent do you agree or disagree.

Task 2: The increase in people’s life expectancy means that they have to work older to pay for their retirement. One alternative is that people start to work at a younger age. Is this alternative a positive or negative development?

Task 2: In education and employment, some people work harder than others. Why do some people work harder? Is it always a good thing to work hard?

Task 2: Some people think that work is the most important thing of people’s life. Without the success of career, life become meaningless. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Vocabulary band 8

High band score vocabulary

Types of work

To be your own boss/run your own business/be self-employed:

–> Working for oneself as a freelance or the owner of a business rather than for an employer.


Writing test:

some people prefer to be self-employed and others prefer to work for an employer.

Speaking test:

Examiner: Do you work or are you a student?
Candidates: Well, I am running my own business. I have an online business selling e-books and courses. I set up the business 2 years ago and I’m really enjoying working from home.

Manual work: Work relating to or done with the hands and requires physical activity.

Paperwork: work involving written documents such as reports or letters.

temporary work: Work for only a limited period of time; not permanent.

voluntary work: Work without payment


Writing test:

Nowadays, manual work is replaced by using machinery that catalyse unemployment in many countries.

Speaking test:

Examiner: Describe a person (Part 2)?
Candidates: My father did manual work all his life and was very fit.

Daily work routines

A nine-to-five job

–> is one that you do during normal office hours, for example, a job in a factory or an office.


Speaking test:

Examiner: Do you have any career plans yet??
Candidates: Honestly, I’d like to run my own business one day. I’m interested in education and I’d like to open a language school. As a matter of fact, I know being self employed would be a challenge but the idea of doing a nine-to-five job doesn’t appeal to me at all.

Clock in/ clock out

–>Use an electronic card to record the time you arrive/leave the working place each day.

Ex: When I arrive in the morning and leave the office in the evening I use the electronic card to lock in and out.

Work flexi-time/ be on flexi-time

–>  is a flexible hours schedule that allows workers to alter workday start and finish times.


Speaking test:

Examiner: Do you plan to continue/stay in this job for a long time?

Candidates: To be honest, I love my job because it has flexi-time at the workplace so I suppose that I’ll stick to it.

day shift/ night shift

–>a period of time during the day/night.

Knock off= finish


I often knock off at 5pm every single day


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