IELTS Speaking Part 1 – Numbers – Band 9

TIP 1 – The questions, especially in part 1, are about YOU, so use “I, me, my, myself” – do not use the word “you” as you are not talking about the examiner – this is important for coherence. 


May I see your identification?

Yes, certainly, here is my passport that I used to register for the exam. Let me just find the page with my credentials. Okay, here you go. 

What is your full name?

My full name, as you can see in my passport, is Christina Alexa McKinley, please just call me by my nickname Chrissy.

What did you do this morning?

I rolled out of bed around 6 am, brushed my teeth, had a glass of water. Then, I got dressed and started studying and reviewing my notes for this interview. I caught the bus near my home around 9:30 to get here on time. 

Roll out of bed – get up (in a difficult manner) 

Popped out of bed – got up quickly and easily

Let’s talk about your numbers.

What is your favorite number? Why?

My all-time favorite digit is 9 ever since it was my number in high school basketball. I loved playing with my teammates and I felt that this number on my jersey brought me luck to score many baskets. Since then, I have picked this number several times in games of fortune and it has done well for me.

What numbers do you use often?

The numbers that I frequently use are phone numbers of my friends and family, as well as numbers for my daily errands, such as online banking and logging into my email. These digits I use at least once a day. In fact, I dialed my mom’s number just this morning to get some confidence from her for this exam. 

Which numbers are important to remember?

There are several strings of digits which are vital to store in long-term memory for me, these include my own phone number, emergency numbers, such as 911 for police or the fire department. Not only these but also my pin code for my bank and credit cards, otherwise I could get into some highly awkward situations at the checkout counter. In fact, this happened to me once and I was super embarrassed. 

(TIP 2 – when you practice an answer of this length, make sure to be very fluent so that the examiner does not have the inclination or time to interrupt you.)

Are you good at math? Why or why not?

I wouldn’t say that I’m a genius when it comes to arithmetic by any means. I’ve struggled with this subject ever since elementary school. I have a hard time working through the logic of equations and I’m more of a social person, so I never took the time to really get into this area of science. 

Have the way people use numbers changed compared to a couple of decades before?

Yes, the use of numbers has certainly evolved and changed much over the past 20 to 30 years. As technology becomes increasing more common so too does the demand for numbers. I would say that my parents, back in the day hadn’t needed to use numbers in their daily dealings as much as people do now with what I mentioned earlier like pin codes and passwords. 

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