IELTS Speaking Part 1 – Gifts

IELTS Speaking

TIP* – show up one hour early to your Speaking Interview!

  1. So you can practice speaking with other candidates waiting (bring scripts with you, not just on your phone, print paper copies)
  2. Get familiar with the test center, calm down and gain confidence, focus on your goal. 

TIP* – To calm down for your speaking interview.

  1. Imagine that the examiner is your grandpa or grandma, they love you and they won’t judge you – BUT you have to speak loud and clear in full sentences, with clear information. 
  2. STRATEGY* – have a Mental Checklist with 5 to 7 items/points to remember, 

***Focus on giving Answer + Explanation + Example

“I’m a bit hard of hearing, would you mind speaking up a bit, I would really appreciate it.”

If your examiner is soft-spoken, definitely use the phrase above.  


Examiner Questions:

May I see your identification?

Yes, it’s just stuck in my pocket, okay, got it. Here is my passport that I used to register, please take a look. 

What is your full name?

My given name is Timothy and my surname is Smith, but please call me by my nickname Jazz as this makes me comfortable and relaxed. 

Where do you live?

***Be accurate and detailed to the question to get high band scores!

I live in a two-bedroom, three-story townhouse with my lovely wife and two children, near the downtown area of Victoria, which is the capital city of BC in western Canada. And I have been living there for the past thirty years. 

What do you do to relax?

In order to unwind, I like to kick up my feet for a couple of hours in front of the telly and watch one of my favorite shows. Yesterday, I saw a couple of episodes of Vikings and it really helped me to zone out from my stressful day. 


Let’s talk about gifts.

How often do you buy a gift?

I frequently buy presents either for my friends or my family on special occasions such as birthdays and weddings. I would say anywhere from five to ten gifts per month. In fact, I just bought a nice dish set for my friend for his wedding present last month. 

Who do you usually get presents from? Why?

Most of the time I receive gifts from either my wife or my father. My wife loves me, so she buys me gifts at least a couple of times each month to express her emotions, and my father often buys me gifts to encourage me to pick up a new hobby. Last month he bought me a camera to try and get me into photography. 

Which days are common to give gifts to others for you?

In relation to my previous answers, as with many others, common days when I give presents to my relatives and friends are birthdays, anniversaries, religious holidays, such as Christmas, and when they achieve a great goal, such as when my sister graduated high school last year, I bought her a new car. 

How has gift-giving changed compared to a few decades before?

If you could give a special gift to any person, what would it be and who would you give it to? Why?

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