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IELTS online test volume 1

PRACTICE MODULE

Practice Test 5

Total Marks30

Speaking Test

Total Questions : 3

This is the IELTS Speaking test. I would like to ask you a few questions so that I can get to know you.

Part 1

I’m _________________, let us begin your test. Please speak for 4-5 minutes.

Now in the first part of the test, I’m going to ask you some questions about your hometown.

 

  1. What is the name of your hometown and where is it located?
  2. Do you love your hometown?
  3. How often do you visit your hometown?
  4. Describe your hometown, how is it like?

 

Let us talk more about your hometown.

  1. What are the major tourist attractions in your hometown?
  2. Is there a fondest memory of your hometown that you would like to share?
  3. How is the public transportation system to your hometown?
  4. Do you have any suggestions for improving your hometown?

 

Answers:

1. The name of my hometown is Vizianagaram, it’s an ancient city which was once the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. My hometown is located in the close vicinity of the coastal city, Visakhapatnam, in South India.

  1. I must say I love my hometown more than I can express! I have many fond memories associated with my hometown.
  2. I visit my hometown at least once in every year. We were once a joint family, so we have a family gathering every year in my hometown where all my cousins get-together and catch up on what’s happening with our lives, I make it a point to attend this family gathering every year without fail.
  3. My hometown can be described as an ancient, beautiful, and historical town. It is tucked away in the coastal region of my state, and enjoys a pleasant weather, lush green nature cover, and an all-round serenity. People here are warm and welcoming, adding to the beauty of the place.
  4. In my opinion, my hometown as a whole is a tourist attraction as one can find a plethora of ancient constructions such as administrative buildings, forts, and castles. Moreover, other tourist attractions such as the Araku Valley, Borra Caves, and a few more picturesque spots are just a hundred odd kilometres away.
  5. The fondest memory I can recollect is the evening walks to my hometown’s market. My grandfather and I used to visit the farmer’s market every day to shop for fresh vegetables to cook the following day. Looking behind, I feel those evening walks were one of the most beautiful moments of my childhood.
  6. The public transportation system has vastly improved over the past few years. Back in my childhood, we only had a single bus connecting my hometown with a neighbouring city. The bus took off at 9 am every day. But with recent infrastructural developments, my hometown is enjoying a well-connected, round-the-clock public transportation.
  7. In my opinion, the only suggestion I’d like to offer is to regulate the traffic and widen the roads. Population is increasing with growing time, and the existing roads are not capable to accommodate the transportation needs of my hometown’s population, resulting in frequent traffic jams. So, my suggestion is to improve the traffic management and widen roads.

Part 2

Now we move on to Part Two of the speaking test. Have a look at this card and read it carefully. You have about one minute to think about your answer. Then approximately one or two minutes to talk to me about what’s on the slip. You can use a pen and paper to make some notes.

Describe your favourite music album.

You should say:

 What kind of music it is

 Who is the artist of the album

 When did you discover it

and explain why it is your favourite.

Do you listen to a lot of music?

 

Answer:

I am someone who listens to music 24/7. I think music has a therapeutic effect on my mind and helps me go about my day with greater ease. So yes, I listen to a lot of music on a daily basis. Moving on to my favorite album, I must say the album Random Access Memories is one of my most favourite and most played albums of all time. There have been days when I was listening to this album on repeat. The album Random Access Memories is purely electronic music. I primarily listen to a lot of old school rock and soft rock. For instance, Pink Floyd is one of my all time favourite artists. So for someone like me, electronic music is not really appealing, but it all changed when I first got my hands on Random Access Memories. Coming to the artist, this album was created by the iconic French duo Daft Punk. I discovered it back in 2010 when I was visiting my uncle for the weekend. My uncle is a musician and a music lover as well. We often discuss music quite often and that’s I stumbled across this album during one such fateful discussion of ours. Coming to why Random Access Memories is my favourite album, I must say that it simply takes electronic music to the next level; with a lot of conventional electronic music containing less of meaningful lyrics and more of autotune mumbo jumbo, Daft Punk’s complex lyrics combined with intricate electronic music was soothing to my ears.

 

 

Part 3

Speak on the topic for 3-4 minutes

  1. What are the three reasons why someone should listen to more music?
  2. Do you think lyrics are as important as the music?
  3. Do you sing or play any musical instruments?
  4. Name three artists you think everybody should listen to.

 

Answers:

  1. In my opinion, people should listen to more music because it is one of the primal forms of art that doesn’t demand great understanding, knowledge, or effort to enjoy it. You do not have to be aware of the nitty gritty of a musical composition to enjoy it. You need not visit a theatre or some special facility. Music can be enjoyed anywhere. All you need is music, a comfortable pair of earphones, decent speakers, or nice headphones. Coming to three reasons why people should listen to more music, I think number one, music has a calming effect on the human mind, number two, music unites people of all nations, races and creeds, and number three, music can help communicate all forms of human emotions in a subtle yet an easy-to-understand art-form.
  2. I don’t think I can give a yes/no answer to whether the lyrics are as important as the music. But in my view, both the lyrics and the musical rendition are two most important aspects of any song. However, there are several songs that have beautifully composed music and average lyrics. In any case, a great song with average lyrics is any day preferable over an average song with exceptional music. While the literature aspect of musical lyrics are of some importance, at the end of it all, the musical rendition, instruments, and vocals take the front seat.
  3. Fortunately, yes. I do sing and play musical instruments as well. My parents are trained musicians, with my mom being a classical music vocalist and my dad being a bass guitar player. Over the past few years, I have gained proficiency in playing both acoustic and electric guitar. I must say that my singing skills may pale in comparison to my guitar playing skills, but I must confess, I’m a modestly talented vocalist.
  4. I think three artists everybody must listen to are Daft Punk, Pink Floyd, and John Mayer. Daft Punk because they make amazing electronic music, and in the world of electronic music, their songs are a class apart. Pink Floyd because they ruled the era of soft and psychedelic rock. When it comes to the perfect blend of lyrics and music, Pink Floyd is unbeatable. One of my favourite Pink Floyd songs, Wish You Were Here is, in my opinion, has one of the best lyrics I’ve ever come across. And finally, John Mayer’s guitar solos are simply unbeatable. His soothing guitar solos are a wild hit and a pleasure to listen to.

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