IELTS Speaking Phase 3 Tips

Posted by on March 11, 2013

IELTS Speaking Part 3

In speaking part 3 you will be asked some abstract or analytical questions. These will be broadly linked to the topic introduced in part 2.

The examiner will be expecting you to provide more fluent and logical answers. You cannot achieve high marks if you only provide short answers, so you need to have plenty of ideas on the topics and you need to make these clear to the examiner.


After you have give your talk in part 2 the examiner will tell you that he or she is going to ask you some questions related to the Part 2 topic, this is the signal that Part 3 has begun.

This is your opportunity to express your opinion. You will not be graded according to your opinion but according to your ability to communicate. Don't be afraid to say what you think. It's important to express opinions in the discussion. However, make sure you can explain why you think your opinion is correct by giving reasons - giving reasons for you opinions will help you give fuller and better answers.

Remember - you have to give the examiner something to examine so it's important to say something. If you don't have any experience of the topic than make something up.


As the examine begins you need to introduce tour ideas and link them together with appropriate linking phrases/words. This will signal each of your ideas clearly for your listener and make your answer flow well.

Ways to Express Opinion:

For agreeing or disagreeing with the suggestion: When you would like to suggest an alternative viewpoint:
I think / I don't think I'm not sure (that)...
I believe / I don't believe I'm agraid I think (that)..
Personally, I think Well, I don't know for sure but...
In my opinion / In my view Possibly, but...
It seems to me that... I tend to think / I tend to believe

Linking Words:

Sequence Result Emphasis
  • First / firstly, second / secondly, third / thirdly etc
  • Next, last, finally
  • In addition, moreover
  • Further / furthermore
  • Another
  • Also
  • In conclusion
  • To summarise
  • So
  • As a result
  • As a consequence (of)
  • Therefore
  • Thus
  • Consequently
  • Hence
  • Due to
  • Undoubtedly
  • Indeed
  • Obviously
  • Generally
  • Admittedly
  • In fact
  • Particularly / in particular
  • Especially
  • Clearly
  • Importantly
Addition Reason Example
  • And
  • In addition / additionally / an additional
  • Furthermore
  • Also
  • Too
  • As well as
  • For
  • Because
  • Since
  • As
  • Because of
  • For example
  • For instance
  • That is (ie)
  • Such as
  • Including
  • Namely
Contrast Comparison  
  • However
  • Nevertheless
  • Nonetheless
  • Still
  • Although / even though
  • Though
  • But
  • Yet
  • Despite / in spite of
  • In contrast (to) / in comparison
  • While
  • Whereas
  • On the other hand
  • On the contrary
  • Similarly
  • Likewise
  • Also
  • Like
  • Just as
  • Just like
  • Similar to
  • Same as
  • Compare
  • compare(d) to / with
  • Not only...but also



Spend some time looking over the list of words above and think about how your might be able to use them. Take a look at our next lesson on Phase 3 Common Questions for practice ideas on incorporating these linking words into your answers.


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