In part 3 you’ll have a discussion with the examiner.
The questions you’ll get link to the part 2 topic in some way, but you need to think about society in general, not just about yourself.
In this part of the exam you need to give extended answers. A suggestion is that each answer should be between 6 to 8 sentences in length (around 40 seconds).
Remember, you can’t write anything down in this part of the exam – you need to organise your ideas in your head. This can be difficult after you’ve used so much energy giving answers in part 1 and part 2.
One way to help you give your extended answer is to use the following structure:
- Introduction: Introduce your answer (sometimes you can answer/paraphrase the question)
- Detail: Give some detail
- More detail/An example: My students often find it easier to think of an example than trying to give more detail
- End your question: Round off your question – you can paraphrase your introduction
Your introduction could be 1 sentence, your ending could also be 1 sentence. That means you can give 2-3 sentences for both the detail and example.
Tip: Use this structure as you continue to practice for the exam. Write down key words and phrases, but avoid writing full sentences – in the exam you can’t write anything down here anyway!
Bonus tip: This structure is also useful for arranging your ideas in Task 2 of the writing exam.
Let’s take a look at this sample part 3 question:
Q. Is music from your country popular elsewhere?
Imagine that you’re from Korea – here’s an idea of what you could say:
Introduction – Thanks to the influence of Hallyu, or the Korean Wave, the world has become increasingly aware of Korean music. (1 sentence)
- Detail – Korean pop or K-pop has become a genre in its own right and K-pop stars have a huge global following, especially in South-East Asia. These fans follow their idols on social media, liking and commenting on every video. Some die-hard supporters even learn the language and travel to Seoul to see their favourite artists live in concert. (3 sentences)
- More detail/an example – A prime example of the popularity of Korean music is the song “Gangnam Style” by Psy. This was a worldwide hit – it went viral on YouTube and was the first video to ever get more than 1 billion views – that in itself is quite an achievement. It’s a real earworm, and as cheesy as it is, it’s really contributed to raising the profile of our music in new markets. (3 sentences)
- End – I’d definitely agree that music from my country is popular abroad. (1 sentence)