IELTS Speaking Band 9

Sample Answers

On this page you will find audio sample answers to IELTS Speaking parts 1, 2 and 3 as well as sample answers to full IELTS Speaking tests. 

Each sample answer has also been written out to make following the audio easier. In addition, each band 9 sample answer has a breakdown which highlights the good and negative points of each sample answer.  

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 

Band 9 Audio Sample Answer

Hobbies and Interests

Sample Answer Hobbies - Prof. Emanuel Costa
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IELTS Speaking Part 1

Questions:

Hobbies, free time activities and interests

What hobbies and interests are popular in your country?

 

Which hobbies and Interests do you enjoy?

 

What hobbies and interests did you have as a child?

 

Do you think parents should encourage their children to have hobbies or an interest?

Tapescript. 

IELTS Speaking Part 1

Band 9 Sample Answer:

Hobbies, free time activities and interests

Here in Brazil I really think that outdoor activities are really popular. So, some common hobbies are playing football, playing beach volleyball, surfing and even cycling

 

Well, I really enjoy playing basketball cycling and doing trails, I don’t do trails, hikes, very often but when I go on holiday I like to do a hike up a mountain, or to go to a waterfall umm and get in the water, I really enjoy that, but when I’m here in the city I like to play basketball. So, every weekend I play basketball in a place called Aterro with some friends umm usually on a Friday night or a Saturday evening - something like that.

 

Well, as a child I really liked professional wrestling so I followed WWF I would watch it like every week. I think it was on on a Friday night I would record the pay-per-views because they would show it too late so I would watch it the next morning actually I’d watch it after school so I’d come home - sometimes actually I would watch it before going to school while having breakfast I would watch the main event something like that err and I also liked just you know playing with my friends playing football that kind of thing.

I definitely think parents should encourage their children to have hobbies and interests. Firstly, because the hobby could lead to a career a future career for that child. And secondly, I think it’s just great to have hobbies and interests something you like to do, something you like to read about or  you like to follow - I think this makes life more interesting.

Breakdown

IELTS Speaking Part 1

Band 9 Sample Answer:

Hobbies, free time activities and interests

Here in Brazil I really think that outdoor activities (good vocabulary) are really popular. So (linker), some common hobbies are playing football, playing beach volleyball, surfing and even (technically the wrong word, “also” would have been better) cycling

 

Well, I really enjoy playing (ing after enjoy correct verb forms) basketball cycling and doing trails. (Giving more details) I don’t do trails, hikes (good vocabulary), very often (frequency adverbs) but when I go on holiday I like to do a hike up a mountain, or to go to a waterfall umm and get in the water, I really enjoy that. But when I’m here in the city I like to play basketball. (Giving an example) So, every weekend (frequency expression) I play basketball in a place called Aterro with some friends umm usually on a Friday night (correct preposition) or a Saturday evening - something like that.

 

(Anecdote full of details) Well, as a child I really liked professional wrestling so I followed WWF I would (would for past habits) watch it like every week. I think it was on on a Friday night I would record the pay-per-views (good vocabulary) because they would show it too late (correct use of too) so I would watch it the next morning actually I’d watch it after school so I’d come home - sometimes actually I would watch it before going to school while having (good structure) breakfast, I would watch the main event something like that err and I also liked just you know playing with my friends playing football that kind of thing.

(Paraphrasing the question) I definitely think parents should encourage their children to have hobbies and interests. Firstly, (ordering ideas)  because the hobby could lead to a career a future career for that child. And secondly (ordering ideas), I think it’s just great to have hobbies and interests something you like to do, something you like to read about or  you like to follow - I think this makes life more interesting (comparative structure).

Keywords: interests and hobbies

Activities

play - basketball, football, volleyball, rugby, tennis, chess, cards 
do - yoga, kickboxing, Muay Thai, Tai Chi, Judo, Karate, Jiu-Jitsu

go - skateboarding, rollerblading, cycling, swimming, hiking 

Frequency adverbs and phrases

Once - a week, month year
Twice - a week, month, year
Three times - a week, month, year
Sometimes
Every now and again 
Once in a while 
Whenever I have the time 
Hardly ever

Always 
More often than not 
Usually 

To say you like something

I like
I enjoy
I love 
I'm really fond of 

To say you dislike something
I hate
I don't like 
I can't stand
I can't bear 

Verb tenses to use with habits 

Present habits
Present Simple 
will 
Present Continuous (for habits you don't like)

Past habits

Past Simple

Used to 

Would 

 

IELTS Speaking Part 1 

Band 9 Audio Sample Answer: Food

IELTS Food Part 1 - Prof. Emanuel Costa
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IELTS Speaking Part 1

Questions:

Food

What kind of food do you enjoy?

 

What are some kinds of food you never eat and why?

 

Do you generally prefer to eat at home or at a restaurant? 

 

What are some reasons that people eat at restaurants?

Tapescript. 

IELTS Speaking Part 1

Band 9 Sample Answer:

Food

I really like a lot of different things. I like vegetables I like meat I like vegan food with no meat no dairy (good vocabulary), I’m not a vegan or a vegetarian but I can happily (good adverb) eat a plate that doesn’t contain animal produce. And I think that maybe one of my favourite things to eat is seafood, I love prawns, mussels (good vocabualry), that kind of thing (I couldn't think of anything else to say and this is quite a good way to finish a list when you can't think of anything else to say).

Food I never eat (paraphrasing the question), that’s kind of hard but I don’t really like broccoli, I actually eat it but I try to avoid it, like, if it’s there I might just get one or two (giving more details), and something else I don’t eat umm I don’t eat a lot of oranges, not because I don’t like it just because I don’t have this habit (giving more details).

Well that depends you know, it depends, it depends on (correct preposition) the situation. Day to day I think I prefer to eat at home because it’s more comfortable it’s easier, just overall I think it’s more practical (comparative adjectives). But to celebrate I like to go to a restaurant I like to go to a nice restaurant, eat some nice food have a nice drink if there’s a view that’s even better. (good sentence)

Well I think one reason is umm so people don’t have to wash up (good vocabulary)at the end of the meal. I think some people feel a bit lazy, it’s natural, to do the washing up after. And also (linking word), like I said before, to celebrate you know like a special event, a birthday, some kind of anniversary, I think it’s nice to go to a nice place and have some nice food.

Keywords: Food

Vegetables

carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, courgettes, aubergine, pumpkin, spinach, onion, garlic, green pepper, beetroot 

 

Fruits

Bananas, apples, grapes, pineapple, strawberries, oranges, tangerines, watermelon, melon

Taste

sweet

salty 

spicy 

tasty 

bitter 

Activities

cook

chop 

clean the vegetables

wash up / wash the dishes

set the table 

have - breakfast, lunch, dinner 

Equipment

Fridge

Freezer

Oven

Cooker 

Cutlery 
Knife
Fork 
Spoon 
Napkin 
A frying pan 
A saucepan 
a plate 

Verbs

fry 

roast

boil

steam

cook
microwave

 

IELTS Speaking Part 1 

Band 9 Audio Sample Answer: Work 

IELTS Work Part 1 - Prof. Emanuel Costa
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IELTS Speaking Part 1

Questions:

Work

What job do you do?

 

Why did you choose this job? 

Is there a lo of responsibility in your job?  

 

Tapescript. 

IELTS Speaking Part 1

Band 9 Sample Answer:

Work

What job do you do?

I’m an English tutor.

Why did you choose this job?

Well, I chose this job because, well A, I thought that I would be good at it. I think I have the right skills for the job, I think I’m patient and I think, well, I know that I enjoy helping people so I thought it would be a good fit for me. (good adjectives and giving an explanation) Also, I can speak two languages, I can speak Portuguese and I can speak English, which I think really helps when you’re trying to teach someone a foreign language. (giving an explanation with a relative clause)

Is there a lot of responsibility in your job?

A lot of responsibility? (repeating the question to give yourself time to think) Umm, yeah I think there is a lot of responsibility in my job because speaking English for some people is like their dream so you feel a pressure to umm make that dream come true for them.

Keywords: Work 

Adjectives

rewarding
enjoyable
busy 
demanding
tiring 
mundane 
different  

 

IELTS Speaking Part 1 

Band 9 Audio Sample Answer: Time

IELTS Time Part 1 - Prof. Emanuel Costa
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IELTS Speaking Part 1

Questions:

Time

When was the lat time you were rather late?

 

How do you feel when other people are late?

 

Do you think these days people have enough time?

 

How do you think children perceive time?

 Tapescript. 

IELTS Speaking Part 1

Band 9 Sample Answer:

Time

When was the last time you were rather late?

Umm that’s a good one let me have a think. Yeah, I think I remember. I think the last time I was rather late was last Christmas. Me and my wife we went to her Family’s house, and we were supposed to get there at 9 o’clock but we ended up getting there about 10, maybe just before 10. But it wasn’t, it was Christmas you know, I think everyone was fine with it, it wasn’t really an issue.

How do you feel when other people are late?

Well, it depends. If it’s for work I think it’s rude I think it’s inconsiderate and I think it shows that the person who’s late doesn’t really care about what they had scheduled.  But if it was for something that was scheduled between friends or family, like a casual thing, then I think it’s OK if someone’s a little bit late you know like no biggie, if my brother is twenty minutes late or something like that I’m not gonna get annoyed at him because of that you know that would be ridiculous. But let’s imagine you organise a dinner for your friends and you’re cooking and you say get there at 7 and they get there at 9, come one you’ve just ruined dinner, you know then it’s, but I think that’s a very extreme situation that kind of thing won’t happen every day.

Do you think these days people have enough time?

No, definitely not. I think these days people who work Monday to Friday all they’re really doing is just thinking about work you know, they have deadlines to meet they have things to do and they don’t have time to think about their personal life, to think about what they want to do not what they need to do what they want to do you know, they don’t have time to do a hobby or an activity because they cus they’re just thinking about what they have to do at work then they have to prepare dinner ,eat and then go to sleep. So, definitely not I don’t think people these days have enough time.

How do you think children perceive time?

That’s an interesting question, I’ve never really thought about that before, but let me have a look. Yeah, I think that in general time lasts much longer for children. If you compare like a year of a child’s life I think in their mind it’s basically like for us it’s the equivalent of 3 years as an adult. I think time feels much longer for children.

  

 

IELTS Speaking Part 2 

Band 9 Audio Answer

Food: Talk about an embrassing expreience you've had with food.  

IELTS Part 2 Food - Prof. Emanuel Costa
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IELTS Speaking Part 2

Questions:

Talk about an embarassing experience you've had with food. 

Where did the incident happen?

What was the problem and what happened?

How did you feel about the incident?

Tapescript. 

IELTS Speaking Part 2

Band 9 Sample Answer:

Food - Talk about an embarassing experience you've had with food.

Ok so I’m going to talk about an embarrassing experience I’ve had with food. I’m gonna talk about the time when I forgot to take my school lunch to school. I was 13 years old so I was in secondary school and normally I would take some sandwiches and a piece of fruit to eat, and a drink of course, to eat and drink at lunchtime. But this day I must have been in a rush to get out of the house or something and I just left without getting anything, not even a drink, no sandwiches no fruit no drink, nothing. I didn’t realise until lunchtime and I opened my bag and I was like “where’s my food?”. I panicked, I checked my pockets to see if I had any money and I didn’t have anything, I didn’t have a penny on me. So, no food, no money and I was like oh god what am I gonna do? I almost cried, but I held back the tears. So, what I did, I asked my friend if he could lend me some money so I could buy something at the tuckshop. And that’s what he did, he gave me a few pounds and that was enough for me to buy, what did I have, no I didn’t go to the tuckshop I went to the canteen, yeah I went to the canteen and I bought err I think I had a burger and chips that day. Yeah, I had a burger and chips. How I felt, well obviously I felt embarrassed because I had to ask my friend for money, but I also felt happy that my friend could help me out in this situation. So, embarrassing but at the same time happy. 
Did you pay your friend back? 
Yes, I did. I think I paid him back the next day. So yeah, we were even in the end. 

 

IELTS Speaking Part 2 

Band 9 Audio Answer

A Restaurant: Talk about a restaurant you like to go to   

IELTS Part 2 A restaurant - Prof. Emanuel Costa
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IELTS Speaking Part 2

Questions:

Talk about a restaurant you like to go to 

You should say:


Where it is


What the restaurant looks like, in and out


What kind of food they sell and what kind of food you order


Why you like the restaurant.


When is a good time to go?

Tapescript. 

IELTS Speaking Part 2

Band 9 Sample Answer:

Talk about a restaurant you like to go to. 

Ok So I’m gonna talk about a restaurant that I like to go to the name of the restaurant is, it’s in Portuguese, it’s Panela de Barro. Where is it? It1s about, well it’s just down my road and it’s about a three minute walk, it used to be about a 10 minute from my old apartment but I’ve recently moved and now it’s just a three minute walk. We didn’t move to get closer to the restaurant that was just a coincidence but yeah now we’re close to it about 3 minutes form our new apt. What it looks like. Well it’s kind of small to be honest it’s a little cramped when you get into the restaurant on the right have like a cashier and directly in front of you have the food station the first station is where you choose your protein so chicken or they also have vegan proteins like soy or something like that. Then behind the protein station you have the salad station that’s where you select your salad, cus this is a self-service restaurant, Ok so you select your protein then you make your own plate with the salads. You can eat in the restaurant or you can take the food out as a takeaway. What kind of food they sell. Well, like I said they try to make natural food, like healthy food. It’s like regular food but I think they just take more care about cooking it, you know. They also have some vegan options which I really  like, I like to eat vegan food sometimes and they have a variety of vegan options so I think that’s great. I like it because it’s tasty and it’s close to my house. When is a good time to go. You can go any time you want but I go on Fridays for lunch and on Saturdays for lunch.

Do you go to this restaurant to celebrate?

No I don’t. This is just a day to day kind of restaurant you know. Nothing special but it’s good food, I wouldn’t go there to celebrate a birthday or anything like that.

 

IELTS Speaking Part 3

Band 9 Audio Answer: Recording the past   

IELTS Speaking Part 3: Recording the past - Prof. Emanuel Costa
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IELTS Speaking Part 3

Questions: Recording the past

Let's talk about past events in general.

 

Do you think photographs are the best way to record and remember special events in our lives?

 

Why do you think that is?

 

What about written records, can they also encourage us to remember things?

 

Which do you think is better, recording important moments by taking photographs or writing them down?

 

Some people think it's more important to be concerned about events in the future than the events in the past. Would you agree with that?

Tapescript. 

IELTS Speaking Part 3

Band 9 Sample Answer:

Recording the past 

Do you think photographs are the best way to record and remember special events in our lives?


Well, I don’t know about the best way, I think it depends on the kind of person you are because there are other ways to record events, for example video, OK. But I really like taking photographs, I think it’s a very easy and efficient way of recording the moment, I always take a lot of pictures when I go on holiday, I take them on my phone or on my gopro and then I pass them to my computer, so I have them backed up. I organise them into the different holidays, I enjoy going back and looking at my photos and remembering what I did and how I was feeling at those specific moments I think it’s a really nice way… umm, and it’s nice because when you look at the photo you are transported back immediately to that moment. We are very visual creatures, so just seeing that has an immediate effect on our minds, we remember, oh  my god yeah that’s how it was, you know, oh my god I miss it so much, that’s the kind of thing we think right. And also the picture is so quick, a video for example, a video takes a long time to go through, you know, you can spend two minutes per video you have an album of 100 videos, you’re gonna take forever to go through all those videos, but pictures no you can just quickly click through pictures and in no time at all you’ve seen all the pictures from a holiday. You know, so it’s very quick and it transports you so well to that moment.

 
What about written records, can they also encourage us to remember things?


Yeah, written records can encourage us, can help us to remember things. I don’t make written records I’ve never written a diary in my life, I’ve never written a poem about an event in my life. I think these are the two best ways to record a memory either to write a poem about it or to write down how you were feeling in a diary. But I think one of the interesting things about a written record is that you can use a lot of descriptive words you know, really describe, especially feelings you know, cus in a picture you get to see how it was but you don’t, I imagine you can remember better by reading a written record a written account, and reading about how you were feeling I think perhaps that’s what’s missing in pictures, is that you don’t get a sense of how you were feeling, I think the written record describes the feeling better than the picture. 


Which do you think is better, recording important moments by taking photographs or writing them down?
 

Well, like I said, I don’t make written records but I think taking pictures is better, it’s just so easy you click it takes one second and you have that snapshot forever, you don’t have to worry about the paper… about losing the paper or something like that I know you can make a written record on your phone, but if you’re gonna make a written record it’s probably nicer to write it down, more personal perhaps, I don’t know. So, yeah, the picture it’s just so quick, one second, and when you look through it’s also quick to look through umm takes you back immediately. The written record has got some advantages that you get to describe the feelings, and it would be interesting I think to do a balance, you know, having pictures and having a couple of written records I think a written record like every day is too much, who has time to through and read all that information. But maybe like writing one written record about the whole holiday could be interesting. But I still prefer the pictures. 


Some people think it's more important to be concerned about events in the future than the events in the past. Would you agree with that?


No, definitely not. I think we need to look at past events, we need to look at our history so we can learn from our mistakes, you know, learn about the consequences of actions. How can we prevent war, how can we prevent disease, famine, unemployment how can we stimulate a country, how can we improve the quality of life of people. We can do that I believe best by looking at the past and seeing what led to certain outcomes, you know, and we can get that and apply that to the future so we can try and have the best future possible. 
 

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