IELTS Speaking Test Sample: Technology

Aug 23, 2021 | IELTS, IELTS Speaking, IELTS Test

Technology keeps advancing and could be a Part 1, 2 or 3 topic in the IELTS Speaking test. In Part 2, You might be asked to describe something that is not your computer or phone – so you should try and think of other items you have, e.g. a smartwatch. 

Read the following speaking-style questions, paying close attention to words you don’t know and the words in bold. There are definitions for the words in bold at the end of the page.

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Part 1-style questions

Examiner: How much time do you spend using a computer at work or at home?

Candidate: I’m an avid PC gamer. I spend a lot of my leisure time gaming, and I’ve invested in a serious setup! I’ve got a 32-inch monitor and an ergonomic chair.

Examiner: What do you mainly use a computer for?

CandidateRole-playing games are my favourite – stuff like Age of Empires. I also use my computer for productivity – like lots of people, I’ve switched to remote work in the last year, so I mostly work from home.

Examiner: Which device do you prefer to use for browsing the internet?

Candidate: I do prefer having a little more real estate when it comes to screens – mobile phones are too fiddly to browse the internet with! So I use my PC and monitor, or, if I’m out and about, I’ll use my tablet. My tablet has a mobile data connection, so I can stay online wherever I am.

Part 2

Describe your favourite gadget (not your computer or phone). The 

               You should say:

  • what it is
  • when you got it
  • how often you use it

             and explain why it is so important to you.

IELTS Speaking Model Answer - Technology Andrew Turner @


My favourite gadget would have to be my drone! It’s a foldable, pocket-sized one, so it’s very portable. You can use it to shoot photos and video; it has the kind of lens you’d normally see on more high-end alternatives. It’s very straightforward to use. You just clip the controls onto your phone then you can fly it using an app. 

I bought it for myself on the day it came out, so I was definitely an early adopter. That was around a year ago. Now, I only use it sporadically, just whenever it takes my fancy. It’s important for two reasons. Firstly, it’s loads of fun to use! It’s fast, very agile, and it can fly at high altitudes. Secondly, it’s a creative outlet. It gives me a way to take some incredible aerial photos, which I can then treat later on. 

Part 3-style questions

Examiner: What kind of technological developments have had the biggest impact on our lives? [Evaluate]

Candidate: The advent of electricity was probably the most impactful technological development in modern history. Without power, we wouldn’t be able to use any of the systems we’ve come to depend on to live and work.

Examiner: Do you agree that we rely too much on technology [Agree/Disagree]

Candidate: To an extent. There’s nothing wrong with using the inventions we’ve created. I think the danger is when our technology is deliberately compromised, perhaps by hackers looking for a ransom or a hostile foreign power seeking to disrupt our daily lives. 

Examiner: Do you think men and women view technological devices differently? [Compare]

Candidate: There’s no reason to think there is any disparity between how men and women view technological devices. We’re all human and that means we’re all different, regardless of gender; that distinction isn’t really relevant here. 

Definitions for IELTS Achievement Vocabulary

Part 1

Avid – very enthusiastic 

Leisure time – free time to spend as you want 

(Computer) setup (noun) – the way you’ve combined different computer accessories, e.g. speakers and a desk  

Monitor – screen

Ergonomic chair – a special chair designed to be good for your back, for long periods of computer use

Role-playing games – Games where you play as a particular character

Productivity – Getting lots of things done, usually work 

Remote work – working over the internet away from the office

(screen) Real estate – the amount of space on your screen   

Fiddly – difficult to use with your hands, usually with small parts 

Out and about – doings things outside the home

Part 2

Drone – Remote controlled aircraft or flying device 

Foldable – able to be folded 

Portable – easy to carry around

Lens – the part of a camera that light comes through

High-end – expensive 

Straightforward – easy 

Controls (noun) – buttons 

Early adopter – somebody who starts using a new technology before most other people

Sporadically – occasionally, not in a pattern 

(When something…) Takes my fancy – when I feel like it 

Agile – Flexible, turns fast 

Altitudes – Heights 

Creative outlet – A way for somebody to express themselves creatively, like through writing or song 

Aerial photos – photographs taken from the air, often using a drone or plane

Treat (a photo) – Edit, change or improve 

Part 3

Advent – When something began to happen

Impactful – had a strong effect 

To an extent – partly, not entirely 

Compromised – put at risk or in danger

Hackers – people who access computer networks without permission

Ransom – money demanded when somebody or something is taken or held without permission 

Hostile foreign power – a country seen as unfriendly or an enemy 

Disrupt – interrupt by causing a problem

Disparity – difference 

Gender – how somebody sees their identity, usually meaning man or woman

Distinction – something that is clearly different

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