IELTS Speaking: Cambridge 13 Test 3; complete test with best model answers and solutions

This IELTS Speaking post focuses on the complete answer package for Cambridge IELTS 13 Test 3 Speaking full test. Here, I’ve offered answers or solutions for Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. The candidates may make necessary changes where needed to suit the answers for their own circumstances. Hopefully, this post will be useful for newcomers to IELTS who have major difficulties understanding the test.

IELTS Speaking: Cambridge 13 Test 3; complete test with best model answers and solutions


When you go shopping, do you prefer to pay for things in cash or by card? [Why?]

At present, most of the shopping centers and marketplaces are digitalized and people prefer to take debit or credit cards with them and I am no exception. I prefer to pay through cards to cash because it can be easily carried and it is safer than carrying a large sum of money. This way I can be free of hassles like counting cash money also.

Do you ever save money to buy special things? [Why/Why not?]

Yes, I do. I recently bought a laptop with the money I saved last year from my salary. I think it is a great human habit to save some money every now and then. You never know when you might be in need of some money in danger.  Sometimes you can surprise your near and dear ones by presenting them with something unexpected and saving some money can help you here.

Would you ever take a job that had low pay? [Why/Why not?]

Well, it’s quite a tough question to answer. To me, a good job depends on several important factors and there is no denying that a handsome salary is one of them. However, factors like a good working environment, a friendly atmosphere, and the chance of learning something new and special should also be considered. If these factors are met and the salary is a bit low, I might take a job into consideration.

Would winning a lot of money make a big difference in your life? [Why/Why not?]

It certainly will. Nowadays, in this competitive world, earning a lot of money in a legal way is quite challenging. In this case, if I win a large of sum money in a legal way, I can actually change my lifestyle and think about doing something more profitable so that I can shape not only my own future but also can provide something better to my family. So, winning a lot of money will surely help me.

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Part 2


Describe an interesting discussion you had as part of your work or studies.

You should say:

  • what the subject of the discussion was
  • who you discussed the subject with
  • what opinions were expressed
  • and explain why you found the discussion interesting. 

Follow this link for a sample answer to the cue card about a discussion you had as part of your work or studies.

Part 3

Discussion topics
Discussing problems with others

Why is it good to discuss problems with other people?

There are a number of benefits of discussing problems with others. It helps a person to make good decisions. It also prevents us to take any rash decisions which can lead to big damage. When we discuss problems with our relatives and friends, we can learn about various aspects of a problem and find out solutions together. This provides us with strength and confidence.

Do you think that it’s better to talk to friends and not family about problems?

Well, I do not consider such an idea as a good thing to do. I think family is the first place to share any problem or any thoughts. Because the family members can easily realize the feelings or emotions of a person when he or she is in a problem. Friends can also help in making the decisions. But, to me, family is the first place to consider here.
Is it always a good idea to tell lots of people about a problem?

No, I don’t suggest anyone to do so. I think, most people might not understand what you are going through when you are in a big danger or require the best suggestion about a matter. Family members and close friends are the people to whom you can talk about such problems. Sharing a problem with lots of people might make it look like a joke.

Communication skills at work
Which communication skills are most important when taking part in meetings with colleagues?

There are a number of skills that makes a person smarter than others. In the case of taking part in meetings with colleagues, the skills which are most significant are a positive attitude, presentable appearance, confidence, the ability to tolerate criticism, and acting positively and being helpful. All these skills represent a smart personality of a person in a social environment.
What are the possible effects of poor written communication skills at work?

With poor written skills in workplace, a person can face several issues like confusion or misunderstanding, and struggle to adjust with other colleagues and seniors. This may result in poor official performance and may lower the confidence of authority over the person. He or she might even lose his or her well-earned position in the office.
What do you think will be the future impact of technology on communication in the workplace?

In the near future, huge changes are expected in terms of the impacts of technology on communication in offices and institutions. Some of them may be positive, some might be negative.

Speaking about positive impacts; officials may need to move less than before to communicate with colleagues and seniors, meaning that the communication will be more mobile. People may do office work in a train station or during a flight through the Internet. It will be faster and more beneficial for everyone and productivity will surely develop.

On the flip side of the coin, personal relationships will become less practical and people will be more like a robot or machines than a human. This mechanical relation will seriously affect the overall relationship in a family.

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