Computer speaking part 1

Computer is a topic that often comes up in the IELTS speaking part 1. Below you will find a list of some example questions and answers that you could encounter during part 1 of the IELTS Speaking test.

The questions below are based on the real IELTS speaking exam. They serve as a great IELTS Speaking Part 1 prediction questions to help you prepare better before your test.

Computer Speaking Part 1 – Set 1

  1. Do you use a computer/laptop?
    Yes, I do on a daily basis because I prefer large screens whenever possible. I don’t like straining my eyes on a mobile phone especially late at night. That blue light is quite damaging.
  2. What do you do with it?
    I watch Ted Talks, Korean drama, and Netflix series on my laptop. I also spend time on language learning websites where I can take tests, and get feedback ASAP!
  3. When did you first start using it?
    Hmm, let’s see. This was around ten years ago when I was in Grade 10. My dad was uncompromising about the use of gadgets so he only bought me a laptop when I was about 15.
  4. What happens if people stop using computers/mobile phones?
    They might start to enjoy life a little bit more, and everything wouldn’t need to be documented for social media sharing. I believe people have forgotten to appreciate life’s little things.
  5. Is it difficult to use them?
    That would depend on the age on motivation of the person concerned. My grandparents, for example, are pros at using laptops because they are motivated. I don’t mean to brag but I taught them well too!

Computer Vocabulary Speaking Part 1 – Set 1

  • blue light – light from electronic devices such as computers and smartphones and from energy-efficient lightbulbs that has been linked to health problems and sleep
  • brag – say something in a boastful manner

Set 2

  1. What computer skills are you good at?
    I am good at communicating using applications and writing clear emails. I can update excel documents and I am a whizz at using social media. I have set up accounts for friends’ businesses so that they attract customers and this is a skill I would like to use more.
  2. Is it important to recruit people with technology skills?
    I would say yes because nowadays, all jobs need people to use technology in one way or another. Even if you work in a shop you need to be able to use a computer system. On the other hand, the basic skills can be trained, not everybody needs to be recruited as the complete package – you can learn it at any time.

Set 2 Vocabulary

  • a whizz – a very clever person
  • the complete package – someone with all the desirable characteristics

Set 3

  1. Where are you from?
    I come from London, in England. London is the capital city of England and it is world-famous for such landmarks at the Tower of London and Big Ben.
  2. Do you celebrate the New Year?
    I do! I celebrate New Year’s Eve with my friends, and New Year’s Day with my kinfolks. With my friends, we tend to go out to parties around town. with my family, we normally have a lovely sit-down meal at our favourite restaurant.

Set 3 Vocabulary

  • kinfolks – relatives

Set 4

  1. Have you ever watched clouds in the sky, or the stars?
    Yes, and both activities are very relaxing for me. Watching clouds while laying down on the sand as you are sunbathing is nice, and the night sky on a clear night, where stars shine bright, is something one can´t miss.
  2. What do you prefer, watching clouds or stars? Why?
    I prefer watching clouds, definitely, hearing the soothing sound of sea waves on the beach. Living by the seashore all my life made me link this activity with hot summer days.
  3. Is there a good spot in your town to watch the stars?
    Yes, there is a nearby forest with view to open skies, and summer nights are perfect to do so. The light of the full moon on a hill makes the stars shine brighter in the summer.

Set 4 Vocabulary

  • Soothing – calming
  • Seashore – land at the sea’s edge

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