Science 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.
Science Speaking Part 1 – Set 1
- At what age did you start learning science at school?We were taught Science at the age of seven. It was a compulsory subject and our teachers often took us on field trips. It was so accessible because ours was a public school located right by a mountain.
- On what occasion has science been useful to you?Hmm, let me think. Okay, this might seem a bit strange but Newton’s Law of Gravity says that “what goes up must come down”. Everytime I feel blue, I tell myself that I can’t stay happy all the time – because even the Laws of Physics determine that “what goes up must come down”!
Science Vocabulary Speaking Part 1 – Set 1
- To feel blue– to feel sad
- How do you feel about Artificial Intelligence?I think there are many advantages to it. It can certainly facilitate certain daily activities. For instance, there are virtual assistants on computers, phones and tablets, that can help make phone calls, research information on the internet, or even turn appliances on and off!
- How do you think AI will change the future?I think it can definitely shape it for the better, although people will need to strike a balance between the use of AI and the use of their human abilities, so that they do not become passive nor dependent on AI, which I hope does not come to be.
- What is the importance of AI?AI is very important when it comes to science and robotics. For example, certain robots help perform some surgeries in hospitals. Additionally, they may perform dangerous tasks in fields the likes of construction, therefore protecting people’s lives.
Set 2 Vocabulary
- facilitate – make easier
- shape – (in this case) change
- strike a balance between – create a balance, find the balance
- come to be – happen
- In your country, at what age do children start learning science subjects?I think pupils at school start learning about science from a young age. First they probably learn about nature and the environment and by the time they go to secondary school more complex experiments and chemical reactions.
- Do you like science subjects?Personally, I really enjoy science, especially science technology or the ins and outs of how things are made. I like watching documentaries about science and nature, the natural world is amazing but so is what we have achieved through science.
- How are they useful to you in your daily life?That is a difficult question but I suppose we are using science in a lot of the daily activities we do. From cooking to mechanics, we need to know how things react and work together to avoid dangerous situations.
Set 3 Vocabulary
- pupils – students at school
- ins and outs – all the details
- When did you start to learn science?I don’t remember having science classes until I was in secondary school when we started to do chemical experiments and study biology. I was probably taught science in primary school to some degree, it just wasn’t a specific subject.
- Which science subject do you find interesting?Chemistry is the most interesting aspect of science. I remember doing experiments at school, mixing elements and noting the reaction. I enjoy watching a TV series called ‘How do they do it?’ where they show you explosive reactions and how things work. It’s mind blowing really.
Set 4 Vocabulary
- mind blowing – very impressive