Rounding Off Questions in IELTS Speaking Part 2

Rounding off questions often surprise people in IELTS Speaking Part 2 because they aren’t prepared for them. These are questions which are asked at the end of your part 2 talk and before the part 3 discussion begins.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 is the talk or sometimes called “the long turn”. You will be given a topic on a cue card which also contains prompts. You will have 1 minute to prepare and you should speak for 2 minutes. After your talk, you will be asked rounding off questions. Following that, part 3 will begin.

What are rounding off questions?

They are basic, simple questions that the examiner will ask you when you finish your part 2 talk.

Why are there rounding off questions?

Rounding off questions serve to help you relax and get back into the question/answer mode after you have been talking for 2 minutes continuously. It serves as a way to help you get ready for part 3 questions.

Are rounding off questions difficult?

No. Rounding off questions in IELTS Speaking Part 2 are mostly simple questions directly related to your talk. They are much easier than part 3 questions and are usually just an extension of the part 2 topic.

Are there always two rounding off questions?

Yes, two is the usual number. However, in some circumstances, the examiner might only ask one if the examiner feels the other rounding off question isn’t appropriate.

Are the rounding off questions written on the cue card?

No, they are not. The IELTS speaking examiner has the questions on a separate paper which you will not see.

Cue Card & Rounding Off Questions

Below is an IELTS Speaking Part 2 cue card with possible rounding off questions.

Describe a recent holiday. You should say:

  • when it was
  • where you went
  • what you did there
  • and why you enjoyed it.

Rounding Off Questions:

  1. Would you ever go there again?
  2. Would you recommend other people to go on a similar holiday?

As you can see, the rounding off questions are not difficult and directly relate to your cue card topic.

More Examples of Cue Cards and Rounding Off Questions

Cue card and rounding off questions:

Describe a public building. You should say:

  • what building it is
  • where it is
  • what it’s like
  • and why you like it

Rounding off questions

  1. When was the first time you saw the building?
  2. Do you often visit that building?

Cue card and rounding off questions:

Describe a uniform you wore at school or work. You should say:

  • when you wore it
  • who bought it for you
  •  what it was like
  • and how you feel about it.

Rounding off questions

  1. Are uniforms expensive to buy?
  2. What would you change about the uniform you wore?

Cue Card and rounding off questions:

Describe someone in your family who is similar to you. You should say:

  • who the person is
  • what the person is like
  • how you are similar to each other
  • and how you feel about the person

Rounding off questions:

  1. Do you like spending time with that person?
  2. What do you usually do together?

Cue card and rounding off questions

Describe a time when you were disappointed. You should say:

  • when it was
  • where you were
  • what happened to make you disappointed
  • and what you would do differently if it happened again.

Rounding off questions

  1. Does this type of situation often happen to you?
  2. What do you do to feel better after you’ve been disappointed?

I hope you’ve found this page useful. Rounding off questions are not difficult, but it is good to know about them and be prepared. It is important that you enter the test room with a full understanding of what will happen. There should be no surprises in the test format or how the examiner behaves.

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Liz 🙂


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    • If you ask for a remark, the recording goes to a senior examiner to grade. If the level of your English was above the score you got, you will get an increase. While the noise factor is something you could complain about, it won’t be a reason to give you a higher score. Only producing a higher level of English will alter your score.

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    • I’m really pleased to hear my e-book and lessons have been helpful. It’s wonderful to know that my work has helped someone improve. Stay safe!

  11. Hi Liz,
    I’ve always thought that the directly related to part 2 questions were part of Part 3. Good to know! Thank you very much!

    • You are also correct. Part 3 questions are based on your part 2 topic, but they are broader world issues about that topic. They require you to compare, evaluate, speculate etc. Part 3 is also about people in general, not about you. Rounding off questions are just simple questions about you.

  12. Dear Liz,
    Thank you for this post and all the other post to improve our IELTS Score.

    I would like to it essential to write summing up a sentence at the end of body paragraphs? I mean the conclusion sentence of each item.

    If yes, can we start our sentence with ‘having said that’?

    I will eagerly look forward to having your reply soon.

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