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Cambridge 13: Test 3 (SPEAKING)

It has been a long time since I posted here. I was busy doing other stuff that I did not have enough time to do some practices. However, now I can concentrate on practicing again. Anyway, here's the third installation of the 13th Cambridge IELTS textbook. Maybe some of you already have a copy of this since I have been seeing a lot of pdf copies of this new book on the internet lately. But for those of you who do not have access to this pdf, here it is. You can check my other posts for some of the other test questions from this book, too.

Well, if you look at the questions well, the first part is already a bit challenging to answer since it is considered somewhat a "taboo" to talk about money. On the other hand, we must also consider that the questions do not entirely ask about how you manage your money.

Anyway, good luck! Again, I do recommend that you practice every day as much as possible and do try to ask someone's assistance. You need another person to tell you i…
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1. Be sure to have a strong English language foundation.

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Cambridge 13: Test 2 (Speaking)

Some questions here are tough to answer as it requires you to look back on your childhood. Also, part 3 questions are about issues we tackle every day. Practice your speaking skills by recording your responses. Have fun speaking English!

Organising your ideas: MIND MAPPING practice

Here's a simple practice you can do to help improve how you organise your ideas and opinions.

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Cambridge 13: Test 1 (Speaking Part 1 sample answers)

Sample responses:

Question 1:
I mostly do a  lot of TV-watching at home since we just purchased a new television a couple a weeks ago, and I also prefer doing this activity with my family members on the weekends.

Question 2:
I'm a huge fan of classic TV shows like "Friends" and "House M.D." If I'm in a light mood and I just want to relax and laugh, I watch "Friends" but when I feel "academic"  or maybe I just want to feel mysterious and stuff like that, I watch the medical drama "House M.D."

Question 3:
I was never interested in reality TV shows. I think these shows are purely a waste of time and I don't really see why people think it's interesting to see how other people live their lives. It's just too strange for me.

Question 4:
Well, my kids are so into watching a lot of TV shows and movies so I might be doing a lot of watching with them as long as I can find the time to spend with them, so I think that's a yes.