Technology is one of the most common IELTS topics because it can come up in any part of the exam. Furthermore, technology is a part of our daily lives and thus an absolutely necessary topic in which to be fluent. So let’s look at how it may come up in the IELTS exam and what technology vocabulary we need to learn.
Technology in IELTS Speaking
There are lots of possible questions you may be asked about technology in the IELTS speaking exam. Here are some.
- How often do you use Internet?
- How much time do you spend using a computer at work or at home?
- Do you enjoy using technology?
- Do you own a computer?
- What do you mainly use a computer for?
- Do you use the Internet for your studies?
- Has the internet made your job / studies easier?
- Have you ever taken a course to improve your computer skills?
- Do you use any gadgets on a daily basis?
- Which device do you prefer to use for browsing the internet?
You may be asked to describe a technology you often use, or a kind of gadget.
- What kind of technological developments have made the biggest impact on our lives?
- Do you think people rely too much on modern technology?
- Do you think we need to know much about computers?
- How do computers affect our everyday life?
- Do you agree that some people use technology for communication too much?
- Do computers make it much easier to study?
- Would you agree that the rapid development of digital technology has had a positive impact on the world of work?
- What is the most important piece of technology in our lives?
- How effective is the use of computers in the classroom?
- Do you think that the rate of technological expansion will slow down in the years to come?
- What do you think are the important things people need to learn when they start using computers?
- Do you think men and women view technological devices differently?
Answering any of these questions give you a chance to show off your technology vocabulary. You can practice that in the PPT below. or this YouTube video that I made:
Technology in IELTS Writing
Technology could appear in either part of the IELTS exam but it is more likely to come up in task 2. Here are some example questions:
Nowadays the way many people interact with each other has changed because of technology.
In what ways has technology affected the types of relationships that people make?
Has this been a positive or negative development?
When a country develops its technology, the traditional skills and ways of life die out. It is pointless to try and keep them alive.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
Some people argue that technological inventions, such as smartphones, are making people less socially active.
Do you agree or disagree?
Be careful when answering these questions. Much of the technology vocabulary you learn online (including my PPT below) is a bit informal. In particular, verbs relating to social media can be quite inappropriate for a formal essay. It is not bad English, but you may find yourself marked down for not using formal enough language.
Technology for IELTS Listening
Of course, it is very possible that your IELTS listening exam could contain information about technology. It is, however, unlikely to be very specialized and you would only need to know some quite basic language. Here are some examples of IELTS technology topics in the listening exam.
Technology for IELTS Reading
Technology is an incredibly common topic in the reading exam. Here, a good vocabulary for technology would definitely come in handy.
Here are some example tests you can see on other websites:
Learn Technology Vocabulary for IELTS
Ok, so now we’ve looked at all the possible parts of the IELTS exam where a good knowledge of technological vocabulary may come in useful. Here’s a PPT I recently made that gives you some very valuable tech vocab. This is all quite up-to-date (as of 2017) but remember that this sort of language goes out of date fast! Some schools I’ve worked for have textbooks that teach students about “surfing the net” – no one has said this in 20 years! Others teach about cassette tapes and CDs as though they were cutting-edge technology. Language moves fast, and you need to know the most recent words and phrases. Having a good grasp of this will really impress the examiner.