IELTS Speaking A Game Show or Quiz Program: Below are the sample answers for Parts 2 and 3. Study the sample monologue about a game show or a quiz program that you watched either on TV or online. Also, learn and understand how Part 3 questions are answered so that you will have some ideas on how you can answer questions in your actual IELTS speaking test.










Describe a game show or a quiz program you watched on TV or online

You should say:

  • Where you watched it
  • What it was like
  • How often you watched it
  • How you liked it

And explain why you liked/disliked it




A N S W E R 



I’m a big fan of any quiz shows because I get thrilled watching every contestant answering a wide array of questions from general to specific knowledge. While watching those kinds of game shows, I can evaluate how much knowledge I have in different fields, I also feel like I’m in the contestant’s shoes!


(A big) fan [noun] – an admirer 

Thrilled [adj.] – excited

Array [noun] – a wide range of something 

In someone’s shoes [idiom] – feeling or acting as if you were in the same situation as the person



i.) The speaker didn’t immediately give his answer, instead, he talked about his fandom of games or quiz shows. It’s a creative way to start his story.


Anyway, let me tell you about an international game show called Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, which was originally created and first aired in the UK in 1998. Currently, this game show has been franchised by more than 100 countries. There is only one contestant on this show and he tackles a series of multiple-choice questions to win large cash prizes. Unlike other quiz shows, the contestant is given the question before attempting to answer with multiple choices and has no time limit. The amount of money offered as a prize gets increases as the contestant tackles questions that become more difficult. In addition, the contestant is given three lifelines: Ask the Audience; 50:50 in which the computer eliminates two wrong answers; and Phone A Friend to help the contestant answer the difficult question.




Air (-ed) [verb] – to broadcast

Franchise [verb] [noun] – {as used as a verb} to give or sell a franchise to someone

Tackle [verb] – to try to deal with something



i.) In this part, the speaker simply gave his answer and provided substantial details of the game show. He explained the game thoroughly from history to how it’s played. This is the answer to what is asked on the cue card which “what it was like”. Make sure to explain the game show clearly, the rules or the nature of the game are very essential, so you can’t miss that!


A few years ago, I watched the US version of this game show which was first won by John Carpenter winning $1 million dollars. While I was watching that show at home, I couldn’t help myself but admire the contestant’s intelligence. He didn’t use any lifelines until the last question for him to win that million dollars. Interestingly, he used his one lifeline, Phone A Friend, and the host contacted the contestant’s father. What’s more interesting is that when he talked to his father and told him that he didn’t really need his help. Instead, he just told his father that he would win a million dollars very confidently and the audience went crazy laughing and cheering at him.




i.) In this part, the speaker simply gave one instance when he watched that particular game show. This example is a great way to make the examiner understand the game show better. This serves as the second most important part of his story after describing the game show previously.

After that episode, I become an avid fan of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? that every now and then I check other countries’ versions of that game show and I enjoy it as it helps me expand my knowledge in different fields. I must say watching that game show or any kind of quiz show is for me a worthwhile way of being a couch potato!




Episode [noun] – installment of a serialized TV program

Avid [adj.] – enthusiastic

Worthwhile [adj.] – valuable

Couch potato [noun] – a person who watches TV a lot




i.) The speaker simply ended his story by sharing his point-of-view or learning upon watching that game show. It’s a great way to end or wrap up his monologue as he also answered the last question on the cue card ‘explain why you liked it’. If you have time, end your monologue well!






Why do people like to watch TV shows?


I do not really believe that there are still a huge number of people who watch TV shows nowadays. Well, in the past, before the advent of the internet, yes, people enjoyed watching several TV shows since that was the best form of entertainment. However, these days in this digital age, the popularity of TV shows has been diminishing since people shift to watching Youtube videos or Netflix series or movies because it is more convenient – they can watch innumerable shows online any time of the day and wherever they may be.

Actually, the shift of entertainment platforms by the audience is the main reason why all TV channels set up their own websites or video channels, so they can upload their shows online and get an audience since there is undeniably a massive audience online. 

So, because of that irrefutable reality, I do not believe that there is still a great percentage of people in the world who watch TV shows these days. 




The advent of [noun] – the important event or invention that has come into existence

Digital age [noun] – the present time in which the use of computers and the internet is prevalent; also called the Information Age

Diminish [verb] – decrease; decline

Shift [verb] [noun] – transfer; movement 

Innumerable [adj.] – too many; countless

Set up [phrasal verb] – to start a business; build something

Irrefutable [adj.] – undeniable; unquestionable




i.) The speaker stated his opinion of disagreement with the idea of the question. He emphasized that there weren’t many people patronizing watching TV shows in this era because of the internet. Then, he explained his argument clearly and provided a specific example to prove his claim. Whenever you disagree with the idea of the question, always present a specific example of proof in order for you to convince the examiner to believe in you. 

What kinds of TV shows do people like to watch?


Honestly, there cannot be a one-size-fits-all answer to that question. It surely varies from person to person depending on their preference or their personality. Some people enjoy watching talk shows like Ellen DeGeneres, some binge-watching Asian dramas, others love to watch sitcoms. As you can see, there is a wide array of people’s interest that influences their choice of TV shows. So to answer this question, we have to understand what interests people the most. 




One-size-fits-all [adj.] – suitable for or used in all circumstances

Vary from (person to person) [phrase] – to differ from 

Binge-watch [verb] – to watch several episodes

Sit-com [noun] – a situation comedy

(An) array (of) [noun] – a wide range of something




i.) The speaker stated that there was no single answer to the question, then, he explained that each person has his/her own preference in terms of choosing what TV shows he/she enjoyed watching. He, then, gave certain examples of people’s different interests. Finally, he ended his answer by giving a conclusive statement saying that understanding the interests of the people was essential in order to answer the question. 



Why do some people watch TV shows online?


Well, that is simply because of convenience and there is no other reason for that. We are all living in a fast-paced environment – having a hectic schedule that we do not have the luxury of time to watch TV shows as scheduled on our favorite TV channels. The only way to keep up with the latest episodes of our best-loved TV shows is to check them online. Thanks to Youtube for giving us the platform to watch and rewatch our most favored TV show. So, the fact that all the episodes are published on Youtube, we do have the convenience to watch shows at our most convenient time. 




Fast-paced [adj.] – moving or developing quickly

Hectic [adj.] – frantic; restless

(Not have the) luxury of time [expression] – to not have enough free time

Keep up [phrasal verb] – to be updated

Best-loved [adj.] – favorite

Episode [noun] – an installment of a serialized TV program



i.) The speaker immediately gave his answer in the opening part. Then talked about the current situation that most people were in – having a very busy life. He expounded his answer by talking about the Youtube platform where people could enjoy watching episodes of their favorite TV shows. Finally, he ended his answer by reiterating the main reason why people watch TV shows online. It’s a straightforward and realistic answer, indeed!



Do you think people nowadays watch TV shows together?


Based on my observation, it is not as much as it used to be. These days both parents are busy working, children’s time is always occupied with school work, and the inevitable widespread of internet use in every household has changed the culture of most families in terms of watching TV shows together. This modern society has made people become isolated, unlike in the previous generations, where everyone’s favorite pastime was watching TV shows with their family or friends, these days most people find comfort in being alone while enjoying surfing the internet or watching Netflix movies or series in their own bedroom and some children or students cannot help themselves but prioritize their homework over watching TV shows.

Well, there may still be some people or families who enjoy spending time together in watching TV programs, however, we cannot deny the fact that it is getting fewer and fewer.




Occupied [adj.] – busy and active

Inevitable [adj.] – unavoidable

Widespread [adj.] – general; worldwide

Household [noun] – a house and its general occupants; family

Isolated [adj.] – having minimal contact

Pastime [noun] – hobby



i.) The speaker gave a direct answer to the question. Then, he described the current trend of people, especially in most families why spending time together watching TV shows was not common in this generation. Right after explaining those things, he ended his answer by recognizing that there were still people or families who spent time watching TV shows together but not as much as they used to be. Realistic and relatable answer! 


Learn how to answer the RECENT TOPIC IN IELTS SPEAKING PART 1 about FRIEND/FRIENDSHIP on this link

And that’s all about IELTS Speaking A Game Show or Quiz Program recent topic! Now that you have good ideas about this topic, think of one game show that you really like (or you can use the sample answer on this post) and start collecting some topic vocabulary words to use when answering. Develop your confidence and good luck! You surely can ace your exam!


Meaning of Words and Phrases Sources: Collins, Macmillan, Cambridge, Oxford

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