I’ve had so many visitors asking me for a list of the best IELTS sample topics for Part 1 of the Speaking Test that I’ve put together a list of sample questions based on topics that students have told me they were asked to discuss.
You should use these sample questions together with a study partner to practise for your IELTS interview. Remember not to just memorise answers; you have no guarantee of what questions you will be asked and the IELTS examiner will change topic if he/she thinks you are just reciting a memorised speech.
Remember to give full and interesting answers; don’t just answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’. This is your chance to shine; use it!
Remember that IELTS Speaking Part 1 is about familiar topics, so let’s start off with the most familiar; your family, your work/studies, your home (town), your hobbies, your friends and your daily routine.
- Describe your family.
- Do you have a large or a small family?
- How much time do you spend with your family?
- What do you like to do together as a family?
- Do you get on well with your family?
- How important is ‘the family’ in your culture?
- What do you do? What is your position?
- What are your responsibilities?
- How many hours do you work each day?
- Do you enjoy your work?
- Would you prefer to do a different job? If so, which?
- How easy or difficult is it to get a job in your country?
- Tell me about the company or organization you work for.
- What do you like most about your job?
- Is there anything you dislike about your job?
EDUCATION / STUDIES
- Tell me about your education.
- What kind of school did you go to as a child?
- What was your favourite subject as a child? Why?
- Tell me about your favourite teacher.
- Describe the education system in your country. How effective is it?
- What are you studying now?
- Why did your decide to study this subject?
- Tell me about your home.
- How long have you lived there?
- What do you like about living there? Is there anything you dislike?
- Describe your hometown.
- What is it famous for?
- What work do people in your hometown do?
- What do people in your hometown do in their free time?
- What do you like most about your hometown?
- What do you like least about your hometown? Does it have any problems?
- Do you have any hobbies? What are they?
- How much time do you spend on your hobby?
- When did you first become interested in …..?
- What are the advantages of having a hobby?
A GOOD FRIEND
- Describe one of your good friends.
- How long have you known each other?
- What do usually do together?
- What do you like the most about this friend?
- How often do you see each other?
- Describe your daily routine.
- What do you do at the weekend?
- What is you typical weekday like?
- Do you have any free time during the week?
IELTS Speaking Test Part 1 also has topics that are maybe not immediately about your life but are familiar topics that we talk about in everyday life. Let’s start off with one of the most familiar; the weather (I’m English and we are famous for talking about the weather!).
- What’s the weather like in your country?
- How many seasons does your country have?
- What’s your favourite kind of weather?
- Is there any weather you don’t like?
- What’s your favourite season of the year?
- What do you like to do when it’s hot?
- What do you usually do in the winter?
- Do you like travelling?
- What’s the best place you’ve ever visited?
- Why is this place special to you?
- When did you visit this place?
- Which place would you really like to visit? Why?
- Do you think that travelling is an important pastime? Why / Why not?
- Which places would you recommend to a visitor to your country? Why?
- Do a lot of tourists visit your country?
- What do they usually do there?
- In what ways has tourism changed your country?
- Do you like music?
- What is your favourite type of music?
- What kind of music did you like when you were younger?
- What kind of music is popular in your country?
- Do you play any musical instruments?
- Did you play a musical instrument as a child?
COMPUTERS / INTERNET / EMAIL
- What are the advantages of computers for society?
- Are there any disadvantages?
- Do you use the Internet much during the day?
- What do you usually do on the Internet?
- What are the advantages of the Internet?
- What are the disadvantages?
- Is the internet popular in your country?
- Do you do any shopping on the Internet? Why / Why not?
- Do you send and receive email regularly?
- Who do you usually send emails to?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of emails?
WEDDINGS AND MARRIAGE
- What clothes do people wear at weddings in your country?
- Describe a typical wedding ceremony from your country?
- What kind of gifts do people buy for the bride and groom?
- Do most young people plan on getting married in your country?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of marriage?
- Is the divorce rate high in your country?
- Do you think people should be allowed to get divorced?
FILMS (MOVIES) AND TELEVISION
- How many hours of television do you usually watch each week?
- What do you usually watch on television?
- What are the most popular shows in your country?
- Why do you think certain TV shows are so popular?
- What are the advantages of television?
- What are the disadvantages of television?
- Do you enjoy watching films (movies)?
- What’s your favourite film? Why?
- Who are your favourite actors?
- Do you enjoy shopping? Why / Why not?
- Do you like shopping on the Internet? Why /Why not?
- Do you have any favourite stores?
- What don’t you like about shopping?
- Which is the most popular place to shop in your hometown?
- What type of clothes do you like to wear?
- What kind of clothes do people in your country usually wear?
- How important is fashion to you?
- What kind of clothes do you dislike?
- Do you think people behave differently in different kinds of clothes?
- What kind of clothes do people wear to work in your country?
- Are clothes expensive in your country?
- Do you like sports?
- Do you prefer watching or participating in sports?
- Which sports are most popular in your country?
- What’s your favourite sport/
- When did you first become interested in sports?
- How often do you watch / participate in sports?
- What equipment do you need for your favourite sport?
- What are some of your favourite foods?
- What foods are popular in your country?
- What are some of the famous dishes of your country?
- What is your favourite meal of the day?
- Do you enjoy cooking?
- What’s the most important festival in your country?
- How do people celebrate this festival?
- What special food is associated with this festival?
- What special activities are associated with this festival?
- What do you enjoy most about this festival?
- Do you think festivals are important for a society?
- Do you like going out or staying at home?
- What do you like to do when you go out?
- How often do you go out?
- Do people in your country go our a lot?
- How and where do people in your country usually socialise?
- What kind of entertainment is popular in your country?
- Do you have a favourite colour?
- What are your country’s colours?
- Are there any lucky colours in your culture?
- Do you think colours affect our moods?
- Can you learn anything about a person from the colours he / she likes?
- Do you like the same colours now as you did when you were a child?
So, practise some of these topics with your speaking partner. No-one ever knows what questions they will be asked in the IELTS interview but practising speaking about everyday topics will prepare you well for when you are asked about everyday topics in the IELTS Speaking Test.
Here’s to the best IELTS score possible!