IELTS Speaking Test Questions and Topics

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Are you planning to take IELTS? Most students appearing for the IELTS exam are mostly anxious about the IELTS speaking section. Since the IELTS speaking test questions and topics are designed to analyse your English proficiency, you can express your opinions and views on your day-to-day activities. However, to determine your score, your responses must be coherent, accurate in grammar, and involve good use of vocabulary.

 

This blog contains details of the IELTS speaking test questions and topics, tips, and sample questions.

 

IELTS Speaking Test Sample Questions and Topics

 The IELTS speaking test questions and topics are structured like conversations because it is a face-to-face interview with the examiner. They provide you with a topic, and you must answer it naturally.

 

The IELTS speaking test questions and topics are divided into three parts, and the interview round takes about 11-14 minutes. Part 1 of the IELTS speaking test has general introductory questions. In part 2, we have to speak on a familiar topic for 2 minutes, and in part 3, the interviewer asks different questions related to part 2’s topic.

Speaking

Details

Time Duration

11-14 Minutes

Total Questions

3 Parts

Part 1

Introduction and Interview (4-5 mins)

Part 2

Long Turn – Asked to speak at length on a given topic (3-4 mins)

Part 3

Discussion on a familiar topic (4-5 mins)

Also, Read: IELTS Exam Dates in India 2024 

 

IELTS Speaking Test Topics- Part 1

The IELTS speaking test questions in part 1 revolve around you, your life and your country. The IELTS speaking test lasts 4-5 minutes, during which the examiner can ask you approximately 12 questions. The examples given below are IELTS speaking test questions and topics for part 1:

 

General Topics:

The topics mentioned below are generic, so you should practice them regularly. The questions may vary, but the topics remain the same.

 

Accommodation

  • Let’s move on to talk about accommodation. Tell me about the kind of accommodation you live in.

  • Do you live in a house or a flat?

  • Is it a big place?

  • Does the place you live in have many amenities?

  • What do you like about living there?

  • Is there anything you would like to change about the place you live in?

  • How long have you lived there?

  • Do you plan to live there for a long time?

  • Is there a garden in the place you live in?

 

Advertisements

  • Do you like watching advertisements?

  • Will you buy something because of an advertisement?

  • How do you feel when you see pop-up ads on the internet?

  • Do you like funny or serious advertisements?

  • What makes a good advertisement?

 

Art & Photography

  • Do you like art?

  • Do you think art classes are necessary?

  • How do you think art classes affect children’s development?

  • What benefits can you get from painting as a hobby?

  • Do you like to take photographs?

  • Do you prefer to take photos yourself or to have other people take photos?

  • How often do you take photographs?

  • Do you prefer to take pictures of people or of scenery?

  • Do you prefer to take photos with a phone or with a camera?

  • Do you take many photographs when you travel?

  • Do you like looking at photographs of yourself?

  • Have you put any photographs you have taken on the walls of your house?

 

Birthdays

  • What did you usually do on your birthday when you were a child?

  • How do you normally celebrate your birthday now?

  • Is your birthday now still as important to you as when you were a child?

  • Do you think it’s important to give someone a card when it’s their birthday?

  • Do you think the price of gifts/presents is important?

 

Books

  • Do you like reading books? Why?

  • How often do you read?

  • Do you have many books at home?

  • Do you prefer to buy books or borrow them?

  • What are the benefits of reading?

  • What book would you take on a long journey?

  • How easy is it for you to read books in English?

  • Have you given up reading a book recently?

  • What kind of people like reading and what kind of people don’t like reading very much?

  • What kinds of books do you like to read?

  • What is the best book you’ve ever read?

  • Is reading books a popular activity in your country?

  • Do you think that electronic books/e-readers are better than real books?

 

Celebrity

  • Who is your favourite celebrity?

  • Do you like any foreign celebrities?

  • Would you want to be a celebrity in the future?

  • Do you think we should protect famous people’s privacy?

  • How do celebrities influence their fans in your country?

 

Clothes, Fashion & Photos

  • What is your favourite item of clothing?

  • Are there any traditional clothes in your country?

  • Where do you usually purchase your clothes?

  • Have you ever bought clothes online?

  • Were you interested in fashion when you were a child?

  • Is fashion important to you now?

  • What types of clothes are fashionable for young people in your country these days?

  • Does fashion change for people as they get older?

  • Who do you usually take photos of?

  • How do you keep your photos?

  • Do you keep your photographs on your computer?

  • Have you framed any of your photos?

  • Do you prefer to send postcards to people or to send photos that you took yourself?

  • Are there any photos on the walls of your home?

 

Colours

  • What colours do you like?

  • What’s the most popular colour in your country?

  • Do you like to wear dark or bright colours?

  • What’s the difference between men's and women’s preference for colours?

  • Do colours affect your mood?

 

Country

  • What is your country famous for?

  • Where do you live in your country?

  • Is it an interesting place to live?

  • Are you planning to live there in the future?

 

Daily Routine

  • Tell me about your daily routine.

  • Has your daily routine changed since you were a child?

  • Is your daily routine different at the weekend to during the week?

  • What would you like to change about your daily routine?

  • Do you think it’s important to have a daily routine?

 

Dictionaries

  • Do you ever use a dictionary?

  • Do you prefer paper or electronic dictionaries?

  • Are dictionaries used a lot in schools in your country?

  • Do you think dictionaries are useful for learning a language?

 

Dreams

  • Do you dream much at night?

  • Do you often remember your dreams?

  • Do you think we can learn anything from dreams? 

  • Do people in your country talk about their dreams? 

  • Do you think that dreams can come true?

 

Exercise

  • Do you do much exercise?

  • Do you do more exercise now than when you were a child?

  • Do people in your country do a lot of exercise?

  • What do you think is the best exercise to keep fit?

  • Have the types of exercise people like to do changed since you were a child?

 

Family & Housework

  • How many people are there in your immediate family?

  • Who do you get on best within your family?

  • Do you have a large extended family?

  • What do you do together with your family?

  • Why is family important to you?

  • Do you do housework at home?

  • Do you have a large family or a small family?

  • Can you tell me something about your family members?

  • How much time do you manage to spend with members of your family?

  • Do you get on well with your family? Why?

 

Friends

  • Do you have a lot of friends?

  • Who is your best friend, and why?

  • Who would you most like to be friends with and why?

  • What kind of person can you make friends with easily?

  • Which is more important to you, friends or family?

 

Food

  • Do you enjoy cooking? 

  • What type of things can you cook?

  • What kinds of food are popular in your country?

  • Is it an important part of your culture to have dinner parties? 

  • Do you prefer to eat with other people or on your own? 

  • Do you have a healthy diet?

  • Do you prefer eating at home or eating out?

  • Do you like ordering food to be delivered?

  • Who do you get food delivered with?

  • Do you eat meals differently now compared to when you were little?

 

Gift & Noise

  • Do you think there’s too much noise in modern society?

  • Are cities becoming noisier?

  • When do you send gifts?

  • When was the last time you received a gift?

  • Have you received a gift you didn’t like?

  • How do you feel when you receive a gift?

  • Do people in your country send gifts to show their generosity?

 

Home

  • Who do you live with?

  • What is your favourite room in your home?

  • How is your home decorated?

  • Do you like visitors coming to your home?

 

Hometown

  • Where is your hometown?

  • What do you like about it?

  • What do you not like about it?

  • Is there any way your hometown could be made better?

  • Do you think you will continue to live in your hometown?

  • How often do you visit your hometown

  • How many people live in your hometown?

  • What kind of jobs do the people in your hometown do?

  • What is your hometown famous for?

  • What’s the oldest part of your hometown?

 

Humour

  • What type of programmes do you find funny on TV?

  • Which types of programmes are most popular in your country?

  • What kind of things make you laugh? 

  • Do you like to make people laugh? 

  • Do you like indoor activities?

  • What indoor activities do you like?

  • How much time do you spend indoors every week?

  • What types of indoor activities are popular in your country?

 

Internet

  • Do you use the Internet more for work or in your free time?

  • What are your favourite websites?

  • Do you think you use the Internet too much?

  • How will the Internet develop in the future?

  • What are the positive and negative things about the Internet?

 

Lifestyle

  • What do you do in your free time?

  • Do you have a busy social life?

  • Do you lead an active life?

  • Has your life changed much in the last year?

  • What would you like to change about your lifestyle?

  • What type of activities do you like to do in your free time?

  • How long have you been interested in these activities?

  • Do you like to do these activities alone or with other people? (Why)?

  • Do you think people have enough free time?

 

Mobile Phones

  • Do you have a mobile phone?

  • At what age did you first get a mobile?

  • What do you most use it for?

  • Is it a nuisance if people use mobiles in public places such as trains and buses?

 

Movies

  • How often do you go to the cinema?

  • Are cinema tickets expensive in your country?

  • What are the advantages of seeing a film at the cinema?

  • Do you usually watch films alone or with others?

  • Which actor would you like to play you in a film?

 

Music

  • How do you listen to music?

  • When do you listen to music?

  • What’s your favourite kind of music?

  • Is music an important subject at school in your country?

  • What kinds of music are (most) popular in your country?

  • Do you like to listen to live music?

  • Is live music popular in your country?

  • Have you ever been to a concert before? Or Have you ever been to a musical performance?

  • How much time do you spend listening to music every day?

  • Are your music tastes varied?

  • What is your favourite song?

 

Neighbours

  • Do you know the people who live next door to you?

  • How often do you see each other?

  • What kind of relationship do you have?

  • How can neighbours be helpful?

  • What kind of problems can people have with their neighbours in a big city?

 

Newspaper and Magazine

  • Which do you prefer reading, newspapers or magazines? 

  • What type of stories do you like to read about? 

  • Do you think reading a magazine or a newspaper can help you learn a language?

  • Why do you think some people prefer magazines to newspapers?

  • Do you often read newspapers?

  • Do you prefer to read local news or international news?

  • Which is more popular where you live, newspapers or magazines?

  • Do many people today read newspapers?

  • In the future, do you think more people will read magazines than today or fewer people?

  • Do you think newspapers will be very important to you in the future?

 

Outdoor Activities

  • Do you like outdoor activities?

  • What outdoor sports do you like?

  • How much time do you spend outdoors every week?

  • What types of outdoor activities are popular in your country?

 

Public Transport

  • What kinds of public transport do you have in your country?

  • What kinds of public transport do most people use?

  • What is your favourite type of public transport?

  • What do you do when you are travelling on public transport?

  • How could public transport in your country be improved?

 

Seasons

  • What is your favourite season? 

  • Tell me about the different seasons in your country.

  • How do the clothes people wear in your country change with the seasons?

  • Do any types of jobs people do in your country change with the seasons?

  • Is tourism popular in your country in a particular season?

  • What season (or weather) do you think is most suitable for work and/or study?

 

Sports

  • Do you play any sports?

  • Do you watch sports on TV?

  • What is the most popular sport in your country?

  • How do people in your country stay fit?

  • Is it important for children to play sports?

  • Is there a lot of sports on television in your country?

  • What sports do children normally do at school?

  • Do you think people do enough sport these days?

 

Timing

  • Is being late acceptable in your culture? 

  • Are you ever late for appointments? 

  • What type of excuses do you think are alright for lateness?

  • How do you feel when someone is late for an appointment with you?

 

Travel

  • Where was the last place you visited on holiday?

  • Would you like to go back there again?

  • What kind of tourist destinations do you usually prefer?

  • Has a foreign visitor ever stayed at your home?

  • What’s the best way to save money while travelling?

 

TV

  • Do you like watching TV?

  • How often do you watch TV?

  • What kind of TV programmes do you like to watch?

  • What is your favourite TV show now?

  • What was your favourite show when you were a child?

  • What are the most popular TV shows in your country?

  • Do you think television is useful for education in schools?

 

Volunteer Works

  • Have you ever worked before?

  • What was your first day at work like?

  • Have you participated in any volunteer work?

  • Why did you do the volunteer work?

  • Do you know any volunteers?

  • How do you define volunteer work?

 

Weather

  • What’s your favourite kind of weather?

  • Is there any type of weather you really don’t like?

  • What is the climate like in your country?

  • Do you (usually) pay attention to weather forecasts?

  • Has the weather changed much in your country in recent years?

  • What’s the weather usually like in your country (or your hometown)?

  • How is the weather here different from the weather in your home country?

  • Would you say the weather in your hometown is suitable for working (or studying)?

  • Would you like to move to a place with different weather?

  • Does the weather affect the way that you feel?

  • Do people like the weather in your country?

  • Do the kinds of outside activities people do in your country change when the weather changes?

 

Work

  • Do you have a job right now?

  • Do you enjoy your job?

  • What responsibilities do you have at work?

  • What is your typical day like at work?

  • What would you change about your job?

  • What job do you think you will be doing in five years?

  • What skills and qualifications are required for this job?

  • Do you get on well with your co-workers?

  • Are there good work opportunities in your home country?

 

Writing

  • Do you enjoy writing?

  • Did you write a lot when you were a child?

  • Do you ever write letters?

  • Do you prefer writing letters or sending emails?

 

Also, Read: IELTS Speaking Test Tips

 

IELTS Speaking Test Topics- Part 2

 The IELTS speaking test questions in part 2 are a 3-4 minute round in a face-to-face interview. So, in this round, the interviewer will give you a topic, and you have to speak on it. Also, you get 1 minute to think and collect your thoughts about a specific topic.

 

You can dive directly into speaking straight for 2-3 minutes or until your examiner interrupts. The topic may be random or something significant related to your life. The IELTS speaking test questions and topics may be like:

 

Advertisements

Describe an advertisement that motivated you to purchase a product. You should say:

  • What advertisement was it

  • Was it shown on TV, radio or newspaper

  • What was good about that advertisement

 

A Challenging Thing You Did

Describe a challenging thing you have done. You should say:

  • when you did it

  • why you did it

  • how you handled this challenge

and describe why you thought it was challenging.

 

A Person You Know

Describe an old person that you know. You should say:

  • What is your relationship with this person

  • How often do you see them

  • What do people think about this person

Explain why you like them.

 

Describe a child that you know and like a lot. 

You should say:

  • Who the child is

  • How do you know them

  • What do they enjoy doing

Explain why you like them a lot.

 

Describe someone who has had an important influence on your life. 

You should say:

  • Who the person is

  • How long you have known him/her

  • What qualities does this person have

Explain why they have had such an influence on you.

 

Describe a person that you think is very interesting. 

You should say:

  • Who is this person 

  • How you met them

  • What they like to talk about

Explain why this person is very interesting.

 

Describe a (very) intelligent person you know. 

You should say:

  • who is this person 

  • when and where you (first) met them (him or her)

  • what this person does in life (e.g., work/ study)

and explain why you think this person is intelligent.

 

Describe your favourite teacher from school.

 You should say:

  • What school did he/she teach at

  • What he/she looked like 

  • What subject he/she taught you

Explain why you remember this teacher so well.

 

Describe a person you know who loves to grow plants (vegetables, fruits, flowers). 

Please tell:

  • who is this person 

  • what they grow

  • where they grow them

explain why they enjoy growing plants

 

Describe a present or gift you have given someone.

You should say:

  • Who did you give it to

  • What kind of present it was

  • How does it compare to other presents you have given

Explain why you decided to give this particular gift.

 

Describe a present or gift someone gave you that you really liked. 

You should say:

  • What kind of present it was

  • Who gave it to you

  • Why were you given it

Explain why you liked it.

 

Describe a person who taught you something important. 

You should say:

  • who this person was

  • what they taught you

  • how they taught it to you

and explain why you think what they taught is important.

 

Animal

Describe an interesting animal you have seen. You should say:

  • What animal was it

  • When and Where you saw it

  • And explain how you feel about this animal

and explain why you think this animal is interesting.

 

Art

Talk about a painting you would like to have in your home. You should say:

  • what is it

  • how do you know about it

  • how much it would cost you

and explain why you want to have it in your home.

 

Books

Talk about a book you are reading now or have read recently. You should say: 

  • How and why you got it

  • How long it took you to read it, or how long you have been reading it

  • What kind of book is it

And say if you would like to read something else similar or not, and why

 

Talk about a book you have never read but would like to read. You should mention:

  • How well-known it is

  • Why you would like to read it

  • Why you have never read it before

And say how you think it will compare to other books you have read

 

Talk about a book or novel you recently read. Please tell me:

  • Who wrote this

  • What is it about

  • Explain if you enjoyed reading it 

And why do you think you will read the book again or not? 

 

Buildings

Describe a building that you particularly like. You should say:

  • Where the building is

  • What it looks like

  • What you can do there

Explain why you like this building.

 

Business

Describe a small business you want to start. You should say:

  • what business it would be

  • when you want to start it

  • why you have not started it yet

and explain why you want to start this business.

 

Describe a successful small business that you know about. You should say:

  • what business/company is it

  • what this business does

  • how do you know about this business

and explain why you think this business/company is successful.

 

Change

Describe a positive change in your life. You should say:

  • what the change was about

  • when it happened

  • describe details of the change that happened

and describe how it affected you later in life.

 

Clothes

Describe your favourite piece of clothing. You should say:

  • Where you got it

  • Do you often wear it

  • When you wear it

And explain why it is your favourite piece of clothing.

 

Describe a uniform you have worn (such as a school or company uniform). You should say:

  • what it looked like

  • when and where do you need to wear this uniform

  • who paid for this uniform

and explain how you felt about that uniform.

 

City

Describe your favourite city or a city you have visited that you like very much. You should say:

  • What is its name, and where is it

  • when you visited it.

  • why you like it

And the major attractions in this city are

 

Company

Describe an organisation or a company that you know. Please say

  • How big is it?

  • Do you find this company to be successful? Why?

  • What can you say about the working environment there?

And if you would like to work there. 

 

Daily Routine

Describe your favourite part of the day. You should say:

  • What time of day is this 

  • What you like to do at this time

  • Who you are usually with

Explain why this is your favourite part of the day.

 

Electronic Devices

Describe a useful electronic device you would like to own. You should say:

  • what it is

  • how it would help your life

  • if it would be expensive to buy

and explain why you would like it.

 

Describe a piece of electronic equipment that you have. You should say:

  • what it is

  • what you used it for

  • how long you have used it

and describe why it is important to you

 

Describe a piece of electronic equipment that you find useful. You should say:

  • what it is

  • how you learned to use it

  • how long you have had it

and explain why you find this piece of electronic equipment useful.

 

Entertainment

Describe a comedian that you think is very funny. You should say:

  • Who the comedian is

  • Where they usually perform

  • Who likes to see the comedian

Explain why you think this comedian is very funny.

 

Describe a TV show that you enjoy. You should say:

  • What type of show is it

  • How often is it on 

  • How popular it is with other people in your country

Explain why you like it.

 

Describe a performance you enjoyed watching. You should say:

  • what the performance was

  • when and where you watched the performance

  • who was performing (or who performed)

and explain why you enjoyed the performance.

 

Environment

Describe an environmental problem or event. You should say:

  • What it is

  • Where is it happening

  • What problems it causes

And what do you think will happen in the future regarding this event?

 

Exercise

Describe a type of exercise that you like to do. You should say:

  • What the exercise is

  • When you do it 

  • Where you do it

Explain why you like this particular exercise.

 

Exciting Experience

Describe an exciting experience you’ve had. You should say:

  • when it was

  • where you were

  • what it was

And explain what made this experience especially exciting.

 

Family

Talk about the last time your whole family got together. You should mention:

  • Where you met

  • What did you together

  • How long have you spent together

And say if you would like to do the same thing again soon or not, and why

 

Describe a family member that you get on well with. You should mention:

  • What is their personality like

  • What things do they like doing

  • If they have any strong dislikes,

And say why you think you have a good relationship

 

Describe one of your relatives. You should say:

  • What that person looks like

  • What that person’s character is like

  • What they are doing at the moment

And say which other relative of yours they are most similar to

 

Describe a family member you spend a lot of time with. You should say:

  • who is this person 

  • what do you usually do together

  • what kind of person he/she is

and explain why you spend the most time with him/her.

 

Food

Describe a famous food from your hometown or country. You should say:

  • What it looks like

  • What it tastes like

  • When and how is it usually eaten

And say why you think it is famous

 

Describe a meal that you had that you remember well. You should say:

  • Where the meal was

  • Why you had the meal

  • Who you went with 

Explain why you remember this particular occasion.

 

Describe a meal that you ate out. You should say:

  • Where you went

  • What you ate

  • Who you went with 

Explain why you remember this meal.

 

Friends

Describe a friend who has played an important part in your life. You should say:  

  • How you met this person

  • How long you have known him or her

  • The kind of things you do or have done together

And explain why this person has been important in your life

 

Describe a friend you had in primary school. You should say:

  • What that person was like

  • How long you were friends for

  • What things you did together

And say whether you are still in contact with that person or not and why

 

Health

Describe your (or your friend’s) experience with an illness or injury. You should say:

  • What it was

  • When it happened

  • How you (or your friend) handled it

and say how you feel about it now.

 

Describe something healthy you enjoy doing. You should say:

  • What you do

  • Where you do it

  • Who do you do it with

and explain why you think doing this is healthy.

 

Describe an article you read in a magazine or on the Internet that could help people improve their health. You should say:

  • when you read it

  • where you read it

  • what it was about

and explain why (you think) it could improve people’s health.

 

Help

Describe a time when you helped someone. You should say:

  • When you helped

  • How you helped

  • How you felt after helping

And if you will help them in the future. 

 

History

Describe a historical place that you have visited. You should say:

  • what kind of place it is

  • where it is located

  • what is the historical significance of the place is

and describe your experience of the place.

 

Hobbies

Talk about a leisure activity you did when you were a child. You should say:

  • How you first became interested in it

  • How long you did it, or have been doing it for

  • Why you enjoyed doing it

And say if you have become more or less interested in that hobby since you were a child, and why.

 

Holiday

Talk about an activity you like doing when you are on holiday. You should say:

  • Where do you usually do it

  • Who do you do it with

  • Why do you enjoy it

And say whether you also enjoyed doing that when you were a child or not, and why

 

Talk about somewhere you went on holiday. You should say:

  • How you got there

  • What activities you did there

  • Who you went with

And say if you would recommend that holiday to a friend or not, and why

 

Talk about your dream holiday. You should say:

  • Where you would like to go

  • What kind of accommodations you would like

  • What activities you would like to do

And say if you ever think you will go on a holiday like that or not, and why

 

Talk about your plans for your next long vacation. You should say:

  • Where do you want to go

  • Who do you want to go there with

  • What do you want to do when you get there

And say how likely you are to do what you have planned and why.

 

Also, Read: IELTS Band Score: How to Achieve an 8 in All Sections 

 

IELTS Speaking Test Topics- Part 3

 Part 3 of the speaking section is more like a debate between you and the examiner. It lasts for about 4-5 minutes. In this section, the interviewer may question you about part 2. Moreover, IELTS speaking test questions and topics let you share your ideas and opinions. Further, the IELTS speaking test part 3 also covers topics like shopping, marriage, food, friends, etc.

 

For example, the IELTS speaking test questions and topics may be like:

 

Family

  • Is family important in your country?

  • Who should be responsible to care for the elderly? Should it be the family or the government?

  • How has the size of the average family changed in your country in the last few decades?

  • How do you think families will change in the future?

  • Let’s move on to the roles of different family members. Should husbands and wives have different roles within the family?

  • What role do grandparents play in the family in your country?

  • What qualities does a person need to have to take care of old people?

  • Do you think old people should be taken care of at home?

  • How can people in the neighbourhood help the elderly during an epidemic?

  • Do you see this kind of help occurring in your neighbourhood?

  • Do you think teenagers must indulge in building a community for elderly?

  • What kind of jobs need physical activity?

  • Can physical workers have higher salaries in the future?

  • Do you think machines could replace manual labour in the future?

  • What’s the difference between payment for physical work and payment for mental work? 

  • Are men better at decision-making in a family?

  • How do you see leadership qualities now and in the future?

  • Do you think that in the future, there will be more women leaders?

  • What are the benefits and drawbacks of a family of several generations living together?

  • Do both parents have equal responsibilities in taking care of their children?

 

Festival

  • What is the importance of traditional festivals?

  • What is the difference between festivals that are celebrated now and in the past?

  • Do you think festivals like Christmas are replacing traditional festivals in your country?

  • Do you think it is wrong for children not to celebrate traditional festivals?

  • Do you think teens should learn about traditions?

  • Do you think the traditions in your country are restricted, especially for women, in any sense?

 

Food

  • What are the types of food that people eat in your country?

  • What about foreign food? What kinds of foreign food are popular in your country?

  • In your country, is it important to have a meal together with your family?

  • Is food now better than in the past?

  • What kind of people would like to go to a cafe?

  • Why do young people like studying in a cafe instead of at home?

  • Do older people like to drink coffee?

  • Do Indian people like to drink coffee?

  • Does the taste of coffee vary by country?

 

Friends

  • What is the importance of friends?

  • Would you like to have a few very good friends or a lot of just friends?

  • If you had a problem, would you go to your friends or family? Why?

  • Do you think it is always better to talk to your friends about such a problem?

  • Is it important to have friends from other countries?

 

Health

  • How can people improve their health?

  • Do elderly people exercise much in your country?

  • Do you think all illnesses can be prevented?

  • Do you think that illnesses will be less common in the future?

  • Do you think healthcare should be free?

  • What makes someone a good doctor?

  • Why is it that different people want to see different magazines?

  • Are there any differences between the way old people and young people try to stay healthy?

  • Do schools in your country have any special activities to enhance the fitness of students?

  • Do you think people in the future will be doing more exercise and eating healthier than they are today?

 

Help

  • Do you like helping others?

  • Do you think people are less willing to help others these days compared to the past?

  • Do people today trust others as much as they used to in the past?

  • How do people in your community help each other?

  • Let’s move on to the topic of educating children to help people. In your view, should children be taught to help others?

  • In your opinion, how can we encourage children to help others?

  • What about students? How can students, such as high school students, help each other?

 

History

  • Do you think history is important?

  • Do you like to learn about history?

  • What do you think we can learn by studying history?

  • Do you think people can learn history from films or TV programs?

  • Do you think the internet is a good place to learn about history?

  • What is the effect of technology on how people learn about history?

 

Holiday

  • First of all, why do people go on holiday?

  • How important is it for families to go on holiday together?

  • What kind of holidays will be popular in the future?

  • Let’s move on to talk about taking holidays in a foreign country. Do you think is it better to take a holiday in your own country or in a foreign country?

  • What problems can people have on holiday in a foreign country?

 

Home

  • Why do people move to a new home?

  • What problems do people face after moving to a new place?

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of living in the same place?

  • Is it good to move to a new place frequently? Why?

  • Do you think it’s better to rent or to buy a place to live in?

  • How easy is it to find a place to live in your country?

  • What are some of the pleasures involved in making a home for ourselves?

 

Influence

  • What types of people influence the young in your country?

  • What type of people, such as parents, teachers, or friends, are best to influence young people’s behaviour?

  • Why is it important for young people to have role models?

  • What do you think young people will be influenced by the most in the future?

  • Why is it important to have role models?

  • Do you think the education system in your country influences young people’s behaviour?

  • What type of person (parents, teachers, friends etc) are best to influence young people’s behaviour?

  • What do you think young people will be most influenced by in the future?

 

Job 

  • How do you think AI (artificial intelligence) will affect people’s work?

  • What would you say are the important factors to consider when choosing a career?

  • That technology will make some people lose their jobs. How do you think this problem should be handled?

  • Would you ever move to work and live in another city?

  • Is it common in your country for people to move to other cities because of work?

  • When young people choose their jobs, which do you think is usually more important, the salary or their interest in the work?

 

Leisure activities

  • What types of leisure activities are popular in your country?

  • Why is it important for people to have time for leisure activities?

  • Why are some activities more popular than others?

  • Are the types of leisure activities that are popular today the same as those that were popular when your parents were young?

  • What types of leisure activities may become more popular in the future?

  • Do you think (watching) films have (has) any educational benefits?

  • In what ways are documentary films and films only for entertainment different?

  • Why do you think documentary films are not so popular?

  • Do you like movie stars who were treated like God?

 

Memory

  • Do you think it’s important to have a good memory?

  • Why do sometimes people forget things?

  • Which do you think is more important to remember, a business meeting or a meeting with a friend?

  • Are there any things that are especially important for people to memorise?

  • Let’s move on from memory to family history. Why do people want to remember their family history?

  • What can you do to learn more about your family history?

 

Mobile phones

  • Do you think there should be regulations on the use of mobile phones?

  • What do you think of primary school students owning a mobile phone?

  • What (minimum) age do you think is appropriate for owning a cell phone?

 

Money

  • Is money important to you?

  • What is the relationship between money and power?

  • Let’s move on to teaching children about money. How do you think parents can teach the value of money to their children?

  • Do you think it is important to teach children money skills?

  • Should we let children buy whatever they want with the money they’ve saved?

 

News

  • How do people get their news in today’s society?

  • How do you think people will get their news in the future?

  • How does modern technology affect the delivery of news?

  • Do you believe everything you read in the newspaper?

  • Let’s move on to the topic of good news. In your opinion, when do people share good news?

  • How do people share good news?

  • What is the difference between new media and old media?

  • Do you think the contents in the newspapers are reliable?

  • Do you think it’s necessary for people to watch foreign news?

  • How has social media changed how we consume news?

  • What kinds of (famous) people are usually in the news in your country?

 

Parenting

  • For parents, what is important when bringing up their children?

  • Do you think mothers and fathers have different roles to play in bringing up a child?

  • Let’s move on to the education of children. Do you think hitting children is sometimes necessary for discipline?

  • Do you think sweets are a good thing to reward children with?

  • Do you think parents spend too much on buying toys for their children?

 

Party

  • When do people usually have parties in your country?

  • What makes a good party?

  • What are the main reasons why people organise family parties in your country?

  • In some places, people spend a lot of money on parties that celebrate special family events. Is this ever true in your country? Do you think this is a good trend or a bad trend?

  • How important is it to celebrate important events with a group of people?

  • Why do some people think that national celebrations are a waste of government money? Do you agree or disagree with this view? Why?

 

Personal 

  • What decisions do people generally make in their daily lives?

  • Which is easier, making a decision by oneself or making a decision after a group discussion?

  • Why are many young people unwilling to listen to their parent’s advice?

  • Why do middle-aged people tend to second-guess their decisions?

  • Should people consider the consequences of their decisions that impact others or only think of themselves?

  • Do you think adults can have lots of imagination?

  • Do you think imagination is necessary for scientists?

  • Do children like to change opinions?

  • Why do people change their opinion?

  • Who do young people turn to for advice?

  • Do people like giving an opinion about politics?

  • Is changing opinions good for society?

  • On what occasions do people usually need to wait?

  • Who behaves better when waiting, children or adults?

  • Compared to the past, are people less patient now, why?

  • What can we learn from our mistakes? 

  • Do children make mistakes easily?

  • What should parents do if their children make mistakes?

  • What do children learn from teachers and parents?

  • How should a person be remorseful for their mistakes?

  • How do children benefit from using dictionaries?

 

Restaurants

  • Do many people eat in restaurants in your country?

  • Why do some people enjoy eating out?

  • Is it expensive to eat out in your country?

  • Let’s move on from eating in restaurants to cooking at home. Do you like to cook at home?

  • Nowadays, more and more people are unwilling to cook. Why is this happening?

  • What’s the difference between restaurant food and home-cooked food?

 

Rules

  • Why do we have rules in society?

  • Do you think it’s necessary to set up rules about overworking people?

  • What are some examples of rules that exist in many families?

  • What are some rules that exist in schools or workplaces in your country?

  • Do you think that the students themselves should have a say in what kinds of school rules there are?

 

School

  • Is higher education too expensive in your country?

  • Should all students pay for their university education?

  • Can you compare the education your parents had with the education that you received?

  • What changes do you think will happen in the classrooms of the near future?

  • Let’s move on to university education. What advantages do universities bring to society?

  • Which is more important, research or teaching?

  • What makes a good university student?

  • Do you think students should be taken to school by their parents or go by themselves? 

 

Science

  • Do you think science is important?

  • Do you think science can change our society?

  • Which area of science has been the most important in the last one hundred years?

  • Why do you think some inventions have not been successful in the marketplace?

  • Do you think it’s good that new inventions are appearing so often?

  • Do you think there will be any negative effects resulting from future technology?

 

Shopping

  • Is shopping a popular activity in your country?

  • How have shopping habits changed over recent years?

  • To what extent do you think advertising affects the way people shop?

  • Do you think shopping habits are likely to change in the future?

  • Why do some people prefer to purchase brand-name products produced abroad?

  • Is service better in large shops or in small shops?

  • What do people do when they get bad service?

 

Also, Read: Top IELTS Writing Topics 

 

IELTS Speaking Test Tips

 The IELTS has four sections, i.e., reading, writing, speaking and listening. The IELTS speaking section consists of 3 parts. Let us now give you the IELTS speaking test tips from the experts:

  • Be conversational and avoid over-rehearsing

  • Avoid adopting slang or an accent from some other country; be authentic

  • Be aware of the time duration

  • Work on your vocabulary and pronunciation

  • Try to be fluent

  • Practice, practice and practice

 

  

Conclusion

In conclusion, the IELTS speaking test questions and topics are designed to analyse your English communication skills. So, knowing what type of questions are asked in the test is essential. The speaking section consists of three parts, and each part has different IELTS speaking test questions and topics. We have provided some sample questions and tips to prepare well for the IELTS speaking test in this blog.

 

We hope you had an insightful journey about IELTS speaking test questions and topics. We encourage you to speak with our expert counsellors at Meridean Overseas Education Consultants (MOEC) if you want more information on IELTS speaking test tips. Our counsellors will provide you with guidance throughout your journey to study abroad. Visit us and get one-on-one counselling, or avail yourself of free video counselling via our website. We will be happy to help you, so please do not hesitate to contact us at application02@meridean.org or 1800-1230-00011.

 

FAQs

Q. Are the topics and questions for IELTS speaking easy?

Answer: Some people may find the format of the IELTS speaking examination challenging because it resembles an interview with the examiner. Although the IELTS speaking exam questions are typically simple, applicants still need to be self-assured and ready for the interview.

 

Q. How can I answer the IELTS Speaking Questions well?

Answer: You can follow some tips to answer the IELTS Speaking questions well. Speaking using good vocabulary and don't worry about your accent. Refrain from memorising any answers. You will be allotted some time to prepare your answers before speaking. Avoid using any big and unfamiliar words.

 

Q. How should you welcome the IELTS Speaking examiner?

Answer: You can appropriately say "good morning" or "good afternoon" to the examiner while grinning. You can only sit down once they offer you a seat. Following that, the examiner will ask you questions to start the IELTS speaking portion of the test.

 

Q. How can I answer the speaking questions on the IELTS with a band of eight?

Answer: Do not use an accent. Continue talking and answering questions until the examiner asks you to stop. Keep talking. Put your sentences in a logical and relevant order. Recognise the different scoring standards and adjust your practice accordingly.

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