Speaking Test - Part 1

IELTS Speaking Test has three parts part 1, part 2 and part 3.

In part 1 of the Speaking test, the examiner will ask 4-6 general questions on familiar topics. It is expected that the examiner will introduce him/herself first and ask your name and then ask you to confirm your identity.

The questions in this part include familiar topics such as home, family, work, studies and interests. Part 1 of the test will last 4-5 minutes.

Some of the common topics and question that you can expect to encounter in your speaking test part 1 are given below for your preparation for the test. Answers to these questions vary from candidate to candidate and you are advised to think about possible answers to all these questions.

Following is a list of possible topics that you should be ready to talk about in speaking part 1.

Hometown/ Living place
Home/ Accommodation
Daily routine
Daily activities
Going Out
Leisure time
Neighbours & Neighbourhood


Topic - Friends:
Q.  How often do you go out with friends? [Why/Why not?]
Q.  Tell me about your best friend at school.
Q.  How friendly are you with your neighbours? [Why/Why not?]
Q.  Which is more important to you, friends or family? [Why?]

Topic - Names:
Q.  How did your parents choose your name(s)?
Q.  Does your name have any special meaning?
Q.  Is your name common or unusual in your country?
Q.  If you could change your name, would you? [Why/Why not?]

Topic - Food and cooking:
Q.  What sorts of food do you like eating most? [Why?]
Q.  Who normally does the cooking in your home?
Q.  Do you watch cookery programmes on TV? [Why/Why not?]
Q.  In general, do you prefer eating out or eating at home? [Why?]

Topic - Photographs:
Q.  What type of photos do you like taking? [Why/Why not?]
Q.  What do you do with photos you take?
Q.  When you visit other places, do you take photos or buy postcards? [Why/Why not?]
Q.  Do you like people taking photos of you? [Why/Why not?]

Topic- Bicycles:
Q.  How popular are bicycles in your hometown? [Why?]
Q.  How often do you ride a bicycle? [Why/Why not?]
Q.  Do you think that bicycles are suitable for all ages? [Why/Why not?]
Q.  What are the advantages of a bicycle compared to a car? [Why?]

Topic - Giving gifts:
Q.  When do people give gifts or presents in your country?
Q.  Do you ever take a gift when you visit someone in their home? [Why/Why not?]
Q.  When did you last receive a gift? [What was it?]
Q.  Do you enjoy looking for gifts for people? [Why/Why not?]

Topic - Games:
Q.  What games are popular in your country? [Why?]
Q.  Do you play any games? [Why/Why not?]
Q.  How do people learn to play games in your country?
Q.  Do you think it’s important for people to play games? [Why/Why not?]

Topic - Telephoning:
Q.  How often do you make telephone calls? [Why/Why not?]
Q.  Who do you spend the most time talking to on the telephone? [Why?]
Q.  When do you think you’ll next make a telephone call? [Why?]
Q.  Do you sometimes prefer to send a text message instead of telephoning? [Why/Why not?]

Topic - Friends:
Q.  Do you prefer to have one particular friend or a group of friends? [Why?]
Q.  What do you like doing most with your friend/s?
Q.  Do you think it’s important to keep in contact with friends you knew as a child? [Why/Why not?]
Q.  What makes a friend into a good friend?

Topic - Musical instruments:
Q.  Which instrument do you like listening to most? [Why?]
Q.  Have you ever learned to play a musical instrument? [Which one?]
Q.  Do you think children should learn to play a musical instrument at school? [Why/Why not?]
Q.  How easy would it be to learn to play an instrument without a teacher? [Why?]

Topic - Living place:
Q. What kind of place is it?
Q. What’s the most interesting part of your town/village?
Q. What kind of jobs do the people in your town/village do?
Q. Would you say it’s a good place to live? (why?)

Topic - Accommodation:
Q. Tell me about the kind of accommodation you live in?
Q. How long have you lived there?
Q. What do you like about living there?
Q. What sort of accommodation would you most like to live in?

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