Speaking Test - Part 1
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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.
It is customary that the examiner will ask your name first. He/she then will ask you to show your identity (passport in this case) and want to know what you do, where are you from and some basic conversation-starter questions.
Some such common questions are given below:
Q. Good morning. My name is Katherin Hingis. Could I have your name, please?
Q. And your candidate number?
Q. Can I see your ID?
Q. Well, great. Where are you from?
Q. What do you do?
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
Neighbours & Neighbourhood
Links to all Speaking Test - Part 1 questions
Topic - Friends:
Q. Do you have many friends? [Why/Why not?]
A. I have more than 10 friends and I am not sure if I should say this is many! However, I had more than 30 friends in my school days. With the passage of the time, the number plummeted. If I count my Facebook friends as real friends, the number would go high!
Q. How often do you go out with friends? [Why/Why not?]
A. I meet my friends almost twice a week. I love to spend my weekends with them and sometimes I visit different places, watch movies and discuss different topics with them. I do not go out with all of my friends. I mostly hang out with 2-3 close buddies and go out with them almost 3-4 times a month.
Q. Tell me about your best friend at school.
A. My best friend in school was John and he was a great friend. He was tall and brave. He taught me how to show courage when we are in trouble. He has a great impact on my life. Though he lives in Australia now, we regularly communicate via Skype. I specifically liked him because he was more like a brother than a friend to me.
Q. How friendly are you with your neighbours? [Why/Why not?]
A. I must say I am quite lucky to have good neighbours who are always supportive and well-behaved. I am quite close to them. We have been living in our neighbourhood for more than a decade and our neighbours have become our close relatives. We have mutual understanding and an invisible bond that ties us together as good neighbours. I respect their opinion, privacy and try to step forward whenever they need me.
Q. Which is more important to you, friends or family? [Why?]
A. To be honest, family comes first. However, there are some friends who become our family members. The bond between family members is often stronger but this does not mean that we do not have friends who are less important in our life. Being with the family makes us who we really are and friends make our life worth living.
Topic - Names:
Q. Did your parents choose your name(s)?
A. Yes, my parents selected my name. When I was born, my parents wanted me to have a great name, at least to them. I have heard from my mother than my father brought a baby-name-book even before I was born. So the credit of my name solely goes to them.
Q. How did your parents choose your name(s)?
A. I learned that they were inspired by a name they found in the book and they took the surname from my grandfather. Thus they combined the name and selected it for me. However, this was the final step they went through to pick my name. As far as I know, they had to choose from hundreds of names, spend considerable hours to finally become satisfied with the name.
Q. Does your name have any special meaning?
A. My name is very special to me as it is to my parents. The first part of my name, Clyde, came from the name of a river, more specifically it is a Scottish river. The river was close to the location where I was born and I believe my parents wanted me to be as big as a river! The second part of my name, which is Entriken' is a family name of a famous ancient dynasty from Great Britain.
Q. Is your name common or unusual in your country?
A. Statistically speaking, this is not a very common name. However, from my experience, I can tell that I have personally met at least 10 others with the same name but with a different family name.
Q. If you could change your name, would you? [Why/Why not?]
A. My name is very special to me and I would never change it. For anyone, his/her name is quite unique and significantly important. I might take an alias someday if I need to ghost-write some articles, but changing my real name to something for the sake of modernism or style, is something I will never accept.
Topic - Food and cooking:
Q. What sorts of food do you like eating most? [Why?]
A. I prefer homemade food and a fan of my mother's recipe. She is an amazing cook and I always enjoy her cooking. Whenever we go to a restaurant, we like to order Chinese menus.
Apart from that, I like buttered popcorn, pizza, Indian Masala dosa, Mexican Tacos, doughnuts and sandwich - a mixture of many foreign food items actually.
Q. Who normally does the cooking in your home?
A. My mother does the cooking in our house and as I have said, she is a magnificent cook. I often compliment her and inspire her to start a restaurant in the city and she always laughs hearing this. Sometimes, my elder sister Emma assists my mother in the kitchen. I, on the contrary, in charge of the grocery and daily shopping.
Q. Do you watch cookery programmes on TV? [Why/Why not?]
A. Not much, I would say. I am not a big fan of TV programmes and mostly watch movies on my laptop. Once in a while, I watch programmes related to travel and cooking and 'Hell's Kitchen', 'Iron Chef' and 30 'Minute Meals' are my favourite.
Q. In general, do you prefer eating out or eating at home? [Why?]
A. I like to eat at home. Homemade food has better food value and offers a wide range of choices. It is more hygienic and less expensive.
However, we like to eat at a restaurant whenever we have special occasions to celebrate. As dining out in a restaurant offers my mom a plenty of time to socialise rather than getting stuck in the kitchen, my father and I often insists her to go to an eatery on occasions like wedding anniversaries and birthdays.
Topic - Photographs:
Q. What type of photos do you like taking? [Why/Why not?]
A. I often experiment with my camera and mobile phone camera and that's why I like to take a wide range of photos that include nature, people, gift items, sky, river, flower and so on.
However, I am inclined to take photos of people. Some of the best photos that I took were taken at unknown places where people posed for my camera. Their genuine smile, sad expression and sometimes bewilderment make the photograph worth cherishing.
Q. What do you do with photos you take?
A. After I take around 20-30 photographs in my camera or my mobile phone, I connect it to my laptop and sort out the best clicks. Then I name those phones according to the theme and prepare those to upload to my Flickr account. Flickr is a great photo storing and sharing website owned by Yahoo! and it offers a enormous storage space. Sometimes, I share a few pictures with my friends on Facebook and Instagram. I usually print a photo if I want to gift it to someone or frame it.
Q. When you visit other places, do you take photos or buy postcards? [Why/Why not?]
A. I used to buy postcards whenever I visited a new place with my parents in my childhood. Perhaps I did so to bring souvenirs of the places I had been to.
But with the increasing use of the smartphone and cameras, we can now take our own picture and video and frame it to our digital storage. In this age of technological advancement, we are more inclined to take picture and video and then share those with friends and family rather than purchasing souvenirs, especially postcards.
Q. Do you like people taking photos of you? [Why/Why not?]
A. If someone asks me firsts and I feel like being captured in a photo, I do not mind. Otherwise, I do not prefer to be in a photograph, especially with less known or unknown people.
I think this is a personal choice and I am not the type of person who likes taking selfie or self-photograph now and then.
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?]
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