IELTS Speaking Test 20

There is no standard answer for Speaking exam so please use this as a reference


Part 1:

Introduction and Interview on Familiar Topics:

Good morning/afternoon. My name is ……………. Can you tell me your full name, please? Thank you.

Can I see your identification, please? Thank you, that’s fine

Now I’d like to ask you some questions about yourself.

Let’s talk about your home town or village.
– What kind of place is it?
– What’s the most interesting part of your home area?

Let’s talk about what you do. Do you work or are you a student?
– What’s your job? Why did you choose that kind of work?
– How long have you been doing it?
– Are there things you don’t like about it? What are they?
– What subjects are you studying?
– Why did you choose those subjects? How long have you been studying them?

– Do you have a small or large family?
– How much time do you spend with them?
– What things do you do together?

– How long have you been learning English?
– Where did you learn?
– Was it easy to learn?
– What opportunities do you have to speak? Is it important?

– Where do you live?
– How long have you lived there?
– What kind of accommodation would you like?

Leisure Activities:
– What do you do at your leisure time?
– Do you have a special hobby?
– Why do you think people should have hobbies?

Daily Routine:
– I’d like to talk about your daily routine.
– Are all your days the same?
– What would you like to change?
– What is the balance of work/study?

Moving on to Food, let’s talk about food…

– What kind of food do you like?
– What are typical foods in your country?
– Is cooking a man’s or woman’s job?
– How do you like foreign food?

Part 2:

Individual Long Turn (Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card)

Now I’m going to give you a topic and I’d like you to talk about it for one or two minutes. Before you talk, you will have one minute to think about what you will say. You can make some notes. Here is a paper and pencil for you to make some notes if you wish, and here is your topic.

1. Describe something you own which is very important to you.

You should say:

-where you got it from
-how long you have had it
-what you use it for; and explain why it is important to you.

2.Describe a teacher who has influenced you.

You should say:

-where you met him/he
-what subjects he/she taught,
-why she/he was special and how they influenced you.

3. Describe a story, book, or movie that had a big impact on you.

-You should say:

-what it was about
-when you heard/read/watched it
-why you read/watch it or who told you the story and explain why it was so powerful.

4. Describe a time in your life when you helped someone else with a problem.

You should say:

-what was the problem?
-how did you help this person?
-what did you learn from this experience?

-and what advice would you give others? Would you help in the same way?

Part 3:

Two-Way Discussion

We’ve been talking about a teacher who influenced you and I’d like to discuss with you one or two more general questions related to this Development in Education

Describe developments in education in your country
Compare the experience of your parents
What changes are coming? National Education
What are your countries aims for education
What is the importance of extra-curricular activities Styles of Teaching
Describe different styles of teaching
What is your preferred method of learning?
Should learners be grouped by ability?

Sample IELTS Speaking Topics:

YOU Describe yourself.

o Describe your family?
o Do you have a large or small family?
o How much time do you spend with your family?
o What do you like to do together as a family?
o Do you get along well with your family?
o Are people in your country generally close to their families?

o What do you do?
o What are your responsibilities?
o How many hours do you work each day?
o Do you enjoy your work?
o Is there some other kind of work you would rather do?
o If you could change your job or profession, what would you do?
o Describe the process of getting a job in your country.
o Describe the company or organization you work for.
o What is your position?
o What do you like about your job?
o What do you dislike about your job?

o Describe your education.
o What kind of school did you go to as a child?
o Did you go to a co-educational school?
o What was your favourite subject as a child?
o Who was your favourite teacher?
o What is the education system like in your country?
o Do you think your country has an effective education system?

o What are you studying now?
o What is your area of specialisation?

o Describe your hometown.
o What’s special about it?
o Where is your hometown located?
o Is it easy to travel around your hometown?
o What is it known for?
o What do people in your town do?
o What are the main industries in your hometown?
o What problems face your hometown?
o What languages are spoken in your hometown?
o What are the advantages of living in your hometown?
o What are some problems faced by your hometown?
o Compare your hometown with another city.
o What are some environmental problems faced by your hometown?

o What’s the weather like in your country?
o Does the weather affect your mood?
o How do rainy days make you feel?
o What’s your favourite season of the year?
o What do you like to do when it’s hot?
o What do you usually do in the winter?
o How many seasons does your country have?

o Describe your home.
o What kind of building do you live in?
o How long have you lived there?

o Have you ever been to a wedding?
o Whose wedding was it?
o Where was it held?
o What clothes do people wear?
o Describe the wedding ceremony.
o What sort if gifts do people buy for the bridal couple?
o What kind of clothes did the bride and groom wear?

o Do you like to travel?
o What kind of places have you visited in your life?
o Which place would you really like to visit? Why?
o What’s the best place you’ve ever visited?

o Do you think computers help society?
o Do you think computers are bad for health?
o How do you think computers have changed the world?

o Do you use the Internet much during the day?
o What do you usually do on the Internet?
o What are some advantages of the Internet?
o What are some disadvantages?
o Do people in your country use the Internet a lot?
o Do you do any shopping on the Internet?

o Do you send and receive email regularly?
o Who do you usually communicate with?
o How often do you check your email?
o Do you think writing email has strengthened or weakened people’s writing skills?
o What are some disadvantages of email?

o Describe a friend.
o How long have you known each other?
o What do usually do together?
o What do you like the most about him / her?
o How often do you see each other?

o Describe a place you like to go.
o Why is this place special to you?
o When did you first visit this place?
o Where is this place located?
o What language is spoken here? Do you speak this language?

o What do you feel about smoking in public places?
o Do you think smoking should be banned in people’s homes?

o What is the attitude toward marriage in your country?
o Do most young people plan on getting married in your country?
o What are some of the advantages of marriage?
o What are some of the disadvantages?
o Is the divorce rate high in your country?
o Do you think people should be allowed to get divorced?

o Do you have any hobby?
o What are some of your hobbies?
o When did you first develop this hobby?
o What are some of the advantages of having a hobby?
o How much time do you spend on your hobby?

o Do you enjoy watching movies?
o What’s your favourite film?
o Who are your favourite actors?
o How often do you watch films?

Preparation for the speaking part 1:

Task description:
Section one of the interview / speaking test is an introduction in which the interviewer will ask you some general questions about yourself. The questions are often, but not always, based on the Form/CV that you filled out before the test. This section of the interview aims to be like a friendly conversation in which the interviewer asks questions that are not too difficult, to try to get to know you and relax you.

Sample questions:

  • Prior to the test, you will be asked to fill in a CV (Curriculum Vitae) which will ask for general information about topics such as the following:
  • Your country of origin
  • Where you learned English
  • How long you have been learning English
  • Level of education achieved
  • Interests and future plans

The first section of the test will go something like this:

  • The interviewer greets the candidate and introduces himself or herself.
  • The interviewer asks the candidate to state his or her name clearly for the cassette.
  • The interviewer asks to see the candidate’s passport and CV form.

Typical questions for this stage of the test might be:

  • It says on your CV that you are interested in …
  • Could you tell me why do you like it?
  • How often do you … ?
  • With whom? Where?
  • Why are you taking the IELTS test?
  • Is this your hometown?

If not:
Tell me about the place you come from.
Would you rather live here or there?
Tell me how the public transport system in your hometown compares with here.

If yes:
What do you like about living here?
Are there any bad points about this place?

Strategies for approaching the task:

Firstly, you should be very careful what you write on your CV as this could be the basis for the discussion in this part of the test and may influence the interviewer’s choice of topics for the second part of the test as well. Remember that one of the aims of this section is to get you talking freely so that the interviewer can assess your level of English. The interviewer wants you to talk about something you are interested in so that you will perform your best. It is for this reason that you are asked to write down some information about yourself that the interviewer can use as a basis for the questions.

One question on the CV asks you to write down your interests. Make sure that you are prepared to talk about the interests you write down here. For example, if one of your interests is scuba diving, make sure that you learn the vocabulary you need to discuss this topic in English before the test. And check the pronunciation with a native speaker of English if possible. One candidate wrote down that she was interested in the environment, though, in fact, she knew nothing about environmental issues. The interviewer, thinking that this would be a good topic to get the candidate talking freely, began to ask question after questions about the candidate’s views on various issues related to the environment. The candidate didn’t have the language to cope with the questions and also didn’t have any ideas to express about the issues. So instead of the candidate feeling relaxed from the beginning of the interview talking about a familiar topic, she felt very uncomfortable and may not have performed as well as she could as a result.
So choose carefully what you write down on the CV and prepare the language you will need to discuss these topics before the test. This does not mean that you should memorise a speech as the interviewer will immediately change the topic if s/he thinks that what you are saying is rehearsed. It would be more useful to find people with whom you can practice speaking about the topics.
You should also be prepared to use the past, present and present perfect tenses to describe your current situation. For example, ‘I have been studying English for two years since I moved to the city’.

Preparation for the speaking part 2:

Task description:

In this section, the interviewer will move onto one or more topics of general interest. You may need to speak longer (take longer turns) than in the first section and you may need to describe or explain.

Sample questions
  • It is not possible to predict what topics may be discussed at this point in the interview; however, some standard topics are:
  • Traditional or modern buildings in your country
  • Tourism and tourist sites
  • Celebrations and cultural activities
  • Family and family relationships
  • Schooling and the education system in your country
  • City and country living
  • Modern and traditional lifestyles

If the interview does not take place in your country of origin, you may be asked to compare your country’s architecture, levels of tourism, cultures etc. with those of the country you are living in.

What is being tested is your ability to:
  • Take longer turns in a conversation
  • Give information involving description and explanation

Strategies for approaching the task

Carefully consider what you know about each of the topics above. Try to think of all the questions that someone who was trying to get to know you might ask, and make sure that you have all the vocabulary you need to discuss the topics in depth. Check and practice the pronunciation of any new vocabulary. Where there are contentious issues, try to develop an opinion.

You will perform better in the IELTS interview if your speech is fluent. And you’re likely to be more fluent if you have already thought about the topic and have some ideas to express. This doesn’t mean memorising or rehearsing a speech because you can never be sure exactly what the questions will be, and also the examiner will immediately ask a different question if s/he suspects that your answer is memorized.

Preparation for the speaking part 3:

Part 3 questions would be related to the topic you talk about in your part 2 section. For instance, if your part two topic was ‘Describe someone in your family who you admire the most’. the part three questions would be related to family and relationship.

Some useful phrases to speculate about the future:

I hope to …
I’m hoping to …
I’d like to …
If possible I’d like to …
I plan to …
I’ve always dreamed of …
I assume that …
I’m assuming that …
I expect that …

Prepare for the Following Frequently Asked Questions in the IELTS Speaking Test….

Part 1
– Please come in. Why don’t you take a seat?
– First, let me have. a look at your passport. It is for security purposes.
– Good. What’s your full name?
– And you are (nationality of the candidate).
– Which part of your country do you come from?
– Describe your hometown to me.
– When choosing a place to live, what do you consider most important?
– What do you like or dislike about living in your town or city?
– What changes would make your hometown more appealing to people of your age?
– Would you prefer to live in a traditional house or in a modern apartment?
– Some people prefer to live in a small town. Others prefer to live in a big city. Which one do you prefer?
– Some people are always in a hurry to go to places and get things done. Other people prefer to take their time and live life at a lower pace. What do you prefer? Do you work at the moment?
– What are the best things about where you work?
– What do you dislike most about your work?
– Where do you come from? Tell me about your country.
– What is your general opinion about your hometown?
– What are the things of interest in that place?
– Do you live with your family?
– What do your parents do?
– Would you like to do the same job as your parents?
– Do you have a large or small family?
– Who does most of the shopping in your family?
– Do you enjoy shopping?
– Do you work at the moment?
– Have you ever had any other jobs?
– How will IELTS help you in the future?
– What are your main interests?
– What other indoor activities do you enjoy?
– How would you describe your lifestyle?
– What is life like for you in your hometown?
– Are you married?
– Are you happy with your marital life?

Part 2:

1. Describe a website you often browse.

You should say:

what is it
how long have you been using it
give details information about the website

and explain why you often browse this website.

2. Describe a museum that you have visited.

You should say:

when you visited the museum
describe the museum
how you felt after going there

and describe your experience of the visit.

3. Describe an interesting place in your hometown.

You should say:

what it is
how you can go there
what people do there

and explain why you think it is an interesting place.


Part 3

– Do you think that people and situation have changed since you were born?
– How and in what respects?
– What are some of the main industries in your country?
– How serious is unemployment in your country?
– What do you consider as the main cause?
– What role does religion have in everyday life in your country?
– Compare the media now with how it was a generation ago.
– What kind of effects do the media have on children and young people?
– Can you tell me about your childhood?
– Can you remember a toy you were given when you were a child?
– Who gave it to you? And what was the occasion?
– What did you do with the toy?
– What do you think you can learn from your toy?
– Do you think there is a difference between toys chosen by females and males?
– This is the end of your interview. Thank you and goodbye.
– What roles do men / women typically play in families in your country?
– How different is your life from the lives of your parents / grandparents?
– How have these roles changed recently?
– Entertainment is a very important part of our lives. Most people listen to the radio or watch television. How did people entertain themselves before these things came into existence?
– Do you think radio and television have had a positive effect on the world?
– Has television stopped family members from communicating with each other?
– Is there too much violence on television these days?
– Does violence on television or on video contribute to violence in society?

Thank you and good luck.

Sample IELTS Speaking Topics

o Do you enjoy shopping?
o How do you feel about shopping?
o Do you like shopping on the Internet?
o Do you have any favourite stores?
o What don’t you like about shopping?
o Which is the most popular place to shop in your hometown?

o Do you like sports?
o Do you enjoy watching sports?
o Do you enjoy participating in any sports?
o Which sports are most popular in your country?
o What’s your favourite sport/
o When did you first become interested in sports?
o How often do you participate in sports?
o What equipment do you need for your favourite sport?

o What are some of your favourite foods?
o What foods are popular in your country?
o What are some of the famous dishes of your country?
o Do you enjoy cooking?

o What’s the most important festival in your country?
o How do people celebrate this festival?
o What special food is associated with this festival?
o What special activities are associated with this festival?
o What do you enjoy most about this festival?
o Do you think festivals are important for a society?

o Do you watch television a lot?
o What do you usually watch on television?
o How many hours of television do you usually watch?
o What are the most popular shows in your country?
o What kind of shows do you like to watch?
o What are some advantages of television?
o What are some of the disadvantages of television?
o What did you last watch on television?
o Why do you think certain TV shows are so popular?

o Which places would you recommend to a visitor to your country?
o Do a lot of tourists visit your country?
o What do they usually do there?
o How has tourism changed your country?
o Is your country expensive for most tourists?
o What are some famous landmarks in your country?

o Describe your daily routine.
o What do you usually do?
o What do you do on the weekend?
o What is your typical weekday like?
o Does your life change much from week to week?
o Do you have any free time during the week?

o Describe your daily routine.
o What do you usually do?
o What do you do on the weekend?
o What is you typical weekday like?
o Does your life change much from week to week?
o Do you have any free time during the week?

o What type of clothes do you like to wear?
o What kind of clothes do people in your country usually wear?
o How important is fashion to you?
o What kind of clothes do you dislike?
o Do you think people behave differently in different kinds of clothes?
o What kind of clothes do people wear to work in your country?
o Are clothes expensive in your country?

o Do you like going out or staying at home?
o What do you like to do when you go out?
o How often do you go out?
o Do people in your country go out a lot?
o How and where do people in your country usually socialise?
o What kind of entertainment is popular in your country?

o Do you enjoy playing any games?
o What kind of games do you play?
o Do you think adults should play games?
o What do children learn from games?
o What kind of games did you play when you were a child?
o What games are popular in your country today?
o What kind of games were popular when you were young?
o Do you think mental games like chess are good for you?

o Do you have a favourite colour?
o What are your country’s colours?
o Do you think colours affect our moods?
o Can you learn anything about a person from the colours he / she likes?
o Do you like the same colours now as you did when you were a child?

o Do you like music?
o What kind of music do you like?
o When do you usually listen to music?
o What kind of music did you like when you were younger?
o What kind of music is popular in your country?
o Do you play any musical instruments?
o Do you wish you could play any musical instruments?
o Which is your favourite instrument?

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