IELTS Speaking Sample Questions

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IELTS Speaking Sample Questions:

The IELTS Speaking test lasts for 11-14 minutes. This test assesses your usage of the English language. The speaking test consists of 3 parts; each part lasting for 4 minutes. In this test, you will have a face-to-face discussion with your examiner. The format of the speaking test requires you to discuss a variety of topics with the examiner. The questions for your speaking test are all about your everyday activities and a range of familiar topics like sports, traveling, work, studies, etc.

The speaking test tests your English language speaking skills. You have to answer the questions spontaneously without any pauses. Maintain confidence while speaking on any given topic. It is a good idea to read a lot of different IELTS speaking samples to get ready for the test.

We bring to you a list of speaking sample papers that will assist you in your IELTS test prep journey. The sample questions on all the 3 Parts will give you clarity about the topics expected on test day.


IELTS speaking part 1 is generally a warm-up.  The examiner will ask you simple questions about yourself and your daily activities. Make sure you speak clearly and confidently in response to each question. Remember to use examples in support of your answers.

A list of such topics and questions is given below. Some of these sample questions are highly likely to appear on your exam, so review them well. You can rehearse these topics for part 1 of your speaking test. 


  •       Describe yourself?


  •         Describe your family?
  •         Do you have a large or small family?
  •         Do you get along with your family?


  •         Where do you study?
  •         What do you study?
  •         How many hours do you study in a day?
  •         Do you like studying?
  •         What is your area of specialization?


  •         What do you do?
  •         How many hours do you work each day?
  •         Would you change your job if you could?
  •         What is your position?
  •         What do you like about your job?
  •         Describe the company you work for?


  •         Describe your hometown?
  •         Where is it located?
  •         What is it known for?
  •         What do people in your hometown do?


  •         Do you like to travel?
  •         What kind of places have you visited in your life?
  •         Which is the place you would love to visit and why?


  •         Do you have any hobbies?
  •         What are your hobbies?
  •         What are some of the advantages of having a hobby?
  •         When did you first develop this hobby?


  •         How do you pass your free time?


  •         What is your dream in life?
  •         How are you moving towards it?


  •         Have you been to any weddings?
  •         Whose wedding was it?
  •         What kind of clothes did you wear?
  •         Describe the wedding ceremony?
  •         What kind of clothes did the bride and groom wear?


  • Do you like sports?
  • What sports are the most famous in your country?
  • How often do you participate in sports?
  • What is your favorite sport?
  • When did you first become interested in sports?


Speaking part 2 is a monologue of yours about a given topic. You will be handed a card with the topic. You will be given 1 minute to prepare your talk. You are allowed to make notes for your monologue.

To speak about the topic you will be given 2 minutes. Try to make the best of these few minutes by providing clear and precise information. Add in examples to make your talk appear reliable.

2 minutes to speak on the given topic. You will be provided with paper and a pencil to prepare your answers for 1 minute. Plan your speech according to the time limit. Start speaking after the examiner asks you to speak and stop as he asks you to stop.


Speaking part 3 is an extension of part 2. In this part, the examiner might ask you further questions related to your topic in part 2. You should be prepared to evaluate the matter for a structured discussion.

Here is a list of sample questions for Part 2 and Part 3 of your Speaking test.

Describe a tourist place you once visited?

 IELTS Speaking Part 2 –(Describe)

  •         When did you visit it?
  •         Where is it situated?
  •         Who do you go with?
  •         What do you like the most?

IELTS Speaking Part 3-(the examiner might ask you these related questions)

  •         Why do you think traveling is essential for people?
  •         What can you gain from traveling?

A challenging thing you did

IELTS Speaking Part 2 –(Describe)

  •         When did you do it?
  •         Why did you do it?
  •         How did you handle this challenge?
  •         Explain why you thought it was challenging?

IELTS Speaking Part 3-(the examiner might ask you these related questions)

  •         How can challenges change a person?
  •         Do you think people need to be challenged?
  •         What challenges do young people face today?

A job you would not like to do

IELTS Speaking Part 2 –(Describe)

  •         What is the job?
  •         How did you know about it?
  •         Is it an easy or difficult job?

IELTS Speaking Part 3-(the examiner might ask you these related questions)

  •         How do you think artificial intelligence will affect people’s work?
  •         What are the important factors when choosing a career?
  •         Would you ever move for work and live in another country?
  •         Technology will make some people lose their jobs. How do you think this problem should be handled?

Something difficult to use

IELTS Speaking Part 2 –(Describe)

  •         What was it?
  •         Why did you buy it?
  •         How do you use it?

IELTS Speaking Part 3-(the examiner might ask you these related questions)

  •         Do you often buy new things?
  •         Would you say that advertising makes people buy more new things?
  •         Do you think older people have difficulties using some things that young people do not?

Prevented by the weather

IELTS Speaking Part 2 –(Describe)

  •         What was the plan?
  •         What weather were you hoping for?
  •         What happened?
  •         Explain how you felt when you had to change your plans?

IELTS Speaking Part 3-(the examiner might ask you these related questions)

  •         Do you people in your country enjoy chatting about the weather?
  •         What types of weather do you prefer?
  •         What kinds of people care most about the weather?

 An Article to Help People Improve Their Health

IELTS Speaking Part 2 –(Describe)

  •         When you read it?
  •         Where did you read it?
  •         What was it about?
  •         Why do you think it could improve people’s health?

IELTS Speaking Part 3-(the examiner might ask you these related questions)

  •         How do you think people could become healthier?
  •         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?

The Desired Change to Your Local Area

IELTS Speaking Part 2 –(Describe)

  •         What the change would be?
  •         How could this change be made?
  •         What problems are causing the need for this change?
  •         How would this change improve your local area?

IELTS Speaking Part 3-(the examiner might ask you these related questions)

  •         Why do old people not like changes?
  •         Do you think it’s important for people to socialize with their neighbors?
  •         How do people socialize with their neighbors?

A Trip by Public Transport

IELTS Speaking Part 2- (Describe)

  •         When did it happen?
  •         What means of transport do you take?
  •         What did you do during the trip?
  •         Explain how you felt about the trip?

IELTS Speaking Part 3-(the examiner might ask you these related questions)

  • Do you think traffic jams would be reduced if people could travel on public transport for free?
  • Why do you think more and more people prefer to travel by plane?
  • What kinds of obstacles do you think some local governments have to face when they develop transportation infrastructure?

A crowded place you went to

IELTS Speaking Part 2 –(Describe)

  • When did you go there?
  • Where is the place?
  • Who did you go there with?
  • How did you feel about the place?

IELTS Speaking Part 3-(the examiner might ask you these related questions)

  • Why do a lot of people enjoy going to crowded places?
  • Where (or what) would you say is the most crowded place in your city?
  • Would you say it’s important for a city to have amusement facilities?
  • Why do you think people choose to live in big cities (despite certain problems)?
  • How do you think cities overseas are different from those in your country?
  • Would you say urban planning is important?

A Person Often in the News

IELTS Speaking Part 2 –(Describe)

  • Who is this person?
  • How do you know him/her?
  • Why is he/she often in the news?
  • Why would you like to meet him/her?

IELTS Speaking Part 3- (the examiner might ask you these related questions)

  • 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?

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