These are IELTS speaking sample questions that you need to be able to answer in the first part of the speaking test. I have divided these into categories to help you prepare better. In the test you can expect to receive around 12 questions divided into 3 topic areas. Key advice is
extend your answer
speak naturally and try not to give a “prepared” answer
speak about what you know
if you don’t have much to say, don’t worry as there is always another question coming
How to prepare yourself using the IELTS speaking sample questions
You should note that these questions are not all the same. Normally each group of questions you are asked will have questions that need different types of answers. Good preparation means recognising these different types of question and learning the language you need for them:
yes/no questions – make sure you explain your answer and don’t just say “yes” or “no” – think of reasons and maybe use the word because
wh questions – this is where you need more topic vocabulary normally – see my IELTS vocabulary page
questions about what you like and dislike – make sure that you have different ways to say I like and make sure you know the difference between “I like” and “I would like”
opinion questions – these are slightly harder as the examiner may ask you what you think – see my lesson on opinion vocabulary
The IELTS speaking sample questions
Home, Home town Work and Education sample questions
I have a special page with sample questions on these topics because you are guaranteed to be asked about one of them. Prepare these topics very carefully.
Transport and travel questions
Do you own a car?
What is traffic like in your city?
Do think people should use cars less?
Do you think cars will change in the future?
How often do you take a bus?
What do you do when you are on a bus?
How good is the bus service where you live?
Do you think that there should be separate bus lanes?
Do you ever ride a bicycle?
Is cycling popular in your home town?
Is it safe to ride a bicycle where you live?
Do you think more children should learn to ride bicycles?
How often do you take a taxi?
Do you like travelling by taxi?
Are taxis expensive where you live?
Would you like to be a taxi driver?
Have you ever visited a foreign country?
Do you prefer travelling by yourself or in a group?
Which country would you like to visit most?
What are the personal benefits of travelling abroad?
Daily life questions
Do you enjoy shopping?
What kind of shops do you use most?
Have you ever shopped online?
Would you like to own your own shop?
What do you do in your free time?
Are you an active person?
Do you think it is important to have outside interests in life?
Would you like to learn a new skill?
What time do you normally get up in the morning?
Which is your favourite time of day?
Is it important to have a set routine?
Are you good at time management?
Is food an important part of your life?
Do you try and eat healthily?
What is your favourite dish?
Does your country have a special cuisine?
How often do you watch television?
What type of programmes do you prefer?
When do you normally watch television?
Do you think children watch too much television?
Newspapers and magazines
Do you read a newspaper every day?
Which sections of the newspaper do you read most often?
Do you read newspapers online or in paper format?
Do you think that it is important for everyone to read newspapers?
How often do you use the internet?
What are your favourite websites?
Would you like to have your own website?
Do you think there should be restrictions on what is published on the internet?
Do you have your own computer?
What do you use your computer for?
Do you think computers are necessary for modern day life?
Are there any problems with using computers too much?
How often do you read?
What type of books do you enjoy reading?
Do you think people read fewer books nowadays?
What do you think are the benefits of reading?
What is your favourite film?
How often do you watch films?
Do you prefer to watch films on television or at the cinema?
Are there any types of films you do not like?
Do you like listening to music?
How often do you listen to music?
Would you like to play a musical instrument?
What kinds of music are popular in your country?
How many languages can you speak?
Are there different languages used in your country?
Would you like to learn another foreign language?
Do you think it is important for everyone to learn a foreign language?
Occasions and events
How do you celebrate your birthday?
What was your most memorable birthday?
Are birthdays important in your culture?
Will you celebrate your birthday in the same way when you are older?
Are there any special local festivals where you live?
How do you celebrate New Year?
Do you think it is important to have local festivals?
People and society sample speaking questions
Do you come from a large or small family?
Do you get on well with everyone in your family?
How often do you see your other relatives?
How important is your family to you?
Are friends important to you?
Do you have a large circle of friends?
How often do you see your friends?
How do you stay in touch with your friends?
Pastimes and skills
Do you own a camera?
How often do you take photographs?
What type of photographs do you take?
Do you look at your photographs often?
Do you enjoy watching sport
What sports did you play as a child?
What sports are popular where you live?
Do you think people should play more sport?
Do you like cooking?
How often do you cook?
Do you prefer local dishes or more international cuisine?
Do you think everyone should learn to cook?
Environment and places questions
Seasons and weather
Which is your favourite season?
Is there a large difference in weather between the seasons where you live?
What do you like to do when the weather is sunny?
Would you like to live somewhere where the weather was different?
Gardens and plants
Do you have your own garden?
What kind of plants and flowers do you like?
Is gardening a popular pastime where you live?
What are the advantages of having your own garden?
Have you ever travelled by boat?
Would you prefer to travel by boat or fly?
Do people in your country often travel by boat?
Would you like to own a boat?
Who is your favourite actor?
What films has he appeared in?
Do you think actors are paid too much?
Would you like to be an actor yourself?
Do you have a pet animal?
Is having a pet popular in your country?
Do you think pets are only for younger people?
Why do you think people like having pets?
Concerts and art
Do you enjoy going to musical concerts and museums?
Is art and music an important part of your life?
Do you prefer listening to recorded or live music?
Would you like to be an artist yourself?
What was your favourite game as a child?
Is there much for children to do where you live?
Do you think that children watch too much television?
When do you think people should be allowed to leave school?