These are the 3 compulsory topics. You should be asked 4 questions about one of these topics.
The examiner has a number of possible questions to ask you. These sample IELTS speaking part 1 questions will almost certainly not be asked in exactly this format, so you need to listen carefully to the exact question.
You should note:
- these questions are personal questions: try to give personal answers
- it is a mistake to give very short answers even though the questions are simple: try to give examples or explain your opinions
Note the first question will be “Do you work are you a student?” see my advice on how to deal with this question.
Your job in general
- What job do you do?
- Have you always done this job?
- What do you do in a typical day at work?
- What responsibilities do you have?
How you feel about work
- Do you like your job?
- Would you say it’s an easy job?
- Is there anything that makes your job difficult?
- How important is your job to you?
- What types of jobs are most popular among young people in your country?
Education and work
- Did you prefer your life as a student or your life now?
- Did your education prepare you well for the work you are doing now?
Teamwork and colleagues
- Do you need to work with other people at work?
- Do you prefer working alone or with others
- How well do you get on with your colleagues?
- Do you do anything with your colleagues after work?
- What are your plans for the future?
- Are you planning to change your job?
- Would you ever consider changing your job?
- How might your industry change in the future?
- Why are you taking the IELTS test?
Your education in general
- What subject are you studying?
- Why did you choose to study that?
- Do you like your subject? (Why)
- Is it a difficult subject to study?
Your schooldays (the past)
- What kind of school did you go to?
- What was your favourite subject at school?
- Who was your favourite teacher?
Place of study
- Where do you study?
- Why did you choose that school/university?
- What do you think of your school/university?
- What is the best thing about your university/school?
Your course and method of study
- When did you start this course and when will you finish it?
- Which part of the course do you enjoy most?
- What is the most difficult/easiest part of the course?
- How do you study this subject?
- What skills have you learned in your studies?/What skills are needed to study your subject?
- Do you like life at school/university?
- What part of university life do you like best?
- How have you benefited from being at school/university apart from gaining knowledge?
- What facilities are there at your school/university to help you in your studies?
- What is the educational system like in your country?
- How do you think the system might change in the future?
- What are your future study plans?
- How do you think your studies in school/university will prepare you for your job in the future?
- What is your career plan after you graduate?
- Do you think you will prefer having a job to being a student?
- Why are you taking the IELTS test?
Your home in general
- Do you live in a house or a flat?
- How long have you lived there?
- Where did you live before [if you have only lived there a short time]
- Who do you live with?
- Can you describe your home a little.
- Do you like your flat/house?
Houses and flats
- Do you prefer living in a house or a flat?
- What are the advantages of living in a flat/house?
- What’s your favourite room in your home?
- How is this room decorated?
- What do you do in this room?
The area you live in
- What can you see through the windows of your home?
- What is the environment like around your home?
- What facilities are there near your home?
- Is it easy to travel to and from your home?
- Do you think it’s a good area to live in?
- Would you recommend that as a good place to live?
- Would you consider moving to live somewhere else?
- Is there anything about your home you would like to improve?
For vocabulary to help you with this task try Home town vocabulary and ideas
- Where do you live?
- Have you always lived there?
- How long have you been living there?
- Where do you come from?
- Do you live in the city or the countryside?
- What kind of a place is it?
- Is it a large city or a small town?
- Has it changed much in the past few years?
Feeling about hometown
- Do you like living there?
- Is there anything you dislike about living there?
- Would you recommend it as somewhere to live?
Places and people
- What’s your favourite place in your hometown?
- What do people do in your hometown?
- Is it easy to travel around in your hometown?
- Do you plan to stay there all your life?
- Would you ever consider living somewhere else?
- How long do you think you will continue to live there?
- How do you think it might change in the future?