IELTS Speaking Phase 1 - More Sample Questions

Posted by on February 11, 2013

IELTS Speaking Questions

The standard approach to the speaking portion of the test is for the examiner to ask you about where you live and what you do and then to ask a few more questions about your life or things you like to do. Here are a few examples of the types of questions that can be asked during the exam.


Spend some time reading and answering these questions. Ask a friend to interview you and, likewise, interview your friend. This will help generate ideas and fluency. The key is to find the proper balance between preparation and being able to answer naturally 'on the go.'



More Common IELTS Speaking Task One Questions:


  • What were you like as a child?
  • What is important for young children?
  • Compare young children's behavior with teenagers' behavior.    
  • Is the place where you live a good environment for
  • children to grow up in?

Free Time

  •  When did you last go on holiday?
  • Where do people in your country like to go traveling?
  • What are the benefits of travel?
  • Compare travel now with travel in your grandparents' time.    
  • Do you ever read books about traveling?
  • What effects can tourism have on local economies?
  • What effects can tourism have on the environment?


  • Do you play sports? Which ones? 
  • What sports are popular where you live?
  • What are the benefits of playing sport?
  • Do women and men prefer the same sports? Why / why not?  
  • Why do some people not like sport?
  • What sports facilities are there in your home area?


  • Is marriage important in your culture? Why?
  • Can you describe a traditional wedding in your country?              
  • Have wedding ceremonies changed in recent years? 
  • Have attitudes towards marriage changed? How?
  • What do people do at weddings in your country?
  • What do the bride and bridegroom wear?


  • Is fashion important to you? Why?
  • Describe a traditional costume in your country?                            
  • How have fashion trends changed recently?
  • Why is fashion important to some people?
  • Describe your favourite item of clothing.


  • Do you have any hobbies? What are they?
  • What do most people like to do in their 
  • free-time where you live?
  • Are these activities a good way to spend time? Why/why not?  
  • Compare how teenagers spend their free-time
  • now with you parents' generation?
  • Do you need to spend money to enjoy your free-time?

Hope these help - have fun and feel free to leave any comments below.


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