This post will give you some examples of part IELTS speaking questions.Please be aware that this is not the full list. You can pair up with you partner and use these as IELTS sample tests to practice. 

Past IELTS Speaking Questions

Work:

  • What do you do for a living? Can you describe your job to me?
  • Could you tell me a typical day of yours? What do you normally do at work?
  • What’s your daily routine on a working day?
  • Are you good at time management?
  • When is it the most important to manage your time?
  • Do you travel much, why not?
  • At work, do you use the skills you learned at?
  • How did you get your job?
  • Why did you choose to do that job?
  • Are you satisfied with your job?
  • What do you like most about your job?
  • What kind of job do you prefer in the future?
  • What is your ideal job?
  • How long have you been doing it?
  • Do you want to change your current job? Why or why not?
  • Are you willing to keep your job permanently?
  • Do you have to work with others?
  • Do you get along well with your colleagues?
  • What was your first day at work like?
  • Is your job difficult?
  • How long have you been doing it?
  • Have you ever had an interview for a job or to become a student?
  • Do you like or dislike interviews? Why?
  • Is it easy to find a job where you live?
  • Have you ever had an interview for a job or to become a student?
  • Do you like or dislike interviews? Why?
  • Is it easy to find a job where you live?

Study

  • Are you a student or do you have a job?
  • What do you like or dislike most about your study?
  • What kind of job do you prefer after graduation?
  • What was your major? Why did you choose this?
  • Was your major popular at your school?
  • What did you find most interesting about your course?
  • What was the most difficult part of your major?
  • What do you hope to do after your graduation?
  • Are you studying anything at the moment?
  • If you could change to another subject, what would it be?
  • Do you plan to use the subject you are studying in the future?
  • What was your typical day at school?
  • Why did you choose your university?

Hometown

  • Where do you come from?
  • Where do you live?
  • What was it like growing up there?
  • How long have you lived there?
  • Can you tell me something about your hometown?
  • Can you tell me some famous landscapes or scenic spots in your hometown?
  • Can you tell me some history of your hometown?
  • What kind of street do you live on?
  • What do you like or dislike about your town?
  • What building is considered famous in your town?
  • What jobs do people in your town do?
  • How has your town changed over the last twenty years?
  • Do you think it is better to live in the center of town or outside the town? Why?
  • What can be improved in your hometown?
  • Do many people visit your hometown?
  • Would you recommend your hometown to families with children?
  • What is the most famous of your town/village?
  • Is your town a good place to live?
  • Would you like to live your town after retirement?


Accommodation:

  • Can you describe the house where you live now?
  • What is there to do in the area where you live?
  • What do you like about the area where you live?
  • How do you think it could be improved?
  • What is your ideal accommodation? Why?
  • Do you like your current house?
  • How long have you lived there?
  • Which is your favorite room? Why?
  • How is your house decorated?
  • Do you have a garden?
  • What sorts of amenities are there?
  • Would you like to move house? Why? How long do you think you will continue living in your current house?

Family and Friends:

  • How many people in your family?
  • Tell me about your family, what do they do?
  • Do you live in the same house?
  • What kinds of things do you do together?
  • Who is your favorite family member?
  • What do you families do in their free time?
  • Did you get on well with your families when you were a child?
  • Which of your parents do you look like the most? Why?
  • When was the last time you met your relatives?
  • Would you like a large family? Why?
  • Who does the cooking in your family?
  • Do you have many friends? Why?
  • What kinds of neighbors do you have?
  • Do you know your neighbors? What kinds of relationship do you have with neighbors?
  • Do you get along with you friends?
  • How can neighbors be helpful?
  • What kinds of problems can people have with their neighbors?

Media

  • Did you attend concerts or watch it on TV recently? When?
  • Do you prefer listening to live or recorded music? What's the difference?
  • What medium do you prefer out of newspapers, magazines, TV, radio, the Internet? Why?
  • What types of stories do you like?
  • Do you think they can improve your English? Why?
  • Why do you think some people prefer magazines over newspapers?
  • What types of TV programs are there in Taiwan? Which one is the most popular?
  • What kinds of TV programs makes you laugh? Why?
  • What was your favorite show when you were a kid?
  • Do you like watching TV shows from other countries?
  • What kinds of music do you like?
  • Do you like any other types of music?
  • Has the kind of music you like changed over the years?
  • Do you prefer listening to live music or recorded music?

Hobbies

  • What do you do when you have a holiday?
  • Who do you usually spend holidays with?
  • Do you prefer to stay alone or with your friends?
  • How long have you been interested in these activities?
  • What do you usually do when you go out?
  • Where do you like to spend your holidays? Why?
  • What do you usually do with your friends?
  • Do you like reading?
  • What sort of things do you read?
  • Tell me something about your favorite book
  • When do you think is the best time to read?
  • Do you read the same kinds of books now that you read when you were a child?
  • What are the advantages of reading instead of watching television or going to the cinema?
  • What kind of books do you like best?
  • Do you like English? Why or why not?
  • What do you think of the importance of English?
  • What are good hobbies and bad hobbies? Why?
  • How much time do you have each week for doing these things?
  • Why do you like doing these activities?
  • How did you start doing this activity at first?
  • Is there some other hobby or sport you would like to try? Why?
  • How has the way people spend their free time changed over the years?
  • Do you think people have enough free time in general?
  • Why are holidays important to you?
  • Has your leisure activity changed since you were a child?
  • What do people do in your town in their free time?
  • Where can people in your hometown go out for entertainment?
  • How much time do you spend shopping every week?
  • Do you enjoy going shopping? Why or why not?
  • What is your favorite shop and why do you like it?
  • What problems are there with shopping in your area?

Sports:

  • What sports are most popular in your country?
  • What sports and games did you most enjoy playing in your childhood?
  • Is it important for children to play sports?
  • Do you play any sports? How long have you been playing it?
  • Do you watch sports on TV?
  • Do people take as much exercise as in the past?
  • Why is exercise good for you?
  • Do you think everyone should learn to swim?

Fashion:

  • Do you care about fashion?
  • Is it human nature to polish their appearance all the time?
  • What kinds of things do you normally wear?
  • Are there any traditional clothes in your country?
  • Where do you usually purchase your clothes?
  • Have you ever bought clothes online?
  • Do people from your country think fashion is important?
  • What is your favorite item of clothing?

Transport:

  • How did you come here today?
  • What is public transport like in your town?
  • How do you think the public transport could be improved?
  • Do you think people should use public transport more? Why or why not?
  • How do most people travel long distance in your country?
  • Has public transport changed much over the last few decades?
  • What kinds of improvements have there been in transport in your country?
  • Do you travel by trains?
  • Do you think trains will continue to improve in the future?
IELTS Speaking Questions

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  • November 19, 2016 at 11:26 am
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    That’s a knowing answer to a diuifcflt question

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