Sample Questions

IELTS speaking sample questions for part 1

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Your Work or Your Studies:  

Do you work or are you a student?


Your Work:

*   What kind of work do you do?

*   Why did you choose to do this type of job?

*   Is your job very interesting?

*   Will you do this job for a long time?
Your Studies:

*   What kind of course do you study?

*   Why did you choose to do that course?

*   Is your course very interesting?

*   What will you do when you finish your studies?



*   Do you live in a house, or an apartment?

*   How long have you lived there?

*   Which is your favorite room?

*   Will you live here for a long time?


Where You Live:

*   Do you live in a city or a town?

*   What is the best thing about where you live?

*   Do you know many people who live near you?

*   How do you think your city/town could be improved?



*   Do you like to watch the advertisements on TV?

*   How often do you see  advertisements on the internet?

*   Do you like the advertisements that you can see on the street?

*   Have you ever bought anything after seeing it in an advertisement?



*   How popular are bicycles in your area?

*   How often do you ride a bicycle?

*   Do you think that bicycles are suitable for all ages?

*  What are the benefits of riding a bicycle ?



*   Do you have a car?

*   Do you prefer to be the driver or the passenger in a car?

*   Do you often go on long car journeys?

*   Do you prefer big cars or small cars?



*   Do you like shopping for clothes?

*   How often do you buy clothes?

*   What kinds of clothes do you usually buy?

*   Do you prefer comfortable clothes, or formal clothes?



*   What are your favourite colors?

*   What were your favourite colors when you were a child?

*   What colour would you choose to paint the walls of your room?

*   What colour car would you choose to buy?



*   Do you prefer to study or work in a quiet environment?

*   Do you ever find it difficult to concentrate?

*   What do you do to help yourself concentrate?

*   Do you think children can concentrate better than adults 


Days of the Week:    

*   Do you do the same things every day of the week?

*   Which is your favorite day of the week?

*   What is your busiest day of the week?

*   Is there anything you would like to change about your weekly routine?



*   Do you have a large or small family?

*   How much time do you spend with your family?

*   Do you usually eat dinner with your family?

*   Are people in your country generally close to their family members?



*   What types of food do you like to eat?

*   What did you like to eat when you were a child?

*   Would you like to try any new type of food?

*   What kind of food is popular in your country?



*   How much time do you spend with your friends?

*   Where do you meet your friends?

*   What do you usually do with your friends?

*   Do you think it is better to have many friends or just one or two close friends?


High school: 

*   What was your favorite subject?

*   Did you like any of the teachers?

*   What sports or hobbies did you do at school?

*   Which were more important to you the teachers or your classmates?


Hobbies and interests: 

*   Do you have any hobbies or interests?

*   Did you have any hobbies or interests when you were a child?

*   What free-time activities are popular in your country?

*   Are there any outdoor activities you would like to try in the future?



*   Is there any housework that you particularly dislike doing?

*   How do you think housework could be made more fun?

*   Did you do any housework when you were a child?

*   Do you think children should do some housework?



*   How often do you use a map?

*   Who taught you how to use a map?

*   Do you prefer to use electronic maps or those made of paper?

*   Do you prefer to use a map, or to ask people for directions?



*   Do you enjoy visiting the ocean?

*   Do you like to do any activities at the ocean?

*   Would you like to live by the ocean?

*   Do many people in your country live by the ocean?



*   Do you like going to parks?

*   Are there a lot of parks in your area?

*   When was the last time you went to a park?

*   Do you prefer to relax with your friends in a park, or an indoor place?



*   How often do you take photos?

*   Do you think it is better to take photos using a camera, or a mobile phone?

*   Do you ever take photos of yourself?

*   What do you do with your photos after you have taken them?


Public Holidays: 

*   Are there many public holidays in your country?

*   What did you do on the last public holiday?

*   Do you think it is important to have public holidays?

*   Do you think there should be more public holidays in your country?



*   How often do you read a book?

*   What types of books do you like to read?

*   Are there any types of things that you don’t like to read?

*   What types of books did you like to read when you were a child?



*  Do you find it easy to relax?

*   What do you do to relax?

*   Do you do any healthy activities to help you relax?

*   Do you think going on a holiday is the best way to relax?



*   Do you like to go shopping?

*   When was the last time you went shopping?

*   Where do you go shopping?

*   What do you usually buy when you go shopping?


Street Markets:   

*   Do you like visiting street markets?

*   Are street markets very common in your country?

*   Do you prefer to shop at a street market, or in shopping malls?

*   Would you like to visit a street market in a foreign country?



*   Did you like any of your teachers at school?

*   Do you have a favourite teacher?

*   Have you stayed in touch with any of your teachers?

*   Would you like to be a teacher?



*   Do you like watching television?

*   What types of programs do you like to watch?

*   Do you prefer to watch TV or read a book?

*   Did you watch much TV when you were a child?



*   How often do you make telephone calls?

*   Who do you talk to the most on the telephone?

*   Do you prefer to call people or send text messages?

*   Do you think sending e-mail is more convenient than calling people?



*   Do you like traveling?

*   In which season do you prefer to travel?

*   Is your country a good place for tourists to visit?

*   What country would you like to visit next?


Weather & Seasons:   

*   What’s the weather like in your country?

*   Which season do you like best?

*   Does the weather ever affect your mood?

*   Do you usually watch weather forecasts on TV?

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