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IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topics & Questions

Topics and Questions about IELTS Speaking Exam

Part 1 of the speaking test in the IELTS exam consists of the interview between the candidate and the examiner.  Part 1 of the exam is usually of 4 to 5 minutes in which the examiner asks you the questions about your daily life to see how well you can speak English. In this article, we have provided you with the example topics and the questions which the examiner may ask from you. However, keep in mind that these are just the examples and the questions may vary in the original exam.

Following are the topic list with their questions which usually comes in part 1 of the speaking test in IELTS exam.

List of Common Topics IELTS Speaking Section

  • Work
  • Study
  • Home
  • Art
  • Hometown
  • Birthdays
  • Clothes
  • Childhood
  • Daily routine
  • Computers
  • Dictionaries
  • Family and Friends
  • Flowers
  • Evenings
  • Going Out
  • Food
  • Hobbies
  • Happiness
  • Internet
  • Music
  • Leisure time
  • Neighbors and Neighbourhood
  • Pets
  • Newspapers
  • Shopping
  • Reading
  • Sport
  • Transport
  • TV
  • Weather

Major Topics in Part 1 of speaking exam

The following four topics come most commonly on the part of the speaking exam. So, you must prepare yourself for the answers to these topics.


  1. What kind of work you do?
  2. Where is your workplace?
  3. Why are you doing such a job?
  4. Is your job famous in your home country?
  5. Do you enjoy something about working?
  6. What kind of relationship you have with your colleagues?
  7. How was your first day?
  8. What duties you perform?
  9. Will you like to do some other work in the near future?
  10. What are your activities after finishing work?
  • Study
  1. What kind of subject you are studying?
  2. At which institute you are studying at?
  3. What was the reason for choosing the course?
  4. Is it a famous subject in your home country?
  5. Which subject is your favorite?
  6. Have you made new friends studying the same course?
  7. How was your first day?
  8. What are the major aspects of the subject you are studying?
  9. What are the job opportunities for you, after you finish the studies?
  10. Is there any plan to study further?
  • Hometown
  1. What is the name of your hometown?
  2. Where is it located?
  3. How often you visit it?
  4. Is there any historical place there?
  5. How did you feel growing in your hometown?
  6. What improvements should be made in hometown?
  7. Has your hometown changed?
  8. What is the most fascinating thing about having a life there?
  9. Being a tourist what can we see in your hometown?
  10. What is the condition of transportation there?
  11. Will you live there in the near future?
  • Home
  1. What kind of home you live in? Is it a house or an apartment?
  2. Where is it located?
  3. What is the size of it?
  4. Does anybody else live with you?
  5. How many rooms are there?
  6. Is there any room which is your favorite?
  7. Are there any decorations on the wall?
  8. Is your home a quiet place?
  9. What type of facilities are there near to your home?
  10. What kind of neighborhood you have?
  11. What kind of things you can perceive while looking outside from windows?
  12. Is there anything you will want to change in your house/apartment?

Common Questions about IELTS Speaking Exam

Questions About Arts

  • Do you like performing art?
  • Where did you study it at school or somewhere else?
  • What type of art is your favorite?
  • Is it famous in your home country?
  • Do you love visiting the art gallery?
  • What kind of benefits the children can have from visiting the art galleries?

Questions About Birthdays

  • Do you love birthdays?
  • How often you celebrate it?
  • What activity you did on the last birthday?
  • Do you have a memory of childhood birthday?
  • Is celebrating birthdays a famous trend in your home country?
  • Are there any birthdays considered very important to celebrate in your home country?

Childhood related Questions

  • Do you remember your childhood?
  • What was your first memory?
  • Was your childhood enjoyable?
  • How many friends you had in your childhood?
  • Which activity was your favorite during childhood?
  • According to your children should be brought up in the countryside or the cities?

Questions related to Clothes

  • Do you like buying clothes?
  • What type of clothes you wear?
  • Are there any traditional clothes in your home country?
  • From where do you do clothes shopping?
  • Have you experienced wearing a uniform?
  • Are there any famous fashion trends in your home country?


  • Do you use a computer?
  • How often you use it?
  • Do you like laptops or desktops?
  • For what purpose you use the computer?
  • Should everyone learn the computer or not?

Daily Routine Questions

  • At what time in the morning you get up?
  • Do you follow a similar routine?
  • Give me some insights about the daily routine of yours?
  • Do you believe that daily routine changes with time?
  • Has your routine different from what you had in childhood?
  • Do you prefer the same daily routine at weekends?
  • Is there anything you would like to modify daily routine?
  • Is daily routine important?


  • Do you use a Dictionary?
  • How often you do it?
  • What types of dictionaries are helpful?
  • Can they use to learn the language?
  • What information you can have from the dictionaries?


  • How do you spend your evenings?
  • Do you have the same evening routine?
  • What is your priority, family or friends to spend the evening time with?
  • So you study or do some work in the evenings?
  • What famous activity do the people do in your home country in evening time?
  • Have your evening activities changed since you were a child?

Family & Friends

  • Whom do you live with? Family or Friends?
  • What is the size of your family?
  • Does your siblings live with you?
  • Who is the closest sibling to you?
  • Is there anything you like to do with your siblings?
  • Do you have a best friend?
  • Are you childhood friends?
  • Is the family system considered vital in your home country?


  • Are you fond of flowers?
  • What type of flowers you love?
  • Which one is your favorite?
  • Did you give someone flowers ever?
  • Does any flower considered important in your home country?
  • Is there any flower festival in your home country?
  • According to you why women are more fond of flowers than men?


  • Which food type is your favorite?
  • Do you prefer variety in food or the same food every day?
  • Which food you don’t like?
  • Are you habitual of eating fast food?
  • Do you prefer eating a healthy diet?
  • Tell about some popular foods in your home country?
  • Do you like eating with friends or alone?

Going Out

  • Do you prefer going out in the evening time?
  • What activity you do when you are out somewhere in the evening time?
  • What do you prefer, going out with family or friends?
  • How many times you approximately go out?
  • Where do young people go for fun in your home country?


  • Do you consider yourself as a person who is happy?
  • Which thing makes you very happy?
  • Is there any effect of weather on your mood?
  • Which thing makes you unhappy?
  • Are people in your home country living a happy life?


  • Do you possess any hobby?
  • Which thing do you need for it?
  • According to you should the hobbies be shared?
  • Which hobby you have when you were young?
  • What are the popular hobbies in your home country?
  • Why do people like to have a hobby?


  • Do you use the internet?
  • How often you use it?
  • For what thing you use it?
  • You prefer going online on a phone or a computer?
  • Which website is your most favorite?
  • According to you should children be allowed to use the internet without any check?

Leisure Time

  • What activities you do when you are having your leisure time?
  • What leisure activity you used to do in your childhood?
  • You like spending leisure time with someone or alone?
  • Which leisure activity is common in your home country?
  • Do you believe that people have free time nowadays?
  • Do you believe that having leisure time is very important?


  • Do you listen to music?
  • Dou you love it?
  • Which music genre is your favorite?
  • Are you a good singer?
  • Did you take any classes on music?
  • If you get a chance to learn a musical instrument then which one it will be?
  • According to you what is the significance of music in our lives?

Neighbors & Neighbourhood

  • Are you familiar with the type of people living next door?
  • Do you love them?
  • Is there a trend of being close to neighbors in your home country?
  • What type of relationship you have with them?
  • What kind of neighborhood you have?
  • Is it good for children?
  • How can it be improved?
  • Is it important to build a decent relationship with the neighbors?


  • Through which source you get the daily news?
  • Are you habitual of reading the newspaper?
  • What type of news you like to read?
  • How do people get access to the news in your home country?
  • According to you is the information on international news important?


  • Do you love pet animals?
  • Do you have one?
  • Which pet animal is your favorite?
  • Which pet animal is very popular in your home country?
  • Did you possess a pet in your childhood?
  • According to you why people pet animals?


  • Are you fond of reading?
  • Which book is your favorite?
  • Do you prefer reading newspapers?
  • Do you possess any e-book?
  • What type of books did you use to read in your childhood?
  • According to you is it very important to build the habit of reading in children?


  • Are you fond of shopping?
  • Which shop is your favorite?
  • Which thing is your favorite to buy?
  • Do you go shopping with friends, family or alone?
  • What types of shops are near your home?
  • Do you consider buying stuff online?
  • Is there a difference in opinion about shopping among men and women?


  • Are you fond of sports?
  • Which one is your favorite?
  • Do you see sports on television?
  • Did you use to play when you were the child?
  • Which sport is famous in your country?
  • What kind of sports do children play at school?
  • How people keep their bodies fit in your home country?


  • Do you watch television?
  • What kind of programs do you watch?
  • Which is your favorite program on TV?
  • Do you prefer watching foreign content on TV?
  • How much time do you give to television?
  • Did you use to watch TV in your childhood?
  • Should children watch TV?


  • Which transport is your favorite?
  • What type of public transport is available in your hometown?
  • Do you travel by public transport?
  • How is the system of transport in your home country?
  • Is it easy to travel by bus or a train?


  • How is the weather outside?
  • Which weather is your favorite?
  • What type of weather persists in your home country?
  • Is it the same in every part of the country?
  • Does changing weather affect your mood?
  • Does it affect the transportation system?

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