Speaking practice

In the Speaking test, you will have a discussion with a certified examiner. It will be interactive and as close to a real-life situation as a test can get.

The Speaking test is 11-14 minutes long and is in three parts.

Part 1

You will answer questions about yourself and your family.

Part 2

You will speak about a topic.

Part 3

You will have a longer discussion about the topic introduced in Part 2.

The Speaking test is the same for both IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training tests.

How to practise

This practice material is designed for two people working together. Find a study partner to help you practise. This might be a teacher or a friend. 

Take the three parts of this practice test one after another without a break to make your practice as realistic as possible. 

Remember, you need to speak fluently, clearly and accurately. It is important to say as much as you can and to be spontaneous. Do not prepare answers in advance. 

Record yourself if you can so that you can go back and check your performance.

Review your Speaking test

Listen to your recordings and discuss your test with your study partner. Think about how you spoke. Were you fluent?  Did your speech sound natural?  Were you able to express yourself clearly?

Use the audio recordings and transcripts in each section to gain an insight into the test format. Note that these are not model answers, so do not try to imitate them.

There are no 'answers'. You and your study partner will need to assess how well you do.

For more information about the test, please visit IELTS Speaking practice test 1 on British Council's website.

Speaking Test Part 1

For part 2 and 3, please click here.

Below are some sample questions of speaking test part 1  for you to practise.

 

I. Personal information

Your Work
1. What work do you do?
2. Why did you choose to do that type of work (or. that job)?
3. Do you like your job?
4. Is it very interesting?
5. (Possibly) Do you miss being a student?

Your Studies/ study efficiency
1. What subject(s) are you studying?
2. Why did you choose to study that subject?
3. Do you like your subject?  (Why? /Why not? )
4. Is it very interesting?
5. (Possibly) Are you looking forward to working?
6. Do you prefer to study in the mornings or in the afternoon?
7. Why do some people find it difficult to focus in the morning?
8. What do you do to improve your learning efficiency?
 

Hometown
1. What’s (the name of) your hometown (again)?
2. Is that a big city or a small place?
3. Please describe your hometown a little.
4. How long have you been living there?
5. Do you like your hometown?
6. (Possibly) Do you like living there?  *
7. What do you like (most) about your hometown?
8. Is there anything you dislike about it?
9. Do you think you will continue living there for a long time?

Accommodation
1. What kind of housing/accommodation do you live in?
2. Do you live in a house or a flat?
3. Do you prefer living in a house or a flat?
4. Who do you live with?
5. How long have you lived there?
6. Do you plan to live there for a long time?
7. (If you answer you haven't lived there long) What's the difference between where you are living now and where you have lived in the past?
8. Can you describe the place where you live?
9. Which room does your family spend most of the time in?
10. Are the transport facilities to your home very good?
11. Please describe the room you live in.
12. What part of your home do you like the most?
13. Are you willing to live in the countryside in the future?

Study Efficiency (New)
1. Do you prefer to study in the morning or in the afternoon?
2. Why do some people find it difficult to focus in the morning?
3. What do you do to improve your learning efficiency?

School
1. How old were you when you started school?
2. How did you get to school each day?
3. Are you still in contact with any of the friends you had in primary school?
4. What were some of the most popular activities in primary school?
5. Have you ever returned to see your old school again?

Science
1. Do you like science?
2. Are there many science museums in your hometown?
3. Did you like science classes when you were young?
4. Do you think schoolchildren should both art classes and science classes?
5. Do you think science is important to our society?

History
1. Do you like history class?
2. When was the last time you read history books?
3. What are the differences between learning history from books and from watching films?
4. Do you like films adapted from real history?
5. Do you think museums are important?
6. Do you think it is suitable for museums to sell things to visitor?
7. Do you like (to learn about) history?
8. What historical event do you find most interesting?
9. Do you think history is important?
10. Do you like to watch programs on TV about history?
11. Do you think you (= one) can (really) learn history from films and/or TV programs?
12. Do you think the Internet is a good place to learn about history?
13. Can you name a person from history whom you would like to learn more about?
14. Why would you like to learn more about him/her?  
II. Hobbies
Sing (New)
1. Do you often like to sing?
2. When do you like to sing?
3. How much time do you spend on singing everyday?
4. What kinds of music do you like to sing?
5. Is it difficult to sing well?
6. Do you want to be a singer?
7. Who is your favorite singer?
8. Is singing popular in your country?
9. What makes a singer popular all over the world?
10. Why do many people what to be famous through singing?

Games (New)
1. Do you often play games?
2. What games are popular in China?
3. Do different age groups of people like to play different games?
4. How have computers influenced the games people play?
5. What’s the difference between boys and girls in terms of playing games?
6. What’s the difference between adults and kids in terms of playing games?
7. What’s the difference between games played in the past and those played nowadays?
8. What age do you think is the best time to play?
 
Painting (New)
1. Do you like painting or drawing?
2. How often do you visit art galleries?
3. What kinds of things do you like to draw?
4. Is it easy to learn how to draw?
5. Have you ever learned painting in your childhood?
6. Do you like art show/display/exhibition?
7. Have you ever been to art museum?
8. Do you think a person can teach him or herself how to draw?
9. Do you think young children should learn to paint at school?
10. Why do you think some people buy wall paintings?

Hats (New)
1. Do you like to wear hats?
2. What kinds of hats do you have?
3. Where do you like to buy hats?
4. Is wearing hats popular in your country?
5. On what occasions do you wear hats?
6. When should people wear hats?

Flowers (New)
1. Do you like flowers?  Why?
2. What flowers do you like?  Why?
3. Which is your favorite flower?
4. Do you think flowers are important?
5. Are flowers important in your culture?  (Give examples)
6. On what occasions are flowers important?
7. Do people in your country ever use flowers for special occasions?
8. In your country, do people ever give flowers as a gift?
9. What are the occasions when people give or receive flowers?
10. Where do you usually buy flowers?
11. Have you ever sent any flowers to someone else?
12. Do you have any custom about sending flowers on some special occasions?
13. Do people in your country like growing flowers?

Gifts (New)
1. How often do you buy other gifts?
2. Do you like to send expensive gifts?
3. What kinds of gifts are popular in your country?
4. Why do people send gifts?
5. Do you think it is important to send gifts?
6. When did you get a gift last time?
7. Do you send gifts to others during their birthday time?

Handcraft
1. Have you learnt any skill from school to make something by hand?
2. Do you think it is important for children to learn those skills?
3. Is there anything you want to make by hand in the future?
4. Do you like collecting things made by hand?
5. Are handcrafts popular in China?
6. Do you think making handcrafts are meaningful activities?

Dancing
1. Do you like dancing?
2. Do you enjoy watching others dancing?
3. What kinds of dancing is the most popular one in your country?
4. Is it difficult to learn?
5. Did you like to dance when you were a child?
6. What are the benefits of learning dancing for kids?
7. When do you Chinese people usually dance?
8. Is traditional dance in your country still popular now?  

Bicycles
1. How often do you ride bicycles?
2. Is it difficult to learn how to ride a bicycle?
3. Is it popular to ride bicycles in your country?
4. When was the last time you used your bicycle?
5. Do you think bicycle is very convenient for people to use in modern life?
6. Would you say that bicycles will disappear in the future?
7. How would you teach your children how to ride a bicycle?

Snacks
1. What kinds of snacks do you like to eat?
2. Is it healthy to eat snacks?
3. Do your parents allow you to eat snacks?
4. What was the most popular snack when you were young?
5. What kinds of snacks do children in your country like to eat nowadays?

Swimming
1. Do you like swimming?
2. Is it difficult to learn how to swim?
3. Where do Chinese like to go swimming?
4. What’s the difference between swimming in the pool and swimming in the sea?

Music
1. Do you often (like to) listen to music?
2. When do you listen to music?
3. How much time do you spend listening to music every day?
4. What kinds of music do you like to listen to?
5. What's your favorite kind of music?
6. Have you ever been to a concert before?
7. Do you like to listen to live music?
8. When did you start listening to this type of music?
9. Where do you listen to it?
10. How do you feel when you listen to this music?
11. Do you like listening to songs?
12. Have you ever been to a musical performance?
13. Have you ever learned to play a musical instrument?
14. Is music an important subject at school in China?
15. Did you often listen to music when you were a child?  (If yes, give details.) What kinds of music are (most) popular in China?

Museums
1. Are there many (or, any) museums in your hometown?
2. Do you think museums are useful for visitors to your hometown/country?
3. Do you often visit a museum?
4. Did you go to any museums when you were a child?
5. When was the last time you visited a museum?
6. Do you think museums are important?
7. Do you think it's suitable for museums to sell things to visitors?

 
III. Leisure
Outdoor Activities (New)
1. What do you do in your spare time?
2. Do you like outdoor activities?
3. How often do you do that?
4. What outdoor sports do you like? (why)
5. How much time do you spend outdoors every week?
6. How often do you do outdoor activities?
7. What types of outdoor activities are popular in your country?
8. What do young people tend to do nowadays?
9. What do you usually do in your leisure time?
10. How can people make full use of leisure time?
11. Do you have enough leisure time?
12. What is the most popular thing for people in your country enjoy doing to relax in leisure time?

Walking (New)
1. Do you like to walk?
2. Do you like to walk on your own or with others?
3. Would you say that your city is a good place for walking?
4. When and where do you usually walk?
5. Who do you walk with?
6. Do you think walking helps with health?  
7. Do you often do outdoor games in your childhood?

Park
1. Do you often go to parks?
2. Why do you go there?
3. What do you usually do in the park?
4. When was the last time you went to a park?
5. Do you think the government should provide more public parks for citizens to visit?
6. Do the gardens play the same role for old people and young people?
7. Do you think gardens are important for children to see and play in?
8. Which do you think is more important, public gardens or private gardens?

Hanging out with friends
1. How often do you like to hangout with friends?
2. Who do you usually like to hangout with?
3. Where do you like to go when you hangout with your friends?
4. Do you like to go out with a big group or just few friends?

Weekends  
  
1. What do you do in your spare time?
2. When do you spend time with your family?
3. What do you usually do on weekends?
4. What did you do last weekend?
5. What do other people in your hometown (or, in your country) usually do on weekends?
6. What are you going to do next weekend?
7. Do you think it is important to make the most of your weekend?
8. Do you feel that weekends now are more important to you than when you were a child?

IV. Other topics
Weather & seasons (New)
1. What kind of weather do you like?
2. Does it rain much in your country or hometown?
3. What do you do on rainy days and sunny days?
4. What do you think are the disadvantages of raining?
5. Does weather affect people’s mood?
6. Can you give any examples of unusual weather in your hometown?
7. Do you like extremely hot or cold weather?
8. What do you think are the differences between the weather in the present and that in the past?
9. What is the climate like in your hometown?
10. How would you compare the climate in your hometown with other cities?
11. Which of the four seasons do you like best?
12. What are the differences between the seasons in China?
13. Do you like the changes of the four seasons?
14. Would you prefer to live in a place with one warm season all year round or a place with different seasons?

Sunny days (New)
1. Do you like sunny days?
2. What do you like to do when it is a sunny day?
3. Would you like to stay at home or go outside when the weather is great?
4. Are there many sunny days in your hometown?
5. What is your favorite weather?  And what do you usually do?
6. Do you like sunny days?
7. Does your mood change with weather?
8. What weather do you dislike?
9. Do you watch weather forecast?
10. Do you think it is accurate?

Birthdays (New)
1. How do children celebrate birthdays in your country?
2. How did you celebrate your last birthday?
3. What kinds of birthday gifts do you like to receive?
4. Is there a difference between the way you celebrated your birthday in the past and in the present?
5. How do Chinese people celebrate their birthdays?
6. How do people celebrate children’s birthdays today?
7. What did you do on your last birthday?
8. How important are birthdays in your country?
9. What do children get for their birthdays in your country?
10. Do you like to celebrate your birthday with your parents or with your friends?
11. What’s the most important birthday for people in your country?
12. Do people in your country prefer to celebrate birthdays according to the lunar or the solar calendar?
13. Which one do you think is more important, the birthdays of a child or those of an adult?

Newspaper (New)
1. Do you often read newspapers?
2. Which do you prefer reading, magazines or newspapers?
3. What kinds of newspaper do you usually read?
4. How old were you when you first started to read newspapers?
5. Do you think it is important to read newspapers?
6. Why do you think people read newspapers?
7. What different types of newspapers are there in China?
8. Do you care about the news?
9. Is the news important to you?
10. What kinds of news do Chinese people read in newspaper?
11. Do you prefer to read about domestic news or international news?
12. What are some methods that newspapers use to attract readers?
13. What influence do you think newspapers have on society?
14. Do you think the Internet is a good way to get news?
15. What was the first magazine or book you have ever bought?
16. Do you think magazines and newspaper will exist 50 years from now?
 
Noise (New)
1. Do you mind noise?
2. What types of noise do you come across in your daily life?
3. Are there any sounds that you like?
4. Where can you hear loud noise?
5. Do you think there is too much noise in modern society?
6. Are cities becoming noisier?
7. What do you feel about noise when you are working or studying?

Advertisement (New)
1. Are there many advertisements in your country?
2. Why do you think there are so many advertisements now?
3. What are the various places where we see advertisements?
4. How do you feel about advertisement?
5. Do you often see some advertisements in the place where you live?
6. How do you like advertisements on TV?
7. Do they encourage/persuade you to buy some related products?
8. How do you like advertisements on the Internet?
9. What do you think about the developing in advertising in China today?

Colors
1. What colors do you like?
2. What’s the most popular color in China?
3. Do you like to wear clothes or bright colors?
4. What’s the different between men and women’s preference on colors?
5. Do colors affect your mood?

Countryside
1.  Would you like to live in the countryside in the future?
2.  What do people living in the countryside like to do?
3.  What are the benefits of living in rural areas?
4.  What’s the different between living in the city and living the countryside?

Time management
1. Are you good at organizing time?
2. How do you usually organize time?
3. Do you think planning is important for time management?
4. Why do some people find it hard to follow their plans?
5. How would you teach your children time management?

Transport
1. How did you come here today?
2. Do you like to take public transport?
3. Have you ever travelled by bus or by taxi?
4. Do you prefer taking bus or taxi?
5. Do you often travel by bus or taxi?
6. Do you think public transport system could be further improved?
7. How often do you take the bus?
8. When was the last time you took a taxi?
9. What are the advantages of taking a taxi compared with buses?
10. Is it convenient to take the bus/ taxi in your city?

Mobile phone
1. How often do you use your mobile phone?
2. Can you describe your mobile phone?
3. What was your first mobile phone?
4. Would you buy a new one in the future?
5. How has your mobile phone changed your life?
6. Do you text someone if he doesn’t answer your phone?
11. Is there any chance when texting someone is better than calling him?
12. Have you ever had difficulty replying?
13. How often do you send text messages?
14. How often do you make phone calls?
15. Do you like to call your parents or send text messages to them?

Computer
1. Do you like using computers?
2. When did you first start to use computers?
3. How often do you use computers?
4. Do you usually write by hand or write using a computer (typewriter or word-processor)?
5. Have computers changed your life in any way?

Social network
1. What kinds of social networking websites do you like to use?
2. Are you a social person?
3. What kinds of people do you like to be friends with on those websites?
4. Is it easy to find real friends on a social networking website?
5. What kinds of chatting app or software do Chinese like to use?
Teamwork
1. When was the last time you worked with a team?
2. Do you like to work or study with others or just by yourself?
3. What’s the most important thing for teamwork?
4. Do you like to be a leader?
Being in a hurry
1. When was the last time you did something in a hurry?
2. Do you like to finish things quickly?
3.  What kinds of things will you never do in a hurry?
4.  Why do people make mistakes more easily when they are in a hurry?

Handwriting
1. Do you usually write by hand or write using a computer (typewriter or word-processor)?
2. Nowadays, how do most people write things?
3. Do you think computers might one day replace handwriting?
4. When do children begin to write in your country?
5. How did you learn to write?
6. Do you think handwriting is very important (nowadays)?
7. How can children today improve (or, practice) their handwriting?
8. What impression does a person's handwriting have on other people?

Emails and Letters
1. Do you write many letters or emails?
2. Do you prefer to write letters by hand or to use a computer?
3. Which do you more often write, emails or letters?
4. How often do you write an email or a letter?
5. What are the differences between emails and letters?
6. What do you usually write about?
7. Who do you usually write to?
8. Is it hard to think of what to write?
9. What kind(s) of letter/email do you think is (are) the hardest to write?
10. How do you feel when you receive a letter or email?
11. What kinds of emails (or letters) do you receive that make you feel happy?
12. Do you think people will still write letters in the future?

  


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