How to Pass the IELTS Speaking Exam

So, you've signed up for a language course to prepare for the IELTS exam and are now looking forward to the chance to showcase your English speaking skills in the IELTS Oral Paper. OK, you may be feeling a little nervous as well! Try our tips below to help you relax and show the IELTS examiner just how well you speak English!

Part 1: Introduction and Interview
This first section of the IELTS Speaking exam lasts about 4-5 minutes and gives the examiner the chance to find out a little about you through some simple 'getting-to-know-you' questions. These will be questions that you'll have something to talk about such as your family, where you come from and what your interests are. This is also YOUR chance to get off to a good start! Example Questions:
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Q: Tell me a little about where you come from? Q: Do you enjoy studying English? Q: Why are you taking the IELTS exam? Q: Have you got any interests or hobbies?

Impress the examiner with your ability to give full answers to his or her questions. Top Tips!




Avoid short, 'yes', 'no' answers. Q: Tell me a little about where you come from? A: I'm from Coimbra. It's a city in the central part of Portugal. It's a very histirical city and we have one of the oldest universities in Europe. Use examples to back up statements. Q: Do you enjoy studying English? A: Oh yes! I went to England last year and loved being able to communicate with local people. And knowing a second language means you have access to a whole new culture ... new authors, English films. Give the examiner a picture of you. Q: Why are you taking the IELTS exam? A: I'm taking an IELTS course in India in order to go to university in the UK. I've been accepted on a Business course in London but need to get the right IELTS score so I've been doing lots of IELTS Speaking practice. Q: Have you got any interests or hobbies? A: Not really. I like watching football and read books quite often, but I don't have any hobbies really. Hopefully one day I'll discover a hidden interest!

Part 1: Troubleshooting What if the examiner asks you a question you don't understand? How should you respond in a situation like this? You may have problems understanding a question. The simple answer is: ask for clarification. If it was a word or phrase you didn't quite understand just say something on the lines of:

"Sorry but could you explain what you mean by ........" "I haven't come across that word/expression before. Could you explain what you mean?" If you just didn't understand what the interviewer has said, ask them to repeat the question: "Sorry, I didn't catch that. Could you say that again?" "Excuse me. Could you repeat that?" And if you're looking for clarification ask the interviewer to confirm what you think was asked: "Do you mean ........" "When you say ........, are you asking/do you mean ........?" Hopefully, these simple questions will get the interview back on track and you'll also have impressed the interviewer with your conversation skills. You can learn several tips for responding to questions fully in the Splendid Speaking Self-Study Course, details of which appear below.

Part 2: The Long Turn
In Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking exam you have to speak for between 1 and 2 minutes on a set topic based on information on a card the examiner will give you. You'll be a given a minute to prepare what you want to say just enough time to jot down some ideas to help give your talk structure and interest. Example Topics:

Example 1: Describe a teacher you have fond memories of. You should say: when this was where you were studying when you met which subject they taught you and what it was about the person that makes them so memorable.


Example 2: Describe an item of technology you use that you couldn't do without. You should say: what this technology is when you first started using it how you use it and why it's so essential for you.

Top Tips!
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Make the most of your preparation time and make notes. Structure your talk with an introduction, main body and conclusion. Signpost your talk at the end with words or expressions like 'So ...', 'As you can see ...', 'To sum up ...'. Add personal details such as short anecdotes to help make your talk interesting. Don't speak too fast. Pause between sentences and try to relax.

Part 2: Troubeshooting Many people preparing for the IELTS long turn worry how they can finish what they want to say in the time available. The best way to get the timing right is to practise making short talks on various topics on your own. (Or in front of a friend if you're feeling brave!) Try building in a short introduction and conclusion to give your talk structure. You'll almost certainly overrun or finish too quickly at first but the more you practise the sooner you'll get a feel for the time available. And remember, we often feel nervous when presenting and this can often lead to us speaking too quickly. Try not to rush. Regular pauses between sentences will help you control the pace of your talk and the examiner will find it easier to follow what you're saying. You can find out more about structuring short talks and using pauses for effect in the Splendid Speaking SelfStudy Course, details of which appear below.

Part 3: Two-Way Discussion
In Part 3 of the IELTS interview, which lasts between 4-5 minutes, you will participate in a discussion with the examiner based on the topic in Part 2. The examiner is likely to ask you questions based on your experience or opinion of the subject. Example Questions:

Topic = Sport you watch or participate in Q: How important is it for young people to be involved in sport? Q: Which sports are particulalry popular in your country? Q: What would you recommend to someone thinking about taking up a new sporting interest? Topic = Somebody who has been an important friend to you Q: Why are friends so important to us? Q: Which qualities do you most value in a friend? Q: Is it common to have a 'best friend' as we get older?


Top Tips!
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Again, avoid short, 'yes', 'no' answers. Use personal anecdotes to help yourself make a point or express an opinion. Use expressions to allow yourself time to think. For example: 'That's a good question.', 'Well, let me think ...' Refer to stories in the news to help make a point .

Part 3: Troubleshooting Many non-native speakers about to attend an IELTS interview are understandably worried about making mistakes in their use of English. How important is it to be accurate and should you try to self-correct any mistakes you make? The fact that you have a good level of English will certainly be an asset and the interviewer will be reassured if you can speak clearly and reasonably accurately. Self-correction is a good way of showing the interviewer that you're aware of having made a mistake. However, don't go mad trying to correct each and every error! Remember, you should also be demonstrating your fluency skills as well. Monitoring your speech TOO closely and self-correcting every mistake will slow you down and make you sound rather hesitant. Remember this: the interviewer will be interested in WHAT you have to say as well as how you say it so try to concentrate on this fact and worry less about speaking 'perfect' English!

XXX. Hello. I was born in 1980.You can find out how to develop your fluency skills with the Splendid Speaking Self-Study Course. the English equivalent of my family name would be something like 'peace'.6) Yes.8) I presume you are referring to my Chinese name. Does your name have any special meaning? (5 . My English name was randomly chosen by one of my high school teachers. the answer may be amended. 7. and in the case of my first name it would be 'strong one'. Yes. . make sure not to recite the original! Spoken Part1 Fan : INTRODUCTION 1. 4. to be exact. My family name means' peace '. and it really does not have any special meaning. Does your name have any special meaning? (7 . and my first name has the meaning of' strong one '. Friends usually call my English name. and it really does' t have any special meaning. Could you tell me your full name please? My full name is XXX. How are you? I am fine. thank you. What shall I call you? You could call me XXX. here you are. March 8. In other words. details of which appear below IELTS Speaking Part1: classic questions & answer The answer can only be done to learn how to answer. I am planning to do this as well as I can. 6. 6. I believe a person has to work out his own life. my name does have some special meaning. 2. How old are you? I am 22 years old. and you? 5. I not specified 't think it can do anything for me. 3. Sure. 1980. Could you show me your identification card please? Hello.6) No. My English name was given by one of my high school teachers. Is your name important to you? (5 .

Where do you live? (5 . restaurants. So I really do not know which of the two to call my home at the moment. 9. and other businesses. certainly. How long have you lived in your hometown? (5 .8) I come from Guangzhou. but I would like to be more independent soon. Can you tell me something about your hometown? (5 . 9. 8. I have my own room and enjoy the privacy that it brings.6) I come from Guangzhou. Spoken Part1 Fan : HOMETOWN 8. We live in a respectable area with many shops. 10. The people in our building are generally dangerous places and quiet. We live in a nice area with many shops. However. How long have you lived in your hometown? (7 . Please allow me to explain. My parents have been living here for the past thirty years or so. Guangzhou is in the southern part of China. Is your name important to you? (7 . I grew up here and attended high school called a well Zhixin High School.8) I live with my parents here in Guangzhou at the moment. Names were important to the older generation as they are of the opinion that it will determine your destiny to some extent. that is not so easy to answer. we live in an apartment building in one of the northern suburbs of the city. Where do you live? (7 .8) Yes.8) Not really. but I am looking forward to the day that I can have my own apartment. Where do you come from? 8. restaurants. I grew up here and attended high school called a well Zhixin High School. Where do you come from? 8. I belong to the new generation who do not attach too much significance to our names.7. but over weekends I live with my parents in a village about one hour by car from Guangzhou. I will do this by acquiring good qualifications and by working hard. a major middle school in the province. My parents have been living here for the past thirty years or so. Allow me to explain : my parents are very nice and I love them very much. During the week I live in a dormitory at the university. and the capital of Guangdong . and a variety of other businesses. I personally believe that I myself will determine my destiny no matter what my name is.6) Well. which makes it a pleasure to live there. To be more exact.

aircraft. and months later skyscrapers grow up.8) 11. even pandas and other animals in their natural environment. It is better known as an industrial city. I 'm afraid. and machine tool manufacturers. What places do you like in your hometown best? (5 . Lastly. Or (5 . 12.6) : In our region many crops are grown. The Yuexiu Park is the second place I 'd like to recommend. In winter we often go skiing there. the zoological parks and botanical gardens. the Statue of Five Rams. is located in the park. The waterfall is the largest of its kind in the whole Asia. In addition. pears. For example. What places should foreigners visit in your hometown? Why? (5 . Here they grow many kinds of fruit like apples. such as Sun sen Memorial Hall. It enjoys a large open space where one can clearly see the sky and feel free. Can you tell me about some famous scenic spots in your hometown? (5 . the Japanese invaded the city and committed many atrocities (that is to say many crimes) during the occupation. Firstly.8) 11. which is the highest architectural attraction in Guangzhou. with many gardens and a lake. bears. and peaches. It has many heavy industries such as automobile. 11. Of course it 's just a Metaphorin. you know.6) . Guangzhou is a metropolis. the city 's symbol. skyscrapers.8) There are many places that I like. 13. it is rich in history. What is the difference between your hometown and Beijing / Hong Kong (5 .province. It is the largest square in Guangzhou. What are the main crops in your region? (7 . It almost has no agriculture and no crops. many farmers have orchards. 14. This is still remembered by many of the elderly folks to this day.8) Sure. it is important to note that Guangzhou is not known for its agriculture. which you will find around the city. What are the main places of interest in your hometown? Why? (5 . There are many other sites in the city that are worthwhile visiting. If I had to choose one place. or something like that. Chen Clan Academy and the CITIC Building. It consists of a large park.8) The main crop in my hometown is. one would find all kinds of vegetables in the fields of this region. In addition. In addition. In summer the park is a popular place to visit and see tigers. Next. I would like to tell you about Tianhe East Railway Square . it houses a fabulous man-waterfall. For example. wolves. To the north of the city there are the famous Baiyun Mountains.8) 11. rather than wheat or corn. For example. here are many heavy industries manufacturing anything from aircraft to machine tools and automobiles. I 'd like to mention the Pearl River. Can you tell me about some famous landscapes in your hometown? (5 . You can see people plant bricks everyday.

Wednesday afternoons we are off. What are the people like in your hometown? (5 . Besides. 15. For example. On the contrary. We have classes in the mornings. Guangzhou enjoys a tropical climate. What are the people like in your hometown? (7 . in Guangzhou you would still find many good fashioned (traditional) people who have strong principles and values about many aspects of life. here we also have many wholesome families as well as our share of criminal elements in the society. It is very hot and humid here. In addition. they aren 't any different from the inhabitants in any other large city. I graduated from high school two years ago. here we also have good and bad people. 16. Beijing has cold winters and hot summers. I am an assistant to one of the automotive electricians in the workshop. I believe that my hometown has not been to the same extent as a westernized city like Hong Kong. Guangzhou is a regional center whereas Beijing is more a national or even world center. I have to assist my artisan in getting his jobs done. Secondly. like everyone else. For example. A) STUDENT . I am studying English on a full-basis at a Language School here in Guangzhou. In other words. the people have not become materialistic in Guangzhou to the same extent as the inhabitants of Hong Kong. 15. We have a number of foreign teachers who assist us in the correct pronunciation and grammar of the language. and evenings.8) I am a student at the moment. Are you a student or do you have a job? (5 . they are trying to work out a good life for themselves and their children. For example. parents are trying all they can to ensure that their children receive a good education. and went to work immediately. Spoken Part1 Fan : PRESENT SITUATION 16. For instance.6) 15. Are you a student or do you have a job? (5 . I have the responsibility to see that are the tools are in good order. and are allowed to go swimming at a nearby hotel.6) Well.8) I have a job. Can you tell me something about the character of the people in your hometown? (5 . For example. I am working in a workshop of a large manufacturing plant at the moment. and that the workshop is always kept clean and tidy.The main difference between Guangzhou and Beijing is the climate. Can you tell me something about the character of the people in your hometown? Well. they aren 't any different from the people in any other large city.8) 15. afternoons.

22. namely English for Academic Purposes called EAP. I feel that I have achieved something. What I mean is that the professor gives us examples from real life to examine and report on. Firstly. and the study for another two hours. Moreover. I follow this habit from 16-18 's to sharp' s. What do you like most about your studies? (5 . I study for two hours. but over the weekends I spend most time in relaxing with my family or friends. For example. our lecturers and some advisors from the relevant industries have set up our study materials. Allow me to explain my personal view shortly by mentioning the following points : I believe that Beijing University in Beijing is the best one in the country. we often use case studies in class. Which is the best university in China? (5 . So when I am able to communicate with someone in English. we have only one subject.17. I always start my study promptly at eight in the evenings.8) Certainly. 21. What I mean to say is that the people who are going to work for one day we have had the opportunity to tell the university what they think we should be taught. What is your major? (5 . practical speaking. 19. I guess the speaking part.8) Well. Please allow me to explain. but also have mastered a very necessary tool for my future career. Could you sum up your study habits? (5 . It gives me the opportunity to question them about their countries and cultures. I would like to . Do you think your present subjects are relevant to society? (5 . We do reading and writing. have a ten-minute break.8) I would like to become a medical doctor. it has the highest percentage of students passing their courses of all the universities in China. Language is all about communication.8) That 's an interesting question. Allow me to explain myself by shortly mentioning the following points : First. especially in the business world. 20.8) As I have been studying on a full-basis at an English Language School. What kind of job would you prefer after graduation? (5 . and listening by means of cassettes. 18. Please allow me to explain. I particularly like our free talk sessions with the foreign teachers. What I mean to say is that when I am able to communicate well in English I will not only be able to go and study abroad and improve my qualifications.8) I have well established study habits. English is the language of the future.

23.8) I was most impressed by the knowledge and skills of my lecturers. I was impressed by the facilities. B) EMPLOYEE 24. hospital staff. I graduated in 2001 from the Liaoning University in Shenyang. 25. I had no or very few worries and at school. they had experience in the working environment. when and where did you graduate? (5 . I have a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering. For example. I made many good friends there. and spend more and more of their money on holidays and. Secondly.8) No. I graduated in 2001 from the Medical Training College in Beijing.render a service in the community to which I will eventually belong. 24. The professionals ensure that hotel guests will have a good time and come back later. Do you still remember your school days? (5 . They were absolutely carefree days. and could tell us exactly what we would come across there. One more thing. For example. All hotels and resorts need well-trained professionals no matter where they are situated. What are your job prospects? (5 . I believe that the hotel industry will be growing greatly in future. It is a well-College giving excellent training to future nurses and other medical staff. I believe that after graduation I will be able to find a good job anywhere in the world. My parents provided in my day-to-day needs. when and where did you graduate? (5 . In addition. I have a Diploma in Nursing. wellequipped laboratories. Do you have a degree? If so.8) .8) Of course! Those were some of the best times in my life.8) I am planning to become a Hotel Manager. Some of my best friends today were people that I met in school. It is the largest university in Liaoning Province and has about twenty thousand students. People are becoming more affluent. and sporting facilities at our disposal. Do you have a degree? If so. and all I had to do was get good marks. What impressed you most when you were at university / college? (5 .8) Yes. 27. we had a large library. 26. For example. For example. and so on are all trained there. ambulance drivers. I would like to assist the elderly that do not have the financial means to afford private hospitals. What do you do for a living? (5 .

Describe your job in detail. The company that I am working for is large and strong. I become financially independent with the salary earned through my job 28.27. would you change jobs? (7 . I have a good relationship with my colleagues and my endorsing. I believe. have a review of the surroundings. The only . I believe one should always be ambitious. I can serve my community and my country through my job. one should never be complacent. Lastly. Is your job important to you? (7 . At the same time. In addition. and people living along the road benefit from our work. It provides a chance for me to serve my community and my country. I would not hesitate for one moment if I could obtain a promotion by changing jobs. After we have completed a road.8) Although I am very happy in my present job. when my company builds a new road. Are there possible changes that could affect your job in any way? (5 . many people benefit from our work. That is to say. however. it makes me feel good about myself. Should I change my job. would you change jobs? (5 . I get along well with my colleagues and my salary is satisfactory. To be more precise.6) No. Furthermore. For example.8) I am an Engineer working for a large construction company in the city. For example. 28. I specialize in the building of railway and bridges. but there has to be a balance between looking after one 's own interests and those of the present employer. we have to make recommendations to the railway company of all the alternatives. I am proud to drive on the road with my family and explain to them what was involved during the building of the road. At the same time. If you could. when my company builds a new road. and give them some idea of the costs. not really. my colleague and I have to travel to the site.8) There may be some but not many. I personally get pride and the sense of achievement from the job. Is your job important to you? (5 .6) Definitely. I might not find such nice people to work with and could be very unhappy. (5 . 30.8) The job means almost everything to me except my family. I could be promoted to head of a department in two years. I know one should show some loyalty to his present employer. but should be on the lookout for opportunities to advance in your career. When I am assigned a new bridge-building task. What 's more important. What I mean is that I am very happy in my present job. If you could. 29. and then decide what type of bridge will be suitable. I believe I will be able to develop my career here. 29. If I keep up working hard and perform well.

6) That 'sa tough [question. I believe the most important reason lies in fathers. 32.possible change that comes to my mind is I may receive a promotion. China will be able to make progress in the fight against unemployment. in many western countries it is customary for a boy to receive his grandfather 's name. the policy will give China a chance to move ahead in the world. They want their children to carry their name into the future. They feel that when they have a son he would be able to provide for them in future. and my mother has a brother. That would be a positive development. What do you think of the One-Child Policy in China? (5 . so I have a number of uncles and aunts and many cousins. Could you tell me something about your family? (5 . In my opinion. I would say that my mother does most of the shopping. My grandparents passed away when I was still very young. Why do people in China traditionally want to have a son? (5 . On the other hand. 33.8) That 's an interesting question. Our population had been growing rapidly and to something drastic had to be done. so I did not have the privilege of knowing them. It violates basic human rights. my mother and me. Spoken Part1 Fan : FAMILY A) GENERAL 31. the policy has both merits and shortcomings. Besides. A second reason that I could mention is that parents Worry about what will happen to them after they retired. 34.8) Certainly. the One-Child Policy has been extremely harsh on the people. My family is a typical Chinese one. The last thing I would like to mention that my mother does not like my father 's smoking .8) As far as this topic is concerned. The policy is one of the most effective tools to solve the increasing problem of overpopulation in the country. My parents allow me to buy my own clothes. It consists of my father. My father was one of their four children. but my father and I will do some shopping from time to time. What do you think of the One-Child Policy in China? (7 .8) That 'sa controversial question in China. Who does most of the shopping in your family? (5 . it deprives women of their fertility rights. so I not specified 'not worry about it at all. Only sons can fulfill the task. I think we have to have the policy in China. For example. For example. 32. What I mean to say is that as soon as the population growth has stabilized. I am the only child.

He was born on the day that Macao became part of China again. Do you have any children? (5 . In addition. 't mind. For instance. often on a sharp night none of us feel like cooking. and if so when did you get married? (5 . 35.8) My mother does most of the cooking. That 's why he got the name. but my father and I will do some cooking from time to time. We would both like to have a son and a daughter. but that did I. We are planning to start a family as soon as we have with our own apartment. I not specified 't have any children yet. 39.8) My child 's name is Li Ao Sheng. For example. as we believe that he is going to become a strong man one day. and have our favorite dish. His nickname is Bao Bao. We do not keep any secrets from one another. so that my father has to do that kind of shopping himself. To put it in another way you could say that we are best friends. .habit and therefore refuses to buy cigarettes.8) Yes. and then we visit one of the local restaurants.8) No. Are you married. they would do anything in their power to allow me to have the opportunity. I got married about three years ago. Since I am their only child. they themselves never had the opportunity to study in foreign countries. I have a good husband / wife. 38. Until then my husband / wife and I are working as hard as possible to improve our life. How does your family feel about you going abroad? (5 . The second aspect I could tell you regarding this topic is that we often eat out. and we are very happy together. I am married. B) MARRIED Person 37. What is your child 's name? Does it have any meaning? (5 . I believe my parents will be very proud if I may achieve a degree at a university abroad.8) They feel very happy about it and give me 100% support. I knew before marriage that he snores loudly when he turns onto his back when sleeping. sometimes when my mother is out the whole day doing voluntary work in our community and then my father and I will do the cooking for her. We had known each other for many years before we got married. so we did not have to adjust too much. For example. one-child but because of the policy that will not be possible. 36. Who does most of the cooking in your family? (5 .

I will never forget the time we spent there. He works for the Department of Health at a hospital near our home. What does your husband do? (5 . 43. We did have a honeymoon. A new supermarket in our area will be opened soon. not really. Did you have a honeymoon. We went to Dalian for a week. 44. Also. She has placed her name on a waiting list.8) Yes. He loves his work. as we could sit in the evenings on the beach and watch the moon rising over the sea. 41. and is receiving a good salary.8) No. For example. and stayed in a small hotel next to the beach. What responsibilities should a couple take? (5 . Do you think couples should live with their parent or on their own? (5 . They knew we were going to get married. Generation gap can be the trigger for many quarrels between the young and old generations. First. they would then most probably decide to get married.8) My wife is a housewife at the moment. they should be alone as soon as possible. and if so where did you Uzelac (5 . but it is not easy. 46.8) These days the practice is becoming more and more acceptable to society. 45. I believe couples should become independent as soon as possible. it was very romantic. We are looking for a job for her. We only had to confirm the date with them to ensure that it would suit them and our families.40. Is living together without getting married in China? Acceptable (5 . Allow me to explain by mentioning some of them briefly.8) Definitely the latter. as she does not have any qualifications or experience. As a matter of fact we both agree that we have a lot to be thankful for. What does your wife do? (5 . What I mean to say is that it all depends on the couple now. When they are absolutely sure that they are able to adapt to each other 's lifestyles. so we do 't have any worries and serious. There are several reasons why I think couples should as for life on their own. and we hope that she will be able to find a job there.8) . and we will be hearing soon from the employment officer.8) My husband is a civil servant. He is responsible for keeping the patient records in the men 's wards. Young people feel that they first want to know each other even better by living together. They should learn how to cope with the money at their disposal. 42. In earlier times is was customary for the young man to get the permission from his girlfriend 's parents before they could get married. Did you and your spouse have to ask permission from your parents before you could get married? (5 .

I 'd like to mention the following points : first and foremost. the father will give his wife some Flowers. What type of culture do you want your child to grow up in? (5 .8) No. and studying should be part of his life from the beginning. but I will still love her. I would love my child unconditionally. together with a paintbrush made by using some of the babies hair. If I could do . I hope that they will be happy. In the first place.8) Yes. but I will also try to understand and satisfy his needs.There are several responsibilities that couples should take. art. Are there any traditions around the birth of a baby in your region? (5 . I 'd like to mention the following points in this regard. I would like my child to grow up in a culture of love.8) That 'sa broad question. What kind of parent do you intend to be? (5 . The prints.8) That 'sa good question. 48. Things like music. They have to feed the kid and ensure that he/she gets a good education. What makes I Worry most is that my children will have a very tough [life. That is. 50. Furthermore. I would like to be a strict but fair parent. not really. I believe they should be responsible for their own finances. even if he/she has made mistakes. just like the ending of a fairy tale. I will not give my child too many freedoms.8) That 's an interesting question. 51. I wonder if they will have work to do since unemployment rate is so high even now. They should try to find ways to make ends meet. After the baby is born. When the baby arrives at home. I hope my child will grow up in a culture where the finer things in life are important. I believe my parents raised me well and gave me a good education. What hopes or fears do you have concerning your children? (5 . they have to look after their child if they have one. Young couples usually do not have a lot of money. will be kept as souvenirs. have children and live together in peace and love. In the second place. They will find a good spouse. the circumstances in our home will be full of love and understanding. What I mean is that I know my child is not turns. First of all. 49. Are you going to bring your children up differently from the way you were brought up? Why? (5 . and take photographs of the baby and her. the parents will make prints of its hands and feet. Next. there are quite a few. C) CHILDREN 47.

53. For instance. Secondly. Throughout history woman have not enjoyed the same status as men.the same for my child I would be happy. I believe that discrimination against woman have deep roots in societies all over the world. to be a housewife is a job just as any other. Last but not the least. For example. Describe the position of woman in China? (5 . Allow me to explain myself by shortly mentioning the following points : Firstly. What are the causes of sex discrimination? (7 . Lastly. many men still have the traditional idea that a woman should stay at home. construction work has always been seen as a man 's job.8) Sex discrimination against women can still be found in China though the country has tried very hard to eliminate it. I believe housewives should be paid a salary by the government. Maybe I would be a bit more modern. raise the kids and serve her husband. Next. the more housewives there are. What are the causes of sex discrimination? (5 . Moreover. In addition. as it will upset the balance between men and women in China in the years to come. D) WOMAN 52. it is not a present day phenomenon. in many communities in China. in government. and one should be paid for what you are doing. This is particularly true in the rural areas.8) That 's an interesting question. For example. Firstly. It is only recently that woman have been filling the same positions as men in the work place. the better. say. . women are still regarded as inferior to men. 53. women are not considered for certain high level positions.8) One of the main reasons regarding this topic that I would like to highlight is the fact that men often determine the wages in the companies. In other words. This is against the nature. and so lay the foundation of healthy relationships.8) 52. For example. I believe that it will take much more time to eradicate this practice. Should housewives be paid a salary by the government? Why? (5-8) Yes. 54. as more and more woman become the sole breadwinners in families. I believe my parents were unreasonably strict at times. Lastly. I would try and keep a balance between discipline and freedom. One obvious example is that women who are doing exactly the same job as men are getting smaller salaries. parents prefer to have a boy as opposed to a girl. Is there any sex discrimination in China? (5 . housewives can spend more time with their babies. they will have to be compensated as such irrespective of their sex. the women are not seen as able to do certain jobs as well as men.

My studies are so important to me that I have given up all my other activities. Do you often watch TV? What is your favorite program? (5 .8) No. I used to love playing tennis. Soap operas help me to relax. 56. Surfing on the Internet is of course very time-consuming. What are your spare time interests? (7 . Last week it explained how some birds have adapted themselves to survive in a desert. it is a fast and convenient way to find out about the latest news from all over the world. and love to look for exciting Web sites that I have not known before. The program also talks about nature.6) As a matter of fact. What does friendship mean to you? (5 . We can learn a lot from watching TV and it is a good way to relax. B) FRIENDS 58.8) Well. For example. In addition. I have very few spare times these days. I believe that TV has become the best source of information these days. I have just bought my first computer. What do you usually do in your spare time? (5 .Spoken Part1 Fan : PREFERENCES (1) A) SPARE TIME 55. while the documentaries are informative. should be friends. Do you think watching TV is a waste of time? (5 . I particularly like to watch the polar bears playing with their cubs.6) 55. these days. but now I simply do not have the time. For example. surfing on the Internet has been my only interest in leisure time. 57.8) Yes. Lastly. I not specified 't think so. Husbands and wives. Moreover. I need friends to help me when I am in trouble. It is not a science fiction but a documentary on real life events and happenings.8) Friendship is of great importance to me because I believe that it lays solid foundation for many of our relationships. 55. for example. but I feel that it is one of the .8) 55. What do you usually do in your spare time? (7 . it had a program on the latest eclipse of the sun that occurred at the end of the year. Web cameras by means of what I am able to watch wild animals are doing in many parts of the world. I know this sounds selfish. What are your spare time interests? (5 . so I not specified 't really have time for anything else. I often watch TV. My favorite program is called 'Discovery'.

my friends know that I will always be available if they turn to me. and they would not mind me saying so.6) We do a lot of things together. Do you prefer to be alone or to be with friends? (5 . I have a lot of friends. but I also have some best friends who I have known for many years.reasons why I have friends. For example. and I know they would do the same for me. I like reading. 60.8) Yes.8) We usually go to the movies. For example. Do you have a lot of friends? (5 . 61. over weekends. we like to watch a good action movie from time to time. 60.8) It depends. after a hard day at work I just want to relax without anybody disturbing me. We find very exiting the spectacular crashes and . Please allow me to explain. 59. In turn. I often invite some of my friends over. which takes a lot of my time. Some of them are only casual friends like my friends at work. 60. In addition. and we listen and to our favorite music. I will do anything to help them when they need me. sometimes I want to be with my friends.6) I prefer to be with my friends. Sometimes I prefer to be alone. I often have to check the meaning of unfamiliar words in my dictionary. We usually challenge to play against another group us. 61. So after work I like the company of other people. My friends and I like cartoons very much. We often spend hours there at a time. What do you usually do with your friends? (5 . Do you prefer to be alone or to be with friends? (5 . which is a slow process taking a lot of time. We go there to play computer games or surf the net to have a Chat with young people abroad. Please allow me to explain. or just Chat the whole evening. so we find out where a new cartoon in the newspaper and go and watch it is being showed.6) I prefer to be alone. I like to go out with them and enjoy their company stimulation. Visiting net bars is one of them. Do you prefer to be alone or to be with friends? (7 . Those are the times that I might meditate on the meaning of life for example. On the other hand. or just savor some fond memories. so I have to do it alone. What do you usually do with your friends? (7 . Reading to me is a way of studying. At work I spend most of my time alone in my office. The other interest we share is to play basketball.

What do you usually do on weekdays and on weekends? ( 5 . and generally having a good time. The reason for this is simple. What do you usually do on weekdays and on weekends? ( 5 . We spend many hours playing games or surfing the net. I can easily spend a weekend watching TV and just relaxing. 62. some of whom I love and some I hate. On weekends I like to go out with my friends. It seems that I often loose my identity in such a large crowd. but just go window-shopping. What do you usually do when you go out? ( 5 . What do you usually do when you go out? ( 7 . I know the characters in Friends very well by now. . 63. I know that some of the plots are silly and overdramatic. For example. as I dont have to think very hard to follow the stories.8 ) I usually go to watch a football game with some of my friends. On weekends I like to stay at home. Sometimes we sit in a restaurant and have something to drink while we watch the crowds of people go by.explosions.6 ) On weekdays I go to school. We ladies usually need a lot of clothes to make us look beautiful. Often we dont actually buy anything. net bars are a great place for social gatherings. looking at all the clothes and comparing prices and quality. c) WEEKENDS 62. We go to one of the local stadiums where our favorite team will be playing. What do you usually do when you go out? ( 5 . There we meet other youngsters and just hang around talking. and have famous actors like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Cruise playing in them. We go and visit new shopping malls in the city. 63. In addition. Then we would browse around all shops in the malls.6 ) On weekdays I go to school. I love the excitement and suspense. and go crazy about the smallest of things. I like the soap operas like Friends and so on.6 ) I usually go shopping with my mother. These movies are from Hong Kong or Hollywood. d) OUTINGS 63.6 ) I usually go to the nearest net bar with some of my friends. but it is good entertainment for relaxation. so we love to go shopping.

I dont have the patience. which was based on racial discrimination and had become known to the world as apartheid.6 ) I have read a book about the life of Michael Jordan. Do you often read newspapers? ( 5 . I like to read a storyline that is full of intrigue and suspense. I dont like it. the Japanese cartoons that are common in China. It covers all aspects of the country. and was written by a famous American author called James Mitchener. I believe cartoons are a special form of art.6 ) No. which in turn will broaden your views on important issues. ( 5 . Please allow me to explain. Please allow me to explain. up to the present. Firstly. For example. I am sorry. Describe a book that you have read recently. I never read newspaper. I also like to read Japanese cartoons. What kinds of books do you like best? ( 5 . ( 7 .6 ) No.8 ) Yes.6 ) I like cartoons. you acquire new knowledge. it contains translations which ensure that I dont have to waste time looking up unfamiliar words. he looks at the political situation over the past fifty years. 67.8 ) I like novels. What kinds of books do you like best? ( 7 . I prefer magazines like Crazy English. have excellent illustrations. It describes the history from the very first days. I like it very much. I watch TV if I want to know what is happening in China and the . but focuses on the people of the country. 66. 65. It is called The Covenant. Describe a book that you have read recently. When you read. Firstly. For example. Maybe the books I have tried were not interesting enough. Besides. The most common one known all over the world since ancient times is the so-called love triangle. I have never been able to read a book from start to finish. For example. Do you like reading? ( 7 . many love stories have characters who are involved in all sorts of conflicts amongst them. The topics in it are interesting and the essays are short.e) READING 64. Do you like reading? ( 5 . but I have forgotten the name of the book. 66. 64. 65. I believe that all of us should read a lot.8 ) I have recently read a book about the history of South Africa.

67. I like to read about stories in depth. TV and computer games will waste a lot of your time. good hobbies are those that give you the opportunity to develop a new skill. 69. For example. as I do not have time during the week. I have used the Internet these days to know whats happening in China and the world. One more thing that newspaper are lack of is the history behind a story. Besides. For example. I have been collecting stamps for two years. then you can discuss your collections together for many hours and its easy for both of you to become friends. the news on TV is short and to the point. What I mean to say is that you can get stamps from every country in the world. That is to say.8 ) The hobby provides fun as well as knowledge. Im interested in stamp collecting.8 ) No. when you collect stamps. which cultivates your habit of being systematic. First of all. By the Internet I can do some research right away.8 ) Yes. Do you often read the newspapers? ( 7 . and you will not be bored easily.6 ) Stamps provide rich knowledge.8 ) In my opinion. Why have you chosen this hobby? ( 7 . collecting stamps teaches you how to be systematic. about two hours every week. Another reason is that you are able to meet new friends through your hobby. 70. Do you have a hobby? ( 5 . you are able to learn more about the world. and this I cannot find in newspapers. If you have a common interest with someone else. may make you lose the opportunity. and the stamps from other countries often tell something about the countries and their people. you have to arrange your collections regularly. Part1 PREFERENCES (2) f) HOBBIES 68. . Websites like CNN contain all the latest news on world events. Why have you chosen this hobby? ( 5 . It takes too much time to read For example. and what are bad hobbies? ( 5 . on the other hand. the hobby will teach you some self-discipline and how to be very systematic. One more thing. What are good hobbies. the stamps from other countries often tell something about the countries and their people. This is mainly over weekends. and thus gain a broader perspective on the subject at hand. and thats all I want to know. Bad hobbies. I regularly spend time on my collection. For example. 69. so you dont have time and energy to do develop other skills.

In addition. What color do you like? Why? ( 5 . to me. I would choose yellow. in times of sadness and mourning. That is to say. so a bride would wear some red on her wedding day. For example.g) COLORS 71. . red is associated with life and good luck. for example. which in turn is the primary source of life. as apposed to black in most of the western cultures. of a vibrant life. First of all. Do colors have some symbolic meaning in China? ( 5 .8 ) If I had to describe my favorite color. here a blue movie. What I mean to say is that it reminds me of energy and warmth. Many countries have yellow in their national flags. I think that white has a special meaning to us. A traditional Chinese bride wears something red on her wedding day.6 ) I prefer red. South Africa has a broad yellow band in their newly designed flag. such as her wedding gown and handkerchief used to cover her head. I think that yellow has a specific meaning to Chinese people. in the hope that it will bring her and her bridegroom some luck in future. Please allow me to explain. it is significant that the national flag of China has a red background. Lastly. Many artists are known to use yellow in their paintings. I would like to mention that yellow is a practical color. This symbolizes the energy and warmth to be found in the nation. What color do you like? Why? ( 7 . we use white to express our feelings. Secondly. In addition. brown and gray usually make me feel depressed. Firstly. would be called a yellow movie. Red is symbolic. it also signifies the obscene. as apposed to blue in the most of the western cultures. 72. To be more specific. colors certainly have a lot of meaning in China. and it does not get dirty too easily. What color do you like? Why? ( 7 . 71. we believe that it symbolizes the energy radiated by the sun.8 ) Yellow is my favorite color. For example. For example. Lastly. yellow symbolizes the sun. you can wear yellow with almost any color.8 ) Yes. yellow is a bright color as apposed to dull colors like brown and gray. For example. Vincent van Gogh is famous for the yellow sunflowers in some of his paintings. For instance. which we believe are one of the dominant characteristics of the country and its people. In China. It also signifies good luck. 71. however.

Do you often go to the cinema? ( 5 . I love to find out about any new products on the market and how they can possibly make my life easier. What I mean to say is that somebody has a product which they would like you to buy from them whether you really need it or not. They only tell you about the positive aspects of their product. I hate shopping. Do you often go to the theater? ( 5 . which has been described as the most expensive film ever made. usually after you have bought the product. I usually go with some friends to watch the latest action movies or comedies. We have a great time when our favorite star is playing a lead role in the movie. Secondly. 74.6 ) Yes. recently I have seen the movie Titanic. I do the shopping of all our household needs. i) MOVIES 74.8 ) No. Do you often go to the cinema? ( 7 . Do you like / enjoy shopping? ( 5 . Firstly. This you have to find out for yourself. The extent to which the producers attended to the details of the original ship was astounding. but would never mention the disadvantages. I believe that films are a wonderful form of art. I prefer to go to the cinema. I love shopping. 73. to horror and science fiction. It had me on the edge of my seat for most of the time.6 ) Yes.8 ) No. I have never been to the theater. In films there are a wide range of genres ranging from comedy and drama.h) SHOPPING 73.8 ) Yes. It is too expensive for me. They lure you into their shops and malls by advertising their goods on TV and in the newspapers. For example. I like to go to the shops and see what they have to offer. 75. shopping is the most basic activity in a capitalistic society. Do you like / enjoy shopping? ( 7 . I browse around and compare the prices before a buy something. I go to the cinema as often as possible. . Another example would be the thriller Silence of the Lambs with my favorite actor Anthony Hopkins playing the leading role. Please allow me to explain. I go to the cinema as often as possible.

or in the evenings before I go to bed.8 ) I like comedies. Who is your favorite movie star? Describe him / her. For instance. listen when I get home from school. I cannot see how that can be as exciting as a good movie. Do you like music? ( 5 . What I mean to say is that us youngsters like to listen to music that fits in with the way we feel Secondly. k) TRAVELLING . let me think for a while. He always has a smile on his face. What I mean to say is that the actors are on the same stage the whole time.8 ) My favorite movie star is Jackie Cheng. First of all. ( 5 . Doubtfire is considered one of the most extraordinary performances ever by an actor.8 ) 78. For instance. How long do you listen to music everyday? ( 5 . I like it because it is not difficult to understand. I believe music plays an important part in peoples lives. He is handsome and very funny. comedies often contain excellent acting by famous stars. I would invite my best friend over to my place. Secondly.8 ) Yes. however. We can use it to sooth our minds after a hard day at work. Lastly. Lastly. 79.8 ) I like pop music very much. fighting. it is suitable for us to dance on. comedies seldom contain violent scenes. j) MUSIC 78. and never seems to be worried about the situations that he finds himself in. I cannot imagine what my life would be like without music. Firstly.Secondly. Robbie Williams in Mrs. What I mean is that I have a good laugh while watching them. 77.8 ) Oh. shooting. On weekends. pop music is lively. I listen to music much more. First of all. I would. 80. comedies are of great fun. or it can provide us with the rhythm to dance to. Do you think music is important? ( 5 . and we would listen to our favorite CDs for a few hours at a time. 76. pop music is simple to understand. What kind of music do you enjoy most? ( 5 . I guess I listen to music for about half an hour every day. For example. I believe that the theater is boring. you would not easily find murders. I like music very much. For example. and so on in a comedy. That is to say. and it helps me to relax after I have been studying hard for some time. usually has a good rhythm. What kinds of movies do you like best? ( 5 . and suits me at my age. for example.

Generally. the city has left me a deep impression for its fresh air and clean environment. I enjoyed the trip as I have not been to Dalian before. I always have a lot of things to do and a lot of dreams to fulfill. Firstly. one can chat with other passengers about where they are going. For example.8 ) In China I like to travel by train. I can travel to any city. Of course. For example. I must apologize sincerely to others. I like traveling. Whenever I show up late. I wish I were able to travel more. Do you like traveling? ( 5 . traveling on a train is a social event as well. Where have you traveled to lately? ( 5 . Thats why I consider time my competitor. For example.8 ) I traveled to Dalian last month. Firstly. What I mean to say is that the people that you meet along the way are usually interesting. 86. l) Time 85. they show disrespect to others because others have to wait for them. I may also have the feeling of being embarrassed and shameful. 84. For example. How do you usually travel? ( 5 . the trains in China are convenient and comfortable. I have few chances to do so because generally I am always punctual. 82. I dont like it when we go and visit my grandparents in the countryside. We went to see my grandmother who has been ill lately. Secondly. Lastly. What kind of places do you like to visit? ( 5 . What do you think of time? To me. 87. My parents and I traveled there by train.6 ) Yes. and why they are traveling.81. They live on a farm and dont even have a computer for me to play on.8 ) I like to visit places where there is a lot of entertainment. and I am able to sleep on the train. I hope the places I go to have coffee shops and theaters at least. when I travel by train I am able to see more of China. Moreover. . How do you think of being late? It is quite rude to be late. I believe that traveling is always educational. 83. Moreover. I have not traveled to a foreign country yet. In addition. people who dont show up on time are considered impolite. so I have to run against time and do my things as fast as possible. Allow me to explain. time is my competitor. How do you feel if you are late? How will others feel? I will feel quite sorry for those who have to wait for me.

Make sure you can speak correctly. YOU Describe yourself. What kind of school did you go to as a child? Did you go to a co-educational school? What was your favourite subject as a child? Who was your favourite teacher? What is the education system like in your country? Do you think your country has an effective education system? STUDIES y y What are you studying now? What is your area of specialization? HOMETOWN y y y Describe your hometown. Remember to make your answer interesting by providing more than the most basic information. What¶s special about it? Where is your hometown located? . your education or other familiar topics. so review them well. FAMILY y y y y y y Describe your family? Do you have a large or small family? How much time do you spend with your family? What do you like to do together as a family? Do you get along well with your family? Are people in your country generally close to their families? WORK y y y y y y y y y y y What do you do? What are your responsibilities? How many hours do you work each day? Do you enjoy your work? Is there some other kind of work you would rather do? If you could change your job or profession. your family. what would you do? Describe the process of getting a job in your country.Sample IELTS Speaking Topics Part 1 of the IELTS Speaking Module consists of personal questions about you. Some of these sample questions are highly likely to appear on your exam. Describe the company or organization you work for. clearly. and with ease and confidence in response to each question. your work. A categorized list of such topics and questions is given below. You can use these sample questions to rehearse for this part of the oral interview. What is your position? What do you like about your job? What do you dislike about your job? EDUCATION y y y y y y y Describe your education.

y y y y y y y y y y Is it easy to travel around your hometown? What is it known for? What do people in your town do? What are the main industries in your hometown? What problems face your hometown? What languages are spoken in your hometown? What are the advantages of living in your hometown? What are some problems faced by your hometown? Compare your hometown with another city. What are some environmental problems faced by your hometown? WEATHER y y y y y y y What¶s the weather like in your country? Does the weather affect your mood? How do rainy days make you feel? What¶s your favourite season of the year? What do you like to do when it¶s hot? What do you usually do in the winter? How many seasons does your country have? HOME y y y Describe your home. What kind of building do you live in? How long have you lived there? WEDDING y y y y y y y Have you ever been to a wedding? Whose wedding was it? Where was it held? What clothes do people wear? Describe the wedding ceremony. What sort if gifts do people buy for the bridal couple? What kind of clothes did the bride and groom wear? TRAVEL y y y y Do you like to travel? What kind of places have you visited in your life? Which place would you really like to visit? Why? What¶s the best place you¶ve ever visited? COMPUTERS y y y Do you think computers help society? Do you think computers are bad for health? How do you think computers have changed the world? INTERNET y y y y y y Do you use the Internet much during the day? What do you usually do on the Internet? What are some advantages of the Internet? What are some disadvantages? Do people in your country use the Internet a lot? Do you do any shopping on the Internet? .

How long have you known each other? What do usually do together? What do you like the most about him / her? How often do you see each other? PLACE y y y y y Describe a place you like to go. Why is this place special to you? When did you first visit this place? Where is this place located? What language is spoken here? Do you speak this language? SMOKING y y What do you feel about smoking in public places? Do you think smoking should be banned in people¶s homes? MARRIAGE y y y y y y What is the attitude toward marriage in your country? Do most young people plan on getting married in your country? What are some of the advantages of marriage? What are some of the disadvantages? Is the divorce rate high in your country? Do you think people should be allowed to get divorced? HOBBIES y y y y y Do you have any hobbies? What are some of your hobbies? When did you first develop tis hobby? What are some of the advantages of having a hobby? How much time do you spend on your hobby? FILMS y y y y Do you enjoy watching movies? What¶s your favourite film? Who are your favourite actors? How often do you watch films? SHOPPING y y y y Do you enjoy shopping? How do you feel about shopping? Do you like shopping on the Internet? Do you have any favourite stores? .EMAIL y y y y y Do you send and receive email regularly? Who do you usually communicate with? How often do you check your email? Do you think writing email has strengthened or weakened people¶s writing skills? What are some disadvantages of email? FRIEND y y y y y Describe a friend.

y y What don¶t you like about shopping? Which is the most popular place to shop in your hometown? SPORTS y y y y y y y y FOOD Do you like sports? Do you enjoy watching sports? Do you enjoy participating in any sports? Which sports are most popular in your country? What¶s your favourite sport/ When did you first become interested in sports? How often do you participate in sports? What equipment do you need for your favourite sport? y y y y What are some of your favourite foods? What foods are popular in your country? What are some of the famous dishes of your country? Do you enjoy cooking? FESTIVAL y y y y y y What¶s the most important festival in your country? How do people celebrate this festival? What special food is associated with this festival? What special activities are associated with this festival? What do you enjoy most about this festival? Do you think festivals are important for a society? TELEVISION y y y y y y y y y Do you watch television a lot? What do you usually watch on television? How many hours of television do you usually watch? What are the most popular shows in your country? What kind of shows do you like to watch? What are some advantages of television? What are someof the disadvantages of television? What did you last watch on television? Why do you think certain TV shows are so popular? TOURISM y y y y y y Which places would you recommend to a visitor to your country? Do a lot of tourists visit your country? What do they usually do there? How has tourism changed your country? Is your country expensive for most tourists? What are some famous landmarks in your country? DAILY ROUTINE y y y y y y Describe your daily routine. What do you usually do? What do you do on the weekend? What is you typical weekday like? Does your life change much from week to week? Do you have any free time during the week? .

YOUR COUNTRY y y y y y Which country are you from? Where is this country located? Which part of the country do most people live in? What are the main industries in your country? Is it easy to travel around your country? CLOTHES y y y y y y y What type of clothes do you like to wear? What kind of clothes do people in your country usually wear? How important is fashion to you? What kind of clothes do you dislike? Do you think people behave differently in different kinds of clothes? What kind of clothes do people wear to work in your country? Are clothes expensive in your country? GOING OUT y y y y y y Do you like going out or staying at home? What do you like to do when you go out? How often do you go out? Do people in your country go our a lot? How and where do people in your country usually socialize? What kind of entertainment is popular in your country? GAMES y y y y y y y y y Do you enjoy playing any games? What kind of games do you play? Do you think adults should play games? What do children learn from games? What kind of games did you play when you were a child? What games are popular in your country today? What kind of games were popular when you were young? Do you think mental games like chess are good for you? COLOURS y Do you have a favourite colour? y What are your country¶s colours? y Do you think colours affect our moods? y Can you learn anything about a person from the colours he / she likes? y Do you like the same colours now as you did when you were a child? MUSIC y y y y y y y y Do you like music? What kind of music do you like? When do you usually listen to music? What kind of music did you like when you were younger? What kind of music is popular in your country? Do you play any musical instruments? Do you wish you could play any musical instruments? Which is your favourite instrument? IELTS Speaking Module .Part 2 .Sample Topics .

of about 1-2 minutes. The examiner will not ask you any questions during this part of the test. You should say: y y y y Where it is What its special features are What you and other people do in this area And explain why you like it . you need to give a short talk.In Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking Module. Sample IELTS Speaking Module topics (for Part 2) are given below. You should say: y y y y When you had this choice What you had to choose between Whether you made a good choice And explain how you felt when you were making this choice Describe a job you have done. You should say: y y y y When and where you started studying it What lessons were like What made the subject different from other subjects And explain why you enjoyed the subject Describe an important choice you had to make in your life. on a simple topic. Describe an artist or entertainer you admire. so make sure you can speak confidently and clearly on each one. You should say: y y y y How you got doing the job What the job involved How long the job lasted Describe how well you did the job Describe an area of countryside you know and like. You should say: y y y y Who they are and what they do How they became successful How you found out about them And explain why you admire them Describe a subject you enjoyed studying at school. You are handed a card with the topic and you have one minute to prepare your talk. so you must know how to answer all parts of the question you are given and speak fluently for a few minutes by yourself. but are based on personal experience. The questions do not require any specific knowledge. You can make notes and use these notes during your monologue. It is quite likely that you will be given one of these topics or something very similar.

Describe an enjoyable event that you experienced when you were at school. You should say: y When it happened . You should say: y y y y What kind of sport it is Who you play it with Where you play it And explain why you enjoy playing it Describe someone in your family who you like. You should say: y y y y How this person is related to you What this person looks like What kind of person he/she is And explain why you like this person Describe a museum or art gallery that you have visited. You should say: y y y y What kind of newspaper / magazine it is Which parts of it you read regularly When and where you read it Explain why you enjoy reading it Describe something healthy you enjoy doing. You should say: y y y y What you do Where you do it Who you do it with And explain why you think doing this is healthy Describe a game or sport you enjoy playing.Describe an object you particularly like. You should say: y y y Where it is Why you went there What you particularly remember about the place. You should say: y y y y What it is and what it looks like What it is made of What it is for And explain why it is special for you Describe a newspaper or magazine you enjoy reading.

so that each time I play. multiplication and division as quickly as possible. This way you will be more comfortable. This is where you need to speak by yourself for 1-2 minutes on a given topic. I don&'t regard this as a competition with anyone else. The games are of various kinds. It involves solving a number of simple math problems using addition. You should say: y y y y What kind of sport it is Who you play it with Where you play it and explain why you enjoy playing it Sample IELTS Speaking Response: I enjoy playing various kinds of brain games online. but frankly it doesn't interest me much. In addition. In fact. In addition. I really hope these games will enable me to preserve my intellect and my memory into old age. relaxed and confident on the day of the exam. Describe a song or piece of music you like. You should say: y y y y What the song or music is What kind of song or music it is Where you first heard it And explain why you like it Describe a festival that is important in your country. I can keep track of my scores. subtraction. Some enable you to practice your verbal skills. I can compare my scores to others who play online. spatial skills and visual memory. you should develop the topic into a well-structured answer. There are a number of different websites I visit on a regular basis in order to play these games by myself. This aspect is intriguing. familiarize yourself with the type of topics. This part of the test is also known as the long turn.y y What was good about it Why you particularly remember this event. one of my favorite games is supposed to be the best for brain fitness. The objective of the games is to exercise different areas of your brain so that you preserve and enhance your memory and also expand and develop your brain capacity. You should say: y y y y When the festival occurs What you did during it What you like or dislike about it And explain why this festival is important IELTS Speaking Samples The following IELTS speaking samples will give you an idea of how to get a high score on Part 2 of your IELTS speaking test. so to speak. my goal is to do better than in the past ± to outdo myself. Please look over our list of free IELTS speaking topics for parts 1 and 2. Then. and practice as many of them as you can. Others test logical reasoning. if I want. Sample IELTS Speaking Topic 1: Describe a game or sport you enjoy playing. . It is something I do simply to sharpen my mental abilities and improve myself. Make sure you cover all the points mentioned on the card you are given.

and weighs about 110 pounds. well-groomed and elegant woman. with her fine choice of clothes and matching accessories. Through her own enjoyment. black hair and a fair complexion. Even after her busy day. advice and guidance provided online and in IELTS guidebooks IELTS SPEAKING . she passed on this love of culture to all her children.she remembers to wish friends and relatives on their birthdays and anniversaries. she has been ready. She has taught me the meaning of being compassionate.Sample IELTS Speaking Topic 2: Describe someone in your family who you like. supportive and so much more. Intellectually. she attends their weddings. unwell or in mourning. helpful. You can achieve a higher score by: y y y y y understanding the structure so there are few if any surprises familiarizing yourself with the common topics practicing extensively with a teacher /tutor so you can get feedback rehearsing till you can speak comfortably and confidently receiving tips. she won't go to bed without reading the newspaper. Emotionally. dinners and parties. my mother is petite. my mother has a heart of gold. and she visits them when they're hurt. thanks to the unconditional love of both my wonderful parents. She is of the old school . She has fine. In fact. She is only about 5 feet tall. Physically. One thing people often notice is that my mother always takes pride in her appearance. I feel I've been truly blessed in this lifetime. my mother is a well dressed. You are interviewed alone by an examiner and the conversation is recorded. Even now. music and dance. She also has many creative and cultural interests such as literature. All her life. The Speaking Module always follows the same three-part structure. loving.STRUCTURE Part Time Category 1 4-5 minutes Introduction & Interview on Familiar Topics . my mother always loves learning. willing and able to help anyone who needs anything. jewelry and shoes. and her authenticity is what everyone relates to. You should say: y y y y How this person is related to you What this person looks like What kind of person he/she is and explain why you like this person Sample IELTS Speaking Response: The person in my family I really like and also love is my mother. at the age of 80. my mother has always been a kind soul and people of all ages love her as soon as they meet her. In fact. correctly and meaningfully in English in a variety of situations. kind. She is a very special person and I cannot imagine what I would be without her. though the topics vary from one candidate to the next. with a smile on her face. including me. I think this is because she is good-hearted from her core. She was one of the few members of her family that completed university. IELTS Speaking The Speaking Module of the IELTS rates your ability to communicate clearly.

the problem. in Part 2.PART 2 In this part. Say how long you have known the person. and what you learned. etc. you will be handed a card with a topic. national festivals. how it affected you and why. This is shown below: . Describe a difficult time in your life. why you chose them. The topic will be an extension of a subject you spoke about in Part 2. which might include the following topics: your family. and why you think it impacted you so greatly. Examples include: y y y y y Describe someone who has influenced you in your life.PART 1 In the first part of the speaking section you will usually be asked to give: y y y y your full name your identification answers to basic questions about yourself. what is interesting there. two other topics. IELTS SPEAKING MODULE . you will participate in a two-way discussion with your examiner. Describe a book. your solution. whether it's a good place to live what you do ± y if working: what your job is. learning English. y if studying: what subjects. you will be asked more general. Describe a person you would like to meet. IELTS SPEAKING MODULE . your food preferences. why you chose that kind of work. how long you've been doing it. explain why you chose this person and what effect such a meeting would have on you. what tourists do in your country. You will be given one minute to think about it and make notes if you like. what you like / dislike about your job. the question related more to your personal experience.2 3-4 minutes Individual Long Turn or Extended Speaking or Monologue 3 4-5 minutes Two-Way Discussion or Topic Discussion IELTS SPEAKING MODULE .PART 3 In this section. for example your hometown ± what kind of place it is. if you enjoy them and why Usually. Describe a place that had a major impact in you. why he / she is special and how he / she influenced you. story or movie which had a major impact on you. your daily routine. what kind of jobs people do. and in Part 3. your hobbies. extended or in-depth questions to test your ability to expand on a topic and express your opinions. Then you need to speak about it for about one or two minutes. However. Tell the story.

is it easier or harder than before? .Part 2 Describe a teacher Describe a person Describe a problem Part 3 Education in your country. parents¶ responsibilities. etc. etc. Role of the family in modern life. Modern life. learning styles.

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