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Recent IELTS Speaking questions 2018

Recent IELTS Speaking questions

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Check Recent IELTS Writing questions (2018)

December 2018

Part 1

What is your name?

Where are you from?

House or apartment

Where do you live? A house or an apartment?

Do you think you will move to a new place?

What is your favourite room?

Work or study

Do you work or study?

Where do you work?

What would you think you need to change?

What do you do at work – your responsibilities?

How was your first day?

 

Where do you study?

What do you like about there?

What do you like to change about there?

Favourite colour

Did you wear bright colours when you were a child?

What colour is suitable for walls

Colour of cars

Food

Why do you have people prefer international food?

What is the most recent international food that you tried?

When you was a child, did you eat a lot of foreign food?

Do you think the food of foreign country will be popular in your country?

Rain

Do you like rain?

Do you get a lot of rain in your city?

Do you prefer wet or dry climate?

Do you prefer to do out on rainy days?

Did you cancel your plan in the past just because of the rain?

Time

Do you wear a watch? Why?

Do you like being on time?

Is it a part of your culture? Why?

How do you feel when someone on late? Why?

Do you usually be on time or do you often late?

Morning

What do you take on breakfast?

What do you change about your morning routine?

Was it the same when you were a child?

Lost items

What type of items do people commonly lose?

What are some ways in which you can find lost items?

Do particular type of people tend to lose items more often than others?

 

Part 2

Describe the time when you helped someone in his/her studies.

  • Who was that person?
  • How did you help?
  • How he felt by getting your help?

Describe a website you regularly use, which helped you

  • Which site is it?
  • How did you know about it?
  • How did it help

Describe a leisure activity

  • What do you do?
  • Where do you like to do it?
  • Why you like to do this?

Describe an item that you lost?

  • What did you lose?
  • Where did you lose?
  • What did you do after losing?

Describe a comic actor who is popular in your country

  • Who is he/she
  • What type of person he/she is
  • How you came to know about him/her
  • Why he/she is popular

Describe a time you used public transport

  • When was it?
  • Where did you go?
  • Who was with you and what did you do?

 

Describe a faraway place that you would like to visit

  • Where is it?
  • Why do you want to go?
  • How will you go?

Check Recent IELTS Writing questions (2018)

June, July, August Cue cards 2018

— are placed here with follow up questions and patterns

June 2018

Part 1

Typical topics for IELTS Speaking Part 1

Gifts

When do people usually gift each other in your country?
Is the trend changing?
What is the gift you got recently?
Was there any gift you disliked, if so what and why?

Part 2 is placed here with follow up questions and patterns

Part 3

Entertainment

Do you think men and women have different taste in entertainment ?
What kind of entertainment do the children like? How does it differ from the past?
Is there any circus in your city?
Why do children like going to circus?
Why do adults like computer games?
What makes these game more interesting?
Do you agree that educational activity helps growth of children?

Food

What varieties of food are available in your country?
Are international meals popular in your region?
How food trends are varying in households?
Do you see a great revamp happening?
How does transportation affect food delivery internationally?
How does science and technology impact food?

Use IELTS Vocabulary to describe Food

 

May 2018

Part 1

Typical topics for IELTS Speaking Part 1

Boredom
Do you get bored?
How do you avoid boredom?
What do you do when you get bored?
When was the last time you were bored?

Food
In your childhood, did you eat more foreign food?
Do you eat foreign food now?
Do you feel the next generation will have more foreign food?
Did you try any foreign food when you were a child?
Have you tried any new food recently?
Do you think youngsters in your country prefer foreign food these days?
Do you think people would eat more or less food in the future?

Use IELTS Vocabulary to describe Food

Going out
What is the most interesting place you went out?
Which is your favourite place for outing?
Do you like to go out alone or with some friends?
Where would you like to go out in the future?
What kind of places you enjoy during one day outings?
What is good for children- playing video games or having outdoor activities?

Rains
Do you like rains?
Does it rain heavily where you live?
Do you like to get wet in rains?
What do you prefer living in wet areas or dry?

Maps
Do you use maps?
When did you learn to use maps?
What do you prefer electronic or paper maps?
Have you ever try asking other people for directions?
Did you get yourself trained in using map?

Visits
How do you welcome someone who visits you?
Who is better in welcoming people, your generation or your parents’?
How often do you visit people and what would be the reasons?
Do you find visiting people interesting?

Phones and apps
Do you use apps on your phone?
What kind of apps do you use?
What do people use apps for?
What is the mobile phone app you use the most?
Is there an app you wish you had?
Have you ever wanted to develop your own app?
Do you think mobile phones are used for the same reasons as they were earlier?

Writing  
Do you write?
Did you write as a child?
Which do you prefer, writing or typing?
Do you think writing will change in the future?

Part 3

Photography
Does photography require professional skills?
Do you think both news and pictures are important in newspapers?
Is it important to take pictures while travelling or it is a waste of time?
Do you think paintings will be replaced by photographs?
What sort of wrong doing is there related to photography nowadays?
How do you feel about photographers?
Do you think passion is important for photography?
What is your opinion on cameras in mobile phones?
Do people use mobiles more for photos or to talk?
With the advent of digital technology, has printing of photographs become redundant or may it happen in the future?
What is your take on the manipulation of photographs in today’s digital world?
Can photographs we see around be trusted?

Changes
Is it a good thing to change your mind?
Why do you think people often change their mind?
Do you think recent advances in technology lead people to change their mind?
Do you think these changes are good?
Do you think it would be better if these changes happened gradually?
Do older people change their minds more often?
How does emotion factor into people changing their minds?

Children
Should children talk a lot to express their ideas?
Do you think parents should teach them to talk?
Should children be quiet and listen to others?
What are the places that children have to be quiet?

Public places
Are public places important?
What are different public places youth and elder people prefer to go?
Are the public places need to be accessed for free?
Why do people in cities feel lonelier?
What can be done to reduce it?

Being polite
Is it important to be polite in your country?
How do people in your generation learn good manners?
Who do you think is usually more polite, your parents’ generation or your generation?
How could you be polite to people and how does it will affect your country?

Food
Do you think people prefer restaurant food than home cooked meal?
Why do you think people eat at restaurants?
Do you think restaurant food represents value for money?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of transporting food over a long distance?

Use IELTS Vocabulary to describe Food

Family relationship
Do older people talk more to their family than to friends?
Do you feel grandparents play a role in the life of their grandchildren?
Do many people live in extended family in your country?

Help
Any situations when you have helped a friend?
How can family members and friends be helped?
Do grandparents like to help grandchildren?
Do children help their parents?

Animals
Do you like pet animals?
Do you think animal should be kept in zoos?
What is your opinion on keeping endangered animals in zoos?
How can I support the cause for helping endangered animals?
What can an ordinary person do to support animals which are going to extinct?
What do you think government should do in regard to endangered species?

Use IELTS Vocabulary to describe Animals

Teamwork
Is teamwork important at work?
What are the factors, which affect teamwork?
What will happen if the team members are not at same level? How to mitigate such issue?
What skills are required to have a successful team?
Can the skills be acquired by formal training or gained only by experience?

Phones and apps
Why are apps so important?
Would you be able to live without a phone?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of cell phones?

Fashion
Are there any changes when it comes to what people prefer to wear nowadays than in the past?
When and where do people in your country wear formal clothes? Why?
What do you think about globalization? Does it affect fashion nowadays?
Do you think that people would wear different clothes in the future or there would be changes in fashion trends?

Use IELTS Vocabulary to describe Clothes and Fashion

Concentration
Is it important to concentrate?
Why is it important for kids to concentrate when they do sport?
Does mobile phones affect kids’ ability to concentrate?
Do you think people nowadays have issues with concentration?
Why is it important to teach children how to concentrate from a young age?
What parents should do?
Which jobs require full concentration?
What factors affect concentration during job?

Going out
Do you think young people can have more active outings compared to older people?
(she did try to challenge my answer here, just like you cautioned)
Do you think older people can have active outings as much as young people?

Historical buildings
Do you like to visit historical buildings?
Why do people visit historical buildings?
Should these historical buildings be free entry or paid ones?
Should maintaining the buildings be government priority?
How can we keep the historical buildings clean?

Happiness
What is happiness?
Is it the government duty for people to be happy?
What are places where people feel happy?

Service
Is service important for you when you visit a shop?
What should be service people’s attitude like?
Is face to face interaction better than over phone etc for service personnel?
Have you always received a good service?

Leisure time
What people do in your country in their leisure time?
Do they visit their friends and relatives on getting invitations or without any invitations?
Do they prefer visiting on weekends or any day?
Did people in the past have more leisure time than these days?

Work-life balance
Do you think there should be a balance between work and life? Why?
Can employers play a role in providing a balanced life for their employees?
How communication technology ( mobiles, internet, etc.) has affected a balanced life?
What are benefits and drawbacks of using this technology in balanced life?

Sleep
How many hours of sleep do you need? Why?
Do you do anything special to have a good night’s sleep?
Does it help to take a short nap during the afternoon?
Do you think older or younger people need less sleep? Why?
Do you think there are any benefits to having a short sleep in the afternoons?

Spending money
Can money buy happiness?
How children can be told the right way of spending money?
Do you think credit cards helped people to do more shopping/increase their spending power?
Do you think governments spend money on unimportant things?

Check Recent IELTS Writing questions (2018)

April 2018

Part 1

Typical topics for IELTS Speaking Part 1

Hometown

Tell me about your hometown?
What’s special about your hometown?
How long have you been living there?

Use IELTS Describing Town or City vocabulary

Schools

How do you feel about your secondary school?
Do you think you enjoyed more at secondary school?
Do you still have friends from secondary school?
Who is the most important teacher at your school?

Friends

How well do you remember friends you had at elementary school?
Are your friends today mostly the people you work or study with?
Do you enjoy chatting to your friends online?
When you meet your friends, what do you like to do?

Dictionary

Do you own a dictionary?
Do you think writing a dictionary would be interesting?
If someone gave you a dictionary as a gift, what would you think of it?

Sleep

How many hours of sleep do you usually get?
Do you think napping during the day is a good idea?
Do you agree that elder people need more sleep than younger people?

Part 2

Describe a time when someone took a good photograph of you.

  • when and where was the photo taken?
  • who took the photo?
  • what does the photo depict?

Follow-up question

Do you like to get your photographs clicked?

Describe a traditional product from your country

  • What is it?
  • When did you first buy it?
  • Did you like it?

Follow-up question

What are the other major traditional products in your country?

Describe a car journey you remember well

  • Why did you make the journey?
  • Who was with you?
  • How long did the journey take?
  • And explain why you remember this journey so well.

Follow-up question

Do you think you will make this journey again?
Do you generally enjoy traveling by car?

Part 3

Animals

What’s your favourite wild animal?
Is it important for children to be close to animals?
Have you ever visited a zoo?
Do you think watching animals on tv channels is good enough as a substitute?

Use IELTS vocabulary for describing Animals 

Traditions

Do you think tourists prefer to buy traditional products when they travel?
How has globalization affected traditions and culture in your country?
Do you think governments should enforce traditional craft industry?
Will the traditions and cultural events remain in future?

Events

Do you think it is important to celebrate events?
What are the main events in people’s life?
Do you think it is better to watch an international event that is happening in a different country online or be present at the event?

Transport

How effective is public transport in your country?
How could public transport be improved?
Why should governments encourage car drivers to use less cars?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of having driverless cars?
Will there be soon the need to invent new modes of transport such as flying cars?

Check Recent IELTS Writing questions (2018)

March 2018

Part 1

Typical topics for IELTS Speaking Part 1

Name

What is the meaning of your name?
Do you think names in your culture have meaning?
Are there any common names in your culture ?
Do people do anything specific when deciding a name or naming a baby?
What do you think influences names in a culture?

Activities

What is the set of activities that you do with your family?
What are the activities that you have done with your family in your childhood?
Do you feel that there is change in the way you spend time with your family now?

Rain

Do you like rains? Why/why not ?
Have you ever been caught by rains without raincoat / umbrella?
Do you think rains affect the behaviour of people?

Eating habits

How many times do you eat a day?
Whom do you enjoy eating with?
What is your favourite meal?

Use IELTS Vocabulary to describe Food

Boats

Have you ever travelled in a boat?
Would you like to spend holiday travelling by boat?
Do people in your country use boat as a method to travel?

Part 2

Describe your idea of a perfect home

  • where will it be?
  • what would you do to make it perfect?
  • what would you feel about it?

Describe an activity you would like to do with the elder people in your family

  • what is the activity?
  • when did you do it?
  • when are you planning to do it again?
  • how does that make you feel?

Describe a kind of furniture you have at home

  • what was it?
  • how did you decide which one to buy?
  • do your friends like the furniture in your house?

Describe a toy you used to have as a child

  • who gave it to you?
  • whom did you play it with?
  • why did you like it?

Describe a situation when you received positive feedback

  • what was it about?
  • who gave the feedback?
  • why did you receive that possitive feedback?

Describe a thing you just bought and are happy about it

  • why did you buy it?
  • why did you select this product?
  • where did you purchase it?
  • why are so happy about that thing?

Describe a historical event

  • why is it important?
  • when and where was it?
  • what is you attitude to it?

Describe a sport celebrity you admire

  • who is it?
  • what qualities you like about him/her?
  • which field is he/she famous in?

Use IELTS vocabulary for describing Sport

Describe a public park you used to visit as a child

  • whom with?
  • what did you do there?
  • why did you like it?

Describe a place in your city where concerts are being held

  • where is it?
  • what kind of people usually go there?
  • how often do you go there?

Describe an interesting person you met who came from out of your country

  • what is his/her name?
  • when and how did you meet?
  • describe how he/she looks?
  • why is this person interesting to you?

Use IELTS vocabulary for describing people

Describe about an interesting person who is most popular

  • what makes him/her popular?
  • what does he/she do?
  • what qualities are interesting?

Use IELTS vocabulary for describing people

Describe an ideal vacation

  • where would you go?
  • whom with?
  • what do you want to do there?
  • why you think it would be ideal to go to that place?

Part 3

Furniture

Do you think people spend a lot on furnitures these days?
Why do they do so ?
What are the different materials that furniture is made of?
What are the qualities that a designer (stylist / fashion designer) should posses to be successful?

Houses and living

What are the impacts people have when they select a house?
Do locations where people live represent their personalities?
What kind of personalities people living on a countryside have?
Why people choose to live in posh areas?

Children

Do you think both parents have an impact on a child?
How important is it to a child to grow up in an extended family or with grand parents?
What are the benefits of grandparents if they stay with their grandchildren?
Do you think teenagers respect elders in present world?
Do people spend enough time with their kids, why/why not?
How do they manage child care when they have to work?

Toys

Do you have many toys?
What should be considered when buying toys for children?
Should children be allowed to choose toys by themselves?
Why do parents buy a lot of toys for their children?
Do you think there is a connection between toy industry and cartoon film industry?
Is it good for children to play with toys?

Feedback

How important is public recognition?
Does everyone want public recognition?
Explain a situation where people give false positive feedback.
What are the advantages of positive feedback?
What about negative feeeback?
How do people take positive feedback compared to negative feedback?

History

Many people think that young people don’t pay attention on history. Why/why not?
Many people tend to watch historical films rather than traveling to historical places. Why/why not?
Why people should learn history?
Why people travel for a long distances?

Music

Do children have good access to music?
Should children learn to play an instrument?
Is it generally good to listen to music on the internet without any charge?

Sport

Why do youngsters follow sports celebrities?
What can teenagers learn from them?
Are there any differences in sport now comparing to the past?

Use IELTS vocabulary for describing Sport

Travel

Do you often travel by plane?
What are the types of vacations?
What things do you need to carry for your vacations?
How do you plan your vacation? is it important to have a plan?
Some people believe that spending more money makes good vacation, do you agree?
Do you have the chance to meet people across the world?
Is it important to know something about the country, it’s people and culture before you visit it?
Is it interesting to make friends in the country you are planning to visit?

Transport

What mode of transport facilities do people use in your country?
Which mode is cheaper either train or bus?
Are buses in your country good to travel for long distances?

Parks

Do you think it’s good to have public parks in cities?
Should public parks be free for all?
How does tourism affect parks?
What can government do to protect parks?
Do you think it’s easy to protect parks and why?

Check Recent IELTS Writing questions (2018)

February 2018

Part 1

Typical topics for IELTS Speaking Part 1

Music

What kind of music do you like?
Did you listen to music more when you were younger?
Do you think music will change in the near future?
Do you prefer to buy CDs or to download music from the internet?

Teenagers

Do you know any teenagers?
What are the favorite activities for teenager in your city?
What do you think about teenager fashion?
What was the most exciting thing you liked in your teenager age?

Travel
How often you travel?
Have you ever travelled by plane?
How does it feel travelling by plane?

Part 2

Describe an interesting person you met who came from out of your country

  • what is his/her name?
  • when and how did you meet?
  • describe how he/she looks?
  • why is this person interesting to you?

Use IELTS vocabulary for describing people

Describe a businessperson who you admire

  • who is he/she?
  • what does he/she do?
  • why do you admire this person?

Use IELTS vocabulary for describing people

Describe your favourite subject

  • what is it?
  • how long have you been studying it?
  • why do you like learning it and who taught you that subject?

Describe an ideal vacation

  • where would you go?
  • whom with?
  • what do you want to do there?
  • why you think it would be ideal to go to that place?

Describe a rule that you had at school

  • what was it?
  • did you like it or not?
  • why/why not?

Describe a time you were happy with the customer service of a company

  • when was it?
  • what was the product?
  • how did they solve the problem?

Describe a time you enjoyed the company with elder people

  • when was it?
  • who were they?
  • what event do you most enjoy with them?

Use IELTS vocabulary for describing people

Describe a TV programme that you watched

  • what was the name of the programme?
  • how often do you watch it?
  • whom did you watch it with?
  • will you continue watching it in the future?

Describe about a furniture you like in your home?

  • what is the furniture?
  • what is it made of?
  • who chooses the furniture in your home?

Part 3

Business

What business is thriving in your country?
What is needed to be a successful business person?
Do you think people should stick to one business or change every now and then?
Do you think people working in business need to be hard hearted?
What do you think about reputation in business, is it important?
Do you think the way we conduct business is different since the rising of social media?

Use IELTS Vocabulary to describe Business

Vacations

Can people find cheap vacations?
Why should people go on vacations?
Why is it important for companies to arrange special vacation packages for their employees?
Why are some people reluctant to go on vacations?

Reading

What kind of book do people in your country like to read?
Do you think older people would like to read books that usually read by younger people?
Do you think it’s better to watch the movie first then read the original book or read the book first then watch the movie?
Do you think by watching the movie, people will be encouraged to read the original book?

Customer service

Will you recommend this company to your friends in the future?
How important it is for companies to have customer call centers?
Which one is better to solve a customers’ problem, face to face or on the phone?
What qualities does a call center employee should have?
Do you think it is important for companies to have feedback from customers?

Events

What significant events do people celebrate worldwide?
Do you know any international events that are celebrated?
How do countries benefit from celebrating such events?

Education

Which one, do you think, is more important in education: good teachers or facilities?
How teaching methods are determined in a country?
What does your country aim for while selecting educational topics?
Why do you think there is difference among different countries’ education systems?
Do you think parents should be involved in determining educational topics?
Would you think differently if parents in consideration were well-educated people?

Being famous

Do you think children could be famous? Why?
Why do people become famous?
Do you think people remember celebrities for a longer time as compared to ordinary ones? Why?
Why is it easier for youth to follow celebrities?
Which type of person become celebrities in you country?
Do you follow or inspired by any celebrity? Why?

Check Recent IELTS Writing questions (2018)

January 2018

Part 1

Typical topics for IELTS Speaking Part 1

Work and studies, dwelling

Tell me your full name, and what should I call you.
Where do you live?
What do like most about living there?
How long have you lived there?

Eating habits

Do you eat breakfast?
What time do you eat it at?
What of other meals ?
Who do you like eating meals with?
Do prefer cooking your meals or eating out?
Do you usually eat out?

Use IELTS Vocabulary to describe Food

Studies, school

Who was your favourite teacher?
What do you like about the person?
Do you remember your first day at secondary school?
Do you still get in touch with your former classmates?

Music

Do you prefer music?
Did you use to listen to the music more?
Whether you prefer buying CD’s or download music?
How music is changed?

Sleep

How much hours is enough to sleep for you?
What is needed for you to feel good after sleep?
How do you think is it a good idea to sleep in the daytime?

 

Part 2

Describe a facility that you would like to have in your town

  • what is that facility?
  • why would you like it?
  • where would you like to have this facility?
  • how would that facility help?

Follow-up question

how that technology center benefit youngster of your town?

Describe a device (not laptop) that you use often

  • what is it?
  • how often do you use it?
  • what do you use it for?
  • and why do you like it?

Follow-up question

What are the most popular devices in you country?

Describe a time when you saved money for something.

  • What did you save for?
  • How did you save money?
  • How long did you save money for?

Follow-up question

How can people save money?

Describe a time when someone took a good photograph of you.

  • when and where was the photo taken?
  • who took the photo?
  • what does the photo depict?

Follow-up question

Do you like to get your photographs clicked?

Describe an achievement you are proud of.

  • What is it?
  • How did you do it?
  • Who helped you?
  • How much are you proud of it?

Describe a traditional product you bought.

  • What is this?
  • How was it made?
  • How does it look like?
  • And what do you like the most about it?

Part 3

Photoes

Is it good to take a lot of photographs?
There are a lot of additions made to photographs these days. What attitude of people does this show?
Is this going to affect the photographers and their working style?
Do people like digital photographs or printed photographs? How will this change in the future?
Will photographs replace paintings in the future?

Traditions

What is the importance of learning about our traditions and history?
Should the traditions be learnt about home or school?
Is it the responsibility of the government to maintain traditions? How?
How does the globalization affect traditions?

Technologies

Who should learn people how to use devices, especially elderly people?
Were devices simplier before?
Does technology give people more leisure time and create new work places?
How do you think technology will allow people not to work in future?

Check Recent IELTS Writing questions (2018)

December 2017

Part 1

History

Did you learn about any famous people in history at school? Who did you learn about?
Is learning about history important for young people?
How was history taught when you were at school?

Jewellery

What kind of jewellery do people wear in your country?
Why people own a lot of jewellery ?
Did you gift someone a jewellery?
Do you like to wear jewellery ?

Music

Do you like pop music?
Do you have a favorite pop music star?
What do you prefer — going to a live concert or listening to recorded music?

Part 2

Describe a plant which is important in your country. You should say:

  • where it grows
  • why it is important
  • if you like it or not

and explain how you learned about this particular plant.

Follow-up questions

What other plants are important in your country? Are any of them exported?

Describe an occasion when you arrived early for an event. You should say:

  • What the event was
  • Why you arrived early
  • What you did before the event began

and say if you normally arrive early to such events. 

Follow-up question

Is it necessary to always be early for meetings and appointments?

Part 3

Business

How would you describe the difference between being hard working and being hard hearted?
How has the Internet impacted the way we do business nowadays?
What are some of the advantages for employees that the internet offers?
What are some of the long-term benefits of having good employees for a business organization?

Use IELTS Vocabulary to describe Business

Plant

Which plant or flower is the most popular? Why is that?
Have you ever had a plant?
Why do you think some people love having plants and flowers in their homes?
Are there any benefits to looking after plants?

Time

What is your opinion of people who are always late?
Do you think that managing time is important?
Who is better at managing time — the older generation or younger generation?
Do you think it is possible to learn how to manage your time?
Some people say that if you’re doing nothing, you are wasting time. What is your opinion about this?
Nowadays, we have many things which help us save time, for example, automatic washing machines, and other things that have been invented to save time, but people still don’t seem to have enough free time. Why do you think this is?

Check Recent IELTS Writing questions (2017)

 

November 2017

Part 1

Teenagers

Do you interact with teenagers?
Are teenagers more fasionable now?
Do you have any friends from your primary school?

Part 2

Describe the biggest change in your life.

  • What was it?
  • What was the impact of it on your life?
  • Was the change for the better?

Follow-up questions

  • Do you like changes, and why/why not?
  • Are changes important to people?
  • Is the society prepared for changes?

Part 3

Changes

Are people opened to change very frequently?

Are all changes progressive in young age?

What are the reasons why people make changes in their lives?

Are the changes getting quicker?

Are there more changes now than in the past (why/why not)?

Are old people rigid to change?

Check Recent IELTS Writing questions (2017)

October 2017

Part 1

Work and studies

Tell me your full name, and what should I call you.

Where do you live?

What type of house do you live in?

Do you work or study?

Where do you work?

Time

What time do you get up?

What time of day do you like most, why?

Would you like to manage the time?

How do you check the time?

Do young people keep to time?

Why do you keep to time?

What do you do if you have to wait for someone?

Do young people keep to time more than olderly ones?

Boats

Have you ever been on a boat?

Do you like travelling on a boat?

What kind of people travel on boat in your country?

Would you like to own a boat in future?

News

Which source do you prefer to read news, Internet or newspaper?

How often do you discuss news with your friends?

Would you like to be a news reporter in future?

Advertisement

Do you like advertisement?

Have you ever bought something because you saw an advert on it?

How do you feel when using Internet and adverts pop up?

Which type of advert tells a better story of the product: funny or serious ones?

Jewellery

What kind of jewellery do people wear in your country?

Why people own a lot of jewellery ?

Did you gift someone a jewellery?

Do you like to wear jewellery ?

Historical figure

Tell me about a historical figure who inspired you.

Tell me whether you learned about a historical figure from any film.

Do you recall visiting any historical monument as a child?

Part 2 (Cue Card)

Describe a happily married couple.

  • Who are they?
  • How long have they been married?
  • How do they spend time together?

Follow-up questions

  • Does anyone else think the couple has a happy marriage?
  • What is the average age for people to get married in your country?
  • What kind of things would we do during a wedding ceremony?
  • Why do you think people spend a lot of money on weddings?

Describe an  interesting person who you met recently from another country.

  • Who is that person?
  • What are the qualities of the person?
  • Why did you talk and why do you found him/her interesting?

Use IELTS vocabulary for describing people

Follow-up questions

  • Why do people visit other countries?
  • What are the benefits?
  • Would you like to become friends with person from another country?

Describe an  interesting conversation you had with a stranger.

  • Whom with?
  • Where did it happen?
  • Why was it interesting?

Follow-up questions

  • What type of conversations are good?
  • How do you talk with strangers?
  • Why do people follow social networking sites?

Describe a good parent you know.

  • Who the parent is?
  • How did you meet that parent?
  • How do they act with their child / children?

Use IELTS vocabulary for describing people

Follow-up questions

  • What are the essential parenting skills?
  • Do nowadays parents put too much pressure on their teenage child(ren)?
  • What is the type of parenting skills used in you country?

Describe a park or garden you visited regularly when you were younger

  • Where was it located?
  • How did it look like?
  • What kind of visitors came there?

Follow-up questions

  • How important are gardens or parks to our cities or towns?
  • Do Government subsidize gardens or parks in your country?
  • Do you think natural places are better than the parks or gardens?
  • How do you think people from past and now treating the nature?

Describe an important letter you received

  • Who sent it?
  • When you received it?
  • What was in the letter that you felt was important?

Follow-up questions

  • How important is to send letters?
  • What is the importance of sending letters in business?

Describe a time when you taught something to your friend or relative.

  • What did you teach?
  • How did you feel after that?
  • Was it resultive?

Follow-up questions

  • Is it hard to teach?
  • What are the skills needed for teaching?
  • Does technology help to teach? How?

Describe something that you wanted to do for sometime, but haven’t done it yet

  • How easy/hard is the thing?
  • Why haven’t you done it yet?
  • Why do you want it to be done?

Follow-up questions

  • Why is it sometimes difficult to start doing something?
  • What are young people goals?
  • How can parents help young people achieve their goals?

Describe an English lecture that you enjoyed.

  • Where was it?
  • Who taught you?
  • What did you like about it?

Follow-up questions

  • Do you think its important to learn multiple languages?
  • Why do certain organisations give advantage to multi-lingual people?
  • What is the downside of learning multiple languages?
  • Why people learn more than one languages?

Describe an interesting book, which you read.

  • What was it?
  • When did you read it?
  • Which influence made this book on you?

Follow-up questions

  • What would you prefer book or movie?
  • What do you think about the movies based on novel and books?

Describe a businessman you admire. 

  • What is the name?
  • What has he/she done?
  • Why do you admire him/her?

Follow-up questions

  • Which business is most common in your country?
  • What age do people start business at?

Use IELTS vocabulary for describing business

 

Part 3

Public transport

Do you use public transport?

Are busses better than trains?

How good is the public transport in your country?

Would you like to see anything changed?

Do you plan to carry on using the public transportation system?

Rewards

What kinds of work should employers reward employees for ?

What is the impotance of rewarding employees?

Changes

Are people opened to change very frequently?

Are all changes progressive in young age?

What are the reasons why people make changes in their lives?

Are there more changes now than in the past (why/why not)?

Are old people rigid to change?

 

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September 2017

Part 1

Work and studies, dwelling

Tell me your full name, and what should I call you.

Where do you live?

What type of house do you live in?

What is your ideal house?

Do you work or study?

Where do you work?

What are your responsibilities at work?

Did you have to undergo any training to get this job? How did it help?

Do you like your workplace?

How do you travel to work?

What do you do while traveling?

What type of transportation is available and what do u use?

Do you wish to continue with job? Why?

Fruit

Do you like fruits?

Tell me about a fruit you love.

As a child, did you often eat fruit?

Should fruit be a part of a person’s regular diet?

Have your food habits changed over time? Why?

Use IELTS Vocabulary to describe Food

Historical figure

Tell me about a historical figure who inspired you.

Tell me whether you learned about a historical figure from any film.

Do you recall visiting any historical monument as a child?

Weather

Do you like rainy days?

Did you get wet anytime when you were without an umbrella?

Does people’s mood depend on rain?

What is the first thing comes into your mind when you hear sunshine?

Do you use the sunshine as energy in your country?

Emails

Do you often use emails?

Why do you use emails?

Do you prefer emailing people or talking over the phone when at work?

What are benefits of sending emails?

Do you think it will continue in future?

Birthdays

How do you celebrate your birthdays?

How does it change from the past?

Punctuality

Are you usually punctual?

Do you prepare to arrive early ? How?

Why is it important to reach on time?

Has respect for time changed over the years?

Reading

What type of magazine do you like to read?

How often do you read?

Is this magazine popular among old or young people?

Part 2 (Cue Card)

Describe a big company/organization where you live which employs many people.

  • What is it?
  • How many people are employed?
  • What work does the company/organization focus on?

And explain how you feel about the functioning of the company.

 

Describe a leisure activity you wish to do near a seashore.

  • What kind of leisure activity?
  • What things are required in doing that?
  • What are the benefits of this activity?

 

Describe the biggest change in your life.

  • What was it?
  • What was the impact of it on your life?
  • Was the change for the better?

 

Describe something you receive for free.

  • How did you get it?
  • What did you do with it?
  • How did you feel about getting it?

 

Describe a place where people go to listen to music.

  • Where is It?
  • What kind of people go there?
  • How often do you go there and how do you feel about it?

 

Describe the achievement that you are proud of.

  • What was it?
  • When and where did it happen?
  • Why are you proud of it?

Part 3

Music

What are the advantages and disadvantages of listening to music?

Do you think people nowadays listen to music more than in the past?

Do you think modern technology affects the way people listen to music?

Do you think music should be free on the Internet?

How does music help a child?

Where can children get exposed to music?

Do people like the lyrics or the instrumental part of music?

How can you express feelings through music?

Are words or songs better to convey emotions?

How does music help us remember events in history?

Do you think children should learn to play a musical instrument?

Does music help us understand cultural differences between countries?

How did music influence your childhood?

Tourism and environment

Should tour spots be free or charge something?

Is increased tourism causing more pollution?

What are the most famous tourist places in your country?

What attracts the majority of tourists?

Employment

How can universities prepare their students so they get employed soon after graduation?

How do you think the government can help the unemployed?

How can the society benefit from a full-time employed person?

Marine life

Who do you think a child or old person will enjoy more near seashore?

How global warming is affecting marine life?

How can we prevent marine life from adverse effects of global warming?

Have you tried underwater diving?

What are the benefits of underwater diving?

Educating children

Is it difficult to change the mindset of a child?

Is it difficult to teach children new things?

What do you think about teaching new things for elderly people?

Do you think that we will face more challenges to find a job in future and why?

 Check Recent IELTS Writing questions (2017)


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