By Jiabao Hors

IELTS Speaking Part 1 And Samples

IELTS speaking test part 1 usually lasts 4-5 minutes. Its core is a simple interview for test taker's basic information, such as home, town, study, or hobby. The candidate should tell personal information in a small talk style interview. Examiners control the talk, who actually has a script to follow.

The initial questions in IELTS speaking test part 1 includes:
  • Your full name
  • Your identification
  • Simple problems about yourself, like your hometown, your family
  • If you are working: what your job is, why you chose it, questions about co-workers
  • If you are studying: what subjects, why you chose them, if you enjoy them and why
In speaking part 1, test-takers will also be asked questions on two or three topics, such as family, travel, food preference, and national festival.

Part 1 always starts with primary information, so it is the most natural part of the IELTS speaking test. This part is very critical for candidates who are aiming to get mark 4-5. Meanwhile, high score hunters have to use it to impress examiners so that they have a chance to challenge difficult questions in Part 2/3.

To familiarize yourself with common topics is the best way to prepare IELTS speaking Part 1 because examiners use a script list to drive the test and the list updates per 3 or 4 months. The recent topics have more chances to be repeated.

We collect recent topics in "IELTS Speaking Topics" section:

IELTS Speaking Test and Topics

We also maintain a list to organize and show questions by date:

IELTS Speaking Questions

Here we provide some new samples of IELTS speaking Part 1 to prepare and exercise.

  No: 1   2021-07-21: Part 1

Topic: CLOTHING - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself and checking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. Do you like wearing special costumes?
  2. Did you try any special costumes when you were young?
  3. When was the last time to wear special costumes?
  4. Do you ever buy special costumes?
Recent Tests:
  • 2021-07-05
  • 2021-06-07
  • 2021-05-21
  • 2021-05-10
  • 2021-05-06
Vocabulary: Clothing
  No: 2   2021-07-19: Part 1

Topic: READING - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself and checking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. Do you like reading?
  2. Do you like to read at home or in other places?
  3. Do you like to read by yourself or with other people?
  4. Do you usually read for leisure or work purposes?
  5. Have you had family members with reading habits?
  6. What was your favorite book or story when you were a child?
  7. Do you think it is important that children read regularly?
Recent Tests:
  • 2021-06-18
  • 2021-05-31
  • 2021-05-14
  • 2021-04-23
  • 2021-04-01
Vocabulary: Reading
  No: 3   2021-07-19: Part 1

Topic: WORK - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself and checking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. What is your job?
  2. Where do you work?
  3. Do you like your job?
  4. Why did you choose that job?
  5. Is it a popular job in your country?
  6. What was your first day like?
  7. What responsibilities do you have at work?
  8. What is the most interesting thing about your work?
  9. Do you get on well with your colleagues?
  10. Do you prefer to work in the morning or evening?
  11. What are the ways that you can improve your skills at work?
  12. Has your job changed a lot in the past years?
  13. If you had the chance, would you change your job?
  14. Do you plan to continue with your job in the future?
Recent Tests:
  • 2021-07-05
  • 2021-06-22
  • 2021-06-14
  • 2021-05-25
  • 2021-05-12
Vocabulary: Work
  No: 4   2021-06-29: Part 1

Topic: SINGING,VOICE - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself and checking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. Do you like singing?
  2. When do you sing?
  3. Do you have a favorite song you like to sing?
  4. Would you like to take some singing lessons?
  5. Did you enjoy singing when you were young?
  6. Do you like listen to other people sing?
  7. Do people in your country like singing for entertainment?
Recent Tests:
  • 2021-06-02
  • 2021-05-12
  • 2021-04-15
  • 2021-04-05
  • 2021-03-18
Vocabulary: Singing Vocabulary: Voice
  No: 5   2021-06-22: Part 1

Topic: NEW YEAR - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself and checking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. How do you celebrate New Year?
  2. How did you celebrate the last New Year?
  3. What was your best New Year's party so far?
  4. Do you have any ceremonies to celebrate the New Year in your country?
  5. How do most people celebrate New Year in your country?
  6. Why do people think New Year is a new beginning?
  7. How important is celebrating New Year in your country?
  8. What is your opinion on having to work on New Year's Day?
Recent Tests:
  • 2021-06-22
  • 2021-06-02
  • 2021-05-14
  • 2021-04-26
  • 2021-04-06
Vocabulary: New Year
  No: 6   2021-04-30: Part 1

Topic: CHANGE - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself and checking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. Do you like the changes? Why?
  2. What do you plan to change next year?
  3. Are there any changes to your work?
  4. Have you changed a lot since your childhood?
  5. Are there any positive changes in your country these days?
Recent Tests:
  • 2021-04-08
  • 2021-03-11
  • 2021-02-17
  • 2021-01-29
  • 2020-12-24
Vocabulary: Change
  No: 7   2021-04-29: Part 1

Topic: CLOTHING - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself and checking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. Are clothes important to you?
  2. What kinds of clothes do you like to wear?
  3. What kind of clothes do you never wear?
  4. Do you ever wear the traditional clothes of your country?
  5. Where do you usually buy your clothes?
  6. Have you ever worn a uniform?
  7. Do most people in your country follow fashion?
  8. Do you wear the same style of clothes on weekdays and weekends?
  9. Do you like brands? Why or why not?
  10. Can we judge a person's character by clothing? Why?
Recent Tests:
  • 2021-04-06
  • 2021-03-17
  • 2021-02-25
  • 2020-11-26
  • 2018-11-12 (India)
Vocabulary: Clothing
  No: 8   2021-04-27: Part 1

Topic: CELEBRITY - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself and checking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. What kind of people are celebrities in your country?
  2. Who is your favorite celebrity in your country?
  3. Have you ever seen a celebrity in real life?
  4. Why do you want to meet a famous person?
  5. How do celebrities influence their fans in your country?
  6. Do you like any foreign celebrities?
  7. Would you like to be a celebrity?
Recent Tests:
  • 2021-04-05
  • 2021-03-23
  • 2021-03-01
  • 2021-02-01
  • 2020-11-23
Vocabulary: Celebrity
  No: 9   2021-04-27: Part 1

Topic: HURRY - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself and checking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. Do you like to be in a hurry?
  2. Do you like to finish things quickly?
  3. Do you usually go out in a hurry?
  4. When was the last time you did something in a hurry?
  5. What kind of things would you never do in a hurry?
  6. What do you always do in a hurry? Why?
  7. Why do people make mistakes more easily when they are in a hurry?
Recent Tests:
  • 2021-04-01
  • 2021-03-09
  • 2021-02-19
  • 2021-01-27
  • 2020-12-07
Vocabulary: Hurry
  No: 10   2021-04-26: Part 1

Topic: LIST - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself and checking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. Do you make a list before going shopping? Why?
  2. Why is it important to make a shopping list?
  3. Do you think it is a good idea to use lists at home or work?
  4. Why don't some people like making lists?
  5. Do you prefer using a piece of paper or making a list on your phone?
Recent Tests:
  • 2021-04-05
  • 2021-03-11
  • 2021-02-22
  • 2021-01-19
  • 2020-12-02
Vocabulary: List
  No: 11   2021-04-26: Part 1

Topic: SPORTS - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself and checking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. Do you like sports?
  2. What is your favorite sport?
  3. What kind of sports did you play as a child?
  4. Do you prefer team sports or individual sports?
  5. How do most people in your country keep fit?
  6. Would you like to go to the Olympic Games?
  7. Are you a fan of any sports teams? Why?
  8. What kind of sports is popular in your country?
Recent Tests:
  • 2021-04-01
  • 2021-03-08
  • 2021-02-19
  • 2020-12-28
  • 2019-04-06
Vocabulary: Sports
  No: 12   2021-04-15: Part 1

Topic: RECYCLE,ENVIRONMENT - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself and checking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. Do you recycle stuff?
  2. Did you recycle when you were a kid?
  3. What kind of things do you recycle?
  4. How do you feel when you see trash lying on roads?
  5. Is it important to have recycled bins?
  6. Will you recycle in the future?
  7. Do you influence others to use recycle bins?
Recent Tests:
  • 2021-03-22
  • 2021-02-26
  • 2021-01-06
  • 2020-12-09
  • 2020-11-09
Vocabulary: Recycle Vocabulary: Environment
  No: 13   2021-04-12: Part 1

Topic: WEEKEND - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself and checking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. How do you usually spend your weekends?
  2. What do other people in your hometown (or in your country) usually do on weekends?
  3. Did you do anything special last weekend?
  4. What will you do next weekend?
  5. Which is your favorite part of the weekend?
  6. Do you think weekends are long enough?
  7. How important do you think it is to have free time at the weekends?
Recent Tests:
  • 2021-03-18
  • 2021-02-26
  • 2021-02-11
  • 2021-01-12
  • 2020-12-14
Vocabulary: Weekend
  No: 14   2020-12-28: Part 1

Topic: TIDY - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself and checking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. Are you a tidy person?
  2. Do you think that it is necessary to be tidy?
  3. Do you think people should be tidy all the time?
  4. Do you keep your workplace tidy?
  5. Are you tidier at work or home?
  6. Are your family members tidy?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-11-16
  • 2020-10-22
  • 2020-09-29
  • 2020-09-09
  • 2020-08-29
Vocabulary: Tidy
  No: 15   2020-12-09: Part 1

Topic: HOME - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself and checking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. Do you like the home where you grew up?
  2. What do you like about the home you grew up in?
  3. What kind of house do you live in now?
  4. Has your home changed recently?
  5. Is there any shopping center near your home?
  6. What is your dream house?
  7. What kind of home would you like to live in when you’re older?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-11-23
  • 2020-11-12
  • 2020-11-03
  • 2020-10-22
  • 2020-10-06
Vocabulary: Home
  No: 16   2020-11-30: Part 1

Topic: AGE - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself and checking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. Are you happy to be the age you are now?
  2. When you were a child, did you think a lot about your future?
  3. Do you think you have changed as you have got older?
  4. When do you think is the best age to learn driving?
  5. Should we treat people of different ages equally?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-11-05
  • 2020-10-01
  • 2020-09-07
  • 2020-08-04
  • 2020-07-13
Vocabulary: Age
  No: 17   2020-11-30: Part 1

Topic: TRANSPORT - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself and checking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. Do you often use public transport?
  2. Do you travel by public transport?
  3. Do you think people prefer public transport?
  4. Should people use more public transport? Why?
  5. When was the last time you traveled by public transport?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-11-03
  • 2020-10-14
  • 2020-09-24
  • 2020-08-05
  • 2020-07-13
Vocabulary: Transport
  No: 18   2020-11-18: Part 1

Topic: FRIENDS - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself and checking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. Are friends important to you?
  2. Have you ever made new friends online?
  3. How do you socialize with friends?
  4. What kinds of people do you like to make friends with?
  5. What do you usually talk about with your friends?
  6. Do you have any childhood friends?
  7. Do you think you are a good friend to others?
  8. Do you have any friends who live far away from you?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-10-26
  • 2020-07-23
  • 2020-06-16
  • 2020-05-29
  • 2020-05-27
Vocabulary: Friends
  No: 19   2020-11-11: Part 1

Topic: LAUGHING - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself and checking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. Do you laugh often?
  2. Do you like to make people laugh?
  3. When was the last time you laughed very hard?
  4. Do you like watching comedy on TV?
  5. Have you ever seen a comedy figure in real life?
  6. Do you usually make your friends laugh?
  7. Do you think it is important to laugh together?
  8. Have you ever been to a comedy live show before?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-10-20
  • 2020-09-23
  • 2020-09-02
  • 2020-07-04
  • 2020-07-02
Vocabulary: Laughing
  No: 20   2020-08-22: Part 1

Topic: RUNNING - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself and checking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. Do you like running?
  2. How often do you do running exercise?
  3. When was the last time you ran?
  4. Where do usually go running?
  5. Is your hometown a good place for running?
  6. Have you participated in any long-distance running?
  7. Did you have running lessons in school?
  8. Would you watch a running event on TV, why or why not?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-07-27
  • 2020-07-02
  • 2020-06-22
  • 2020-06-19
  • 2020-06-14
Vocabulary: Running