By Jiabao Hors

IELTS Speaking Part 1 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. 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-worker
  • 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 in 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 soon.

We collect recent topics in "IELTS Speaking Topics" section of IELTS Speaking Test & Topics. The latest Part 1 topics and questions are presented there. We also maintain a list of IELTS Speaking Questions to organize and show them by date.

Below are 20 new samples of IELTS speaking Part 1.

  No: 1   2020-09-10: Part 1

Topic: LIST - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself andchecking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. Do you make a list when you shop?
  2. Why is it important to make a shopping list?
  3. Do you make a list of your work? Does it work?
  4. Why do not some people like making lists?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-09-01
  No: 2   2020-09-10: Part 1

Topic: LIVING - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself andchecking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. Where are you living now?
  2. Do you like the area that you live in?
  3. What do you like most about your area?
  4. What do you dislike in your area?
  5. What are some changes in the area recently?
  6. What can be improved in your area?
  7. What facilities are there in your area?
  8. Do you know any famous people in your area?
  9. Do you intend to stay in this area in the future?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-09-03
  • 2020-08-14
  • 2020-08-04
  • 2020-07-23
  • 2020-07-07
Vocabulary: Living
  No: 3   2020-09-10: Part 1

Topic: READ - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself andchecking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. Do you read newspapers or magazines?
  2. Do you prefer to read news online or physical newspaper?
  3. What kind of news do you like to read about?
  4. Do you read comics in newspapers or magazines?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-07-30
  • 2020-07-27
  • 2020-07-08
  • 2020-05-27
  No: 4   2020-09-09: Part 1

Topic: PICNIC - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself andchecking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. Do you like picnics?
  2. Where do you go on a picnic?
  3. How do you enjoy a picnic?
  4. Did you go on a picnic when you were a child?
  5. How often do you go on a picnic now?
  • 2020-09-05
  • 2020-09-02


  No: 5   2020-09-09: Part 1

Topic: TIDY - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself andchecking 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?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-08-29
  • 2020-07-31
  • 2020-07-17
  • 2020-07-08
  • 2020-07-04
  No: 6   2020-08-29: Part 1

Topic: SCIENCE - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself andchecking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. Do you like science?
  2. Do you think it should be taught in schools?
  3. Did you enjoy learning science in primary or high school?
  4. What have you learned?
  5. How is science important in daily life?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-07-27
  • 2020-07-09
  • 2020-06-24
  • 2020-06-20
  • 2020-06-11
Vocabulary: Science
  No: 7   2020-08-25: Part 1

Topic: MATH - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself andchecking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. Do you like math?
  2. What is the importance of learning mathematics?
  3. When did you start learning math?
  4. Is it your favorite subject?
  5. Which number do you think is the most important one?
  6. Do you use a calculator for math?
  7. How do math skills help us in daily life?
  8. In your opinion, is it necessary for people nowadays to be good at mathematics?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-07-29
  • 2020-06-26
  • 2020-06-17
  • 2020-04-18
  • 2020-03-07
Vocabulary: Math
  No: 8   2020-08-22: Part 1

Topic: BAKING - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself andchecking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. Do you like to bake?
  2. How often do you bake?
  3. What do you like to make?
  4. What do you enjoy most about baking?
  5. Did you eat a lot of sweets when you were young? Why or why not?
  6. Is baking popular in your country?
  7. What types of things are baked in your country?
  8. Do you think baking is a healthy method of cooking?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-07-23
  • 2020-06-24
  • 2020-06-18
  • 2020-06-03
  • 2020-05-06
  No: 9   2020-08-22: Part 1

Topic: RUNNING - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself andchecking 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
  No: 10   2020-08-18: Part 1

Topic: LEISURE TIME - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself andchecking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. Do you think leisure time is important?
  2. What would you like to do in your free time?
  3. What did you enjoy doing in your free time as a child?
  4. Do you prefer to spend your free time with other people or alone?
  5. What is a popular leisure activity in your country?
  6. Do most people in your country get two days off a week?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-08-08
  • 2020-08-03
  • 2020-07-17
  • 2020-06-09
  • 2019-08-01
  No: 11   2020-08-18: Part 1

Topic: SCENERY - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself andchecking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. Is there good scenery in your hometown?
  2. Do you have a nice view of the place where you live?
  3. Which view can you see from your home?
  4. What was the most beautiful view you have seen?
  5. When you travel, do you like to live in hotels with scenic views?
  6. Do you think people enjoy taking pictures of beautiful scenery? Why?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-07-26
  • 2020-07-11
  • 2020-07-02
  • 2020-06-23
  • 2020-06-17
Vocabulary: Scenery
  No: 12   2020-08-14: Part 1

Topic: SPORT - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself andchecking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. Do you like water sports? Why?
  2. Are water sports popular in your country? why?
  3. What water sports do you want to participate in?
  4. Do you like to spend your holidays near the lake or the beach?
  5. Are water sports popular in your country?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-07-17
  • 2020-07-07
  • 2020-06-03
  • 2020-06-01
  • 2020-05-27
  No: 13   2020-08-13: Part 1

Topic: PENCIL - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself andchecking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. Do you like using pencils or pens?
  2. When did you start writing with a pencil or pen? Why?
  3. When was the last time you bought some pens or pencils?
  4. Did you like to write with pens or pencils when you were a child?
  5. Do like to write with a pen or pencil now?
  6. Would you like to receive a pen or a pencil as a gift?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-07-03
  • 2020-06-28
  • 2020-06-19
  • 2020-06-17
  • 2020-06-11
Vocabulary: Pencil
  No: 14   2020-08-11: Part 1

Topic: ALONE - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself andchecking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. Do you like being alone? why?
  2. What do you usually do when you are alone?
  3. What did you do last time when you were alone?
  4. Do you prefer spending time alone or with friends?
  5. When was the last time you spent a long time yourself?
  6. Is it bad to spend a lot of time alone?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-07-17
  • 2020-05-28
  • 2020-05-19
  • 2020-03-16
  • 2020-03-04
Vocabulary: Alone
  No: 15   2020-08-10: Part 1

Topic: FISH - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself andchecking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. Do you like eating fish?
  2. Have you ever gone fishing?
  3. Is fishing popular in your country?
  4. Where do people usually go fishing?
  5. Why do people go fishing?
  6. Is it easy to find fish in the place where you’re living?
  7. Would you ever keep fish as a pet?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-07-23
  • 2020-07-08
  • 2020-07-02
  • 2020-06-28
  • 2020-06-23
Vocabulary: Fish
  No: 16   2020-08-10: Part 1

Topic: HEALTH - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself andchecking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. What do you do to stay healthy?
  2. Do you have any unhealthy habits?
  3. What is more important, eating healthy food, or doing exercises?
  4. Do you pay attention to the public information about health?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-07-23
  • 2020-06-15
  • 2020-05-23
  • 2020-03-06
  • 2020-01-20
  No: 17   2020-08-07: Part 1

Topic: BUY - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself andchecking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. Do you often buy things?
  2. What is the item that you buy the most?
  3. Do you like buying things at a high price?
  4. Do you compare the price among different stores when you buy things?
  5. Is it better to buy online or in-store?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-07-16
  • 2020-06-20
  • 2020-06-14
  • 2020-05-31
  • 2020-05-25
  No: 18   2020-08-04: Part 1

Topic: HISTORY - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself andchecking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. Do you think history is important?
  2. Did you enjoy studying history?
  3. Have you been to a historical museum?
  4. When was the last time you read a book about history?
  5. Do you like watching movies about historic events, why or why not?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-07-08
  • 2020-07-04
  • 2020-06-24
  • 2020-06-20
  • 2020-06-13
Vocabulary: History
  No: 19   2020-08-04: Part 1

Topic: INSECT - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself andchecking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. Do you like insects?
  2. Which insects are there where you live?
  3. Why do many people not like insects?
  4. Do you think insects are useful?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-07-08
  • 2020-05-12
  No: 20   2020-07-23: Part 1

Topic: HISTORICAL BOOKS - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself andchecking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
Do you like to read historical books?Which country's history are you most interested in?What historical period or event do you find most interesting?Do you like reading history books?When was the last time I read a book?Would you watch historical documentaries?Do you prefer to watch documentaries that give the real image or documentaries that change it a bit?

Recent Tests:
  • 2020-06-21
  • 2020-06-13
  • 2020-05-11