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   2020-01-08: Part 1

Topic: HAIRCUT - 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 always have this hairstyle?
  2. How often do you have your haircut?
  3. What’s your favourite hairstyle?
  4. Do you often change your hairstyle?
  5. Do you go to barber’s shop a lot?
  6. Will you colour your hair in future?
  7. Do you ever feel bad because of your hairstyle?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-01-06
  • 2019-12-21
  • 2019-11-15
  • 2019-11-05
  • 2019-10-21
  No: 2   2020-01-08: Part 1

Topic: SCIENCE CLASS - 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 class?
  2. Did you have a science class in primary school or high school?
  3. Do you think science classes are important?
  4. What kind of science did you do at school?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-01-01
  No: 3   2020-01-08: Part 1

Topic: VOICE - 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 your voice?
  2. Did you have the same voice in your childhood?
  3. Does your voice match with any of your family members? Why?
  4. Do you think that your voice have been changed a lot during your life? Why?
  5. Have you ever listened to your own voice?
  6. Do you enjoy recording your voice and listening to it?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-01-01
  • 2019-12-22
  • 2019-12-21
  • 2019-12-12
  • 2019-11-25
  No: 4   2020-01-07: Part 1

Topic: COUNTRYSIDE - 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 go to countryside? Why?
  2. Have you ever lived in countryside?
  3. Will you live in the countryside in the future?
  4. Do you enjoy living in the countryside?
  5. What do you usually do when you go there?
Recent Tests:
  • 2019-12-27
  • 2019-11-09
  • 2019-09-28
  • 2019-09-12
  No: 5   2020-01-07: Part 1

Topic: LANGUAGE - 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 language do you speak?
  2. Is it common language in your country?
  3. How many languages do you speak?
  4. Would you learn any other language? Why?
  5. Do you think it is difficult to learn a new language?
  6. Do you think it is difficult to learn English?
Recent Tests:
  • 2019-12-14
  • 2019-12-02
  • 2019-11-30
  • 2019-11-04
  • 2019-10-08
  No: 6   2020-01-03: Part 1

Topic: PATIENCE - 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 patient person?
  2. Are people in your country patient?
  3. Is it important to be patient? Why? Why not?
  4. Are you more patient now than you were younger? Why?
  5. How patience is important in study and at work?
  6. Do you think many people today are running out of patience? Why?
  7. How do you feel when some people make you wait?
Recent Tests:
  • 2019-12-21
  • 2019-12-10
  • 2019-11-25
  • 2019-10-22
  • 2019-10-12
Vocabulary: Patience
  No: 7   2020-01-02: Part 1

Topic: HOLIDAY - 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 there many public holidays in your country?
  2. Which is your favorite holiday? Why?
  3. Which was your last holiday that you enjoyed a lot?
  4. What do you usually do during this holiday?
  5. What do people usually do on public holidays?
  6. Do you prefer to have short holidays once in a while or long holidays once a year?
Recent Tests:
  • 2019-12-14
  • 2019-10-24
  • 2019-10-12
  • 2019-09-29
  • 2019-09-25
Vocabulary: Holiday
  No: 8   2020-01-01: Part 1

Topic: STREET MARKET - 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 enjoy visiting street markets?
  2. Are there many street markets in your country?
  3. Why do people like street markets?
  4. Do you prefer going to street markets over shopping malls? Why?
  5. Would you like to go to street market of foreign country? Why?
Recent Tests:
  • 2019-12-14
  • 2019-11-15
  • 2019-09-28
  • 2019-09-09
  • 2019-09-07
  No: 9   2019-12-28: 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 nowadays?
  2. what do you like most about your area?
  3. What is bad things (traffic, pollution...)in your area?
  4. Do you intend to stay in this area in future?
Recent Tests:
  • 2019-12-21
  • 2019-12-12
  • 2019-12-10
  • 2019-11-26
  • 2019-11-21
  No: 10   2019-12-28: Part 1

Topic: OUTDOOR - 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 prefer to be indoors or outdoors?
  2. Did you prefer to play outside or inside when you were young?
  3. Did you often go over to your friends’ house when you were young?
  4. What did you play in your childhood?
  5. Is it important for children to play outdoors? Why?
Recent Tests:
  • 2019-11-16
  • 2019-10-12
  • 2019-09-26
  • 2019-09-23
  • 2019-08-28
  No: 11   2019-12-28: Part 1

Topic: TRUST - 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. Who do you trust most?
  2. What kind of people do you trust?
  3. Have you ever lost trust in someone?
  4. Do you trust the Internet?
  5. Do you trust artificial intelligence?
Recent Tests:
  • 2019-11-09
  • 2019-09-26
  • 2019-09-10
  • 2019-09-03
  No: 12   2019-12-22: Part 1

Topic: NETWORKING - 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. How often do you use social networking applications?
  2. Why do you use social networking apps?
  3. What websites should parents block for teenagers?
  4. What are the disadvantages of social networking apps?
Recent Tests:
  • 2019-12-17
  • 2019-12-06
  • 2019-09-09
  • 2019-09-03
  • 2019-08-28
Vocabulary: Networking
  No: 13   2019-12-21: Part 1

Topic: COMMUTE - 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. How do you commute to school or work?
  2. What other transport can you use to get there?
  3. Which do you prefer in travelling, by car or bus?
  4. How did you commute to school when you were a child?
  5. Did you like it? Why?
Recent Tests:
  • 2019-10-23
  • 2019-10-08
  • 2019-08-16
  • 2019-07-30
  • 2019-07-29
  No: 14   2019-12-21: Part 1

Topic: MAKEUP - 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 wear makeup?
  2. What does wearing makeup mean to you?
  3. Have you ever bought makeup as gifts?
  4. What do you think when you see a man wearing makeup?
Recent Tests:
  • 2019-11-15
  • 2019-10-18
  • 2019-09-25
  • 2019-09-09
  • 2019-09-01
  No: 15   2019-12-17: Part 1

Topic: BORROWING - 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. Have you ever borrowed anything from anyone?
  2. Will you ever borrow money from others?
  3. Will you share your mobile with anyone? Give reasons
  4. Do you like to lend things to others?
  5. How do you feel when people do not return things they borrowed from you?
Recent Tests:
  • 2019-11-18
  • 2019-10-13
  • 2019-10-08
  • 2019-09-08
  • 2019-09-07
Vocabulary: Borrowing
  No: 16   2019-12-17: Part 1

Topic: RELATIVES - 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. How often do you visit your relatives? Why?
  2. When was the last time you visited them?
  3. What things do people do while visiting relatives?
  4. What do you usually do during your visit?
  5. Do you enjoy spending time with your relatives?
  6. Do you prefer to visit your relatives, or friends? Why?
Recent Tests:
  • 2019-12-11
  • 2019-11-02
  • 2019-09-30
  • 2019-09-23
  • 2019-09-21
Vocabulary: Relatives
  No: 17   2019-12-10: Part 1

Topic: TRAVEL - 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 travelling?
  2. Why is travelling important to you?
  3. Where is best place for vacation in your country? Why?
  4. Do you want to travel the world? Why?
  5. Would you take a job that requires you to travel to different countries?
  6. What challenges did you face when you were traveling?
Recent Tests:
  • 2019-11-28
  • 2019-11-09
  • 2019-09-28
  • 2019-09-21
  • 2019-09-08
Vocabulary: Travel
  No: 18   2019-12-06: Part 1

Topic: WALKING - 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 walk daily?
  2. Why do you walk?
  3. Where do you walk to?
  4. Where do people in your country usually go for walking?
  5. Do you think you walk enough?
  6. Do you think people will walk more or not in the future?
  7. Do you walk more often than in the past?
Recent Tests:
  • 2019-11-29
  • 2019-11-23
  • 2019-11-21
  • 2019-11-16
  • 2019-10-26
  No: 19   2019-11-26: Part 1

Topic: EATING - 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. How often do you eat with your family?
  2. Do you like eating healthy food?
  3. Do you eat out a lot?
  4. Do you prefer eating at home or a restaurant?
Recent Tests:
  • 2019-10-21
  • 2019-09-14
  • 2019-09-05
  • 2019-08-06
  No: 20   2019-11-25: Part 1

Topic: ORGANISE - 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 an organised person?
  2. Would you say you are good organizer?
  3. How do you organize your time?
  4. How do you handle the tasks which you had missed?
  5. Tell me about your organization skills.
Recent Tests:
  • 2019-10-17
  • 2019-08-25
  • 2019-08-19
  • 2019-08-17
  • 2019-07-26