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IELTS Speaking Part 1 And New 20 Samples for Band 7

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   2024-03-25: Part 1

Topic: SINGING - 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? Why?
  2. Have you ever Learned how to sing?
  3. Who do you want to sing for?
  4. Do you think singing can bring happiness to people?
Recent Tests:
2024-03-05
2024-02-06
2024-01-11
2024-01-02
Vocabulary: Singing
  No: 2   2024-03-21: 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. Where do you run?
  3. Which places do you think are perfect for running?
  4. Do you think running is a good way to stay healthy?
Recent Tests:
2024-02-27
2024-01-24
2024-01-02
2023-11-23
2023-10-27
Vocabulary: Running
  No: 3   2023-12-19: 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. Do you have many friends?
  2. How important are friends to you?
  3. Where do you often meet?
  4. What do you usually do with your friends?
Recent Tests:
2023-11-10
2023-10-19
2023-09-19
2023-08-24
2023-08-03
Vocabulary: Friends
  No: 4   2023-11-20: Part 1

Topic: LANGUAGE - 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 languages do you speak?
  2. Why do you learn English?
  3. Do you think it's challenging to learn a new language?
  4. Will you learn another in the future?
Recent Tests:
2023-10-16
2023-09-19
2023-08-21
2023-07-28
2023-07-05
Vocabulary: Language
  No: 5   2023-03-22: Part 1

Topic: SINGING - 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. Have you ever learned how to sing?
  3. Who do you want to sing for?
  4. Do you think singing can bring happiness to people?
Recent Tests:
2023-02-17
2023-01-20
2023-01-04
2022-11-23
2022-10-29
Vocabulary: Singing
  No: 6   2022-11-15: 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 often read books? When?
  2. Are your reading habits now different from before?
  3. Have you ever read a novel that has been adapted into a film?
  4. Which one do you prefer, reading books or watching movies?
Recent Tests:
2022-10-19
2022-09-07
2022-08-19
2022-07-19
2022-06-23
Vocabulary: Reading
  No: 7   2022-08-30: 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. Do you like watching sports programs on TV?
  3. Do you like to watch live sports games?
  4. Who do you like to watch sports games with?
  5. What kinds of games do you expect to watch in the future?
Recent Tests:
2022-07-29
2022-07-05
2021-04-26
2020-12-28
2019-04-06
Vocabulary: Sports
  No: 8   2022-01-17: 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:
2021-12-10
2021-11-01
2021-10-04
2021-09-10
2021-08-23
Vocabulary: Clothing
  No: 9   2021-12-21: Part 1

Topic: ANIMALS - 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. Have you ever seen any wild animals before?
  2. What is your favorite animal? Why?
  3. Do you like to watch TV programs about wild animals?
  4. Did you learn something about wild animals at school?
  5. Where can you see wild animals?
  6. In which country do you think you can see many wild animals?
Recent Tests:
2021-11-19
2021-10-25
2021-09-21
2021-08-26
2020-12-04
Vocabulary: Animals
  No: 10   2021-12-14: 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. What do you usually do on weekends?
  2. Did you do anything special last weekend?
  3. What will you do next weekend?
  4. What do other people in your hometown usually do on weekends?
  5. Do you think weekends are long enough?
  6. How important do you think it is to have free time at the weekends?
Recent Tests:
2021-11-16
2021-10-18
2021-09-21
2021-04-12
2020-12-14
Vocabulary: Weekend
  No: 11   2021-12-07: 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. How do traffic problems affect you?
  2. What traffic problems are there in your area?
  3. How do most people travel to work where you live?
  4. What is the most popular means of transportation in your country?
Recent Tests:
2021-11-12
2021-10-14
2021-09-16
2021-08-26
2021-07-29
Vocabulary: Transport
  No: 12   2021-11-26: Part 1

Topic: SCENERY - 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 scenery can you see from the window of your home?
  2. Is it essential for you to have a good view from your window?
  3. Do you like to sit by the window when you take an airplane?
  4. What sort of view would you like your house to have in the future?
Recent Tests:
2021-10-29
2021-09-24
2021-08-26
2021-07-29
2021-07-09
Vocabulary: Scenery
  No: 13   2021-08-30: Part 1

Topic: FARMING - 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. Have you ever visited a farm?
  2. What kind of farm do you like?
  3. Do you think farming is important?
  4. Did you do farm work when you were young?
  5. Does your country still use many traditional farming methods?
Recent Tests:
2021-07-29
2021-06-29
2021-06-04
2021-05-19
2021-04-29
Vocabulary: Farming
  No: 14   2021-08-23: 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: 15   2021-08-12: 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:
2021-06-29
2021-06-02
2021-05-12
2021-04-15
2021-04-05
Vocabulary: Singing Vocabulary: Voice
  No: 16   2021-08-06: 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:
2021-07-19
2021-06-18
2021-05-31
2021-05-14
2021-04-23
Vocabulary: Reading
  No: 17   2021-08-03: Part 1

Topic: DECORATION - 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 decoration do you prefer?
  2. How is your home decorated?
  3. What is your favorite color when decorating your home?
  4. Do people in your country like redecorating their homes?
  5. What is the new decorating trend for this year?
Recent Tests:
2021-07-15
2021-06-16
2021-05-31
2021-05-11
2021-04-19
Vocabulary: Decoration
  No: 18   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: 19   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: 20   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