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   2020-11-09: Part 1

Topic: SLEEP - 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 stay up late?
  2. How often do you stay up late?
  3. What do you normally do when you stay up late?
  4. How do you feel in the morning after staying up late?
  5. Do you stay up late as a kid?
  6. Do you think you will continue to stay up late in the future?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-10-19
  • 2020-09-22
  • 2020-09-12
  • 2020-09-03
  • 2020-08-13
Vocabulary: Sleep
  No: 2   2020-11-09: Part 1

Topic: STRANGER - 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 talk to strangers?
  2. Is it difficult to tell a story to a stranger?
  3. Are you afraid of strangers judging you?
  4. Do people in your country often talk to strangers?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-10-15
  • 2020-09-08
  No: 3   2020-11-06: Part 1

Topic: BIRDS - 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 birds?
  2. What kind of birds do you like?
  3. Have you ever raised a bird?
  4. How do people in your country feel about birds?
  5. How do you feel about people shooting or hunting birds?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-10-09
  • 2020-09-07
Vocabulary: Birds
  No: 4   2020-11-06: Part 1

Topic: JOKE - 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 good at telling jokes?
  2. Do your friends like to tell jokes?
  3. Do you like to watch comedies?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-10-13
  • 2020-09-28
  • 2020-09-04
  • 2020-07-27
  • 2020-06-03
  No: 5   2020-11-06: 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 before going shopping? Why?
  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?
  5. Do you prefer using a piece of paper or making a list on your phone?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-10-21
  • 2020-10-08
  • 2020-09-25
  • 2020-09-10
  • 2020-09-01
  No: 6   2020-11-05: Part 1

Topic: AGE - 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 happy to be the age you are now?
  2. How do you feel about getting older?
  3. What was the best thing you’ve ever done?
  4. What do you think is the best age to learn driving?
  5. Should we treat people of different ages equally?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-10-01
  • 2020-09-07
  • 2020-08-14
  • 2020-08-04
  • 2020-07-13
Vocabulary: Age
  No: 7   2020-11-05: Part 1

Topic: ANIMALS - 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 interested in wildlife?
  2. Did you ever see wild animals?
  3. What is your favorite wild animal? Why?
  4. Should wild animals be protected?
  5. Did you ever go to a zoo when you were a child?
  6. What are the disadvantages of hunting animals?
  7. What is the importance of animals to children?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-10-13
  • 2020-09-11
  • 2020-06-26
  • 2020-06-11
  • 2020-05-31
Vocabulary: Animals
  No: 8   2020-11-05: Part 1

Topic: HANDWRITING - 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 have good handwriting?
  2. Do you prefer to write by hand or type?
  3. What is the difference between writing with a pen and typing on a computer?
  4. Do you think computers might replace handwriting one day?
  5. How important is handwriting in your country?
  6. Do you think that handwriting expresses the personality?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-10-13
  • 2020-09-28
  • 2020-09-08
  • 2019-04-13
  • 2019-04-07
  No: 9   2020-11-03: Part 1

Topic: GIFT,PRESENT - 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 gifts?
  2. What kinds of gifts are popular in your country?
  3. Are you good at choosing the present/gift?
  4. What gifts do children like?
  5. What are the differences between the present/gift that you gave to boys and girls?
  6. Tell me about the present/gift you received that you like most.
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-10-12
  • 2020-09-10
  • 2020-07-29
  • 2020-06-28
  • 2020-06-19
  No: 10   2020-11-03: Part 1

Topic: TRANSPORT - 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 use public transport?
  2. Do you travel by public transport?
  3. Should people use more public transport? Why?
  4. When was the last time you traveled by public transport?
  5. Do you think people prefer public transport?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-10-14
  • 2020-09-24
  • 2020-09-08
  • 2020-08-05
  • 2020-07-13
Vocabulary: Transport
  No: 11   2020-10-30: Part 1

Topic: CLOTHING - 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 buy clothes?
  2. What is your favorite color for clothes?
  3. What kinds of clothes do you usually buy?
  4. What kind of clothes do you never wear?
  5. Can we judge a person's character by clothing? Why?
  6. Do you wear the same style of clothes on weekdays and weekends?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-10-05
  • 2020-09-22
  • 2020-09-05
  • 2018-11-12 (India)
  • 2017-12-06 (China)
Vocabulary: Clothing
  No: 12   2020-10-30: 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 usually take walks if you have spare time?
  4. Do you walk more often now than in the past?
  5. Do you think you walk enough?
  6. Do you walk alone or with friends?
  7. Where do people in your country usually go walking?
  8. Do you think people will walk more in the future? Why?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-10-12
  • 2020-09-18
  • 2020-07-30
  • 2020-07-11
  • 2020-06-18
Vocabulary: Walking
  No: 13   2020-10-29: Part 1

Topic: FILMS - 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 watching movies?
  2. What kind of movies do you like?
  3. What is your favorite movie?
  4. Do your friends like this movie?
  5. What kinds of movies do you think young people like?
  6. Do you want to be a movie star?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-09-21
  • 2020-09-01
  • 2020-06-01
  • 2020-05-30
  • 2019-09-30
Vocabulary: Films
  No: 14   2020-10-29: Part 1

Topic: HOMETOWN - 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 is your hometown?
  2. What is your hometown like?
  3. Do you like your hometown? Why?
  4. How long have you been living in your hometown?
  5. Do you often visit your hometown?
  6. What did you like about your hometown when you were a child?
  7. Has your hometown changed much since you were a child?
  8. Do you think your hometown is a good place to bring up children?
  9. What changes would you like to have in the future?
  10. Is there good public transportation in your hometown?
  11. Will you be moving away from your hometown?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-10-19
  • 2020-10-09
  • 2020-10-01
  • 2020-09-22
  • 2020-09-16
Vocabulary: Hometown
  No: 15   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: 16   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: 17   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: 18   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: 19   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: 20   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