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   2021-01-08: Part 1

Topic: REST - 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 often do you take a rest?
  2. What do you usually do when you are resting?
  3. Do you take a nap when you are taking your rest?
  4. How do you feel after taking a nap?
New Question
  No: 2   2021-01-08: Part 1

Topic: TV PROGRAMS - 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 TV programs do you like?
  2. What's your favorite TV program?
  3. Do you often watch programs on TV or your cellphone?
  4. Do you like watching the same kind of program all the time?
  5. Do you talk with your friends about the program you watched?
New Question
  No: 3   2020-12-28: 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:
  • 2020-12-02
  • 2020-11-02
  • 2020-10-09
  • 2020-09-03
  • 2019-04-06
Vocabulary: Sports
  No: 4   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 at 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: 5   2020-12-26: Part 1

Topic: NEIGHBOR - 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 your neighbors?
  2. Are your neighbors usually close to each other in your country?
  3. What is your neighborhood like?
  4. How can neighbors be helpful?
  5. Do you think your neighborhood is a good place for children?
  6. What facilities are available in your neighborhood?
  7. How could your neighborhood be improved?
  8. Do you think it is important to have a good relationship with your neighbors?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-11-12
  • 2020-06-13
  • 2019-04-02
  • 2019-03-14
  • 2019-01-11 (Ireland)


  No: 6   2020-12-26: Part 1

Topic: NEWSPAPER - 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 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:
  • 2020-11-13
  • 2020-10-21
  • 2020-09-10
  • 2020-07-30
  • 2020-07-08
Vocabulary: Newspaper
  No: 7   2020-12-20: Part 1

Topic: ART - 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 good at art?
  2. Did you learn art at school when you were a child?
  3. What kind of art do you like?
  4. Have you ever been to an art gallery?
  5. How often do you visit art galleries?
  6. Do you think children can benefit from going to art galleries?
  7. Do you have paintings in your room?
  8. Do you think it is interesting to be an artist?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-11-12
  • 2020-10-21
  • 2020-09-12
  • 2020-07-08
  • 2020-07-03


  No: 8   2020-12-20: Part 1

Topic: SHOPPING - 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 enjoy shopping?
  2. What are your favorite stores?
  3. Do you prefer shopping alone or with others?
  4. Do you compare prices when you shop?
  5. Is it difficult for you to make choices when you shop?
  6. Have you ever bought anything online?
  7. Is shopping a popular activity in your country?
  8. What is the difference between small shops in your town and international shops?
  9. Is shopping a popular activity in your country?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-11-13
  • 2020-10-05
  • 2020-09-07
  • 2020-07-27
  • 2020-05-26
Vocabulary: Shopping
  No: 9   2020-12-17: Part 1

Topic: DISCUSSION - 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 like to talk about?
  2. Do you prefer to talk or to listen?
  3. Have your discussion topics changed since you were a child?
  4. Do you change your opinion frequently?
  5. Do you remember an interesting conversation you had with someone?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-11-20
  • 2020-10-27
  • 2020-10-05
  • 2020-09-05
  • 2020-07-29
Vocabulary: Discussion
  No: 10   2020-12-17: Part 1

Topic: PARK - 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 go to the parks?
  2. How often do you visit parks?
  3. Do you prefer natural parks or amusement parks?
  4. What activities can be done in the park?
  5. How often did you go to the parks when you were a child?
  6. Do people in your area like these parks?
  7. Do you prefer parks with open or parks with leisure facilities?
  8. What do you want to improve at the parks in your hometown?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-11-12
  • 2020-07-09
  • 2020-06-12
  • 2020-05-27
  • 2020-03-17
Vocabulary: Park
  No: 11   2020-12-14: Part 1

Topic: BIRDS - 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 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:
  • 2020-11-06
  • 2020-10-09
  • 2020-09-07
Vocabulary: Birds
  No: 12   2020-12-14: Part 1

Topic: WATER-SPORT - 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 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:
  • 2020-11-11
  • 2020-10-20
  • 2020-08-14
  • 2020-07-17
  • 2020-06-03
Vocabulary: Water-sport
  No: 13   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: 14   2020-12-09: Part 1

Topic: JOKE - 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 good at telling jokes?
  2. Do your friends like to tell jokes?
  3. Do you like to watch comedies?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-11-06
  • 2020-10-13
  • 2020-09-04
  • 2020-07-27
  • 2020-06-03


  No: 15   2020-12-07: Part 1

Topic: GIFT,PRESENT - 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 gifts?
  2. How often do you buy others gifts?
  3. What kinds of gifts are popular in your country?
  4. Do you ever take a gift when you visit someone in their home?
  5. Do you enjoy looking for gifts for people?
  6. When did you last receive a gift? What was it?
  7. What gifts do children like?
  8. What are the differences between the present/gift that you gave to boys and girls?
  9. Tell me about the present/gift you received that you like most.
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-11-03
  • 2020-10-12
  • 2020-09-10
  • 2020-07-29
  • 2020-06-19
Vocabulary: Gift
  No: 16   2020-12-07: 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:
  • 2020-11-19
  • 2020-10-27
  • 2020-10-12
  • 2020-09-18
  • 2020-09-03
Vocabulary: Hurry
  No: 17   2020-12-07: Part 1

Topic: SLEEP - 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 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:
  • 2020-11-09
  • 2020-10-19
  • 2020-09-22
  • 2020-09-03
  • 2020-08-13
Vocabulary: Sleep
  No: 18   2020-12-04: 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. 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:
  • 2020-11-05
  • 2020-10-13
  • 2020-09-11
  • 2020-06-26
  • 2020-05-31
Vocabulary: Animals
  No: 19   2020-12-04: Part 1

Topic: PRICE - 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 reduce your spending recently?
  2. Do you compare prices?
  3. Do you negotiate prices?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-11-03
  • 2020-10-19
  • 2020-09-18
  • 2020-09-03


  No: 20   2020-12-02: Part 1

Topic: WALKING - 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 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:
  • 2020-10-30
  • 2020-10-12
  • 2020-09-18
  • 2020-07-30
  • 2020-07-11
Vocabulary: Walking