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   2020-06-20: Part 1

Topic: PARK - 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 going to 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:
  • 2020-06-12
  • 2020-05-27
  • 2020-03-17
  • 2020-02-19
  • 2020-02-14
Vocabulary: Park
  No: 2   2020-06-18: Part 1

Topic: COLOR - 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 is your favorite color? Why is that?
  2. As a child did you prefer brighter colors?
  3. Do colors affect your mood?
  4. What is the color in your room? Do you like it?
  5. If you buy a car, what color would it be? Why is that?
Recent Tests:
  • 2019-05-05
  • 2019-04-27
  • 2019-04-22
  • 2019-04-02
  • 2019-03-27
  No: 3   2020-06-18: 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 for walking?
  8. Do you think people will walk more in the future? Why?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-05-19
  • 2020-03-16
  • 2020-02-22
  • 2020-02-13
  • 2020-02-02
Vocabulary: Walking
  No: 4   2020-06-16: Part 1

Topic: FRIENDS - 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 friends important to you?
  2. Have you ever made new friends online?
  3. How do you social with friends?
  4. What kinds of people do you like to make friends with?
  5. What do you usually talk about with your friends?
  6. Do you have any childhood friends?
  7. Do you think you are a good friend to others?
  8. Do you have any friends who live far away from you?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-05-29
  • 2020-05-27
  • 2020-03-16
  • 2020-03-10
  • 2020-01-31
Vocabulary: Friends
  No: 5   2020-06-15: Part 1

Topic: BREAK - 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 take a break?
  2. Why do you need to take a break?
  3. Do you prefer a long break or several short breaks?
  4. What do you usually do during a break?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-06-01
  • 2020-05-19
  • 2020-03-13
  • 2020-02-01
  • 2020-01-15
  No: 6   2020-06-15: 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 public information about health?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-05-23
  • 2020-03-06
  • 2020-01-20
  • 2020-01-01
  No: 7   2020-06-13: Part 1

Topic: NEIGHBOR - 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 know the people who live next door to you?
  2. How often do you see each other?
  3. What kind of relationship do you share with your neighbors?
  4. How can neighbors be helpful?
  5. What kind of problems can people have with neighbors?
  6. Are there any old people living in your society? What is their relationship with other members?
  • 2019-04-02
  • 2019-03-14
  • 2019-01-11 (Ireland)
  • 2019-01-04 (India)
  • 2018-12-11 (India)


  No: 8   2020-06-09: 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:
  • 2019-08-01
  • 2018-07-30
  • 2019-06-12
  • 2019-04-25
  • 2019-03-26
  No: 9   2020-06-04: Part 1

Topic: SEASON,WEATHER - 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 weather do you like?
  2. Does the weather in your country change often?
  3. Do you prefer hot weather or cold weather? Why?
  4. Does the weather affect your mood?
  5. Does weather affect your study or work habits?
  6. What do you think of climate change?
  7. What can the government do to tackle climate change?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-05-23
  • 2020-04-18
  • 2020-02-14
  • 2020-01-13
  • 2019-12-07
Vocabulary: Weather
  No: 10   2020-06-01: 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:
  • 2020-05-30
  • 2019-09-30
  • 2019-09-03
Vocabulary: Films
  No: 11   2020-05-28: 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. Is it bad to spend a lot of time alone?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-05-19
  • 2020-03-16
  • 2020-03-04
  • 2020-02-21
  • 2020-02-13
Vocabulary: Alone
  No: 12   2020-05-23: Part 1

Topic: HOTEL - 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 staying in hotels?
  2. How often do you stay in hotels?
  3. What types of hotels can be found in your city/country?
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  No: 13   2020-05-19: Part 1

Topic: CITY - 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 cities? Why?
  2. What kind of cities do you like?
  3. Do you like the city where you are living? Why?
  4. What is your future plan if you are planning to move from the city?
  5. What is the most important when you choose a city to live in?
  6. Do you prefer the city or the countryside?
  7. Which city would you like to visit? Why?
  8. Do most people live in the big cities in your country? Why?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-03-04
  • 2019-04-30
  • 2019-04-25
  • 2019-03-06
  • 2019-02-26
  No: 14   2020-05-11: Part 1

Topic: JEANS - 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 wearing jeans? Why?
  2. How often do you wear jeans?
  3. Do you wear jeans at your workplace or school?
  4. Do you prefer to wear brands jeans?
  5. Would you pay for expensive jeans?
  6. Why are jeans popular all over the world?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-03-16
  • 2020-03-10
  • 2020-01-14
  • 2020-01-12
  • 2020-01-04
Vocabulary: Jeans
  No: 15   2020-03-21: Part 1

Topic: RUBBISH,RECYCLING - 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 recycle stuff?
  2. How do you feel when you see trash lying on roads?
  3. Is it important to have recycle bins?
  4. Do you influence others to use recycle bins?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-03-04
  • 2020-01-11
  • 2019-12-14
  • 2019-11-26
  • 2019-11-09
  No: 16   2020-03-20: 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:
  • 2020-03-13
  • 2020-01-25
  • 2020-01-07
  • 2019-12-27
  • 2019-11-09
  No: 17   2020-03-18: 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 like to read?
  2. What type of books do you read?
  3. Do you read books related to your profession?
  4. Did you like to read in your younger days?
  5. Would you like to write a book in the future?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-02-19
  • 2020-01-23
  • 2020-01-07
  • 2019-12-12
  • 2019-12-07
  No: 18   2020-03-16: Part 1

Topic: MUSIC - 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 music?
  2. When do you usually listen to music?
  3. What kind of music did you like when you were younger?
  4. Do you like to hear music alone or with groups?
  5. Are there many rich musicians in your country?
  6. Why is illegally downloading music bad?
  7. Do you think laws will solve this problem?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-01-31
  • 2020-01-24
  • 2020-01-08
  • 2020-01-06
  • 2019-12-12
Vocabulary: Music
  No: 19   2020-03-14: 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 favourite holiday? Why?
  3. Which was your last holiday that you enjoyed a lot?
  4. Do you prefer a holiday in a city or at a beach?
  5. What do you usually do during this holiday?
  6. What do people usually do on public holidays?
  7. Do you like to spend long holidays or just short?
Recent Tests:
  • 2020-02-13
  • 2020-02-07
  • 2020-01-02
  • 2019-12-14
  • 2019-10-24
Vocabulary: Holiday
  No: 20   2020-03-14: 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:
  • 2020-02-17
  • 2020-01-01
  • 2019-12-14
  • 2019-11-15
  • 2019-09-28