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. 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 soon.

We collect recent topics in "IELTS Speaking Topics" section:

IELTS Speaking Test & Topics

We also maintain a list to organize and show questions by date:

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Here we provide some new samples of IELTS speaking Part 1 to prepare and exercise.

  No: 1   2021-02-15: 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:
  • 2021-01-14
  • 2021-01-07
Vocabulary: Decoration
  No: 2   2021-02-15: 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 live in a house or a flat?
  2. Why do you live in an apartment/house?
  3. How long have you lived there?
  4. What do you enjoy about your place?
  5. What is your favorite room? Why?
  6. Do you plan to live there in the future?
  7. What kind of accommodation do you wish to have in the future?
  8. Can you tell me about the house that you lived in when you were a child?
Recent Tests:
  • 2021-02-01
  • 2021-01-18
  • 2021-01-11
  • 2020-12-28
  • 2020-12-07
Vocabulary: Home
  No: 3   2021-02-15: 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 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:
  • 2021-02-01
  • 2021-01-12
Vocabulary: Reading
  No: 4   2021-02-11: Part 1

Topic: HOMETOWN - 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. 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. How could your hometown be improved?
  6. Has your hometown changed much since you were a child?
  7. Do you think your hometown is a good place to bring up children?
  8. Is there good public transportation in your hometown?
  9. Will you be moving away from your hometown?
Recent Tests:
  • 2021-01-29
  • 2021-01-20
  • 2021-01-12
  • 2021-01-04
  • 2020-12-14
Vocabulary: Hometown
  No: 5   2021-02-11: 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. How do you usually spend your weekends?
  2. What do other people in your hometown (or in your country) usually do on weekends?
  3. Did you do anything special last weekend?
  4. What will you do next weekend?
  5. Which is your favorite part of the weekend?
  6. Do you think weekends are long enough?
  7. How important do you think it is to have free time at the weekends?
Recent Tests:
  • 2021-01-12
  • 2020-12-14
  • 2020-11-23
  • 2020-10-29
  • 2020-10-15
Vocabulary: Weekend
  No: 6   2021-02-08: 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. Will you take singing lessons in the future?
  5. Did you enjoy singing when you were young?
  6. Do people in your country like singing for entertainment?
Recent Tests:
  • 2021-01-11
Vocabulary: Singing Vocabulary: Voice
  No: 7   2021-02-01: Part 1

Topic: CELEBRITY - 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 people are celebrities in your country?
  2. Who is your favorite celebrity in your country?
  3. Have you ever seen a celebrity in real life?
  4. Why do you want to meet a famous person?
  5. How do celebrities influence their fans in your country?
  6. Do you like any foreign celebrities?
  7. Would you like to be a celebrity?
Recent Tests:
  • 2021-01-08
  • 2020-11-23
  • 2020-10-29
  • 2020-09-30
  • 2020-09-15
Vocabulary: Celebrity
  No: 8   2021-01-25: Part 1

Topic: RUBBISH,RECYCLE - 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 recycle stuff?
  2. Did you recycle when you were a kid?
  3. What kind of things do you recycle?
  4. How do you feel when you see trash lying on roads?
  5. Is it important to have recycled bins?
  6. Will you recycle in the future?
  7. Do you influence others to use recycle bins?
Recent Tests:
  • 2021-01-06
  • 2020-12-09
  • 2020-11-09
  • 2020-10-19
  • 2020-09-09
Vocabulary: Recycle
  No: 9   2021-01-20: 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:
  • 2021-01-07
Vocabulary: Farming
  No: 10   2021-01-18: 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 kind of clothes do you usually 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:
  • 2021-01-13
  • 2020-12-26
  • 2020-11-26
  • 2020-10-30
  • 2018-11-12 (India)
Vocabulary: Clothing