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:

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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   2021-04-29: 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:
  • 2021-04-12
  • 2021-03-18
  • 2021-02-25
  • 2021-01-20
  • 2021-01-07
Vocabulary: Farming
  No: 2   2021-04-27: 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:
  • 2021-04-05
  • 2021-03-23
  • 2021-03-01
  • 2021-02-01
  • 2020-11-23
Vocabulary: Celebrity
  No: 3   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
  No: 4   2021-04-27: Part 1

Topic: LIVING - 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 are you living now?
  2. Is it a good area to live in?
  3. What do you like most about where you live?
  4. What is the neighborhood like where you live?
  5. Do you have any friends there?
  6. What can be improved in the area that you live?
  7. Do you know any famous people in the area that you live in?
  8. Do you intend to stay in this area in the future?
Recent Tests:
  • 2021-04-15
  • 2021-04-05
  • 2021-03-23
  • 2021-03-11
  • 2021-03-01
Vocabulary: Living
  No: 5   2021-04-26: 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:
  • 2021-04-12
  • 2021-04-01
  • 2021-03-22
  • 2021-03-09
  • 2021-02-26
Vocabulary: Home
  No: 6   2021-04-26: Part 1

Topic: LIST - 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 make a list before going shopping? Why?
  2. Why is it important to make a shopping list?
  3. Do you think it is a good idea to use lists at home or work?
  4. Why don't some people like making lists?
  5. Do you prefer using a piece of paper or making a list on your phone?
Recent Tests:
  • 2021-04-05
  • 2021-03-11
  • 2021-02-22
  • 2021-01-19
  • 2020-12-02
Vocabulary: List
  No: 7   2021-04-26: 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:
  • 2021-04-06
  • 2021-03-11
  • 2021-02-19
  • 2021-01-27
  • 2021-01-08
Vocabulary: New Year
  No: 8   2021-04-26: 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:
  • 2021-04-01
  • 2021-03-08
  • 2021-02-19
  • 2020-12-28
  • 2019-04-06
Vocabulary: Sports
  No: 9   2021-04-23: 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:
  • 2021-04-01
  • 2021-03-08
  • 2021-02-15
  • 2021-02-01
  • 2021-01-12
Vocabulary: Reading
  No: 10   2021-04-19: 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:
  • 2021-03-29
  • 2021-03-03
  • 2021-02-15
  • 2021-01-14
  • 2021-01-07
Vocabulary: Decoration