IELTS Speaking Test & Topic
1   Test Overview
IELTS Speaking is a common module for both Academic and General Versions. The test is live, oral interview of about 11-14 minutes with an examiner. Although the IELTS speaking test is one-to-one interview, it follows some rules on both patterns and topics.

The examiners are responsible to guide and control the interview fairly by equivalent ways and questions. They usually update test topics periodically. For example, currently we will hear some similar topics (at Section 3 and 4) in various countries repeatedly.

This video demonstrates a full IELTS speaking test. The candidate should be rated as band 8-9. It's a good example to show how the test goes.



IELTS speaking test's structure, style, question types, and even test samples are published to all test takers, study and understand them is definitely a shortcut to improve finial speaking score. You aren't to prepare common English talking, you do for IELTS speaking test.

IELTS speaking test consists of 3 parts. The first 2 parts should follow a question list that is picked up randomly and examiners ask questions by the list exactly. The third part's questions may or may not be prompted to you. It relies on your actual speaking skill in preceding questions.

IELTS speaking test is recorded for security purpose. The recording doesn't matter with your score, so don't be nervous or care about it, concentrate on thinking and speaking.

2   Assessment Criteria
To prepare IELTS speaking module, you had better to understand the assessment criteria of IELTS speaking test. Only if you understand the criteria very clearly, your time and your effort can be awarded fairly.

IELTS speaking test consists of 3 parts.

Part 1: Introduction and interview: Candidate talks personal information, like at first meeting.

  • 4-5 minutes
  • Questions based on script, driven by examiner
  • General topics, like home, family, or hobby

Part 2: Individual long turn: Candidate delivers monologue of 1-2 minutes on given subject.

  • 3-4 minutes
  • Based on topic card, one minute to prepare notes
  • monologue of 1-2 minutes

Part 3: Discussion: Candidate has chance to answer more advanced questions.

  • 4-5 minutes
  • Questions usually expanded from Part 2
  • The maximum question number is 7, the real number depends on your proficiency level
The key points you exercise are fluency, coherence, and pronunciation. Please focus on these details:
  1. Express ideas clearly and coherently
  2. Vocabulary size and ability to use in right way
  3. Grammar knowledge, range and accuracy
  4. Easy to understand with right grammar, no matter with accent
  5. Use intonation and stress naturally
Details of assessment criteria can be found at IELTS Official Web Site.

Speaking score is a reflection of skill and performance. For those who want to up speaking score in tight time frame, familiarize recent questions and topics (see Section 4) and accumulate relevant vocabularies in advance will increase the chance to get a better band.

3   Hot Topics
In fact IELTS speaking test's topics or questions aren't absolutely random. This test is done by one-on-one interviewing and examiners usually update question script list every 3-4 months, so candidates meet with topics that appeared in recent tests from time to time.

Therefore, recent topics are deserved to study and practice with high priority if your IELTS speaking test is booked to this or next month. We collect and formalize some hot topics from test takers' memories. They aren't real exam questions but very close.

Never miss these valuable resources that include 20 recent topics by Part 1 and part 2/3.Want to konw the latest IELTS speaking topics and their mock questions? The samples are as below.

Latest Part 1 Question Sample    Recent 20 Part 1 Topics

  2019-05-30: Part 1

Topic: TRAVELING - 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 travelling?
  2. Why is travelling important to you?
  3. Where is best destination for traveling in your country? Why?
  4. Would you like to have a job which demands traveling to different countries?
Recent Tests:
  • 2019-05-29
  • 2019-05-05


Latest Part 2 and Part 3 Question Sample    Recent 20 Part 2/3 Topics

  2019-05-31: Part 2

Topic: IDEAL HOUSE - Candidate Task Card
You will have to talk about the topic for 1 to 2 minutes.
You have one minute to think about what you're going to say.
You can make some notes to help you if you wish.
Describe an ideal house.

You should say:
  • where it is
  • what it looks like
  • when you would like to live in
  • And explain why you would like to live in it.
Recent Tests:
  • 2019-05-11
  • 2019-05-06
  • 2019-04-13
  • 2019-03-08
  • 2019-03-01

  2019-05-31: Part 3

Topic: IDEAL HOUSE - Two-way Questions
  1. Do you think you can achieve your dream house? How would you do that?
  2. What are the different types of houses in your country?
  3. Is it common to own your own house in your country? Why?
  4. Where do people like to live, apartments or individual houses? Why?
  5. Why do most young people live in apartments in cities?
  6. In big cities, the living space is getting smaller. Could you recommend some possible solutions on this?
  7. Does beauty of building affect people’s quality of life?
  8. Talk about an ecofriendly building.
Recent Tests:
  • 2019-05-11
  • 2019-05-06
  • 2019-04-13
  • 2019-03-08
  • 2019-03-01
4   Topics and Questions
It helps very much to familiarize topics before IELTS speaking test. We list speaking topics in 2 categories: topics occured in current period and topics 2018-2019, the latter is only opened to VIP users.

In actual speaking test scenario, Part 1 usually has 2 - 3 topics in a small talk style. Part 2 and Part 3 share same topic in general to bring discussion further as possible.

We present topics for Part 1 and Part 2/3 respectively. Click a topic, you may see one sample question sheet, whose contents are from memories of recent test takers. These samples are huge asset to understand real IELTS speaking test.

At this page a topic just links to the latest sample questions. For those who want to study deeper or get more linked questions, please go to   IELTS speaking questions , and use filter to locate your interested topics.

Topics of Part 1: May-Aug
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Topics of Part 2: May-Aug
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