IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topics and Questions

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Before appearing for IELTS speaking module, it is important that you must develop ideas for topics and practice answering questions. IELTS speaking test comprises three parts, thus, we will lay focus on Part 1. Mentioned below are a few IELTS speaking topics that are the most common and are currently in use in 2022.

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topics and Questions

Before appearing for IELTS speaking module, it is important that you must develop ideas for topics and practice answering questions. IELTS speaking test comprises three parts, thus, we will lay focus on Part 1. Mentioned below are a few IELTS speaking topics that are the most common and are currently in use in 2022.

  • Weather
  • Transport
  • TV
  • Sport
  • Work
  • Study
  • Hometown
  • Home
  • Happiness
  • Hobbies
  • Internet
  • Leisure time
  • Newspapers
  • Computers
  • Childhood
  • Birthdays
  • Family and friends
  • Dictionaries 

IELTS speaking Questions

You will be given a certain set of questions to give the answer that is based on any general topic : 

For example, Yourself, Your life, and Your country. During a face-to-face interview with the examiner (4-5 minutes), you will be asked these questions.

For part 1 of the speaking it is important to prepare thoughts on different IELTS speaking topics, but not to memorize entire answers. When you take the test, your answers should appear natural. You should discuss your everyday life and your opinions to give a better answer. 

Most commonly asked questions in part 1 are 

  • What is your occupation? 
  • Where are you employed? 
  • Why did you choose that occupation? 
  • Is that occupation popular in your country? 
  • Do you like your job? 
  • Do you get along with your colleagues? 
  • What was your first day like? 
  • What duties do you have at work? 
  • Would you change your job if you had the chance? 
  • Are you planning to keep your job in the future?

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  • What is the subject you are studying? 
  • Why did you select that subject? 
  • Is it a popular subject in your country? 
  • Do you enjoy it? 
  • Do you get along with your classmates? 
  • What was your first day like? 
  • What are the main components of your subject? 
  • Would you change courses if you could? 
  • Do you intend to find a job in the same field as your major?

  • What's the condition of your hometown? 
  • Are you satisfied with it? 
  • Is there anything for foreign visitors to do or see in your hometown? 
  • Please describe your hometown. What is the oldest structure in your hometown?
  • Has your hometown remained much the same since you were a child? 
  • Is there adequate public transportation in your hometown? 
  • Is your hometown a decent place to raise children?

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  • Where do you live? 
  • Are you dwelling in a house or an apartment?
  • Who else is there with you?
  • How many rooms are there in your residence?
  • Which room is your favorite? Are the walls decorated? 
  • What would you like to alter about your home? 
  • Do you aspire to stay there in the future? 
  • Are there any services close to your home? 
  • What does your neighborhood look like?
  • Do most people live in houses in your country?

  • Do you usually celebrate your birthdays? 
  • Which birthdays are the most important ones in your country? 
  • How did you celebrate your last birthday? 
  • Should children celebrate their birthdays with a party?

  • Did you enjoy being a child? 
  • What was your first memory of childhood? 
  • Did you have a lot of friends when you were young? 
  • What did you enjoy doing when you were a child? 
  • Is it better for children to grow up in the city or in the country?

  • Do you believe that clothing is important? 
  • What type of clothing do you usually wear?
  • Have you ever worn the traditional garments of your country? 
  • Where do you usually purchase your garments? 
  • Have you ever donned a uniform? 
  • Are most people in your nation concerned about fashion?

  • Do you usually get online using a computer? 
  • What do you use your computer for? 
  • Is it important to learn how to use a computer? 
  • Of desktops or laptops, which do you usually use?

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  • What is your daily routine? 
  • Do you have the same routine every day? 
  • When do you usually get up in the morning? 
  • Do you ever change your routine? 
  • Is your routine the same today as it was when you were a child? 
  • Do you think it is important to have a daily routine?

  • Do you frequently employ dictionaries? 
  • What types of dictionaries do you believe are the most beneficial? 
  • Are dictionaries worthwhile for studying a foreign language? 
  • What sort of data is provided in dictionaries? 

  • Do you frequently experience dreams while you sleep? 
  • Are dreams important to remember? 
  • Do you ever have daydreams? 
  • Please describe the daydreams you usually have.

  • What beverage do you like the most? 
  • Is it common for individuals to consume tea and coffee in your nation?
  • Were you fascinated by other drinks as a kid? 
  • Is it crucial to consume lots of water? 
  • What is a traditional beverage in your country for commemorating occasions?
  • What do you do in the evening? 
  • Are you always doing the same thing? 
  • Do you prefer to spend time with your family or friends? 
  • Do you ever work or study in the evenings? 
  • In your country, what is a common activity for young people in the evening?
  • Do you continue to do the same things as when you were a child?

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  • Do you spend a lot of time with your family and friends? 
  • Who is your closest family member? 
  • Do you prefer spending time with your family or friends? 
  • Who is your best friend? 
  • Are you still friends with people you grew up with?
  • Is family important in your country?

  • Do you like flowers? 
  • Which flower is your favorite? 
  • Have you ever given someone flowers? 
  • In your country, why do women like flowers more than men?
  • What is your favorite meal? 
  • Have you always had the same meals? 
  • Are there any foods you dislike? 
  • What is the most common meal in your country? 
  • Do you have a healthy diet? What is your opinion of fast food?

  • Do you often go out in the evenings? 
  • What do you like to do when you go out? 
  • Do you prefer going out on your own or with friends? 
  • How often do you go out in a week?
  • Where do most young people in your country like to go out?

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Approximately 7-8 questions are asked in introductory part of IELTS speaking where first 3-4 are usually about personal information of the candidate such as name , hometown , work or qualification and rest of the questions are regarding individual preferences from topics about  cafes , food , clothes to name a few.
No, it is not there, but test-takers must be aware about the nature of this introductory part which demands a formal yet a complete information in approximately 3 -4 sentences.
It is assessed on the basis of four parameters : Fluency and Coherency , Pronunciation , Grammatical Range and Accuracy and Lexical Resources each holds the weightage of band 9.
It  would affect  the parameter of Fluency and coherency accordingly .Since this is just an introductory part of speaking where question are asked purely on the basis of individual perspective ,and not on general knowledge so chances of having no answer do not appear commonly.
It is not advised because fluency of the test –takers cannot be assessed on the basis of answers like Yes / No , so  there must be a brief reasoning behind such answers.

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