IELTS Speaking Test August 2018

Below is a sample IELTS speaking test for August 2018. The topics and questions are currently being used in the IELTS Speaking test.

Remember that there is only one speaking test. All candidates, both GT and Academic, will get the same topics and questions. There is no difference in marking. The test will last between 11 and 14 mins. The IELTS Speaking test is informal.

Full IELTS Speaking Test August 2018

IELTS Speaking Part 1


  1. Do you live in a house or an apartment?
  2. What room do you most like in your home?
  3. Is there anything you would like to change?
  4. Do you plan to move in the future?


  1. Do you often use apps?
  2. What type of app would you like to get for your phone or computer?
  3. What type of app do you think is most popular?
  4. If you could create an app, what would it be?

Foreign Food

  1. Did you often eat foreign food as a child?
  2. What type of foreign food have you recently eaten?
  3. Are foreign foods popular in your country today?
  4. Do you think there will be an increase in the amount of foreign food in your country in the future?

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IELTS Speaking Part 2

Describe an important event that you celebrated in the past. You should say:

  • what the event was
  • when it was
  • where it was held
  • who you celebrated with
  • and explain why the event was important to you

IELTS Speaking Part 3

  1. Do you think it is essential for people to celebrate their birthdays?
  2. Have you ever attended an outdoor event before?
  3. Which one do you prefer, indoor or outdoor events?
  4. Do you think people spend more money on events today compared to the past?
  5. What is the most popular event in your country? How do people celebrate it?
  6. Do you think it is beneficial for a country to host international events?



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Speaking Part 1 Topic: Plants

Below are a few questions for the IELTS speaking part 1 topic of plants. This is a current topic in the IELTS speaking test.

Plant Questions: IELTS Speaking Part 1

  1. Do you like plants?
  2. Do you know a lot about plants?
  3. Have you ever had a plant?
  4. Did you ever grow a plant as a child?
  5. Would you ever give a plant as a gift?
  6. Why do people like plants in their house?
  7. Do you have a garden?
  8. Do you know how to cultivate plants?


Click below to visit the vocabulary page for this topic:

Plant Vocabulary & Model Answers

Tip: you are not expected to know specialist knowledge about plants – keep your answers personal and friendly. Be descriptive and chatty.

Other Speaking Topics

See common topics: IELTS Speaking Part 1 Common Topics

Also review the recent questions page: Current Topics & Questions

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Subtitles or Dubbing: Film Question for IELTS Speaking

Recent I posted a list of questions for the topic of Film that appears frequently in IELTS speaking part 1, part 2 and part 3. You can see the full list of questions for film on this page: Film IELTS Questions

The question below is one of the common  questions and some students asked me to offer a model answer for it.


  • Is it better for a foreign film to be dubbed or subtitled?


Dubbing: to replace the original language of the film and use voice actors of the country viewing it

Subtitles: to have a translation of the foreign film written on the screen throughout the movie, but keep the original language of the movie.

Model Answer

I think subtitles are best for documentaries and slow paced movies, but fast paced action movies should be dubbed because it is too distracting to read the subtitles and watch the action at the same time.

Further Points:

Dubbed Films

  1. Films that are dubbed help you learn a foreign language.
  2. Changing the language also means altering the experience of the film.
  3. Some times the voice actors for dubbed movies do not match how the character looks.
  4. Dubbing can be annoying to see the actors’ lips moving at a different pace to the words spoken by the voice actor.
  5. Cartoons and animated films can easily be dubbed.
  6. subtitles sometimes take up too much of the screen so you can’t see everything.


  1. If you are reading the script of the movie, you miss the expressions of the actors and the dramatic scenes.
  2. Not all countries can afford to pay voice actors to dub all films. Subtitles are cheaper.
  3. It is good to hear the real voices of the actors in the movie.
  4. Children can lose interest in a film that has subtitles and can’t read fast enough.

Your Opinion

  1. Do you think foreign films should be dubbed or subtitled?


Feel free to post your answers below in the comments box below.

Sharing ideas is one way to help you all develop.

All the best



IELTS Cue Card Meaning

IELTS Speaking Part 2: Cue Card Topics

Many students have written to me about whether or not they can ask the examiner to explain the cue card topic in IELTS speaking part 2. Other students ask if they can change the topic of the cue card.

Understanding IELTS Cue Cards

  1. Do you think you can change the cue card topic?
  2. Can you ask the examiner to explain the topic if you don’t understand?


The examiner will give you the cue card with the main topic and prompts underneath. Here is an example:

An outing that didn’t cost anything. You should say:

  • when it was
  • where you went
  • who was with you
  • what you did
  • how you felt about it

You will also be given a piece of paper and a pencil to make notes. You will have one minute to prepare. During that 1 min, the examiner will remain silent. At the end of 1 min, the examiner will ask you to start speaking. You should aim to speak for 2 mins.

Can you change the cue card?

No, you can’t. You are given the IELTS cue card and then you start preparing. There is no chance to change it.

Can you ask the examiner to explain it?

No, you can’t. The examiner is not allowed to help you at this time. The cue card is given to you for your preparation time and also for your talking time. At no point, can the IELTS examiner explain in part 2 speaking.

What if you don’t understand?

  1. Then you must try to speak about something you think is similar. You can explain your choice when you start speaking. Also follow the prompts so that the examiner doesn’t think you are trying to change the topic completely.
  2. Most cue cards are simple topics. They rarely contain language that is complicated. Common cue card topics: a meal you enjoyed, a book you read, an item of clothing you like, your favourite season, a place near water etc. Very easy to understand.
  3. You are not marked on your choice of subject. If you get “a place near water”, you could talk about a place near the sea, a place near a river or just a place near a swimming pool. It really doesn’t matter. The examiner is only interested in your spoken English.
  4. The topic above “an outing that didn’t cost anything” is similar to “an activity that was free”. This is about leisure time activities that do not cost money (no fee was paid) – going to the park, having a picnic, playing badminton in the garden, going to the beach etc.

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IELTS Speaking Topic: Films

The topic of films is common for IELTS speaking part 1, part 2 and part 3.

IELTS Questions for Films

Part 1

  • Do you often watch films?
  • What kind of films do you like?
  • Are foreign films popular in your country?
  • Do men and women usually like the same kinds of films?

Part 2

Talk about a film you enjoy

  • what type of film it is
  • when you first saw it
  • what it is about
  • why you like it

Part 3

  1. Do you think subtitles are better than dubbing for foreign films?
  2. Why do some people prefer watching a film in the cinema rather than at home?
  3. What makes a film successful?
  4. Do you think film stars are more important than special effects?
  5. What kinds of films are not suitable for children?

Film Vocabulary

It is important that you learn different genre of film.

How many genre do you know?

Click here: FILM TYPES  to get a listening practice lesson and learn the different film types.

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Newspaper Questions for You

Hi guys.

The topic of newspapers is a common topic for IELTS speaking and IELTS writing.

I would like to check how much you know about the contents of a newspaper.

Newspaper Questions

  1. What is an obituary?
  2. What is the most popular section of the newspaper in your country?
  3. Why do some people only skim the headlines?
  4. Do you think newspapers will one day be completely replaced by online news?


Post your answers in the comments box below.

I will post sample answers with extra vocabulary tomorrow.

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IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topics May to Aug 2018

Below are IELTS speaking part 2 topics from May to August 2018. These topics have been reported by students in their IELTS test. Remember that there is only one speaking test for everyone. This means GT and Academic students will do the same IELTS speaking test with the same marking criteria. All the topics are for both candidates.

Q) Will I get these topics in my speaking test?

A) There is no guarantee. The examiner has a long list of topics (longer than the list below) to choose from and you can’t predict what you will get. The most you can do to prepare is much as you can. Prepare both the recent topics below and also common topics which you can find on this page: Common Part 2 Topics for IELTS Speaking.

Q) Why from May to August?

A) This is because in May the examiners get a new list of topics which will be used for about 4 months. It is a long list and only some of the topics are listed below.

I will add more topics to the list below once students have informed me. These topics are not predictions, they are topics reported by IELTS students in their test.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topics May-Aug 2018

  1. A comic actor in your country
  2. A childhood friend
  3. A sport you have seen on TV and would like to try
  4. A city or country where you would like to live or work in the future
  5. Your favourite TV programme
  6. A recent event that made you happy
  7. A job you would like to do
  8. A season you enjoy
  9. A way you use to concentrate in your work or studies
  10. A website you regularly use
  11. An event in your life that you recently celebrated
  12. A quiet place you know
  13. A sportsperson you admire
  14. Something you lost
  15. A situation when you had to be polite
  16. A skill you learned outside school or college
  17. A river or lake in your country
  18. A subject you studied at school
  19. Something you would like to do that your friend has done
  20. A method you used to save money
  21. A toy you liked when you were a child
  22. An unusual meal
  23. Learning maths in primary school
  24. An item you own that needs to be replaced
  25. Clothes you wear on a special occasion
  26. A time you worked in a team
  27. A plan you made but changed later
  28. An occasion when visitors came to your home
  29. A favourite place in your town or city
  30. A competition you would like to participate in
  31. A time you used public transport
  32. A time you taught someone something
  33. Your favourite historical period
  34. An activity you do with older people
  35. An interesting animal in your country
  36. A good service you received from a company
  37. A popular person you know
  38. A song you like
  39. A magazine you like
  40. A party you recently went to
  41. A building you like
  42. A technology you like using (not computers)
  43. A time you changed your mind
  44. Your first mobile phone
  45. Your ideal holiday
  46. A nice photo of you
  47. A story you know
  48. An outing that didn’t cost much money
  49. Someone you met recently and would like to meet again
  50. An animal you like
  51. Someone who likes to talk alot
  52. A street market

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IELTS Speaking Tips

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Sample IELTS Speaking Test May 2018

Below is a full IELTS speaking test this month, May 2018. The questions were reported by a student.

IELTS Speaking Test May 2018

You can find both Questions & Recordings below for the IELTS speaking test May 2018.

Use the audio recording to listen to the questions and practise at home. Just pause the recording after each question and answer them out loud. Always record your answers so you can listen back and improve them.

Speaking Part 1


  • What is your job?
  • How long have you been doing your job?
  • What do you do at your work?
  • How was your first day at your work?


  • What entertainment activities are available for children in your country?
  • Do children get bored with same activities?
  • Is it difficult for parents to find new activities?
  • What do children gain from doing activities?


  • Do you like having plants in your house?
  • Did you look after any plants when you were younger?
  • Do you think plants are a good gift for you or not?

Note: If you do not work, the examiner will choose a different topic – usually study. If you do not work or study, the examiner will ask you about home or hometown. Always be direct and honest in your answers.

Speaking Part 2


Cue Card: A comic actor who is popular in your country

  • Who he is
  • What type of person he is
  • How you came to know about him
  • Why he is popular

Rounding Off Q) Are your family members and friends like this actor?

IELTS Speaking Part 3


  1. Why are some film personalities so famous?
  2. Why do you think some youngsters try to copy film stars?
  3. Is it a good or bad thing for them to copy stars?
  4. Are famous personalities rich in your country?
  5. How they spend their money?
  6. Do you think they spend their money wisely?
  7. What is the difference between films stars in the past and films stars nowadays?
  8. Do you think film stars have the right to privacy?

Note: In part 3, the examiner will decide how many questions to ask you. The examiner controls this aspect of the test, not you. The examiner has many questions and can adapt the questions depending on your previous answer.

Note: There are many topics for IELTS speaking May to Aug 2018. However, these questions can be repeated – always prepare recent and common topics.

IELTS Speaking Information & Tips

IELTS Speaking Information

  • The test is 11 to 14 mins in length (not more and not less)
  • The examiner controls the time and the length of the answers
  • You are marked based on 4 criteria, each worth 25%
    • fluency & coherence
    • vocabulary
    • grammar
    • pronunciation
  • It is an informal speaking test
  • Not all examiners a smiley – be prepared for that

IELTS Speaking Tips

  1. Be natural in the test – be chatty, friendly and open
  2. There are no right or wrong answers – just opportunities to talk
  3. Always add more to your answers – show the examiner you are willing to speak in English
  4. Prepare ideas and your own personal memories for recent and common topics
  5. Don’t worry if the examiner interrupts your answer – it’s normal
  6. In part 1, the examiner will tell you the topic “Lets talk about films”
  7. In part 2, you should add more information than appears on the card
  8. In part 2, the examiner will:
    1. give you pen and paper to prepare your ideas
    2. tell you when to start speaking
    3. tell you when to stop speaking
    4. the examiner controls the time, not you – just keep talking
  9. In part 3, explain what you mean with examples and detail – be ready for the examiner to challenge your answer – it is a discussion
  10. You can ask the examiner to repeat the question if you want – it’s fine
  11. See May to Aug 2018 Speaking Part 2 Topics

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