Dreams Topic for IELTS Speaking Part 1

See the model answers for current topic used in IELTS speaking part 1. I’ve written a few model answers for each question so you can see the usual length of answers.

I’ve also written a list of useful words below.


  1. Do you often have dreams?
  2. Do you usually remember your dreams?
  3. Do you think we can learn something from dreams?

Model Answers

  1. Do you often have dreams?
    1. Yes, I do. I have quite vivid dreams about things that are going on in my life at the time and I even have nightmares sometimes.
    2. No. I usually sleep very deeply and so I don’t dream at all.
    3. I used to dream all the time but in the last few years I’ve hardly had any dreams at all.
    4. I usually have dreams when I’m upset about something. I guess it’s my subconscious trying to work things out. But other than that, I don’t often dream.
  2.  Do you usually remember your dreams?
    1.  No, they’re usually very vague and I only remember the odd thing or image. But I can never remember the entire dream as they are too abstract.
    2. No, luckily I don’t remember them as they are almost always nightmares.
    3. Yes, I do. I remember almost every dream I have. I keep a dream diary so that I can analyse them later.
  3. Do you think we can learn something from dreams?
    1. No, I don’t. I think dreams are nonsense and not based in reality so I don’t think people should waste their time trying to find a meaning in them.
    2. No, I don’t. I think most people dream because they are not relaxed enough and are not able to enter deep sleep. I don’t think there’s any meaning in what people dream.
    3. Yes, I do. I think our subconscious is trying to figure things out and we can find clues by analysing our dreams.
    4. Yes, I do. I think dreams can reveal hidden messages if we know how to interpret them correctly.
    5. Yes, I do. I know dreaming of a snake means that enemies are close. And if you dream of your teeth falling out, it means a big change will happen in your life. I think dreams are very symbolic.


  • disturbed sleep
  • deep sleep
  • peaceful sleep
  • nightmare
  • daydream
  • vivid dreams
  • vague dreams
  • abstract dreams
  • subconscious thinking / subconscious mind
  • symbolic
  • analyse our dreams
  • nonsense
  • dream diary
  • reveal messages
  • interpret dreams

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  1. hello liz, i have one question. if i am asked about useful website, can i answer ur website. as i found ur website very useful.

    • Sure. You can choose any website you want. But if you talk about an IELTS website, also try include other aspects:
      social media
      educational videos
      layout / content / style / appearance
      Try to include as much as you can in your description and that way you can steer the talk away from only IELTS and into other aspects of online media.

  2. Hi Liz,I had my IELTS exam on 9th and 10th of September.The speaking one was on 10th and the topic was A Rule you had in your school which you agreed or disagreed?What action was taken if u dint follow those rules in your school.This topic was quite uncommon.so I decided to share with you

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  4. Thank you a lot, Liz. I’m so glad I’ve found your website. I have a few questions, if you don’t mind.
    1. I often use American-style phrases, words, and constructions. Is this bad? Should I avoid it? Americans are the only native speakers I have communicated with.
    2. Can I distribute time unequally (extremely unequally) among the answers in Part 1 and Part 3? For instance, I would like to answer about sports shortly, but I would tell more about friends or food. Would a simple and short answer be sufficient as long as I explain another one deeper?
    3. Would my examinator give me a hint when my Part 2 speech exceeds 1 minute? I always feel the necessity of cutting my speech short(

    • 1. Having a mixed accent or an American accent is fine for IELTS speaking.
      2. You don’t decide the length of time for topics and questions in part 1 and part 3 – the examiner does. In part 1, there will be about 12 questions which means one or two long sentences. In part 3, there will be from 4 to 7 questions (more or less) and so you need to expand all answers, give examples and showcase the level of your English more.
      3. In part 2, your talk, you will have 1 to 2 mins for the talk. You should aim to talk for 2 mins to show fluency. The examiner will tell you when to stop.
      The examiner controls all time in the test.

      • Thanks for your answer. Time-management is my weakpoint. So, it’s good if it’s controlled by examiner. Still, I can’t understand about part one: according to your video those 12 questions should take less than 5 min, but it’s unclear how time is controlled. If my answer for 1 of 12 questions is too detailed, would examiner say “Next question!”? If my answer is too short, would he give me a hint to go on, instead of asking the next question?

        • In part 1, some questions will require only short answers – as the example I gave you. Other questions might require you to explain a bit more. At all times, the examiner will control the time. The examiner will interrupt you and move on to the next question if needed. This is very common. In fact, many students feel very uncomfortable when it happens because they think they did something wrong – they didn’t do anything wrong – it’s just a natural part of the test. So, be direct and add more – if the examiner wants to move on, he or she will stop you. It won’t affect your score at all.

  5. hi Liz,
    I got a couple of questions that popped up during my practice.
    Would you kindly answer them?
    1) I am speaking about a special cake. At the end, as a conclusion, I say ” This is the most special cake I had in my life”
    Did I use the tense correctly? Because it is still my most special cake. But that cake is a thing of past and I had many cakes after that. So should I say ” That was the most special cake” ??

    2) Is it correct to say ” current scenario “?

    3) In one of the listening tests, the answer given is school fees. Instead, if I write educational expense because I missed it during listening and later wrote from my memory, will it be counted?


    • 1. There is no conclusion in speaking part 2. This is not a formal talk. The WHOLE speaking test is informal. If you are checking your tense, you need present perfect “the most special X I have ever had …”
      2. Don’t learn phrases to use. It is rare to use academic phrases in informal chats.
      3. You can’t change the words of the answer. You must write answers exactly as you hear them.

  6. pazhanira says:

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  7. Supreet kaur says:

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  8. Thanks you so much liz

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  10. Hi Liz,

    Thank you for these model answers ! Wow, so generous of you for sharing your ideas and lessons for free. Thanks a lot.


  11. Tomorrow Morning I have exam in Saudi Arabia Jubail. I have heard a lot about Liz from my other collages who scored really good. Hopefully I get good score as this is my first time. Thanks Liz You are the best .

  12. Dear Liz,
    I would like to share me answer
    1. Yes, I am well known as dreamer person.
    It seems to me I dream every night when I go to sleep.
    2. I do remember almost all the dreams for a short time and I forgot it. However, there were some espcial dreams that I never forget it.
    3. Yes, I think that dream is one part of our life. It help to reveal something will coming soon.
    In my personal experience about dream. I could learn a lot from my dream. There were some dream that did became true and fulfill everything.

  13. Thank you so much . I really appriaciate what you do for us Liz. big thanks.

  14. Thank you so much liz

  15. Thank you so much Liz, It’s very helpful.

  16. Shrigowry says:

    Thanks Liz

  17. I was asked the same questions for my part 1 on 5 July. I found it helpful.

  18. Thank you very much. You are useful girl. That is teaching me too much

  19. Thanks Liz,
    I thought that dreams means aspiration or hope in the question, and accordingly I answered it. IS IT ACCEPTED???

  20. Hi liz you are a best teaching
    for me

  21. thanks, Liz

  22. Pauline says:

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  23. Thnx💯

  24. gratefulforLiz says:

    Much of help,
    Many thanks 🙂
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  25. Dear liz
    What should be my response,if the examiner ask me to speak on painting or color

  26. Thanks for sharing Liz! This could probably help me get the score I want to achieve in the ielts exam. 😁

  27. was it wrong to use dream as it means “hope and ambition” rather than what we see in sleep? Unfortunately, it was the meaning that first came to my mind. But It seems that “having dreams” is mainly about sleeps.

    Thanks for the speaking sample answers and best wishes!

    • When the question is “Do you often have dreams” it refers to sleep and the frequency. If the question is “What is your main dream in life?” this is about ambition and hope. But the examiner won’t mark you down because you misunderstood. You will still get marked on the language you produced. Remember, ideas are not marked in speaking, only the language is marked.

  28. Lijalo Kalebe says:

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  29. Lijalo Kalebe says:

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  30. Mohammad Rehman says:

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    • Well done 🙂 It isn’t so easy to hit band 7. Good for you 🙂 And thanks for support of my work 🙂

  31. Bikramjit Singh says:

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  32. Thank you ma.

  33. Prabhjot singh says:

    Mam i have a question in my mind… I am talking ielts course From a private institute.My teacher there told me that overview should be written in at end of task 1.But u say to write it after introduction.what should i do know? Plz reply and help me.
    And also my ielts tutor told me to write a agree/disagree essays by giving partial opinion …but acc. To u, only a proper answer should be given.( Agree only or disagree only) who is correct …suggest me plzz.

  34. Thanks so much Liz

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