IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topics Jan to Apr 2018

IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topics January to April 2018

Below you will find some IELTS speaking part 2 topics that students have posted so far this month. These topics will probably continue to be used for the next few months: January, February, March and possibly April.

Notice for all students using

  1. I do NOT offer a question/answer service on this website. I sometimes answer questions when I have time – you can’t demand this service. Most questions will NOT be answered.
  2. Most questions have been answered before, read the comments boxes.
  3. There are over 300 pages of tips on this site – all tips accessed through the RED BAR at the top of the website (or in the right hand side column)
  4. I will be on holiday for Feb, Mar and Apr. I will post a notice when I start my hols πŸ™‚

Using IELTS Speaking Topics

This topics are not predictions – they are reported topics. I will continue to up-date this page over the next few months as students report their topics to me.

  1. Will you get one of these topics?
    1. It is not possible to predict topics. However, current topics are frequently repeated in the IELTS speaking test. You need to prepare both current topics and common topics for IELTS speaking. It is not possible to do more. Below are current topics and here is a link to common topics: IELTS Speaking Page
  2. How can I use this list of topics?
    1. You can use the list to prepare ideas for your talk. DO NOT MEMORISE A FULL TALK OR A FULL ANSWER. If the examiner thinks you have actually memorised a talk, line by line, you will be given a different topic. IELTS do not accept memorised answers. So, use this list to develop your ideas and plan some words to use but not to memorise full sentences and answers.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topics List Jan-Apr 2018

  1. A recreational center that could be started in your town
  2. A day that cost you nothing (think of activities that are free to do)
  3. Something you bought recently that made you very happy
  4. An activity for health living
  5. A, interesting school subject
  6. A difficult decision
  7. A car journey
  8. A country you would like to work or live in
  9. A historical event
  10. A exciting book
  11. A good parent
  12. A good service from a shop or company
  13. Furniture you like
  14. A useful device (not a computer)
  15. Traditional clothing in your country
  16. A public place you visited
  17. An interesting foreign person
  18. A time when you helped an old person
  19. A time you taught someone something
  20. An unusual meal
  21. A school rule you didn’t like
  22. A season you enjoy
  23. A facility you would like to have in your town
  24. A time you saved money
  25. An occasion a visitor came to your house
  26. A popular person you know
  27. A time someone took a nice photo of you (see model answer link below)
  28. An area of water in your country (lake, river etc)
  29. A perfect holiday
  30. A traditional product of your country
  31. A toy from your childhood
  32. A time you had to be polite
  33. A good story you have been told
  34. A time you were glad you had your mobile phone
  35. An important letter
  36. Your biggest achievement
  37. A time you went out with friends
  38. A TV show
  39. A recent development in the place where you live
  40. A successful business person
  41. A special occasion in your life


You can find a model answer for topic number 27: Model Answer Nice Photo of you

For IELTS speaking tips, model answers and free videos, click here: MAIN IELTS SPEAKING PAGE. Use the RED BAR at the top of the website to find your tips and lessons πŸ™‚

All the best



  1. Hi Liz, I found you quite late. Just got done with my speaking test. Would love to get a response to the question to understand what kind of aspects I could focus on with this question-

    Speaking Test (Part 3 Question)
    Do you think families have become noisier or quieter than before?

    • What do you mean about the aspects to focus on? The examiner doesn’t mark your ideas and doesn’t mark your response to a question in IELTS speaking. Even if you said, “To be honest I find the question very vague – what do you mean by a family being quiet or noisy?” – you could still get band 9. Personally I think it’s a daft question which is not clear. I would ask the examiner to explain what they mean exactly – in part 3 is 100% fine to do that. Not all the time, of course, but for a question like that I would definitely ask for clarification. What main topic did you get for part 3? To know that might help understand the question.

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  3. Jaya Surya says

    Today I had my speaking test and the section2 topic was what do you do to concentrate on work or studies..

  4. wow , so many topics..

  5. Hi Liz Are examiners from your own country or they’re originally english speakers?

    • some examiners are native English speakers from abroad and some are not, but have excellent English. All have passed the IELTS examiner training. I do not know who are employed at your local test centre.

  6. 20 of July speaking test

    describe some important thing you lost? How, Where, what do you did after ?

  7. Upen Nair says

    Hi, I just did my Speaking test today at Kochi, India. Below are few questions I could recollect
    Part 1:
    – Do you work or study? Where do you work?
    – What is your work timings?
    – Do you have friends at work?
    – Do you like music?
    – Do you listen to music while you are at work?
    – Did you used to listen to music from your childhood?
    – Do you think your interest in music will change?
    Part 2
    – What was your favorite subject in school?
    – How many years did you learn
    – What activities you did to learn
    Part 3
    – What subject do you think every student should learn and why?
    – What about students who find it difficult to learn?
    – What is your opinion about the education system in your country?
    (had subsequent discussion and queries on quality of education, corruption, politicians, uneducated ministers πŸ™‚ etc..)
    The examiner was polite and helpful, which helped me to be natural and spontaneous. Hope I will be able to do well for my LRW tomorrow.

  8. priyanshu bharadwaj says

    I had my speaking test today and I’m really not sure how it went. For once, i was good with my lexical resource and used a variety of sentences for the same. However, I fumbled 2-3 times, I believe that the whole situation can be a tad nerve-wracking if you’ve never experienced it before. Also, although I used a blend of different grammatical resources, I just spoke for 80-90 seconds for task 2. My grammar was alright. How is that going to affect my score?. Also the topics for the test were:
    1. Do you work or are you a student?
    2. What are you studying?
    3. Why did you choose this course?
    4. Future plannings
    5. Indian and international cuisine
    Describe your dream job
    Part 3:
    We discussed about jobs these days.

  9. Pintukumar Patel says

    hey liz,
    Thank you so much, your website and video lessons helped me a lot.
    I had my speaking test yesterday (02 June 2018).
    Location : Toronto, Canada
    Part 1:
    1. Whats your full name ?
    2. Where do you live ?
    3. Is it house or apartment ?(why)
    4. Its your own house ?
    5. Why you rent the house ?
    6. What is your favourite room in house ? (why)

    Part 2:
    Describe the sport that you have watched only and you would like to try.
    what sport it is
    where did you watched
    why do you want to try
    explain how much did you enjoy……..

    part 3:
    Discussion about sports player and brand advertisement
    business and sport

    Thank You so much liz.

  10. I got my speaking examination today 29/05/2018 (Lima-Peru)

    1. Where you live?
    2. Describe your favorite room in your house?
    3. Are you willing to move in the future?
    4. What do you do to not get bore?

    What do you do to get concentrate?
    …what/how/where do you do? (I do not remember the exact question)

    Do you think it is important for children to get concentrate?
    What kind of action parents should take?

    note: time flies when you’re nervous…

  11. Mam today i attended for speaking exam . I was very nervous and situation became worse when examiner was laughing for few of my answers and now i am worried because while i was speaking she suddenly said that your exam is completed not only that even she stopped me before 2 mins during second session does these sign shows that i am going to get low scores?

    • The speaking test is informal. This means you can chat and enjoy the test – and so can the examiner. I see nothing wrong with your test.

    • The same happened to me, the Speaking examiner had a negative approach towards me, looking suspiciously, throwing an ironic smile at times or raising an eyebrow doubtfully. That attitude made me so nervous, and to make it worse the question was about historical period i liked the most and many other details about how would i use technology to motivate children that find history boring. History is definitely not my strong suit. I got lost, especially when the examiner marked down the grades so obviously, i could see 6.5 all over his paper, and i completely lost it. I was about to tell him nicely, Sir, please improve your attitude because most of the people entering this room are nervous, panicking or scared and maybe you should consider being at least neutral, if not friendly. I didn’t, but i should have. It is quite important for the student to have a Speaking examiner that has a positive attitude and energy. When i first entered IELTS exam, the examiner was a wonderful, friendly woman and i got an 8 in Speaking. Nevertheless, i believed i could do better concerning my overall score and i had another shoot. Unfortunately, my second examiner only 3 months later gave me 6.5 in Speaking. This obviously ruined my overall score and even though i made progress in other parts, such as Reading and Writing, my overall score didn’t.

  12. Makid Hasan says

    IELTS speaking test: (Bangladesh)
    Part 1:
    Full name
    suitable time of my study
    Do I like to read or write
    which kinds of topics related to my writing
    which kinds of things I like to read
    Part 2:
    Cue card:
    tell about an unusual meal
    when had you taken your meal
    where had you got it
    who was that you shared your meal
    Part 3:
    traditional food of my country
    regular traditional food
    growing need of fast food in your country
    increase demand of fast food at home
    give an opinion will fast food tradition affect your traditional food

    It was good but at the beginning I didn’t understand the 1st question, so I got nervous but at the end, I had a nice ending as I didn’t fumble after the 1st question. So, Liz can you tell me that will it be okay or I will have problems for the start?

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ All examiners know what candidates might be nervous at the start. It can take time to feel comfortable. The examiner will take that into account and mark you based on your normal English level. Don’t worry.

      • Makid Hasan says

        Thank you so much for your cooperation mam. Your website helped me a lot. I am very much grateful to you.

  13. Hello, My name is Aamna shireen
    I belongs to lahore pakistan.
    well thanks a lot for your helpful tips for ielts LIZ.
    secondly, i want to share that tomorrow i’m going to take my ielts speaking test
    and slightly nervous .you are the best teacher i like your akcent very much.

  14. Aliya Zhadigerova says

    I had a speaking part today.
    Location is Kazakhstan.The main test is going to be tomorrow(12.05.2018).
    So, there are questions which I remember from speaking section.
    PART 1.
    1.What do you do?
    Do you work or study?
    2.Where do you work?
    3.Do you like your job?
    4.Do you remember your firstday at work?
    How was it?
    5.What do you do in your free time?
    6.How do you like to spend time with your family and friend?

    PART 2.
    What sort of problems did you have in learning math at the elementary school?
    Who helped you?(something like this)
    When exactly was it?
    What did you do to solve this problem?
    Explain why is it memorable for you?

    PART 3.
    How do you think is it important to teach pupils math at school?
    When should kids start to study math at school?
    Are you good at math now?
    There were some following questions about part 3 (sometimes examiner stopped me) but unfortunately I don’t remember.

  15. G.Blanch says

    Hi Liz,

    Can we keep the cue card during the speaking part 2?

    Congratulations on this website!

    • Of course, you can. This isn’t a memory test.

      • Aliya Zhadigerova says

        Dear Liz,
        I had a speaking part today.And remember all 3 parts.I would like to share it with audience.Unfirtunately I did not understand how to do a new post.Could you give me instructions please?

  16. Earnsha P Josa says

    I had my IELTS speaking test today. May 12,2018,Venue:Thrissur, kerala, India
    Part 1
    What’s Your name?
    Where are you coming from?
    Tell me about your hometown
    What do you like the most about it?
    CUE CARD: A situation when you had to be polite
    Part 3: do u think it’s important to b polite
    What r the ways in which people in your country used greet people?
    Is there a difference between greeting your friends and strangers?
    Is there a difference between politeness you show towards strangers and family?
    Do you think it’s important to keep some things to yourself in certain situations and not to speak out in public ?
    When do u think children learn to become polite?

    • Earnsha P Josa says

      Sorry the date I given is my LRW date, it’s yet to happen. Speaking test took place today. May 10,2018

    • No, it doesn’t make any difference to your score. This is a language test, not a real letter.

  17. Can we ask for time to think the answer in exam or we have to answer at once?

    • In speaking part 1 and 3, you must answer the questions directly. In speaking part 2, you have one minute to prepare. See this page for all information and tips:

    • I had my speaking test today 08.05.2018
      Location: Baku Azerbaijan
      Part 1
      Where do you live?
      Which kind of accommodation?
      What is your favourite room at home?
      Are you planning to move from this house in the near future?
      Have you ever taste extraordinary food when you were a child?
      What type of international food have you taste last time?
      Part 2
      Describe a dress you wear on special occasion.
      What dress
      Why you want to wear it
      What special occasion
      What people thought about it
      Part 3
      What type of dress do people prefer to wear in your country? Why?
      Do people prefer formal style? Why?
      Do you think wearing uniform at work is a good idea? Why?
      Do employers have a right to tell employees what to wear at work?why?
      Do what we wear affect our lifestyle? Why?
      Do what we wear at work affects on how people behave?

  18. Hi Liz,
    I had my speaking today. I think it went well. I only have one concern. The examiner kept interrupting me and wouldn’t let me finish my sentence. Her questions didn’t relate to eachother and I sensed that her head was not in the game. I am worried that it will affect my score.

    • It is 100% normal that the examiner will interrupt your answers. It is a natural part of the IELTS test and is very common. It doesn’t affect your score and most examiners will do this. They do not need to hear full answers – they are only testing your language skills and will move on to new questions when needed. So, don’t worry. Can you remember your cue card for part 2?

      • Oh that’s great! Thanks!

        Yes. My Q-card was about an event I recently attended or celebrated and I had to cover these three items:

        – What was the event/celebration?
        – Who did you celebrate it with?
        – How did you feel?

  19. Harpreet Singh says

    Hi Liz,
    Today I had my IELTS speaking test. I think your lessons helped me a lot and I performed pretty well. In speaking part 2, I received a cue card to describe a foreign person u know/like.
    I am from India and I described Sundar Pichai. I want to ask that will Sundar Pichai be considered a foreign person for me or not. If not will it affect my band score.

    • The examiner doesn’t care if you talk about a foreigner or not. IELTS speaking is not marking being on topic or off topic. The examiner will only mark your fluency, grammar, vocab and pron that you speak – not your choices, your ideas or anything else. So – no problem !!

      • Avinash says

        Thanks Liz, for providing enough material to prepare for speaking and writing. And also clearing doubts.

  20. Hi Liz,
    I had my speaking test today (March 1)
    Part 1 work, why you like your job, where do you like to go when you have leisure time,why?
    Cue card. Describe a modern building
    Where is it?
    What shape is it?
    What is it used for?
    Discussion was related to shapes of building, what is necessary for an office?,importance of historical building, necessity of energy fee, government’s role in maintaining historical buildings

    Thanks from the heart for helping us to crack this exam. Get well soon…

  21. Hi Liz,
    My speaking test is on May 1. I have gathered ideas on Jan-Apr cue cards. Is it possible that they retain some of these topics for May? Or will they change cue cards completely? Awaiting your reply.

  22. Hi Liz,
    Its a wonderful site.
    Mam, I have couple of Question if you can kindly help. It will be a great favor.
    1. Can adding humor in any form like exaggeration, satire or sarcasm in speaking and writing test can effect my scores in a positive way?
    (Assuming that there is no language related mistake)

    2. Who give us marks in speaking test? I mean the examiner sitting right there talking to us or someone else by listening the recorded conversation? And regarding writing test, some one person check and give marks or some committee?

    Thanks in Advance,

    • 1. The writing test is formal – humour would be inappropriate. The speaking test is informal – humour is fine. But remember this is a language test, aim to demonstrate good language at all times if you want a good score. This is not about being entertaining – this is about getting a good score – keep your mind clear and focused on the right aims.
      2. The examiner will write down your score after you walk out of the room. One examiner will mark your writing.

  23. Just wanted to say I got no.27 today for cue card.
    Followed by a series of questions about photography.

  24. Tasi Nenos says

    Hi Liz!

    Thank for your blog. I had my ELTS on Saturday 14th of April, and the question in part 2 was something like “Activities do you do with older people in your family” (what, where, when, how). Part 3 was about family as well, but there were some complications in terms of question formulation. My boyfriend took the IELTS too, and his question was about an occasion he had to save money (what, when, why, etc).

    My main problem was at the end when the examiner started asking me questions unnecessary long and complicated. Even she got confused and had to start asking me again using different words (I didn’t even ask her to do so!). On top of that, she gave her own comments during the final part. For instance, I said something about dinner being a common time for families in my country to share together, to which she replied “but that’s in every country!”. I know it’s true, but did she have to correct me or add information? Unfortunately, I was really tired and went home immediately after I finished, so I didn’t leave any written complaint or comment about it. Do you know whether I can still do it? Also, the examiner was extremely cold and unfriendly. She didn’t greet me and the only thing she said was a quick remark when I sit at the wrong place.

    I think this recent ELTS helped me to confirm that your English can be really good or even functional, but if you are not good at standardized tests or your examiner wants to make you feel even more nervous than you already are, the chances of getting good results are minimal.

    • Part 3 is a discussion about serious broad world issues. This means questions are often longer, and the examiner can talk and challenge your views. That is a natural aspect of part 3. Some examiners are not as friendly as others – all students need to be prepared for that. There isn’t actually much to complain about. It’s a shame that your examiner wasn’t friendly, but each one is different. Good luck with your results !! πŸ™‚

      • Tasi Nenos says

        Thanks Liz! Is hard to put into words how useful and informative your lessons and videos are. Independently of the score I get, I am and will be extremely grateful of all your work. Thank you very much!

  25. I had my speaking test at the afternoon of today, firstly, thanks Liz really you are helpful and I benefit a lot from comments.
    -Part (1)
    Do you study or work?
    Did you have any training for your job?
    Do you have free time?
    Do you prefer to spend your time at home than rather going out?
    what do you do in your free time?
    -Part (2) Cue Card talk about explaining something to one of your relative/ friend
    who was?
    Did you find to easy to teach someone?
    Finally, describe your feeling about this.
    – Part (3)
    Also related to teaching
    Do you think the younger people teach something to older people?
    Do you think the older people be happy with that?
    Do you prefer teaching to people by images or telling them?
    what are the requirements to can teach people?
    Is important to practice when learning something new?
    Thanks for all again,, be happy and optimistic.
    The last thing, be active with the examiner and feel your words when you speak it is very important.

  26. Hi, Liz!

    My speaking part was today April 5th (Moscow).
    I’m not sure whether there is a separate page for April topics, so I’ll share mine here.

    For the cue card I had β€œA period of history you like” (when;what happened;how do you learn about it).

    1. What part of the city do you live (and for how long)
    2. What is special about this district?
    3. How long did it take to get to the test center?
    4. Music (what, when)
    5. Buy cd or download
    6. Are your musical prefferences likely to change in the future.

    1. About studying history (the adv/disadv of electronic devices)
    2. Travelling in order to study history
    3. History lessons in schools (neccessary or not)
    4. Museums (are they good in studying history, why)
    5. How to improve museums
    Some more questions about museums.

    My writing section is going to be in 2 days, but now I already feel partly relieved. Thank you, Liz, many thanks! Your work can not be overestimated!

  27. Hi Liz,
    First of all, thank you for teaching us techniques and giving us tips.
    My speaking test was on 21st, April 2018. My part 2 topic was ” greatest achievement which I am proud of”. My first part was regular questions..
    Where are you from?
    What do you for living?
    Do you think training is required for your job?
    How rain affect people? ( something like that)
    Do you always take umbrella or coat outside? ( something like that)
    Part 3
    Some question on teenager
    Are they more happy than an adult?
    How is it important to achieve a goal?
    How can one achieve success?
    What is the greatest achievement you consider in today’s world?…( not exact question)

    Well, all I remember is that I was talking non stop that examiner had to stop me after each question. I am not sure is it a good sign or not?

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ It’s a normal part of the speaking test for the examiner to stop you and ask a new question.

  28. Test date : 21 march 2018 Turkey/Istanbul
    Where are you from?
    Do you like your city?
    Do you read newspaper?
    Does your parents used to read newspaper ?
    and 2 more questions about news

    An occasion a visitor came to your house.
    What did you do ?

    It was about staying in hotels…
    7-8 questions….

  29. Ali Imran says

    I love you liz

  30. Thanks for you help liz.

    Test date : 19th march india pune

    Part 1.

    1. tell me your full name.?
    2.where are you from? people like rain?
    4. how do people react if they go out with umbrella or raincoat and suddenly it starts raining?


    tell me some work you have done and you got positive feedback.
    a) what work you did?
    b) who gave you feedback
    c) why you still remember it

    part 3:

    what do you think about parents appreciating their children and how does it effect them.?

    some 2 or 3 more follow up question.

    Liz, when i was answering questions invigilator was not listening to me properly and moving to next question very quickly and while speaking i have used some words twice or thrice because question was almost same for them. will this effect my score??

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ It is fine for the examiner to interrupt your answers and move on. Your score is based on your overall performance in the test.

  31. This website is awesome!
    Many thanks

  32. Kashyap Mehta says

    Hi Liz, firstly thank you for the helpful tips. My speaking test consists of topics as below:
    19th March 2018,
    Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
    Part 1:
    Do you work / study?
    Which type of training that they provided?
    Does training is required for all the jobs.
    When you take a meal?
    Which meal do you like the most?
    How much you travel daily?
    Which medium of travel do you use?
    Part 2:
    And why it is so important.
    Part 3:
    How people in your country take care of their health.
    How does man / women do excercise.
    Is their any difference in doing exercise for old people and young people.
    How does school effects the health of a child
    Who is responsible for the health of a child, parents or teachers.

  33. rabia kamran says

    I gave my ielts speaking on 16-3-2018 in Dubai.
    Part 1 qs
    what is your name?
    where do you live?
    how many years you are living in this country?
    which mobile applications you use frequently?
    In your country which mobile application people use more?
    if you get chance can you design any mobile application?
    How many hours do you sleep?
    How many hours an average person should sleep?
    Do you think afternoon nap is good for health?
    PART 2
    An occasion a visitor came to your home
    PART 3
    If you get a chance to travel to other country what would be your preference hotel or friend home?
    what facilities a hotel should provide?
    what they should do to improve their service?
    if you visit any other country will you adopt their culture?
    does tourism damage the environment, if yes what steps govt should take?
    Are you satisfy with the tourism of Dubai?

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

      • Ms Liz forgive me if this is a stupid question.. in answering speaking questions like for describing a movie youve watched or a book youve read, since i did those in the past should we use past tense? Like for describing the plot can we use present tense? Thanks so much

        • You need to show flexibility in using grammar tenses. Describing a plot will involve present simple, past simple, past continuous, present perfect etc.

          • I understand, but for like narrating the story to the examiner, i have to use past tense generally right? Since I read the book and watched the movie in the past? Sorry and thank you very much for responding.

            • Sure. Most stories will be told using a variety of past tenses. Past simple, past continuous: “While he was building the castle, she went …”. Describing what you think about the book is in the present tense: “I think this book would suit people who enjoy …”. Describing characters is usually present tense: “She is generally resourceful but also vulnerable” etc. The setting is present tense: “the story is set in …”

              • Oh my God, you really enlightened me Ms Liz! Thank you so much! I tried to look for sample videos online but I couldnt find exactly what i was looking for. Thank you very much, i really appreaciate your help and your website is a gift.

  34. soman kutty says

    I gave my ielts speaking test today i.e 14.3.18, from Pune.
    Question asked in the first section were,
    1. What is your full name and where do you live
    2. Are you a student or working, where ?
    3. How far is your office from home and how much time you take to reach and why?
    4. Was it easy to find the ielts speaking test venue
    5. Which mode of conveyance you use for traveling to office
    6. What do you do while driving
    7. Has usage of Internet has changed over time

    Second section part 2

    Topic: what are the things you do for a healthy living

    Part 3

    1. How can government inculcate healthy lifestyle in people.
    2 what role a school can play for healthy lifestyle of student.
    3. Does youth follow healthy lifestyle. State reasons.

    I think examiner was quite content with my responses. Hope to score at least 7.5 band

  35. IELTS speaking, Hyderabad,India
    What’s your favourite history time
    What did they do
    When was it

    My examiner was having some headache or something I don’t know she’s seem to be annoyed and kept rubbing her forehead
    Throughout my exam I had asked only once to repeat the question in part-3 for that she was annoyed and moody throughout the exam
    Will that affect my band score

    • Don’t worry about your examiner’s attitude. Examiners are only human and sometimes are not feeling well, but it won’t affect your score at all πŸ™‚

  36. Please be careful of using this website. I memorised an answer for my speaking tests and it clearly made the examiner angry. You should speak naturally. This website did not help me.

    • I have posted AGAIN AND AGAIN – DO NOT MEMORISE ANSWERS!!!!!!! My model answers are to learn skills and techniques. You can’t cheat IELTS.

      DO NOT MEMORISE ANSWERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Memorising answers is a form of cheating !!!!!!!!!!

      • Rightly said Liz ..
        Sahil..just because you did a mistake by memorizing you cannot damage the credibility of this website..
        This an awsome incredible weswbsite for ielts writers..

        • Sahil, donot post such offensive comments. It is your responsibility to read all the information posted on this website and it has clearly mentioned above the model answers!!!! NOT TO MEMORIZE!!! And also how can you be sure that examiner was angry due to your answer? Did he convey any clear and audible message rather than expressions? You are too quick to judge things.. please do take care..

    • ISu Upadya says

      You are a complete idiot and im happy if u got bad results so that next time u can be more respective and greatful.

      Madam Liz, I got 8.5 because of you. Thank you sooooooooo much and I bless you for this amazing help and lessons.

      Im from Sri Lanka.

      • Hello, did you get 8.5 over all score? I am struggling for my speaking test to get 7. I got 6.5 . Can you give me some useful tips? And for writing too if possible.

    • Sahil, very foolish of you to have memorized an answer; totally your own fault. Doubly foolish to tell everybody about it while trying to undermine an incredibly useful and professional resource such as this website. You’re an idiot.

  37. Hi Liz,
    Thank you for all the information you provide on web. It helped me to have an idea about IELTS system.
    Today I had my speaking test. It really surprised me, because the examiner didnt ask me about my family. She asked me about where I live and if it is close to the exam place and what I wanted to be when I was a child in first part.
    At the second part, the topic was about a sportsperson that I love. This topic was horrible for me because I dont follow any sports and any spesific person in this field. So I remembered a name and just made up things about him. I couldnt find a lot to talk about nothing but still tried my best. My grammer was almost all good, I tried to sound as clear as possible, and I tried using some complex sentences, but not too many I can say. What would my score be like in this case? She understood I didnt have much idea about sports but still tried to speak to fill this 2 minutes timing as I confessed.

    The third part of the test was related with the same topic: sports. But this time it was easier to answer, because it was all about life. To gain an achievement what one should do, is being a team or an individual in sports easier, should sports be compulsary at schools and why, why do some parents force on their children to be good at sports. These are the questions on the 3th part.

    Thanks for your help during my preparation to this exam. I hope I can take 6.5 overall to do a masters program!

    • Umm have you seen my post? I’m surprised you’ve not approved it.

      • You asked me about your score. I can’t predict scores. Your score is based on fluency, vocab, grammar and pron – I haven’t heard any of your English.

  38. Aucklander21 says

    I had my speaking exam today (2nd of March in Auckland)

    Part 1:
    Below are some of the questions the examiner asked me:
    1. How far is your place from here? (the test venue)
    2. Do you find the place you currently reside interesting?
    3. Do you think sleep is important?
    4. How many hours of sleep should a person have?
    5. Do you think older people should get more sleep?
    6. Any methods to have a good sleep?

    Part 2:
    Cue Card: Recent development in your city
    1. Where is it
    2. What was the place before the development
    3. Duration of the work/development
    4. Importance of this development for the city

    Part 3:
    1. What kind of leisure can be both suitable for young and old people?
    2. Do you think going to the cinemas is a good kind of leisure?
    3. Do you think young adults should be interested in theatre?

  39. Manpreet Kaur says

    Dear Liz,
    Thank you for your tips and learning sessions. Today was my speaking test in Delhi. I have made a list of questions which I have remembered.
    Part -1
    1. Where do you live?
    2. Do you work or do study?
    3. What is the work time suits you?
    4. Do you think people are getting good time to sleep? How much time you get for sleep and think it should be?
    5. How much time you sleep in a day?
    6. What do you think about sleep in noon? Why it’s needed? If so, then how much?
    7. Have you ever been visited zoo?
    8. Which is your favorite wild animal and why?
    9. If you get a chance will you and your family visit zoo and why?
    10. Have you had a pet animal at your home?
    11. Do you like pet animal if so which one and why?
    12. Do you think children should have concern about animals and why?

    Part- 2 – CUE CARD
    Somebody who took a pic of yours and it’s special to you.
    1. Who he/she was?
    2. Why do you remember that?
    3. Where it was?
    4. What was the special?

    Part -3 – talk about photographs
    1. Why do you think photographs are important in our life?
    2. What do you feel if you see photographs on screen rather than hard copies.
    3. What are the differences between them?
    4. Do you think it’s a good idea to hire photographer in special occasion and why?
    5. Some people think that digitize pics overcome the importance of hard copies pics. Do you agree with this? Why and how?
    6. Do you think it’s good to print the pics along with article or simple article is sufficient for newspaper? What is the importance of this? Why?
    Rest of other questions, I forget. πŸ˜¬πŸ˜¬πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

  40. Hi Liz,

    Wanted to say thanks for sharing the list of recent speaking topics.
    Today was my Ielts speaking test in Mumbai and I got topic no. 20 an unusual meal, without your help I would have not performed in my test.
    Thanks for your kind help.


    • Hello Liz
      Many thanks for sharing list
      I have my ielts speaking test 28 Feb an I got the same topic today . I’m from Karachi-Pakistan.

      Many thanks
      Waqar Raza

  41. Imam Hyder Ali says

    Hi Liz,
    My speaking test was today, 27th February
    Questions in Part 1 :
    Are you working? or you a student ?
    What is your job?
    Why did you choose that job?
    Do you like you job?
    Do you plan to continue with your job in the future?

    Part 2:
    Describe a Car Journey you recently had

    Part 3:
    What professions require good drivers?
    People in your Country prefer public transport or private one ?
    How good is public transport in your country?
    Public or Private transport, which is better in your country?
    – I choose Private Transport for this question, then
    What do you think the government should do in order to satisfy the public ?

  42. Sheetal Sharma says

    Hi Liz,firstly thank you so much for all your helpful tips. I had my speaking test on 24/02 in New Zealand and my topic for part 2 was β€œTalk about an important thing that i learnt NOT from school or college”. I completely overthought the question and answered β€œimportance of family β€œ as my answer,though i justified what i said in regards to the question.Will they mark me down on this??Is there a right or wrong answer? Or do they just mark me on my language? Thank you😊

  43. Dear Liz,
    24.02 was my exam, Moscow

    Cue card was with “a good parent” topic

    Thank you for your great website, it helped a lot!

  44. Hi liz,
    Today was my speaking exam in punjab
    Cue card- describe a toy that someone gifted you
    -what was it?
    -when did it given to u?
    -have you often play with it and with whom?

  45. Bunches of thanks for your madam!
    Today I had my speaking test (Uzbekistan) and the cue cards, posted by you, really helped me and did well πŸ€—
    5th card: “Interesting school subject”

  46. Dear liz I had my speaking test today morning.. my topic was a special day that cost nothing. And I talked on whale watching and diving I went last year. Actually it cost nothing cause the boat owner is my uncle. I am really feel like it was not suitable.for.the question.though I told.the reason.why it was totally free. Plz answer me.

    • It sounds completely fine for your speaking test πŸ™‚ I don’t see any problem at all. Lucky you getting to watch whales πŸ™‚

      • Thank you so much madam for your kind reply. I was so fortunate to see both whales and dolphins ar the same location.

  47. Gurpreet kaur says

    Hi Liz Mam
    Today is My Speaking Test Done
    20 February 2018
    IDP Patiala

    1. School
    2. Family/Family Activities
    3. Work/Study
    Describe an advertisement you saw or heard
    Follow-up questions related to:-

    Thank you so much mam

  48. Prachi Goyal says

    Hi Liz, your site and videos are very useful. Thanks for being such a wonderful trainer, it really helps.

    Today I had my speaking test and unfortunately it didn’t go well.

    I was asked to talk about a river in my country. And I didn’t had much idea about itπŸ˜₯.

    Tell me one thing, do the examiner herself provide a score or the recording is listened again and examined by someone else?

  49. Paba Madhumalie says

    Hi all,
    I had my IELTS Speaking test today (11th Feb 2018) and this was the topic I got for my part 2.
    * Tell about a thing that you do to stay healthy.
    * What do you do.
    * When or how often do you do it.
    * Where you do it.
    * How does it help you to stay healthy.
    Hope this will help someone. Good Luck!
    And Liz, thanks a bunch for all the help you’re giving out!

  50. Today was my speaking test.10-2-2018.
    She asked me about a Perfect House.

  51. My speaking topic for today was ‘Describe an interesting place in your city or country that tourists don’t know about’ why is it interesting and why would you recommend it for tourists. Test taken in Lithuania:)

  52. Talat Masood says

    My topic for today speaking was “A country you would like to work or live in “.

  53. Dakin Gheorghe says

    I had my speaking exam this morning and my topic for 2 minutes was “AN IMPORTANT LETTER”.

    I couldn’t remember the other follow up questions exactly in Part 3 but they were also related to the letter topic.

    Thanks Liz for all the tips.

    I think I did well today. No stutters and stammers.
    Hopefully, less mistakes. πŸ™‚

  54. My speaking test was today.
    I was asked to taleave about a time when I had to teach someone something.

  55. My speaking topic on 20th Jan was “Somebody you helped”

  56. Hi luz,
    For the cue card “a recent development in the place where you live” can we describe the opening of a sport and leisure centre in our neighbourhood which was built recently?

  57. Hi liz,
    In the cue card ” a day that cost you nothing” can we describe a walk to the countryside?

  58. Number 10. An exciting book.

  59. Dear Liz,
    Thank you very much for the great job you are doing. Your tips, advice, model answers are invaluable.
    The best of luck and health.
    Enjoy your holiday.
    Hope, you’ll soon be refreshed and back.
    Yours faithfully,

  60. Parita patel says

    Thank you Liz for speaking topics…

  61. Liz, how are you doing? Seems you have started your holidays. Still looking out for your latest post.

  62. Thanks liz. Get well soon.

  63. Hello Liz!

    Thank you very much for all the information you have posted on your website! My IELTS Speaking Test is on 30th Jan 2018 and the L/R/W is on 1st Feb 2018. My test location is Mumbai.

    Your website and the Cambridge sample tests are the only study material I have needed so far. I am aiming for a Band 8.5. I will keep you posted. Enjoy your holidays!

    Take care,

    • Hi Anu,

      How was your speaking test and what topic did you get?

      • Hi John,
        The Speaking Test went fine. My topic was – Describe your idea of a perfect vacation. The people you would go with, the activities you would do etc. Then she asked about whether the vacation would help the company in any way, so basically whether it would impact employee productivity etc. All in all, the examiner was very kind and encouraging. She kept smiling and nodding through the interview, so that was very encouraging.
        All the best to you for your exam!

    • Same tests dates!)
      Tomorrow is my speaking too, good luck to us!))

  64. I love you Liz. It is well with you.

  65. Hi Dear Liz,

    I would like to how to answer for the following questions
    in Speaking part 2

    Describe the clothes you prefer wear?

    what the clothes look like?
    when you prefer to wear them?
    where you like to buy them?

    • There are NO questions in speaking part 2. I think you need to review the cue cards again – THERE ARE NO QUESTIONS AT ALL. No, cue card contains questions.

  66. Dear Liz

    Have a lovely break.
    Thanks a zillion for all your help.

  67. Thanks Liz. Your website was great help.
    Jan 20 US
    Where do you live?
    Tell me something about your town?
    Do u read newspapers? – I responded digital news like CNN
    What do you read first in the morning?
    Part 2:
    Tell me an event you celebrated
    Part 3:
    Do countries benefit from major events – e.g. Winter Olympics
    Many people think it is a bad idea to broadcast these events on TV -Agree/Disagree: I Disagreed

    Same day my wife:
    Part 1:
    City she lives in
    How far it is from here
    Part 2:
    Something that she had not learned in school but learned later in her life

  68. Hi Liz,

    Appreciate all your support for IELTS.

    I have doubt in speaking section. In cue card section, while speaking can we look in to the cue card (the key words written by myself ) and speak in case if i forget the points?

  69. my questions on january 6 exam (in turkey)

    in which district/neighborhood you live (in the city), how is that district (something like that), and do you like that district,?

    what do you use dictionaries for? ( thank god i saw that question in this website before :)) If someone gave you a dictionary as a present, would you be happy?

    she asked about hobbies, why do you think its important for adults to have hobbies?
    another question was: they say children learn easier than elder people (she told an idiom that i cant remember), do you agree? also questions about elderly people learning skills and having hobbies, probably about importance of having hobbies in that age group.

    cue card: tell about something you learned outside the school and university, what did you learn, how you learned it, how important /or valuable was it? and one more related question i believe. that was hard to prepare, because i’ve given no thought on that before

    the examiner was kind and calm, she was helpful in that respect. the previous examiner was more neutral (that’s ok) , but she was asking questions very fast, and really didnt allow time. she may have asked me more than 20 questions and probably gave around 30 seconds to reply. her hand was on the chronometer! πŸ˜€ towards the end i had to speak like a machine gun. i dont think people often meet an examiner like this one. anyway i got 7.5 in this attempt and 7 in first.

  70. Hi liz
    I just want to confirm that as rules are getting change in the following month. Is it possible that ielts band score table will b also changed ?
    If yes please reply me.

  71. Mam I am Sowmya from Kuwait. I am very much thankful to you for your valuable lessons.
    I had my Ielts test on January 20.My questions wer :name , profession ,outside activities
    part 2 was: unusual meal u had when ,where,with whom?
    Part 3:outside food ,why people choose restaurant food than home food?hw it affects the tradition?advantages and disadvantages of outside foods?

  72. tons of love that i found you in this side, it is really helpful to help me as a language learner. wish that you will always be healthy.

  73. Hi Liz
    My speaking topic was an unusual meal. Part three of the test had questions related to food, such as:
    – Advantages and disadvantages of food transport across the globe
    – typical meal in your culture
    – your opinion on meat processing in North America
    – what are the typical occasions when you give and receive presents in your culture

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ For other students reading these questions, any question relating to America will probably not be asked. IELTS speaking does not test your knowledge – never! Questions only ask for samples of your spoken English. Questions usually relate to the country you reside in.

  74. may the Almighty God, the healing master, grant you healthy life to continue to touch lives like mine

  75. Get well soon Liz! Loads of love.

  76. Gurpreet kaur says

    Thank you so much liz mam😊
    You are best teacher in the world according to my experience
    You are very helpful …god bless you mam
    Again Thanku You

  77. shinyrajsiril says

    Writing task 2 (20Jan Academic module)
    Some people think that it is the responsibilty of government to transport the children to school and other people think that it is the responsibilty of parents to sent their children to school. Discuss both views and your opinion.

    • shinyrajsiril says

      I appreciate your efforts… you are a great teacher. Thanks for the wonderful classes… i wish all of your students get band score 7 and above… Good luck.

  78. shinyrajsiril says

    Hi i am Shiny,
    I wrote my exam on 20th Jan. Academic module, Test Centre- Kuwait.
    Following are the questions asked in the three different modules:
    Speaking cue card topic;
    A recent development that had happened in the place where you live.
    -what was it?
    -where is it?
    -how long did it take to complete the work?
    -what health benefits are getting for the people through this development.

    – does governments have any responsibilty in ensuring the law (rules and regulations) has been followed by the people while constructing new buildings?
    -what do you think about government…are they keen in observing things about other people and is corruption free.
    -modes of transportaton in your place and what are advantages of good transportation facilities for the nation.
    -Childhood activities
    -what childhood activities did you enjoy when you were a child.
    -outdoor activities that you like.
    -few questions about traditonal and modern achitecture.

    (-Examiner did not ask me from the question paper πŸ™‚ )

    Writing task 1
    Bar chart on the amount of time spent according to the status of employment by men and women during, 1998 2008 2012. (Categorised into 4- unemployed women, part-time employed women, full-time employed wom)

  79. Thanks Liz !!!

    Appreciate your help & input.

  80. Wishing for your quick recovery Liz.
    Enjoy the break.
    Just a small question. If I myself don’t have any particular experience regarding the cue card topic, can I say that I haven’t had that experience, but I know someone who did.
    Can I do that?

  81. Kushal Puri says

    Thanks for sharing these topics.. Wishing you for an early recovery and great holidays.. Will we see sample answers on these topics?

  82. I had the ielts exam on 20th this month, question was about the newest development( construction, building, service, etc) in my city that I find most useful.

  83. I completed exam on 18jan, w. T-2 topic is science tell us that some activities are important to stay healthy, despite of knowing to everyone, millions of people do the bad activities. What are the causes and solutions . And speaking topic about part-1 is about regarding study, part-2 is about describe a park or garden u saw when u were a child. Part-3 is extension of part -2 questions.

  84. On 20th Jan I had a speaking cue card on a toy from childhood

  85. I strongly belive you are a best mentor of IELTS.

  86. Hi Liz,

    Speaking topic for section 2 in Auckland last week : describe a technology (not computer): what is it, what do you use for and how often do you use. Topic for section 3: why some older people struggle with new technology, how does it impact them and who should be responsible for teaching them; topic for section 1: home town, gifts ( a gift received recently, do you like to choose gifts? Any gifts you received but didn’t like): neighbor (relationship)

  87. Abhimanyu Kashyap says

    My ielts speaking test was today on 22 January 2018
    In part 1
    I didn’t answer the two questions of why
    In part 2
    Last place you visited near your hometown
    In this i spoke and ended up by myself only
    In part 3
    There were question related to the topic in part 2
    I’m really afraid that i didn’t anwer 2 question in task 1 due to my nervousness whether i would get a minimum required band score or not?
    I would like to ask Liz Mam that what do you think the score i should get if my part 1 was not good but part 2 and part 3 were above average what kind of score should i get?


  88. Fatemeh Mohammadzadeh says

    Dear Liz,

    Thanks alot for your nice website. it is really great. I offer your website to each person who is needed to learn for an Ielts.

    I have one problem in speaking which is about extra “s” I add at the end of some words whitout conscious. I know Grammer well and it is our of my hand. like accent. How I can solve this?can I tell this problem to examiner of speaking before starting the test?

    Best Regards

    • This is a pronunciation problem that you never fixed. If it is due to a medical reason, you might be able to submit a medical certificate about an impediment. But if it is due to bad habits, it will affect your score.

  89. Get well soon Liz, Thank you a lot for the lessons they helped me so much

  90. Thanks a lot Liz. Enjoy your holiday.

  91. Dianne Gansatao says

    Hi, I had my exam last Saturday, January 20th and the Part 2 was about an achievement which I am very proud of. πŸ™‚

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