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

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  1. I wrote exam today @ Kochi

    My Questions were

    Part 1:-

    Where are you from?
    Are you living in a house or an apartment?
    Which room do you like the most?
    Talk about a holiday you enjoy most? Why?
    Where are you planning to go on next holiday? Why?

    Part 2:-

    Describe a comedian in your country?
    – Who is he/she
    – How do you know him?
    – Why do you like him?

    Part 3:-

    Do you think actors are getting a lot of money?
    Is it necessary to give huge money for actors?
    Entertainments available for children in your country
    Is there any entertainment which helps in the education of children in your country?

  2. Hi dear Liz and everyone.
    I used tips from this website for preparation which helped me during the IELTS.
    Thanks to Liz I could answer questions more correctly during the Test.

    I had a test on 19th May and the topic for the Speaking test Part 2 was “Place you meet with your friends”. For part1 and 3 I had different questions starting from my work and about children who must be more oriented on study than playing with friends. Advertisment and other connecting questions.

    For writing 1 “Describe two bar charts about production of truffles” First graph was about hectares of land used for trees and second chart about number of trees.
    Writing 2 “It is thought in some cultures that old age is hight valued and in another youth is more valuable” .

    Good luck all of us!

  3. Hi Liz
    I did the test today. I’m sharing the topics
    Part 1 was about music and if the music is suitable for children
    Part 2 was about where I mostly go out with friends
    Part 3 was about going out and also a wild animal I like

  4. Hi liz
    I want to ask you something about the writing task 2. When we are giving an example in body paragraph, can we write use words like ‘I, me, my brother and so on’. like while giving an example can I say ‘ my brother does not read newspaper which has no pictures in it, however, he always looks for newspaper which more pictorial explanations.’? I am pretty confused in this.

  5. Richa Pruthi says:

    Hi! Liz
    First of all , I would like to thank you for all the help I got from your you tube links to prepare for IELTS general exam.I hope I score well as your links were the only help and guide I had to prepare for the exam.
    Just one suggestion, please add more content for writing, I felt there should be more material inorder to understand how to frame answers in task 2, your introduction link was really helpful.
    I had my speaking test on 15th May, though I don’t remember all questions ,the cue card question was( in my words – is all I remember)
    Describe a topic that you had learnt in math primary lessons
    – what topic it was
    – how it was taught
    – Was it easy or difficult
    I spoke for 2 min but I could not answer the last question will that affect my score.Secondly, I answered second part of questions as dialogues form for instance my teacher asked me, is ball a circle ? n I said ,yes see I draw ball like this. Then she said, see I can hold it in my hand. I was amazed that it’s not circle but sphere.This is how she introduced 3D shapes.
    Will that affect my score as I never read dialogue form answers n I realised later that in flow of conversing with examiner I may have missed IELTS rules of speaking test.

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 There are no questions on your cue card at all. None. The cue card contains prompts which you can use or not use as you wish. You can answer in any way you wish – it doesn’t affect your score. You used great vocab – circle, sphere, 3D shapes – well done 🙂 I don’t know what you mean about more writing task 2 lessons. There are over 80 pages of free tips and lessons on the main writing task 2 page accessed through the red bar at the top of my website:

      • Richa Pruthi says:

        Dear Liz
        You are doing a great job
        You made my day😊
        Probably I am expecting too much, already there is enough.
        Thanks a ton 🙏

  6. Hi Liz,
    I had my speaking test today 16 May 2018 in Pune,India.
    The following questions were asked to me.
    1. Full name and what you do? Student or working?
    2. Are you friends with the people you work with?
    3. What is the best time to work? Morning or evening? Why?
    4. How much hours you sleep for?
    5. Do you think children and old people need more sleep?
    6. Is afternoon nap required?
    7. Have you travelled long distance? Why?
    8. Have you travelled by airplane? Why?
    9 Would you plan to travel a lot in future?
    10. Would you like to go to space?

    Part 2
    Describe an unusual meal you had.
    When you had it? Where and with whom you had it? What was it? How did you feel after having it.

    Part 3
    Eating habits. Do eating habits have changed over a period of time in your country? What is the traditional food of your country? Which type of traditional food is available easily in your country. What is the traditional food of your state ( I belong to Maharashtra). Is fast food very popular in your country? How science and technology has changed the food industry? What are the benefits and drawbacks of availability of foreign food in your country?

  7. Eduardo says:

    Hello, Liz,
    Had my test on the 12th here in Sao Paulo, Brasil. The topic given to me on part 2 was:

    Describe a situation where you had to be very polite
    Where was it
    Why you had to be polite
    How did you do it

  8. Hi Liz,
    I took the IELTS test two days ago, 12/05/18 in the US.
    The topic I had for part two was: describe a sport you’ve only seen on tv and you would like to try.
    Then the asked me me general questions about sports.
    I have a question for you.. I am not a very sportive person and when I saw what I was supposed to talk about my mind went black.
    Even though I started okay I was not able to speak at length in part 2. Do you think it will affect a lot my score?
    Anyway, thank you for all you videos and tips. 🙂

    • You could easily lengthen your talk by explain why you are not keen on sports. You can explain which sports you like least and why. You could talk about whether you would like your children to one day take up sports and which sports etc etc. You could have continued easily. Your fluency is marked over your whole performance. Obviously part 2 is the best chance for you to show it, but you could still show it in part 1 and part 3. So, whether it will or won’t affect your score, you will need to wait and see.

  9. Hi Liz,
    Your suggestions and probable questions are really helped me today.
    I had my IELTS speaking test today May 14, 2018 in Bengaluru, India.
    Questions are as follows,
    Part 1:
    1. What is your full name?
    2. Do you work or study?
    3. What time of the day you work best and why?
    4. Do you like wild animals and what is your favorite wild animal?
    5. Do you have pets at home?
    for answer no,
    6. Do you like to have one in future?
    7. Why physical exercise is necessary?
    8. Did you ever exercise when you were at school?
    …. 2 or 3 more questions on exercise.
    Part 2:
    An occasion when visitors came to you home?
    – Who has visited?
    – What was the occasion?
    – How did you felt?

    Part 3:
    1. How do you invite visitors?
    2. Is hospitality very important in your country?
    3. How do you feel when unknown visitor visited your home?
    another 4 to 5 questions on visitors.

    I have a feeling like the interaction went well. But my concern is, when I was explaining part 2, the examiner was not listening to me and he was feeling sleepy that too in the morning hours. Was he not interested with my explanation or he had not slept properly at night??

    Please let me know whether this action of examiner affect my score??
    Thank you so much.

  10. Syeda Sumayya says:

    My speaking test was on 11th May in riyadh
    General ielts
    My questions included
    Do you work or study
    What time of the day you work best and why?
    What would you prefer a paper dictionary or an e dictionary and why?
    Would you like if somebody gifted you a paper dictionary?
    When going outside what do u prefer indoor or outdoor places and why?
    An outdoor place you remember having enjoyed when you were a child and why?
    which was your favourite subject at school
    How long was it taught to you?
    In what ways was it taught to you?
    What made that subject you favorite?
    Do u think schools these days should improve sport facilities and equipments?
    How has computer changed eduction in todays era?
    Do you prefer e learning why or why not?
    How important is the role of parents in childs eductaion?

  11. 12/5/2018

    Hi, Liz 🙂
    I always appreciate your help 😌✨

    Do you work ?
    What do you study ?
    Which time is the best for study ?

    •Sports activities
    What is your favorite sports activities.
    Did you do some sports activities in the past ?
    Do you think you will do sports activities ?more in the future ?

    Technology you like using (except computers)

    Technology – business

  12. GT speaking test 11th May 2018 – Riyadh

    A quiet place you know
    – why you like that place
    – where is that place
    – how do you spend time in that place and how much time

    Follow up questions were also on noise

    Another friend’s topic was on polite and impolite

    • Shagufta says:

      Thank you for letting us know about your topic My Test is tomorrow at Riyadh good luck with your results 😊

  13. Hi Liz,

    Thank you for the wonderful guidance you gave me for IELTS General. I had my Speaking Test today and I got the following questions:

    Part 1:
    Describe your hometown.
    Is the part of your hometown where you live, interesting ?
    Are you a person who exercises a lot or not so much ?
    In the future, would you like to get involved into some kind of exercise ?
    What sport did you do as a kid ?

    Part 2 :
    Describe a person you know who is popular.
    Who is that person ?
    State why he/she is popular.
    Say what you feel makes them popular.

    Part 3 :
    Would you like to be popular some day ?
    Why do you feel people in general are popular ?
    Why are some kids more popular than others ?

    I’m sorry I don’t remember a couple questions here and there.

    Thanks once again for being our superhero without the cape !

  14. Lawal Aderonke Shakiray says:

    Lawal Aderonke says:
    I had my ielts speaking test today 10/ 5/18 in lagos Nigeria and so of my questions goes thus:
    Part 2:
    Describe a popular person you know?
    describe who the person was?
    What was he famous for?
    Say how you met.
    parts 3:
    why do you think some children are more popular than others?
    people say popular people are the happiest. Do you agree with that saying.
    Do you think children love popular teachers?

  15. Sukhpreet says:

    Date: May 10 2018
    Location: India
    Part1: questions related to: introduction newspaper & writing methods
    Q) Do you work or study?
    Q) Which time of the day you prefer studying?
    Q) Do prefer typing or writing?
    Q) Do other members of your family read newspaper?
    Q) Do you read newspaper daily?
    Q) Which section of newspaper you like to read?
    There were more questions…I’m not able to recall
    Part2: Interesting subject of your school
    What is it
    Why it is interesting
    Which method you use to learn it
    Part3: Discussion on education system
    Q) Difference between your country’s and other country’s education system
    Q) Future subject which should be included in school subject
    There were 3-4 more question…but i don’t remember them
    Liz I wanted to ask…in part 2 after completing all the prompts…i stopped….then examiner gave the sign to add some more…then i added few points and my time was finished… Will it affect my score?

  16. Arsalan Qureshi says:

    dear liz , hope you are fine , i am to confused person in my life have always trying to so some thing in life but not completed very well but reached to complete my Master degree MBA , now i looking to preparation with a high ranks , last 2 years i could not start yet , please kept my hand to start my preparation , i switch on my life with practice practice practice.

    thanks you very much

    DATE: MAY 06 2018

    Part 1
    Do you work or study
    What is the best time you like to work
    Do you socialise with your colleagues
    Do you think you will travel abroad in future

    Part 2
    Describe an occasion when visitors came to your home

    Part 3
    What kind of training’s should be given for the staffs in hotels
    What kind of facilities should be provided by the hotel for the customers
    How do you provide hospitality in you culture

  18. Buddika says:

    I got below topic in today’s speaking exam.

    17. A lake or river in your country

  19. Sanat Singha says:

    Thanks. Should I go on talking until the examiner stops me or I would finish within the given time?
    Is it a problem if I speak for 1 and a half minute?

    • The examiner will tell you when to stop. If you want to show fluency, aim for 2 minutes. Expand your talk in any way you want.

  20. Ranjana Ahuja says:

    Hlo mam
    My speaking test is on 11th may
    Plz give some tips to raise my confidence
    Nd how i get 6.5 in it

  21. Hello!
    I just had my speaking test today and I am very disappointed with myself. I think I did well with part 1 but for parts 2 and 3, I know I could do better but I failed to expound the topics that was given to me. Anyway, just to add to the topics above, here are the topics I got earlier:
    For part 1, it’s all about where I live and other usual questions regarding that.
    For part 2 (cue card), questions were all about teamwork.
    For part 3, it’s all about how important global cooperation is.
    I hope this helps. Thank you so much!

  22. Jasdeep says:

    Hlo mam my exam will be on 24 may . So please give me some tips for preparing this and also suggest me that how much hour should i require for its preparation?

  23. Ankush Jain says:

    Thank You so much Liz Mam, you really are very helpful as always, God bless you

  24. Sharanpreet says:

    Thanks liz
    It is very helpful for my coming exam

  25. Hello Mam
    My test will be on 24 May.But my previous one was on 21 April and I got 6 bands overall.
    I want to get 8777 in my test. I have only 15 days for preparing. How much time I have to prepare in each day
    Then I score my desirable bands.
    Mam plzz suggest me
    It is my 3rd test

    • You will score band score 8 when your English is band 8 level and when you understand all techniques fully. You can’t score band 8, if your English is only band 6. Think carefully about the level of your English and your understanding of IELTS.

  26. Hello Liz,
    Regarding about the topic a season you enjoy, is it about the weather? How about Christmas season?

    • There is no right or wrong answer. You can interpret the cue card as you want. The examiner will not score your ideas or your choices in IELTS speaking.

  27. Balijepalli Kishore says:

    Hi Liz.

    Thanks for the info . None of the post are displayed . Can you accept my req. So that i can few questions .

  28. Hi liz,
    During my speaking test, I asked for some water in the beginning as I was nervous and thirsty, will it affect my score?

    • It will mean you lose some time – nothing more. The examiner can’t extend the time of the speaking test. It is fixed at 11 to 14 mins.

  29. Bhushan says:

    Something you lost : Can I speak things like peace, enjoyment, entertainment etc.

    • It usually refers to an item. However, you are not marked on your ideas or your choices in IELTS speaking, so the choice is yours. As long as you explain your choice and present a talk that is NOT memorised. If the examiner thinks you prepared the whole talk before, it will not count. Your aim is to prepare ideas only.

  30. I would like to add few more topics those were asked to my friends and me just last week.

    1. Describe something you want to do that your friend has done.

    What was that
    When she did
    How she enjoyed
    Why you want to do that

    2. Describe the method for you saved money

    3. Describe a toy that you liked when you were child

    4. Describe unusual meal that you had

    When you had
    Where you had
    With whom
    What was that unusual meal and how did you like

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 I’ll add these to the list 🙂

      • I got the 1st cue card mentioned by shilpa today.For that cue card i spoke about my friend’s recent car purchase.and my willingness to purchase that particular model car.Will it be considered as off topic ?Will it affect my score.?

        • You are not marked on your choice or your ideas in IELTS speaking. It doesn’t affect your score how you choose to interpret the cue card.

  31. Thanks a lot Liz…

  32. Hikmat Hamza says:

    Are you 100% sure that these topic will come on June 24 Ielts exam I mean speaking part two
    You are so good Liz specially for humanity we love you and you character

    • As I said, these are SOME of the topics – not all of them. You cannot predict which topic you will get. You might get a topic on this page or you might get a different topic. All you can do is to prepare as many topics as possible.

      • Jasdeep says:

        If i prepare all these mentioned topics so iis it sure that i will get topic from these only. Mam please reply me

        • I have explained that in the page above. Please read the page above again. You can’t predict the topic you will get – you can only prepare as much as you can.

  33. HI Liz,
    Thank you for the topics. Isnt it will be May-Aug 2017 Speaking part 2 topics?
    Correct me if am wrong.

    Thank you for your good work.

    • This year is 2018. The topics are for this year.

      • Eduardo says:

        I’m sorry if I missed something but I think Haridas is as confused as me… wouldn’t it be until May only? How can you say these topics go up to August of this year, if they have not even happened yet?

        • Because in May the examiners get a new long list of topics which they use for about 4 months.

          • Eduardo says:

            Oh, I understand now, I didn’t know that. Thanks a lot for clarifying & for the amazing website/teaching you perform!

          • Shagufta says:

            hey Liz so does it mean they must have received their topic lists for May- August already?? my ielts for written and speaking is on the 12th May so I will make sure I am prepared thanks a ton 😚

            • May is a new list of topics. It is never possible to know all the topics. You should prepare ideas for both current topics and common topics. Never memorise the whole talk, just prepare ideas.

  34. Nancy Kwamboka Maoga says:

    Hallow,i have gone through your IELTS practices and gained a lot of experience,my speaking test will be tomorrow hence the reading, writing and listening will be on 12th.Thank you so much

  35. Bhavik Thakkar says:

    Thank you so much.

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