Common Questions for IELTS Speaking Part 1

There are over 15 types of questions which frequently come in IELTS speaking part 1. Even though the topics change, the common questions are often repeat so you should develop techniques for each type of question. Watch this video tutorial to learn what types of questions the examiner usually asks in IELTS speaking part 1 and also learn useful tips to help you identify the aim of each question.  Transcript

Hello my name is Liz. In this lesson I want to look at a different types of questions that the examiner might ask you and IELTS speaking part 1. Now as you know you need to prepare lots of different topics so for example family hobbies going out birthdays but you also need to prepare the different types of questions. So even though the examiner will ask you about different topics the questions are often the same. Let’s have a look at some common questions for IELTS speaking part 1.

So let take a look at a common topic and that’s the topic of cooking. It’s a common topic to get in speaking part 1. Now you can see a list of  questions here so let’s take a look at these questions more closely. What you can see is that each question begins with a different question word and this is very important to understand about speaking part 1 because every topic that you get in speaking part 1 can have questions that start with these question words. So for example, Read more….  

IELTS Speaking Part 1: Common Questions

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  1. My test is tomorrow and I am really nervous.

  2. Hi mam…ur tips r really working thnkyou..
    Tomorrow I m having my speaking test nd I m not well.. M caught by extreme cold nd fever.. M sneezing almost after 2-3 mins..will dis trouble my score???

    • The examiner cannot give you more time because you sneeze for 2 or 3 minutes. This means you will lose opportunities. However, don’t worry. Just make sure that you answer all questions directly and show a good range of grammar tenses and expand your answers whenever you can.

  3. Margaret says:

    My speaking exam is tomorrow. I have been practising. I pray I pass

  4. Sanjoe dela cruz says:

    Hi liz, is the speaking test formal or informal?thanks in advance.

  5. Hi Liz
    Thanku so much for posting a vast range of valuable lessons. I have learned a lot from ur videos. I just got a question in my mind that we describe both sides in discussion essay or advantages/ disadvantages essay.
    Do we need to write about both sides in opinion essay too ?
    Thanks

  6. Hello Liz, I had my speaking test on the 16th of feb,in the part 3 after answering about four questions fluently, I was asked another question by the examiner and I couldn’t hear what she was saying, so I said pls come again three times and she said that’s the end of the speaking test.Pls will that affect my score?

    • It shouldn’t affect your score. You are not tested on comprehension or ideas. You are only marked on the language you produced and the quality / range of it. Also if that was time up, then there is nothing you can do anyway. As long as you produced a good range of language and showcased your skills, you will be ok. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you 🙂

  7. Alekhya Reddy says:

    Hi Liz,

    In speaking if I’m asked of a topic which I’m not familiar with, is there a possibility that I can request for a change? as I will not have much to talk about.

    Thanks
    Alekhya

  8. Hello mam,
    Your posts helping me alot for my prepration for IELTS GT.

  9. Tomorrow is my Speaking Test 13 Dec, Hyderabad INDIA.

    Please pray for me i hope i’ll get good band score..

  10. Dear Liz,

    Thank you for your resources here. They are so helpful. I had my speaking test today and it was a wonderful experience. I had so much to talk about in my Part 2 that I didn’t realize that my two minutes was up and the examiner had to stop me. Hope I won’t loose mark for that?
    Am looking forward to my listening, reading and writing on Saturday. I will post out my result here once available.

    Thank you.

    • It’s great that you had so much to talk about in part 2. And it’s no problem that you were still talking at the end of 2 minutes. In fact, that’s a good thing – it will help your score in fluency. Good luck on Saturday. See this page for useful tips before your test: http://ieltsliz.com/ielts-exam-tips-on-the-day/ 🙂

      • Thanks. I will keep you posted.

      • Hello Liz,

        Trust you are doing great? Once again, thank you for your great resources. I have recommended your site to all my friends. My listening and writing test on September 24th went well. However, the reading didn’t go has planned as I discovered that my glasses was not in my glass case when I got to the center. My reading is slow without my glasses. I was able to complete 30 questions and just had to guess the remaining answers because time wasn’t on my side. I am just hoping on God for a miracle now as I have put everything into the exam. My result will be out on Friday the 7th and I will update you on the outcome. Once again, thanks a lot. You are much appreciated.

        • That is such a terrible shame. I’m really sorry to hear about your bad luck. Miracles can happen and. even so, with 30 questions answered and other guessed, there is hope. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you 🙂

  11. marymaritha says:

    thank you so much, really find your lessons interesting and is helpful.
    I think I really have a lot of work to do on my writing part 2

  12. Shinas Safiq says:

    Dear Mrs liz,
    you are really doing a wonderful job in helping people like us excel in the ielts exam.
    My speaking test is tomorrow and I have gone through most of your videos here.i hope to do well in my test.
    Thanks

  13. Hi Liz,

    I would say I like your speaking pace. Not too fast neither too slow. It really helps me to give an idea of how fast do I need to speak. One more thing, I should speak with clarity, i.e. word by word.

    Thanks.

  14. Hi Liz,
    First of all, I want to thank you for your generosity on sharing your knowledge and helping many students seeking for higher IELTS band scores. Secondly, your lessons as well as your website are both informative and easy to follow. So kind of you 🙂 Finally, I want to share the scores I got during my exam, S, R, W = 6.5 and 6.0 in listening. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to reach a score of 7 in speaking which is the required score by the CGFNS, can you please suggest for any tips on how i can possibly improve to increase my score in speaking.

    Thank you very much.

  15. Hi mam,
    I don’t know how to introduce myself properly if the question is INTRODUCE YOURSELF..
    please help,my exam is on 31th Oct

    • There is no such question. Please watch and read all lessons about IELTS speaking and also watch the practice speaking tests.
      Liz

  16. Dear Liz ,
    could you please guide me what are the topic mostly asking from male
    Ex: if they ask about cooking I am blank about this topic

    Thank you
    Dinesh

    • The examiner will ask any topic and you can’t ask to change it. Even if you don’t like cooking or you don’t cook, you can still talk about. “Do you enjoy cooking? No, I don’t. The cooking in my family is mostly done by my wife.” or “Did you learn to cook at school? Yes, I did but I don’t remember much. We mainly just made simple dishes like soup.” You see, it is still easy to answer questions.
      All the best
      Liz

      • Hi teacher Liz. Can I ask you how can I tell my name to the examiner like Raymund Guevara, my first name is a letter U not O and my last name have only one letter R not double? because people often have trouble spelling my name. Thanks

        • In the speaking test, you will be asked your name during the ID check. The only reason the examiner asks is to make sure it is the same name that is on the examiner’s paper. Just say your name clearly so he can match it. If the examiner isn’t sure, he or she will ask you to spell it (but that’s not common). See this video here about the ID check: http://ieltsliz.com/ielts-speaking-greeting-the-examiner/
          Liz

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