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Recent IELTS Exam Questions and Topics 2018

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  1. Sithmi Liyanapathirana says:

    Hi Liz, your website was very useful. I did my speaking exam today(14th November). I am worried as i saw the examiner puttibg 4.3, 6.0 something in different parts. Does this effect to my overall score? Please advice.

    Part 1:
    General questions about work or study
    Questions about plantation

    Part 2
    A sport you have watched in telivision and would like to try

    Part 3
    Follow up questions regarding sports
    eg: How sports affect local communities?

    Hope for a reply
    Many thanks

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 The numbers are not related to your score – they are based on the timing of the test.

    • Hi liz,
      I have prepared from your website and videos for the ielts test. You are excellent in delivering your presentation and making things easy and understanding. Thanks much..!

      My exam was on 10th november 2018. Speaking test was on the following day i.e., 11th November
      Test type: Academic


      Unemployment trends observed in Australia for three groups of people., Australian born, english speaking people from other countries and non- english speaking people.it had both pie chart and line graph. We need to combine information from both graphs.

      Lifestyle is becoming worse in the large cities. Explain the causes for this and suggest some measures in this context.

      Introduction- living place
      Cooking- styles of cooking
      Colors- favorite color – effect of color on cars

      Part2: cue card section
      What do you do when u are alone in your leisure time? How often do u get the leisure time?

      Part3: questions related to cue card section
      In What activities youth can engage when they are alone in their leisure time.
      Do parents have any role in encouraging their children into these activities.

  2. Hi Liz,
    I had my IELTS speaking test today at New Delhi.
    Was asked to speak on following topics:
    Part 1:
    Question about if I work or study
    Which area I work in
    Why I have decided to work in this area?
    Have I ever tried food of any other country?
    Do you get food of other countries in your city?
    Part 2
    Speak on an instance when you had changed your mind about something.
    Part 3
    Followup questions on part 2
    Why do people change their mind?
    Why is change difficult for people?
    Are there logical or emotional reasons for any change?

  3. Hi Liz, i followed your website throughout the time for my ielts exam preparation. Yesterday i did my speaking.
    12 Nov
    Amritsar (India)

    What is your full name?
    Do you work or study?
    What would you like to change at your work place?
    How’s your work environment?
    What would you do to make new employee feel comfortable at your work?

    Cue card
    The person you like but never met, and would like to meet in future.
    Then some follow up questions:
    Where you want to meet a new person? Why

    Then, questions on clothing
    Can we judge a person by clothing?
    Can we judge his character?

    That is all i remember liz.

  4. Hello Liz

    I would like to thank you for the tips given for all four modules. I took my IELTS (Academic) LRW exam on 10th November in Ludhiana (India).
    Task 1: pie chart based on workers working in Australia. 3 categories born in ESC ( English-speaking countries, NES ( Non- English- speaking countries) and Australia. ESC 14%,NES 10%and Australia 76%. There was also a line graph showing downward trend for all the same categories and were unemployed.
    Task 2 in writing was :
    Quality of life in large cities is becoming worse. What are the causes and solutions?

    I bought your Advanced writing essays too and would recommend everyone to purchase. They were very useful.

    Today was my speaking

    Part 1
    Q1 Where are you from?
    2. Do you live in a house or apartment?
    3 favourite room
    4. Would you like to change your home in future?
    Then questions on Maps
    1.Which is better paper map or electronic map?
    2 Have you ever used map for locations?
    3. Have you ever used map as a child?
    4. Do you take help from people to know about the directions?
    Part 2
    Cue card
    Favourite song?
    When and where you heard?
    Question after finishing cue card was
    1When did you hear this song last

    Then questions on Money and Children
    1. Did you save money when you were a child?
    2. Were you helping family in money? ( Asked for clarification) It was actually helped in keeping money to some particular place.

    Questions on Music
    1 Difference between traditional and modern music?
    2. What sort of music during parents time and now?
    3 Do you feel music today is good?
    4. How music is helping human beings throughout the world.
    I don’t remember one question related to music.

    Overall, it was good. In every question examiner stopped me to speak. He was smiling throughout the speaking test.
    Liz, I made a mistake in Writing task 1. I wrote about 230 to 240 words, but I wrote as per your guidelines(introduction, overview and 2 paragraphs) with linking words and comparison. Used brackets also.
    Another mistake in writing task 2 was I wrote 1 cause and 2 solutions. I wrote about 290 words. Essay included introduction, Paragraph 1 cause with supporting idea and example, paragraph 2 with 2 solutions and then conclusion.
    Really worried.

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 You are allowed 10 words under the limit before any penalty starts for writing. Hopefully your writing task 1 will be still be ok.

      • I just followed you for my test. I am grateful to you.

        I forgot to mention certain things related to Task 1.
        Pie- chart was for the year 1993 and line graph was from 1993 to 2003.
        Line graph was also in percentage showing 2, 4 , 6 and 8.

  5. Hi Liz,
    Many thanks for helping each one of us through this website. Every technique and details posted by you for various section helped me a lot during the examination.

    I appeared for General Training for IELTS on 10th Nov. Sharing my set of questionnaires below:

    1. Had conversation between two students on research details and we had to complete its notes. Had to mark sentences as I,B,C if the task in sentence was to be done by the students themselves, B to be done by its observers or C if it was not be done at all
    2. Map of a beach place labeled as A,B,C… and based on directions narrated had to mark the places

    1. Complete notes related to a passage
    2. Mark True/False to the passage
    3. Mark as True/False/Not Given

    1. Task 1 : You have not recieved the prize which you have won at a newspaper. Write a letter to the editor of the newspaper with below details:
    -Details of how you won the prize
    -What is the prize given to you
    -What actions you expect to be taken

    2. Task2: Some parents and teachers think that children’s behavior be strictly controlled. While some think that children should be free to behave. Discuss both the views and give your opinion


    1. Part1:
    Where you come from?
    Do you live in a apartment/house?
    Which part of your house is your favourite?
    How ofter do you get bored?
    What circumstances makes you feel bored?
    What do you do when you get bored?
    Do you get bored more often now than previously?

    Part 2:
    Mention about a person you know who talks a lot. Elaborate below details
    -who is the person
    -how you met this person
    -how you feel about the person when he/she speak

    What are the different scenarios when one person communicates to many people at a time (stressed on verbal and direct communication – public speaking)
    What are the important things to keep in mind while addressing a crowd
    What are the advantages of directly speaking to the people

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Most of the questions are same for me except for speaking
      Part 1
      Where do you live?
      Do you enjoy living there?
      Where do you spend most of time in your home?
      What season do you like and why?
      How is your workplace?
      Do you like to make any changes in your workplace?
      Part 2
      Describe the sport you were playing when you were young?
      Part 3
      How your choice of sports changed from young age to today and why?
      Do you still like to play the same sport as when you are young? give reason

  6. Dear Liz,

    First of all I would like to thank you for all your precious help!
    Yesterday was my first attempt on the Ielts academic exam in England.

    There was a map of how a town used to be. For me that section was the hardest due to the division in 90º of the name of one particular street.
    The other ones I believe were ok to understand.

    The subjects were : the extinction of mammoths
    physics in amusements parks
    face blindness (prosopagnosia).

    task 1: a diagram about making jam using fruit.
    1-washing the fruit
    2-smashing it with a tool
    3- add 1/4 of a cup of sugar, a spoon of pectin and boil it for 5-10 min while stiring
    4- add 4 cups of sugar (if im not wrong) and leave it boiling for another 10 min
    5-putting into containers bottles
    6-add the lid
    7- rest for 1hour
    8- Serve it

    task 2- about how shopping was the most common leisure activity for young adults. Why? Is it positive or negative in the development ?

    4- Speaking
    do you live in a house or apartment?
    Whats your favourite part of the house?
    Would you like to be a teacher?
    Do you think teaching methods have changed over the years?

    2 part
    Talk about a certain clothing item you recently bought that was special. why? when? where?

    3 part
    Is fashion important ?
    Why does it changes so much?
    Who creates the trends?

    Once again I would like to thank you for the incredible job you’re doing.

    Best Regards,


    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 Thanks also for adding so much detail about the diagram. Hopefully I might be able to replicated it. If you can draw it, let me know 🙂 Good luck with your results 🙂

  7. I gave speaking test on 10th November. I got question 4 from your list. Cue card : a recent happy moment.
    Speaking part 1:
    what do.you do. Work or student.
    How did you choose your career.
    Did you often ate international cuisine in childhood.
    Do you do it now?
    Do you think it would be more famous in future.
    Who do you spend your free time with
    What do you do when you meet
    Speaking part 3:
    Why does working give somebody happiness
    Do you think happy person performs better in work
    Do you think defination of happiness has changed from olden times
    Do you think we give more importance to individual happiness

    I would like to say a big thank you to you and the great work you r doing liz…. it has helped me a lot for preparation.

  8. Rimini – Italy .
    November 10,2018 – Academic
    Very difficul paper

    Writing task 1
    A 12 steps diagram on the production of jam from fruits. (mashing, boiling, cooling,serving)

    Writing task 2
    Nowadays young adults seem to prefer to spend their leisure on shopping.
    Does shopping have more positive or negative features?

    easy from 1 to 30, from 30 to 40 old australian man with rough accent always dragging his words, a lot difficult.

    Cue card:
    Describe in what occasion you’ve helped a friend.

    you should say:
    what you have done? when?
    What effect did this have on you and why.

  9. Dear Liz,

    I took the IELTS Academic yesterday, 11th of November 2018, here are the subjects:

    Writing Task 1:
    The steps of making jam out of fruits.
    I’ll try to reproduce the drawing and send it over if you want, I think it is important for people to have as many examples as they can.

    Writing Task 2:
    These days, the most favorite leisure activity for the young people is shopping.
    Why do you think this is happening?
    Do you think this is a positive or a negative aspect?

    For Writing Task 2, I wrote a first paragraph about the reasons why this is happening (just as you have taught us for the cause-solution essay) and the second body paragraph about the reasons why I think this is a positive aspect (just as for the opinion essay)
    Is this the good approach? Thanks

    Also, I would like to ask something. Yesterday, during the test, we were all facing the board, while the clock was on the opposite side of the classroom. More test takers complained about this. The examiners were only telling us when there were 30 or 20 minutes left. I think this is wrong because we could not manage our time at all, especially for the reading part. It’s not the same when the instructor tells you that the 20 minutes are passed, compared to when you look at the clock yourself and know you have spent already 5 minutes on a passage and you might want to leave it for later. I am not the kind of person that complains, but I think I should write about this to IELTS to change the clock for future examinations in the same place. Do you think this is ok to do?

    In the end I just want to thank you for all your help, I will come back with my results.


    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 I fully agree with your opinion. IELTS are supposed to produce a clock which is visible so that candidates can manage their time. Anything else is disgusting and unfair to test takers. Feel free to complain to both your test center and IELTS Official in the same email so that the local test center can see that IELTS Official have been included.

  10. Amira Hamdy says:

    10 november GT , Saudi Arabia
    writing 1 , informing ur manager that you will have a party: – reason, plan, what you want from him to do?

    writing 2 , in many countries , the amount of rubbish is rapidly increasing, why? solutions?

    part 1
    where do you live? apt or house?
    do you plan to move?
    do you tried different food in ur childhood?

    part 2
    describe a recent happy moment?
    what happened?
    who was there?
    how you felt?

    part 3 couldn’t remember exactly but was something about;
    job sarisfaction
    giving money to kids

  11. farukh shaikh says:

    IELTS 10th November 2018, PUNE INDIA
    Writing exam topics:
    Task 1 : Write a letter to your manager informing him about a party to be arranged in the team and tell him
    – what the party is about
    – why is it necessary
    – what all you would need to arrange asking his help

    Task 2: Garbage has become a problem
    – What are the issues
    – how it is generated
    – what arre the possible solutions

  12. I did my LRW and speaking yesterday. here are some of the questions as I remember. thank you Ms. Liz for this wonderful site. God bless you. hope this helps..

    Type: GT (Computer-based)
    When: Nov. 10
    Where: Riyadh, SA (IDP test center)

    speaking part 2: (same with NK Chaitanya post)
    Describe a time when you received money as a gift.
    – when did you receive it?
    – what did you do with it?
    – how did you feel about it?

    writing task 2:
    In some countries, young people from countryside tend to move to towns and cities, while older people stay.

    what possible problems this might cause?
    give solutions that can be done to this problems.

  13. IELTS general test USA
    Writing task 1: letter to a newspaper to let them know that you haven’t received a gift for the competition you won held by them.

    Task 2: some parents feel that children should be free to behave the way they want. Others feel that children’s behavior should be restricted. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

    Speaking: about what I do.
    Part 2 talk about an activity you like to do. Why do you it? Who do you do it with and when do you do it.
    Part 3 if I like music, why I like it and more questions about activities like are people more active today?

  14. Hi Liz, your website has been so useful for me to prepare IELTS test.
    Thank you so much for providing us such good study materials.

    Module: Academic: November, 10th, Vancouver, Canada

    Writing task 1
    line graph: the difference of visitor number entering a museum between summer and winter in 2003.

    Writing task 2
    it is important for children to act independently and make decisions by themselves.
    Do you agree or disagree
    *give reasons for your opinion and your own experiences and knowledge.
    Q: I found this indication at the end of the test so I did not suggest my own experience.. would it impact a lot to my writing score?

    Speaking test
    Part 1.
    where do you live?
    do you have any plan to change your house?
    do you prefer warm weather or dry weather?
    do you like rainy weather?
    do people prefer to live in cities? why?
    what city do you want to visit? why?

    PART2: cue card
    what sports you would like to try
    what is it/why do you want to try/ where did you watch this sports

    it was related to sports
    in your country, what sports is popular throughout all generations?
    what sports do young people like to watch? why?
    what do you think about extreme loyalty in sports?
    do you think there should be more channel for sports on TV?


    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 It won’t have any impact. Your experience can be your experience of the world which is expressed by your examples and opinions.

  15. IELTS, Academic version

    Date 9th of November 2018

    Writing task 1:

    A clear diagram illustrating the process of converting coal to electricity .

    Writing task 2 :

    Nowadays many personal informations are stored in computers which are ran by companies and authorities (something like that)

    Does the advantages outweigh the disadvantages ?

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 If you can reproduce your diagram, please let me know and email it to me 🙂

    • Mary Fernandez says:

      I did my ielts academic yesterday(10 Nov 2018) british council.
      Writing task 1
      Was a pie chart and line graph about workers and unemployment.
      Writing task 2
      The quality of life in large cities is becoming worse.what are the causes? What solution can you suggest

  16. Camila Bittencourt says:

    Speaking test Curitiba 10th November

    Part 1
    Do you like cooking? Why some people like it?
    Do you often prepare meals at home?
    Do you prefere eating home or going to restaurants?
    About my work, what would I like to change.

    Part 2 Cue card
    A game that I used to play when I was a kid.
    Describe, say who I played with. Etc…

    Part 3
    Why people like to win competitions
    Is it important to win
    Do you think children should receive prizes ?
    What is the advantages and disadvantages for competition in business?

  17. Kaaal Chares says:

    Exam Dtae: 10th November, Hong Kong, Academic
    Speaking Question

    Part One.
    – work or student
    – talk about the work duty
    – enjoy or not? Happy first day?

    – do you wear watch?
    – is it important for you to be on time in your country
    – how do you think if people are being late

    Part Two.
    – talk about my first mobile phone
    – when did you get your first mobile
    – why you wanted a mobile and how you feel after getting one

    Part Three.
    – when will children get their first mobile nowadays in your country
    – why parents would give mobile to a kid
    – is mobile popular in different ages
    – smartphones negative or positive

  18. Mohammed Irfan says:

    Computer based, Module Academic @ IDP in Hyderabad, India on 11/09/2018

    Writing task 1
    The table below shows the ratio of male population over the female in six different countries in 1950 and 2005.

    (I don’t remember the ratios)

    Writing task 2
    Some people thinks that government should makes education free for all levels (Primary, Secondary, Higher), while others think government should charge them.
    Discuss both sides and give an example.
    (Maybe I have mistaken here in writing the exact question but the main point are the same as i mentioned)

    Speaking part 1.
    Why you select such field
    Did you enjoyed your first day of the job and why
    Do you go for holidays
    Whivh js your most important holiday you rememberd and why
    Where do you like to for holiday again and why
    What is the most important to remember while planning for holiday
    Do you plan for the holiday
    Why you don’t plan
    Do you know about the plants
    Have you ever planted a tree
    Why you not planted a tree
    Will you accept a plant as gift

    Part 2 Cue Card
    * speak about the famous comic actor in your country
    Why he is famous
    Do people like him
    (In this session I asked examiner to change the question as because i taught the question is related to comics actor, then she replied it’s a very easy. When the time is started to speak then I ask her this question is related to comics magazine actor or comedian then she replied its about comedian actor, then I spoke about him for 2 minutes) i guess i may loose the marks

    Part 3
    All questions are related to the film industry and part 2 answer
    why do you like him (comic actor)
    Do your family him (comic actor)
    Do people likes the movies
    Do people like and follows the actors and why
    Do actors get highly paid
    ** and some mlre related to film industry only.

    Dewr Liz,
    Thanks for all the tips and advise given by you. I have some questions
    * for the writing task 1 I wrote around 162 words and only 2 paragraphs
    * for the writing task 2 I wrote around 270 words in three paragraphs
    * for speaking task 2 I asked her questions.

    Do i get less marks for all the mistakes..?

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 At no time in your test can you change the topic. In part 2, you can interpret the topic in any way you want – you could even have talked about a comedy film and it wouldn’t affect your score. It makes no difference to your score if you ask the examiner questions, but it might affect your confidence when you don’t get the answer you want. In all writing tasks, you are marked on your use of paragraphs. In task 1 (academic) never less than 3). In task 2, never less than 4. It is essential that no person enters the test room until they understand all details about the test. See this page: http://ieltsliz.com/ielts-help-faq/. Good luck with your results 🙂

  19. Hi Liz
    Thanks for your help. Please keep it up. I just finished my test 3 hours ago.
    Academic test.
    Canberra, Australia.
    Part 1:
    What’s your name?
    What shall I call you?
    Work or study?
    Work environment?
    Do want make changes?
    Where is your work?
    Do your city have problems with traffic?
    Daily routine?
    Do you want to change it?
    Is it differ from earlier time?
    Do you use car for travel?
    The last time you used taxi?
    Part 2:
    The present you got you actually needed it.
    Who gave it . What your feelings.
    Part 3:
    How you caring about things you need?
    do shopping affect on economy and how?
    How do products harm environment? What is the responsibility?
    How advertising help economy and shopping?
    The concept of ownership with people?
    The attitude of people on some work positions?towards ownership.
    Task 1:
    2 pie charts for the percentage of forests over the world and the wood production in 2010.
    Task 2:
    People believe government should spend money for fast transportation means , while other believe that other important concerns as cost and environment should be considered. Discuss both sides and your opinion.

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 If you can reproduce the pie charts, please let me know and email them to me. I’m really keep to get some up-to-date writing task 1.

      • I am so sorry, but I can’t remember well the percentages. what I can remember is that each pie chart is divided into 6 sections represent the world( Russia, Europe, South America, North Merica, Africa, and Australia and Oceana).
        The key features were:
        The first country having the highest area of forest reproduce a small ratio of wood.
        The second highest country in the forest area is the first producer of wood.
        two others areas; their production of wood, were higher than the ratio of the forest they have.
        I am sorry again. I hope I could help.

  20. Exam Date: 9th Nov
    Location: Dubai, UAE.


    PART 1.
    1. What is your name?
    2. Do you work or study?
    3. What is your Job about?
    4. How did you spend your first day at work?
    5. Do you like emails or letters?
    6. Do you think in the future email will replace letter?


    What type of job would you like do?
    * What is the job about?
    * Why would you like to do it?
    * Where did you first find out about this job?

    PART 3

    1. Do you remember a particular teacher from your primary school or elementary school?
    2. why do you remember him or her?
    3. Do you think it is important to give up personal life in order to pursue your career?
    4. Do you think in future the way we work will change?

    This is the most I remember. I wish everyone the best of luck. I think one of the most important thing is to listen to the questions and understand them fully before we answer.

  21. Mohamed Zakaria says:

    Exam Date: 9th November , Egypt – Cairo , Pyramisa Suites Hotel

    I gave my speaking test to day, the least i can do is to share with you guys..

    Part 1 : After introducing your self,
    – Where you from?
    – Do you study or do you work?
    – Is there anything you would like to change in your work place?
    – let’s talk about photographs , Do you like to take photographs?
    – What are the thing do you like to take photos of ?
    – Do you think photographs are important in our lives ?
    – Do you like drawing and painting ?
    – Did you took any drawing or painting classes in you school ?

    Part 2 : Cue Card,

    – Describe something someone gave to you that you really want it. You should say :
    – What was it ?
    – When did they gave it to you?
    – Why did you want it ?
    – How did you feel when you got it ?

    Part 3 : ADVERTISING And Shopping
    – Why do people buy a lot of the stuff?
    – Do you think advertising got something to do with it ? ( i paraphrased this Q )
    – Do you think teenage appreciate what their parents are buying them ? Why ?
    – Do you think people especially the younger ones are influenced buy their friends when they do shopping ?

    the examiner was writing marks or numbers after every part or so ? would you tells what is it for ?

    Wish me LUCK i will give my LRW tomorrow.

  22. Exam Date: 9th November, New Delhi, Golden Tulip

    Hi Liz,

    I just got over with my speaking test.

    Part 1- Where are you living
    Apartment or residential
    Where are you working
    Which place I like to visit
    Most recent place already visited
    My favorite room in the house
    One place I would like to visit in the future

    Part 2- Describe your favorite song and why do you like it and where did you heard that music?

    Part 3- Difference between the present music and old generation music.
    Importance of music in your life
    Government should invest in music

    My exam was overall pretty decent but while talking about the Qcard section I made a brief pause for 5 seconds because I did kind of just went clueless and got nervous all of a sudden but then I continued speaking throughout the whole test and didn’t make any pause after that. Will my marks be deducted for those 5 seconds or they will see the overall performance?

    I have my LRW exam tomorrow. Wish me luck. I’m gonna keep my fingers crossed. Your website has really helped me a lot in getting so much relevant information about the test. Thank you, Liz 🙂

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 Your score is based on an overall performance not on each part or on specific individual problems that occur only once. Good luck tomorrow! Remember it’s a long test – rest well, eat well and have a drink. Also remember to go to the toilet before because there’s no toilet break.

  23. Gayani Silva says:

    General Training
    Colombo, Sri Lanka
    8th November 2018

    Speaking Test

    1st Part-
    – Where do you work?
    – Do you think your work place need any improvements?
    – What can they change?
    – Do you think breakfast is important?
    – Do you have a fixed morning routine?
    – Do you like to change it?
    – What do you prefer? Team sports or Individual sports?

    2nd Part
    Talk about an important decision you made with the help of another person
    – What is it?
    – Who helped you to take it?
    – The impact of that decision

    3rd Part
    – Whom do teenagers consult when making decisions?
    – What is good; Quick or well-thought decisions?
    – Leadership & Decision making
    – National Policy & Decision Making
    – Can national leaders please everyone?

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 Note: Speaking topics are for both GT and Academic candidates. There is only one speaking test for all IELTS candidates.

  24. Kalpani Alwis says:

    Exam Date – 08th November 2018
    I did my speaking test on today.. But I’m little bit nerves. I don’t know I have answer correctly for some questions.. Please pray for me.. I will do the L,R,W on 10th of November.Here are the speaking test questions

    Part 1
    Full name?
    Are you working or studying?
    Where do you work?
    What are you doing?
    What about your working environment?
    Any changes do you require?

    Part 2
    Describe a interesting place in your country.
    – Where is it situated?
    – How do you know about this place
    – What can you do there

    Part 3
    Some questions I didn’t remember.
    Most of the people live in city or countryside? Why?

    Liz, for part 2 I talked about beach.. Is it ok?

    Thanks for your support in advance..

  25. Hi! I took the academic exam today, Nov 8.
    It’s a computer-delivered exam in IDP so LRW is taken the same day with speaking.

    Writing task 1: a picture of a process of the production of smoked fish
    Task 2: the best way to understand the culture of others is to work for a multinational organisation. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

    Speaking part 1:
    Where do you live?
    What do you like about where you live?
    Do you know the people in your neighborhood?
    Do you always cook?
    Why do some people like to cook?
    Do you prefer eating at home or outside?
    Do you often wear sunglasses?
    Do you like spending a lot for sunglasses?
    Will you buy someone sunglasses?
    Have you lost a sunglasses before?

    Part 2: describe a time when your complaint was resolved
    -what the complaint was
    -where and when
    -how it was resolved
    -how i felt about it

    Part 3:
    Is customer complaint important for the company?
    Do you think companies need to emphasize “customer is always right” to their employees?
    More questions about complaints..

    Hi Liz i just have a question to ask. In part 2 speaking, i wasnt able to answer all the bullets because i didnt finish my story, the examiner already ended my talk halfway. I was only able to cover the first 2 bullets. Will it highly reduce my score? Thank you Liz, your site really helped me a lot.

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 You do not need to use complete the prompts on the cue card in IELTS speaking. Your score is based only on fluency, grammar, vocab and pron.

  26. Steffy George says:

    Hi Liz

    Todays speaking topics

    Part 1..
    What do u do? Do u work or study?
    Where do u work n what z ur job?
    How was the 1st day at ur work place?
    Why did u choose this job?

    Do u often feel bored?
    What makes u feeling bored?
    What do u do when u get bored?

    Part 2
    Speak about a party that u enjoyed?
    What was it?
    Where n when was the party?
    Why did u enjoyed it?

    Part 3
    Do u like parties.why?
    Why some adults dont like parties?
    What children enjoy the most in parties?

    Is it important to maintain balance between professional n personal life.why?
    Do employers should focus on helping employees regarding their responsibilities towards family? N how?
    Is technological development in workplace is positive or negative?


  27. Rajesh Pandiyan says:

    IELTS General Module

    Speaking Test Date: 7th November 2018.
    Location: Chennai, INDIA.

    Part 1:
    Do you work or Study ?
    What is my role in my company ?
    Do you like your company ?
    What is the one thing that you would like to change in your company?
    Do you think breakfast is important ?
    How were things during my childhood ?
    Do you want to change your morning routine ?

    Part 2:
    Describe a piece of equipment that you had repaired.

    You Should say:
    What is it ?
    How did you repair it ?
    and explain how you felt after repairing it.

    Part 3:
    Couple of followup questions to the above cue card.
    Do you always repair household gadgets.
    About common household gadgets.
    How people take care their common household gadgets.
    Are there any new inventions these days ? What do you think ?

    I think i did well in the first 2 parts but i became nervous on the part 3 as the examiner interrupted me when i was answering her previous question.

    Anyway i still have my LRW test on November 10. Wish me luck.

  28. Funks Bee says:

    Had my speaking yesterday. Lagos Nigeria.
    Part I was
    Where do you live
    Why do you live there
    Part I I was (cue card)
    What skills did I learn that took a long time
    I’m to say what the skill is,
    Why it took long to learn
    How I felt after completing the learning process.

    Part III
    How is the weather in my country
    Which weather do I prefer

    I felt I answered well but I saw what the examiner wrote … 4.2, 5.6, 6.3 , 8.4. And when I calculated the total band ,it wasn’t even close to the 7 band minimum I need. I’ve been so down. Please what do you advise I do

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 All numbers written by examiners relate to timing, not to your score. You should always ignore that. Your score is not decided for each part of the test, it is an overall score that can’t be decided until the end.

  29. Speaking, General Training, Lagos Nigeria. 4th of November.

    The Part 2 Cue Card was about a small business I know. That has been covered in some of the older comments so I won’t go into so much detail.

    Follow up questions in part 3.
    – Differences between small and large businessess
    – Why do small businesses usually fail in their first year?
    – Do you think feasibility studies are important for businesses?
    – How can small business position themselves for success?

  30. Christian F Vijandre says:

    Hi Miss Liz

    Im Christian From the Philippines. I took my ielts exam last November 3, 2018 IDP Manila

    For my writing task 1
    Table about manufacturing Cars from thailand, Australia and Argentina between 2003, 2006 and 2009

    For my writing task 2
    to what extent do you agree or disagree about giving a larger wages to teachers and doctors

    My Speaking

    Part 1: House Accomodation
    Part 2: Recent event that made you happy, when was it, who’s with you and why did it made you happy

    Part 3: Happiness different from before and now

    thank you very much for your help…

  31. Hi dear Liz
    thank you for your amazing website
    today, November, 4 I have an IELTS speaking test in IRAN
    My questions:
    part 1:
    Do you work or study?
    where do you study?
    why you choose this university?
    Do you like plants?
    Do ever plant?
    and other question about a day out
    part 2:
    describe a math skill that learn in primary school
    part 3:
    about importance of math learning for children and adults
    and some question about computers

  32. N K Chaitanya says:

    Hi Liz,
    I took the LRW test yesterday.
    Type of Test: Academic
    Speaking Test Date: November 4, 2018
    Location of Test: Hyderabad, India

    Part 1:
    About breakfast..Is it neccesaary to have breakfast..Do you wish to have the same kind of breakfast every day..What is your morning routine..What else do you want to include in your early mornings.

    Part 2:
    Describe a time when you received money as a gift.
    Who gave it to you?
    When did they give it to you?
    Why they give money?
    and explain how did you feel about it?

    Part 3:
    Giving cash to younger children is good or bad?
    Is cash widely used or cards used in your country?
    Do you think credit cards will replace cash in the future?

  33. Kaung Zayar Min says:

    This is IELTS Test on Nov 2 for ORAL and 3 for WRITTEN Tests.

    Location: Myanmar, Rangoon, Center No. BU001

    Please look through the details.

    Speaking Test:
    About you school
    About your academic subjects
    City you would like to live in future

    A friend from your childhood

    About good friends
    About friends from different culture
    Good idea or not to have just small real friends
    Between technology and nature
    Between technology and communication

    Writing Test:
    Line Chart including the past and the future about the populations by age group from a particular county (1960-2040)

    All over the world, adults can work directly from home and students can learn from home as the computer technologies become more advanced and cheaper.
    Positive or Negative Development?

  34. Hi Liz,
    Thanks for the info in your videos. I took my exam yesterday 3rd Nov 2018.
    Part 1
    Describe where you live
    Why did you choose to live there
    How often do you interact with people in your area
    Did you go to the cinemas as a child
    What kind of movies do you like
    Do you like music?
    What kind do you dislike
    Part 2
    Describe a beautiful city
    You should say
    Where it is
    How you got to know about it
    What is it famously known for
    Explain why you think it is beautiful.
    Part 3
    Questions related to cities
    Would you recommend city life or living in the countryside
    Importance of historical cities

  35. Hi Liz..

    I took my IELTS exam yesterday 3rd of November (academic), with the speaking section on the UAE. My speaking part 1 was similar to Jho_Ann, except for part 2 the question was describe an activity you enjoy doing when you are alone.

    You should say:
    What the activity is?
    How often do you do it?
    Where and how you do it?
    And explain why you like to do this activity?

    Part 3
    Do you think people should only foucs in work?
    Do you think people spend most of their time at work before 30 years?
    Should parents plan activities for their children? And why?
    Do you think the activities of this generation is different than older generation?

    Writing Section:
    Task 1 a line graph about the percentage of tourist who used different types of transportation in a particular country. There were five transportation that we should contrast and compare.

    Task 2:

    Some people argue that the fittest and strongest individuals and teams can achieve the greatest success in sports. But other people think that success is much related to the mental attitude. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

    I noticed that most of the reading was covering scientific researches and articles, that why I faced some difficulty in the questions like fill the diagram and which information belong to which writer.

    Thank you..

  36. Smriti dixit says:

    Hi…My speaking test was on 3 November in Ambala(India)
    Part 1 was like:-
    Intro nd family nd studies..
    Part2 (cue card )
    Describe something that ur known has done and u also want to do yourself ?

    Part 3 :-
    Who’s is more important family or friend..nd all related to this in this section.

  37. Dear Liz,
    I used your website a lot and now its my turn to contribute!
    1 November, General Training module, Center: Iran
    Task 1:
    Complain about your street, write a letter to city council and explain why it has become dirty recently, what problem it has caused and suggest a way out!

    Task 2:
    Today, The internet and TV have created that chance for ordinary people to become famous. Is it a positive or negative development?

    Cue card:
    Talk about a website that you regularly use

    I have a question with regards to task 2 writing:
    I started my introduction with a sentence that I am not sure about its being formal enough!

    I started with:
    The Internet and TV, as a powerful medium, paved the way for common people to become famous.

    Is it ok to us “pave the way” ? is it natural, formal or correct?

  38. Hi Liz!I did my speaking today Nov.2 here in manila. I just want to share my experience with all of you guys!
    Part 1
    Are you working or studying?
    Do you like the environment at your work place?
    Do you want some improvements with your work place?
    Do you visit parks?When did you last visited a park?why?
    Do you prefer parks with open are or parks with leisure facilities?
    Part 2
    Talk about a complaint which gave you good results.
    Part 3
    Do you usually complain?
    Is it good for companies to have someone who will deal with these kinds of complaints?
    and a lot of questions if for example companies will benefit from these complaints?
    It is my 3rd attempt and it was quiet unexpected on my part to have an examiner who was quiet engaging in a conversation.He likes to throw a lot of arguments and discussions. I was also asked if i like to cook?when was the last time i cooked?do you prefer to dine in a restaurant or to cook?All in all it was nice, I even had a chat with one of the invigilator, it was so nice of her to do this even if it was not part of her job to take so that the test takers will feel comfortable and less anxious before doing the speaking exam.Liz, I hope that you’ll be able to read this. I’m really thankful for your efforts in helping a lot of students and for enabling us to use this website in preparing for the IELTS exam..Thanks a lot, May God Bless you and your family!THANK YOU!By the way I’m from the Philippines and I took academic module of British Council IELTS.Tomorrow is my written exam and hopefully this will be the last time that I will take the IELTS..Fingers crossed!😇

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 It makes such a difference to have a positive experience for the speaking test. I hope you did well. now it’s time to sleep and be ready for tomorrow. It’s a long test so make sure you are ready to concentrate – Good luck 🙂

  39. Pritesh Gondaliya says:

    I had a computer based exam today.

    Writing part #1: Shopping has become a favorite pastime among young people. Why do you think it is like that, and do you think they must be encouraged to do other things rather than shopping?

    Writing part #2: You decided to drive a bicycle to work and do not have parking space available.
    Write a letter to building manager
    Why you decided to use bicycle
    What is the problem
    Provide the solution

    Speaking part #2:
    Describe a party that you enjoyed.
    Where was it
    When was it
    How was it

    Part #3 party and leisure time related questions

    Thank You Liz it is nice to hve a such website where we can learn all the required skills.


    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 I’m glad you enjoy my website 🙂

    • Hi Pritesh,
      How did you find the Computer based test? I understand there are only 2 minutes to review the questions after the end of audio instead of 10 mins in the Paper based test.
      Is the time given to review the answers during the audio sufficient / more than that in the Paper based IELTS?
      How was the overall experience?

      • You need to understand the difference. In the paper based listening, you write your answers on the question paper. The extra 10 mins is to write them on the answer sheet and review them. In the computer based test, your answers are already written on the answer sheet – you don’t need to write them again. So the 2 mins is just to review them. It works out completely fairly. The timing will otherwise be the same as the paper based one.

  40. Truong Do Thao Ngoc says:

    Hey, just took speaking test today, writing, reading n listening yesterday (Nov 1). Here’re the topics (from what I remember lol):
    – Speaking: u live in a house or apartment? Will you move to another house/apartment in the future?
    What do you think of competitions? Do parents encourage their children to take part in competitions?
    Clue card: – competition u want to take part in
    – where? When?
    – what u need to do to win?
    – why u want to win?

    Do u think there r more pp in cities now? Do u like cities? can pp in less competitive environment come up with good ideas? Is winning important? Why do u want to take part in competitions?

    Reading: P1: mungo man/women (match letters to statements- whi claimed what + true/false/not given)
    P2: match headings + use vocabs from text to fill in gaps
    P3: answer questions, fill in gaps using words from text ( process map)

    Writing: P1: the bar charts below shows the distribution of employment among agriculture, technology (?), servies in 3 countries in 1980 n projected distribution of employment in 2020. ….
    P2: there r more cars n less bicycles now. Why pp use bicycle less? What measures can encourage pp to use bicycles?

  41. Emad Alzahrani says:

    My IELTS test was today !

    November 1, 2018
    Dammam, Saudi Arabia

    WT 1
    2 tables that show the average salary for graduates and non graduates in the UK from 2000 to 2010
    WT2Some people say supermarkets should have the responsibility to reduce the amount of packages for products they sell. others say it is responsibility of consumers by avoiding such products. Discuss both views and provide examples.

  42. Hello there,
    Thank you very much dear Liz for such a wonderful site.
    I would like to share my exam questions. I took the LRW part today.
    Task 2; Television and social media provide common man a chance to become famous?
    Is this a negative or positive trend?
    Task 1: letter to council for dirty street, it’s causes, affect of people n solution.
    Speaking cue card about a special dress and discussion questions were about fashion industry, and globalisation impact on fashion.

  43. Hi Liz,

    Thank you so much for your contribution in improving our English.

    I got an information on oct 29th 7:50 pm regarding scheduled speaking test date. I was not having much time to prepare for the speaking test.

    I completed my speaking test(academic) on oct 31st 2018 at 11:00 A.M in bangalore.
    I was a bit nervous during the test and my performance was not as i excepted. During the second part, she gave a cue card and asked me to wait till i get pemission from her for preparation. I was waiting for her response. Since i was not getting any response from her, I just though like something was wrong and she was checking.(May be i understood her words wrongly). Suddenly, she asked me to speak about the topic. I was frightened and spoke something related to topic.

    The questions i was aksed are mentioned below.

    Where do you live at present?
    Do you like your surroundings?
    Describe your surroundings?
    Any parks near your area?
    How often you go to parks?
    Why do you people go to parks?
    What improvement have to be done for parks?


    Describe a person who actively participate in environmental improvement?
    How do you know?
    What is your relation with him?
    Describe his contribution for environment?


    Kids role in environment
    Industries role in environment
    Common man role in environment
    Schools role in environment
    Do you think industries should concern about waste management for their growth?

    The moment when i entered the room, everything i planned to speak was vanished. I think, this was happend due to lack of practice.
    Had there been a more practice i would have performed well.

    I am going to take LRW test on Nov 3rd. Please pray for me to excel in the exam.


    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 In part 2, as soon as you get the topic, pen and paper, you must start preparing. You never need to wait. The examiner will tell you when to start speaking, not when to start preparing. Nerves are always difficult to control in test conditions, which is why some people do the test twice because they are more relaxed the second time.
      Good luck on the 3rd Nov 🙂 Get my Advanced Lessons for Writing Task 2 if you can, they are at 50% discount at the moment: http://subscriptions.viddler.com/IELTSLizStore

  44. Juliana Brenande says:

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    31 oct

    Topic 1:
    Where do you live?
    Why do you enjoy living there?

    More fashion or more practical
    How often do you buy it
    Shopping online

    Do you go and why?
    Prefere Parks with leisure facilities or just green area ?

    Topic 2: complaints
    Describe a time you had to complain about something
    When, why, what…
    Do you often complain?

    Topic 3: About complaints
    Younger or Older people complain more?
    Do they complain about the same things?
    Why Companies should listen to complaints?

  45. Hi Liz,
    I done with my speaking today and LRW done on 27th, Oct 2018.
    LRW details mentioned above so not repeating, as they were exactly same for me.

    Speaking G-31 Oct
    Name.. location details…. study or work details
    What kind of movies u like with whom u like to watch
    What kind of shoes flat or high hills
    Part Ii
    Indoor and outdoor study places
    description, why n what
    Part III
    Why different places to study
    Good to take break in study
    Do u thing study patterns change over the period
    What’s good class room study or online
    Advantages and disadvantages of group study

    Crossing fings for targeted band this time.
    This was my 2nd attempt for IELTS
    A big thank you for your guidance and tips available on this site, really appreciate your work and it helped me a lot in my studies.

  46. sharmila dsouza says:

    Hello everyone,
    I have benefited immensely from this website, its a great resource for IELTS preparation. IT covers every aspect of the test. Thank you Liz for this wonderful online service!

    I gave my speaking test on 27th October 2018, in Mumbai (India)
    Sharing my inputs to the best of my knowledge

    Are you working or studying?
    Where do you work/study?
    How is your work environment?
    What would you like to change about your workplace?
    Do you like paintings?
    What kind of paintings do you like ? and Why?
    Do you have any pictures at home?
    How often do you cook?
    Do you prefer home cooked food or outside food?
    Describe any recent happy event

    Cue Card Section:
    Talk about a foreign language you would like to learn (other than English)
    – how did you come to know about it?
    – how would it be useful?
    – How do you plan to learn it ?
    – Explain how difficult it would be to learn it

    Sec 3
    do you think that one understands a culture better if they know the language?
    Does a persons language define their culture?
    do you think it will be difficult for someone to understand a culture if they did`nt know the language ?
    do some people learn languages faster than others ? if so why?

    That is pretty much everything i can remember.

    All the best! Eagerly awaiting my results 🙂

  47. Santi Thomas says:

    Task 2 writing 27th October 2018
    Many sports players advertised in sports products.
    Do you think advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
    Speaking Qcard
    A good law in your country?
    What’s the law?
    How do you know about it?
    Is it good for society?
    Second part?
    Do you think people comply with the laws?
    Is it good to break the law?
    Why do you think people break the law?
    Most famous sport in your country?
    Who is your favourite player and why?

  48. Hi Liz,

    I gave my IELTS (General) on October 27th in Gurugram, India. Want to post a few observations:

    1. Listening Section

    There were a lot of recalls in the first set of questions on a topic related to registration for a swimming class. In the same section, the telephone number of participant’s parent was spoken out very fast.

    Subsequently, questions came in very quickly in a topic related to the publishing industry in Australia. Also, there was a MAP related question around orientation being given to new hires for a home decor store – this was easier. Thanks to your valuable tips, I think I was able to do well in this section – tip on keeping an eye on the next questions and preparing the questions came in real handy.

    2. Reading Section

    The section started with a set of small advertisements followed by questions related to identifying the adverts for relevant information being asked in the questions – these were easy to catch.

    Subsequently, there was a section on the Job description for the position of Media Assistant (Not sure if I remember the Job title correctly). Examinees were given a T/F/NG kind of question to respond. Although the section was straightforward one question puzzled me – the comprehension mentioned ‘the role requires ‘publishing’ training material for other employees – one of the questions asked if the JD required preparing documents – this was a classic example of very subtle paraphrasing which I could not have caught if I messed out on your training videos – Thanks again!

    Long Comprehension consisted of a very good read on the famous Botanist ‘Douglas Fir’. The paragraph required a quick skim of the entire paragraph following which an examinee should have answered the last set of questions. I witnessed a new type of question here – How many times did Douglas Fir return to England – This required reading the entire para very carefully and identifying the trap where Douglas tried returning to England for the second time and almost got killed when his canoe met with an accident – there was no way an examinee could have gotten this right unless he read the paragraph with interest and in great detail!

    3. Writing Section

    Task 1: Letter to the editor asking for help in the address of a person who was recently covered in an article (the published person seems to be your childhood friend). Task expected user to ask for the address of the person, suggesting the Editor on how he could help the examinee in connecting with the published person and why would the examinee want to connect with the person)

    Task 2: People’s belief Essay on spending heavily on weddings and vice versa – discussing both views and giving your opinion.

    Spoken Exam: Scheulded to happen on the 30th of October.

    Thanks you so much for the wonderful resources on your Blog – Hope I get my desired score of all 8s in this attempt!


    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 The reading question is a short answer question. Many people think that all answers for the reading test are contained in just one sentence in the passage. However, many of the questions require you to identity the location of the answer and then read around that area – which means reading the whole paragraph carefully. It sounds like that was a tough question. Good luck tomorrow! Be chatty, friendly and open 🙂

    • Md Mahbubur Rahman says:

      Hi there,
      How was your speaking yesterday? Hope It did a great job. However, would you mind sharing your speaking topic, please and thank you?

    • akindammie says:

      this is extremely insightful. i have a lot to prepare for just reading this. i have an expected test on the 1st of dec (general option). i hope to have 8s.. thanks again

      • MD SHIFUL ISLAM says:

        In IELTS speaking test examiner will provide only one topic for Q Card? No alternates for choosing? I am fresh interested to attend IELTS General exam but I feel my english language is very poor standard, if you have any suggestions for beginners, that will highly appreciated,

        • You cannot change any topic given to you in the IELTS speaking test. There is only one cue card given with one topic on it.

  49. Madhur Modi says:

    Exam Dtae: 29th October, Pune , Hotel Mint

    Hi Folks,

    I am just now done with my Speaking Test.

    I was told to speak on following topics:

    1) Tell me about yourself
    2) Where are you from?
    3) Tell me about your work?
    4) What changes you would like to see in your work and why?
    5) Tell me about any recognition or reward you got recently?
    6) Do you like movies?
    7) why do you like movies?
    8) with whom you and why?

    Part 2: Tell me about any teenager you know
    1) Who is he?
    2) why u like him?
    3) What interest he has?

    Part 3: what is the difference between child and teenager
    what you feel what kind of attitude they possess? and what was the difference few decades ago?
    What do u think how school is helping them to grow?
    what kind of activities they can learn from school?

    apart from sports do u think they learn something else in schools?

    What we should do to encourage our children about society?

    Madhur Modi

  50. Hi liz. Thanks for your help in my ielts exams.
    I gave my listening, reading and writing yesterday in Karachi pakistan. Here is the essay for writing task 2.

    Some famous sports players advertise sport products.

    Does the advantage out weigh the disadvantage??

    Can you please tell me what exactly are they asking for? I got confused regarding this.
    Thanks alot.

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 The “outweigh” essay is asking for your opinion which you have to explain. I provide full training for this essay type in my Advanced Video Lesson for Writing Task 2 about “Advantages & Disadvantages” which you can find on this page: http://subscriptions.viddler.com/IELTSLizStore

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