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  1. I have just completed my speaking part today
    part 1
    house-where do u live?in future would you live in a house or apartment
    magazine- during childhood what did you read megazine or comic
    email-do u send much email?which media u prefer mobile or email?what is its future
    cue card : favourite piece of clothes
    part 3: why shipping is popular
    who shop more youngster or older
    online shipping usefulness
    people go for shopping parents or friend
    part 1 and 2 were quiet satisfactory but in part 3 the examiner stopped me several time,I couldn’t give any further explanation.just gave 2/3 line answer for each and confused in one question.The whole conversation lasted only for 15 min.the examiner was in a hurry
    would it effect my score to get 7. dear liz

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 The IELTS speaking test lasts between 11 and 14 mins – not longer and not short than that.

  2. Module Type = General Training
    Date = 23-06-2017
    Location = United Arab Emirates

    Part 1
    Do you live in a house or an apartment?
    What do you like about it?
    Do you like to travel in bus
    How often do you travel by bus
    What is better, travelling through the underground train or bus?
    In future, do you see yourself using the bus more often or not?
    How should the government in your country improve the bus system?
    Do you like pop stars, who is your favorite?
    Have you met a pop star in person?
    Do you prefer going to a live concert or listening to a recording?
    Would you like to be a pop star, give reasons for your choice?

    Part 2
    Describe a piece of cloth that you like?
    How did you get it?
    Do you often wear it?
    Why do you like it?

    Part 3
    How often do you buy clothes?
    Do you like to buy clothes for your friends?
    How do people dress for formal occasions in your country?
    Do clothes define us a person?
    How does the fashion industry benefit from any change in fashion trends?
    Do you prefer buying clothes online, give reasons?
    Are there significant differences in the types of clothes available to men and women?

    I found my examiner to be quite friendly which put me at ease during the test. In the beginning, he apologized for not being able to pronounce my name correctly. He shared that usually he tries his level best to pronounce Asian names correctly even though they may be difficult because he is not familiar with them.
    During the conversation, he kept adding his views as well. For example,
    “I usually target a stay of 10 minutes in a shop if i want to buy some clothes.”

    In the end, he shared that overall I had done very well. He found some of my ideas to be quite funny because I was saying them from the heart. I shall do fine in the test if i can replicate the same ideas in the writing module.The only aspect that I should focus on improving is the pronunciation.

    Liz, I had used your website for preparation. It helped me a lot considering the limited time I get to study and practice for IELTS.
    Tomorrow, I shall be sitting for the remaining three modules. Lets hope they go well like the speaking test today.

  3. Eduardo says:

    Good evening,

    I have been following your lessons for a while. I found this blog really useful for everyone, and you do not charge us, Thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge with the world.

    Speaking part I
    Do you work or study?
    What is your favorite pop star?
    Would you like to be a pop star?
    Do you talk to your neighboors?
    Have you ever been helped by your neighboors?

    Speaking part II:
    Speak about a conversation you had with a person you did not know (a stranger)

    When did this happen?
    What was the conversation about?

    Speaking part III:

    Do you think people talk with strangers about personal problems?
    Why do you think some people do not like to talk about their problems?
    Have social networks have become more popular now?
    Why older people do not like to use social networks?

    When I have my writing exam, I will share with you my questions.


  4. Hi Liz, Hi everyone,

    I had my speaking test today.

    Module: Academic
    Date: 22nd June 2017
    Location: Mauritius

    Part 1
    Questions about where I live, how is my house, where is it situated
    Questions about my favourite colour, is it the same since my childhood, what is the colour among my friends actually
    Questions about chocolate, if I like it, how often I eat it, did I eat more chocolate as a child, why do people like eating chocolate

    Part 2
    Describe a place you go to relax
    -where is that place
    -when do you go there
    -why do you enjoy this place

    Rounding off question:
    When was the last time you went to the seaside?

    Part 3
    What are other means of relaxing
    Is leisure a priority in people’s life
    Do people have more leisure now than in the past

    That’s all I can remember. I hope for the best.

    To all of you: Good Luck.


  5. Exam date: 22.06.2017
    Module: General Training

    I had my speaking test today morning and below are the questioned I have remembered …

    Part one : -about house I live
    -future house I would like to live
    -about favorite pop star
    -would you like to meet a pop star for real
    -would you like to become a pop star
    -do you like going to live concert or listen to CD at home
    -about email
    -how often you use email
    -would you prefer telephone conversation or emailing better
    -benifits of conversations face to face or via internet

    Part two : Describe a person who you met recently that you don’t know and would like to meet in the future
    Describe who this person is
    What did you talk
    Why you want to meet that person again

    Part 3 : questions related to social media and future generation
    How the older generation adapts to social media

    Overall the speaking test was fine for me… hope for the better results…! Thanks liz for your site and lessons… looking forward to do the LRW tests on 24th June
    Appreciate again for the advanced writing lessons as well…!!


    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 I’m really glad you liked my advanced writing lessons 🙂

      • Liz the interviewer asked me difficult questions on a particular topic (sports) . Both Part 2 and 3 was on sports, it was evident i was struggling with the topic but still decided to ask me more on it.
        Speaking Part 1 – where i live, where i come from, what i use emails for,
        Part 2 & 3 – Describe a sport I enjoy watching, do i think professional players deserve their pay, why? , Is sports competitive now a days?, Do i agree sports has become very competitive for children, Sports has become too commercialized do I agree, How to raise awareness for the youth to engage in sports, How has sports evolved. That’s all i could remember.

  6. Hi Liz

    Thanks for creating such a wonderful page . I prepared for my exam from your website only. I had my speaking today in Melbourne, Australia. It was good, as i prepared for cue card topics from recent question page. An i got one similar topic.

    Part 1
    Related to work, celebrations
    Part 2
    A happy experience when you were a child.
    Part 3
    Questions related to birthday celebrations, memories, why its important to remember birthdays and important dates, how adult memories are different from a child memory, how you celebrate birthday, at what age a person start memorising things and how it differs from others.

    Examiner stoppd me after exact 2 min and i just started explaining my happy experience after explaining the main situation.

    I hope she give me good score.
    I will post questions of other part of test after 24 June.
    And would like to say others practice from the tips given on this page. It really helps.

    Thanks again Liz😊😊

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 Good luck with your results 🙂

    • Hi Karan, Thanks for sharing the questions. I would like to connect you to get more information about IELTS Melbourne, as I am also going to appear for it soon. Will it be possible for you to share your contact detail ( like Skype ID, email, Twitter, G+)?
      my email ID:
      Thanks to Liz also for this beautiful platform.

  7. 21/06/2017
    Part one-about my apartment
    Where would you like to live in the future in a house or an apartment
    Part two – sunny day
    Do you like sunny days
    Where would you like to go on a sunny day
    Part three- talk about an important invention
    Do u think anything better should come in the future
    Hi Liz! Thankyou for all your teachings. The part one and two was amazing jus got a little confused in part three I hope that won’t matter much… Hoping for the best! Thankyou

  8. Filexandre Barcelona says:

    Hi Liz,
    Thank you for the tips and suggestions. I really do wish I could give you something, to show that I truly appreciate your help. I had great time yesterday and was surprised when the examiner said that the exam has concluded. I had that feeling that I wanna talk more because the questions were very interesting, although the least that I expected. I just want to share the questions during my spaeking test and I hope many candidates will get high marks.
    Part1. Random (city life, travel, marine biodiversity and politics)
    Part 2
    Describe a disagreement that you had with another person. You should say

    – who the other person was
    – what the disagreement was about
    – how you resolved it
    – and what the result was.
    Part 3
    -importance of personal values in decision making and what factors need to be considered before making huge decisions.
    – The relevance of “disagreement” in modern society
    -disagreement between people who have had political and ideologic agenda.
    -influence of media in compounding the rhetorical approach of government leaders in modern society

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 It’s great when a student can relax during the test and enjoy the topics. Many of the topics are really interesting to talk about. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you do well 🙂

  9. Katy Richardson says:

    Hi Liz and students!
    I’m an IELTS teacher and one of my students has taken the test twice recently and had a very odd question both times. She said it was after her long turn speaking (part 2), and it sounded like “Do you know which place has the same age?”
    For the life of me, I can’t think what this question could have been. Any ideas?
    Thank you!

    • It sounds like your student can’t remember the question exactly which is why it doesn’t make sense. Also it needs to be shown in the context of the speaking part 2 topic. After speaking part 2, there are usually one or two “rounding off questions” which are related to the topic. They are aimed to help the student unwind before tackling the big part 3 questions. I get a lot of students writing in questions that they have only remembered with 75% accuracy. Without seeing the full question, it’s hard to help them.

  10. Reported by Charlie Brown:
    Date: 18th of June, 2017
    Location : Tokyo
    Hi, Liz ! Thank you so much for your free lesson ! I can’t describe how much I thank you !
    Here is the questions of speaking test which I took 18th of June, 2017

    Date: 18th of June, 2017
    Location : Tokyo

    Section 1:
    •Do you work or study ?
    •What do you study about ?
    •What do you usually do after class ?
    About robot
    •Are you interested in robot ?
    •Did you watch robot animation when you were child ?
    •Do you think you can travel with robot driving car?
    About public trnsportation
    •Do you think people will use more public transportation than now in future ?
    •Is it easy to get your college by public transportation ?

    •Describe about what place do you like that is quiet
    •Where is it ?
    •Whan do you go there ?
    •Expalin about the place

    Section3 :
    •Are you comfortable with no back ground music or no noise situation ?
    •How important the quietness for all ages ?
    •Why do people study at cafeteria with background music rather than study at quiet place such as library ?
    •Why do shops or cafeteria play music ?
    •Is noise serious problem in the most of cities ?
    •Do you think government need to do something for city noise problem?

    That is questions I remember !
    Again thank you so much for your lessons ! I still wait for my result but I feel much better than previous exam , all thanks to you Liz 💕

  11. Monysh Bandeally says:

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    Hi Liz,

    Finally got my results for the exam on 13 May…they were withheld till now..

    Listening: 9.0
    Reading: 9.0
    Writing: 7.0
    Speaking: 7.5
    Overall: 8.0

    Just wanted to thank you a million. Your videos and techniques were really helpful to increase my score from 6 in reading to 9 this time round. Many thanks for your guidance. Stay blessed.

  12. Hi dear Liz,

    Many thanks for all your supports & really helpful tips, lessons and practices. I’ve learnt a lot from you and I’m grateful for finding your amazing YouTube channel a few months ago.
    I had my academic exam on 17th June 2017
    At London – Hammersmith centre

    Writing Task 1: 2 pie charts comparing the qualifications of a company’s workforces in 1980 & 2008 in 3 categories of PhD, masters and first degree
    Writing Task 2: some countries show their criminal trials on tv for people to watch.
    Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
    Part1: what’s your full name, where are you from? 5 questions about hometown + 5 household chores + 5 going out for vacation… more than 15 questions!!!
    Que card: a famous person you wish to be like him/her
    What do you know about her/him before became famous?
    When did you first know him/her?
    Explain why you wish to be like him her?
    Part3: celebrities / society/ fans and followers/ their private life
    I don’t know why she asked me more than 15 q in part 1 ! I was really relax, I talked as long as she stopped me for the next one and answered well, though. In part 3 she just asked 2 questions!

  13. Rubi Dhungel says:

    JUNE 17, UK
    TASK 1: should criminal trial televised? do you think advantages of this outweigh its disadvantage?

    For me it was challenging. because i was not aware of criminal trial term in detail.
    Please liz, i would like you to request if you can help all Ielts takers by writing essay on this topic.

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 I’ll post a model answer for this essay tomorrow – keep your eyes open for the post 🙂

      • Rubi Dhungel says:

        Thank you liz for the essay. I am pleased to read it and definitely will answer well this type of question in future.

  14. Hi liz, hope you’re enjoying the nice weather.😊
    Oxford, 17/6/17
    Academic, writing 1&2
    •Two pie charts comparing qualifications of graduates in an engineering company in 1998 and 2008.

    •In some countries,some criminal trial in law courts are shown on television so that the general public can watch.
    Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?


    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 I will post a model essay for your writing task 2 question tomorrow – so look out for it 🙂

  15. Karshigul says:

    Academic test.

    Listening :
    1)library membership. filling the blank
    2)about make-overs. multiple choice
    3) conversation between students presentation on salt consumption. multiple choice
    4)lecture about a bird. filling the blank

    Reading :
    1)magnetic treatment .
    matching headings.
    summary fill
    2)about employers helping their employees in
    private life.
    Matching information in
    paragraphs, gap fill, multiple choice
    Y/n/n.g questions. Summary fill.

    Writing :
    Task 1: 2 charts shows Australian hotel rooms cost and occupied percentage. Small and larger 3 , 4 , 5 star hotels.
    Task 2: All business should provide sport and social facilities to local communities.
    To what extent do you agree or disagree?

    Speaking :
    1)Do you live in house or apartment?
    About birthdays
    About politeness
    2) Describe a piece of clothes you like
    3) About clothes .
    What is the difference between clothes of men and women?
    Shopping clothes online?
    Is it useful?

  16. 17/06/17
    Task 1: two pie charts depicting three levels of educations i.e. First, masters and PhD for science and arts of graduates in an engineering company in 1980 and 2008.
    Task 2: does the pros of showing criminal trials on tv outweigh the cons? Your opinion?

    Part 1: general questions then 1- what you do after school? , questions on television, how much you watch, if you have started watching more tv in recent times or not, did you often watch tv in childhood?
    Cue card: a cafe you visited
    Part 3: whether people should live isolated?
    Do you think you should visit people’s home to know them better?
    Should people live in tall buildings?

    Mam, My speaking test went ok, I spoke till 2 mins and she stopped me herself, I don’t think I did any mistakes in part 1, but I’m part 3, for the last question I had no idea to speak and I gave an awkward answer, and examiner expression changed completely, i was not fluent for that question, i am feeling bad about it, how much will it affect my score?

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 Your score is marked based on your overall performance – not one or two questions.

  17. Hi everyone,

    June 17th, 2017.
    IELTS Academic.
    Vancouver, Canada.

    Section 1
    A phone call between a man and a woman. The woman is seeking information to find out what is the closest library to where she and her family just moved to. She inquires about the opening and closing times, what type of clubs and amenities are available for her children and also what the library has to offer for people of her age.

    Section 2
    A report on the background information on the fairy tern bird. Questions are in relation to the type of habitat it lives in, it’s predators and what is causing the number of this type of bird to decrease.

    Section 3
    A woman is getting a personal shopper. What changes does the personal shopper make? What did the woman gain from the personal shopper?

    Section 4
    Match the description to the name of the big retail stores given, by hearing what they have to offer to their customers.


    Task 1:
    2 bar charts based on the Australian hotels for one month in 2009. One shows the cost per night for a room and the other shows the percentage of rooms that were occupied during this month. You are asked to explain the bar chat.

    Task 2:
    All large companies should provide sports and social facilities to the local community. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Discuss and explain your idea’s and reasons.

    My listening is not until later this afternoon and I cannot remember the reading all too well as it was one of the first parts of the assessment. I just vaguely remember it was in relation to magnetic therapy and scientific studies.

    I hope this helps someone out there. I know that this website really helped me prepare for my IELTS. Thank you very much for creating this website, Liz.


      What type of house do you live in?
      Do you like living there?
      What do you like about living there?
      Do you have a favorite pop star?
      Why are they your favorite pop star?
      Would you prefer to see your favorite pop star live in concert or on a CD?
      Why do you prefer that?
      Can you explain a person you work/study with? Talk about them for 1-2 minutes and explain what it is like to work/study with this person? What have you gained from working/studying with this person and are they easy to work/study with them all the time?
      Have you ever bought something because you saw it on an AD?
      What do you think of advertising?
      Do you think it’s necessary?
      How do you feel when you are on the internet searching and an AD pops up?
      Do you think that nurses are underpaid?
      Do you think they should get paid more?
      What kind of traits do you have to have when working in a position like that?
      Can you explain a time where you had to be caring?
      How can others help each other?
      Can you think of any part of society that is not being helped right now?
      How could people help them?
      Do you think the media influences people when it comes to caring?
      Can you think of a way in how you could teach small children how important it is to help and care?

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂

  18. Test date : 17 June 2017
    Location : Indonesia (Birtish Council)
    Module : Academic

    – Listening : it was about father who want to book a party for his children (and I forget about the others)

    – writing :
    Task 1 line graph : the precentage of world population using 5 types of Information and Communication technology (ICT) (mobile/cell phones, broadband, wifi, internet, lupa satu lagi)
    Task 2 : adventages and disadvantages of space travel development.

    I will take the speaking test tomorrow. Wish me luck 😊

  19. Jaspreet says:

    i have seen all of your videos and i prepared about only 15 days for my test . My ielts test goes very well because of you .

  20. Many thanks for making your advanced lessons so affordable! All of the topics are presented so clear and I find them so useful. Thank you so much once again for dedication and professional training you are offering to all of us!
    I’m retaking my test in a week aiming for 7.5 and hopefully I will make it this time thanks to your help <3 I will let you know in comments about my results so it motivates other students to work even harder.
    So generous giving all these materials I just want you to know your hard work is highly appreciated! <3

  21. I had my exam today 17 June 2017
    Writing task 1:
    The amount of energy generated by wind for four countries ( Germany , Denmark, US, India) between 1980 and 2000.
    Writing task 2:
    By 2050 there will be no teacher student classroom
    To what extent do you agree or disagree. Write from you own experience.

    Reading topics:
    About Botany
    Job satisfaction in England
    About psychology ( your own believe about your self and how others see you )

    Speaking :

    Are a student or do you work ?

    The main question (describe a cafe you went to ? What you ate? Why you like it ?

    Do you believe urban city life harder than small cities ? Why?
    Is it possible to arrange “me time ” while being in a a big city?

    Why do think it is important to have your family and friends close to you?

    That’s all I can remember..Thank you Liz

  22. Taslima Begum says:

    June 17,2017, Venue Bangladesh Dhaka
    Writing Task 2
    A typical situation teaching profession and students are not exit in classroom by in 2050, what extent do you agree or disagree.

  23. Supreet Kaur says:

    Today,17th june 2017, i had my speaking exam at Jalandhar, Punjab. My general questions were about shoes and transportation. Cue card was about a café you like. I talked about CCD i.e café coffee day for 1 minute continuosly without any pause. But i have a doubt that at the and i said that there is one thing which i dont like about that café is that the seating area is very congested and as i am a regular customer i have given them suggestion to make it more spacious. Is it ok?? Will it reduce my marks??

    • Supreet Kaur says:

      I was so excited prior to the start of the test i told the examiner that i am very glad to see a female examiner as in my previous test the examiners have been males so i wanted to hv a female as my examiner. She didnt reacted much and recording was not started yet. I know it was so silly of me. Do you think it will decrease my marks?

      • Thanks for sharing. You are only marked on the English language you produce – nothing more.

        • Supreet Kaur says:

          Thankyou for replying and there was one question in which the examiner asked me that do you think humans were designed to live in cities among the strangers?
          I answered that i dont think so because cities came into developement at very later stages of civilization moreover it can be seen that people usually dont indulge much with strangers as compared to the familiar people may be this is their human instinct and they are designed in that way. Is it wrong?

          • You are not marked on your ideas. There is no wrong or right. The examiner will only mark your fluency, grammar, vocab and pronunciation.

  24. Speaking (Academic)
    June 17, 2017
    part 1:
    what do you do? do you work or you’re a student?
    do you read magazines? then follow up questions about magz
    do you know your neighbors?
    do you prefer younger or older neighbors?
    how neighbors can help you…

    describe a website from the internet that is useful and make you do things.
    what it is
    when do you use it
    when did you know about this website
    ***I forgot about the last question

    part 3:
    more on general questions like the use of internet (advantages and disadvantages)
    if you’re not having internet do you consider it a social disadvantage?
    do you think internet will replace books in the future?
    what can you say about magazines in the internet? do you read them?
    do you read comics?
    how do you see TV shows as entertainment?
    which is better when it comes to entertainment TV or internet?

    very random 😀

  25. I just finished my writing exam which was an academic module in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    Date: 17/06/2017

    Task 1:
    The graph shows the amount of energy generated by wind in four different countries by a period from 1980 to 2000.

    Task 2:
    The teaching situation of teacher and students in a classroom will no longer be exist by the year 2050.
    To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

    At least this is what I remember. Good luck everyone and many thanks to you Liz.

  26. Module – GT
    Test Date – 03 June 2017

    Speaking questions were as follows:

    1) have u spend time with a child
    2) who is this child. How is child related?
    3) what u both do when together

    Q) do u think technology has taken over playtime nowadays?
    Q) how different is children’s play compared to olden days
    Q) who is responsible

  27. Liz,

    I had my exam on 3/6/2017 in US and here are the writing and speaking questions.
    Part 1: You are leaving the country and moving back to your home country. Write a letter to your friend regarding the furniture that you would like to give away. Your letter should include:
    explain why you wan to give away furniture
    describe furniture that you want to give away
    explain why your friend will like it

    Part 2: Public celebrations(festivals, national day) are held in some countries. Some people think that they are very expensive and government should spend money on some other important issues. Do you agree or disagree?
    I got 7.5 in writing and my husband got 7.
    Part 1: about my self(working or studying), which Household I like to do, which househole I dont like to do?

    Part 2: mobile phone are not allowed in some places. Describe a event when you were not allowed to use a mobile phone. Your answer should include following point:
    where you were not allowed to use mobile phones
    why you wanted to use it
    how did you feel since you could not use it

    Part 3: all the questions related to technology and children using them. Do you think children should not be allowed to use gadgets like mobiles, tablets? how government and companies contribute to limit the use of mobile phones? and so on…

    My husband got the topic of dream in part 2. describe a dream you recently saw.
    Me and my husband both got 8.5 in speaking.

    • Thanks for sharing and very well done with your score !! Great results 🙂

      • Hi
        I am Pyay Oo May from Myanmar. Today 17/06/2017, I had listening , reading and writing test.
        I’d like to share writing questions.
        Task 1
        Line graph with 5 different types of Information and Connmunication Technology ICT
        Broadband ( not sure)
        4 lines are upward trends
        Internet is a significant increase
        Landline decrease
        between 1998 & 2008 (X axis)
        % population of ICT use (Y axis)

        Task 2
        Space travel has been possible and some say that space tourism may probably developed in the future.

  28. Kalaivanee Kopula Ramsekar says:

    Hi Liz,

    Your videos greatly helped me and improved my score. My IELTS score are :
    Listening : 8.5
    Reading : 8
    Writing : 7
    Speaking :7

    I achieved my band score of what i aimed for.


  29. Hi Liz,

    I would like to thank you very much for your sessions and tips in the website.
    I had my IELTS General Training test on June 3rd in New Jersey , USA . Today i got my results and the score is below

    Listening : 7.5
    Reading : 9.0
    Writing : 6.5
    This is the second time i am taking the exam and everytime i am scoring 6.5 in writing . My aim is to score 7+ in writing but not sure where i am failing . Could you please help me on this ? Planning to take test again in July.

  30. Academic (India)15/06/17
    Part 1
    Do u work or study?
    Which subjects u studied in ur bachelors?
    What is the use of ur subject in future?
    Which subject u like the most ?
    Part 2
    Tell me a crowd place you have Been to ?
    Where it is?
    With whom u visited that place?
    Why it is so crowded?
    How u felt after being there?
    Part 3
    Do all people like to visit crowded places?
    What is the use of historic places?
    Is that important to stand in long que to visit a historic place ?
    What are advantages and disadvantages of visiting crowded place ?
    Which places do young people like to visit often?
    Do U ever brought a thing by watching adverts?
    How you feel when adverts pop up on your computer screen?
    How you feel when you watch adverts on apartment and walls?

  31. I have completed my IELTS Speaking test by today in ANAND (AC-BRITISH)
    Part 1 : Quite easy related home , sunny dayes & swimming
    Part 2: Quite difficult : Describe an lexicography event which u have enjoyed in your college
    mam , i know the meaning of lexicography so i spoke up to 1.15 min than i stopped. and afetr examiner asked 3 question on foreign language.
    Part 3: politeness based question
    !! overall performance nice !! but i confused in task 2 ? guide me.

  32. Nadine Njoum says:

    Academic; 17 June 2017

    I had my speaking test today; the questions of the first part came general about household works; what i love and what i hate
    Cue Card: talk about the most polite person you have met; who is this person; how well you know him/her; and what thing he/she does that makes you think he/she is polite
    part three : questions about politeness and respect

  33. Academic, 14/06, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    Speaking test
    PART 1:
    Do you live in a house or apartment?
    Describe your dream house
    Politeness: are people from your country polite? Do you think family infuences wether people are polite? do you think young people are becoming less polite? why?
    Food: Do you eat fruits? Which ones? Have you ever tried cooking with fruits?

    Describe a time when you moved to a new house or changed school
    When, Where, How you felt, Who you moved with

    Are children more prepared for changes than adults?
    Education and success: is education necessary to be successful ?
    Stress and changes: if a person changes work would there be an impact on their family/personal life

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Marko Espinoza says:

      Do you remember any questions for the writing?
      Regards .Marko

      • I will be taking the other sections on Saturday. I will post the questions during the weekend.

      • 17/06
        Academic. Buenos Aires (Argentina)
        Task1: 2 bar charts, one stating the price per night in different types of hotels (3star, 4star,5 star) with a further divison between small and large hotels. The other bar chart had the same group categories but showed percentage of visitors.

        Task2: Large companies should provide sports and social facilities to small communities. Do you agree or disagree.

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    • Hey Liz,

      Firstly, would like to thank you for the impressive exerted efforts.
      I have taken the IELTS on May 20th, 2017. Unfortunately, the result was not up to the requested band.
      Listening 8.5
      Reading 7
      Speaking 7
      Writing 5.5

      Do you think purchasing the lessons will help me go through? I am setting the exam again by June 17th.

      Thanks for your advice.

      • Yes, I’m sure they will. Getting band 7 in speaking shows that your level of English is fine. So, the problem in writing will be related to your techniques and understanding of the requirements of the test. So, getting my advanced lessons will help solve that problem. However, you must always remember that you should aim for accuracy in your writing, in terms of English language. Avoid errors at all costs. Don’t aim to impress the examiner, aim for accuracy.

      • you result also make me feel bad bro , you just need to do is that do not go off from topic and developing idea otherwise you are good at in ENGLISH

  35. Fakhriw says:

    Hi Liz, Thanks a lot for your website.
    IELTS Academic on 17.06.17 in Uzbekistan
    Speaking was today
    cue card: according to the question (describe a time when you received something free ?exp gifts, products and etc)
    I spoke about a useful free advise
    is it out of topic or right answer?

  36. Academic
    Perth, WA

    Had my speaking test today, these are the bits which I remember:

    Part 0:
    1. Do you work or are you a student?
    2. Do you get much free time?

    Part 1:
    1. Do you remember any dreams that you have had?
    2. Would you like to learn more about dream?

    Part 2: Cue card
    Describe a house/apartment that you found interesting
    (I was a bit taken aback when I got cut off by the examiner during this part. I thought I hadn’t covered much of the topic. But I must qualify she apologised for it at the end of the whole session. I’m hoping it’s just because she was sufficiently convinced with regards to my speaking ability and wanted to move on, and not because she was bored 🙁

    Part 3:
    1. Do you think it is better to live in the country or in the city? (I revisited your video about Country VS City living, just last night!)
    2. What type of housing do most people in your country live in?
    3. Do you think that the government should provide housing for the needy?

    All in all, it was a pleasant session. Examiner was very friendly. I just hope I get that 8 that I desperately need! 1 down, 3 more tests to go!

    I cannot thank you enough Liz! You are absolutely brilliant!

    Good luck everyone!

  37. Hi Liz,

    I had my GT Speaking Exam in April.
    Below are some of the questions asked.

    1)What kind of house do you live in? Is that a apartment or independent house?What can you see outside the window? etc.
    2)How do you plan your day? Do you forget the things or important dates? How do you ensure not to forget?
    3) Describe a situation when you forgot a meeting with a friend or occassion and how did you handle the situation?
    4)Tell me something about Bags? What kind of bags to you like to carry and Why?
    5)Why do people like to know about their ancestors? and how do they do that and why?

  38. Marko Espinoza says:

    London, 8 of June 2017
    Speaking, normal question about yourself. Do you work or study? Where are you from? Are people in your country polite? Can you mention when you have been polite? Cue card: Do you have any industry or big company where you live?What do they do? How many people are employed? The last section was regarding employment in my country. Is it difficult to find a job in your country? Is it dangerous to work in your country?
    Best wishes Marko

    • Thanks for sharing, Marko 🙂

      • Marko Espinoza says:

        Hi, Thank you for creating this website. Finally, there is someone who can explain clearly how the examiner assesses your exam.
        London 8 of June 2017. Academic
        There were two pie charts. The first about the reasons why employees wanted to learn languages( holiday travel, business, personal interest) and the other regarding the prefer time they chose to study( part time, full time, weekends or weekdays)
        The second task was about work. In developed countries, people work long hours to increase production. Do you think does affect the quality of life? What extend do you agree?
        Regards. Marko

      • hii mam.. my brother had completed his exam on 3rd june ..and his speking topic is describe a shop that has opened in yr hometown..n intro que was on robotic and transportation..sorry for being late ..

    • How about the listening parts

  39. Academic ielts exam
    june 8, 2017
    Manila, Philippines

    part 1
    where do you live? is it a good place to live in? are you planning to stay there for a long time? what is interesting about it?
    do you wear a watch when you were a child? why do you thin children should wear a watch? why do you think some people like to wear expensive watches?
    do you travel from work to your house? how long is it?
    part 2
    describe a book that you want to read gain
    -explain why you want to read it again
    -what is it about
    – i forgot about the third question already, sorry!
    part 3
    -do children need to learn how to read while they are still young?how important is it for them to have bedtime stories? what is the difference with the reading habits before and now? what are the effects of reading thru ebooks? do you think the reading habits of people will change in the future?

    writing task 1
    -two pie graphs about the main reasons why student choose a particular university in the UK between 1987 and 2007.

    writing task 2
    -some people believe that it is possible for a country to be economically progressive and have a clean environment at the same time. Some disagree.
    discuss both views and give your opinion.

  40. Jasmanpreet Singh gill says:

    I have given my listening,reading and writing modules on 08-06-2017.and the all these three modules are same for every candidate. I have given my speaking test today At A hotel ludhaina and the topics are-
    Introduction:1 full name
    2 Hometown
    3 And the questions related to politeness
    Cue card: a piece of cloth
    Questioning:1 about shopping
    2 Buying Cloths online
    3 are cloths for men and women are same
    4 and many more.

  41. amandeep says:

    I have wrote exam on 8th June Academic India

    The chart gives information about the percentage of young teenagers who smoke cigratte in a European country with their age and gender from 1995-2005.

    In some countries, more parents are educating thier kids in home instead of sending them to school. Do you think the advantage will overweigh the disadvantage?

    In task 1 — I forgot to mention about country but complete my task ,,,it’s not well as my expectations but I used complex and compound sentence various places

    In task 2 — I made 5 paragraphs ; in 1st ( rephrase statement and give my point of view (I declare this trend has more disadvantage than advantages)
    In 2nd and 3rd ( I wrote 4 disadvantages but with comparison with study in schools and 2 points in each)
    In 4th( I wrote one advantage of the given statement )
    In 5th( I declare it’s disadvantage outweigh it’s advantages and my suggestion )

    But I’m very afraid about my result of writing because I think task need only advantages or disadvantages of this statement but I compared its disadvantage with opposite statement advantages ( I suppose that it’s off topic )
    And also about task 1 that I mentioned above

    So Please Reply Liz about my pattern and clear my misunderstanding whether it’s good or bad

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 For writing task 2, your view was that the disadvs outweigh the advs. This means you must explain this which will include covering both sides relative to your opinion. It sounds like you did fine in relation to answering directly.

  42. Pooja Rani says:

    Hi Liz,
    I took my IELTS Exam on 8th of june with Academic module and the test centre was Delhi and my speaking test was today i.e 9th june.

    The listening and reading part was quite simple from what i expected it to be. And in writing part
    The chart gives information about the percentage of young teenagers who smoke cigratte in a European country with their age and gender from 1995-2005.

    In some countries, more parents are educating thier kids in home instead of sending them to school. Do you think the advantage will overweigh the disadvantage?

    And in Todays speaking test, i was lucky enough to have got a supporting examiner.
    After the introduction she asked me
    What is “sunny day”?
    What do you feel about sunny day? Why?
    What do you like to do on sunny days? Why?
    Which one will you prefer, a place with more of sun or a place which is cold?

    Describe a situation when a known person cleverly solved a problem?
    When it was?
    Who he was?
    What was the problem?
    How he solved?

    Do you think you often behave clearly?

    What do you think all the children are born clever or they learn to be clever?
    What is the role of school in making child clever?
    Do you think parents play a role in making their child clever?
    Are all the children equally blessed with similar level of intelligence?
    Does people in your country use email?
    How often you use email?
    What do you think email will be used more in future?
    What will you prefer sending email or talking over a telephone?

    Thank you liz for your tips and lessons. It was really very helpful.
    May God bless you.!!!

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 Good luck with your results 🙂

    • What was asked in listening ( I mean anything you remembered about it ) and reading ? What were the passages about ? Didn’t you found them lengthy and some pronunciation hard in listening ?

      • abhijit says:

        ya ,I also found reading quite lengthy.But unexpectedly last passage was easy compared to 1 st one

  43. Hi Liz,
    Thanks for the beautiful collection of questions and special thanks to the millions of folks contributing here. I recently took my IELTS exam in India along with my wife both of us almost received similar scores.
    My scores were: S/L/R/W-7.5/8.5/9/7.5 and my wife’s-7.5/8/9/7.5

    Our speaking questions:
    House or apartment describe it 5-6 questions
    Cue card-your fav drama series
    rest of questions were on importance of story telling against visual experience
    influence of western shows on Indian shows-whether useful or not
    My wife’s question were more on style of cloths ,shopping,e-commerce vs traditional shopping etc
    writing on 25th was a letter to restaurant manager on the constant noise from his place
    and essay was on young people becoming leaders
    Thanks again

  44. Hi liz
    My exam was on 3june
    Acedamic ielts
    Writing task 2 was about causes of applying law to cut down working hours of an employee. .and asked either the effects are possitive or negetive
    Writing task 1 was diagram showing the changes in council which will be done in future
    Both task were good bt i forgot to write the overview of task1
    In speaking intro questions were about pop musice ,birthdays
    Cue card was describe that interesting conversation with whom you dont know
    Follow up questions were about face to face chat and why people share their feelings with unkown and with known ones
    Cue card was good ..but i got nervous in intro questions. .and was taking pauses ..i think i would effect my band score ..overall reading and listening was easy

  45. Hi Liz! Caracas, Academic
    I did my speaking test on monday and I got questions about being polite, about transportation, and on part 2 it was about free gifts. Another friend took it on the same day and got questions like what do you think about mirrors.
    My L,R and W was today. Writing was about plans to reform a conference centre and task 2 was about university students having to do voluntary work! (to what extent…)

  46. Hi liz, thanks a lot for your website.
    Module – Academic
    Location -Mumbai
    Writing –
    Task 1 – bar graph about percentage of young teenagers who smoke cigarette in European nations
    Task 2 – Some people believe that teaching children at home is best for a child’s development while others think that it is important for children to go to school.advantage and disadvantage .

    Where do you live?
    Would you like to live there in future?
    Where is it located?
    Tell me more about it?
    do you prefer one or many friends?
    do you like comfortable or fashionable shoes?why?
    have you ever buy shoe online?why not?

    Cue card
    Famous person I like
    Why I like that person
    When u get to know about him

    What kind of people become famous people these days?
    Who were famous in past??
    Should celebrity maintain their private life?
    Is it necessary to have talent or good face?

  47. Glory Claudia Karundeng says:

    Hi Liz. I’m Glory.
    I just had my academic IELTS test on June 8th, 2017 in Indonesia.

    Listening :
    Section 1
    I forgot the topic, but the questions were mostly multiple choice
    Section 2
    – age
    – facillities
    – price
    – six questions provided with 8 answers
    Section 3
    It’s the discussion of 2 people talking about assignment
    There were around 6 questions that had to be filled based on given choice in the box
    The rest of them were multiple choice
    Section 4
    Lectures about history of Aborigin people
    Fill the blank questiona

    Section 1
    Topic : history about civilization
    (Mostly multiple choice)
    Section 2
    Topic : experiment about parfume and its impact on memory
    (TFNG and fill the blank questions)
    Section 3
    Topic : technology and software
    (YNNG and multiple choice questions)

    Writing :
    Task 1
    Pie charts about reasons for students to choose university in UK in 1997 (maybe) and 2007
    Task 2
    Discuss two opinions
    Some people believe that a country will be able to success in economic and have a clean environment. Some people disagree.
    Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

    Speaking :
    Section 1
    – Do you use email ?
    – How often do you use it ?
    – Why do you prefer to use email ?

    – What kind of home will you build in the future ?
    – What’s your opinion about sunshine ?
    – Do you like to live in a place where the sun shines brightly ?

    Section 2
    Describes a plant that grows in your country
    You should say
    – what is the plant
    – (forgot)
    – why do you like/dislike the plant

    Section 3
    – what are the benefits of being a farmer ?
    – do you think farming is an important thing to support the economy of a country ?
    – what challenges do farmers have in your country ?
    – do you think that farming activity will continue in the future ?
    (I forgot the rest of the questions, but they were all about farming and impact on my country)

    My question is about writing in task 2.
    Will I lose mark if I wrote my last paragraph with my own opinion instead of making a conclusion ?

    Thank you

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 If you miss a conclusion in writing task 2, it is a problem for your score in Task Response. Hopefully you will have done well in the other marking criteria and also in task 1.

  48. Sagar Khunt says:

    Today I had a LRW test in Ahmedabad
    Writing task 1
    Two bar graphs compare Young teenager by gender who are smoker of different age
    Writing task 2
    In some countries it has been observed that many parents choose to study their children at home rather than sending them to school.
    Does advantage of studying at home outweighs the disadvantage?

  49. Hi Liz
    Academic india
    New delhi
    8 June
    Writing 1 two bar graph in which given the age teenagers who smoke regularly
    Writing 2 increasing the number of parents who choose their children to educate themselves in their home rather than go to school.Advantage and disadvantage.

  50. Dear Liz,

    I had an exam today, Academic Ielts 08.06.2017 in Baku, Azerbaijan.


    Task 1
    Pie charts show the type of foreign languages ( 5 types such as evening course, part-time etc) by employees of one export company, and the different reasons ( again 5 reasons such as travel, business purpose, communicating with overseas customers etc) for learning it.

    Task 2.
    Countries with long working days are more successful economically, but there are also some negative social consequences. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

    Listening section 1 questions were different, i mean we already use to see Name, hotel name, age, address, cost etc in section 1, but those questions started with matching type.

    I will also share speaking questions, as my speaking test is after exam.

    Good luck to all,
    Aysel Aliyeva

  51. Hi Liz
    Academic Iran
    8 June
    Writing 1 two pie chart about the type of learning foriong language and the reasons
    Writing 2 the negative effect of to long working hours on societies
    Listening all part multi choices except part 4
    Speaking describe a drama series

  52. describe any activity that you wanted to do but it wouldn’t be completed.
    *what it is.
    *when it is
    *how you feel.

  53. Hi, I had speaking on 07/06/17, academic, in Ahmedabad.
    Part 1
    1 was about my home town and things that are interesting in it.
    2 many more questions about watch, for example if people in India wear it or not and why people like to wear

    Part 2
    An interesting neighbor
    Follow up
    About neighbours in city and mostly related questions

    Part 3
    Views on national communities.
    And if a nation can be considered a huge community or not.

    I have a question regarding part 3, first of all, at the time of speaking i couldn’t understand what the examiner was actually talking about and at one question I gave my personal opinion to which I was interrupted and told to generalize the statement. Further, part 3 became more like a debate rather than conversation. I am concerned that this might lower my band score. Is it too bad??

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 Speaking part 3 is a discussion and not just a conversation. The examiner might push you to explain your views or offer a different perspective – this is all normal for part 3.

      • Thank you so much for easing it up. I’m appearing for ielts just depending on your teaching and blog and it’s turning out to be great.
        You are one of the best teachers I’ve ever had.
        Thank you

  54. DEBASIS says:

    Hi, I am Debasis
    Speaking test on 7 June Academic,
    About work

  55. Hi liz, yourvideo’s have been so helpful , kindly keep up the good work,
    i had my exams GT on 03/06/2017

    my speaking was blur as i had a terrible cold, queations where on
    1. the usual introduction for part one
    2. talk on a polite neigbour
    3. how do you relate with people of your country abroad

    for the listening
    1. Discussion btw a female enquiring for used cars
    2. 2 students discussing with another girl about mentorship
    3. Diving ceremoney

    i lost track some where inbetween , really hoping all works out, also am worried becos i did not follow the uppercase and lowercase letters while writtingmy answers

    reading was about motorcycle for brginers

    cant really renmber the rest

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