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  1. Speaking test: 22/05/2018 Ernakulam, India
    Part1: House, Fav room, Job, Fav Subject, teacher, the way of teaching
    Part 2: Sport activity you want to do
    Part 3: Adv sports, sports in india, need and interest( youngsters and old people)
    sport and society, amateur games (adv & disadv), Extreme loyalty (adv & disadv)

  2. Monkey d luffy says:

    Hi liz , i would like to share my speaking test questions , it wa son 23/5

    Section 1 : where do you live ? In a house or — i forgot that
    Are you planning to leave your current home and why ?

    Section 2 : talk about a job that you would like to do in future , why , what skills you need to learn , is it difficult or easy ..

    Section 3 : ALL questions were about jobs , common job in your country , highly paid job , jobs require sacrifices , and so on

    Thanks liz for your all great efforts

  3. Jaya Bajaj says:

    I had my speaking test today at Anand India.
    Introduction section:
    1) what’s your full name?
    2) are you working or you’re a student?
    3) what kind of work you do ?
    4) how was your first day at work?
    Cue card:
    describe a situation when you had to hange your plan?
    1) why you had to change your plan?
    2) what did you do after changing the plan?

    Follow up questions: 1) what do you think why people change plans?
    2) why it is important to adap to changes ?
    3) why do old people don’t change their plan?
    4) is gradual change advisable or rapid change?

  4. Princess Cadungog :) says:

    May 21, 2018

    Part 1
    What’s your name?
    What can I call you?
    How often do you use a dictionary?
    What do you prefer a printed dictionary or an electronic one?
    How would you feel if someone gives you a dictionary book as a gift?

    Part 2
    about technology that i want to use except computers

    ff up question: tell me about your first cellphone

    Part 3
    how can technology help in the work place?
    some people believe that life would be better without technology, what is your view about this?

    Thank you liz for your tips.
    this is my second time to take ielts… I only need a .5 with my writing… previously i scored 6.5 in W 8 in L 7 in both R and S… I purchased your task 2 advanced lessons hopefully this will help me to achieve my desired score of 7 in all areas.

    God bless your health.

  5. Ielts academic
    India -Vijayawada 22-05-2018

    Speaking –
    Where are you from.
    How far .
    What you do ?
    Gifts/presents importance in your culture. ?
    Do you got one ? Do you like it ? Who gave you ? Did you gave any one ? Why it’s important?

    Popular Person /celebrities.
    Why popular , what do you like. Why people like him ,do all if your friends like him.
    Why do people make them pop .

    Can ordinary man make same as or grow as a celebrity.
    Why some people stay in hearts in for ever in public
    What make them so special , how they grow as a leader.
    Why people get inspired by them , why they just follow and why can’t everyone get to become a leader by inspiring from leaders .

    Liz , I didn’t gave a proper answer to last question, she repeated it twice. Rest all went well. Will I loose a lot ?

    Thanks .

  6. Appeared in Ielts Speaking today: 22/05/2018:

    1: About your home
    2: Which room you like
    3: Are you going to change your house in future
    4: Do you plan your holidays
    5: Recent holidays you went

    Part2: Describe a quite place
    1 :Do young people like quite place or older
    2: types of house noise
    3: which area has more noise city or countryside?
    4: can you find quite place in city?
    5: describe noise issues with neighbours and how can you deal with those

  7. General / 22 May 2018 / Colombo

    First of all, thank you very much Liz, your tips were very helpful.

    Below are the questions for the Speaking test.

    Part 1:
    How far from here to home-town?
    Do you like your hometown, why ?
    What do you think about Apps?
    What are the apps you use regularly?

    Part 2:
    Describe a situation where you were happy about a good service (Shop)
    Where is the place?
    What happened and why do you think you were happy?

    Part 3:
    How do customers behave when they are not satisfied ? are they powerful ?
    What can businesses do to ensure customer satisfaction?
    What are the consequences of the satisfaction?
    How can businesses ensure the long-term retention?

    Thanks again Liz..

  8. I appeared for speaking test on 13th may,Idp ,centre Vafodara ,Gujart,India.

    Part 1.
    What do you do?
    What exactly yours duties at workplace?
    Do you have friends there?
    Do you like receiving gifts?
    Was there any gift you didn’t like?
    What is the best gift you have received far?
    Part 2.
    An occasion when you saved money for someone.

    PART 3.
    do you like spending a lot of money?
    What are the reasons ,people spend a lot of money?
    What do you think ?men or women are better at saving money?
    What are things for which youngsters spend a lot of money?
    Why family members sometimes have different views when it comes to buying an extensive item?

    Some of the words are different as i don’t remember exact questions ,but the meanings are the same.

  9. 22/05/2018 (ACADEMIC)
    Location: Karachi, Pakistan

    Where Do you live
    Whether you study or work somewhere
    what is your job nature, what are your responisbilities
    what do you think about plant
    have you ever done planting
    what do you think if someone gift you plant

    Tell something about childhood friend – when you first met …

    Did technology has impact on your friendship
    whom you will consult first if you have to discuss something or need advice, friend or family
    what do you think about teenage friendship

    PS: these are the questions which i faced today in my exam, now i have to prepare for my L:R:W, and this my second time, I appeared in ielts within a month because i scored 5.5 in Writing … Now i am hope i will score better than the previous :(, Fingers crossed

    Thanks LIZ ,

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 Make sure you plan your writing properly. Failure to plan will result in you making unnecessary mistakes. Also keep your eye on the clock and manage your time well. If you need more training for writing task 2, get my advanced writing task 2 lessons: Good luck 🙂

  10. Shilpa Saxena says:

    I had my speaking exam on 21 may..
    Questions asked
    How far this place is from where you live?
    What is interesting in your part of the town?
    How long have you been living here?
    Cue card
    Describe something you do not learn at school or college?
    What is it
    Who taught you
    How easy or difficult to learn it
    Why it is important for you
    What is your idea about adults going out of their home( I could not understand the intention of this question)
    What are the lifeskills both girls n boys must learn
    I started answering ….like politeness… Examiner interrupted that politeness is a quality not a lifeskill
    What do you think about the elderly people learning new things

    Test was overall good. Hoping for the bestest .thanks dear Liz… For sharing so much of valuable information

  11. HI liz.
    Today was my speaking test and she asked me questions about
    What is you favourite pet ?
    Did have any pet in your childhood?
    And some question about job
    What is your favourite occupation?
    which kind of jobs are famous in your country?
    In the 2 part…
    A special occasion a visitor came to you home/
    where he/she come from ?
    who is he/she?
    what did you do on that day ?
    And more question related to this topic
    lIZ, i speak with confidence i’ve also used advanced vocabloury
    but in one question i said at the end i don;t know what say more about it
    now i’m scared that she might decrease my score?
    but i did well in my speaking section

  12. Anisa Istiqomah says:

    Hello Liz!
    Thank you so much for sharing useful study materials, it helped me during my IELTS Test preparation. Let me share my test topics

    May 19th, 2018 – Academic – Jakarta, Indonesia

    Writing 1 = we were given a table and a line graph
    Writing 2 = the topic was emerging technology. Does it reduce or increase the gap between rich people and poor people

    Speaking 1 = hometown, favorite city
    Speaking 2 = outside activities
    Speaking 3 = the role of parents for kids, explaining the best age to learn both for kids and adults

    The examiner was really curious that she always asked me “why?” “really?” “for example?”
    it was almost like a real conversation that I didn’t feel nervous at all.
    But I’m still waiting for the result. Once again, thank you, Liz!

  13. Location-Nigeria
    Speaking Test 21st of May 2018
    Question- What’s your name? Do you study or work? Tell me about your job, why did you choose this job? As a child did you have the opportunity to taste the food of other countries?

    Cue Card* Describe an Animal you like, you should say; What you like about this animal, When you first heard about it, and why you like it.

    Follow up Questions. What do you think can be done to protect endangered animals?, Do you think the zoo is a perfect place to keep them?. why do you think so? What do you think the Government can do to protect endangered animals? what can we as individuals do? Should we hurt animals? Why should we not hurt them? Do you think it’s right for people to use animals for work? why do you think its not right?

  14. laveen thakurwani says:

    Topics were
    Your full name
    Work or study
    Why u choose this field
    How was your first day at university
    Then topic was travel
    Have u travel recently
    What are the factors u think before travelling
    Where u would like to go in future
    Do u use maps
    U use online or paper map
    Do u ask any direction from the other people
    Cue card define a magazine
    People prefer reading magazine or newspaper
    Which is common
    What skills journalist should have
    Are there jobs interesting
    The news what they publish always correct
    Do they modify the news

  15. IELTS Academic
    19 May
    Japan, Osaka

    What’s ur name?
    Where are you from?
    Do you like ur home town? Why?
    Do you like to exercise? What? Why?

    Describe a season you like
    Which? Why? What do you generally do?

    Generally Do people like hot season?
    Does people benefit from living in cold place?
    When people work outside, which is better hot or cold?
    Is there a limited time job?

    Sorry I can not remember very well, especially part3….

  16. Iziengbuwa says:

    May 20th..Academic Speaking..Lagos Nigeria.
    Task 1..What’s your name?
    Where are you from?
    Do you live in a house or a flat?
    Task 2..First phone and what made it special.
    Recent phones and old phones.
    Task 3..Do you prefer phone map or paper map?
    Do people prefer calls or text messages?
    Internet or calls..
    Language Translation or Language classe..
    Online meetings or one on one meetings?
    Thanks Liz..

  17. Sanaz Ramezani says:

    Hi Liz!
    I had my speaking test today in Iran.
    Thank u for all your help and sharing useful insights.
    Date of exam: 5/20/2018
    Here are my questions:
    Part 1:
    What time of day is better for you when you want to study?
    Do you read newspapers?
    Who else in your family reads newspapers?
    Do you write anything?
    Do you prefer writing by hand or typing?
    Did you write when you were a child?

    Part 2:
    Describe an important lake, river or sea in your country

    Part 3:
    What water-related sports activities do people in your country do?
    Should sports be included in student’s curriculum?
    Why our oceans are in danger?
    Why people prefer to visit other places rather than visiting oceans?

  18. I did Academic, in Catania (Italy), 05/05/2018
    Speaking questions:
    Pt1: The young and physical activity, how can parents involve their children into sports and similia.
    Pt2: Describe a story you’ve been told recently. Who told you, why is it relevant, how has affected you.
    Pt3: How internet has changed storytelling.

    Writing: task 1, describe a diagram representative the production of electricity from coal.
    Task 2: Some people say Internet is not necessary to live a life to the full. What do you think?

  19. Hiiiii
    Test center : Iran
    20 may
    Work or study ?
    Which University ?
    Why this University?
    How was your first day of University?
    Do you like plants?
    Are you good at taking care of plants?

    A plan than you have to change it
    Do you get bored alot ?
    What do you do when you get bored ?

    Task 3:
    Why some people change their decisions?
    Rapid change is better or gradual change ?
    Are rapid changes devastating for society?
    Do you agree that all old people don’t change their plans ?

    Thanks for your useful website dear Liz

  20. Nilufar says:

    Academic IELTS
    Writing Task 1: Bar chart about use of land and trees in truffle production in 3 states of Australia
    Writing task 2: In some cultures the old age is highly valued, while in others youth is more valued. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂

      • We had the same essays here too.
        With regards to Speaking.
        -Where do you live
        -News from newspapers or website
        -Free time, better with your family or alone in your room
        -If the weather conditions influence your mood?
        Cue Card
        Describe a special occasion in which you go out and didn’t spend much money
        And then 3-4 questions about people in my country. Where they prefer to go, why? Is there any beautiful place close enough for a day trip etc.

        The reading was challeging compared to the sample tests. I almost run out of time!

  21. Hello, guys

    Academic module
    Test date: 19th May
    Location : Moscow,Russia

    Writing task 1: usage of land and trees for truffle production in three states of Australia
    Writing task 2: some culture value old age higer, another value youth more. Discuss both views and give your opinion

    Speaking :
    Card task : describe a party you enjoyed
    Do you like to make plans?
    Do you like to take care of plants?
    Is it important to be on time in your country?
    What do you think about keeping work -life balance? Who do you think is responsible for keeping this balance- employer or an employee?
    What children usually do at the parties? What do you think they enjoy the most at the parties?

    Thank you for your work,Liz! Your materials helped me a lot !

    Good luck everyone!

  22. Adedokun Rahmat Tolulope says:

    General Training
    Abuja, Nigeria.

    part 1

    What is your full name?
    What can I call you
    Do you work or study?
    Where do you work? self employed.
    Let’s talk about music
    Do you like listening to music when you are working and studying
    Do you download music or buy CDs?
    Do you think your choice of music will change with in future
    How is music important to you?

    part 2:

    describe a good customer service u receive
    where u received it
    where is the shop or company located.
    where u satisfied with the service
    explain y d service is good.

    part 3

    what are qualities of a good customer service
    is customer service important in every organisations
    Are customers always right
    which is better, sending customer report online or face to face?
    what will d future of a company with good customer service like?

  23. General Training
    19 May 2018

    Part 1
    1a. Basic introduction ( Name and where you live)
    1b. Do you use a wristwatch and how often?
    1c. Do you keep to time when you have an appointment?
    1d. Do people in your country keep to time?
    1e. Did you save as a child?
    1e. How can parent teach children how to save?

    Part 2
    Cue card
    2. Talk about a plan you made and later changed?
    2a. What was the plan
    2b. When you changed your mind
    2c. Why you changed you mind
    Explain how you felt about it

    Part 3
    3a. Why do people change their mind
    3b. Do people prefer a sudden or gradual change
    3c. Why are people emotional to change rather than being rational

  24. I did my test today in Tokyo, Japan.

    Writing task 1
    Table 1: the average number of people in Australia who visit cinema between 1994 to 2000 and frequency of visits.
    Line graph: Average number of a visit by four different age groups

    Writing task 2
    Some people believe the technology available to an individual can increase the gap between rich and poor and the others believe the opposite effect.

    Part 1

    Part 2
    A competition that I have taken part in the past
    when it happened and how?

    Part 3
    General questions which related to competitions
    which kind of competitions are popular nowadays./Why?
    Which type of occupations needs competition? Why
    How TV involved with the competitions and why?
    Have you ever saved money in your childhood?
    Why should children learn to save money? How?

  25. Academic May 12. Kerala. Speaking Part A. What is your name ? Where do you come from? Where do u live, in a traditional house or an apartment? Which is your favourite room? Would you leave your home in future and why? In which city u would like to go in future and why? What is the importance of planning ? What would you do if u have to wait for someone? How people in your culture value time?
    Why some people are always late?
    What do you think the best way to avoid being late ?
    Part B
    Cue card -A product u want to replace
    What is the product
    Why u want to replace
    What u did to replace it
    PArt C
    Why some people buy new product rather than repairing it?
    What it can cause ?
    What are the impacts of frequent shopping on earth?
    What measures can government do in order to solve this problem?
    Why youngsters like to buy new products?
    How shopping affects economy of a country?

    Thanks Liz for your website .

  26. Hi Liz,
    Exam date-19 May,2018(academic)
    1.Where did u visit on holidays recently
    2.Where would u like to visit in future
    3. Do u plan before travelling to any place
    4.Is planning important before visiting any place
    5.How often do u use maps
    6.Which are better-paper map or electronic map
    7.Do u ask strangers for directions
    Cue card-Any competition in which u would like to participate in future
    I don’t remember follow ups

    A line graph on trains reaching stations on time
    Some people think that we are becoming independent of each other while other people say that we are becoming more dependent on each other. Discuss both views and give your opinion. Include any relevant example.

  27. arisa lleshi says:

    Speaking Questions – May 18

    What do you do? Do you work or do you study?
    I would like to talk about sleeping. How many hours do you sleep and which range of hours do you think it is best for you?
    Do you thing elder people need to sleep more?
    What hours are the most productive for you at work?
    Cue Card
    Do you pass time with older people?
    What do you do with them?
    When do you meet them?
    Why do you think you want to stay with older people.
    Part 3?
    How often do you meet older people?
    Do you think youngsters spare time with their family? Why?
    In what outdoor activities do you think families in your country would like to enroll?
    Why is it a good to stay close to old people ?
    Do you think old people can help in a family?
    – I will share Reading Writing and Listening questions on May 24th.

  28. Hello yesterday was my test in ambala [india] my speaking 1 part relate to study and sleeping and cue card topic was a perfect holiday vacation and follow up questions related to vacation or holiday

  29. Dawinder Singh says:

    Speaking Exam
    Exam Date: 16th May, 2018

    Part 1: Some general questions about work, study and family.

    Part 2: Talk about an unusual meal ?
    When did you eat it ?
    Where did you eat it ?
    With whom you had the meal ?

    Part 3: Some general questions about the market food, homemade food, traditional food ?

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Speaking exam
      Exam date: 16th May,2018
      Aktobe, Kazakhstan

      Part 1: Questions about study/work, accomodation

      Part 2: Talk about the job you are interested in.
      What is it?
      How you know about it?

      Part3: Questions about jobs, jobs in your country

  30. Ielts speaking
    May 18 New Delhi
    Part 1- some general questions about work music,children doing study more or making friends
    Part 2-describe a place in your hometown/city where you like to go with
    your friends
    Part 3- questions about spending time with friends, events where large number of people gather

    • Hey liz! my whole test was good but in the last part3 I spoke ‘’matlab” for a second its a Hindi word for “means” Will it affect my overall score??

      • It is never a good idea to use non-English words in an English test. But your score is based on your overall performance, not on one word.

      • Hi megha, don’t worry I spoke Matlab twice in my speaking test and still scored 7, if you have give the rest of the test confidently, I’m sure you’ll get good bands.

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂

  31. GARVITA BANSAL says:

    Speaking : General questions..
    What is your full name?
    What can I call you>
    Do you work or study?
    What do you work?
    Let’s talk about music..
    Do you like listening to music when you are studying or working?
    Do you download music or buy CDs?
    Do you think your choice of music will change with age?
    How is music important to you?

    Now let’s talk about tourism..
    What do you think countries should do to attract tourists?
    What is one training that can be given to hotel staff that will be helpful for tourist?
    How is tourism important for international exchange?
    Any incidence you remember where you can say tourists are willing to learn culture of different countries?

    Cue card : Tell about an event where people have gathered at your place?
    Who were the people?
    What was the event?
    How did you feel about it?

    Follow up questions : Do you like when people come to visit you?
    How important it is to meet people?

  32. Test Date: May 12/2018
    Type: Academic
    Location: Calgary, Canada

    Writing Task 1: Daily salt intake by men and women in USA in 2000. Summarise and key features.
    Task 2: some countries have prisons for prisoners. Other think education is the best way to make people not commit crimes.
    To what extent do you agree.

    Speaking: All questions related to sports.
    do you play any sport? if yes why?
    Que Card: Discuss a game that you have watched only by yourself.
    What was the game? why did you watch that by yourself?
    Do you want to play it and why?
    Part 3: Discussion about how games effect our society.

  33. Academic IELTS
    12 May, 2018
    Islamabad, Pakistan

    01 General Information
    Importance of being on Time.
    02 Describe a Competition or Event you had participated.
    03 Discuss on competition, trends of competition. and other related questions.

    01 A conversation between a customer and shopkeeper about furniture.
    02 A talk about the strawberry farm.
    03 A Discussion between a professor and Student about a project related to Laboratory.
    04 A long presentation about the sustainability.

    01 Paragraph about the light (Candles to Edison’ invention)
    02 Paragraph about the Biotechnology usage in production process and its causes
    03 Paragraph about the leadership among men and women.

    01 A table shows the results of a survey about the sports interest among the residents of A European Country in different three years.
    02 Some people believe that older people are happy in this current modern world. While, Others argue that elders were quite favorable in the past.
    Discuss both views and give your own.

    Thanks Liz for your great website.

  34. Hello,

    I had my test on 12th May (General).

    Task 1: You are planning to go on a holiday in another country. Write a letter to your friend asking him/her to join. Include following in your letter.
    – why you need a holiday
    -your holiday plans
    -why you need your friend to join with you

    Task 2: The number of old people are increasing in many countries. Some people think this causes problems, while others think old people play an important role. Discuss both views and give your opinion. Include examples.

    – What’s your job / how was your first day there / why did you select that job / do you like it
    – Do you like plants / how do you look after them / did you grow any plants when you were young / do you like to receive a plant as a gift / why
    – Do you always wear a watch / why / do people in your country work on time / why / do you like to work on time / why
    – Are there any historic places in your country / do both locals and foreigners visit them / why do you think we should visit them / do you think if it’s ok to charge an entrance fee/ how to avoid people destroying them
    – Do you think if the external appearance of a building is important / what about the internal / reasons for each

    Cue card
    Describe a building that you like. Include the following in your answer
    – how did you get to know about this building
    – its appearance
    – what is it used for

    – a telephone conversation between a lady and a real estate agent asking for suitable rental apartments
    – a conversation between two students regarding a presentation on sports injuries
    – a lecture on how supermarket aisles are arranged. Three types of supermarkets. Advantages and disadvantages of each design. What sort of things stored in different areas (ie front, rear, middle shelves)

    – Info on tickets to enter museums (group / individual tickets)
    – A paragraph on Aesoph’s tales, how to interpret them with science
    – A paragraph on carpooling

    Thank you Liz for your website.

  35. Deepthi says:

    Exam date 12 may 2018
    Location Chicago
    Type General

    Dear Liz,

    Many thanks for all your suggestions through this website. It was of great help during the exam. Below are the questions for my exam.

    Writing task 1
    Your friend sent a guide book to you. You went to a vacation last week. Write a letter to your friend telling him about the vacation you went to.
    Mention about
    How you enjoyed your vacation
    How the guide book was helpful to you
    How you are going to return it

    Writing task 2
    Many parents think that it is good to teach the children about value of money.
    Why do you think is it important to teach them the value of money?
    What are the ways that can help children in learning about the same?

    Basic introduction
    Do you use apps on your phone
    What kind of apps do you use
    Why do you think people use apps for
    Part 2
    Talk about a famous personality in your locality
    You should speak about
    Why this person is famous
    When and how you met them
    What do you think makes him/her famous
    Part 3
    What kind of adverts are famous in your place
    Why do you think so
    Why do you think the celebrities are famous
    Are celebrities an inspiration to the younger generation
    Some people think celebrities are not to be taken as inspiration. Why do you think so

    Suggestions from my experience:
    Keep a close watch on the time during writing.
    DO NOT take more than 20 mins for task 1.
    Task 2 is important and you will definitely need more time. Organise your ideas before starting to write.

  36. Pritash says:


    Test date: 12-May-18
    Test center: Arlington, Virginia, USA

    Speaking cue card: Talk about something which you own and want to replace.

    Writing task 2: Why is it important to teach children about money? In what ways can we teach them about money?

    A couple of things:
    1. The test center had a loudspeaker, no earphones
    2. Only pencils were provided, no pens
    3. It is possible to change your speaking test timings if you mail them 1 week in advance.

  37. Mohamed says:

    Part 1:
    * Study or work
    *pleace you want to visit
    * live in cities
    * Free time with who and what you do .
    Part 2: Someone you met recently and you want to meet him again (How why …
    Part 3:
    1- how to be a good communicator
    2- what different between a a formal and informal communicator.
    Writing task 1:about line chart museum visited .
    Task2 :aboutThae parents should attend class to children care ,agree or disagree

  38. Academic Test
    13 May 2018
    Thrissur, Kerala

    Part 1
    Name, place, work/study
    Importance of being on time in your culture
    How do you spend your free times?
    With whom?
    I gave my own answers , but the examiner still kept asking why over and over🤢

    Part 2
    Cue card: describe a sport activity which you have only watched till today and would like to do in the near future.
    What activity?
    Where you watched?
    Why do you want to do that?

    Follow up questions regarding sports channels, team loyalty and its importance, adverse effects of team loyalty, why do local communities go for other sport activities like kabidi
    I am extremely worried as the examiner raised ‘why’ too many times🤢

    Thank you Liz for all your videos and lessons 😊

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 The examiner asks “why” in order to hear more English. It means you are not offering enough English. The examiner does not care about your ideas or the ideas in your answer. The examiner wants to learn language – lots and lots of language. If you don’t expand your answers, you are not offering enough English. Always make sure you have the right aims when you enter the speaking test – ideas are not marked, fulfilling the answer is not marked, being on or off topic is not marked. Only language is marked.

      • Filipp Mozolevskiy says:

        Really? Being off the topic does not influence your score? Does it mean that you cant talk about whatever you like?

        • Being off topic does not affect your score in IELTS speaking. You are marked on your language, not your ideas. But if you change the topic completely the examiner will presume that you are trying to manipulate the test to produce memorised answers – that will be a very bad thing. For example, if you are asked to talk about sport, but you decide to talk about the weather as your whole topic – the examiner will not accept this. But if your topic is sport, and you expand your talk to talk about other sports, other people’s opinions of sport, future developments in sports, sports on TV, sports for children etc etc – then it’s good – you are sticking to the main topic and expand your talk. Do you understand?

  39. Ravneet says:

    What is your name
    How can i call you
    Do u live in house or apartment
    Which is your favourite room
    Questions related to intenational food
    Cue card
    Speak about your first mobile phone
    Favourite teacher
    Do u want to become a teacher
    Usage of mobile phones aming children
    The test was great but i think at timesi was stuck

  40. I want to say a big thank you for all the resources you provided and your videos. I learnt a lot from you. I took my test in Nigeria on May 11 and 12.

    Speaking Test 1
    Do you work or study?
    Do you think older people need more sleep than younger people?
    Do you think there are any benefits to having a short sleep in the afternoons.

    Cue Card
    Describe an unusual meal you had.

    Part 3
    Do you think people prefer restaurant food than home cooked meal?
    Why do you think people eat at restaurants?
    Do you think restaurant food represents value for money?
    What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of transporting food over a long distance?

    Writing Task 1
    One of your friends has an interview coming up and has asked for your advise on our to prepare for the interview.
    – give him advice on how to prepare for the interview
    – tell him a place and time to meet and discuss

    Writing task 2
    Some people believe that the best way to travel within a city is by car. Others believe it is best to travel by bicycle.
    – Discuss both views and give your opinion.

    I found the reading, listening and writing quite easy but I am not too sure about the speaking. I think part 1 was great, part was also okay as i deliberately used a lot of past tenses but part 3 was a bit challenging particularly the last two questions. I answered it but not fluently as I struggled to gather my thoughts.

    Thanks again and take care.

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 Your last question is part 3 was interesting. This is about air miles as well as other factors. A lot of food in the UK has a label on it when there are no air miles involved in the making and distribution of the produce. This means the food is grown and made in the country and not flown in from other countries. The reason this is important is because of pollution and to promote the local or at least domestic food market. Other factors involve additives, such as preservatives to keep the food fresh for longer. Also the food might be less nutritious.

      • Shagufta says:

        I had the exam set of questions same for writing however my post is still awaiting moderation Liz I was asked the same question about transportation of food around the world and I had to confirm what examiner wants me to talk about and after she said yes I told her an example of advantages when I was living in the UK and we had no halal fast food and it was a relief when KFC introduced Halal food which was transported from Indonesia do you thing it was an appropriate answer???? plz reply

        • The examiner is not marking your ideas!! The examiner will only mark your English: fluency, grammar, vocab and pron. There is no such thing as “an appropriate answer” or a “correct answer” in IELTS speaking.

      • Thanks Liz.

        I mentioned use of preservatives which may affect food quality or may be unsafe as a disadvantage, and trade between countries as an advantage.

  41. Shiraz Khan says:

    Hello Everyone,
    I would like to thank Liz for all the wonderful support she provides to us.Really useful website.

    I took IELTS (GT) Speaking Test on 10 May, 2018.

    What do you do?study or work?
    Do you have friends at work?
    What are your job timings?
    Do you like to write?What do you generally write?
    In childhood did you loved to write?
    Do you think writing habits change with age?

    Part-2 Cue Card
    Tell us when you saved money to buy something?
    How did you saved the money?
    How long it took you to save the money?
    Explain how you felt after saving money?

    How online marketing helps to increase the public spending on products and services?
    Can money buy happiness?
    How children can be told the right way of spending money?
    Do you think credit cards has helped people to do more shopping/increase their spending power?
    Do you think governments spend money on unimportant things?

    Overall it went smooth.I only got bit nervous in first question because of exam conditions.

  42. Hi Liz,
    I have given IELTS General on 12-May-2018. My questions for writing tasks were as below.
    Writing Task-1
    One of your friend is recently giving interview for a new job. Write a letter to your friend giving him some advice about the interview. In your letter you should write
    a) Ask some questions about the job.
    b) Give him some advice about the interview.
    c) Ask him when and where you could meet him before his interview to give him some tips.

    Writing Task-2
    Few people believe that cars are better way of transport in a city. Other people believe that bicycles are the better way of transport in a city. Discuss both the views and give your opinion.

    I have question regarding writing task-1. Is it a Informal or Semi formal letter or can be both. Secondly, For writing task-1 part c), if we say the place and time to meet(like 10:00AM) only, it will be correct or it is mandatory to write the date? If the date is not written do you thing this will effect the band score.

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 Your letter was semi-formal. This means is written to someone you have a close personal relationship with but about a serious topic. If you tell him to meet up on the day of the interview – then the date is unnecessary because your friend will know which date that is.

      • Dhruvin says:

        Hi Liz,

        I had my IELTS test (GT) on last Saturday 12. May in Frankfurt Germany. The writing parts were same as mentioned by Nabeel.

        I would like to share my Speaking test details, but I can not see the option to add new comment. How can I post a new comment here (not reply) ?


  43. Hello Liz!
    Thank you so much for such a resourceful site for IELTS practice.

    I sat for my IELTS exam (Academic Module) in Dar es Salaam Tanzania, on the 12th of May 2018.

    Writing Task 2

    Agree/disagree on whether it is important to give childcare training to parents.


    Part 1

    1. Self introduction
    2.Do you work or study?
    3.What time of the day are you most comfortable working?
    4. How many hours of sleep do you think one should have?
    5.Do you think children need more hours of sleep than older people?
    6.Have you ever found yourself struggling to fall asleep?
    7.How often do you use dictionaries?
    8. Do you think it is interesting to write a dictionary?
    9. Do you think a dictionary would be a good gift to you or no?

    PART 2
    Cue card
    -Describe an outing that didn’t cost you a lot

    You must say
    1. Where you went and what you did?
    2.Why it didn’t cost you so much?
    3.What you enjoyed most about the outing

    Further questions
    -Do you think most people like to spend too much on outings?
    -Do you think many people can enjoy the free things surrounding them without needing to spend money on pleasurable things?
    -Do you think it is possible for to go on outings alone and be able to enjoy without being in the company of friends?

    PART 3
    1. Do you think young people can have more active outings compared to older people?
    (she did try to challenge my answer here, just like you cautioned)
    2.Do you think older people can have active outings as much as young people?

    “This is the end of the speaking test, thank you for coming, can you see yourself out please?” (although the intonation was okay, i felt the last statement was a little rude! I hope she wasn’t insinuating anything regarding my speaking performance).

    I will come back to the site with a good testimony in two weeks.

  44. Hi liz
    Today i gave L/R/W exam
    Writing task 1- There were 2 line graphs one mentioning about number of passengers travelled in train between 2000 and 2009 and another line graph mentioning about percentage of trains who were on time between 2000 and 2009

    Writing task 2- some people think that people are becoming more depndent on each other whereas others believe that they are becoming independent .Discuss both views and opine

    Speaking test was on 10

    My cue card – party you enjoye
    Who was with you in that part
    Where the party was
    What you did
    Why did you enjoy

    I want to ask that i wrote more than 310 words in my writing task 2 so will it affect my score
    And in writing task there was a line graph in which targets were written and i did not mention those targets in writing task 1 so will it affect my score

  45. Neeraja says:

    May 12 2018
    Charlotte NC,US
    Writing Task1
    Your friend lent you a guidebook before going to a trip.
    Write a letter to your friend
    Telling about your vacation
    How the guidebook was helpful
    When and how you are going to return it

    Some people think that it is a good idea for parentsto teach children about money.
    Why is it important to teach children about money?
    What is the best way for parents to teach children about money?
    Give relevant examples or your own experience.

    Questions on name and work
    Do you do physical activity?
    Do you enjoy it?
    Do you do it in future?
    Do youngsters in your country get good physical activity?
    What are the apps you are using frequently?
    What apps do you want to try?

    Public place you visited?
    Why and when?
    What did you like about that place?
    What improvements can be made?

    Are public places important?
    What are different public places youth and elder people prefer to go?
    Are the public places need to be accessed free of cost?
    Why the people in cities feel more lonely?
    What can be done to reduce it?

  46. Taufik Iqbal Ramdhani says:

    Hi Liz, I took my test on 12 May 2018 in Indonesia

    Writing Task 1: about line chart that showed the percentage of working women in 5 different countries

    Writing Task 2: about the huge amount time and money for protecting the wild animals should be for human population, to what extends do you agree or disagree

    Part 1: do you work or study, and the following answer for working was what you do, do you have any friends, what time do you work best
    And about dictionary, do you often read dictionary, do you prefer electronic or paper? Why? how are you feeling when some person give you a present of dictionary, is it interesting to have a job about writing dictionary?

    Part 2: cue card about a historical period that you interested in
    What time, why you liked it

    Part 3: are there any people that like history, which country do you like to visit that have historical places, are they crowded for visitors? , is your country have historical places and are they attract visitors?, why older people like history rather than young people

  47. Maria Belen says:

    Hi Liz, I took the exam today (Academic Module) 12 may 2018, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    Part 1: Talk about your hometown. Far from here? How long have you been living there? Why do you like it? Music. What kind of music do you hear while you are studying or working and why? Is the same kind that I used to listen when I was younger? Do you think the kind of music that you like will change in the future? Tell me about your favorite wild animal. Why do you like it. What do you think about zoos. Do you think children should see animals? why? and why it is important for them to see animals. Have you ever had a pet? why do you like it.

    Part 2, CUE CARD : Talk about something you have learned NOT in school nor college
    What is it?
    How you learned it?
    Why is is important? How?

    Part 3
    About LEARNING THINGS. Do you think that we are always learning things? Why?
    Is it important for older people to lear new things? Why? Which things? What can you do or how can make older people to learn things? It is important for them to learn how to cook or parenting? why? Is ts important to teach older people parenting? Why? Do you thing we learn more now than in ancient times? Why? Do you think that the things we learn are better now than in previous time? Why and how? How do you learn things? Learning is the most important skill a human being can have? Why?

    Thanks for all your videos!!!!


  48. Jophin Jose says:


    Academic module 12/05/2018 Dubai

    Writing Task 2
    Taking care of children are probably one of the most important job of the society. So, it is better to attend training courses for that.
    To what extent do you agree or disagree

    Speaking cue card

    A nice photo of you
    >who took this photo
    >when was this photo taken
    >who was with you in this photo

    >Do photography needs professional skills?
    >Which is important in journalism writing news or photographs?
    >Is it important to take pictures while travelling or it is a waste?
    >Do you think paintings will be replaced by photographs?
    >What sort of wrong doing is there related to photography nowadays?

  49. 12 May 2018
    South Africa, Johannesburg
    General Training

    Part 1. Woman buying a bed + side table and arranging for delivery (phone call)
    Part 2. Berry farm owner instructing workers + explaining the farm layout (incl. diagram)
    Part 3. Prof talks to student on the 1st year in the lab
    Part 4. Lecture on Sustainability. Myths around it, main concept and examples of sustainable solutions


    Text 1. List of exhibitions, each with a brief description
    Text 2. Advert of a physiotherapy clinic
    Text 3. Etiquette at workplace. Tips on how to be polite
    Text 4. Company policy (rules) on Time Management.
    Text 5. Global warming topic. An expedition to explore/study melting glaciers at Uganda


    Task 1. Letter to a friend who’s been invited for an interview and asked you to give some advice. In the letter you must: 1) Ask few question about the job; 2) Give advise on the interview; 3) Propose to meet and discuss before the interview

    Task 2. Car vs bicycles as a way to travel around the city (commute around the city). Discuss both sides and give opinion.


    Part 1. Work or study? What’s your profession? Why this profession? HOw was your first day at work?
    Part 2. Cue card. What helps you to focus on work/study?
    Part 3. Why it’s important for kids to concentrate when they do sport? Does mobile phones affect kids ability to concentrate? Do you think people nowadays have issues with concentration?

  50. Madhawa says:


    Academic speaking test which was held on 8th May 2018

    Part 1
    Section 1
    – Where do you work?
    – What is you job role?
    – What are the best jobs in the society as per your thoughts?
    – What was your dream job when you were a child?

    Section 2
    – How do you welcome someone who visits you?
    – Who do you think better in welcoming people, your generation or your parents?
    – In your generation do you visit people?
    – How often do you visit people and what would be the reasons?
    – What do you think about visiting people in your age? Do they find it interesting?

    Part 2
    – Describe a moment where someone visited your home
    – Tell who it was?
    – Why it was important?
    – What made it more significant?

    Describe what you did and what were things that you talked about etc.

    Part 3
    – Is it important to be polite in your country?
    – How do people in your generation learn good manners?
    – Who do you think usually more polite, your parents generation or your generation people?
    – How could you be polite to people and how does it will affect your country?

    I could not remember all of them but the all the question were about my(younger) generation and previous generations. Most of the questions were related to customs and practices they we follow to welcome people, also last part includes questions about being polite to people.

    Academic writing test which was held on 8th May 2018

    Part 1
    – A graph that illustrates percentages of people who were grouped by their age, visiting museums during a period of three decades. There were 4 age groups (14 -24), (25 – 35) (35 – 49) and (50 +). It was actually a line chart. Each line represents an age group.

    Part 2
    – Topic was on childcare. Looking after children is one of the most important jobs in any society. People think that it is important to every mother and father to participate on childcare training. Do you agree or disagree?

  51. Kausar Patel says:

    I gave my IELTS test today and the writing task 2 topic was: some people believe that individuals are becoming more and more dependent on each other and some believe that individuals are becoming more independent of each other.
    Discuss both views and give your opinion.
    Test date: 12/05/2018
    Test Location: Mumbai, India

  52. VAISHNAVI says:

    Hello Liz,

    Thanks so much for the wonderful help that you are doing for students like us. You are an amazing teacher.

    I had my LRW today and will be having speaking test tomorrow.

    Here by sharing the questions that I have got today.

    GT module ( Writing)
    Tamilnadu, India
    12, May 2018


    A letter to a friend who has asked your help for the job that she/he applied ( first time job)

    1. Ask some details about the job
    2. Offer some advice/help for the interview
    3. Tell when and where you can meet before interview to discuss about interview


    Some people think, in a city , the best way to travel is by a car and others think bicycle is the best .

    Discuss both views and share your opinion.


  53. Date: may 12th
    Module: academic
    Place: Taipei

    Listening (much faster than Cambridge 11 and 12)
    Part 1-Phone conversation: a woman wants to rent a place in Australia (fill in the blanks)
    Part 2 or 3-heel medical discussion (multiple choices)
    Part 2 or 3-forgot
    Part 4-retail store layout (fill in the blanks, ABC matches)

    Part 1: museum operation and the importance of exhibitions
    (1)complete sentences with provided (ABCs) choices
    (2)fillin the blanks for a short summary
    (3)choose the correct answer for the benefits and drawbacks mentionee in the paragraphs
    Part 2: bird population protection
    (1)list of heading
    (2)answer questions with one words and/or a number
    (3)multiple choices
    Part 3: spiritual power in medical fields
    (1)y/n/ng (others forgot)

    Task 1: line graph, women employment rate from 2003 to 2009 in Iceland, Germany, Canada, Chile, (forgot)
    Task 2: time and money spent on wild life protection should be used in human population for having better results. To what extent do you agree or disagree? (not the exact description from the booklet)

    Part 1: where I live, apps, animals
    Part 2: a place I want to travel to (with whom, where, to do what, why is it a dream holiday for me)
    Part 3: what kind of trip so people like in my country?
    Why? And what makes the difference in between?
    What should be considered for planning a trip?
    Which one is better, travel or stay at home?

  54. Hello, I gave my IELTS speaking section in Noida on 9th May 2018.

    Part 1:
    Where do you work?
    What do you work?
    Which places do you like to travel?
    What would be the next place you would like to travel?
    In your country do most of the people live in cities?
    Do you like the life of city?

    Part 2 :
    Cue card :
    Describe a time when you changed your mind.
    When did the incident occur?
    Why did you change your mind?
    How did you feel about it?

    Part 3 :
    Why do you think people often change their mind?
    Do you think recent advances in technology leads people to change their mind?
    Do you think these changes are good?
    Do you think it would be better if these changes happened gradually?

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂

      • Shagufta says:

        Hi Liz, Thank you for the list of the topics your provided I had my GT ielts tests today at Riyadh including my speaking module:
        Where are you from?
        Do you work or study
        then questions about sleep and sleeping habits
        Cue Card: Describe an unusual meal you had
        then different topics about food such as fast food, how transportation of food from one country to another country has changed our eating habits or choices etc questions about dictionaries
        listening: was considerably slow paced and easy first section was about purchase of bed second was about strawberry farm and a map of the farm and last two cant remember
        reading: first section was about different exhibitions second was about workplace and procedures about time off, late arrivals at work, awards for maintaining good work relationships, then last was about research on Glaciers in Uganda
        Writing: 1. Letter to friends who is going to appear for first job interview she/he has asked you to help in interview preparation, ask her questions about what kind of job she/he as applied for, then advise her about interview and lastly Suggest when and where you can meet to discuss about coming interview
        2. Some people believe travel by car is the best way while others think bicycles are better means of transport, discuss both views and give your opinion
        And once again thank you so much for all your assistance ♥️

  55. Charity says:

    Hi Liz,
    I had my speaking test today. i took the Academic module
    I was asked many questions
    i was asked about where i was living, whether i live in a house or apartment and my favorite room and whether i would leave my house
    i was also asked about plant
    do you like plants?
    did you ever grow plants when you were young?
    would you accept a plant as a gift?
    When was the last time you went to the city?
    Which city would you like to be and why
    How can grandparents help their grandchildren
    What is the role of international cooperation
    What factors affect the function of international cooperation and what can be done
    What do you think of all people speaking one language
    Talk about an instant you have helped your family or friend at work or in studies

  56. General Test

    Hi, I want to thank you in advance for the excellent lessons. This is my second attempt doing the IELTS (my writing score last time was not high enough), and I wish I had known your website the first time around.

    Here are the questions I remember:

    Part 1

    Do you live in a house or apartment?
    How long have you been living there?
    Whats you favorite room in your house? Why?
    What do you do on your holiday?
    Do you usually plan your holiday? Why?
    What was your best holiday? Why?

    Part 2
    Cue Card:
    Talk about your first cellphone.

    Part 3:

    Why are apps so important?
    Would you be able to live without a phone?
    What are the advantages of cellphones? And the disadvantages?
    Do you think with the improvement of communication would make business travelings irrelevant?
    Which kind of travels would people still need to make?

    There were more, but I got very nervous on this part, so I cannot remember very well. There was one question which I struggled, and from there on it went downhill 🙁
    Probably lost many points of fluency, but I hope the other parts and criteria cover for it enough to get a 7.

    Thanks again!

  57. Hello,
    I took my oral test today, May 11th. In Brazil.
    This website is amazing, I’d like to thank you so much. All of the questions I got was here in the practice parts of the website. Practicing only with them made me answer all the questions promptly, without thinking too much before start talking. The ideas came really fast. I only struggled with some follow up questions she did. She asked too much WHY, and for some of the answers I didn’t have a clear reason on my mind.

    The questions were:
    – What do you do? Study or Work?
    – Why did you choose that job?
    – How was your first day at work?
    Let’s talk about food..
    – Do you as a children enjoyed eating foreign food?
    – Do you think people in your country like to eat foreign food?
    – How have it changed in the recent years?
    – Have you tried an unusual food in the recent days?
    PART II : Describe a website you visit frequently.
    – Who told you about the website?
    – Why do you think it is useful.
    – Would you recommend this website to someone?
    (I stopped talking before the time so she asked me about the interface of the website)
    PART III: It was about the Internet.
    – How can Internet be helpful for Education.
    – How Internet changed our lives.
    – How online courses are different from face-to-face courses?
    – Will teachers be replaced by computers?
    – Will e-books replace libraries?
    – Do you think people buy more e-books than books?
    (now I don’t remember if those questions about book were in part one or three).

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 The reason the examiner asks “why” is because the examiner wants to hear more English. If you don’t expand your ideas, you don’t give enough range of English to get the higher scores.

  58. Gabriela says:

    Speaking test, Academic
    May, 11- SP/Brazil

    Part 1
    Do you study or work?
    Why did you choose that job?
    Did you like your first day at work?
    Some questions about how I spend my time, how poeple in my hometown spend time on weekends, with whom I spend my time and if I pretend to spen more time with may family in the future

    Part 2
    Describe a comic actor who is popular in your country. You should say:
    Who the actor is
    How you know him/her
    What kind of person he/she is
    And explain why he/she is popular in you country

    Part 3
    Some questions related to entertainment, such as taste of man/woman, children, computer games

  59. First of all, thank you Liz for the wonderful resources you’ve provided on your website, they were indeed very valuable to me.
    I had my speaking test today. She asked lots of questions, I can’t even remember all. I was interrupted close to 10x I think, I gave it my best though. I am hopeful for a really good result.
    Section1: Where are you from? From where you live here in Belgium to this place, how minutes did it take you? Can you talk about an outing in your neighborhood, that you often go to? Do you go on outings? and 2 more questions.

    Cue card: Talk about an activity you do with older people, what is it? do you enjoy it?
    the role of older parents in the life of their children and grandchildren.
    Do teenagers and children, listen to their older parents?
    what is the difference between family values before and now,
    What has changed?
    Is it better or worse, something like that?
    I can’t remember the rest.

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 Good luck with your results 🙂

    • Anjali Wadhwa says:

      Thanks for all the tips and strategies for IELTS test you share on your website. It has been extremely useful.

      I had my IELTS General Training test today in Newcastle, Australia.
      Writing Topics:
      Task 1: You are planning a holiday to another country, write a letter to your friend and ask her to join you. You should say:
      – Why you need this holiday?
      – Explain her the plan in detail
      – why do you want your friend to join you for this holiday?

      Task 2: In many countries, the number of old people is increasing. Some people think this will cause a problem for their country. Others think that old people play a very important role in society.

      Describe both views and express your opinion.

      Sections 1: 1st passage was about different eating outlets
      Section 2: can’t remember.
      Section 3: Some animal Hallucinogen something.

      Question types: Matching headings, fill in the blanks, multiple choice, matching information.
      – Section 1: Telephone convo between a real estate agent and customer
      – Form filling
      – Section 2: Discussion about some presentation between two students
      – Multiple choice questions, Multiple choice multiple answers.
      – Section 3: Child care centre instructions:
      – Fill in the blanks, multiple choice questions.
      – Section 4: Types of supermarket arrangements.
      – Table completion, matching information

      Speaking: She asked me a hell lot of questions and it went super fast. Maybe I was speaking too fast.

      Part 1:
      – Where are you from?
      – Do you work/study?
      – Why did you choose this job?
      – How was your first day at work?
      – Do you like to be on time?
      – Do you think in your culture, being on time is important?
      – Do you get bored?
      – How often do you get bored?
      – What makes you feel very bored?
      – What do you do when you are very bored?
      – Do you think you get bored more than when you were a child?

      Part 2: Describe a quiet place that you go to.
      – What is it?
      – How often do you visit there
      – Why do you like it

      Part 3:
      – Do you think old people enjoy the quiet place more than young people?
      – What laws do you think should be put in place to control noise?
      – Is it hard to find a quiet place in the city as compared to the countryside?
      – Why is that?
      – Do you think young people will get bored in a quiet place?
      – Do you think the world will be much noisier in future than it is today?

  60. Speaking may 9 , ,2018 ,Hyderabad
    Part 1
    What’s your full name
    Do you work or u r a student
    How was your first day at ur work
    Do u like travelling
    What things do you want take if u r planning to travel
    Where do u want to visit for ur next travel
    Which was ur best holiday
    Who was your favourite teacher in school
    Why do u think it’s important to remember teachers from school

    Part t 2
    Describe an interesting animal in your country
    Where does it live
    How does it look like
    Where did u see it
    Why do u like it
    Do you love animals

    Part 3
    Do u think there should be a subject in school regarding animals
    How can we control extinction of animals
    2 more questions were there about animals but I don remember
    Thank you liz all your recent speaking questions were really helpful

  61. NEENU JOSHI says:

    General speaking test 11/05/2018
    1..questions on dictionaries
    2.on animals
    3.Cue card on good service received by company
    4.followup questions on services provided

  62. Hi Liz!
    Thanks for your amazing blog!

    IELTS GT – São Paulo/BR –> Speaking Test – May, 10th 2018

    The examiner was a bit confused. The worst thing is they don’t follow a pattern. Unfortunately this lady interrupted me many times (in short answers), she did many comments once I was answering the questions, and so on. Believe me, I would love to have another option instead of IELTS. I’m not sure this is happening in other countries, but in Brazil they’re distributing “6.5” band scores to many people, remarks are evaluated in 12 days and nothing change. 🙁

    Part 1
    – My name, work/study
    – Where do you live?
    – Do you live in an apartment or house? Why?
    – Do you think you’ll move from there in the future?
    Then, many questions about letters/cards:
    – Do you receive many letters/cards?
    – In your birthday, do you like to receive e-mails or cards? Why?
    – Do you think letters/cards will disappear due to the use of e-mails? Why?

    Part 2
    Talk about a song you like
    – What song is?
    – What the song is about?
    – When have you listen to it?
    – Why you like it?

    Part 3
    Follow up questions about music/musicians.
    – Do you like to listen to music? When you listen… Why you listen…
    – Do you think anyone can learn to play a musical instrument?
    – Some people argue that governments should not invest money in concerts/musicians. Do you agree or desagree? Why?
    – Should music be taught in schools? Why?

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 It is 100% normal that the examiner will interrupt your answers – all students should be ready for that.

    • SAURABH BAGHEL says:

      I experienced the same set today at my IELTS speaking test on 11.05.2018 at 2:00pm at Noida, UP (India).

      Kept on speaking and requested the interviewer once to repeat a question that i didn’t hear clearly. I hope that doesn’t affect the band?

  63. hi liz
    Sri Lanka
    1> do you like plants ?why? did you plant when you were a child?
    keep plants at home ?
    2>A magazine you like the most
    3> do you talk about magazines?
    why important?whats the differance with newspaers?
    d you think they would disappear in the future?

  64. Ginni Kaur Bhatty says:

    Hi Liz,
    My Speaking test was on May 11, 2018 at Mumbai and here are the questions:

    Part 1
    Do you Work or Study?
    What are you roles and responsibilities?
    What made you go for such a job?
    Do you prefer to live in cities or in rural areas?
    Why do you prefer the cities more?
    are cities or rural areas more populated in you country?
    Which was the last city that you visited?
    Which city would you want go go in the future?
    Do you like the rains?
    Is it difficult for you to travel in the rains?
    Would you prefer to stay in a city with wet climate or a dry climate?

    Part 2:
    Describe a party that you recently went for. Where was the party and when did it happen. What was one special incident that happened in the party?

    Part 3:
    Do you like going for such parties and events?
    What are the sources of entertainment for people in your country?
    Do young and elder people like such social gatherings alike?
    Do you think outdoor activities are better than playing mobile games?
    Do the kids these days prefer mobile games more?
    How important is it to maintain a work life balance?
    Is it the responsibility of the employer to make sure that the employees maintain a work life balance?

    This is best I could remember. All the best everyone!!

  65. IELTS General,
    Speaking Part was on May 11 in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

    My questions were:
    Part 1:
    – house or apartment
    – free time
    – rain (do you like walking in the rain? how often does it rain where you live, etc.)
    Part 2:
    The trip you took by public transport
    Part 3 (public transport & innovations):
    – Is a private-owned car a sign of success? Why?
    – What is a luxury car?
    – Is a private car more convenient than public transport? Why?
    – How can government lessen the use of private cars?
    – How can public transport be made more eco-friendly?
    – What innovations can be implemented in the sphere of public transport?
    – What is the future of public transport?

  66. Mr Lubana says:

    My speaking is on may 11 , Jalandhar city ,Indian Conducted by IDP .
    PART – 1
    1. General introduction ( name , where came from )
    2. Where do you live and with whom
    3. How far is your hometown from here
    4 . Does your hometown have interesting places
    5. How long from you living there
    4. Do you done any part time or full time job
    5. what is your aim when you were child
    6. what you want to become now
    7. Do you think you preference of job will changed in future
    8. Which is the best job profession and why ?
    9 . Do you do any physical activities
    10. How important is it for doing physical activities for young people and why so ?
    11. What physical activities you do when you were in school
    PART -2
    Describe an event which you celebrate and is important for you
    What event is
    Whom is with you
    How you celebrate it
    Why it is important for you
    Task -3
    1) do you usually celebrate events
    2 ) what were the events people mostly celebrate in your country
    3) how can people assure that the event they celebrate is going good up to end ?
    More questions on international gathering
    4) what is the benefits to host country if they conduct Olympics or othere meetings
    5 ) Is there any problem for conducting it

  67. Margrit says:

    Hi all,

    I did my speaking test yesterday, and will be doing my reading, writing and listening tasks tomorrow. I’m going to try note down as much as I can remember.

    Date: 10 May 2018
    Test: Academic
    Location: Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    Most of the test feels like a bit of a blur to me as I was so nervous (I don’t know why as I am an educator and speak all day for a living lol). I think I also felt so rushed that I perhaps couldn’t articulate myself as much as I would have liked. Only time will tell pending my results.

    Part 1:
    Do you work or do you study?
    What type of work do you do?
    How was my first day at work?
    (I can’t remember if there were any other questions)

    Part 2: (2 mins)
    Topic: Describe a website that you use regularly.
    – I spoke about Pintrest as it was the only thing I could think of, usually when I’m looking how to do something, that is my go to website.

    Part 3: Discussion

    I can’t remember all the questions she asked in this section but they went along the lines of:
    – do I think internet is a good resource to have in the classroom
    – do I think it is better to teach students through the internet or face to face interaction.
    – what do I like to do on a day out

    I can’t really remember anything else. Hopefully she could see that I was just nervous and not a rambling idiot lol. Hopefully tomorrow will go better.

    Good luck everyone! Thank you Liz for the useful info. I knew exactly what was coming and the test was exactly as described.


  68. Nalinda says:

    Hi Liz,

    Had my speaking test on 2018.05.09 at Colombo.

    Part 1 – about job and plants at home
    Part 2 – favourite building I like
    Part 3 – more questions on historical buildings and government policies with regard to those buildings

    A big thank to you for the wonderful work you have been doing for many years. You must be an angel sent from heaven. 🙂

  69. Hi Everyone! 🙂

    Academic – Speaking Exam
    May 10, 2018 – Manila, Philippines

    Part 1:
    About colleagues at work
    What kind of song you like/Will it change over time

    Part 2: Cue card
    Describe an important event in your life
    What is this event
    Who you celebrate it with
    What makes this event important

    Part 3:
    Importance in celebrating national events
    Importance of hosting an international event

  70. Keerthi says:

    Speaking test, General, BC – 10th May 2018
    Centre : Cochin, Kerala, India

    Part 1
    What do yo do? Work / study?
    Was the earlier days difficult for you at work?
    How did you overcome that?
    Describe the best vacation you had till date
    Do you plan your vacations. why and how?
    Where do you want to go for next vacation?
    Do you feel bored often.
    When are the times you feel bored?
    What you do when you get board in such times?

    Part 2:
    Cue – card:
    Describe the time you taught some one at work / studies
    1) Who was that person
    2) what did you taught them
    3)Why did you do that

    How you felt after doing it.

    Does the same person have helped you in your work/ study

    Part 3:
    Follow ups:
    What are the qualification to be in a team?
    What are the other industries where in people work as team
    What do you think about international co-operation
    Why do you think some countries do not come forward for the agreement.

    Thank you 🙂

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • 10-May-2018, Cochin,India
      General Training
      Several questions on hometown.
      Cue card – Favorite subject at school
      Followed by general questions about School and college curriculum, whether the current curriculum needs to be changed in your opinion, what extra subjects should be taught after school level, appropriate age when students should be given free will to choose their choice of study/career etc

      My friend appeared again for GT on same day, same venue. His Cue hard: A favorite point of time in history.
      Again same day, same venue few other people got to describe about an event they celebrated recently in Cue card.

  71. Krasimira says:

    Sofia, bulgaria
    Part 2 cue card Do you use quiet rooms?

    I found it really hard although I sat an IELTS test in 2008 and I got 8.5 for speaking. I just don’t know anything about quiet rooms.

    Is it common to have a non-native speaker to be an examiner on the speaking part??? I don’t think that’s right!

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 It is possible for an examiner to be a non-native speaker. They need excellent language skills which are proved in an international test. They also need to be accepted on to and complete the examiner training for IELTS. They will be full qualified.

  72. Speaking Test
    Location: Abudhabi United Arab Emirates
    05th May2018,

    part 1
    Where do you leave?
    how far is your place from here?
    what favorite TV programme
    why you like it?
    do you think TV can be used as a tool for education rather than visa life place like zoo?
    what is the most TV programme people see?and why?
    what is the most TV programme people see in your home country?

    how many hours that enough for you to sleep?
    which time in your opinion sleeping is not good?and why?
    how can you manage to have a peace night sleep?
    whom you think need to sleep more older of young people?

    what kind of App`s do like?and why?
    what kind of App`s people at you home country likes?and why?

  73. Sejal Sailor says:

    hey liz
    today was my speaking test Vadodara, Gujarat. India
    General Training
    and questions were,

    Part 1

    I’d card
    Do u live in house or apartment?
    Which room is favorite for u? Why?
    Would you like to buy house in future?
    What type of map u are using?
    What type of map people r using now a days? Paper map or electronic map? Why?
    Have u used paper map before?
    Do you like to plane in advance? why?

    Part 2
    Cue card
    Describe a competition ( music, cooking) u would like to participate?
    What competition?
    Where and when you participate?
    What preparation you would do for competition.?

    Why people like to participate in competition.?
    Which game they take most participate?
    Which people more participate in competition.? Younger or older?

    Part 3
    Question regarding work and competition..
    Why is the competition in work place?
    In which profession u see competition.?
    Do people learnt from competition.?what?

    my L/R/W is on 12th may, so will post other questions once i finish my test

    your blogs helped me lot for my test preparation.
    thank you..

  74. Hello Liz, thanks a lot for all your help
    Academic Test
    Accra , Ghana
    8th May 2018

    Speaking test
    Part 1

    Do you work or school?
    Why did you choose your profession?
    How was your first day at the work place?
    About food. did you enjoy foreign foods when you were a kid?
    Ao you think people will try foreign foods or patronise them in the future?
    Have you tried any foreign foods recently?
    About cities. do u think majority of people live in the city?
    Why would you want to visit the city?

    Part 2…cue card

    About comic actor.
    Who he/she is
    What he does
    Why he is popular?
    Why u like him or her
    Any other comic actors you know

    Part 3

    Why do you think actors are popular?
    Is it their role they play that makes them popular or you think its their lifestyle?
    Are children copying them?
    and should they copy them?

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂

      • I had my speaking test yesterday, IDP-Sri Lanka
        General IELTS
        L,R,W on 12 th May 2018
        Part one

        1. Talk about your part of city
        2. is your part of city interesting
        3. do you have time for physical exercise
        4. nowadays do young people doing physical exercise
        5. favorite wild animal
        6. do we need to visit Zoo
        7. Do children should know about animals

        Cue Card

        Favorite place in your part of town, do you like to visit with friends

        1. where is that
        2. why you visit it

        following up questions

        Friends and family
        Did children should spend more time on studying rather than associating friends
        why children should focus on studying
        internet leads to isolation

        • Thanks Thara .. Could you please post your writing task after your exam? Thanks in advance 🙂
          PN : Liz, you are the one who inspired me to start learning and study again after long time. Get well soon my best teacher ever…

      • Hello everyone
        GT, (Mumbai) India .
        I had my speaking test today. Part 1 Questions were related to house or apartment
        Cue card- describe a quiet place.

    • Anand Mashatte says:

      “Thanks a lot”
      You have shared valuable experience with us.
      If possible, can you share about remaining sections?
      That will boost our confidence level.

    • Fenny Louise Taylor says:

      I am mine on Friday in Accra also.

  75. jigar shah (vadodara, india) says:

    my ielts speaking test questions:9/5/2018(india,VADODARA)
    i am jigar i share few question about my speaking test


    basic question , name,add., distance.
    music relate questions
    writing and typing relate question


    what is major subject in school.
    then some technology relate question


    what is desiding age to choose subject?
    what is major subject to most indian people select?

    that”s it,
    i have few trouble in part 1 like as some answer i take more details so it is ok or not?
    then part 2 i am speak continuously but like i am completing full answer because teacher stop me after 2 min later so is it ok?
    part 3 are ok .
    so is it ok to get 7 above band?

    thank you
    please send me your comments .

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 You should always aim to add more to your answers in order to show fluency. In part 2, it is not necessary to finish the whole cue card. You will get band score 7 if your English is band score 7.

  76. Exam Date: 8th May 2018
    Part 1
    What is your Name
    Do you Work or Study?
    What is Role & Responsibility at work?
    When you get Bored?
    Where would you like to go for your next Holiday?
    Part 2
    Describe Spot you watched on TV.
    Part 3
    Why people watch spot?
    Is TV channel showing more Sport than Before?
    Why players Do Advertisement.
    Are they Do Ads for money only?
    what kind of Sport Younger people like in your country?
    What kind of Sport older people watch in your Country?
    What are the benefits of watching Sport to businessmen?

  77. May 5, 2018 Vancouver, Canada
    Part 1: What is your name?
    Do you work or study?
    How was your first day at work?
    Do you remember a teacher from elementary?
    Did you want to be a teacher?
    What was the difference of the teachers you had compared to the ones your parents had?

    Part 2:
    Tell me about an item you own that needs to be replaced.
    Tell me what the item is.
    How long you’ve had it.
    Why does it need to be replaced.
    How hard is it to replace this item.

    Part 3:
    How often do you go shopping?
    What are the advantages and disadvantages of online shopping?
    Do you think there are ways in which people can be prevented from wasting their money?
    How will shopping be in the future?

    Task 1: Bar graph showing the total spending of 6 commodities and services in a particular country in Europe in 1998 and 2008.
    – 1st graph (1998) had a total of 42%
    8% (forgot), 6% (eating out), 10% (buying clothes), 12% (electronic devices), 3% (newspapers/magazines), 3% (going to cinemas)
    – 2nd graph (2008) had a total of 48%
    5%, 6%, 15%, 20%, 1%, 1% (in order of the commodities/services above)

    Task 2:
    The availability of entertainment such as playing video games on handheld devices are harmful to an individual and to a society they live in. To what extent do you agree or disagree.

  78. Australia – sydney

    May 5

    Request TV program manager to make a program on the place you know
    tell the importance
    How you know the place
    why they shud do this

    PART -2
    Why ppl spend too much money on family events?

    speak about a subject that you have studided in school
    why it is important
    how the facutly is

    PArt 3,
    Do u like hearing music?
    Music changed from past to present ?
    will music change in future?
    will music help old people to sleep more?
    Will you download the music from internet or cd ? why?
    How is music in your country?

  79. Hello, Liz 🙂

    Academic IELTS

    Task 1: describe a process of producing electricity from coal
    (I couldn’t find the exact picture in the net, but the process was simplified, all objects were signed).
    Task 2: It is possible to live a full life without internet access. Give your opinion.

    1) History of buttons
    2) sorry cannot remember…(
    3) how people explore usefulness of soils measuring electromagnetic radiation from them

    1) Man is offered different types of job
    There were questions is he: Very interested, quite interested or not interested.
    2) Information about how the sport club works
    3) girls came to some fashion seminar
    4) lecture about the history of gold

    1) Where do you live now?
    Do you like your town? Is it an interesting place to live?
    Why do you live there?
    Do you have a part- or full-time job?
    What job you dreamed about as a child? Why?
    Do you like traveling? Would you like to travel more in future?
    Would you like to travel in space?

    2) Sportsperson that you admire
    What did he archived?

    3) What kind of sport are popular in your country?
    In what sports your country is strong?
    Some people force their kids to be champions, is that right?
    From what age parent should start notice sport talents in their child?
    What is better to practice team sport or individual? Why?

    Thank You so much for your great site, Liz!

  80. Manmeet says:

    Hi liz,
    I had my exam on 5/5/18.
    Speaking part 2- describe a website you regularly visit.
    Writing task 2- Is it necessary to have access to internet to live your life full.

  81. Jinn Choung says:

    I had the test in Sydney on 5th of May 2018

    I got questions like below

    1. Can you tell me about your first day of the work.
    2. What makes you bored?
    3. Describe what you lost.

    2. Do you agree we don’t need to research the past and we more focus on studying the present?

    Thanks Liz.

    • Academic
      I had the test in Sydney on 5th of May 2018

      I got questions like below

      1. Can you tell me about your first day of the work.
      2. What makes you bored?
      3. Describe what you lost.

      2. Do you agree we don’t need to research the past and we more focus on studying the present?

      Thanks Liz.

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂

  82. Vineeta says:

    Your website was of great help specially for speaking. The topic questions were very good for practices.
    My test was today.
    my cue card question was : an event in my life that I celebrated.
    Part 3
    Was discussion National Events.

  83. Dear Liz,
    this is my speaking test what I remembered

    Module : Academic
    Date : 6 May 2018
    Location : Seoul, South Korea (British Council)

    Part 1
    What is your full name?
    Where are you from?

    What kind of housing do you live?
    What part of your home do you like the most?
    Do you plan to move another place in the future?

    Where was the most memorable vacation to you?
    When do you have a plan to go vacation in the future?
    What is the most important thing when going to travel?
    Do you like to plan for travelling?

    Do you remember a teacher in your primary school?
    Who is the best teacher in your school days?

    Part 2
    Describe a sport that you have watched on TV before and you want to try
    What it is
    When you first watched the sport
    What you like about the sport
    And explain why you would like to try this sport
    -additional one : When will you try to do this sport?

    Part 3
    What kind of sport is the most popular in your country?
    Why is the sport the most popular you mentioned?
    Do you prefer watching sports or doing sports?
    Are sports facilities for watching located in nearby or far from your home?
    Why do you think many sports stars appear in commercial advertising?
    Liz, I was surprised you had worked as an English teacher in South Korea.
    Did you work in Seoul then?
    Anyway, thank you for reading my review.

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 I worked briefly in Gyeongju and then moved to Jeju City. I loved both placed, but Jeju Do was particularly special for me 🙂

  84. 5 May 2018
    Brisbane Australia

    Task 1
    Write a letter to manager of a TV Company who is planning to make a programme on one of your known place.
    1. How do you know about that place?
    2. Give a suggestion for his TV programme.
    3. Why do you find that place interesting?

    People spend too much on family celebrations such as birthdays and weddings.
    What are importance of these celebrations?
    Do you think people really spend too much?

    Reading was easy
    Passage 1: Bus transport in area called Cornwall
    Passage 2: Bike ride learning courses
    Passage 3: Employees training programs
    Passage 4: History of Calculator

    Listening was also very easy
    Part 1: Booking for a family tour through phone conversation ( fill in the blanks)
    Part 2: Women giving lecture on bike riding event for charity( small multiple choice with three options including only 1-4 words)
    Part 3: Two students discussing about their lectures and resources( multiple choice choosing 2 options from each question), and about 4 female personalities to work on project( matching type)
    Part 4: Life of Turtles ( fill in the blanks in sentences)

  85. Asma Aman says:

    Date: 5/5/2018
    Academic. British council Riyadh, KSA

    writing task 2: it is not necessary to have an internet access in order to have a full life. give your opinion
    speaking part 2: describe a recent event that made you happy

  86. Sulochana Bajracharya says:

    Academic IELTS
    05/05/2018 in Sydney IDP.
    Task 1: describing a table comparing a number of kms traveled by per adult in a European country in 1975 & 2007.
    task 2: Some people think that researching about past is waste of money and time. We should instead focus on issues of today’s world. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

    Passage 1: Encyclopædia Britannica (Y/N/NG, match headings, multiple choices),
    2: Can money buy happiness? (sentence completion, multiple choice, matching paragraph information)
    3: can’t remember:( (Y/N/NG, filing blanks, choose the best title for the passage)

    Section 1: Phone conversation about a holiday spot: Fonton Bay or something like that
    section 2: 2 students talking about feedbacks about the lecture they had
    section 3: characteristics of ladies from Charles Dicken’s novels
    section 4: Sea turtle, Tallulah

    Part 1: name, where are you from? where are you living at present? is it a good place to live? how far is it from the city? Do you like listening to music when studying or working? what kind of music did you listen when you were young? do you think the interest in music changes? Why do you think young people go to other countries?

    Part 2: cue card
    Talk about a city or country you wanted to live or work in future.
    where is it?
    how and what do you know about it?
    why do you want to live there?
    Will you live there?

    Part 3: Quality of life:
    What are the factors that affect the quality of people’s lives?
    What roles do you think the government should have to ensure people’s quality of life?
    Do you think money living in a good place is better than having a good job?
    Don’t you think if you have enough money you can live wherever you find happiness?

    Well, this is my 4th time, and I did not score well in speaking and writing last time as well. This time I got the cue card that I was not prepared but I thought quickly and spoke, so let’s hope for the best.

  87. Nova Yurika says:

    Ielts Academic.

    Writing task 1: table of public transport system
    Wt 2 : people argue that it is not important to study history, it is more essential to focus on present. To what extent you agree.

    Part 1 : hometown,
    Part 2: favourite tv channel
    Part 3 : tv programme , what older people like, what is your childhood tv programm, ect.

    Thank you Liz for your website. i learned alot, especially writing task 1. May God always protect you.

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