Sept to Dec 2018 IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topics

IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topics for September, October, November and December.

Below are IELTS speaking part 2 topics from September to December 2018. These topics have been reported by students in their IELTS test. Remember that there is only one speaking test for everyone. This means GT and Academic students will do the same IELTS speaking test with the same marking criteria. All the topics are for both sets of candidates.

Q) Will I get these topics in my speaking test?

A) There is no guarantee. The examiner has a long list of topics (longer than the list below) to choose from and you can’t predict what you will get. The most you can do to prepare is much as you can. Prepare both the recent topics below and also common topics which you can find on this page:Β Common Part 2 Topics for IELTS Speaking.

Q) Why from September to December?

A) This is because in September the examiners get a new list of topics which will be used for about 4 months. It is a long list and only some of the topics are listed below.

I will add more topics to the list below once students have informed me. These topics are not predictions, they are topics reported by IELTS students in their test.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topics Sept – Dec

  1. an interesting job you would like to do
  2. a time you helped someone
  3. a time you planned something that later got changed
  4. a recent happy moment
  5. a useful website
  6. a journey
  7. a book you recently read
  8. something you made by hand for a friend
  9. a good law
  10. a story you have been told
  11. a decision you made with someone’s help
  12. a talkative person
  13. your favourite animal
  14. a foreign language you would like to learn (not English)
  15. something you lost that was important to you
  16. someone who has visited your country
  17. a piece of equipment you had repaired
  18. a distance place you would like to visit
  19. a place you prefer to study indoors or outdoors
  20. a film or TV show that made you laugh
  21. your first mobile phone
  22. a person you never met but heard a lot about
  23. a magazine you like to read
  24. a teenager you know
  25. a young child
  26. a valuable gift you received
  27. a competition you would like to take part in
  28. a happy event that you celebrated
  29. a family business that you know
  30. something interesting your friend has done
  31. a time you complained about something and action was easily taken
  32. something you borrowed from a family member or friend
  33. someone actively involved in environmental problems
  34. a national flower or plant
  35. a childhood friend
  36. an important part of your country
  37. an interesting thing your friend has done
  38. how you learned maths in primary school
  39. an item you own that needs replacing
  40. something a friend has done that you would like to do
  41. the last time you went shopping in a market
  42. a skill that takes a long time to learn
  43. a beautiful city
  44. a journey you made using public transport
  45. a special item of clothing you wore for an occasion
  46. a building you like

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  1. Hi
    I had an IELTS exam in 2 march and the second part of speaking test subject was about
    A β€œMagazine” that you read,
    What do you like about it
    What is it about
    What is interesting about it

  2. Ruchi H Shah says

    I had my speaking on 3rd January in Vadodara, Gujarat, India.
    Questions were:
    Your name,
    Where are you from,
    Are you a student or do you work?
    Another topics were music and plastic bottle respectively.

    Cue card: a good law of your country

    I had my L,R,W on 5th January.
    writing Task-1: compare 2 line graphs in which number of male and female prison population were given for a century.

    Writing Task-2: in some culture old people are valued more where as in some culture young are given more value. Discuss both the views and give your opinion.

  3. Dear Liz,
    First of all I hail your endeavours. You are so great that I lack the words to explain your gratefulness.
    Questions of speaking on 18 Dec are as following:
    Where do you live?
    In which type of house do you live?
    Are you thinking of shifting to any other place in future?
    Which is your favourite room in the house?why?
    Why do people visit quiet places?
    -Where are these quiet places?
    -why do you prefer to go there?
    -how often you go there?
    Why do older people visit such quiet places?
    Why the countrysides are more quiet than cities
    Do you think it becomes difficult for some people to adjust in quiet places when they have been living at a noisy place

    Do you think children should go at some quiet places

    – do the trees help to reduce noise
    – do you think that houses these days have become noisy places. What are sources of sound?

    Writing on 15-December; topics were as given below:
    WT-1: you shifted to a place and some of your furniture and other items have been damaged. Write a letter to shipment company :
    – when and where you traveled
    -explain which items have been damaged
    -what you want them to do now
    Some people say that online courses these days are effective for studying while others say that studying in classrooms is a better way. Discuss both sides and give your own opinion?

  4. Hi Liz,
    Thank you!!!! I just had my speaking test Last December 15, 2018. You were really a great help. I just want to share the questions they asked me…

    Part 1:
    Where do you live?
    Talk about the place where you live.
    Do you like the place where you live?
    Lets talk about weather: how’s the weather there?
    Which do you prefer, a dry or wet weather?
    Do you want to have more types of climate in your place, or would you want it to be the same throughout the year?
    Lets talk about a car. Do you use a car? How often do u have traffic in ur place? When was the last time you used a taxi? Why?

    Part 2 (2-minute monologue)
    Topic: A thing you made by hand that you have given to a friend or relative.
    -What it is
    -Why did you give it
    -Do you find it hard to do/prepare it.

    Part 3:
    What is creativity and why it is important?
    What are the benefits of being more creative?
    Why do you think people give gifts that are made by hand?
    Do u prefer receiving such gift or something already made?
    How it is different when an item is hand-made?
    Do you think creativity is needed for such craft?
    Should creative-thinking subjects be taught in school?
    Lets talk about computer games: Do you think computer games reduce students’ creativity?
    Are there computer games that do not improve a child’ s creative thinking?

    I am praying i hit my required band score (7.0)…Please pray for me….

  5. Romanpreet kaur says

    Hi liz ,my speaking test is going to be held tomorrow and I wanna ask that may i use French words there for getting 7+bands .

    • Let me ask you a simple question. Do you think it is advisable and recommended to use French words in an English language test? I’m sure you know the answer.

  6. Purnata Bhattacharyya says

    Hi Liz, it’s Purnata from Bangladesh, I had my speaking test today, the Cue card topic was “A magazine you enjoy to read” , the topic was provided on the list of Sep-Dec 2018 IELTS Cue Card topics. I have my final exam on 15th, wish me luck. Thanks.

  7. Rakhshanda affan says

    I took the test today
    Questions were do u like gardening
    Which plant u grew
    Part 2 . Describe an interesting animal
    Where did u first saw it
    How u felt
    Tell the interesting thing about that animal
    Part 3.more questions realated to animals n there conservation

  8. Hello. I took the test today – 08/12/2018. Speaking questions:
    (I got quite strange questions for part1)
    PART 1 :
    Where do you live?
    How do you like the place where you live?
    Is it common to live in similar locations?
    Do you drink water?
    Why is it important to drink water?
    Were you in a situation when you were thirsty but had nothing to drink?
    Think about a gift that you made for somebody.
    Explain – what it was, why did you give it to him/her, how long it took to create it and how did the person feel about it.
    What is creativity and why it is important?
    What are the benefits of being more creative?
    Should creative-thinking subjects be taught at school?
    How it is different when an item is hand-made?
    Thanks and good luck to all of you!

  9. Thanks so much Liz, the topics were helpful. I just had my speaking test, the first part was about music, second part about a good law but the third part threw me off balance, it was about international laws. I don’t know much about international laws, I was just saying what came to my mind, I had some episodes of erm erm. I hope the third part won’t reduce my score. Thanks once again

  10. The speaking part 2 topic that I got on 28 November 2018 was:

    Tell something that you do to stay focussed on work /study.
    what you do.
    How often you do.
    Has it made any difference .

  11. The speaking part 2 topic that I got on 28 November 2018 was:

    Tell something that you do to stay focussed on work /study.
    what you do.
    How often you do.
    Has it made any difference .

  12. Today’s IELTS speaking topics 6th of December 2018
    Part 1
    where do you live
    why do you like the place
    Do you know the people around
    Do you wear sunglasses
    Do you buy many of them
    How is the wheather in Sri lanka
    what whether do you prefer

    Part 2
    Talk about a language (Except English) you like to start learning

    Part 3
    use of a universal language
    How it affect culture of a country
    what are the benefits of learning common language
    what are the disadvantages of a common language and so on

  13. Dhrumil Patel says

    Hi Liz,
    My IELTS speaking examination was conducted today. Part 2 question was as follows:
    Q) Describe a competition you would like to take part in?
    — What is the name of the competition?
    — When and where is it conducted?
    — What happens in the competition?
    — And Why would you like to take part in that competition?
    Thanks a lot for this blog. It helped a lot. Also Best of luck to all who have their examination πŸ™‚

  14. Asha vinayak says

    Dear liz ,I am completely unaware about ,any age limit in ielts speaking topics ;to be frank I am 12 years old ,so there would be any different questions of my age ???? . Plz help me ….

    • You definitely need to contact your local test centre about age limits. IELTS for speaking are not based on age, nationality or profession. The examiner has a list and can choose at random. You would have to prepare all the same topics. Obviously given your age, the examiner would not ask about work – that would be the case for any student. But all other topics are fair play. For part 2, you can adapt the topic as long as you stay close to the main topic given. By this I mean if you are given the cue card “A foreign meal you have eaten”, you could explain you’ve never eaten foreign food, explain why, talk about some foreign food you would like to eat and then talk about food that you enjoy most. It is still completely fine to do that in part 2.

  15. Esther Keen says

    Well, today I completed my speaking task.
    The examiner was really friendly !
    – Part 1 : he asked me some questions related to my house like do u live in a flat or a house ? Which room is your favorite?
    Do u think you’ll move to other places in the future ?
    – Part 2 : Describe about a happy moment which you remember.
    – Part 3 : He asked me about money&happiness. It was pretty hard! But I recommend you to add examples from your own experience!
    I hope I’ll get a good band score ! Thank you for your tips, Liz !

    DATE : 28-November-2018

    Speaking part 1 :

    Where do you live?
    How is your neighbourhood?
    Do you know many people in your neighbourhood?
    Do you like wearig sunglasses?
    How you ever bought sunglasses?
    Did you ever break sunglasses?
    What do you think about sunglasses as a gift?
    Do you listen to music often?
    Why do you like listening to music?
    Is there any type of music which you do not like?
    why don’t you like that particular music type?

    Part 2 :

    Talk about the time you burrowed something from a friend or relative.
    What you burrowed
    Why you burrowed
    How did u feel about it

    Part 3 :
    Follow up ques and discussion on burrowing things
    Is burrowing good?
    Do people burrow a lot? Why?
    what happens if people burrow things and those things are lost or broken?
    What is the reaction of people when they do not get back the things they asked for?
    Do you feel ashamed/embarrassed of asking for a thing back again and again after lending it to someone?
    When giving expensive or precious items, what precautions would you advise?
    And then the last ques was about pooling money to buy cars and bicylces and how i feel about it?

  17. Test date 27th dec
    Part 1- what do you do?
    Why do you select this job?
    Do you like dry or wet weather?
    Have you changed plans bcos of weather?
    Do you like to go out in the weather?

    PART 2
    Talk about a party you attend

    Part 3
    Do you like to receive letters or cards?
    Do you this email will completely replace letters?
    Does technology effect the work life balance?
    How important is the work life balance?
    Earlier people managed to balance the work and private life… How did they do ir without tech?

    • Hai Liz,
      Appreciate your input on above part 3 questions… Ideally part 3 questions should be based on the cue card topic, but the examinar asked alot of questions which are not relevant to the topic in the cue card. Is this normal?

      • If the examiner wishes to push further and test different aspects of your language by branching into another topic, it’s fine. The examiner has a lot of freedom in part 3 to make decisions about questions and topics.

  18. Thank you Liz Ua page is awesome loaded with amazing tips and techniques

  19. Hello liz,
    I am Jessica from Nigeria.
    I did my ielts on 10th November 2018 in Abuja.
    I scored a band 9 in speaking.
    Thanks for the topics and tips.
    My advice is do all part 2 topics from may to december because mine came from earlier months.

  20. Hi Liz,
    I am taking IELTS exam in December. Is it likely I will probably get some questions from the list of Part 2 (Septemper-December) or those people who will sit exam in December won’t probably receive questions from the list?

    • This has been explained on the page above. Please read it again more carefully.

      • manu chowdary says

        hie liz thnx for providing the information very clearly today i have done my speaking i was a bit panic and couldnt give ans properly for 2 questions rest all when i was speaking she started to ask other questions for rest of the exam
        can i get atleast 6

        • Your score is based on the English language you spoke during the test – I haven’t heard it. Your score cannot be predicted.

  21. Hi Liz,

    I am planning to take an exam on January. May I know when the Speaking topics for January – April 2019 will be announced on this site? And will any of the questions from September-December 2018 topics will be repeated in the January – April 2019 or there will be complete change?

    • Yes, some topics will probably be repeated. You also need to prepare ALL the common topics – see the main speaking page on this site (click on RED BAR). The topics for January onwards will be reported when IELTS candidates tell me. I collect information when it is available and then share it.

  22. Surabhi Jain says

    I had taken IELTS on 1 November. My speaking topics were:

    Describe the place where u live.
    What do u like most about it?
    Do you love listening to music
    Why u enjoy classical music
    Have u ever been to live concert
    Why u enjoyed there
    Describe an interesting city of your country
    Difference b/w countryside and city?
    Will planning helps in city?
    Does more planning work makes citylife boring?
    and other related questions.

  23. Speaking test
    Should children be exposed to money at an early age?
    Is cash common as gifts in your county?why?
    Should children be encouraged to save at an early age?why?
    Do you think the poor has a say in the society?why?
    why is power often associatedwithout money?
    Part 3
    Describe a situation when you were offered money as gifts
    Who the person was
    How did you feel about it?.
    I didn’t even know when we got to Part 3
    I used eem once..
    Examiner was nice.I remember stopping in part 3 but she gave me a sign to continue.
    Thank you liz!!

  24. Kumar Abhey says

    Hlo Mam,
    I am preparing for ielts GT exam.I want to get 19th January 2019 for exam.I just want to know that the cue cards will be changed or they will remain same which you mention.

    • They will probably change, but some topics will be reused. This means you should prepare both current and common topics at the moment. All ideas that you plan can be reused for any talk you give. The more topics you prepare, the better.

  25. Hi

    My topic today (Brunei)as follows :

    Part 1: Work
    Part 2: person I never met but would like to know more
    Part 3: more question on personalities , work environment .

    I stammered a few times trying to find a suitable word but I noticed I didn’t utter any uuugg or ahhs but I fill in the pause with β€œim struggling to find suitable words , please give me a moment…” though that’s only one or two times…is that ok ?
    I was also self correcting myself a few times in part 2 while forming the story structure in my head…I guess that affects the score ?

    One question in part 3 I was answering off topic and quickly bend it back once i realised my mistake.

    • It is NOT a good idea to say “I am trying to find suitable words”. This means your level of English is not strong because you can’t remember the words easily. You NEVER admit that you can’t remember or you need time because your English isn’t strong. If you want thinking time, you say “could you repeat the question please”. You NEVER say “please give me a moment”. That is not an option in part 1 or part 3. You can only ask for the question to be repeated to give you more time. Your score will be based on your overall performance and your overall level of English. I will keep my fingers crossed for you. However, if you have to take the test again, do not book it until you know EVERYTHING about the speaking test. All this information is available on this site for free.

  26. Why didn’t i find you earlier??
    I gave my speaking test today and i got a topic of Teenager You Know.

    It was okay, but if i would have known this i would have practised more.

  27. Hi Liz,

    Done with speaking on 9th and LRW on 10th.

    Part 1: Full name, place, about pictures (3-4 questions), Fav sport in your country(3-4 questions)
    Part2: Cue card 14th topic in the list. A foreign language you would like to learn(Not English)
    part3: Random questions on languages and etc

    One question
    The interviewer asked to speak 1-2 min so I spoke more than 1 min(about 1.30 min), I guess, definitely not 2 min. I did not have many ideas to speak so I said ‘That’s it’.
    Will it affect my score?

    And, thank you. Unfortunately, I found this site on 8th only. Only one day but read your tips and especially test day tips. LRW went well but speaking only that single doubt.

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Fluency is based on an overall score, not just part 2. Good luck with your results πŸ™‚

  28. Hi Liz,

    I must say that you are doing an incredible job and thanks for all the information and help. It was really useful.
    My LRW exam (General) was on 10th of Nov 2018 in Mumbai, India.

    Writing Task 1:

    you want to organize a party for one of your colleague. Write a letter to your manager informing about the same.

    Writing Task 2:

    In many countries the amount of garbage(rubbish) has increased rapidly.
    1) why is this happening.
    2) what can preventive measures can be taken care of.

    Good luck to everyone.


  29. Darena Montgomery says

    Hi Liz,

    I wanted to let you know, that you are by far the BEST teacher for IELTS I know. I watched diffrent videos for IELTS but they were not as good as yours! I would also recommend everyone to purcjase your written videos, as I did all 3 of them! It’s worth the money. Your advice on the writing and speaking part are really great! With your help I was able to score 8 in both! I am very greatful for your help! You are doing a wonderful job! I hope that god will bless you richly! Soooo thankful! Sending you lots of hugs!


    • That’s such great news!! I’m really pleased for you – very well done πŸ™‚ I’m so glad my lessons helped πŸ™‚

  30. Metin Saraykoylu says

    Hi. 9th November the speaking part two topic is
    When did you complain someone? And related questions.

  31. I took my IELTS speaking test on today, 8th November.
    First part was about my house.
    Second was about a recent happy event that has happened to me.
    Third was about money and happiness.

  32. Amania Amir says


    Part 1 was about my studies and job
    some about cooking. like how often do u cook, why
    do u prefer home cook food or restaurant food , why
    recent meal u enjoyed at home

    Part 2 Describe an interesting place of your country

    how do u know abt it
    where it is
    what people do and see there
    Part 3
    questions related to cue card

  33. Sidra Faisal says

    IELTS general
    Karachi Pakistan

    Hi Liz,

    I want to thank you for auch great lessons, I just finished my speaking test. My questions were as under

    PART 1
    do you work or study
    What is your work
    Do you like plants
    Have you ever grown plants when you were younger
    Do you enjou vaccations
    Have you ever been to any vaccation
    What are your plans for next holidays

    Part 2
    A party you enjoyed (i talked about the birthday party)

    Part 3
    Do people enjoy party
    Should we arrange party for kids
    Why people like to party
    How people spend their leisure time
    Do people in past had more time than today

  34. Minions on the JR says

    Hello Liz, thank you very much for your tips and samples. I had the test today (Nov.3) at Kyoto, Japan. The following are the questions I was asked.

    Part 1
    Do you often feel bored? When?
    (I said probably when people continuous complain about the problems they have in their lives. The examiner laughed.)
    What do you do when you feel bored?
    What do you do when you are with families and friends?

    Part 2
    Describe a song you like, you should include 1)the name of the song, 2) what the song is about, and 3) when and where did you first hear the song.

    Part 3
    What kind of songs are popular in your Country?
    Are the songs popular today different from that are popular in your grandparent’s generation?
    Do you think peoples who speak different languages can understand the same music?
    Do you think music can have a positive and negative influence on people?
    (I answered that it depends on the mood of the listener. The examiner asked how about the music itself. At first, I did not understand the question fully, so I asked if he could paraphrase it and he did. Would this lower my band?)
    Do you think governments should give financial support to symphony concert offered private companies?

    Liz, I spoke a lot during the test to the point that the examiner had to stop me a few times. However, I did not use up all the time I was given in part 2, and the examiner asked me a follow-up question. I am wondering if this would lower my band. Thank you so much for reading my comment and question.

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Your fluency is marked on more than hitting 2 mins in part 2. Your fluency will be based on your overall performance throughout the whole test. Also the examiner does know the difference between someone who is able to talk with fluency and someone who just ran out of ideas. If your part 1 and 3 were fluent and you gave a lot – it should be fine πŸ™‚ Good luck with your result! Nice to meet someone from Kyoto – I’ve always wanted to visit πŸ™‚

  35. Harsimran Kaur says

    Hi all,
    I gave my LRW test yesterday.
    In writing task 1 the topic was “the street you live in has become rather dirty. Write a letter to council about:
    -What are the problems causing it?
    -what are the effects?
    -what measures do you want the council to take?

    In writing task 2 the topic was “Television and internet has helped ordinary people alot in becoming famous.Discuss the positive and negative aspects of this development.”

    I have my speaking test tomorrow , will update the topics asap.

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Good luck tomorrow! Be chatty, friendly and open – it’s an informal speaking test and the examiner wants to hear your language πŸ™‚ Also don’t worry if you are interrupted, it’s normal – just listen for the next question and keep speaking until the examiner stops you.

      • Harsimran Kaur says

        Thank you so much Liz. Your blog has been helpful a lot. Thanks to your list . I got my topic from herein , it was topic 14 (a language i want to learn).

        Part1- Cooking and eating , Famous sport in my country and questions related to it.
        Part2-Cue card- A language i want to learn
        Part3-Language and culture- all questions related to it.

        You are doing an amazing job. I wish you all the luck for further. πŸ™‚

  36. nazia devgan says

    Hi Liz… Am from India…my speaking test was held tody..
    Cue card :-faraway place in future
    General ques were about music, sports, work, travelling…
    Thnx for ur support..

  37. Infanta Sajeena says

    Just out from my speaking test

    My questions for part one was about my home and my fav room and a few more questions regarding rains.. does it rain often in my place and few more general questions regarding rains

    My topic for part 2 is the sport I have watched and not played

    Questions for part 3 was regarding sports and business.

  38. first of all i want to thank you for such a helpfull website for our ielts test.secondly mam you are a angel for me you provide meaningful material to students without any cost mam god bless you.
    again thank you.

  39. Hi Liz,

    I got my IELTS results and overall score is 7. I must say i was greatly benefited from the speaking topics list which was provided by you(the topic given was one among the list) and the writing samples(got 7.5).
    Thank you…!

    • Well done – good results πŸ™‚

    • Hi Roopa,

      Do you mean that writing task was from the list of essays Liz provided or something similar to them?

      Please elaborate.


    • Noureen Usman says

      Hi liz,
      I had speaking test (GENERAL) on 29 Oct 2018 and my cue card question was :
      Describe important Plant (tree, Flower or bushes) of your country:
      mention the name
      when and where it can be found
      what do you know about it in detail.

    • Thank you so much Liz, I just finished my speaking test. I was asked about a difficult skill i learnt recently.
      If I prefer comfortable shoes/ fashionable shoes.
      How often I shop shoes online.
      Wether poeple today are more patient than than in the past.

  40. Ashfaq Z Khan says

    I have attended IELTS Speaking Test on 26.10.18 in Bangladesh.

    My Cue card topic was exactly SL no 44 “A Trip you made using Public Transport”.

    Thank you!

  41. Hi,

    Firstly, thanks a lot Liz for this awesome website. I just had my speaking test and thought to post the questions asked so that it might help fellow testtakers.
    Part1: What is your name? What for you do?
    Do you live in House or apartment?
    Which is your favourite room in house?
    Do you like plants?
    Did you grow plants when you were younger?
    Are you punctual?
    Are ppl in your country punctual?
    How do you feel when people are not punctual?

    Part2: Describe a time when you did street shopping( cue: where you went, what you brought, how was market?

    Part3: Do you do online shopping?
    Why some ppl like to buy branded clothes?
    Is online shopping better than regular shopping?
    How online stores give so much of discount?
    Do you think it’s good to spend huge amount of money on designer stuff?

  42. Rahul Paliwal says

    Hello Liz,

    Thanks for your blogs and videos. They are really helpful.

    I gave my speaking test today. I think overall it went well.

    I got a new topic for speaking task 2 which I did not saw in past so thought of sharing it here.

    Please tell about a street market you recently went to. Describe the market. Why did you went to that particular market and what did you bought from the market?

  43. IELTS speaking test on 26 Oct Pune:
    Part 1: Work, cinema, seasons
    Part 2: Interesting part of your country
    Part 3: questions related to town planning; business and competition in different regions of the country. Difference between people living in city and country side. How does business affect a city? Why do people find planned cities boring?

  44. Farooq ahmed says

    Hello mam…
    I have a question…. On my educational certificates my name is farooq Ahmed….. But on IELTS report its showing Ahmed farooq…. Is there any problem plz reply (ID= passport)

  45. Hi my recent speaking questions
    Fr part 1….job, cinemas and park
    Cue language which u will like to learn
    Part 3… benefits of learning language and questions related to language

    Essay….more importance given to male sports than female sports…give reasons that why so …and is it positive or negative development

  46. Hi, Liz.
    I had my speaking test today in Chandigarh ,India.
    I got the following questions :-
    Where you are living now?
    Would you like to move in future? But I did blunder in this question .I just said I don’t want to move as I’m already working in an IBM company.
    I got the cue card topic.
    Describe your favorite song
    Part 3
    What is the influence of music on the adults.
    Which music liked by the older and younger people?

  47. Treasa Cherian says

    Thank you Liz for your guidance and online materials.
    I had my IELTS speaking last week in Angamaly, India.

    Part 1 questions :
    1) Where do you live? In a house or in an apartment?
    2) Do you like to settle there in future?
    3) Will you change your profession in future? Why?
    4) Your favorite tourist destination
    5) A place you would like to visit for a one day trip
    6) Do you like to go out alone or with friends? Why?
    7) Your favorite primary school teacher? Why?
    8) Do you find any difference in teachers when you were young and nowadays?

    Part 2:
    Describe a travel in which you used public transport
    1) Where did you go?
    2) Which public transport you availed?
    3) How is it better from other conveyance methods?
    4) How did you feel?

    Part 3: Questions related to public tansport
    1) How often do you use public transport?
    2) What are the advantages of public transport?
    3) What measures can be taken to make people depend on public transport?
    4) What measures are to be taken by government to promote public transport?
    5) How public transport affect the economy?

  48. Gayathri Mendis says

    Hi Liz, I faced my speaking test. Its all about pictures, city and country life & beautiful places.

    Cue card topic is; Describe a beautiful part of your country.
    Thank you for your guidance to be familiar with speaking test. ❀️

  49. Hi Liz,
    I have just taken IELTS on the 299 Sept in Malaysia, I wish I come across this site before the test πŸ™
    Just want to let you know for my part 2 speaking I got a cue card to talk about a quiet place that you enjoy staying at. Supporting sentences include how long do you stay in that place. That’s all i can remember. It was a rather difficult topic for me because I am always a noisy person. ><
    Part 3 questions include what do you think of your neighbour, do they make loud noise? Should government implement regulation etc.
    Hope it helps πŸ™‚

  50. Hey, Liz
    Thanks for all the free learning modules, you are really doing a great job.
    Please, can you also post the sept-oct 2018 most common writing topics, it would be really helpful, thank you. πŸ™‚

  51. Holaa Liz,

    I’m from Malaysia, I completed the speaking test in the afternoon. I got the Topic 42 to be exact describe about special items of clothing you wore for special occasions.
    1) What is it and what occasion?
    2) Where you bought?
    3. What was people perceptions on it?

    For sections 3 I been asked a dozen of questions.
    1. Ask I talked about Saree attire he asked regarding it.
    2. When do Malaysian wear saree.
    3. Why don’t malaysia wear saree for office and interview?
    4. Describe about current changes in clothing
    – people don’t have concern on clothing?
    – do trend change from the past?
    – will there be a changes in clothing in future
    – what and when people wear formal attire
    – formal vs semi-casual attire, which is best, why? Does it suits all the occasions?
    – why some companies use uniform?
    And there are some others questions as well, I can’t recall it.

    Thank you so much for the lessons and guidance Liz, hope I will get good scores😊
    Good luck for those taking ieltsπŸ’ͺ

  52. IELTS speaking test british , Stockholm
    29 sep 2018
    part 1)
    hometown, season, weather in your country, breakfast, daily routine,
    part2) describe a toy ! you played with while you were child
    what was it?
    with who
    part 3)
    question related competition

  53. Beant baidwan says

    Today was my speaking test nd my cue card topic was recent happiest moment ✌️✌️

  54. Mahmoud Nabeel says

    Hi Liz,

    Today I had my speaking test in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
    The examiner was so relaxed and tried to break the ice before the test so that I feel comfortable. It was nice from him.

    As usual, part 1 was about where do I live, and whether I prefer cities over than countryside villages. It was pretty easy.

    For part 2, I was asked to talk about a plan that I used to change. What was the plan? Why did I change it? How did I feel when I changed it?

    And obviously, part 3 was about change and resisting it. He covered this point from different aspects, starting with people and their adoption to change, moving to companies, and then to countries. I was fortunately able to provide several examples which really helped me a lot in not focusing about the time at all.

    Thank you Liz for all the efforts you’re sparing for everyone.

    • I’m glad you had a nice experience in your test – sounds like a good examiner πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your topics πŸ™‚

  55. Hello Liz,
    i had my speaking test today, oct 12th.
    task 1:
    where do you live – in apartment or in a house?
    should adults give children money as a present?
    Is it easy to remember your teachers?
    task 2:
    describe a public transport trip
    task 3:
    what can the government do to encourage people to use public transport instead of cars?

  56. Liz, Thank you so much for providing such useful platform for all the students.

    IDP speaking test, Vijayawada, India-12/10/2018
    part 1- work or study and different kind of shoe
    part 2- recent lecture/talk you attended recently-when,where, how did you feel
    part 3- how to remember the points explained in such lectures
    is awareness of communication technology required? why?
    is such technological development good?
    has writing become redundant due this change?

    Will post writing topic tomorrow after the test. Good luck to everyone!

  57. Thanks to Liz
    .Your blog really helped me today for my Ielts test. See my part 2 question below:

    Describe someone famous you have never met but would like to meet.

  58. An equipment you had repaired
    Can you plzz tell me what does the cue card mean??

    • Anything that was broken and you had fixed. If you haven’t had anything broken, you can talk about something you have that you value and would hate to be broken. Just explain why you are talking about that at the start of the talk. As long as you stick near to the topic, you are fine.

  59. Hi Liz,
    I just don’t have any words on how to thank you, yet here I say Thank you Liz. One of my friend hooked me up with your website, and I got awed by the material for practice, the tips, and almost everything.
    I was done with my speaking on 9/10/2018 and scheduled for LRW on 11/10/2018 in Vijayawada.
    They asked me about a book I read recently. Looking forward for the speaking and writing. I am following your tips for the writing tasks.

  60. Your efforts to compile and maintain this for IELTS aspirants is humongous.
    I have my speaking test on the 12th and the LRW on the 13th of this month. I have jitters after reading everyone’s comments and quite nervous on how to approach speaking and writing.
    Its just yesterday that someone suggested that I visit your blog and take hints on how to approach these two sections. My anxiety levels are so high right now post reading the cue card topics that my mind has blanked out. I really wish these cue cards had hints or sample answers to assist in developing more ideas on what to speak about.
    Considering I am barely a week away from my speaking test, and the LRW test, any tips on how I could quickly work my way through these two sections will be really helpful.

    I also wanted to know if signing off on a formal letter with “Warm Regards, ” is acceptable?

    Looking forward to your support.

    Warm Regards,

    (P.S. your feedback on my writing skills basis on what i have written will add to my learning)

    • You need to stop worrying. That’s your first step. You obviously feel confused and that is a sign that you don’t understand the test. The speaking examiner does not care about your ideas. You will not be marked on your ideas for speaking. But you will need some ideas in order to chit chat. These are not ideas based on knowledge, they are your past experiences, your future hopes and your opinions. See this page for topics and model answers: Go the RED BAR at the top of the website to learn about each section of the test. There are plenty of topics and model answers and other lessons all for free. I also have Advanced Writing Task 2 lessons which you can purchase – see the RED BAR.

    • i hope your result was good, i will like to know how your performed. weldone

  61. Hello mam .. thankyou for this list. My ielts speaking was on 29 september and i got β€œ a teenager you know”

  62. Sukhveer kaur says

    Hello Liz please tell me tell me something that new speaking topic all around the world

  63. Tahreem Zaheer says

    Hi Liz .. are there any predictions for writting btw oct to dec 2018 ?

  64. Mohd Riyaz says

    Hi Liz.

    I had IELTS Speaking General Task exam today at Hyderabad , India.

    Part 1 –
    What is your Name
    Where do you live
    What do you work
    Do you like the place where you work
    Is there a scope of improvement where you work , Yes or no .

    Part 2
    Explain about a information which you looked for
    What was the information
    What challenges did you face
    What fun you had during the complete task

    Part 3
    How is Information fetched today
    Online vs age old concept of information questions – 2 questions
    Is reading books for information still an advantage – if yes why
    Is online information safe

  65. Hi Liz,
    I am done with my speaking part and guess what …. part 2 topic for me was “a journey you made using public transport “. I would like to thank you for the inputs which helped me and others alot. Now , working on LRW part …thanks once again πŸ™‚

  66. Hi Liz,

    About topic “a planned you something that changed later on” we can speak about some party we thought of to be planned but due to some issues we got it changed later on

  67. Hi Liz,
    Thanks for your site.
    I recently completed my speaking test in Nigeria, Sept 2018
    The speaking topic part 2 was to talk about “an equipment i recently repaired”
    Also speaking topic part 1 was to talk about where i live, what i like about the area, cinema.
    The speaking topic part 3 was to discuss if innovation is better and if technology has made people lazy.

  68. Hello Liz,
    I have a doubt regarding to the Speaking test whether the test is evaluate by the test examiner or by Cambridge University.

    • Your score for the speaking test is decided by the examiner who asks the questions. Your score is decided when you leave the room.

  69. Sushmitha Dsouza says

    Hi Liz. Thanks for the topics.
    Could you please tell me what does this speaking topic mean ?
    “Someone actively involved in environmental problems ”
    Please give me some hints

    • This means someone who is keen on recycling or someone who does volunteer work to protect the environment etc. Any person who does anything to help save the environment.

  70. Hi Liz,

    Thanks so much for your sharing. I would like to know whether all the above topics come from Europe or Asia or other areas since different areas have different topics.

    Thanks, looking forward to your response.


  71. Hi,
    I had my speaking on 7th Sep 2018, Doha, Qatar.

    Cue Card: Do you prefer Outdoor or Indoor study?
    1. Why
    2. With whom do you go

    Other section:
    Which one is good. Group Study or Single Study.
    Some questions of owning car/travel by car.

  72. Hello Liz and thanks a billion for this useful website. I had my speaking test today on September 11th and my cue card topic was “an interesting job you would like to do” which is the first topic on your list. πŸ™‚

  73. Had my speaking on 7th Sept 2018 in Surat (Gujarat, India).

    Cue Card: Describe a visit you made using public transport.
    Bullet Points:
    1. Which mode of Public Transport did you choose?
    2. Why did you choose that specific mode?
    3. How did you feel about the trip?

  74. Thanks for sharing the topics.

  75. 43 is written beautiful . but what beautiful ..?? Plz mam could u plz correct it .

  76. Nina George says

    Hi Liz,

    thank you for all the effort you have put in developing these lessons and videos. I want to let you know that when i tried to purchase your advanced lessons, the payment was denied multiple times by paypal. Many people might have faced the same issue. Can you please look into this.


    • This is an issue with Paypal. I do not own Paypal and I have no control over Paypal. If you continue to have a problem with Paypal you can:
      1) report the problem to Paypal
      2) set up an account and use it to pay
      3) ask a friend to purchase the lessons

  77. Mehtab singh Khara says

    Thanku so muchπŸ˜„πŸ˜£

  78. Mehtab singh Khara says

    Thanks , please tell me , only this cue card prepare for exam mam ,

  79. Thanks a lot, Its very useful and helpful and important update. For your all updates and support many thanks.

  80. Ojionyeaka marita says

    I really appreciate

  81. I had the 14th yesterday)
    Thanks you a lot for your site

  82. Thank you so much Liz Ma’am😊

  83. kamalpreet kaur says

    Thanks a lot mam.

  84. thanks a lot liz, i was waiting for this list πŸ™‚

  85. thankuu mam thanx alot mam

  86. Annah Dieketseng Diteko says

    Hi, I wrote my speaking test on the 5 September and my cue πŸ’³ was number 11..A decision that you made with someone’s help.. Thank you.

  87. Arka Moitra says

    Hi Liz,

    Thanks for this new list of speaking part 2 topics. Could you help me is it necessary to develop my speech in this part with help of provided bullet points or am I allowed to develop my own ideas on the topic. I am confused because its always says “should say” not “must say”

    Thanks , looking forward to your valued inputs.


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