IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topics Jan to Apr 2019

IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topics for January, February, March & April 2019 

Below is a list of topics for IELTS Speaking Part 2. Please read all parts of this page to use this information correctly.

On this page, you will find:

  1. List of Topics for Part 2
  2. Tips which you MUST read about this page and about IELTS speaking

IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topics Jan-Apr 2019

Below are some of the current topics for IELTS Speaking Part 2.

  1. A remote place you wish to visit in the future
  2. A sport on TV you would like to try
  3. A quiet place
  4. A special date in your country’s history
  5. A lecture you have been to
  6. A situation when you found an item
  7. A book you recently read
  8. A person you know who is beautiful or handsome
  9. A time you needed to repair a broken item
  10. A recent public development in your city
  11. A time you gave money as a gift
  12. A beautiful city
  13. A person who cares about the environment
  14. A project that you need to collect information for (I need confirmation of the exact words)
  15. A place indoor or outdoor where you can study
  16. Your ideal house
  17. A public facility recently opened (park, cinema etc)
  18. A person you would like to meet
  19. A time you had to search for information
  20. A movie or TV show that made you laugh
  21. A subject you didn’t like at school, but are interested in now
  22. Something you taught a younger person
  23. Your grandfather’s job
  24. A statue in your city
  25. A service that wasn’t good and that you complained about
  26. Food for a special occasion
  27. A family business you know
  28. An interesting old person you met
  29. Good news you received or heard about
  30. A time when someone didn’t tell you the whole truth
  31. A good law in your country
  32. A time you wished to do something but you didn’t have time
  33. A party you went to
  34. Something you started that is good for your health

IELTS examiners have a lot of topics and the above are only a sample posted by candidates. You MUST prepare a range of topics which include the above and also common topics. See below for the useful link.

Tips Relating to Above Topics

  1. These topics are not predictions. They are topics that students have posted after their test.
  2. This list is not complete. There is always a chance you might get a topic not listed below.
  3. I will continue to up-date this list when candidates report new topics.
  4. You should prepare ideas for all topics listed on this page.
  5. Also prepare:  Common Part 2 Topics
  6. Do not memorise your talk. IELTS do not accept memorised answers. Instead you should prepare ideas and useful words. Then your talk will be natural during your test.
  7. You cannot change the topic, but you can adapt it. For example, if you get the topic of a poisonous plant, you can say “I don’t know about any poisonous plants, but one plant I often see in the local park is…”. It is fine to do this. You are still following the main topic which is plants.
  8. You cannot ask for the topics to be changed. You must talk about what you are given.
  9. You do not need to follow or use all prompts. But I recommend using them because they provide good structure for your talk.
  10. See all my speaking tips and free lessons: IELTS Speaking Main Page

All the best



  1. Hi Liz
    If the cue card is asked on
    “An exciting book that you read recently”, whether I can speak about an exciting novel that I read recently.
    Expecting your response .

    • You could speak about any book at all. You could even talk about a boring book and still get band 9. As long as you stick to the main topic (books) and explain why you are making that choice – it’s all fine.

  2. Hi Liz,

    I have scored 8 band in IELTS exam.
    Listening 8.5
    Reading 9
    Writing 8
    Speaking 6.5
    I am planning to apply for re-evaluation for Speaking. Could you please let me know what are the chances of band change for the same.

    • Well done with your results 🙂 Your speaking score will change if the senior examiner thinks your speaking score is too long. The whole test will be listened to and analysed again. There is no way to predict the outcome.

  3. Speaking Test end May 2019

    Part 1:
    – greetings, name, identification.
    – Smile – how often do you smile? importance of smiling? ability to recognise a fake smile…
    – Perfumes – do you like perfumes? what kind of perfumes do you wear? offering perfumes as a gift? would you spend money on expensive perfumes?

    Part 2:
    – Describe a person who has interesting ideas/ opinions.

    Part 3:
    – well-known person in Mtius who has great ideas.
    – at what age do children develop their own ideas
    – do children have to same opinion as their parents
    – importance of listening to children’s ideas
    – importance of reading about other peoples’ ideas and views especially to children

    It’s about all that I can remember.

    The test was carried out in a very friendly atmosphere. The examiner was very kind, engaging in the conversation, saying things like, “I see…You mean…”

    However, I felt like it was a 15-minutes intense stress…too little time…too many questions…no time to really think and compose your ideas (like thinking about clauses, complex sentences, idioms…)You just have to maintain a natural and fluent flow of speech.

    Keeping my fingers crossed for now and waiting for the 2nd part of the ielts for next Saturday.

    Good luck to us all.

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 When it comes to grammar features, there is no thinking time in the speaking test except for part 2. This means your training before the test is all about practising including these features in your answers – with the hope that it will happen naturally in the test. During the test, the aim is maintaining fluency and listening to the examiner’s questions. Sounds like it went well though – good luck on Saturday 🙂

      • Francesca Augustine says

        Thanks a lot Liz. Your site with all the tips and guidelines have really helped me throughout my preparation.

      • Francesca Augustine says

        Hi again. I got my results yesterday and wanted to share the good news with you:
        Listening 8.5
        Reading 9.0
        Writing 7.0
        Speaking 7.5
        Overall 8.0

        • It is up to you if you go for a remark. I have not heard your speaking test, so I cannot comment on your fluency, vocabulary, grammatical range & accuracy or your pronunciation. A senior examiner will do the remark and will give you a higher score if your English on the recording is a higher band score. You must decide if you want to go for a remark. They do not lower your score, but I always recommend that you confirm this with your test centre before applying for remark. Let me know what you decide and what happens. If you take the test again, think carefully about how you showcase your English when you expand answers.

  4. Jaskaran Kaur says

    Thank you so much Liz for helping. I want to know whether we can pronounce both ways according to UK accent OR US accent. There are words (eg.Warrior) which are pronounced differently in UK and US as I checked the cambridge dictionary online.

  5. Dear Liz,
    I had my speaking exam today and i think i missed out on some questions;
    I was asked a question on the type of outdoor sport i would love to partake in the future and why.
    I simply used cycling but i remember stating had used a bicycle before when i was much young but never tried it on the bridge as a form of exercise.

    Do you think it was wrong stating cycling as an outdoor sport i would love to try in future since i once use a bicycle when i was much younger.

    Secondly, the interviewer repeated a question after i explained my part and he concluded by saying i didn’t ask about the government regulations. Then i explained again and he went on to the next question with a node.

    Am worried.

    • Cycling is an outdoor sport. You are not marked on your ideas or task response in IELTS speaking anyway. It is fine that there is interaction as the examiner guides you in the right direction. As your score is based only on fluency, grammar, vocab and pron of your spoken language, it has no impact at all.

  6. Hello Liz,
    When will may speaking part two cue cards be posted on your site. having exam the first week of may

    • They will be posted when people report them. These topics are not predictions – they are reported topics – they come from people who have taken their test in those months.

  7. Hi Liz! I did mi speaking today, and in part 2 they ask me:

    Describe a situation in which you didn’t have enough time to do what you wanted.

    Thank you Liz!!!!

  8. Hi Liz!

    Thanks for your hard work here and all the materials! I had my exam on April 13th. My speaking test topic was about a time I loaned a valuable thing from a family member.

    I just received my provisional score online. I scored 9.0 in both listening and reading, 8.5 in speaking but only 6.5 in writing. I’m so disappointed and have no idea what went wrong! I’ve always written well and e.g. gained very good marks in essays in high school English. I know I spent too much time on the first task and thus hurried in the second, and my handwriting did get worse while writing in a hurry… But I still finished just in time and was pretty happy with my work. I believe I paragraphed the text well and my opinion was clear all the way, but obviously I don’t know for certain if my arguments were good enough. Now I’m wondering if I made spelling errors while hurrying, if my hand writing was I llegible or could I have been under 250 words by mistake… I really don’t understand.

    So now I missed my target by 0.5 in writing! Do I stand any chance in re-marking, or should I just go and do the exam again without any protesti? Is it usual that marks get changed, or is the marking system essentially fool proof?

    • Sorry for the typos due to autocorrect!

    • Essay writing at school or university has no relation to essays written for IELTS. There are specific requirements for the higher band scores – if you do not know what they are, you will struggle. Or if you think you understand them but have never actually had them interpreted for you, then you will struggle. Your writing test will already have been marked by two separate examiners who agree your score is 6.5. But it doesn’t mean that a senior examiner will agree. When you ask for a remark, it is a senior examiner who assesses your speaking and writing. So remarking is your choice.
      Writing just under 250 words has no impact because they don’t start deducting points until under 240. However, it would show you have not sufficiently developed ideas which is an essential feature for a higher band score in TR. If handwriting is illegible, then of course it is a problem. But examiners are used to all kinds of handwriting.
      If you go for remark it might be a long shot, but I wish you luck. If you take the test again, please get my Advanced lessons and learn the right techniques:

      • Hi! Thank you, I will study the additional subscribed material.

        After speaking to an acquaintance about the test (he was there too), I understood one major problem with my task 2. A very stupid mistake. I had written the essay without noticing at all, that they had asked for examples from my own life to a positive/negative essay. I just wrote in general. I’m so disappointed in myself, I thought I had read the question carefully, but apparently hadn’t looked down outside the box, where they had additional spesific points on top of the actual question.

        How much does this affect the task response band? If I otherwise stay in my view the whole time (regards to the view the topic being and develop the ideas quite well)? Does it stay automatically at e.g. band level 5 no matter how the task is performed otherwise? Thank you again for all your help!

        • The instructions usually say “give any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience”. This does not mean you need to write about yourself. It is about you writing about the world, about people in general, about your understanding of things. So, don’t worry if you didn’t use specific examples from your life – it isn’t necessary. Your essay would have included your knowledge of the world.

  9. Kolade christianah says

    Hi Liz, just did My ielts speaking test now. D the question asked in part Two was about the game I played while I was much younger. It’s went well and hope to hear a good news soon about the result. But am afraid I asked d examiner to come again because I couldn’t Hear her well. Hope there’s no penalty for asking her to repeat the question asked.

  10. Hi!

    Thank you for your incredibly useful website 😊

    I had my speaking exam this morning and I want to share the questions I’ve got and wish good luck for everybody who is going to pass IELTS soon!

    Part 1

    1. Describe area where you live. How long have you been living there?
    2. Your attitude toward having pets. Why do people adapt pets?
    3. The culture of drinking tea and coffee in your country.

    Part 2

    1. Describe a house of your dream

    – Location.
    – How it looks.
    – Special features.
    – Why is it perfect to you ?

    Part 3

    1. Discuss advantages and disadvantages of living in an apartment and house.
    2. How does the place where you live affect your personality?
    3. What can be done to improve life in the city?

  11. the last topic in the above list (34) related to healthy was my topic for today’s speaking test.
    “Something you started that is good for your health”

    I just went through the list 2 hours before my exam and it helped me.

    some of the other questions:
    1) what do you do to stay fit?
    2) should companies play a role to promote health?
    3) the role of advertisements
    4) do governments have a responsibility in ensuring good health?
    5) do doctors have a responsibility?
    6) example of a healthy activity which is subsidized?
    7) should we have more national holidays
    8) which national holiday /festival you like the most.

  12. Hi Liz,
    I just took IELTS this morning. I was so nervous. Your learning material was incredibly helpful. I have a question, though. I felt like the Examiner gave me four parts. Is that possible? Or it was just me at the edge of dementia? Below is the list from my test. The wording is not verbatim though. Sorry for that.

    First Part: Introduction about myself (where I came from etc) and about my work
    Second Part: The Sky.
    1. Do you like looking at the sky?
    2. Which one do you prefer? Looking at the sky at night or day?
    3. Where do you think is the best place to look at the sky?
    Third Part: A job of one of my grandparents
    1. What was the job?
    2. Did he or she ever work somewhere else?
    3. Would you consider the same job for yourself?
    Fourth Part: Employee personal development
    1. Do you think it is important to develop employees so they can reach their full potential?
    2. Do you think developing employees is only about filling skill gaps?
    3. How much time should a company give for personal development?
    4. What kind of challenges that a company should give, so the employees can develop?

  13. Hi,
    I happened to come across this forum and it is truly amazing. Thank you for this platform to discuss everyone’s experience.

    I have taken my IELTS speaking test today the 11th of April, 2019.
    Part 1: General Questions on Travelling and Education.
    Part 2: Any elderly person i met, where, how and what is my opinion on them.
    Part 3: More about younger generation Vs the old.

    It seemed strange that the invigilator was interrupting before i could complete a sentence and was taking things personally. Infact, on one occasion she responded that the knowledge gained by youngsters from the old people in terms of leading life and the advise provided when required were useless. It was more like a debate than questioning.

    Is it recommended to present with more answers to one particular question than to be specific about one answer with elaborating them?

    • IT is 100% normal that the examiner will interrupt your answers. The examiner chooses when to move on to the next question. There is no such thing ask task completion in IELTS speaking so the examiner does not need to hear a full answer. Part 3 is called a Discussion because the examiner will usually interact as though it was a discussion. This means he or she will challenge your answers to see how you cope in English – it is an English test. I hope you do well – sounds like the examiner thought you had potential. However, if you don’t get the results you need – you now know why – you didn’t understand the test enough.

  14. Today i had my speaking test
    ask Question, Name, Where do you live? about Neighbour , about morning breakfast
    then in cue card the question was
    Which city you liked most?
    How did you know about this city?
    historical place in this city?
    why did you like the city?

    apart from that some question about architecture of building and safety.

  15. Hi Liz,
    My speaking exam took place on 5th of April. You will find the questions which I received below. Thank you for all tips and this website.

    Part 1.

    Do you work or study?
    What will help you to improve your work?
    Do you like looking at sky?
    When is it better to look at sky? During the day or night?

    Part 2.
    Describe an inteligent person you know?
    What is he/she doing?
    What do you know about him/her?
    Where do you meet him/her?

    Part 3.
    Do have inteligent people easier in life?
    Are inteligent people selfish?
    What is the difference between inteligent person and a genious?
    Does our society help to develop inteligent people?

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 I’m glad my website and lessons are useful 🙂

      • Niyastha Lama says

        Hello Liz,
        i am planning to give my ielts exam on may or june. will you please provide us with common questions for speaking part? i am very much in need of questions as my first speaking test didn’t go well. so i need to practice a lot. thank you

        • There are common topics and questions listed for each part of the speaking test in the Speaking section of this website. Click on the RED BAR at the top of the website to enter the Speaking Section with tips, topics, videos, lessons, model answers etc etc.

  16. Hello.
    I’ve recently have participated IELTS exam today , Thank you very much, Madam, for everything you post here, it was really helpful !I am waitng for result …

    1) What is your full name …?
    2)Where do you live?
    3) Is it an interesting to place to live? why
    4)Do you have car ? do you take taxy ? and when
    Part 2–
    A person you would like to meet
    Part 3 –
    1) How people meet with new people ?
    2) How you meet with new people ?
    3) How do you convince people to communicate with you?
    4) how can improce comunication skill ?
    5) Last question , I forgot because examiner stooped me

  17. Hi,Liz 🙂
    I sat at the exam on 6th April.
    My speaking questions are below.

    Part1 work,sharing with others,email

    Part2 a person whom you wanted to be similar when you were growing up
    I didn’t prepare for this question but I talked about one of my best friends from my childhood.

    Part3 parenting etc. I’m sorry I don’t remember the questions exactly..

    Wish me luck;)

  18. Ninad Kulkarni says

    Had my speaking test yesterday. Got a topic from the list posted by Liz above. Beautiful or handsome person I have met.( Their personality. When and where I met them. ) I already prepared for this topic so it went easy for me. Then the examiner had a lot of follow up questions regarding history of beauty, perspective of beauty, inner beauty vs physical etc. I anticipated these as follow up questions to the topic so had prepared for them too. I think the test went really well and the examiner seemed impressed. I am expecting at least 8.5.
    There was one question which surprised me, examiner asked me how are American people different from people in me home country. I said Americans are more welcoming than Indians, not sure if that was appropriate for me to say or was it controversial and will get me in trouble.

    • Your ideas are not marked in IELTS speaking. You are only marked on fluency, grammar, vocab and pron. So don’t thinking about anything else. Glad you felt prepared – looking forward to hearing your results 🙂

      • Ninad Nitin Kulkarni says

        Thank you Liz, your website helped me a lot to prepare for all the sections. Keep up the good work which I am sure will help so many future students. Thanks again!!

  19. Hey there, Liz. I’ve just taken my exam today and I wanted to thank you for all the useful information you have on your website. I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare, but your lessons and videos were phenomenal to get me to know the structure of the exam. Once again, I can’t thank you enough.

    My speaking consisted of three parts:
    1st part – Types of weather and music I like
    2nd part – ‘Describe a lecture that made a positive impression on you’
    3rd part – Public speech, communicational skills, are they nature or nurture?

    Hopefully I can help someone as well. 😀

  20. Hi Liz,

    Hope you are well!

    Thank you do much for the wonderful tips & tricks. I appeared for my speaking test today. Please find below the questions:

    1 Part – where do you stay, what you like about your place, why is it different from other nearby locations, will you continue staying there, tell me something you want to improve there.

    When you were small how many times you use to go to cinema, what was your fun time activity in childhood, how your preference of movies have changed since childhood, do you like pictures, what you like to draw most of the times.

    2 Part – Topic – a place you are planning to visit in future, how you will go, with whom you will go, what you will do there.

    3 Part – what you know about tourism, do you like to go from small trips, why some people avoid trips and like to stay at home, how you are helping the tourism industry, how tourism is different from the past, why leaves are necessary to take sometimes.

    I really liked the test. The questions were very easy for me to understand and answer. I hope to score band 7.5 to 8. Fingers are crossed.😀

    Thank You,

  21. Ahmed Abbas says

    In my speaking test today, I spoke non stop However 3 things happened.
    1: In part 1 I gave the answer of 1 question with some mistakes.
    2: In Part 2 Cue Card, after 00:01:20 minute, I suddenly stopped for about 2 seconds then continue (This was the Only Pause)
    3: In Part 3 last question, Examiner stopped and the session, while my answer was not completed,
    Are 1 pause and 1 question with mistakes really effect my marks?
    Now I am in trauma because of these things

    • Hesitations are part of the marking criterion of fluency. The score for fluency is not based on one aspect of the test – it is an overall performance that is marked. If time is up, it is up – this isn’t’ a mistake. There is no such thing as Task Completion is IELTS Speaking.

  22. Any advice for computer-based exam? Thanks

  23. Hi! I’d like to thank you for all your amazing tips and help!
    I’ve just finished my speaking part and I’m waiting to be assessed on the rest.

    The topics were
    Part 1: how do i feel in my work place?
    What’s the thing i like the most in my job?
    How much time do you spend looking at the sky?

    Part 2: describe an interesting old person that you met. when, who and why is he or she important?

    Part 3: is people in the present more interest in other cultures than in the past?
    Why is important for interesting people to generate interest in others?

    That was an overall of the topics. I was so nervous that I don’t remember what I answered. But i never stopped during the entire interview. I hope I did well

    Thank you again!!!

  24. 27th march 2019 speaking cue card

    an intelligent person who you know

  25. My cousin attended her speaking last week and she got the topic “Most useful gift you received that helped you in your life”

  26. Hi,
    Thanks Liz about your great material you are providing. Your tips and videos are indispensable :))
    My exam was on 22 March and i got a cur card about “Bad service i have received before” and my wife got a question about “A friend you are proud of”
    In part three, the questions were “How do you think employers can evaluate the services provided by their employees? – What do you think people should do when they receive a bad service? “

  27. Describe a gift you recently received

  28. Hello Liz, I follow you in this web and Youtube. Congratulations for the quality of the publications.
    I want to know if you will post topics too for the next months, I have my exam in June in Brazil.



    • The topics are not predictions. As explained on the page above, they are reported topics. This means when someone takes the test, they tell me what topics they had. In May, they will report new topics.

  29. Describe a free day at work or study that you enjoyed.

  30. My speaking was today, in Portugal and the cue card was about a time when a electronic device broke down

  31. I took the speaking test yesterday. My cue card topic was ‘An outdoor sport you woukd like to try’.

  32. Same case here and i also went out of topic.

  33. hi Liz

    I gave exam today and they asked me about:

    part 1 : Work, cooking
    part 2 : An item you borrow – when, who, what , how you felt about it.
    part 3 : follow up on borrowing, habit of not returning, condition of item that was being returned etc.

    I finished too early. I feel I spoke too fast 🙁

  34. Good afternoon, Madam.
    I have a question about one of the topics reported by students. It’s sometimes given as “An effigy in your city” but in your list of current topics it’s written like “A statue in your city”. Am I supposed to talk about an ordinary statue or about an effigy that’s created for the purpose of burning it further? If the latter is the case, then I have nothing to say since we don’t practice such things in our culture. I’m a little confused 🙁 Thanks in advance.

  35. Pallavi Singla says

    Hello Liz,
    I would like to seek ur help to confirm if facial expressions and hand movements really effect our band scores in speaking.

    • Your score is based on fluency, grammar, vocab and pronunciation. Body language and hand movements are not part of the marking criteria.

  36. Hi Liz
    I would like some advice on the below speaking topics
    1. Speak about important date’s / day in ur country
    For this can we speak about more than one date or should we develop ideas about one particular day.
    2. An old person you met
    Can we talk abt saying have not met any but would like to talk about my grandfather will this be off the topic
    Please advice on these , it would be of great help

  37. Hi Liz,
    i faced for my IELTS speaking test and the topic that i received at the test was talk about

    A public or private building that recently opened in my country
    What was it,
    When this has opened,
    What has changed in there after this opened,
    What people do there

    An Liz, i don’t think that i performed well and i want to know about something as you are an instructor of IELTS.

    Liz, i have noticed that examiner marked down some points in a separate sheet which provided by the British Council, and he has put my marks as 2,3,4 (Min was 2 and Mam was 4 ). So i want to know what will be the actual results based on this mark and i really hope you will answer to this question.
    Also he asked more that 15 questions apart form the cue card at that time and he doesn’t allow me to build up my answer, even when i talk about my self. I just spoke two line and he stopped and move to next question that bothers me lots. Is this normal ?

    Please tell me what can be my result it would be a great help for me , waiting for your reply


    • The numbers written by the examiner have nothing to do with your score at all. You should know that your score is not even considered until the end of the test. They relate to timing and you should pay no attention at all to them.
      Part 1 has on average about 12 questions and part 3 on average about 6 – but this can vary and it also has nothing to do with your score.
      It is 100% normal for the examiner to interrupt your answers and move on to a new question. Task achievement has no place in IELTS speaking. If you produce the target language, the examiner will quickly move on. You should have been prepared for this before you entered the test room.
      If you prepare properly, there will be no surprised for you at all.

  38. Alexandre LEGRIS says

    Hi Liz, I just passed the IELTS test today and I would like to know if we can already find the answers of the Listening and Reading part on the Internet. Thanks for your help.

    • IELTS do not publish the tests or the answers. They only publish about 4 tests once a year in the form of the IELTS Cambridge Test books.

      • Hi Liz,
        Thank you very much for sharing ,upcoming predicted cue card topics ,I just want to check have you got any sample answers for those ??
        because I am having my speaking test on tomorrow.

        • You should be developing your own ideas for these topics. This means to think of your own personal experiences, your own memories, your own opinions, your own future hopes etc. This is about you and your life.

  39. Hello Liz,

    Hope you’re doing well.
    First of all, i wanna thank you for your tips and advice, in the past I’ve achieved scores of 7 in all modules.

    Today i went for Speaking test, it started really well, I noticed as I was answering, the examiner was kind of moving on to next questions, I wasn’t speaking too much, i mean i was answering in 2/3 sentences but i had more to answer and he was moving on to next ones. So I don’t know if it was normal or not.

    Now coming to my main query, In part-2 i had cue card regarding “tell me about an Intellingent person you know” & i blanked out, but still i had to speak so i started speaking about my father, and mentioned his qualities like friendliness, multitasker, having sound knowledge of things going around in country and kept on going why I thought he was intelligent. I knew it wasn’t 100% on topic but i continued for a minute. Then he asked a supplementary question in part 2 from cur card (may be because he knew I didn’t speak for that long).

    So finally my question is, will me being off topic affect my speaking score? What you do think of the points i covered in part 2 as compared to what was asked on cue card?

    I’ve my LRW tomorrow but I’m stressed about my speaking disaster.

    Again, Thanks a lot.

    • It sounds to me like you didn’t prepare properly for the speaking test. You should know that it is 100% normal for the examiner to interrupt answers and move on quickly to a new question. You should also know that being on or off topic is NOT marked in IELTS speaking. You should know that it is 100% ok to adapt the topic on the cue card and speak loosely around the main topic. Your choice to topic was 100% fine. This means without being properly prepared – everything was completely fine. So, relax and think of tomorrow – good luck! 🙂

  40. Christina Katsyubka says

    Hi, Liz!
    I’m going to take IELTS tomorrow.
    I just want to ask you something about listening:
    Can I turn to another section whenever I want or only when it is told?
    I’m really nervous about it, can you give some advice how to deal with it?

    Thanks for your advice ❤️

    • You can do what you want, but it is a waste of time doing it. When you have time to review answers, use the time to read a few questions ahead, highlight keywords and prepare paraphrases. Don’t jump sections, just read a bit ahead. Have you done full practice tests at home? You should always do about four FULL REAL IELTS tests at home before you do your actual test in the exam room. The real practice tests are 100% the same as in the exam. They are published by IELTS for candidates at use at home.

  41. Farsali Ali Carr says


    Just a question, in the part 3 of the speaking test, is the interviewer allowed to ask specific questions about politics like: What do you think about these 3 persons running for senate in the Philippines? Are you going to vote for them? Why? Are you familiar with the scandals they’re involved in?.
    To add to this, the interviewer is constantly interrupting me. He cannot wait for me to finish my answers but I always tried to end my statements as complete sentences. It was very challenging to remember his questions because he is throwing them like there is no tomorrow while, I was talking.. Is this okay? Thank you and more power!

    • IELTS is a non-political test. The examiner should NEVER ask you about your views on politics in that way. It is highly inappropriate. The only types of questions the examiner can ask about the government is, for example, “Do you think the government does enough to protect the environment?” All questions are topic based and politics is not an IELTS topic. You can complain about this. Because the test is recorded, something will have to be done about it. You can also complain to IELTS Official to take it further.

      About being interrupted, it is 100% normal for this to happen. You should be ready for this before entering the test room. Whenever you need thinking time, you can say “Could you repeat the question, please?” If the examiner is speaking too fast, you could say “Could you speak a bit slow please, I’m not feeling well today”. That is completely fine.

  42. Hello Ma’am

    I had my speaking test yesterday.

    My cue card topic was Describe a situation where someone didn’t told you the complete truth.

    I fumbled at the beginning but after that I spoke fluently. The examiner stopped me after 2 minutes but I was not able to cover my topic’s last point. Will it affect my band score ?

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 There is no such thing as task achievement in IELTS speaking. You are marked on fluency, grammar, vocab and pronunciation – nothing else counts.

  43. Hi Liz,

    I gave my speaking test on 19th January

    Part 1:where ar you study right now.
    What kind of food you prefer to eat in breakfast
    And almost about about Food
    Part2:Describe a law in your country you really like.
    Part3:Related to the law.
    In your country, Is being policeman a popular job?

  44. Speaking part 1: do you prefer email or text messages for work.
    Which is that one email that is most important to you.
    Part 2: Food for special occasions
    What is the food.
    What is it’s significance
    How is it prepared, what are it’s ingredients.
    Part 3: what is your countries regional food.
    Should the family eat together and why?
    Should the entire family contribute in day to day cooking?
    should food industry market their food.
    Are consumers influenced by food marketing.
    What is better home cooked food or takeaway.

  45. Part 1 Introduction-

    1. What is your name?
    2. Do you study or work?
    3. What changes you want to see in your office?
    4. Let’s talk about goggles.
    Do you often wear them? If not Why?
    5. Have you gifted someone?
    6. Have you ever lost them?

    Part 2- Cue Card

    1. Talk about a Good Law of your country.
    What it is?
    What are its positive outcomes?
    Who told you about it?

    Part 3- Discussion Round

    1. Why do you think international laws are made?
    2. Why are they important?
    3. What are the reasons behind making them?

    Well my experience with the speaking was really amazing as I was completely relaxed. I understood that this is my time and I have to speak to score good.

    • Just stay relaxed and go with the flow.
    • Use atleast 5-6 strong words.
    • Use atleast 1 phrase or proverb in cue card.
    • Do not stop and be fluent!

    All the Best 😉

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 I do need to contradict one of your suggestions. It is not recommended to use a proverb in any part of the IELTS test. IELTS is a language test which tests your own personal English. Each sentence should be created by you and not come from memory. If you want to say something, use your own words to express it. The more you express things in your own way, the better.

      • Hello Glo, Thank you for sharing your experience and suggestions. In the part 3 discussion round you mentioned above, aren’t all the three questions conveying the same meaning? How would you differentiate your answers? As I am mentally preparing the answer to this, I am running out of points. Can you please reply when you get a chance.

  46. Hey Liz,

    Today I took my speaking test, and I think it went well,

    Part 1 topic was about -> crowded places and photo taking picturesque views
    Part 2 topic was about -> A person you know who is beautiful or handsome (which you predicted in No. 8, I owe you a gratitude 😉 ).
    Part 3 topic was about nature and beauty

    Thank you Liz, you’ve been very helpful

  47. Today was my IELTS Speaking test,. Below were the questions asked:
    1. Do you study or work?
    2. What do you like about your work?
    3.Who is your favourite actor in Bollywood? why do you like him?
    4. How important is it to be patient in daily life?
    5.Tell me a situation when you lost your temper?

    Question : A situation when a person you trust the most has lied to you?
    who was the person?
    what was the situation?
    reason ?

    Following Questions:
    1. Did you tell anyone about knowing the truth?

    Part 3:
    1. How is modern technology used to minimize crime in society?
    2. Do people lie on daily basis?
    3. what are consequences of telling lie?
    4.Can telling lie benefit someone?

  48. Hello Ma’am

    I had my speaking test
    My cue card topic was: Describe a situation when someone didn’t told you the whole truth

    I spoke on this topic very well but a fumbled a little towards the starting but after that I spoke fluently and in the end examiner stopped me after 2 minutes so I was not able to complete my topic. Will it affect my band score ?

  49. Hello Liz
    Thank you very much for all the help you offer! I had my speaking yesterday and would like to share the topics!
    Part1: where I lived, how long i’ve Lived there, what I like about the place, what i’d Like to change about the place, do I think people’s choice of films is affected by the actors involved, do people in my country watch films with international actors, have I met any film star in real life?
    Part2: describe good news either read/heard from a newspaper(what it was, when it happened, how I heard it, how I felt)
    Part3: Comparing how people got news in the past and present, is the electronic media a trusted source, do the different age groups all have interest in the same kinds of news, why do some people still wait to hear/read news from tv/radio/newspaper although they have electronic media?
    I just hope to get a good band score, I have the written part on Saturday!

  50. Suppose say I don’t like or don’t relate to a particular topic, can I ask for an alternate one?
    For example, let’s take the topic, ” A sport on TV that you would like to try?
    Now, I don’t like to play or watch any kind of sport, can I ask for another topic

    • No you can’t ask to change the topic. If you don’t like sport, you can talk about why you don’t like and why other people do like it. You can talk about how sports have changed and how people’s views to them have changed. You can talk about your past experiences with sport when you were a child. You can talk about how you would approach the topic of sports if you had a child of your own. There is lots to talk about even if you don’t play sport.

      • So is it fine to go off topic? instead of talking about the sport that I’d like to play, I can answer why I don’t like sports at all. Won’t I be penalized for going off topic, like in the writing section.

        • It is fine for part 2. There is no score for being on or off topic in speaking. But if the examiner thinks you changed topic from sport to weather because you prepared for the topic of weather, your answer could be invalid.

  51. SAI NAGA MANOJ says

    Hi, I recently completed my speaking exam last month.
    I got a cue card to describe how i would spend a leisure time?

    • Farrukh Safdar says

      I have lot of plans for leisure . As I love to travel if I get chance i will go for vacations . I like to visit different regions of world to see their life style, culture and social life. In past when ever I travel for leisure vacations always enjoyed lot learned lot of new things . How the world is changing day by day. When two year back when I visited schegen states I found extra ordinary communication system. Throughout Europe is well connected by road, rail and sea. Very efficient transport system network .

  52. Hello, thank you for your helpful website. My speaking part just passed and the questions were about patience, about my study or my job and the part 2 was to tell about a situation recently when I had to change my plans, then the last part was about plans and planning a city. Good luck to everybody!

  53. Hello.
    I’ve recently come across this amazing website and I really love it! Thank you very much, Madam, for everything you post here, it’s really helpful!
    I’d like to ask you a question about the Speaking Section (Part 2). Do you think it’s important to prepare ideas for the cue cards from Cambridge IELTS books (3-11) or it’s better to concentrate on the common topics + recent questions from your website? Thank you in advance 🙂

  54. Hello,
    I took exam on 17 Jan 2019,
    Speaking part 2:
    About a time that I had to ask for advice to make a decision.
    Who they were?
    When it was?
    Do I always ask for advice?
    Will you do it again?
    Good luck,

  55. Hi! What should I say if I’m not working and not studying too? Right now I’m just preparing for my immigration to Canada. Please help me with this. Thank you.

  56. Harjinder singh says

    I’m giving the IELTS exam first time can you post some essays so I can see how to write the whole essay

    • Click on the RED BAR at the top of the website to access the writing task 2 page with model essays and other tips. This website is easy to navigate through the RED BAR.

  57. Hey Liz,
    how do examiner grade if we speak fluently but off the topic ?

    • If you choose to speak off topic because you want to change the topic, you might get a very very low score. You cannot change the topic. However, it is fine to add detail that is not asked for to extend your answer such as your opinions or comparisons etc, particularly in part 2.

  58. Hi liz
    I took my speaking exam on 18 jan.
    It was one of the most stressful experinces i have ever had. I were asked lots of questions and as much as i remember:
    Part1 :
    What do you do
    Are you satisfied by your job
    Do you want to change it
    What is your favorite colour
    What colour do you prefer for your room
    When was the last time you have traveled by taxi
    Do you think everyone should learn how to drive a car
    Describe an activity that you would like to do it when you are alone?
    Part 3: questions about freetime and job

  59. Hi mam, my speaking test held on 10th jan, my cue card was
    An important plant, flower or tree of your country.
    Q what is it?
    Q where it seen easily?
    Q why is it important?

    I scored 6.5 in that speaking test.

  60. Hi lez my speaking test was 18 jan and the first question the examiner asked was if i work or study i explained that i have graduated fron university 6 years ago and now i dont work i am a housewife then he moved to another topic was my answer proper or should i have said that i am working something or what?

    • You answered correctly. If the person does not work and does not currently study, the examiner will change the topic. It is the only time that it happens in the test. The examiner chooses the topic, not you.

  61. Quick one please, can I write all my answers in Reading and Listening in capital letter?

  62. Thanks a lot)

  63. I did my speaking test 17th of Jan 2019
    My part 2 topic was on a sporting activity I’d like to learn in the nearest future
    What the sport is?
    Who I intend to learn it with
    What motivates me to learn about the sport
    How easy will it be to learn this new sport

  64. Hi,
    My speaking test was in UK, and my cue card was about a family business I know that was successful
    After that, the examiner asked if I would rather work in a big or in a small company and why? And if there is any advantage of exporting products, and how is it good?

    Thank you for all your help!

  65. my speaking.
    Part 1 Q:
    1. Do you work or study?
    2. Do you like your job and why?
    3.What do you do to perform well in your work?
    4.How to get to your work place/school?
    5. What will be another transport that you will prefer to go to your workplace?

    PART 2.
    1. Describe an interesting old person you met?
    *Who is that?
    *where does he live?
    * When did you meet him?

    PART 3.
    1. What do you say about old people? Do you like them?
    2. What kind of personality do you like in others?
    3. Many people are self centered in this world? What is your say?
    4. Can one understand how the people are when visiting a country ?

  66. Thank you Liz

    Had my speaking test today (jan 16) India.

    Task 1
    Full Name
    Where do you work
    Do you like your work environment
    What do you want to change about your work place
    Do you drink water often
    Do u prefer bottled water or tap water. Why
    Is bottled water expensive in your country. Why

    Task 2
    Topic: An important decision you took with the help of someone
    What was the decision
    Who helped you
    How did the decision help you

    Task 3
    What are some important decisions teenagers might have to take
    Should decisions be taken quickly or with time?
    Are decisions taken quickly correct?
    What are some important decisions national leaders would have to take
    Who should they consider while taking such decisions
    Would there be a situation where national leaders would have to take decisions that might disappoint a set of people

  67. On 11th January, In part 2 I was asked to say about a person whom I have never met but heard a lot.

  68. Hi Liz

    I had the test in December and my part two topic was about a good law in my country, which I found really hard to answer because if my country had good laws I wouldn’t try to emigrate from it.

    I had to retake the test cause I need 8 in each skill.


    • As long as you speak close to your topic it’s fine. If you can’t speak about a good law, you explain to the examiner at the start of your talk and you continue to talk about a bad law in your country or a law that you would like to see in your country. You can still get band 9 doing that.

      • Even I got same question on January 12th and I attempted the exam with positive energy but they gave me 4.5 band. Can you please tell how to score 6.5 in speaking.

        • You are marked on the language you produce. Your ideas are not marked and task achievement is not marked. If you want a higher score, you need to deliver a better level of English with a broader range. You need to show the ability to speak in different tenses. Offer a comparison – offer a second conditional statement. Example in detail because descriptions offer more language. etc etc

  69. Hi Liz,
    I had the speaking test yesterday
    The first part was to talk about my job and preferences.
    Part 2 was with the topic n. 7 (A book you recently read).
    In Part 3 the teacher asked me questions about how could I improve the reading habbit in my country.

  70. god bless ypu

  71. My speaking was on 12 jan and in part 2, the question was
    the important decision which i made with the help of another person..
    In writing task 1 about bar chart and in task 2 about food….

  72. Mary Angeline Bonilla says

    Hi Liza’

    I just wast to ask . I subscribed the advanced IELTS writing test 2 sets video. But I did not received any link. I would really appreciate if you could assists me.

    • I sent you your links 3 days ago. Please check your email. I sent them on Jan 11th to the email we were already corresponding on.

  73. Thanks for sharing these inersting and helpfull information


  74. ANKIT PRAKASH says

    Dear Liz,

    Hope you are doing good ?

    I would highly appreciate if you can kindly provide your inputs on the below queries :

    1. In Reading and Listening , which sections have questions that appear in the same order as the passage ?
    2. In Reading and Listening , which of the particular sections should we attempt first in order to maximize our scores in respective sections ?

    I have been searching for an answer on the above queries for a while now and getting different versions on various websites.

    Your kind response on the same will be very highly appreciated.

    Best Regards,
    Ankit Prakash

  75. I completes my speaking on 11th
    Part 2:describe a person who is good or handsome
    May I know that they would give band 5 in speaking?

  76. Manan Chaudhari says

    Thanks a lot !

  77. Adva kapper says

    Hi liz
    I send my wt1 academic for a correction service. One of the comments were that if i want a higher score i need to write what was the reason for the increase-make an assumption and extend the information from the graph… Is that correct? Because i thought i shouldnt add any information not relevant or not given and stick to the facts… Would appriciate your comment since my writing task is on 17.1.. And I’m a bit Confused😕

    • You are NOT allowed to give your opinions or try to guess the reasons for information. Task 1 is not an essay, it is a factual report based on what you see. If you can’t see it, you can’t write it.

  78. Hello,

    U r an excellent teacher.I have learned a lot from ur website.thaks a ton for ur support.

    I gave my speaking exam in Jan

    Where do u live currently?
    Do u know any others who would like to live there?
    Do u drink water a lot through out d day?
    Do u prefer bottled water or tap water?
    Is bottled water at ur place affordable?
    Was there a situation when u were thirsty but couldn’t find water?
    Do u like music?
    Did u ever try playing any instruments?
    Did u ever go to a live concert?

    Part 2:
    Describe a teenager u know

    Who is it?
    How do u know him/her?
    Do u like/dislike him/her?
    Describe other people’s opinion about him/her

    Part 3:

    Are young people these days more spoiled than in the past?
    Do u think young people now get to enjoy a lot than elderly people?
    What is the difference between children and teenagers?
    Are teenagers beings spoiled due to financial support from parentswho do u think can take better decisions,young or the elderly people?

  79. My test was on 5th jan and my topic was “Historical period you want to know more about”

  80. Describe a thing someone had lost and you found it.
    -what is it?
    -how did you find it?
    -what you did when you found it

  81. I emailed you some questions from today if you want to add them. X

  82. talk about an interesting part of your country ” something like that ”
    1 : what is that part
    2: how did you know about that part?
    3 : what do you expect to see or do there?

  83. Grace Nika-Obialo says

    Thank you very much. You are simply the best. God bless you as you continue the good works you are called to do.

  84. Today was my speaking exam. My cue card topic was health related. in part one national holidays , receiving emails this kind of questions the examiner asked me… He was asking me questions one after another constantly… it was really stressful experience though I tried to smile all the time.
    Thank you.

    • It is 100% normal that the examiner will ask one question after another without a break or pause. Did you expect something different? This is standard procedure in IELTS speaking.

  85. Thanks for all information, I had looked at these topics before my today exam.
    I finished my exam about one hour ago.
    Task 2 was about: a person never met and heard about him. wish to meet in future.
    Task 1 was about my work and cooking.
    Task 3 was about social interaction and clothes.

  86. I have finished my Speaking exam today. The topic I got for part 2 was “The place in your country which u find interesting” and questions based on that. This is not in the list.please add it. Hope it helps!

  87. Nija Jobin says

    Very thanks for sharing these topics and hoping to read/hear from you more and more in future to improve IELTS score.

  88. Marjuka Rahman Orthi says

    Thank you vary much.

  89. Something which you have not done, but your friend has done

  90. Hi Liz
    I had the speaking exam today in tel aviv. The topic on part 2 was to tell about a friend that I’m proud for something he accomplished.
    other questions on part 3 delt with the connection between success and happiness in life.

  91. Nosiaba faisal says

    Many thanks you are an angel ❤

  92. Thank you! I hope there will also be like this for the upcoming writing task questions 😀

    • Writing is different. They change the topics with each test. Speaking has a range of topics used over a certain period. Click on the recent exams page in the right hand column of this website to follow recent topics for all parts of the test.

  93. I have took exam 5th January and I got question number 26 in part 2.

  94. Renuka Damayanthi says

    Thank u teacher.. Liz

  95. My topic on 5th January was to talk about something someone gave me that I really wanted
    1. When I received it
    2. Who gave the item to you
    3. What purpose did it serve you
    4. How you felt when you received this.

  96. Liz.. i had my speaking this afternoon, and my topic was: describe the activity you at your free time alone.

  97. Wow thank you so much for this! I’m planning to take the test on the first week of March so I still have a month and a half to prepare. Hopefully I’ll be given a topic that I have practiced on. Wish me luckkk 🙂

  98. Ekoh Sophia says

    Thank you for the update, you are a life saver and a God send.

  99. bundle of thanks i am thankful to you mam world need awesome people like you

  100. Thanks for this , God bless you.

  101. Thanks for this

  102. Thank you so much Ms liz,you’re the beeeest IELTS Teacher.thank you for helping us ,thank you for your huge effort. I wished i had an income to enroll in your training courses But no problem i’m doing my best to succeed in the IELTS for sure by following your advice and learning from your videos and website. I have a biiig big respect for you teacher 🙋

    • With over 300 FREE pages on my website, I’m sure you’ll be fine. Click on the RED BAR at the top of the website to access the main pages.

  103. ANJU SHARMA says

    Thanks a lot Mam
    I’m grateful to you .

  104. Thanks liz for this 😊

  105. Jagdeep kaur says

    Thnx a lot liz mam

  106. Hello Liz!
    5th Jan exam Part 2:
    Discuss skill which you have taught children (or child)

  107. Hi mam, my speaking topic was, Describe an occasion in which some didnot tell you truth ? done on 08/01/2019, New Delhi, India.

  108. My speaking cue card from 4/01:

    An important decision you made with help of another person.
    a/ what was the decision
    b/ who helped you
    c/ why this decision was so important

    Hopefully it will help 🙂

  109. Thanks mam

  110. Ashish Waghmare says

    Thank you madam

  111. thanx mam for updating, I have speaking on 22nd Jan. I might get one of them.

  112. I have had a topic about comedy I saw . It was so difficult to speculate on this topic ((

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