IELTS Speaking Test August 2018

Below is a sample IELTS speaking test for August 2018. The topics and questions are currently being used in the IELTS Speaking test.

Remember that there is only one speaking test. All candidates, both GT and Academic, will get the same topics and questions. There is no difference in marking. The test will last between 11 and 14 mins. The IELTS Speaking test is informal.

Full IELTS Speaking Test August 2018

IELTS Speaking Part 1


  1. Do you live in a house or an apartment?
  2. What room do you most like in your home?
  3. Is there anything you would like to change?
  4. Do you plan to move in the future?


  1. Do you often use apps?
  2. What type of app would you like to get for your phone or computer?
  3. What type of app do you think is most popular?
  4. If you could create an app, what would it be?

Foreign Food

  1. Did you often eat foreign food as a child?
  2. What type of foreign food have you recently eaten?
  3. Are foreign foods popular in your country today?
  4. Do you think there will be an increase in the amount of foreign food in your country in the future?

IELTS Speaking Part 2

Describe an important event that you celebrated in the past. You should say:

  • what the event was
  • when it was
  • where it was held
  • who you celebrated with
  • and explain why the event was important to you

IELTS Speaking Part 3

  1. Do you think it is essential for people to celebrate their birthdays?
  2. Have you ever attended an outdoor event before?
  3. Which one do you prefer, indoor or outdoor events?
  4. Do you think people spend more money on events today compared to the past?
  5. What is the most popular event in your country? How do people celebrate it?
  6. Do you think it is beneficial for a country to host international events?





  1. Hi liz
    Plz sendme a speaking model answer link of test part 2 in which questions about hometown ,food etc mentioned. There is questions in your site but i dont found model answers .
    Plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Send me link of model answers

    • Go to the main speaking section of this website. It is linked through the RED BAR at the top of all pages.

  2. Hello Liz
    Thank you for the guidelines and information.
    I’d like to add that sometimes the character of the interviewer makes a difference.
    Today I had my speaking test . He was like as if we were sitting having a chat and was very interested with each word of my answer. Not giving gloomy looks and so. So I felt relaxed and easy.
    Below are the questions I remember
    **Part I :
    – Where do your live
    – What do you like about your block
    – If you were able to change things in your block, what would they be
    *- What is the name of your TV star
    – Are people in your country interested in international stars
    – Are the influenced by them
    – Have you met a star in real life
    – Did you participate in a movie(I forgot the exact words)
    *-If you wanted to take a photo would you use a mobile or camera
    – Why
    **Part II:
    The cue card was about describing a party
    Who attended , what happened, you feelings
    ** Part III:
    – Do you think people are having more parties those days than in the past?
    – How do people who get into representing their countries in international events feel
    – (I mentioned that they feel proud and anxious) So mentioning anxiety, how does anxiety affect them
    -Countries hosting international events have to spend quite some budget on buildings and areas(he used other words,but same meaning). Do you think that it’s worth?
    – How is this investment rewarding

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 You are 100% correct that the behaviour of the examiner can affect your performance. Examiners are told that they need to be engaging, show interest and give positive, encouraging body language but because there is no camera in the room, examiners do not always do this. Too many of them are disinterested and have body language that discourages people from speaking. I, personally, feel very strongly about this. IELTS really need to get a camera in the test room. Good luck with your results 🙂

    • Jamaica Cagatan says

      How do you aswer “Have you met a tart in your life?” The first thing that came to my mind is the food tart.

      • That is really funny 🙂 I think the person made a typo when typing – the previous questions were about stars or a star. Anyway, I’ve just altered it. Funny typo 🙂

  3. Hello, Liz!
    I’d like to ask whether I can talk about my younger brother’s painting on the topic “describe a piece of art you like”

    • Absolutely!! It is usually best to keep things personal in part 2 speaking. This way it is easier to add more detail – you can talk about your brother’s character, his past, his future etc etc.

  4. Hansima Witharanage says

    Hello Liz,
    I am from Sri Lanka and today I had my Speaking test (10.12.2018)

    I had had a varied amount of questions.

    Part 1
    1.Name and Where I am from.
    2. Do you have a favourite sports person?
    3. Have you done team sports?
    4. What time of the year you prefer most?
    5. What are the lesuire activities you engage in different seasons or times of the year?

    Part 2
    Describe an important law in your country.
    Do you think such law should be established throughout the world?

    Part 3
    What is your opinion on international law?
    Why do you think we need international laws?
    What do you think about police officers?
    Do people inspire to be police officers in your country?
    Aren’t there any police officers who are role models?
    Why do people become lawyers insted of police officers?
    Do you believe all countries accross world could have same law?
    Do you think all countries would agree to establish same law globally?

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂

      • Hansima Witharanage says

        However, I am a tad bit concerned as my examiner kept on interrupting my answers, making me abruptly stop. For example I wanted to give a detailed answer when she asked where I was from. I started saying “I am from Xyz, it’s a suburban town of Colombo” and she was like “Ok can I have your passport!” This went on throughout the test. Also, I want to know do these questions seem as if they are all over the place?”

        • The question “where are you from?” is not part of the test. It is part of the ID check before the test starts and the questions should not be expanded. I made a video about this and you should have watched it before your test.
          All other answers are marked based on particular English language features. If you gave that feature in the first sentence, the examiner might move swiftly on to test another aspect of language. Your ideas and your full answers are not marked in the test.
          Your test sounds completely normal.

          • Hansima Witharanage says

            Thank you for clarifying. I hope I did well. Fingers crossed. I am planning to study my best for K R nd W. I’ll cram in as much as possible.

  5. Sisay Alemayehu says

    I am from Ethiopia, where English language is not spoken very well. We use it only for academic purpose at school. Is the type of question similar for all candidates?????????????
    what would you say about this ….. what is your advice for me??

    • The examiner will decide the topic, not you. The chosen topic is not based on your job, your background – nothing plays a role in the choice. Anyone could get any of the topics. It is your task to prepare as much as possible for all topics.

  6. Hi Liz,

    In my speaking test examiner start with slower pace and sudden he increase the pace of asking questions, I means without taking 1 second break or without finishing my answer properly, he was asking another question.. I feel this very strange !!

    Did he was upset with my answers ? or it is a strategy for them to calculate score ?


  7. Gino Franco Salonga says

    Hi Liz, Can i start a conversation with “Well” ?
    “Well, to tell you the truth i am really not a fan of books.”
    or “OK”
    “Ok, this is an interesting question”
    Or can i say my thinking out loud like,
    “Ok, this question is quite difficult”
    I ask this because I’m using “Uhms and Ahh’s” very much and i think that replacing them with these words will help me not get a lower score.
    Lastly can i use colloquial terms like
    go bananas, badass, chilling out, ruckus, cracking, ain’t

    Thank you : )

    • Sure. The IELTS speaking test is informal so you should speak naturally. I often start sentences in that way. I’m glad you are going to replace “uums” and “ahhs” with words. “Umm” is not a word and can damage your score for fluency. Of course, we will naturally have a few of them. But if you use them frequently, it will have an adverse effect on your score. Using fillers (words) is a good technique. Yes, you can use colloquial terms – but don’t pack your answers full of them. Just be natural and chatty.

  8. Thank you so much for your great speaking lessons. My Ielts speaking test was on tuesday and it went great. In part 1 , I was asked about breakfast, it’s importance, the time I wake up at, If i can change one thing about my morning routine ,what would it be? Do I wear sun glasses? When do I wear sun glasses? Will I gift someone sun glasses? Would I spend a lot of money on buying sun glasses?
    Part 2 : Describe a beautiful city you know about
    In the end , he asked me a question that would I like going to the same city for another trip.

    Part 3 : I was asked about tourism then the examiner asked me if architecture of old age sights was the attraction for people or the culture they presented , then he asked me the tourism condition in Pakistan for foreigners, he then asked me the reasons why tourism is facing issues in pakistan,he then asked me various ways to improve tourism in pakistan. He asked me about rural and urban areas and which one is better . My answer was urban then he came up with another question which was what would be the attraction in rural areas for people. That’s all I can remember .

    I also gave my LRW today (Saturday), all parts went well except a slight mess in reading where I ran short of time due to extra lengthy paragraphs and had to just blind guess 5 mcqs in the end which are most probably wrong. Else then that my Listening part went well, writing part was written in the word limit with proper format and other reading questions were mostly correct as well. What do you infer from this?

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 There isn’t anything to infer – sorry. It sounds like a common experience of IELTS. You’ll have to wait for your results – fingers crossed for you 🙂

  9. Farooq ahmed says

    Hello liz… My IELTS academic test is in November will you please give me any topics(cue cards) which is supposed to come in November. Thanks

  10. Hamza Imtiaz says

    Hi Liz,
    Thank you so much for this one-stop place to prepare for IELTS.

    Can you please tell if looking to the examiner while speaking increases band score or can we give answers without looking in him/her?


    • It has no impact on your score. However, not looking at the examiner at all is not usual. Eye contact is normal in such circumstances.

  11. Hi liz, can you suggest some sample IELTS speaking test questions for the month September 2018??

  12. hey Liz can you please make a guess how much i can score in ielts by writing this kind of task 2.
    –in recent years some countries have experienced very rapid economic development.this has resulted in much higher standards of living un urban areas but not in the country sides.this situation may bring some problems for the country as a whole. what are these problems? how might they be reduced?

    Answer—from last few decades,a quick economic growth can be seen in some nations which results in good living standards in cities while rural areas have not got much benefits from this development.This situation may bring number of issues to the realm as a whole,which i will discuss in my upcoming writing along with the measures to reduce this problem.

    To start up,as a nation includes poor and affluent masses areas named urban and country side,so when the whole evaluation would be done in cities only,there would not be proper development of country which might affect the reputation of nation.Furthermore,unemployment can be caused due to tge fact that large count of people came to work in industries from rural area,but due to lack of good facilities of hospital and education in villages the wrok performance may suffer.As a result,the overall economic growth of country maybe affected in bad manner.

    on the flip side,as every lock has a key thia problem also has many of them is that the authorities should provide all facilities in rural areas which might help to improve the condition of poor masses.Hence,this issue can be reduced. In addition,individual and council must work hand in hand to tackle this hurrdle, even they must look for the help from other developed countries. so meeting such methods of reduction these problem can be reduced.

    To conclude, although problems can be neglected which arise from the discrimination between country side and urban areas, but from my perspective these are just minor issues,so it can reduced easily by putting even a small initiatives by community.

  13. Hi Liz,

    Does the ielts examiner ask follow up questions in speaking part 1. During my test he asked ‘why’ after 2 of my answers in SP1. I was a bit surprised as i was expecting that only in part 2 and 3.


    • Of course the examiner will ask why. It is one way to draw more English out of you. This is an English language test and the examiner wants to hear a lot of English so always explain and give as much detail as possible.

  14. Nikita Ghelani says

    Dear Liz

    A big thank you for your guidance on how to tackle ielts. In my first attempt I didn’t score well in writing and speaking. I than decided to follow all your videos and essays to understand what exactly they want from candidates. I completed my exam on 18th and I am hoping for better result this time.
    My speaking test was today and I felt it was flawless. The examiner too was very kind and didnt grill me much. In fact I don’t think it even lasted for complete 10mins. I felt she was eager to move on next questions as she was happy the way I was answering.
    The questions where
    Where I belong too
    Where I live and kind of accommodation.
    My favorite room
    Recent trip that I remember and what I liked.
    How do I plan my trips in advance.
    Factors that I consider while plan trip.
    Cue cards
    Street market that I visited.
    Where it was
    Why I visited
    How did I feel
    Than she even asked if I ever saved money in childhood.
    How would I teach kids to save money
    Than we went on to speak on luxury goods. If they give happiness.
    Why people buy branded items.
    And few more related to it.

    However, I felt entire test went very smooth and there were no pauses. I somehow even felt the score depends a lot on the way examiner makes you comfortable. Luckily I had very very good invigilator and I am happy with the way I performed.
    Whatever the result be I am happy I performed my best.

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 A good examiner should make you feel comfortable, have encouraging body language and a friendly tone 🙂

  15. Amita Riya says

    Hi Liz
    I had my speaking test today on 21st August .
    My topics of discussion were as follows
    About my home town – famous places in my home town
    How far is the exam centre from the place you staying currently?
    About travel- long journeys , do you think u will travel often in future?
    Physical fitness importance, what physical exercise you follow in your life
    Cue card- favourite sports person
    Related to national sports
    Government initiative to promote sports
    What kind of sports do you think your country is good at apart from cricket ?

    Thank you very much for your tips and posting current topics from may to August 2018. It helped me a lot .

  16. Hi Liz,
    I do not like reading books. How should I answer in case I’m asked about a recent book that I have read.

    • Talk about the last book you read. Or explain at the start of your talk that you don’t read books, but you will talk about a film which was adapted from a book. This is not a trick test. Just be open and friendly. Talk as near to the topic as possible.

  17. Robina Islam Nupur says

    Thank you so much Liz .Your ideas of exam topic help me a lot.I follow them n got easy on my exam.😊😊……..
    And by the Grace of Allah I got expected Mark on my exam.Thanks once again🤗🤗😊 Love From Bangladesh……🌸🌸🌸🌹🍁

  18. Hello there! August 18 2018 speaking test questions for me:
    1.What is your full name?
    2.Where do you live right now? Why?
    3.Name an imporatnt event where people in your country give presents? Gifts?
    4.Why is it important?
    5. What special gift did you received? From whom did you received and what did you feel about it?
    Part 2.
    Name a succesful sportsperson that you admire?
    How did you know about him?
    (I forgot whats the 2nd question)
    Why do you admire him?
    Part 3
    Is it important for the youth to have a succesful sportsperson in a country? Why?
    What can it contribute to the society?
    Is it good if the government has support for every sportsperson in your country?
    Is it always important to be a champion?
    Which is better? Individual sport or team sport?
    Do you want to be a champion someday?

  19. UKVI Academic speaking
    17th Aug 2018
    Islamabad , Pakistan
    in first part only 3 questions , my name , job or student, 1st day at job.

    Topic was about ” Architecture and Building”
    My examiner was extra Serious . She was not motivating me at all ;-( .
    I am just praying . Please all of you Pray for me.

  20. Waled Ahmed says

    Topic. For speaking task 2
    On 17august 2018

    A public place you visited and you think needs improvements.

    What is it?

    When you visited

    What you liked and disliked about it

    Why do you think it needs improvements?

    Is it suitable to talk about city general hospital?

  21. Pramodh. K says

    Is it recent topic?? Or expected topic??
    Pls give a reply because my speaking test on 20th of August
    Thanks indeed.

    • Please read the first couple of lines on this page. There are also links provided under the test – click on them and start learning.

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