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  1. Finished IELTS on 19th July.

    Speaking Test
    Part 1 do you work or study?
    Why you like your work?
    What are the ways you can improve your skills at work?
    Part 2 someone you admired while growing up
    Who it is?
    How do you that person?
    Explain why you wanted to be like that person
    Part3 discussion about how famous people influence children?
    Also a bit about parents role in upbringing their children

    Writing task 1 Write a letter to a college in australia, telling them you want to do a short training course related to your work
    Explain about the course
    Why you want to do that course
    Give suitable dates and duration of the course
    Task 2 some people make new friends on social networking sites and internet chat rooms. Some people think it is a good thing. Some people think it is better to make friends face to face.
    Discuss both views and your opinion.

    Thats all i could recollect

    Thank you Liz, your website is quite useful
    Hope I get good bands

  2. I took the writing today.

    I hope this can help other test takers.

    Writing task 1 – It was a pie chart with information about the production of energy in a country in 1985 and 2003.
    Writing task 2 – Houses are essential for people. Some argue that the government should offer free houses for people who cannot afford to pay for it. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
    Listening – part one there was one of the answers that the answer was an uncommon word. The theme was related to luggage and during the description of the luggage, the speaker said: a large strap, unfortunately I understood strab, and I missed that one. The answer was also 3 words..
    Speaking was in part two to talk about a TV show or programme that you like and that is funny. What program is? How do you know it? Why do you like it?
    Part 3 – questios related to free activities at home and so on.
    Well, it is not easy to remmember everything, but I hope this can help others.
    *Liz, I felt a bit sad with one of your comments (about 6 months ago) in the computer based topic. I think that you were a little bit impolite with me. But, I am posting here to show that I forgave you! Your blog is very helpful and I hope this information can help others.

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ˜‰ Sorry if I was short tempered – it rarely happens, but like any other human being it can happen when I’m exhausted. Good of you to see past it. Good luck with your results πŸ™‚

  3. Hi Liz!

    I took the academic test yesterday.
    Below are the questions.

    Part1 about a man who just moved to a new area, a lady was telling him about a school in the area his daughter would love.
    Part 2 was about directions.
    Part 3 was about a student discussing her project with her teacher.

    Section1 was about the origin on coin
    Section2 was about evolution of traffic signs and roads in Sydney
    Section 3 was about reader reviewing a book by a famous author

    Part1; A table showing the number of cars per 1,000 people in 5 countries over a 3year period.
    Part2. Many employers are employing people with good social skills as well as good qualifications.
    Do you agree or disagree that good social skills is as important as good qualifications to succeed in a job?

    Part1 questions about your house?
    Type of house, favourite room…
    Questions about street markets
    Part2 a water sport you would like to try, Why and where you would like to try it. Do you think it will be easy or difficult.
    Part3 Water transportation, advantages and disadvantages. Importance of water ways in your country.
    Do you think ship cruise would be more popular in the nearest future.

    Thanks so much Liz for all you do.
    Your efforts are very much appreciated.

  4. Hi Liz,
    Firstly thanks a lot for your kind support and great work.
    Today I completed my IELTS general test,
    The questions as I remember were as follows,
    Listening Test-
    Section 1- A dialogue between a courier service agency person and a customer who wants to send some stuffs to his friend overseas.
    Section 2- A monologue of a event management coordinator regarding a guideline for the volunteers and description of the event site from Map.
    Section 3- A dialogue between a student and her teacher regarding the teachers thought on the students presentation.
    Section 4- A monologue on lifestyles of Elephant based on a 40 years research conducted by a team.

    Reading Test-
    Section 1- A reading on several museum details. (Match the details)
    Section 2- reading on the guidelines for a construction site. ( T, F, NG & fill in the blanks)
    Section 3- A reading on the way a non profit organization works. ( T,F,NG & Fill in the blanks).
    Section 4- A passage on work and methodology of an Swiss architect who worked for the earthquake affected 3rd world countries. ( Heading for each paragraph and fill in the blanks)
    Writing Test
    Section 1- write a letter to your friend who has just moved to a new house regarding a gift that you want to send him.
    1- what you will send as gift.
    2- why you have chose it.
    3- how will you send it.

    Section 2- Now a days the increased amount of Garbage ( waste) is a real concern.
    Why this is happening?
    What can be done to resolve this?

    Speaking Test-
    Talk about hometown, the place where you currently live
    A person who is intelligent- who, what he does, why.
    And the last I can’t remember.. sorry..

    Thanks again!

  5. Thank you Liz. It was great to have your lessons.
    I just finished my speaking test.

    Asked general questions in part one, where do I live, from when, Why I like that, any alterations to done if i like,
    In Part 2 asked me about what something do I do to maintain my health, From when started, how often do you follow that, are you enjoying doing that,

    In Part 3 asked me about health related questions, what i think about to increase health in people, in school curriculum what i can do, why people tend to have less time, how can i advice them to have a time space in their busy schedules, etc.

  6. Today I did my IELTS academic test.
    Part 1:
    Describe your home and in which room you enjoy mostly?
    Part 2:
    Describe a holiday or vacation you enjoyed?
    With who did you there?
    “Where do go the most people on holiday in your country?” must be ommited
    Do you recommand people to go on holiday where you have gone?
    Part 3
    Where do go most people in your country during the holiday?
    In your country where did come most tourists from ?

  7. First of all, thank you so much for LIZ… I completed my speaking today.
    Part 1: questions about street markets
    Part 2: Describe a garden that you have visited?
    where was it?
    when was it?
    why you visited it?
    Part 3: question about gardening and parks
    do you often visit parks?
    what do you do there?
    these are only I have recollected…………..

  8. Alex page says

    I had my computer Ielts tests last week and got my results this morning.

    For speaking the questions were as follows;

    Part 1 Questions about where I live and what I would like to improve about my area

    Part 2 Tell me about someone you wanted to be like when you were younger and why?

    Part 3 Most famous and influential people in my country, why are they famous, should other kinds of people be celebrated too and so on.


    Part 1 – Your friend has asked you to help him find a music teacher for his/her child. Write a letter telling your friend you have found a suitable teacher. Explain why you think they are suitable and advise your friend how to get in touch with the teacher.

    Part 2 – Famous people sometimes give their opinions on public topics. Is this a good thing? Explain to what extent you agree or disagree.

    I cannot really remember the listening or reading.

    I got my results this morning as follows L9 R9 W7.5 S7.5. I am quite disappointed about the speaking as I got an 8 the last time I wroted the Ielts (results have expired hence why I had to write it again) and I consider my spoken English to be very good. However I was quite nervous and fumbled a lot during the part 2.

    This blog was very helpful in the build up to the exam. P.S If you are taking the computer based test, try and familiarise yourself with the keyboard first if you can. Especially because of the writing test. The one I was given was quite funny when it came to special symbols like ? β€˜ β€œ. I had never come across a keyboard where typing special characters was not so straighforward and it wasted my time a bit trying to figure them out. In the end I had to change my sentences to dispense with the need for special characters. For example, β€œIn today’s world” became β€œIn the world today”

    Good luck everyone!

  9. Hi Liz,

    I will be sitting for my IELTS exam the day after tomorrow and would like to ask you about the use of gender pronoun in Writing Task 2. I have been getting mixed advice. Some say that I should use “he” only, and others told me I should use “he or she”.
    Which one is better to use when I am referring to a person (singular) in a hypothetical example? I know I am allowed to use “one” or “their” but sometimes I really need to see gender pronouns.
    I give a sample sentence below to make my question more understandable

    For instance, when a parent of an employee falls ill, taking 1 week away from work will allow him or her to spend quality time with their parent.

    I hope to hear from you before my exam. Thank you so much!

    • Always refer to people in the plural form to avoid this problem. You do not need to talk about one single person when you can refer to people in general.

      • Understood. Thank you for taking your time to reply. I really appreciate it. πŸ™‚

      • Maemoona says

        Hi! Sorry to poke in, but could you, please, elaborate through the same example that @sherly has used?

        • The problem was that the example sentence used isn’t correct in English which is why I couldn’t use it to explain my point. How about this:
          A) If an employee falls ill, the time he or she takes off from work enables him or her to spend time with his or her family.
          B) If an employee falls ill, the time they take off from work enables them to spend time with their family.
          C) When employees fall ill, the time they take off from work enables them to spend time with their family.
          As you see, Sentence A is messy and definitely should not be used. Sentence B is fine to use. I personally go for Sentence C – refer to people in general.
          I hope this helps πŸ™‚ I’m putting together a grammar e-book for writing task 2 at the moment – I’ll include this example if you feel it is useful – let me know πŸ™‚

  10. Hi Liz,

    finished my GT test a hour ago.

    Speaking test was yesterday:

    Full name
    Working or student
    What do you enjoy about your work

    Part 2: party you attended. Why it was organised. Who attended. What do you like about it most.

    Part 3: wide range of questions. From festivals in your country, do you watch sky, best view of sky, commercialisation of festivals , events. Do you think there is an increase in the number of events to celebrate. This is from what I Can recollect.

    Letter to an organiser about the hotel you stayed who booked the hotel for you.
    Meeting details
    What you didn’t like about the hotel.
    What you want organiser to do.

    Task 2:
    Why some people buy new fones, desktop or technology(latest devices).

    What is good or bad about it.

    For all future test takers, Liz website is a one stop reference for all question types.

    For me listening was bit difficult as the speed of test was faster than the audio i practiced. Reading was a cake walk.

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Good luck with your results πŸ™‚

    • Actually this is same question i got in my academic tesr March 9 2019
      what you love about your work?
      which pet do1 people keep in your country?

      party you have attended?
      feastival,sky,which you love night sky of day one,traditional marriage vs modern marriage?

  11. Hi

    I took my computer based test yesterday and here are my questions.

    part 1 :
    General questions about work, reason to choose profession and weather

    part 2:
    You are in a public place and you hear someone talk on the phone.
    Describe where was this, when was this and what was the person talking about

    part 3;
    do you think people behave badly to strangers ?
    what should be done with bad behaving people, should you ignore or should they be told about it
    what can be done to improve the behavior of people
    are people more silent in public than before
    why do some people feel uncomfortable while it is silent.

    1. Your landlord wants to increase the rent. Write a letter to him telling him why do you think the rent shouldnt be increased and what will you do if it is increased.

    2. Some people believe that if people are allowed to work after the age of 60, it causes problems. Do you agree or disagree ?

    Hi Liz,
    I would like to thank you for your tips on the website, really helped me. The first part of my speaking went very well, but in 2nd part i could only speak for 1:40 around, and struggled to find any content there. I felt the question was pretty tricky, or maybe I should have prepared better. Hope it does not reduce my score. In the essay, I didnt agree or disagree , i just put points on both sides of the argument and proposed it as a decision which depends on the particular type of industry and not a generic one. Please tell me that that it is okay to do that. Fingers crossed for my result !

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ You should aim to speaking for about 2 mins in part 2, but you don’t have to. If you speak only for about 1.5 mins, it is still ok. Your score for fluency (which includes your ability and willingness to speak at length) is also dependant on part 1 and part 3. So, your score will be based on your overall ability in English over the whole test. For your writing task 2 question, if you think retirement age should depend on the industry, it is best to state that in the introduction and explain in detail in the body paragraphs. For example, one body paragraph would explain industries where it is fine to work past the age of 60 and body paragraph 2 would explain when it is not ok. This is called a partial agreement / balanced approach – it is where you neither agree or disagree, but you present a specific view point – you present an “it depends” view point.
      Fingers crossed for your results πŸ™‚

  12. Hello Liz, last week I took my IELTS exam on July 6th, 2019. Your website helped me a lot. especially advance writing modules.

    Writing task 1
    the graphs show a percentage of sport and culture activities among girls and boys in Australia in 2003

    Writing task 2
    Food travels thousands of miles from farm to consumers. some people believe we should buy food from the local farmer to protect the environment and help the local business. do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.


    Part 1
    what do you do?
    do you love working at your workplace?
    (common question relating to work and hobbies)

    Part 2
    Describe a famous person that you wished to meet
    – who is the person?
    – where do you know about this person?
    – why do you want to meet this person?
    what do you want to tell to this person if you have a chance to meet him/her

    I’ve already taken the test 3 times, and I hope this is gonna be my last attempt to get the band score I need. I’m really grateful to able to learn a lot from your website. I regret that why I wasn’t purchased the modules from the first place. The way you explain the modules were really helping me to easy to understand. I just want to give some advice to the IELTS takers, you should bring a jacket because sometimes the test room can be really cold. I didn’t bring my coat last week, it was kinda distracting me when the test started. I kept moving my body to get warm.

    • Thanks for sharing your topics and tips πŸ™‚ Fingers crossed for your results πŸ™‚

      • Hi Liz,
        I gave my speaking test today, in the morning. I’m sharing my experience.

        Part 1
        What do you do? Work or study?
        Working hours in a week?
        What do you like about your work?

        Is drinking coffee or tea common in India?
        Will you offer coffee to someone at home?
        When did you drink coffee last time?

        Do you ever watch the sky?
        Did you study about stars and planets at school?
        Morning or night sky? which one you prefer?
        From where do you watch stars during night?

        Part 2
        Talk about a person at work or a friend who helped in your life or career?

        How long did you work?
        How they helped you?
        How they influenced you?

        And a reason why they are so important in life?
        Follow up question:
        Do you often meet this person even now?

        Part 3:
        What type of colleagues you find at work place?
        What type of colleagues are often preferred?
        Why team work is better than individual work?
        How should a workplace be in your view?

        In the first part of speaking test, I answered about my work at length and used good vocabulary to describe my type of work. I used simple examples and shared my experiences whenever required. And the examiner was smiling through out the discussion. In part 2, I spoke fluently without pauses and tried to cover all that I could. But she stopped me after 2 min and couldn’t cover some part of the question (Liz, will this affect the score?). During last part, first question I took a bit of pause and used fillers ahh and oooh for couple of seconds but picked it up after that. Used a word that we generally use while talking to friends but examiner was kind, smiled at me and asked what does that mean? I explained it using some good vocabulary this time. Test lasted for 11 minutes exactly.

        • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ It is the rules of IELTS that your part 2 talk takes no more than 2 mins – the examiner must stop you. You do not have to complete the prompts on the card. Fillers are words that are used to fill gaps. “ahh” and “ooh” are not fillers – they are not words, they are sounds. Such sounds lower your score for fluency. Part 3 is time to speak about the world in general, not about your friends, family or yourself.

  13. Hi Liz,
    Many thanks to you and your website. Your advance lessons for writing helped me a lot.
    I appeared for General IELTS on 6 July in New Jersey, USA.

    Some parents think its good to have their children mobile phones, others disagree.
    Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

    You are relocating to a new city. Write a letter to an agent to arrange a house for you and your family.
    When and why you are relocating?
    What kind of house do you want?

    Part 1
    Where do you live? apartment or house?
    Which room do you like the most? Why?
    Are you an organized person?
    Do you like to plan your day? Why?

    Part 2
    Describe a time that you gave an advice to someone.
    Who is the person?
    What was the advice that you gave?
    What did the person do about the advice?
    After part 2 she asked me – do you like to give an advice?

    Part 3 – This was all about the advice. I don’t remember all the questions exact but following I felt tricky to answer.

    Why do people seek advice from professionals(e.g doctors)?
    Have you taken any advice from any professional? When?
    Is it important to take advice from professionals? (or adults)
    Will people continue to seek advice from professionals in the future? Why?
    Why do some people refuse to take good advice?

    In part 2, I couldn’t complete 1/2 min so she asked me to tell something more about it. Then whatever I spoke that was a bit of repetition because I was not in the flow.
    I think this will affect my score very much.

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ In IELTS speaking, you are marked on your language, not your ideas or information. The score is be based on your overall level throughout all parts, not each part in turn.

  14. Hi Liz, I had my exam today in the afternoon. Below ones are the questions the examiner asked me:
    1. What do you do?
    2. Do you find
    3. Travel- Do you want to travel the world? Why?
    4. If given a chance, would you like to do a job which requires a lot of travelling?

    Cue card- Describe about a person who has motivated you to achieve goals?

    Part 3- Motivation
    1. What do you think- children should be motivated by their parents/ teachers from their teenage time?
    2. Why being motivated is important?

    One thing, she kept interrupted me during answering…. will it gonna affect my band score??
    and i was not able to speak for full 2 minutes… completed in approx 1.5 minutes. She asked me if I would like to add and I said no. Will it affect the overall score?

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ It is 100% normal to be interrupted and does not influence your score. If you choose not to give more English, it is your choice. You are marked on the quality of the English you produce and every question is an opportunity to show the examiner your skills.

  15. Hey mam today there waa my speaking
    Part 1- my work, weather
    Part 2 i heard someone talking on the mobile phone
    Part related to people communicate in public places

    Examiner was a lady and she was constantly smiling is it good sign??

  16. Part 1:

    – Full Name
    – Are you a student or you work?
    – What is that you find interesting in your job?
    – Do you think you are good enough in your work?
    – Do you often look at the sky?
    – Is it day or night you look to the sky?
    – Do you studied or learn anything about the star?
    – Where do you prefer the best view of the sky?

    Part 2:
    Describe a person you think very Intelligent?

    – Who do you think very Intelligent?
    – Why do you think that person is Intelligent?
    – What is the feature you think that person is Intelligent?

    Part 3
    – What is Intelligent to you?
    – Do you think the teacher has to be very Intelligent?
    – What type of class make student interest in a study?
    – Who do you think is good for the children a teacher or parents?
    – What do you think about the new way of teaching?
    – How do you feel when some people make you wait?
    – What type of person are you patience or not?

  17. Dear Madam,
    I had my speaking test few days ago. Questions was on mathematics,weather and practical skills (cue card), all together like 15 questions as a whole. I tried but it wasn’t my best because I was so tensed.
    Thank you for your videos, it was my favorite! Your videos are thorough I especially appreciated your teaching skills.
    Thanks a bunch! You are a gift to those having issues tackling ielts questions. You made the whole thing seemed like a piece of cake 😁.
    May the Good Lord Jehovah continue to grant you good health. Keep expanding and breaking new grounds.
    Thanks ma.

  18. Hi Liz,

    I had my CD IELTS-GT exam today. Below are some of the questions I came across.


    PART 1
    1. Are you work/study?
    2. Do you love the work you do?
    3. Do you like perfumes?
    4. Is there a special brand of perfume you like?
    5. Do you spend a lot of money on perfumes?
    6. How often do you meet your relatives?
    7. Whom you would most like to meet friends or relatives?

    PART 2

    Describe a time that you gave advice to someone.

    1. Who is the person?
    2. What was the advice you gave?
    3. What the person did after receiving your advice?
    4. Do you think you gave the correct advice

    PART 3

    1. Do you like to listen to the advice of others?
    2. Do you think teenagers listen to the advice of their parents?
    3. How advice can help elderly people?

    and some more questions related to advising.


    PART 1

    A staff member of a hotel has helped you in a difficult situation. Write a letter to the manager of the hotel.
    -What is the problem
    -What happened
    -What should be done by the manager

    PART 2
    Nowadays people make new friends through social networks and
    internet chat groups. Some people think this is good. Others think
    that face-to-face interaction is essential. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

  19. Hi Liz..

    I just finished my Speaking test awhile ago

    Just want to share some questions I have encountered…

    1st Part:
    -State my Full name
    -The examiner asks me what is my Nickname
    -Am I Studying or Working?
    -Am I happy and contented in my current job/profession?
    -Do I love Math?
    -What age am I when I first learn Mathematics?
    -In my opinion, Is it necessary to people nowadays to be good in Mathematics?

    2nd Part (cue card)
    -Have I encountered riding in a vehicle that in my way to my destination having broke down?
    -What specific vehicle?
    -Where supposed to be my destination?
    -What exactly happened?
    -Who is with me when it happened?

    3rd Part..( in connection to my answer to 2nd part)
    -What did I do when it happened? (vehicle broke down)
    -What do I feel when I saw some rubbish materials on the road?
    -In my opinion, why do some people throw that rubbish on the road?
    -Did I ever tried to Recycle things?
    -What are some ways that I do to recycle things or papers?

  20. I appeared in IELTS speaking test today. The questions are as follows:
    Part 1:
    Where do you live ?
    Do you work or study?
    Which is most famous in your country, Tea or Coffee?
    What your offer to visitors ?
    When you had a cup of tea last time ?
    Talk about a person with whom you have studied or worked:
    -Who is he/she?
    -Where you worked?

    Should children work with each other?
    What is importance of team work?
    Should there be boundaries between manager and employees?

    Here i want to talk about part-1 and part-2, In part-1 when examiner asked me do i work or study? I answered her that i am software engineer and i work in a software company. But in part-2 i told her that i used to work with my grandfather regarding business and he ran a car business for about 10 years, i worked with him in his electronics company and now running the other outlet of this particular company in another company.

    Liz i want your opinion is it alright that i have mentioned 2 different works of my life in different parts of speaking? What if examiner thinks that i am mentioning contradictory working fields?

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ In one part you mentioned what work you do and in the other you mentioned work you used to do (past tense). No problem there.

  21. Hi Liz
    I would like to thank you for this great website.
    1st of July was my academic computer based test
    I will start with writing since many find it difficult.
    My personal tips is to write both task 1 and 2 every day in one hour. I find that I need 22-25 min for task 1 I could not do it in shorter time. Task 2 in my opinion needs about 35 min. That’s my way at least
    Speaking was not a surprise
    Everything as you said
    Listening is were the problems begin
    Time for answer is almost the same is you listen to the audio so the key I use is to write short hand notes but even so time is short. I faced some difficulties with part 3 with the map directions the audio is playing and the speaker is explaing where different shops are located in the park you have to listen and see the map at the same time you have answer. Really no time for notes almost like a race.
    Part 4 was a bit easy but tricky.
    Reading was as expected one note to consider 1st passage is easy it takes about 15min. Second one a bit harder 20min will be enough. Last one is the hardest it needs 25 min or more. again the passage is written in a way that makes your mind feel lost.

  22. July 1st

    Part one:
    Who do you do
    Do you work or study
    Why do you do what you do
    Do you enjoy what you do

    Do you plan your time
    How do you plan your time

    Do you like to read books
    What type of books do you read
    Do you read for pleasure or academic

    Part 2:
    Describe someone that encouraged you to achieve a goal

    Part 3:
    Have you every encourage someone to achieve a goal
    Who should motivate a child more (The parent or teacher)?
    Do you think parents need to motivate their children to achieve their goal
    Do you think a child can set a future goal and achieve it
    What do you think about parents setting a goal for their children and motivating them to achieve it
    Generally, what are the factors that determine how a person is motivated.

  23. Hello Liz,

    Below are questions i faced in my recent IELTS General Module:

    Speaking Test today 01st July 2019.

    Part 1:
    Questions related to Home and Smile

    – Where do you live, apartment, house or flat
    – how long you are living there
    – which room you like most
    – do you smile?
    – when do you smile?
    – do you smile while taking pictures why? why not?
    -do you know if some bodys smile is fake?

    Que card:
    The Problem you solved with the help of internet

    Part 3:
    Questions related to Internet and social networking sites



    The streets where you live has recently become rather dirty write a letter to your local council
    What caused this problem
    What problems local people facing due to this
    what actions council should take


    Ordinary people try to copy famous people either reading magazines or watching TV

    Reasons of doing this
    Do you think is it good idea to copy famous people.

    Liz, requesting you to help the people by giving sample letter or essay each week from recent exams which will be really helpful for the people who are following this website
    in my opinion writing is the toughest part in IELTS.11

    Many Thanks,
    every week a letter or essay from recent exams

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ At present I am overloaded with work. As I work alone, there is no one to help. This means I will not be able to post model answers every week.

  24. Hi Liz,
    Thank you in advance for your grate website.
    I appeared in my speaking test yesterday and the questions was like this?
    Part 1 : neighborhood and changes in neighborhoods
    Part 2 : Describe a person who is intelligent
    Part 3 : questions about intelligence and impacts on society
    Hope to get my desired score 😊

  25. Test Date Jun 29, 2019
    Test Type General

    Test Experience
    I wished the test was computer based instead of paper based.

    Listening- Headphones didn’t work, so audio was played in the room.
    Section1 – Phone call –a guy inquiring about a photography course. cost of the course after concession, what day, time, price …
    Section 2 – List of attractions – Some questions about matching the attractions names and their features.
    Section3 — 3 students talking about how they should do their presentation.
    Multiple choice questions
    history of paints used in various art forms throughout the world.
    Fill in the blanks

    Section 1 –
    Section 2 – Some shoe museum and various sections in it
    Section 3 – Topic – Ventilation systems in work spaces

    Section 4 – Topic – History of how map making evolved over time throughout the world
    There were around 10 paragraphs each corresponding to a letter A – I.

    Matching 1 involved matching “small summaries provided” with the corresponding paragraph(A-I).

    Matching 2
    A list of map making aspects invented were given. For example, “This country had the emperor followed by a map-maker at all times”, “This country invented the first maps” …
    A list of countries were provided A-I.
    For example, A. China B.Persia …..

    The paragraphs occupied whole 2 pages. The questions were in the next 2 pages. I found the last section very difficult because the questions were in a different pages and paragraphs in another. Looking at the question in a page and then flipping over the previous page to read paragraphs made it even more difficult.

    General Writing — After getting used to typing for many years, Lost touch with writing long time ago. Ended up spending slightly more time on Task1 than planned. As a result wrote task2 conclusion less than planned. Handwriting turned bad in the last moment.
    Write a letter to your company’s director recommending a group in your local community that deserves help .
    Why do suggest that group?
    How can your company help that group?
    How can that benefit your company in return?

    Some parents want their children to read only serious educational books at all times. They don’t want their children to read any entertainments books because they think it is a waste of time. Do you agree/ disagree with their opinion? Why?

    Where do you live?
    How long have you lived there?
    What is your neighborhood like?
    What do you like about like about living there?
    Is there any change that you would like to see in your community?

    A good news that you recently came to know.
    What was the news?
    Where were you at that time?
    When and How did you come to know about that news?

    Questions about news Reporting.
    How do you think news reporting changed over time?
    With the advent of new technology, news are reported very quickly.
    Do you think a channel should publish the news quickly before its competitors or verify the authenticity before publishing? Why do you think so?
    Do you think everyone should follow the news daily? why?

    Few others that I have talked to on that day mentioned that they were asked on the following topics in Part2
    a place that you have recently visited.
    your relationship with your siblings.
    a colleague who you liked working with

  26. Hi Liz
    I finished all components of academic test yesterday(29th, June,2019), and below were the details of speaking test:
    Part 1:
    Do you work or study?
    Do you like your job?why?
    How often do you visit your relatives?
    What do you usually when you visit them?
    Where did you play when you were a child?
    Do you spend more time with your friends or relatives?why?

    Part 2
    Describe a person who have interesting ideas or opinions.
    who is he/she?
    How did you get to know him/her?
    What are some of his/her interesting ideas?
    (I answered my late sister, and after the presentation the examiner asked if other people also think she had interesting ideas)

    Part 3
    Can you mention a well-known person who has interesting ideas?
    Do you think we should spend more time understanding famous people’s ideas?
    Do you think we should take time to understand opinions of people from the past?
    Speak of your sister, what do you think that makes her ideas interesting?

    The examiner was a British lady with similarly posh accent, who was quite considerable(just like you!) and even suggested that I put on my cardigan in case of catching a cold. Due to her friendly manner, I was soon relieved and quickly went into this status. Furthermore, I believe that for a better score in speaking test, you need to calm down and familiarize yourself with the test room atmosphere as soon as possible. Smile more often and try to make eye contact with your examiner. Behave like you are taking with a friend from afar and avoid unnatural actions.

    Last but not least, thank you so much for your videos, dear liz! After listening to your class, I directly abandoned lectures taught in my mother tongue which paid too much attention on skills rather than knowledge. Your videos raised my spirit to revise well for IELTS as well as continuing studying English after this test. Thanks againπŸ˜€wish you have a great day!

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ I’m glad you got a friendly examiner – it makes a lot of difference. I’m also pleased you enjoyed my lessons and will continue to learn English in the future πŸ™‚ One day I hope to start – then I’ll also make video lessons for English idioms, vocabulary, pronunciation etc πŸ™‚

  27. Hello
    Sorry im posting late,i wrote on the
    28th of june speaking
    1st part
    .What do you do
    2nd part
    .Which beautiful or handsome person have you met that is important
    3rd part
    .it was under beauty compared in the past and present
    Task 1
    .A graph on the usage of technology in the UK
    Task 2
    .The poor and the rich find the accessibility into the university difficult. Do you agree or disagree.
    I didn’t write well,i was not good at time management and i did common mistakes

  28. Hello Liz,

    I had my exams yesterday (29th June 2019). The Listening, Reading & Writing went quite well. I think I got too nervous with speaking but spoke as well as I could. For Reading, it was actually a practice paper I had done before so that was a plus.
    Writing task 1 – A young person is going to start his first day at the office next month. So the question was to write a letter explaining what he will be doing on his first day in the office.
    Writing task 2 – Some people think media should be allowed to publicize information on someone’s private life. Some others believe that media should be regulated in this regard. Discuss both views and give your opinion. Give reasons for your answers and relevant examples. – my advice here is to be very careful because at first I really misinterpreted the question to be about celebrities in particular but realised in the nick of time πŸ™‚

    Speaking – Part 1 – general questions about myself, asked me to describe my house, what my favourite room is. Also asked me about street markets (are they popular in your country? Why do people like street markets? How do you feel about street markets? A place in your country you would like to visit. Why do you want to visit this place?)

    Speaking Part 2 – Talk about a famous person (who is not from your country) whom you would like to meet. My main mistake here was to try sticking to the cue card prompts and I really urge anyone reading this not to do it. It really distracts your flow and thinking. I’m a national speaker but I still got stuck here and there because of this. It is only later I realised that not all the prompts need to be talked of.

    Important thing to remember is – time flows very fast in LRW. So time management is crucial. Before speaking, it is super important to calm your nerves. That plays a big role in how you fare when the test starts. For writing, I highly recommend using a pencil because you can always erase what you write. Pen tends to get messy. Do alot of practice tests online. It really really helps. Especially for listening. Also guys, the online practice papers are about 5 notches higher in difficulty than the actual. It’s actually not tough if you prepare. I fretted listening and reading but honestly, writing and speaking were tougher. Practice speaking and writing as much as you can πŸ™‚

    I will post my results too when I get it. @Liz – your tips were very helpful. I relied on your tips for writing. It helped me alot for last minute preparations. Thank you!

  29. Hello Liz,
    I took IELTS (GT) exam recently. (29.06.2019)
    for speaking, the examiner asked me following questions
    Part1 – about work, what I do, do I enjoy my work, how is different than previous work, etc
    Part2 – a game/talent show I used to watch (*what it is, *how people were selected, *why I used to watch it, forgot the last point
    Part3 – which sports we used to play in childhood, what sports were played in the past and now (comparison), computer games are bad for children? why leisure time is important? and several other questions related to leisure, sports

    section 1 – about a trip, all fill in the blanks
    section 2 – bookstore map completion, factor matching about book characteristics and name
    section 3 – Multiple choices about an assignment topic, question answer
    section 4 – invention of a new language lecture note completion

    Total 5 passage
    first 4 passage was related to exhibitions, overtime information, workplace chair, computer etc arrangement to correct posture, another passage I forgot
    last passage about the science of shopping, information about supermarkets section arrangement and several researchers findings.

    Task 1: the letter was about a young person who will join my company next month for work experience. **tell him what work is done in the company **what he/she will do on the first day of work **what items/objects he/she needs to bring
    Task 2: some people think media (newspapers) should be allowed to publish personal information, others think that some rules/control should be applied about publishing personal information
    P.S: all the information is rough, not word by word but the essence is correct
    I hope it will help the people who will soon sit for ielts

  30. Hi Liz,

    First of all, I would like to thank you for all the tutoring and materials you post for helping people like me in dealing with IELTS. It has undoubtedly been a great help in preparation for the test.

    Here are the test details and questions I faced in the exam.

    Test date: 29/06/2019
    Category: General Training

    Writing Task 1:
    You are working at a large company that provides financial help to some group or local community. You company director has asked all the employees to suggest the group that should be offered with the support next year.
    -the group you want to suggest
    -what do you expect the company to provide
    -how will that help the group

    Writing Task 2:
    Some parents believe that children should that children should not waste time by reading entertainment books but instead, but instead they should spend the time to read educational books only. What is your opinion about this?

    Speaking Test:

    (a) Part 1:
    What kind of place is it where you currently live? Is it a house or an apartment?
    Which room of your house do you mostly like?
    Do you like wearing perfume?
    What kind of perfume do you prefer?
    Have you bought yourself a bottle of perfume?
    (b) Part 2:
    Describe an event where you were encouraged to do something
    -The person who encouraged you
    -what did he/she encourage you for
    -how did he/she encouraged you
    Explain how this encouragement was important for you

    (c) Part 3:
    How can children be motivated to perform in their academics?
    What factors are important when you think of motivating someone?
    Who do you think motivates better: parents or teachers?
    Do you believe the type of parent impacts the motivational needs of a child?

    For Reading:
    True/False/Not Given
    Short question answers (No more than two words)
    Flow-chart Completion (No more than two words)
    Sentence completion(No more than two words)
    Match the descriptions with the paragraphs
    Match the events with the appropriate places

    For Listening:
    One word answers
    multiple choice questions

    Hope this information helps

  31. 29 june 2019 GT writing test
    Task 2

    Some parents believe that reading books for entertainment is a waste of time for children and they think that their children should only read serious educational books.

    What is your opinion?

  32. Today was my IELTS_ LRW exam.(academic)
    *Reading passage 1 was quite tricky with fill ups ‘true false and matching information)
    Passage_2 was moderate and third was quite easy ( multiple questions+yes/no/n.g)
    *listening was totally too easy..
    Section 1 was with 10 fill ups too easy
    In 2 muliple and match information..
    In3 muliple or match
    4_fill ups too easy
    Task1_line graph about banana prices in four countries
    Task 2 about consumer goods

  33. Hi liz..
    First of all, thank you for your lessons you are doing a great work.

    Academic module

    Speaking :
    Part 1:

    Part 2:
    A popular person, from a foreign country, that u want to meet

    Follow up questions

    Part 3 :
    Discussion about fame and influence

    During my part 2, I tried to look at my notes that I prepared in the middle of the test. But the examiner not allowed to look and she took my note.

    But I spoke with out being tensed and completed my speaking test successfully..

    So please friends, those who are trying to attend the exam don’t get panicked because of the examiner actions.. U just set the mind that you are going to talk with an unfriendly examiner. Otherwise u get stucked and lost your confidence if they are not friendly.. Don’t expect friendliness..

    Writing 1:
    The line graph gives an information about the price of bananas in four different countries between (some years) sorry I can’t remember the years..

    Writing 2:
    For some people, consumer goods have become most important thing in the life.

    Do advantages of this development outweigh the disadvantages.

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ In speaking part 2, you can make notes and you can check your notes while you talk. It is your right to see your notes during your part 2 talk. However, when you finish your talk is finished and the rounding off questions start, the examiner will remove your notes.

    • Harshpreet says

      What is consumer goods ?

  34. Anonymous says

    Hi Liz,

    Thank you for your website. It really helped me a lot to refresh with all the things I need to watch out before the exam.
    I took my Speaking exam and my written exams on June 29, 2019

    Module: General Training

    The questions are much more like below but not in exact words.


    Part 1
    Can you tell me Your full name please.
    Where do you come from?
    Do you live in a House Or an apartment?
    What is your favorite room in your House?
    What do you feel when you see people throwing away their trash in Public places?
    How do you recycle Plastic Or paper?

    Part 2
    tell about an experience when you where in a vehicle that broke down.
    Where are you headed?
    Who is with you?
    How long did it take?

    Part 3

    What is the common mode of transportation in your country?

    is it more convenient to Commute?

    In the cities outside the metropolitan area are there buses and trains available too?

    Why do you think people prefer their own private Car?

    Why Can people avail Car easily nowadays?

    Do you like math?

    When did you start studying math?

    Do you think everyone should learn math?


    Task 1
    Write a letter to the manager of a theater of an accident that happened to your friend. Your want to tell the manager that you were satisfied of the helped your received during the incident.

    How it happened?
    How youwere helped?
    What do you want them to do to prevent the accident to happen again?

    Task 2
    Some people say that it is individual responsibilitynto protect the environment while others say it is the government’s primary role.

    Discuss both views and give your opinion.

  35. hi Liz,

    I appeared for my speaking test today (June 29th 2019), which went really great. The strategy you told to start an introduction really worked and i not only covered all the points in cue card but got enough time to speak in detail. A BIG thanks to you !

    here are some question asked:
    1. where do yo live apartment / private accomodation
    2. place at home you like most
    3. do u like travelling?
    4. most b’ful place you visited in India

    cue card
    water sport you want to try
    why ? how? easy or difficult to learn?
    how it is helpful

    After this, all questions were related to water only.
    water transport ?
    water saving
    why people take walk near water

    please keep sharing your amazing ideas. Hope to have a good(LRW) one tomorrow as well.

    Thank you so much !

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Lots of luck tomorrow. See my “On the day tips” which include tips for each part of the test:

      • Hi Liz…. I sat for my IELTS academic test today (29th June 2019).

        Graph: A line graph – percentage of households in the UK with 4 types of technology (CD players, DVD players, Internet, Mobile phones) from 2005 to 2009.

        Essay topic:
        Some people from poor and rural backgrounds find it difficult to get university education. Universities have to make it easy especially for such groups to get into them. To what extent do you agree or not?

        I followed all your valuable tips and advices and was able to answer all the sections in the test well.

        Thank You for your great service!!!

    • Hi Liz, thank you for your helpful tips.
      I had my speaking last week, part 2 question was on historical buildings I have visited.
      I had my LRW test today (Academic).
      Task 1 was about line graph shows the percentage of households use of different technology (CD, DVD, Mobile phones, computers, internet) from 1997 – 2001.

      Task 2 was “some groups, people from poor homes and people who come from rural areas find it difficult to access universities. Universities should make it easy for these groups to get into them. To what extent do you agree or disagree”

  36. M
    Introduction questions related to Weather, reading books
    Cue card
    describe any tool which you bought for your home when you visit any tourist place.
    when where and why
    My question is that…. in my cue card I explained my visit to place then I bought key ring I bought for my mother.

    Is this topic correct? or diverted from my topic.. could you please elaborate ..I am worried about my topic.

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ You are not marked for being on topic in IELTS speaking. If your talk is close to the topic you were given, it’s fine. Your choice was fine. Your score will depend on the level and range of English you produced in the test.

      • Thanks a ton from my heart..your response is appreciable because you snatched time from your hectic schedule and educting millions of students throughout the world…God bless you and always remain fresh and healthy😊

  37. Hi liz. Thank you for your website that provides many tips.

    I had my speaking test yesterday.

    Intro questions were on home and social accounts.

    Cue card
    Describe a quiz or game show

    Follow ups were on Tv shows and games

    I did well and give extended as well as relevant answers in part 2 and part 3. However, it seems to me that i did some repition in part 1. Answers were not extended properly. But spoke throughout my speaking. I mean i didn’t keep silent.

    Am i able to score 7 bands? What do you think?
    How much weighs part 1 in whole speaking?

    Just need your opinion.

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Speaking is not marked based on each part. Your score is based on your overall performance. This means if you were nervous in part 1, the examiner will take that into account. If your part 2 and part 3 show that your level of English is, for example, band 7, then you will get band 7 overall. So, it’s all about the examiner judging your real level of English.

  38. 28/6/2019
    first of all , I would like to thank you for your effort and for this website , your website is very helpful and helped me a lot when preparing myself to IELTS Exam.
    today I had my speaking exam
    part 1:
    your do you live?
    what is your favorite room?
    how is the weather in your town?
    do you like to try place with different weather?

    part 2:
    about historical building you visit/

  39. Academic test , ahmedabad
    27/06/2019 speaking test
    1st part –
    >current work related question
    1)what you exactly do at that place ?
    2)why do you select this job ?
    3)do you get satisfied from your work ?
    And many more , then he just changed topic and asked me about relative relations
    1)who are more important relatives/friends ?
    2)when do you last met to your relatives?
    3)it’s important to you to spend time with them ?
    Part -2 cue card
    Internet helped you in your work/study
    1)how helped you
    2) when and how long you used internet
    4)in future how it will be helpful
    1)questions related to internet use
    Then he again changed the topic
    1)when do you first learn maths ?
    2) how maths is important?
    3)have you used electronic calculator?
    4)how maths skill will help in daily life ?
    And few others related to maths ….

    In my first part , examiner acted as he will ask question, but he asked me after 2 seconds pause , I think that was my mistake because I speak less !

  40. I did my IELTS SPEAKING TEST today and first, I will like to thank you Liz for all the information here on your website. Here are my IELTS SPEAKING TEST questions:
    The house I leave in
    My favorite room in my house
    What is the importance of smiling
    Can you tell a fake smile
    Do you like to smile

    Cue card:
    What was one thing technology helped you achieve
    What was the problem
    How long did it take you to get it done
    Are you satisfied with your result

    How has technology helped you
    How has it helped to study
    The future of social network technology
    That’s all I remember

  41. Hello liz, first of all heartiest gratitude for your wonderful website and sincere efforts to help us all. i have appeared in my speaking test on 25/6/2019.
    Speaking part 1 : Questions were about my home like
    Do you live in a house or apartment?
    Which is your favourite room there?
    Do you like travelling? Why? etc.

    Part 2:
    Describe an interesting advertisement you have seen recently.
    What was it?
    Why you liked that?
    Why you feel it entertaining?

    Part3: About advertisements and consumer culture.
    Q. How can you advertise a product?
    Q. Why there is music in advertisements?
    Q. How the consumerism have changed the people’s life.
    Q.Why some people find ads annoying?
    Q.Do you think that consumerism is important for an economy?

    Questions were alike as the way i remember…..


  42. I faced my speaking test yesterday

    1 part.
    about home ( where is it? , what is your favorite room?)
    about relations ( how may time you visit them, do you prefer relation over friends)

    2nd part.
    The park you have visited
    where is it?
    with whom
    what are you doing there

    3rd part
    why people have flower in there garden?
    benefits of having flowers?
    what is the best? planting flower or vegetables?

    i am sorry, i don’t remember some question in part 3. examiner was very friendly.he kept his smile through out the period.

  43. Thank you Liz for the tips and tricks. My speaking test was on 20th June and writing was on 22nd June.
    Speaking test
    1. Questions about Home ( how is your home like, from how long are you staying there, your favourite room)
    2. Questions about Math (When did you start learning math, are you good at math, do you think everyone needs to learn maths, did you use electronic calculator anytime)
    3. Questions about Garbage and recycling ( what do you when you see people throwing rubbish on streets, why do you they throw? Did you recycle a paper anytime, What do you do to make your city tidy)
    Cue card
    Talk about a singer/musical band you know
    Do you think music producers are giving people good songs or just making huge amount of money?
    Do you expect that we will be getting good music in the future?
    Are you good at singing?
    Do you think voice is important or the coaching to become a great musician? For this question i said, if one has a great voice, coaching can improvise it otherwise coaching is of no use. So the follow up question is do you mean i cannot bring anyone and make a great musician? I said yes, you cannot. He smiled to that.
    Writing part 1
    4 Bar graphs- comparing men and women getting top grades in a specific school and in an average national wide
    As countries develop, more and more number of people buy own cars and using it. Do you think the advantages for individuals outweigh the disadvantages on environment?

    Liz…i did listening and reading well. For speaking i hesitated to begin and took a long gap for 2 questions in part3 and in cue card he waited for 10secs after i finished and asked me a question for what i spoke. Rest all went good.
    For Writing, i used appropriate wide vocabulary, complex sentences with connecting words and a proper structure. But i wrote disadvantages as a whole (to common people, to individuals, pollution) but in the question, its given about environment.
    And for task1, some of my information is not accurate as i did not have enough time to think and write.
    Will that affect a lot? I need 7 atleast in writing and 7.5 overall.

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Your task 2 writing was about both individuals and the environment. If you deviated from that, it would only affect your score for Task Response which is only 25% of your task 2 marks. Your final score for writing will include task 1 as well. It isn’t possible to predict your scores. Fingers crossed πŸ™‚

  44. Hey,
    I took my IELTS GT exam this weekend.
    Speaking questions:
    When do you smile the most?
    Do you like to smile in pictures?
    Can you judge if someone is faking their smile?
    Do you like to read?
    Which part of your day engages you more in reading, work or personal time?
    Did you like to read in your younger days?

    Discussion of 2 minutes about a person you know who like to help people in free time.
    Who is that person?
    How do you know this person?
    How does he or she help people?

    Following this there were questions based on the answers. Most of the questions were about charity and donations.
    Writing test
    task 1
    Write a letter to the manager of a restaurant, which is located next to your apartment regarding a repair work you are going to have.
    What is the repairing about
    How is it going to affect his restaurant work/customers
    Remedies to handle the problem

    Task 2
    Some people prefer activities and lifestyle of hot climates more while others like living in cold climates.
    Discuss both the views and give your opinion.

    Some points which I noticed about CBT:
    listening questions has the option of highlighting the important things but there is not enough time for this.
    Copy paste using standard Ctrl C Ctrl V works and can be used in reading to avoid spelling mistakes. Highlighting helps in reading section.
    Check for spelling errors in the end as you miss some words while typing. Word count appearing at the bottom is really helpful.

    Thanks a lot Liz. You are doing a great work.

  45. Hello Liz!
    I took my Academic IELTS today (June 24th).
    Listening: it was pretty easy, with lots of T/F/NG questions. Can’t remember very well the topics, but they weren’t complicated.
    Reading: It was much more easier than I expected. The last part was the most difficult, it talked about science fiction books and authors. Spending 20 minutes per each section was okay.
    Writing: I struggled a little bit with time.
    Task 1: two Pie Charts, one of 2008 and one predicting the energy sources that would be used in 2030. (I had watched your video for bars that predict the future so I had more vocabulary). I think this one was my weakest part as I focused on task 2, and did Task 1 when there were just 15 min left
    Task 2: New technologies provided machines which replaced workers to do certain physical jobs and tasks. Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages? In this one I used two times the word β€œfabric” instead of β€œfactory” which I am really concern. Do you think this will afect my mark?
    Speaking: I am sitting for it tomorrow!
    Thank you for all your advices, you were very helpful! I watched lots of your videos and did plenty of activities from your blog!

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Using the wrong word in that way will affect your score for vocabulary only. Your score will depend on how well you did in the rest of your essay. Hope your speaking test went well πŸ™‚

  46. Hi,
    I did my speaking test
    Part 1
    About work, benefits of physical activity and so on.
    Part 2
    An outdoor sport that you would like to do in the future.
    Part 3
    About extreme sports, comparison between men and women..
    About my experience
    Part 1 and part 2 I did it well.. I hope so 😊
    But part 3 was quite tough… I took time to answer to some questions..

    I have a question mam,
    He marked something in his mark sheet which has numbers from 1 -13 or 14
    And he wrote 10 near to 9
    Was it their way of marking secret score? I am just curious to know..

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ There is no secret way of scoring. You are not given a score for each part. You only get one single final score which is decided at the end of the test. Any numbers written down are related to timing and should be ignored.

  47. Princess D says

    Hi Liz,

    Many thanks for the help and free training on your site. These have been very helpful.
    I had my speaking test 24th June 2019(Today) and the below are the questions asked;

    Part 1
    Where are you from?
    What kind of house do you live?
    What’s your favorite room in the house?

    Part 2
    Topic: Personal Skills(e.g driving, sewing..etc)

    Describe a personal skill you had to learn.

    Where did you learn the skill
    How difficult was it to learn the skill
    What has been the value of learning the skill

    Part 3
    Follow up questions about personal skills

    Do you think personal skills are important?
    Is it more important to have qualifications instead of personal skills?
    People are of the opinion that personal skills cannot be taught as people are born with them, what do you think?

  48. Hi Liz,
    Appreciate your support I faced my speaking test. I believe I did my best and this site was helped me to do that.
    Part 1
    Where are you from
    Study or work

    Social media-
    How often use

    How often do you meet them
    What do you do with them
    Friends or family

    Cue card person who speaks many languages

    How important learning English
    Who can learn English very fast children or adults
    Speaking or writing most suitable for learn a
    Last 2 questions I can’t remember

    Good luck everyone..

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    • Thanks

    • I had my exam on 22 june

      speaking topic – a thing / activity a youngster learned from
      Task 1 – bar graph comparing men, women , children who ate five portions of vegetables and fruits each day between 2001-2008

      Task 2 -famous sports players advertise sports products .advantages disadvantages

  49. Hello Liz,

    Many thanks for this website and its contents. It is truly very helpful if one can study well and remember the tips. I had my speaking test today and it went very well, if I say so myself.. πŸ™‚ The examiner kept cutting me off (politely ofcourse), I didn’t get discouraged about this because I had read on your website that this should be expected. The questions asked are as follows:

    Part 1
    1. Let us talk about where (the area) you live. So tell me about how long you have lived there, would you say you have lived there for a long time?

    2. So what do you like about where you live?
    3. What developments would you like to see made in the area you live?
    4. Let us talk about tea and coffee. Do people drink a lot of tea and coffee in your country?
    5. Do people go out to drink tea or coffee?
    6. Have you had tea or coffee today?
    7. Would you invite a friend to drink tea or coffee?
    8. Let us talk about large gatherings. Where do you usually find large gatherings in your country?
    9. How do you feel when in a crowded place or large gathering?
    10. Tell me about the last gathering that you found yourself
    11. Let us talk about festivals. Can you give me examples of festivals celebrated in your country.
    12. Why do you think people don’t celebrate a lot of festivals anymore
    13. Do you think celebrating festivals adds to the tourist attractions in a country?
    14. What would happen if people stopped celebrating festivals in a country?

    Cue card
    1. Talk about a party you recently attended
    2. What the party was for
    3. What you enjoyed about the party
    4. What you will remember about the party

    Part 3
    More questions about parties.
    1. Do you like attending parties?

    The questions written above are not verbatim but reflect the gist of the questions I was asked. I recall reading here when you are being truthful, it is easier to speak fluently and be coherent in answering the questions, rather than making up events. So for the questions on festivals, I didn’t have much knowledge about the subject matter, but I quickly remembered that the test itself is to assess my understanding of English language and not the subject. Thus, I was quite confident in answering the questions and even though I started out being nervous, I was able to relax along the way as the examiner was smiling encouragingly too.

    I hope to score a good mark i.e. 8 and above and will definitely share the outcome. The rest of the exams are on the 29th so fingers crossed and back to studying the remaining parts of this website.. πŸ™‚

    Thanks again Liz.

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ It sounds like you were properly prepared – well done. You are right – it is normal to be interrupted and it’s best to just focus on the next question and not worry about it. It’s also correct not to worry if you don’t have knowledge of something – just keep talking about your views or other people’s views etc. It is also correct that it is easier to say the truth than cope with creating a lie in English under exam conditions. I looks forward to hearing about your results πŸ™‚ Good luck in the next part of the test πŸ™‚

  50. GT 23rd June 2019.

    Hello Liz. Your great work of sharing knowledge and assisting test takers is highly appreciated.

    Had my speaking test today and it went very well.

    Part 1:
    Work or study
    What I enjoy about my work
    What can make my work better …

    Part 2
    Finding lost items

    What item I found
    If returned it

    How I felt giving it back

    Part 3

    Value of archeology to a nations heritage
    Thoughts on archeological Materials being kept near where they are found….

    That’s all I remember.

    Thanks Liz and all that have shared their thoughts here.

  51. i gave my speaking (16th may 2019). Describe a person who speaks foreign language well . You should say:
    Who this person is
    – Which foreign language he speaks?
    – Why he/she learnt this foreign language,@@ hope i will get good score in speaking ,,thx liza

  52. My CD IETLS was yesterday and a big thanks to you for the wonderful videos and materials,
    So these are the questions asked from me

    Task 1:
    General introduction questions like what do you do work or study?
    what’re your hobbies?
    What do you do in your free time?

    Task 2: cue card
    Tell me about the recent free time you had and how you spent it,
    you should talk about:
    1. What did you do
    2. How did you feel doing it
    3. Where did you do this.

    Task 3:
    Questions related to the que card.

    Listening was quite easy although I lost track in one question and at last I guessed it. I wrote all the answers in CAPITAL LETTERS.

    First passage was about climate change.
    Second passage was about social experiments.
    Third passage was about environmental safety.

    Task 1: A table was given with responses of people from Europe about their favorite sports.

    Task 2: Essay about how people from different nationalities and culture would help a country to be more interesting and develop quickly.

    These were the questions.

    Thank you very much Liz πŸ™‚

  53. hi Liz,

    took the exam today. below are some of the question I got –
    Writing task1 – simple bar chart given comparing % of people eating atleast five portion of fruits and vegetables in UK.
    Writing task2 –
    Many famous sports player advertise sports product. Explain why advantage of this outweigh the disadvantages.

    Speaking test –
    about my hometown?
    questions on travelling?
    place i went to in my country for vacation?
    questions on perfumes?
    do I you ever gift perfume bottle or after shave as a gift to someone ? why

    part2 –
    which singer and band music I like ?
    why I like it?

    about Traditional music and why people think it is important for their childern to learn the same?
    do government need to fund school for music education

    hope these questions helps.. Thanks !!

  54. For my speaking exam i received
    Part 1
    What are you studying?(more questions on my studies)
    Would you consider yourself a patient person(more on this topic)
    Do you use e-mail anymore?(more on this)

    Part 2
    Describe a good new youve seen on television or read about in a newspaper

    More questions regarding news, which demographic reads the news? And questions about fake news

    Writing exam
    For task 2
    As countries develop, more and more people are buying and using their car.
    Does the advantage of this development outweigh the disadvantage it has on the environment?

  55. Today I completed my speaking
    Thank q Liz
    The part 1 and 2 are the repeated questions and they asked me in same order which I seen in blog
    Part 0
    Intro and verification
    Part 1
    1 about studies
    2 why did you choose that subject
    3 about perfume ( would you like perfume , does u gifted the perfume to any one, are you interested in buying perfumes by spending more money)

    Part 2
    Cue card
    When was the last time you enjoyed with your friends last time
    – with whom
    -when and where

    Part 3
    1 Does we should give importance to friends or
    2 why
    3 How technology shows impact on sociology
    4 How people will be in good sociology

    With in part 3 I dint say well for 3,4 th questions test taker asked me again to say answer by giving clear view of question
    Liz does it will effect my score?

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ It is fine for the examiner to repeat questions and help you. You will only be marked on the quality, range and accuracy of the English you produced.

  56. Hi Liz mam…
    Today was my speaking exam.. Nd best thing was examiner was so good nd also gave me lots of confidence…..
    In 1st section….
    She asked me jst one qus. about.
    1. my name nd after that, recent study then
    she was putting some qus.about weather like .
    1. What type of weather u like?
    2. How many weathers in ur country?
    3. Now a days what type of weather is going on?
    In 2nd section… Cue card…
    1.decribe a person you never met face 2 face but talked on phone in public area….
    -when nd where
    -what u did on that time
    She stopped me in jst 1 min.
    In 3rd section….
    She was asking so many qustions back 2back…
    she was asking about garbage
    1.why people throw the garbage on streets?
    2. Have u ever recycled papers ?
    3. What type of things garbage give back when people throw garabge outside their homes?
    Afterhere,she was asking about people who use the mobile phone while driving nd travelling….
    1. What problems make when people use their phone while travelling?
    And so many question was asking but i forget… last
    # i’m vry happy with the examiner bcuz she was giving confidence to me due to this i complete my speaking test with full of confidence nd….
    #Afterthat, she was giving me smile in the end of every qus…..
    So, this was my speaking exam
    And my next exams will be on 22nd of june .

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you had a good speaking test. Good luck on Saturday πŸ™‚

      • examiner always smiles and gives us confidence even we r speaking with mistakes…..I’m not judging u or commenting u…iam just saying as u constantly saying that examiner is smiling and giving confident… is his/her job to behave like that….it is like, examiner won’t ignore u or keeping yawning at u or rolling his/her eyes if u say a boring topic or do any kind of mistakes

        • You have completely misunderstood what I have said. I have NEVER said the examiner WILL smile and be encouraging. I have said the examiner is supposed to do that. This is a fact. They are told to have encouraging body language so that people feel comfortable speaking. I have also said again and again that each examiner is different and that you cannot expect all examiners to be encouraging. All candidates need to be prepared for an examiner who doesn’t behave in an encouraging way so that it doesn’t affect your performance. If you wish to prepare fully for IELTS, it is important that you do not misunderstand what I say.

      • Hi Liz, can you please explain me the question that has been asked in section 2 of speaking that’s the cue card. I din’t understand what has been exactly asked here.

  57. I, first of all, want to thank you, Liz, for creating such a platform. You can’t even imagine how beneficial it is for all the IELTS test takers. I took my Computer-delivered IELTS(CBT) today
    Following are my topics:
    Part 1
    About work.
    Borrowing & Lending:
    1. Have you ever borrowed a book from others?
    2. Do you like to lend things to others?
    3. Would you lend money to someone else?
    4. Would you lend a mobile phone to someone to make a call?
    Places to Play:
    1. Where did you play when you were a child?
    2. Did you play at your friend’s home?
    3. Did you prefer to play outside or inside when you were young?
    4. Do you think it’s important for children to play outside?

    Part 2
    Describe a person who has interesting ideas or opinions. You should say:
    -who this person is
    -how you know this person
    -what interesting ideas/opinions he or she has
    -and explain you think why his/her ideas are interesting.
    (Comment: Couldn’t speak for 2 minutes so there was a follow-up question asked which I don’t remember. Felt really bad as my Part 1 & 3 went well but part 2 was screwed. I am really nervous. I don’t know what score I’ll get. I need a 7. What do you think Liz? Is there a possibility of getting a 7?)

    Part 3
    1. At what age do you think (young) people begin to have their own ideas? (Why?)
    2. When do children start to have their own ideas?
    3. Who do you think has more influence on children’s ideas, their parents or their teachers?
    4. Can you suggest why children, as they grow older, have more and more disagreements with their parents about ideas?

    Writing Task 1 (Non-verbatim)
    You need to do more physical exercise. Write a letter to your friend asking him to join you.
    -Say why you want to do physical exercise.
    -What type of physical exercise you are planning to do?
    -Why do you want your friend to join you?

    Writing Task 2
    Some young people are leaving the countryside to live in cities and towns, leaving only old people in the countryside?
    -What are the problems of this issue?
    -What can be done to solve this problem?

    Computer-delivered test experience:
    #CBT is definitely relaxing in compared to pen and paper as there is very less crowd because of the frequency of the exam slots. There were I guess a total of 10 people.
    #Listening was tricky for me. For questions from 27-30, had to drag and drop. the headlines which were given to be dragged to the relevant topic were close to half sentence so was a little difficult with listening and choosing the relevant heading then the dragging and dropping it to the correct place.
    #I have been going through Liz’s blog for a long time and I see some people putting some wrong information, so let me update you on somethings as I have personally tried it.
    a.Ctrl+C for copy and Ctrl+V for paste works. Ctrl+F for find/search doesn’t work. It’s disabled.
    b.The timer does have seconds. You need to hover your mouse cursor on the clock in order to see it. I have attached a picture of the clock.
    #The complete experience is as shown in this practice test:
    #I found the reading section to be the easiest one, was able to finish it 10 minutes early.
    #In terms of writing, would suggest to do Task 2 first and then do the Task 1.

  58. Hello Liz today i have done speaking thnq Liz for your tips and advice.
    Part 1:-
    about myself
    Study or work
    about patience
    Part 2:-
    about an incident that you felt proud of your friend success
    part 3:-
    Questions about success
    I have small doubt when Ian speaking cue card question in the middle he stopped me so have not answered all the questions does it effect my band score.
    and I have done my LRW test on 13th June
    writing task 1:- about maps
    Writing task 2:- in some countries people who visit art galleries are reducing.
    What are the reason for this.
    How can we solve this problem.

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

      • Vamsireddy yakkanti says

        Hello liz
        when I am speaking my que card question in the middle the examiner stopped me so I didn’t answer complete que card question does it effect my band score.

        • The examiner cannot stop you in the middle of part 2 before 2 mins have passed. The examiner will stop you after 2 mins have passed. No one is allowed more than 2 mins for their talk.

          • lovedeep singh says

            dear Liz,
            As you have said that examiner can not stop the speaker before the two minute mark, but it happens way to often that the examiner stops after one minute and moves onto the follow ups. Can you please clarify this

            • It is against the rules of IELTS for the examiner to interrupt your talk before 2 mins has passed. This is a fixed rule. If you are talking, during that 2 mins, you cannot be stopped. However, if you stop before 2 mins, the examiner will move on to part 3.

  59. Hello Liz,
    Thank you for guidance. Today I had my computer based exam .
    Writing task 1:
    Write a letter to a friend mentioning that the product which you borrowed from his/ her got accidentally damaged

    Writing task 2
    Why do students prefer doing part time jobs during their studies.
    Do you think this has more advantages or more disadvantages?

    For writing task 2, i mentioned as it has more benefits over drawbacks and dedicated an extra paragraph for disadvantages.Even though it is of 2 liner i am worried whether
    it will reduce my score.
    Please reply.

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ When you explain that the advantages are more and the disadvantages are less – it would mean two body paragraphs. All body paragraphs must be equal in length. There is a limit on the band score for Task Response if some ideas are more developed than others. Take a look at this page:

      • Thanks Liz.
        Fingers crossed.I am awating for my results. Hope I won’t be penalised much for this.Will that be only in task response or over all task score?

    • hello, Mrs vim is it possible for you to post the writing task 1 in detail I,e what were the bullet point questions that were given in the exam?

      • Yes sure. It was something like this
        For t1,
        A. What is the item which you borrowed it got damaged
        C. What would you do from your end

  60. Academic :
    speaking part 1
    Do you live in house or apartment?
    why do you think people throw waste or garbage on the road?
    Do you recycle (such as paper)?
    Do you help any garbage collection ?
    when did you start learning Mathematics ?
    Do you like math or Is it your favourite subject ?
    Do you use calculator for math ?
    Describe occasion when your vehicle ( car, bus , train) broke down
    Where it was ?
    With whom you went there?
    what happened ?
    and describe how you felt about it ?
    she asked one follow up question.
    Speaking part 3
    Public transport
    what kind of transport in your country (say Nepal) mostly people use?
    Why do people use bus or train ?
    Private vehicle :
    Why do people use private transport rather than public transport ?
    do you think people are using more car nowadays than in the past ?
    what happens when there are more cars or disadvantage of car ownership?
    section 1 (fill gaps)
    about vacation
    name , address, date, price
    Section 2
    about map : find places in the form of shape like rectangle , L-shape
    Name of streets ( like Cambridge 8 test 4 section 2, Red hill improvement plan)
    So confusing no start point.
    Section 3 : two students talking about first year engineering course.
    MCQ, choose two letters
    Section 4
    Talk about music in north america especially about one person and his contribution
    Reading :
    Passage 1 ( birth of plastic)
    Fill the gaps, TFNG
    Passage 2
    Ancient city
    Questions : which paragraph contains information ?
    Sentence completion .So confusing.Most difficult way of paraphrasing .
    Choose two letters
    Passage 3
    Reduction of smoke pollution
    MCQ, YNNG and sentence ending completion
    Writing task 1 :
    Maps show the changes to a farm in 1980 to historic site in 1990.
    (similar to official ielts practice material 2)
    In many countries number of visitors to art galleries has been declining steadily .
    What are the reasons for this ?
    what could be done to improve this situation ?

  61. Hi Liz! Hi everyone! I took my Academic IELTS exam yesterday, 13th of June. These were the following topics that I can remember:

    Completing sentences exercises
    Listening map
    A lecture about weapons in the past

    A passage about Green roofs with T, F, NG questions
    How well do we concentrate with multiple choices and matching titles questions

    Task 1- Bar chart about Car ownership from 1971 to 2001
    Task 2:
    In many countries, women and men are working full-time. It is therefore, logical for women and men to share household works.
    To what extent do you agree or disagree?
    Give relevant examples.

    • For those having difficulty in Reading and Writing, I suggest that you start to answer the last parts (Last passage in Reading and Task 2 in Writing) because they usually require more time and this will save you from rushing to finish the exam. Furthermore in Writing tasks, a day before my exam, I wrote a model answer in the sample ielts paper, which I got from Liz’ page to know how many lines I need to fill in the actual exam. I thought that it will guide me in estimating the number of words I’m writing without counting. I didn’t counted my written words because I almost consumed half of the back part in writing task 2 and my penmanship is small. I’m hoping to get a good band score. Thank you Liz for your valuable page. It’s the only material I used reviewing for the exam.

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  62. Hi Liz,

    I want to thank you for sharing your knowledge to us, it greatly helped me in my preparation for the IELTS test.

    Exam date: June 13 and 14

    Writing task 1
    A bar chart with information about percentage of household who owns no car, 1 car and 2 or more cars in a European country from 1971 to 2001.

    Writing Task 2
    Nowadays, people in different countries are working full-time. Do you think it is right to share household tasks equally among men and women? Give your opinion and include personal experiences.

    Speaking part 1
    1. Can you tell me about your work?
    2. Do you enjoy working?
    3. How much time do you spend at work a week?
    4. What can be done to improve your work

    Speaking part 2
    1. Describe a party you attended
    2. Who you went with
    3. What did you feel about it
    4. What made it special

    Speaking part 3
    1. Do you attend parties frequently?
    2. Do you think families spend huge amount of money on special events such as weddings and birthdays
    3. What advice can you give to couples who are planning their wedding
    4. What particular events do you think will happen in your country in the future
    5. What do you think about hosting a party
    6. Is it important for countries to host international events?

    My tips:

    For listening:

    Do not panic and keep focused on what you listen to. Do not try to write everything. I missed one of the items because I am preoccupied writing what I hear in anticipation that I might miss the answer and because of that I missed the right answer I was waiting for.

    Liz is right when she said when you miss an answer you have to proceed to the next question. I kept thinking about the last item I missed and I reminded myself to catch up otherwise I would loose more points.

    For reading:

    Time management is crucial. Make sure you stick to the time of 20 minutes or less is better. I finished passage 1 under 20 minutes but I find passage 2 time consuming. You’ll never know when you will take time in any of the passages so do not try to read everything and surely, you will be able to finish it under 20 minutes.

    Try to write your answers directly to the answer sheet, with these technique. I am able to run through all the questions and answers the second time around.

    Reading passages: Uruq of Mesopotamia, How well do we concentrate and Green roof

    For writing:
    It’s important to pay attention to the time limit but do not stress yourself otherwise you will be like me who cannot think of any ideas at all. I feel that my question was simple but I was off-topic.

    For speaking:

    Relax and be attentive. I was thrown questions after questions and I feel the time went by fast I did not realize it’s over. I guess the interviewers were trained to be friendly. She is nodding and aggreeing and even smiling as I give my answers to her, which made me comfortable. It was not as intimidating as I thought it would be.

    Thanks again Liz!
    God bless us all.

    • Thanks for sharing your topics and your tips πŸ™‚ Sounds like you have understood IELTS – hope your results are strong πŸ™‚

  63. I took an academic test on the 13th June.
    The Task2 question was
    There is a decline of visitors to the art galleries in recent years
    What is the cause?
    Give a solution?
    Task 1
    Diagram of a farmland before and after development program.
    My doubt is, in the picture only north direction was shown so are we allowed to guess which part will be easy and west to describe it better.

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ It is normal that only north is shown. If you know north, you have a clear idea where south, east and west are.

  64. Hi Liz,

    First of all, thank you very much for your valuable tips and lessons. Those were really helpful to me when preparing for my exam in a very short time. I had my IELTS Academic on June 12th. Given below are the questions I got (what I remember now :)).
    Writing Task 1 – A diagram with 2 bar charts regarding average time spending on 2 leisure activities (reading & listening to songs) based on different age groups.
    Writing Task 2 – Discuss both views essay on “Libraries are a waste of resources and money and computers can be used to replace them”. Though I’m not exactly sure about the wording, it was the topic.

    Task 1 – About my house, rooms, favorite room, throwing trash
    Task 2 – About an advice I’ve given to someone

    However, I was unable to complete my 2nd paragraph of the essay (actually the last sentence of it) due to poor time management. I was able to write the conclusion. Word count was enough (about 200 for task 1 and 270 for task 2). Now I’m worried about the impact of not completing the 2nd para :(.

    Thanks again.

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ I’m glad you wrote the conclusion. Missing one line in a body paragraph means that it will affect the supporting points for that paragraph. This is a much less problematic issue than missing a conclusion. There is no way to know how this will impact your score, but whatever impact it has, it will only affect one marking criteria out of four.

  65. Hi Liz,first of all thanks a lot for your guidance.
    I took the UKVI academic speaking test today.
    Part 1-

    what’s your name?
    Do you work or study?
    For how many hours do you work in a week?
    What can you do to be better in your job?
    What makes you happy ?
    Do you share things ?
    What all do you share?
    Is there a you would not like to share?
    Did u learn sharing from your parents?
    What do u think will people share cars in future?
    Do you use emails ? Do u think you should answer every email immediately?

    Part2 – was there a subject or subjects which you didn’t like when you were in school?
    Why do u think you disliked it?
    Do u like it now?
    What changed it?
    Do u like any new subject now?
    There were follow up questions –

    Part 3
    Do u think it depends upon a teacher whether a student likes or dislikes a subject?

    What qualities do u think a teacher should have?
    Do u think students must be taught all subjects or specific subjects.

    What do you think about research ? Is it important? According to you in which academic subject there is a need to do more research?

  66. Dear Liz,
    I took my computer-delivered General exam on 8th June. Your tips and practice questions are quite helpful. I enjoyed learning.
    Here are questions for the Speaking section.
    Part 1
    What is your name?
    Where are you from?
    Do you stay in an apartment or house?
    Which room do you like the most?
    Do you often use social websites? Why?
    What are the advantages of social websites?
    Is it a good idea for people to spend more time on social websites?
    Would you like to spend more time on social websites? Why?
    How do you feel when you see people throwing rubbish on the street?
    What do you think why people throw rubbish on the streets?
    Do you think transportation on the streets damages environment? Why?
    Which development is required in transport facilities in your country?
    Part 2
    Describe an occasion when the vehicle you took broke down during your travel.
    You should say:
    Where were you going
    Who you were with
    How you felt it
    Also, explain how long did it take to repair the vehicle
    Part 3
    Which kind of transport is famous in your country?
    Do younger people prefer public transport most or older people?
    How comfort of people walking on the street can be increased?
    There were a few questions more based on my answer to previous questions.

    Writing Task 1
    You recently travelled on a train which arrived very late and you faced many problems. Write a letter to the owner of the company.
    Include the below points:
    1. Where were you going
    2. What problems did you face?
    3. What action would you like the owner to take?

    Task 2:
    Some people think that money is the best gift for teenagers. Others disagree.
    Discuss both these views and give your opinion.

    My experience for the computer-delivered test:
    1. The online timer shows only minutes and not seconds. Hence I stopped my editing in the last 1 minute. The screen automatically submits questions when time is up.
    2. There is a highlight and notes feature available in the Reading section where we can highlight keywords. This makes easy to locate answers for lengthy paragraphs.
    3. In my test, all reading passages were quite lengthy. Hence I just scanned passages for locating answers.
    4. I ran out of time for writing and couldn’t get time for reviewing typo errors, spelling and punctuation. I mainly focused on covering the points and my thought process.
    5. In the speaking section, I was fluent in part 1 and 2 but lost fluency in part 3 as it made me think a lot while answering.
    6. I prepared for this test in 5 weeks.

    Thank you Liz for your wonderful study materials and All the best for other learners for their exam.

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Also a big thank you for sharing your experience of the computer based test πŸ™‚

    • Hey! Great to hear about your experience with CD IELTS. You apparently was served by lazy staff because they should have told you if you place a mouse pointer on timer then you will see minutes and seconds you have.

    • Hi Shine ,

      Please reply back once you have your results out.Curious to know about it!!

  67. Hi All

    Thanks for the help and providing all with some much information !!!

    Today I had my Listening, Reading and writing with Computer Based IELTS

    You friend has been recently blessed with a baby. You have bought a gift
    1. Explain about the gift you have bought
    2. What are the features of the gift
    3. Ask him to make make an arrangement, so that you can present the gift.

    Some believe that people who do physically work should be paid on par with the people who have high level degree .

    Do you agree or disagree ?

  68. Hi Liz,

    Thanks for all the guidance and your website is very useful for the students, it gives a clear and simple details of understanding each part. I had my exam and would like to contribute by adding to the recent question, Hoping some may benefit from them.

    Writing question was:
    Some people think that secondary or high school student should be taught how to use money managment as a it is an important lifeskill, Do you agree or disagree with the statement?

    Writing question 1:

    Write a letter to your friend who is visiting your apartment while you are gone.

    Tell him/.her where the keys are.
    Tell him/her to take care of your one thing whiele you are away.
    Tell him/her what to do on the day of your arrival.


    In first section there were questions about hometown/work /pets etc.

    Cue card question was: describe a experience when you had recieved a bad customer service may be at a hotel/restaraunt.

    following question about customer service like.

    How important customer serivice to you ?
    What can be done to improve it?
    What can be reasons for bad customer service?
    As lot of MNC are in operating in India now, can we see a major diffrence is customer service of national companies.
    Is customer service also become one of the criteria to buy a product?

    These are all I can remmember. Thanks a lot for your help.

  69. Hi Liz,

    Thank you for creating this community that allows IELTS takers to share information and prepare for the exams.

    I took the computer-delivered GT exam yesterday.

    The writing task 1 (not verbatim) is to write a letter of invitation to a friend for a special celebration.
    – invite your friend to attend the celebration
    – discuss the arrangements/plans you have made
    – offer arrangements for travel and accommodation

    Writing task 2 (not verbatim): In some countries, children under 16 are not allowed to leave school by law and get full-time work. Is this a good or a bad thing?

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ I hope your test went well πŸ™‚

    • Well madam I am your staunch supporter of your site..can you clearify my doubt about is it postive ot negative development..
      In answer of this topic can we write both positive or negative developmentment .
      Or we can write only positive development ..
      I do appreciate your comment ..eagerly waiting for your response ….

      • You need to specify your own view. I like to take an approach which includes both but clearly favours one side more than the other.

  70. Hi Liz,
    Took my AC test today
    Questions for writing task 1
    3 Pie charts about 3 countries (Argentina, Chile, Mexico) exporting (percentages) to USA, Europe. Other Latin countries and others
    Writing task 2
    Nowadays, some parents pressure their children to be successful
    What are the reasons for this? Is this a positive or negative development.

  71. Hi All

    I had my speaking test today. I was asked the following questions.

    1. Do you work or study and where ?
    2. Do you like what you do ? why / why not ?
    3. Nowadays people are throwing more rubbish, what are your thoughts on it
    4. Do you like perfume ? why / why not ?
    5. Do you use perfume ? why / why not ?
    6. Would you ever give perfume as a gift ?

    Part – 2
    Describe a park you visit
    where is the park ?
    How often do you go there and with whom ?
    What do you like about it ?

    Part -3
    1. How important are parks in the city ?
    2. Do you think all age groups enjoy going to park ?
    1. Do you care about environment (recycle plastic)
    2. Is it necessary to teach kids in school the importance and duty of care towards environment and why kids.
    3. What steps or programs the government should take to improve awareness among the citizens.

    I felt I was many more questions then these …………..

  72. Hi
    I had my speaking today
    What do u do study or work?
    Do u enjoy?
    What do you do to improve your work?
    Do u have free time?
    What do u in ur free time?
    What do people in ur country do during free time? Why
    Difference between young people and old people spending free time?
    Part 2
    Describe free time u enjoyed
    Part 3
    Do u like to take photographs by mobile or camera?why
    Do u like email or text messages? why
    Your favorite email?

    I want thanks Liz for her support and guidance.your website and lectures are very useful

  73. Hi Liz,
    Thanks for your tips and valuable inputs. Below are the questions that were asked in today’s speaking test

    Part 1
    Describe your house
    The best part of your house
    Impact of weather on mood
    Impact of weather on clothing choice
    Different types of climate in my country
    And some more questions about weather and climate

    Part 2
    Describe a favourite piece of clothing
    1. What is the item
    2. How often do you wear it
    3. Why do you like it
    Follow up question on whether my friends like the same item that I described.

    Part 3
    1. Designer clothes and brands and why they are popular
    2. Reasons behind the high price range of designer goods
    3. Fashion differences between the old and mew generation.
    4. Is it important for designers to be up to date with latest trends ?
    5. Do you think fashion is more important than clothing according to climatic conditions ?


  74. Had my speaking test today.. Part one. Questions about my hometown work and transportation
    Cue card: advice given to a young person in learning a skill
    3rd part: questions about changes and impacts of change

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

      • Survivor says

        Thankyou Liz ! It has been an amazing platform.

        Had my speaking exam yesterday !!
        Part 1 : Describe your house ?
        Favourite room ? How long have you been living there ?
        Questions on street markets:
        Do you like street markets ? Why ? Are they popular in your country ? Why ? Difference between shopping complex and street markets?
        Would you like to go to street market of foreign country ? Why ?
        Some questions on social networking as well
        Part 2 : Cue card on practical skill you learned
        What ? How ? Why ? How you felt about it ?
        Part3 : what type of skills people learn now ? From where do they learn ? What skills people learned in past ? Are personal skills important ?
        Many follow up on that based on my answers

        I think i m a confident speaker but my examiner was kind of rude , he never looked at me while i was speaking and interuppted me a lot …like i was not even able to say complete answers cuz of that , Last time when i appeared for this exam my examiner was really a sweet lad7y so probably i was expecting the same this time but my bad ! I hope he gives me good score though ! 😊

        • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Not all examiners behave in the same way. It is 100% normal to be interrupted in your answers. It is a natural part of the speaking test and everyone should be ready for it. It is not something to be worried about and doesn’t affect your score – but if you are not prepared, it might affect your confidence. However, it is not normal or polite for the examiner to avoid eye contact. The examiner should always have positive body language. Unfortunately, some examiners are overworked. I wish you lots of luck with your results πŸ™‚

  75. Liz,
    Thank you so much for such an incredible personal commitment to those who you have never met!
    I have been preping for my AE and using your page quite often these days, and the other day I was told that in order to secure myself during the writing, I can leave a blank line after each line, so I can go back and make corrections, or insertions in case any good idea pops into my mind during the proofreading. My question is: won’t be I penalized if I follow this strategy? If yes, what could you recommend to ensure that I can still go back and make changes without having to erase the entire paragraph. I wouldn’t want to jeopardize my score.
    Thanks in advance!

    • I don’t usually answer comments on this page, but I will in this case because it will help everyone. You certainly should not do that. It will make it really hard for the examiner to see your paragraphs clearly and this could have a very negative impact on your score. If you plan your essay properly, you should not need to make so many corrections. If you need to change some words, just put a strong cross through them and write them again above – neatly, so that the examiner can easily see what you have written. See this page for all my free lessons, model essays and tips:

  76. General Training WRITING TASKS from 03-June-2019.
    Format: CDI

    TASK 1

    You are moving with your family to a new city. Write a letter to a housing agent in that city about accommodation.
    In your letter,
    – Explain why and when you are moving.
    – Describe where you want to live
    – State the type of accommodation you require.

    TASK 2

    In some countries, people follow the latest fashion and hairstyles.
    In your opinion, what is influencing this.
    Is this a good or bad thing?

  77. Hi Liz,
    I had my GT writing, reading and listening sessions on 01/06/19. Listening was the toughest. When I checked with others who wrote the exam along with me, they also had same problem as the speakers were little fast. Many of us were not able to get even the first answer….
    I am sharing my writing topics:
    Task 1
    A news paper is conducting a competition to award people who have done good things for your local community. Write a letter to the editor in which you mention who is the eligible person you think, how do you know this person, describe what he has done for the local community.

    Task 2:

    In many countries, people have health problems because they choose to live in unhealthy ways. What do you think the reasons for this and how can it be solved? Give relevent examples from your experience.

  78. Dear Liz,
    Thank you so much for your wonderful tips, videos and for creating a thread like this.
    I attended my IELTS General Training (LRW) Test on 1st June 2019

    Topic we got for Writing:
    Task 1: (Forgot the actual giving the content in my own words)
    Your local newspaper is planning to reward the best person who’s helping local community. Send a letter to the newspaper nominating a person.
    – Name & description of the person
    – how is he known/related to you
    – why do you think he deserves it

    Task 2:
    In many countries people have health problems due to unhealthy life style
    – discuss how unhealthy life style is causing health problems (not exactly same. but question conveyed same meaning)
    – provide a solution to this problem

    My speaking test is scheduled soonFingers crossed!!


    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Sorry I didn’t read this sooner. I hope your test went all πŸ™‚

      • Yes, Speaking went well…
        First part:
        – Working/Student
        – do you prefer quiet env in work place

        Part 2: Cue card
        A dish you like the most which is served during festivals
        – why do you like it
        – how do you prepare it
        – name few other dishes you like from your country

        General Qns:
        Effect of globalization in eating habits of people
        – pros
        – cons

    • Hello Liz,
      I got the results.
      Over all: 8
      Listening – 8
      Reading – 9
      Writing – 7
      Speaking – 7

      Once again, thank you so much for your tips.
      I saw most of the videos day before the test and it helped a lot…

  79. Hello everyone!
    June 1 st General training
    Quite easy, most of the questions in form of test or one word answer.
    5 passages
    The last on scientific topic – the hardest one.
    Task 1
    A newspaper of your city wants to determine a person who will win a price for the greatest achivements. Write a letter to main editor and suggest some candidacy. Why? How do you know this person? Describe his/her achivements.
    Task 2
    A lot of people have chosen unhealthy way of life, hence it can couse a great number of diseases. What are the reasons of this phenomenon? Suggest some ways to tacle this issue.
    1st part
    Where do you live (house/apartment)
    Smile (what makes you smile, when did you see a lot of smiling people, how can you determine insincere smile, etc)
    Describe some kind of water sport that you would like to try
    Why? Where?
    Part 3
    Traveling by water
    How have treveling tendencies changed
    Why do people enjoy traveling by water
    Bad influence of this kind of transport
    Trading transportation using water transport

  80. Hi Liz

    Need your help.

    I forget to write β€œYours sincerely; XYZ Name” at the end of writing task 1 in GT IDP.

    How much will it impact on my scoring?

    Will that mean there is no chance for Band 7?

    • Missing that from your letter does not dictate your final score for writing. But it will have a negative impact on your score for Task Achievement which is 25% of your writing task 1 score.

  81. Hello Liz,
    I took my exam on June 1st. Last time I wrote IELTS i got 8 overall, but got only 6.5 in writing. This time i prepared using all your videos and material and practised a lot.I bought your advanced writing -100 essay ideas which were also extremely helpful for speaking part 3 .The recent questions section helped me a lot, so I thought I should contribute too. I have a question for you, I was very nervous during my first question and fumbled a lot and had gaps, but by the time I got further I really improved and spoke fluently. Will one question affect my score a lot ? Do reply if possible. Anyways, these are the questions:
    – do you work/study
    – do you like your work?
    – how much time do you spend working
    – what do you think would make your work easier?
    – Are there a lot of public holidays in your country?
    -which is your favourite holiday?
    – what do you do on a public holiday ?
    – Do you think modern technology will help in crime reduction ?
    – Why do you think people are not accurate when they act as witnesses ?
    Part 2 :
    Talk about an instance where someone you know hid a truth from you, who was it ? what did he/she say ? How did you feel?
    follow up Q: Do you think you would have told the truth in that person s place
    Part 3 : lots of questions about honesty
    Do you think honesty is important?
    Do people expect public figures to be honest?
    Should children be taught to be honest ?
    Do you think honesty is more important than any other virtue?
    part1 : line graphs about male and female prisoners in a European country between 1911 to 2001.
    Part 2 : Some people think that books should be stopped in school and that videos, films and computers should be used instead.To what extent do you agree ?

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Examiners are trained and experienced people when it comes to language production and testing. They know that people are often nervous at the beginning which is one of the reasons that the questions are quite simple in part 1 – it gives people a chance to relax and get used to the test. Your score is not based on your performance in each part, it is based on your overall performance and what your “real level” of English is. If you were nervous in part 1, but you felt better in part 2 and 3 – that will show and will be taken into account. The test is aimed at assessing your actual level of English. If your English in part 2 and 3 was band 8, you can’t be given less because you were nervous in part 1. Try not to worry. Lets wait for your results and I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you πŸ™‚

  82. Hi! I’ve my academic ielts test on 1/06/2019
    Listening task – it was quite easy although I got a map which was s little tricky. Most of the questions were one word only.
    Reading task – passage 1- Aboriginal arts in Australia
    2. Effects of air pollution in indoor and outdoors
    3. Research on Academic study
    ( it was easy but I ran out of time)
    Writing – a table chart about salaries of teachers in different countries.
    W2- more and more developing countries are expanding their tourist industries. Why is this? Is it a positive development?
    Speaking – general questions about where I live, house or apartment?
    Questions related to cousins and relatives.
    Cue card – talk about a person who encouraged you?
    Follow up- it was about parents and children. How can parents motivate their children?

    From my own experience, I have found that it is very important to manage your time especially in reading and writing. Otherwise all of your hard work will be wasted.

    Finally, I want to say thank you Liz. Your lessons are quite helpful:)

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ You are absolutely correct – time management is essential in reading and writing. Glad you lessons were useful πŸ™‚ Good luck with your results πŸ™‚

  83. I had my IELTS LRW tests today. I took General Training module of the test
    Writing test part 1:
    You have lost your Driver license. Some one has helped you by sending it back to your address.
    Write a letter to appreciate the help, ask few more details of the item like where he/she found it.

    Writing test part 2
    Nowadays, Many families move to different countries. Some people think children has many benefits while some other consider it is hard for children if families move to a foreign country.
    Discuss both views and your opinion

  84. Hi,
    Today’s question for academics was,
    Some educationlist think that international exchange visit would benefit teenagers in the school.
    What extend does the advantage outweighs the disadvantage.

  85. 1 June 2019
    Describe a time when you had to change your plan

    Task 1 table
    Temporary migrant workers

    Task 2

    Earlier technological developments brought more benefits and changed the lives of ordinary people more than recent technological developments
    To what extent do you agree or disagree?

    Listining and reading were with less blanks compere with common ielts exam

  86. Vishnupriya Panchal says

    Hello Liz,
    My husband and I sat for our test on 1 June, 2019 in Surat, India. We had a truly terrifying experience, section 4 of our Listening test was missing from the CD given to the test centre. 400+ candidates were taking the test besides the two of us. We were told to continue with the Reading & Writing sections while the team tries to resolve the issue in our Listening section.
    All of us were hoping, after 6 gruelling hours of waiting and writing the test, that we’d have just the one part of Listening to complete. However, when we finsihed our Writing test, the invigilators asked us to take the entire Listening test again as there was a “technical error” and this issue was faced by test centres all over India!
    Though we had not choice since the invigilators said they have been instructed by IELTS to make the candidates re-appear for the Listening part of the test, we felt utterly flabbergasted with the overall experience with our IELTS test. Neither could we focus on our Reading and Writing test, nor could we do justice to our second Listening test.
    Although I personally went and spoke to the highest authority present at the venue, my words fell on deaf ears, all they could respond is, “Please raise your concerns to the Customer Care. Our hands are tied!” They even made us erase the answers we had written on our original Listening answer sheet to utilise the same for the new test.
    I have posted this to know if others in India have faced a similar issue on the IELTS test dated 1st June, 2019 and also as a reference to all the test takers in India, such things do happen.. So be prepared!
    Furthermore, I was wondering if you (Liz) could guide us in taking action and bringing this to the notice of the relavent authorities at the British Council and/or IDP.
    Eagerly awaiting your response.
    Warm regards,

    • I’m really shocked to hear about your experience. Awful! If you wish to take it further, you could try IELTS Official and go through official channels. IDP and BC are both part owners of IELTS along with Cambridge – so go to IELTS Official which is the main company – post on their FB page – in public – and by email – in fact any possible method of communication. However, I rarely hear about IELTS “doing the right thing” which would be to give everyone a free test and let them choose which test results to use. When equipment fails in the IELTS test, they seem to expect candidates to struggle on, often causing them hours of extra waiting and stress, which all affects their performance – not acceptable. I wish you luck with your complaint – I hope you let us all know if you got a satisfactory result from the complaint – it would be nice to know if IELTS “do the right thing”!!

      • ankit gupta says

        Same with us in Jaipur. We did it again

      • Amandeep Kaur says

        Same happened here in Mississauga, canada. Listening CD stopped playing after section 2. They took the booklets back and gave us reading. After reading they played listening from section 3. There no time to read the question and the mind was totally blank after reading. I almost missed section 3. When few of us complained then they were making weird faces like we are doing wrong by complaining about it.

    • Elizabeth Thomas says

      I took the exam from Bangalore, India on 1st June 2019. We did not have any issues here

    • Same issue at listening at anand, Gujarat,India πŸ˜‘

    • Navjot singh says

      Same problem in patiala,india we should take action against British councils because its enhance our stress

    • neema peter says

      The same happened in Hyderabad,The should give us grace marks for all the stress!

  87. todays General writing
    task 1:
    recommend one of the person whom u know for locality service award in the newspaper who are looking for nominations.
    task 2:
    Unhealthy lifestyle in many countries, causes and soluiton.

  88. Hi Liz,
    I had my ielts exam today and also a big thank you for your blog. Here are the questions for task 1&2 (Academic)

    Task1 – the table shows the number of temporary migrant worker in four countries (Australia, US,UK,New Zealand) in 2003&2006 and number of workers per 1000 prople in 2006

    Task2 Earlier developments brought more benefits to ordinary people than the recent development.
    Do you agree or disagree?

    Thank you Liz

  89. Hi Liz,
    I had my ielts exam today and also a big thank you for your blog. Here are the questions for task 1&2 (Academic)

    Task1 – the table shows the number of temporary migrant worker in four countries (Australia, US,UK,New Zealand) in 2003&2006 and number of workers per 1000 prople in 2006

    Task2 Earlier developments brought more benefits to ordinary people than the recent development.
    Do you agree or disagree?

    What is your name
    Do you work or study
    Are you patient
    Are you pateint at work

    Cue describe when tou want to do aomething and you don’t have enough time

    Part 3

    About time management
    How people manage their time

  90. Hi again!
    Today was my LRW, the level was quite easy.
    Listeningβ€” section 1- fill in d blanks , phone conversation for repair serviceβ€”very easy
    Section 2 – short mcqβ€” and other half part was to choose any 5 points wht writer has said
    Section 3 full of long sentenced mcq-moderate
    Section 4– talk abt a new type of paint ,one word, β€”easiest section
    Readingβ€” i found it very easy ..all the sections were out of any complications, even I completed the whole reading 15mints earlier.
    Writingβ€”task 1-your local newspaper is going to held a competition where one person who has done the most to help local community will be awarded. Letter to editor –
    -name and describe abt the person u think could win this competition
    -How u know this person
    -how he has helped the community
    Task 2- In many countries,people have more health problems because they choose to live an unhealthy lifestyle .
    -Why u think people are living in unhealthy way?
    -what can be done about this problem?
    Hope this will help many people who r going to take exam soon
    Best wishes.

  91. Hi Liz,
    I took my IELTS ACADEMIC test today June 01 2019
    Writing Task 1: The table gives information about the salaries of high school teachers in 5 countries ( Australia, Korea, Japan, Denmark, Luxembourg).The table consisted of of the starting salary, salary after 15 years, maximum salary and number of years to achieve the maximum salary.
    Writing task 2: Many developing countries are expanding the tourist industry.
    Why do you think so?
    Is this a positive development?
    Sorry I can’t recall the listening and reading test as I did them in a rash. As for the listening test, there was an echo in the room and it was not able to hear the recording clearly, I told one of the exam invigilators, but she said that she can do nothing about it. Also during the fourth section one of the candidates that was sitting in the same row as me, started coughing and I couldn’t hear the answers of some of the questions. I was really disappointed at the end of the test and I’ve raised a complain about it, so I was wondering if that is a valid complain and what are they going to do about it?

    Thank you so much Liz for the useful content it really helped me prepare for the test.


    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Unfortunately, I’m not sure what can be done. They can’t alter your score and it is unlikely they will give you another test. I rarely hear of IELTS tackling customer complaints in a proactive way – they certainly never seem to learn from bad customer experiences and also don’t seem to change their test procedures. My advice is if you don’t get the score you expected for the listening test, take the test again in a test centre that uses headphones. This is something all people should check before booking their test at a particular test centre.

  92. speaking Recall 31st May 2019
    part 1:
    where are you from?
    compare you live now with where you lived before?
    what change will you want to see in the place you live now?

    part 2:
    describe your perfect house
    where it will be
    what features you will like to see there
    cant remember remaining 2…

    part 3:
    Talk about an ecofriendly building
    Does beauty of building affect people’s quality of life
    Are building designs in different part of your country the same? why or why not

  93. Hi Liz
    Thanks a lot for your valuable tips and lessons. I would like to share some questions I faced during my speaking. Hope it will help your followers. Other 3 modules will be conducted on June 1st. I will share the questions as soon as I finish the test.
    Part 1: How is the area you live?
    What kind of improvement do you suggest for your area?
    Are there many public holidays in your country? could u please tell some?which is ur favourite?
    How do you celebrate public holidays?
    What do you do generally on holidays?
    Are pets common in ur country?
    Which are the most common pets in ur country?
    What difference do u see in the children’s education from the past?
    What age children gets into adulthood?
    Part 2:
    Describe someone in childhood you wanted to become like.
    Who is this person?
    How do you know him/her
    Explain why did you want to become like that person.
    what is more important for children while they are growing up?
    do you think today’s children are stressful? why?

    Best regards
    Rinkle T

  94. I had my speaking test on 30.05 the questions were :
    do you work or study?
    What do you do exactly?
    Do you like your job?
    Garbage topic: what do you think about people littering the streets instead of using the wastebaskets? Something about resycling (do you participate in it?) do you help maintaining the streets tidy?
    Perfumes: do you like perfumes? What type of perfumes do you like? Would you ever buy a perfume as a gift?

    Second part: describe a situation when the vehicle you were in completely broke. Cue card questions were: who you were with, where were you going, I don’t remember the third, and the outcome and consequences of the situation.

    Third part was about regular public transport in your country, how should the government develop transport system, do you agree that it should concentrate more on the environmental impact of the transport, do you think zebras for pedestrians crossing the streets are safe enough.

    I was speaking pretty confident and fluent at the beginning but I totally lost my concentration when the test reached the third part, and I used several local words while speaking. How bad that is?

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ It all really depends on how well the examiner could follow what you said. Also don’t forget that part 3 is not marked separately – your score is based on your overall performance. This means individual questions won’t have a big impact. However, part 3 is usually the time to showcase broader language skills so if you struggled in that part, it might have an effect on the language you produced. There is no predicting a score for speaking – it really depends on your fluency, grammar, vocab and pron from start to finish. Good luck with your results πŸ™‚

  95. Liz your content is exquisite and particularly this trend is awesome for ielts test takers.
    I had my exam today and below were the questions asked by examiner. Although I don’t remember the exact questions, I believe my comments will serve the purpose.
    what do you do work or study
    why do you work in this profession
    do you love your job
    what do people smile
    how often do you smile
    when was last time you smile
    do you visit for relative why/why not
    do you prefer to visit friends or relatives
    what do you do in these gatherings
    Cue Card: False information you received (what was it, from were do you had it, what was done afterwards)
    follow up questions related to this
    which persons are usually gives information
    what are reliable sources of information
    is all information is correct
    do you believe in every information
    does internet provides authentic information all the time.
    Letter to admission officer
    you need to seek admission in a short course, why this course
    how your background knowledge is related to this
    why this institute is important
    Nowadays, people of all ages from certain part of the world spends most time at home rather then going outdoors.
    Discuss the reasons and is this negative or Positive development

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

      • Hi Liz! I had my AT written exams today june 01,2019

        Writing task 2 topic was:
        Around the world it is likely that, more adults will work from home, more children will study from home, as computer technology become cheaper and accessible.

        Do you think it is a negative or a positive development?

  96. May 30, 2019
    Speaking: where are you from?
    Do you work or study?
    Did you planned to work on this before?
    Do you like perfume?
    Do you have any favorite perfume?
    Did you ever bought a perfume as a gift
    Will you spend much for perfume
    Do you like traveling
    What is best destination for traveling in your country?
    Part 2: advertisement you can remember
    Part 3: what is the popular medium for advertising in country
    Is online advertising popular in your country
    Does consumerism make people buy more
    Does people understand that they are buy for advertisement?

  97. Speaking 30th
    Part 1
    1)where do you live.
    2)Question about my job
    3)Which I use to take snaps phone or digital camera? And related questions you can find on this page.

    Part 2: describe the occasion when I received a bad service in a restaurant

    Part3: mostly questions about customers satisfaction and how employers can improve their service.

  98. What is your full name ?
    How shall I call you ?
    Talk about your house . Where do you live ?
    What is the best place in your house ? Why ?
    Let’s talk about travelling .
    Do you like travelling? Why it is important to you ?
    What is the best place you have travelled till now, in India ? Why ?
    Would you like to take up a job for which you have to travel to another country ?
    What problem can occur for travelling ?
    Why some people do not prefer to travel a lot ?

    Part 2
    Talk about a time when you have to wake up extremely early .
    – what was the occasion
    – What time you woke up
    – What did you do at that time
    Follow up question: do you often wake
    up early in the morning?

    Part 3
    – Why waking up early is important ?
    – Who gets up early in the morning ?
    – What are the reasons they get up early ?
    – Why some people can wake early while others can’t ?
    – Do you think according to age sleep requirements differ ?
    – Some people take short nap during day . Does that have Ant effect on working ?
    – How does sleeping patterns affect one’s lifestyle ?
    – Does working in night shift affects sleep pattern ?
    – What are the changes in their lifestyles ?
    – Does that affect their mental and emotional health ? And why ?

  99. Hi ! I hv done with my speaking test today .
    Speaking test questions asked in my testβ€”
    -what is ur name?
    -where are you from? Do you like living there?
    -do you work or are u a student?
    -why did u choose this profession?
    -Are u satisfied with wht u do?
    Travelling- do u love traveling?
    -tell abt a visit to the most beautiful place in ur country?
    -wht r d adv n disadv of traveling?
    Wud u like to hv a job which demands traveling to different countries?
    Borrowing-hv u borrowed something frm ur friends?
    -hv u lent something to ur friends?do u think its good to do lenting?why why?
    Cue card-talk abt favourite singer/band
    -name,frm where u came to knw abt him?
    -type of songs /compositions he does
    -why u find him interesting?
    Follow ups-do u think u r a good singer?
    -do u think its possible to hv a nice singing voice?
    Wht wud it be like if you had a nice voice?
    -do u think u’d make more friends if u had a nice voice?
    Do u want to become a famous singer?
    What is important for a song to become famous?
    -is marketing equally important?
    Thts all she asked me and she was very nice , we had a very friendly conversation,
    Actually in d last question…abt marketing ,i was struck in d beginning then she made it simpler for me without even asked by me, then i said – are you saying abt advertising and promotions? She said yes
    Then I started my response and after 3 sec she said this is d end of speaking test thanku
    I m worried here …bcoz i cudn’t complete it …
    Is she gonna deduct my scores here ?
    It β€˜d be relief if u cud tell me something abt this….
    Best wishes,

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Your score is based on what you say, not on what you understand. This means it doesn’t matter if you didn’t understand the question or you misunderstood it. Whatever English words you produce will decide your score. There are no right or wrong answers. Even the answer “I haven’t got a clue about that but I think …” is a great answer because it shows high level English. So, your score for speaking will depend on the level of English you spoke during your test – nothing else matters πŸ™‚

  100. Hi Liz
    I had my speaking today 29 may 2019
    Intro quest.
    Cue card:-product u purchased but did not use much
    Follow up questions regarding shopping and adversitement

    Liz I have question
    The examiner did not interrupt me durinf my speaking
    As i have heard mostly teachers speak in between
    I’m quite worried
    But I answered all the question ..but got stuck only in one question but then I aswered that question also
    Will it affect my score?

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ If the examiner interrupts or not is the examiner’s choice – it is not about your score. Your score is not based on how many questions you answered or if the examiner interrupted or not – it is based on the fluency, grammar, vocab and pron you used throughout the whole test.

  101. Hlo dear sister Liz.. I took my speaking test on May 28,2019.
    πŸ‘‰PART 1 questions :–>
    ⏺To which area you belong?
    ⏺From how long time you have been living in this area?
    ⏺Which thing you like most in your area?
    ⏺Which thing you would like to change in your area?
    ⏺What are your opinion on sharing things?
    ⏺How should parents encourage their children to share things?
    ⏺Which things should not be shared?
    πŸ‘‰PART 2:–>cue card
    ⏺A successful friend
    πŸ‘‰PART 3:–>
    ⏺from how long time you knew the friend you have discussed about?
    ⏺What is meaning of success?
    ⏺If a student is doing well in academic, should he be considered successful?
    ⏺Which thing is more important : theoretical knowledge or practical skills?
    ⏺How should parents support their child to be successful?
    ⏺Which is more important :words or action?
    ⏺What skill should a successful teacher have?
    ⏺What skills should a teacher teach to students?
    ⏺What skills should a person have to be successful in job or business?
    πŸ™I have made many tense mistakes in PART 2 much it will affect my score? ..
    At present i don’t deserve to meet an effective and talented person like you ..that is why I am sending you ONLINE HUG πŸ‘­..MAY GOD BLESS YOU WITH EACH AND EVERYTHING YOU WANT!!!!!

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ In speaking part 2, it is often a good time to plan the range of grammar you will use. This is because in part 1 and part 3 you do not have thinking time or planning time. However, your score for grammar is not decided only by part 2 – it is based on your entire performance throughout the whole test. Grammar only counts for 25% of your final speaking marks. Band 5 = frequent errors which cause difficulty for the reader. Band 6 = some errors, particularly with complex grammar, but the meaning is clear.
      Glad you have enjoyed using my site πŸ™‚ It’s nice to know I have helped people. Good luck with your results πŸ™‚

  102. Hi Liz
    I had my speaking test on 25th May
    Part 1
    What is your name
    Do you work or study
    Why did you choose this work
    Do you enjoy your work
    What you are getting from your work

    Part 2
    Talk about a subject you did not like when you were at school but now you find interesting

    Part 3
    What makes the classes interesting
    Is tv a source for learning
    Is it normal to drink tea or coffee
    Do you sometime go for tea or coffee
    Would you offer tea or coffee to someone who visited your home
    When did you last drink tea or coffee

    Examiner asked me more than 10 questions in part 3. Which are like tricky questions

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

      • I just got my results- L 8.5, R 8, S 8.5, W 7.5- I was most confident of reading hoping I WOULD get 9 but I got only 8. Similarly, I was thinking I will get 7 on writing based on gradings I got from another website. But, Liz was right. Her tips are very useful. I hardly much of a preparation and the exam did feel a little tough for the listening section. All in all thanks very much Liz, and I do hope this gets posted !!! Don’t worry guys, this exam is quite doable

  103. Hello all
    I took my test on May 25th
    Writing task 1
    Three line graphs
    Writing task 2
    In some countries, secondary schools aim to provide a general education with a a range of subjects. In others, it has a narrow range of specific subjects to focus student to their future career.
    What system will be more appropriate in today’s world.
    Speaking part 1
    1. tea/coffee
    2. pets/animals
    Speaking part 2
    Describe an old person who you met
    Speaking part 3
    1. is there a gap between young and old people?
    2. What should be done to fix it?
    3. What should encourage people to learn about another culture

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

      • Hello Liz.
        I would like to thank you for your great job. Your new e-book with ideas for essays is a real treasure. It should cost much more! This was a pity that I got it just a week before my exam. If you don’t mind, let me ask you to add a little to the book. It would be very useful if after every topic in the book such as Education or something you add a list of the possible task 2 for the same topic. Yes, the general topics are already on your website and you can map them easily to e-book’s topics, but it would be very useful to develop your critical thinking and give topics a little bit different than the examples in your book. For example, in your book now there is an item about cause and solution for some problems, but in the task for this topic could be 2-question essay. It should stimulate people to modify and rephrase your ideas from the e-book, not just “copy and paste”. Thanks a million again, you are the best.

        • I understand your points. However, the free list of 100 IELTS essay questions (divided into common topics) are linked in free Useful Links Page that comes with the e-book. The link is there to be used. Also the free video lesson that comes with the e-book explains about adapting the ideas to suit the essay question. So, to be honest, it is unlikely I’ll be adding more to the book. In some ways, IELTS is endless – there is always more than could be added. I do appreciate your feedback though – it’s always useful for me to hear. And I’m very glad you like the e-book πŸ™‚

  104. Hello Everyone!, i attended my speaking and listening test on 24th may 2019
    Liz, first of all thanks so much!, your website and youtube channel were very useful for me and your advices helped me to be confident in my test πŸ™‚ Thank you!

    Examiner: My name is… May i see your ID please?
    1- What’s your full name? Can you spell this, please?
    2-Where are you from?
    3-Where do you live, in a house or apartment?
    4-What do you like about the place you live in?
    5-Where do you do your shopping?

    2- Cue card- An important event in your coutry-
    -I talked about General and presidential elections-
    Some questions about the president of my country and his government

    3- What kind of places do you like to visit in your holidays?
    More questions related to this topic.

    Liz, the examiner stopped me 3 or 4 times in different topics, and didn’t allow me to conclude my answers, is it something bad? Thanks so much again. xx

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ It’s 100% normal for the examiner to interrupt your answers. It isn’t something you need to worry about. Good luck with your results πŸ™‚

  105. Hi Liz,

    I attended speaking test today. Below are the questions asked.

    Part 1:
    1. Home
    a) Where do you live, house or apartment?
    b) Which room do you like the most?
    2. Smiling
    a) When do you usually smile?
    b) When did you last see a bunch of people smiling?
    c) How can you identify a fake smile?
    d) Do you often smile when taking photos? Why?
    3. Borrowing
    a) Did you ever borrow a book?
    b) Do you give everything to others?
    c) Do you give your mobile phone to others?
    d) Is it good to borrow money from friends?

    Part 2:
    Describe a person who motivated you to achieve a goal.
    – Who the person is?
    – How the person motivated you?
    – Was it helpful to achieve your goal?

    Do you often give advise?

    Part 3:
    1. Do you think children should be motivated to achieve something?
    2. Who should be responsible for motivating children – Parents or Teachers?
    3. Is it always necessary to set long-term goals for children to motivate them?
    4. How people get motivated?
    5. Why some people seem to be more motivated than others?
    6. How people can sustain motivation for long term given there are many internal/external factors that can affect them?

    In Part 3, I didn’t answer some questions straight to the point and sometimes given a different answer in the same context. How it would affect my score? I appreciate your help.

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Your score is based on your overall performance based on fluency, grammar, vocab and pron. This means you can’t predict how your score is influenced by just one or two questions unless the entire speaking test is heard. Good luck with your results πŸ™‚

    • Kanika Mehra says

      Hi liz ,. I did not understand thelast question of part 3 posted by SHY please can you explain about it.

      • Manpreet Kaur says

        According to me ..
        Last question means How to maintain your enthusiasm which you have got due to motivation.. Because there are a number of factors which can demotivate you.. So how to get rid of the negative effect of deteriorating factors and how to focus on motivational factor only.. 😊

  106. May 23 , 2019

    I had a test (AC)

    Writing task 1
    – 3 bar charts about employment rate in agriculture , industry and services in three countries (A,B,C) from between 1980 and 2020

    Task 2
    There are fewer controls on the designs and construction of home and office buildings. So , people can build them whatever they like
    Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages ?

    Part 1
    – Do you work or study ?
    – Social network topics (Frequency of usage , Pros and Cons)
    – Rubbish and garbage topics

    Part 2
    Describe a person who speaks foreign language well
    and then there was a following question
    – Do you learn any other foreign languages (except English) ?

    Part 3 (I can’t remember the questions exactly but the questions were about these)
    – Do you think it is possible to speak like a native ?
    – Benefits of studying languages in jobs/careers opportunity
    – To learn new languages , which one is harder between writing and speaking ?
    – Is it possible to use English as a global language ? I said no , and I explain why
    and then there was a following question
    – Which language you think it will be (instead of English) ?

    I think I didn’t speak well in my Speaking test because of being worried.
    I use few linking words : ( I also think that the examiner ask me lots of questions (But the questions were tougher) because maybe I give the answers too short (Just 2-3 sentences per questions).
    Do this will affect my scores ?

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ I’m not sure why you were thinking about linking words in your speaking test. The IELTS speaking is not marked in the same way as IELTS writing. While it is normal to use some linking words in speaking (and/but/because/so), it is not vital to use a range. I’m sure you used the linking words I mentioned. It is fine to repeat them again and again in speaking. Your speaking score will be based on the language you produced and the accuracy of the language you produced. Good luck πŸ™‚

  107. May 23, 2019 Writing questions

    Task 1:-
    A company has asked for permission from the local council to build a factory in your area. Write a letter to the local council stating that you and your neighbors think this is a bad idea.
    – State what problems this might cause.
    – Explain where the factory should be constructed.
    – Explain what you want the council to do

    Task 2:-
    In some places, there are many social problems involving teenagers. Some people say this is because parents spend much of their time at work and not at home.

    Do you agree or disagree.

  108. Hello LIZners,

    Test date: May 23, 2019
    Type: GT

    PART 1
    – General introduction
    – Questions about which area do you live in, why you live there, what needs to be changed

    PART 2
    – Talk about a time when you found a lost item

    PART 3
    – What things people generally lose, why?
    – Do people lose things more as compared to past, why?
    – Should parents teach children on returning the found item?

    – What Archaeology means to a country, why a country should store them?
    – Where to store those articles?

    – You returned from a conference and want to give a presentation to colleagues. Write a letter to your manager regarding this.

    – Some people think that big international sporting events are not worth for the host country. Agree or disagree?

  109. Hello, Liz!
    I passed Academic IELTS today 23.05.2019
    Reading 1 was about Olive trees/oil production and history (T/F/NG and sentense completion)
    R2: about Law (sentence completion and matching headlines)
    R3: about Persuaders (T/F/NG and multiple choise)
    Writing 1: Line graph about the number of visitors of museum in summer and winter in 2003)
    Writing 2: It is important to give children a possibility to act independently and make their own decisions from early age. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this idea?
    In Listening I was surprised by the high rate os speaking, because in Cabridge test rge speed was less intensive.
    Sepaking will soon
    Thank you, Liz for your great job!

  110. Today 23Rd exam
    Writing 1
    Letter to local council about a proposed factory in your village.
    Why you don’t like it
    Suggest suitable location
    What u expect authority to do

    Writing 2
    Teenagers involve in social matters
    Some say this is because their parents are engage in long work hours
    Agree or disagree

  111. Listening:
    Sec 1: part time job – note completion
    Sec 2: long walking – recount of a man who went on long walks at different locations – mcq, matching
    Sec 3: Micki and Jamie discussing with their professor how their internship at journalism firm went – matching, mcq
    Sec 4: Library survey on reading activities conducted – note completion

    Sec 1 – part 1 – Attractions in Midwest 5 different tour/ticket descriptions – matching information
    Part 2- Making your own house hold cleaner with natural ingriedients (Fill in the blanks)
    Sec 2 – Part 1 choosing the right ergonomic chair (Note completion)
    Part 2- Pre-requisities for non-national workers (Fill in the blanks)
    Section 3 – Straw Bear Festival in England (TFNG, YNNG, Matching information)

    1. A company has asked your local council to open a factory in the area where you live. You and your neighbors feel that this is not a great idea. write a letter to the local council
    – state why it is not a great idea
    – mention how it will affect you and others
    – what you want the local council to do
    2. A lot of social problems can these days be related to teenagers. Some feel that this is because parents are not able to spend enough time and take care of their teenage child. Do you agree or disagree?

  112. Hi Liz,
    Thanks for your help.

    Today, on 22 May I had speaking test.
    Section 1:-
    1.About my Hometown?
    2.Are you studying or Working?
    3.About street markets?
    4.Do you share your mobile with others?

    Section 2:-
    Cue card:-You invited someone to have meal/lunch/dinner at your home?

    Section 3:-
    1.In the future, where people will be treated? Restaurant or home?
    2.Where will be more advantages to treat someone you know? Restaurant or Home?

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

      • Hi Liz,
        If you are presented with a question like Man has above in his Section 3, how do you go about it knowing that treat has 2 meanings? Treat could be “treat a sickness” or “provide someone with food or drink or entertainment”. The options of restaurant or home gives a cue that it might be the second meeting but could it also be a trick question? Does it not matter seeing that the Speaking section tests vocabulary and pronunciation? Is it okay to spot the different meanings in your response or ask the examiner which one he means?

        • You need to remember that the questions posted are written by candidates based on their memory and on their level of English. The question is not actually written with accuracy which is why you don’t understand. The examiner would not ask the question using those words. If there is ever a time (in part 3) when you don’t understand, you can say to the examiner “Can you explain what you mean?”

  113. I had my speaking test today
    Speaking questions as far I remember;

    Part 1

    What is your name?
    Where are you from?
    Do you study or work?
    What do you do at work?
    Do enjoy your work?

    Part 2

    Describe a park that you have visited.
    Where is it?
    What did you used to do there?
    How the park looked like?

    Part 3+ Follow up questions related to Part 2

    Do you want to have a garden?
    Why people of differenct age likes to go to the park?
    Do you think citizens should keep the parks tidy?
    What are the benefits of having park in the city?
    what are the positive effects of gardening for adults?
    Why some people prefers to grow vegetables instead of flowers?

  114. Hi Liz,

    I had my speaking test today , below were the question asked :

    About my house
    My favorite room in my home
    Questions regarding street market

    Cue card topic ” describe a practical skill u learned recently ”

    Question based on practical skills and many questions related to technology

  115. Hi Liz ,I had my speaking test on 21st may. I was not able to give answers of part 3 and 4 with the correct way so exminer was keep repeating the qestion more then 2times .I was trying to relete these questions with my self and aswering however,she (eximer ) was stressing tell me what people in general believe .she might want to hear some other answers . I don’t think I will be able to make it my score this time . ?
    Here are the topics
    Where do you live in a apartment or flat.
    How long you are staying there
    Which is you favorite room.
    Did you ever use electronic calulater
    When do you start learning maths
    Do you like maths
    Is it essinital to learn maths?

    Part 2

    Explain a trip with your friends where you enjoyed a lot.

    Part 3
    What can we learn from new people whom me meet.
    It’s believed that human need social life what is your opinion?
    Why we should have friends in our life
    What is the role of friends in our life
    Are close friends are only to share bad experiences?

    Part 4
    Some people belive that family is more important than friends share your views

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ There are only 3 parts to IELTS speaking. Your part 3 and 4 mentioned above are the same part. Part 1 is mostly about you and your country. Part 2 is mostly about you. But part 3 is where you talk about world issues and keep away from personal stories – this is something you need to prepare for. The examiner was trying to help guide you, but in your confusion, you didn’t understand. It is not possible to predict your score as it is based on fluency, grammar, vocab and pron – so you will need to wait for you results to see how you did. Good luck! πŸ™‚

  116. 2019/5/21
    writing task2
    Is that the best way to spend the money of government to teach aged 65 or above to use the computer? To what extent you agree?

  117. 19th may,2019.
    I have done speaking test on 19th may, 2019.
    Part 1: what kind of place do you live now and how long have you been there.
    What would you like about your place.
    What would you like to improve about your place.
    Do you often drink tea or coffee.
    Do you prefer to drink tea or coffee outside.
    Do you offer tea or coffee for guests at home.
    Do you look at stars in the sky.
    How do you feel when you look at stars.
    Part2: describe a time when you had to change the plan.
    Part3: how do you make plans usually.
    When you make a plan,you have to take advice with someone (teacher/parents).
    Who is the best adviser to make plans towards your career (teacher/parents).

  118. Speaking
    Which room the most you like? Why?
    Weather of your country? Which do you like the most? Why?
    Recent fake call received in the public (Who, Why, Where, What you did)
    Do you think fake calls or good or bad?
    Is it good or bad, speaking loud in the public?
    Should Govt implement some rules?
    People speak loud in public. Why?

    Computer-Delivered (18 May)

    Part1: Operator call (Fill in the blank)
    Part2: University admission guidance (drag and drop, select one)
    Part3: Different phases of life (Fill in the blank)

    Part1: University admission & residence information (True, False)
    Part2: Different qualities of Oven (Paragraph About)
    Part3: Students discussion for thesis (Fill in the Char)
    Part4: Scientific research on history tales (Tortoise vs hare, thirsty crow, ant and grasshopper) (Select one, Fill in the blank)

    Letter: You notice garbage near your house, write a letter to authority about
    Who did this?
    What is problem with this?
    What you want from the authority to do ?
    Start your letter with Dear Sir or Madam
    Essay: Should Parents allow their children to play similar TV programs and Computer Games as their friends do.

    Note: I am writing whatever remember to me. Topics wordings are not same.

    • Muhammad Saeed says

      I need one clarification: We can’t ask examiner to repeat question In speaking test part 1 but I asked one because I did not understand either he was asking about enjoying weather outside or inside the county. Will it affect my score?

      • It is 100% fine to ask the examiner to repeat the question in part 1. However, they can’t explain it in part 1, they can only repeat it. In part 3, you can ask them to explain it.

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

      • Neha khan says

        Hi Liz, thank you so much for being a great help. I just had my speaking exam and I am quite worried. Actually, I couldn’t cover the last question of the cue card and I stopped answering 10 seconds early. Is this a major mistake?

        • There are no questions on the cue card. There are prompts which are guidelines that you do not need to use if you don’t want to. Fluency is not measured in seconds and is based on your performance in all parts, not just part 2. I see nothing to worry about. Your score will be based on your language performance.

    • I’m glad you specified that you took the “Computer-delivered test”. No one does it. I wish everyone do it.

  119. Hi Liz,
    First of all I would like to say thank you for your site,it’s been a useful tool for my review. More power to you!
    I took IELTS ACADEMIC last 18 May 2019.
    TASK 1: A bar chart about the value of fish imports in the U.S. in the year 1998,2002 and 2007. The value is measured in billion of dollars. A pie chart that illustrates the fish import to the U.S from Canada,China and other countries in the given period. The measurement is shown in percentage.

    TASK 2: People nowadays are used to “thrownaway” which means that they use things in short time and throw it away. What do you think is the cause and the problems it may lead to?

    *Task 1 was the same with Liz practice test, the only difference is the year but the rest of the information was the same..☺

    Are you studying or working?
    Do you like your job?
    Do you think you are helping others?
    Who do you think is responsible in teaching children about helping others, the parents or the teachers?why?
    *I answered parents. Follow up question:
    What are the roles of the teachers in teaching children to help others?
    Describe a person you know that help others.
    Who he is
    What he did
    How often he help others

    PART 3:
    Do you think you help others?
    What kind of profession does helping others?

    * I felt nervous that time. But I was sure about my answer, and I make it simple and based it on my experience. My examiner was kind also,she was smiling and her facial expression helps me to answer the question. I hope I can get my desired band score. THANKS LIZ! you help us a lot. Keel up the good work.

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ I’m really glad you had a friendly examiner – it does make things so much more comfortable. This is the link to the task 1 you mentioned: I hope it’s the one you are referring to. Let me know πŸ™‚

      • Hi Liz,
        Yes,yhis is the one I am refferring. The only difference is the year (1998,2002,2007)in my exam and the percentage as well. I find it easy hence I did all the practice test here in your blog especiallu fir task 1 and task 2. It did help me a lot. Thanks to you☺.
        I hope I get the bandscore I am looking for. Anyway,thanks again and more power!

  120. Hi Liz,
    I took my GT exam on the 17th of May.
    Questions on work- what did you enjoy about work? Who do you think should be promoted at work? Why?
    Cue card- a moment when you felt proud of your friends success. Who is your friend? What was their success? Why did you feel proud of him/her?

    Do you like looking at the sky? At what time- day or night?
    Do you share anything with your friends? Why? Was sharing taught by parents as a child?
    More questions on success- is success based on opportunities or abilities? Do employees who succeed be promoted? Success leads to happiness- do you agree?

    Writing- GT
    Task 1
    Letter to a friend recommending a restaurant for a family celebration
    Task 2
    Some people think that team sports prepare children for work life. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

    Your preparatory material helped me to get a gist of the test and also enabled me to be confident. Listening and reading were quite easy. Though I didn’t have much time for writing I managed to complete both tasks with the required details. Speaking was my main concern, as I get nervous during interviews. During the speaking part, there was some technical problem with the recorder so I had few minutes to relax. Moreover, the examiner was friendly and I felt like I was having a smooth conversation with her as the test progressed. I’m so grateful for your website. You are an excellent teacher! God bless!

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Sounds like you had a good speaking test – good luck with your results πŸ™‚ Glad you found my preparation materials useful.

    • I also got same questions for Writing and speaking

  121. Vishnupriya says

    Hi Liz,
    Hope you’re well.
    I’d like to know if we can switch to the next section of the test once we’re done with the previous section and have time to spare.
    For example, if I complete the Listening section of the examination and do not want to use the allocated time of 10 minutes to transfer my answers to the answer sheet, can I then utilize those 10 minutes to begin the Reading section instead?
    I have the same query if I have time to spare between the Reading and Writing sections of the test.
    Look forward to your reply.

    • I don’t normally answer questions on this page, but I will for you because I think it will help others. You have one hour for the reading test and one hour for the writing test. This is fixed. All candidates around the world have one hour for reading and writing – it is equal for everyone. If you finish reading early, you must sit and wait for the hour to finish. Then everyone will start the writing test at the same time and everyone will be given one hour.

      • Vishnupriya says

        I really appreciate your response to my query, Liz! Thank you for making an exception to address my doubt, this will help me prepare better for my test on 1st June.
        I’d also like to thank you on behalf of all the students who benefit from the content on your website and in your videos.
        Best wishes,

  122. Part 1
    Do work or study
    Do like to have pets
    Wat animals u would like to pet
    Wat animals u dont like to pet

    Describe an intelligent person

    Are intelligent people selfish
    Are intelligent people happy
    Who are happy people
    Why are intelligent people called genius
    Is internet helping in making people intelligent

  123. Writing part
    Task 1
    _bar graph- increase of price of low-fat milk and high-fat milk by the passing of years in supermarket A and in supermarket B
    Task 2
    Why all the countries are opening the doors for tourists
    To what extent do you think a country have advantages outweigh the disadvantages

  124. I attend exam on 18th may
    My speaking was on 17 may
    Part 1
    -Tell me about your home
    -Questioning on street market
    -do you like street market
    -how often do you go to street market
    -in which market do you want to go in foreign country either street market or super market
    Part 2
    Cue card
    Tell me about a person who is able to speak another language
    -who is it
    -why he like to speak this language
    -where he use this language
    -how it is helpful for you
    Part 3
    Questions on comparison between adolesence and children
    -who is able to learn english language from adults or children
    -what is the difference between past time and in these time by which adult learn english language

  125. hello,
    first of all lots of gratitude and respect dear Liz. your content tremendously supported and helped me to prepare for my IELTS as i have been practicing without any coaching classes. i have appeared for my speaking test yesterday the 18th may,2019. TOPICS i have been asked are as follows:
    PART 1
    my full name
    about my city
    features of my house
    questions related to organize
    time related questions

    PART 2
    cue card : prize i would like to win
    why? what kind of? where?
    (however i got off track and instead speaking about future i mixed up and ended up saying my experience. i am pretty upset about it as i realised it later)

    importance of prize for children
    what kind of prize must b offered to children
    disadvantages of winning price pressured by parents
    difference between amateur and professional
    still few but cant recall

    i hope this might help other students for their exams.
    i am still left with my reading, writing & listening. I need some writing topics to practice. if you can assist.

    Best Regards,

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ It’s best to review all common topics for IELTS writing: Mostly practice the structure, ideas and supporting points rather than full essays. Just a few full essays is enough. Make sure you practice two full essays under exam conditions. Getting used to concentrating for 2 hours and 40mins is essential. Good luck!!

  126. May18 IELTS General training
    Writing Task1 : Write a letter to friend to recommend a restaurant where he can celebrate his birthday or any party.
    Writing Task2: some people believe that team sports is very important for children to succeed in their career, others disagree? Discuss both views and give your opinion

  127. Mango Banana says

    I did my GT yesterday.
    Following are the questions I got.

    Speaking – Part 1
    About work
    Why do you like your job?
    Importance of learning mathematics
    As a kid did I enjoy learning mathematics? Why?
    If I see garbage on the road how do I react? Why?

    Part 2
    A situation your vehicle broke down

    Part 3
    About public transportation of your country
    Who is using public transportation more? Adults or young? Why
    Why it is not a good idea to use your own vehicles?
    How to improve public transportation to help pedestrians?

    Writing Task 1
    Write a letter to your manager about a party which you are going to organise for a friend

    Writing Task 2
    Some people think to learn a secondary language well it is necessary to live in a country which that language is spoken.

    What is your opinion about this?

    I did the CBT exam for the first time. Unfortunately, I missed my focus in the listening part 3 for few seconds because I couldn’t find the next question. It was a silly mistake because I was clicking the next question button on the bottom right corner rather than scrolling down. I lost focus for that entire section and had to guess answers for all 5 questions in that part. When doing paper-based exam I was able to achieve 8.5 for listening but this time I’m not sure whether I get even 6. Sad

    Anyway, Thanks Liz a lot for all the great tips and sharing valuable information. Your essay package is extremely useful. I highly recommend that for those who need to improve your writing.

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ That’s such a shame about your listening test. It’s really easy to lose your place in the recording. Hopefully, your guessed answers might be correct. Fingers crossed πŸ™‚ Glad you like my Advanced lessons πŸ™‚

  128. Hi Liz, i just took my IELTS exam today 18/05/19
    Speaking test 1-
    Where do you come from?
    Describe your hometown
    Tell about your home
    What is your favorite part of the house?
    Speaking part 2
    Tell a story about a time when you invited your friends or relatives over your house for dinner or for a meal
    Speaking part 3
    -do you consider yourself an organize person?
    -do you think climate change affects the production of crops?
    – how do you think science and technology will affect production of products in the future?
    -do you believe that food is the most important part of a celebration?
    -how do you compare the food that we eat now compare to the food we have today?
    -Do you think it’s okay to spend too much money for food. I used β€œchit chat” i ddnt realize its informal will it affect my score? Thank you Liz! Keep it up! You are helping a lot of students like me who wants to pass IELTS exam! More power!

  129. Hello Liz, i’m one of the study who use your strategies and followed your advices or tips. I couldn’t thank you enough for this. Well, I took my ielts exam on 19/05/2019 (ACADEMIC) but to be honest, I cannot remember the questions 100% correctly.

    Writing task 1 :
    The chart below shows the percentage of adult in different employment categories in one city from 2003 to 2013

    Writing task 2 :
    People are surrounded with all kind of advertising, it has both affects that they think is and negative influence in their lives.

    To what extent do you agree or disagree?

    ( on this essay, i made one mistake which I’m currently worrying about is i use “In the other hand” instead of “On the other hand”. Would it make big affect on my essay? )

    Speaking part
    Task 1 : hometown
    Work or study
    How do you think of an importance of English? And why?

    Task 2 :

    Describe a history period which you interested.

    When ?
    How did you study about this?
    What did you know about study that history period?

    Task 3 :

    Do you think it is 100% true about the history that you’ve
    For young children, what kind of study material will they like?
    Is it good to study about the history ? And why?
    What do you think about preserve a historical buildings or things ?
    Who should respond for the cost? And why?

    That’s all i can remember πŸ™‚ and i hope it would be advantageous in various way for another study who are trying to practice themselves.

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Making a mistake of one letter in your essay is not important. Your score is based on four marking criteria and assesses many language functions as well as writing skills.

  130. I gave exam on 18th may
    Listening quiet easy
    Section 1 fill in blank
    Section 2 multiple choice and match headings
    Section 3 mcqs
    Section 4 fill in gaps
    Reading was moderate
    Section 1
    1 to 7 select a b c
    8 to 10 match details
    11 to 13 t f ng
    Section 2 was very east
    14 to 18 give title of paragraph
    19 to 26 fill in gaps
    27 give the title of passage
    Section 3 little difficult
    27 to 35 give the title of paragraph
    36 to 40 y n ng
    Writing task 1
    Bar Graf about flatuation in price of high fat milk and low fat milk for the supermarket a and supermarket b in the time period of 2001 to 2006
    Task 2 – international travel become affordable and many of countries are develop tourism .
    What are the advantages and disadvantages of that
    Topic – talk about advertisement you show on TV

  131. Hi Liz
    Here i would like to share about my recent examination on 17/05/2019
    Speaking :-
    ΒΉst : full name
    Β²nd : tell me about ur accommodation or house or flat.
    Β³rd :- tell me something about smile.. Do you like to smile? When do you smile most? Do u think every person should smile in photos.? Do you like to smile in photos?

    4th cue card: tell me about a garden or park of your town? Where it is? When do you like to visit there? How its look like ?

    5th : in follow up que:
    Do u ever want a big garden in your house?
    How often do you use garden or park?
    Which age grouo people come in the garden most?
    Do you think to take care of garden is necessary for people?
    Why people grow plants at home?
    For what perpose they grow plants?
    What about growing vegetables instead of plants?

    Here it is my full speaking test questions ..
    I hope you helps me for some good suggestion for these type of questions.

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Which questions did you need help with? The examiner doesn’t mark your ideas at all in IELTS speaking. Even if you have no idea and said “Actually, I haven’t got a clue. I’ve never thought about ……..”, you would still get a mark for the use of idiomatic language “have a clue”.

  132. May 18th,2019.
    Writing task 1: the bar charts show the price of full fat milk and low fat milk in the UK in years from 2008 and 2012.there are two bar charts about super market A and B.

    Writing task 2: an international travel becomes cheaper,more and more countries are opening doors to increase the number of tourists. The advantages of increasing tourism outweigh the disadvantages.

  133. Dandelion says

    16th May, 2019
    Speaking Questions –
    Part 1
    1. Where do you live?
    2. What is the best thing about that place?
    3. What is the one thing that can be improved about it?
    4. Do you like pets?
    5. Which animals make good pets?
    6. Which animals do not make good pets?
    7. Are you a patient person?
    8. Were you more patient when you were younger?

    Part 2
    Describe a party that you recently attended.

    Part 3
    1. How does festivals affect the tourism of a country?
    2. Do countries have to spend a lot of money while hosting international events?
    3. Is it beneficial for the host countries?

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    • Hi Liz,
      I took my IELTS exam today.
      questions on work- what did you enjoy about work? Who Do you think should be promoted at work? Why?
      Cue card- a moment where you felt proud of your friends success. Who is your friend? What was the success? Why did you feel proud?
      Do you like looking at the sky? At what time- day or night?
      Do you share anything with your friends? Why? Did your parents teach you to share during your childhood?
      More questions on success- is success based on opportunities or abilities? Do employees who succeed be promoted? Success leads to happiness- do you agree?

      Writing- GT
      Task 1
      Letter to a friend recommending a restaurant for their family celebration.

      Task 2-
      Some people think that team sports prepare children for work life. Discuss both sides. Give your opinion.
      Thanks Liz, for all the preparation material made available through your blog and YouTube. They immensely helped me, in my test. God bless you!

  134. Jackfruit says

    Yesterday i gave my speaking (16th may 2019).

    Part 1

    Place where i live currently, how long you live there
    About sky watching, day or night? Is there any nice place to watch sky?
    Tea & Coffee – how often ppl in your country drink?, what i like Tea or Coffe, why,

    Part 2

    Describe your idea for a perfect house

    where it should be?
    what are all the key features to be present?
    Do you know any house as such?

    Part 3

    different types of houses? – i was confused and my ans went in wrong direction but she corrected me with a smile
    Do u like apartments or individual house ? Why?
    how the life in city can be improved? (pollution, traffic, etc)
    what people can do individually to improve city life

    This is the overall question i can remember, i had even more questions asked by the examiner but couldn’t recall. Through out the exam my examiner was smiling and listening to my answers with confident inspiring smile. I loved the attitude of the Examiner. So i gave my test as easy as possible. No tension, nothing. The exam went well overall.

    And last but not least, lot of thanks to you Liz πŸ™‚

  135. Hi Liz,

    I took my IELTS GT exam on 11th May. Following were the speaking topics asked during the test. The examiner was smiling throughout the test. It really motivated me to be comfortable and communicate my ideas naturally. I hope I didn’t get carried away during the test.

    Part 1:
    About sky watching- do you like to watch the sky? when- in the day or at night? Is there any place where you like to watch the sky?
    Keeping secrets- Do you think that you should share everything with everyone? Why?
    I don’t remember the questions asked about this topic. Sorry.

    Part 2:
    Talk about a job that your grandparents did.
    what was the job
    was it the only job they had
    would you like to do this type of job

    part 3:
    do you know any person who still does this type of work?
    Is there any job which requires a higher salary? Why?

    ## My doubt here is related to the answer that I gave- Job that deserves a higher salary is of a call center executive. I certainly provided ample arguments to support my answer. However, I was asked to name one more profession/occupation to which I replied, the job of a journalist. Since these people have to go out and interview people irrespective of the outside conditions. I’m not sure if that would count, though I explained enough.

    Should companies invest in training their employees? what will be the benefits?

    Also, If you could kindly help me to let me know the correct answer to the below questions which I got in my reading test.

    Q- The museum has a collection of shoes worldwide. (t/f/ng)
    Not able to recall much. But, a close paraphrased info from the text: The museum displays a collection of shoes. It represented historical and cultural values from around the world.

    Q- Adults can pay less on a specific day of the week.
    Info- Adults- $20 Seniors- $15 Children- $10 Infants- $5
    Pay-less Thursdays
    To encourage people to visit the museum more often, you can visit here on every Thursday of the week and pay less than the actual ticket price. (paraphrased and tried to put the meaning of what was stated in the text in the test as much as I could.)

    I appreciate your kind services for the IELTS aspirants. Also, your website is truly beneficial.

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Every question in the IELTS Speaking test is a chance to show your English. You are not being marked on your ideas at all. Ideas are not marked in IELTS speaking. So, your marks would be based only on your fluency, grammar, vocab and pron. For anyone else taking the test soon, examples of jobs that should get a higher salary can be doctors and nurses – they provide a vital service to the community and often work very long hours – particularly nurses who are often very underpaid.
      For your reading questions, it is not possible to comment unless I see the precise wording of both questions and passage.
      Good luck with your results πŸ™‚

  136. Sat for my speaking test (15th may, 2019)
    The examiner was polite and friendly
    Sec 1
    Sec 2
    Cue card: prize that you would like to win
    Sec 3
    How helpful is competition for children?
    What is the difference between competitive attitudes of amateur and professionals?
    Is there any downside of it?
    How are children rewarded in your country?
    What are the adverse affects of competition on children?
    (She tried to confuse me in this section. However, i made sure that i keep my pace and dont take pause unnecessarily.

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

      • Where do u work
        Do u like ur work place
        What u would like to change in workplace
        Q card
        Did u gave gift made by hand
        What is it
        To whom u gave
        Making hand made gift is difficult or easy
        Did they liked ur gift
        Do u think hand made gifts r important
        What kind of hand made gifts do u like
        What u like in hand made gifts
        Is it necessary to learn children arts
        Importance of art for children
        Is it necessary in schools to teach art work to the children
        Do u think it is good to play video games

        Cue card: time managements

        Some people think that News from TV channel providing good and others think there better platforms in learning news

  137. I have posted a summary of the May-Aug Topics for IELTS Speaking on this page: It is not a list of predicted topics, it is a summary of topics reported by previous candidates.

    • Hello everybody. Thank you Liz for your tips and advice. Todat was my speaking test and prepared for it from your website.
      PART 1
      About myself
      Study or work
      About sky astrology
      TV programes
      PART 2
      Cue card was about school subject you don’t enjoy leaning it
      PART 3
      Necessary subject at school
      Technology and science
      Teachers behavior

      I am immensely grateful from you. All topics was the same you have below.

  138. I appeared on 11thMay as a General Training candidate.
    Cue Card was about favorite Musician/Band
    -Who he is?
    -Where do you met him?
    -Why he is your favorite?

    Task 1: Write a letter to counselor who is about to close playground in your area.

    Task 2: Many people think that money promotes happiness.
    What importance does money have regarding happiness?
    Give your answer with relevant examples.

    I have written essay in disagreement to above statement, In introduction i wrote thesis statement and outline statement as follows:
    This essay disagrees with this argument. In this essay i will first discuss what importance does money has related to happiness and what factors contribute to happier life.

    I want your opinion (Liz) that if i wrote introduction in a correct way or not ? i was confused wether it is agreement disagreement essay or it is 2 part question because they mentioned only 1 question,l. However, i wrote introduction by disagreeing the general statement and also answered 2 questions in different paragraphs, after that i also stated my view point at the end of conclusion. I want to ask if i attempted essay according to fine strategy or is there something wrong in my approach, and will it effect my writing band score ?

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Your task 2 writing was a direct question: What importance does money have regarding happiness. All you need to do is answer the question. In the comment above, you said you answer 2 question in different paragraphs – there is only one question. So, I’m not really sure how you tackled it. But however you approached it, it only impacts your score for TR, not for the other three marking criteria.
      The best way to deal with this question is to say that money can influence happiness, but it is not the deciding factor.

      • Is this statement “This essay disagrees with this argument ” in introduction, fine or not?

        • The words “This essay” do not count as your own personal opinion in IELTS.

          • Thanks Liz for clarification, i was quite worried about this particular sentence whether it will affect my essay or not, coz i don’t want examiner to take this essay as agree/disagreement essay. Now i can be in peace after your clarification.
            And thanks for your materials i really got huge support from your essay structure strategies, which made it easier for me to write them.

    • Rockstar says

      Liz has a sample band 9 essay for the same question –
      Sometimes I feel I should just practice all the sample essays in this site 10 times.

  139. Hi!
    I finished my Academic IELTS
    Writing part was on 11ht May 2019

    TASK 1: Two line graphs with the comparison of the number if holiday and business visits to the UK from France and North America in one year.

    TASK 2: In some countries more and more shops are open long hours every day. What are positive and negative developments of this situation?

    Speaking was on 12th May 2019

    Section 1
    what is enjoyable in studying
    how much time so you spend doing homework and preparing for exams every week
    do you prefer to take photos with your phone or camera
    (there were questions, but I already don’t remember them)

    Section 2
    something that is good for health
    – what is that
    – how did you find out this
    – whether your friends follow this

    Section 3
    how to improve physical health
    how to improve mental health
    how can teachers interest children to so sports
    health welfare
    how physiologist can help
    how social media can help interest people to be more healthy

    P.S. Thank you very much, Liz. The information on your site is very very useful.

  140. Hi Guys,
    I just would like to share with you my whole IELTS Journey. At first, I didn’t took this exam seriously because all I know, its just a basic exam testing my English proficiency. since I am working overseas (KSA) and we use English language here, then I don’t have anything to worry. I took my IELTS UKVI exam last March. I got R-6.5, L-7.5, W-6, S-7. I am so devastated. I felt so dumb for not passing the exam. then my friend refer me to visit Liz site. I scanned the site but then, I didn’t took it seriously and after a week, I’ve decided to take exam again. Yes, I failed again. results: L-7.5, R-7, W-6, S-7. After my second attempt, I contemplated and asked myself what went wrong. so I focused in writing and read all articles here religiously. Being consistent 6 in writing is heart breaking. So I practiced a lot in writing task 1 (specifically) and just understand the pattern for Task 2. after 2 weeks, I took the exam and I got the following results: L-8.5, R-7, W-6, S-7) Yes, I failed again in writing because required is atleast 6.5. From then, I really don’t know now what to do. I am so heartbroken and honestly, I gave up. But my friend inspired and encouraged me to apply for re-mark. I know I did good in writing that time (thou I’m not 100% sure), so yes, I gamble and applied for remark. after 20 day, I got the result and my Final score now is: L-8.5,R-7, W-6.5,S-7). I am so happy because finally, I made it.

    Thank you Liz for this very helpful site. it helped me a lot. every night I am repeatedly playing your vids. in youtube until I fell asleep πŸ™‚

    to IELTS takers, my piece of advise id not to memorize anything here. just study the pattern and use it. BE CONFIDENT and if you fail, you can be sad for awhile but after that, flip your hair and retake the exam. its not how many times you took the exam, the most important thing here is how you stood up and continue fighting for your dreams. goodluck to all!

    • I don’t usually approve results comments on this page, but I think it’s a great message for everyone.

      “its not how many times you took the exam, the most important thing here is how you stood up and continue fighting for your dreams. goodluck to all!”

      Thanks for sharing and well done with your results πŸ™‚

  141. Glitterbug says

    I sat for my exam on 11th May,2019
    General Training
    Listening –
    Sec 1- easy and speed was typical questions like name, phone no.
    Sec 2- MCQ (confusing)
    Sec 3- Flow chart (really difficult)
    Sec 4- sentence completion/ full up (easy)

    Reading- relatively easy
    Sec 1- t/f/ng
    Last section was also quite easy (though i don’t remember was it was about)

    Writing- task i
    Write a letter to the local council to stop the closure of a children’s playground
    Task ii
    Most people consider money to be important for achieving happiness.
    How important is money for happiness?
    (The type was not clear)

    I had an Mcq in Listening where horticulture was the answer and i had 3 options namely- farms, fishing and forests. Which one would be the correct one?
    Lastly, i would like to thank your efforts for letting us informed regarding the questions. We owe to you. God bless!

  142. Resilient says

    Hi I took IELTS exam today 11th May
    Here are the questions
    Part 1
    Where do you live
    Talk about the neighborhood
    Why do you live there
    Which season do you like best
    Seasons in your hometown
    An activity you do alone in your free time
    What the activity is
    When do you do it
    Where do you do it
    Why do you enjoy doing it alone
    Part 3
    What activities are popular in your hometown

    Task 1
    Write a letter recommend someone to work in a company
    Who the person is
    How did you know the person
    Working experience of the person
    Why do you recommend the person
    Task 2
    Many companies use advertisements to increase sales. What are the main reasons that make an advertisement effective? Is it a good thing or a bad thing to the society?

  143. I finished my Academic IELTS today 11th May 2019 .

    Writing task 1
    2 line gaphs showing number of visitors ( holidays and business ) to UK during a period of 1 year from France and NA.

    TASK 2.
    Nowadays many shops are kept open for more time Will it have positive or negative effect on shopper’s and community.

    Sec 1. Telephone conversation of a lady and a man at walking tours.
    4 questions on Fire and precautions
    Section 2 . A student conducting a research . Selection of interviewees. Criterias.
    Section 3. Different Libraries . What they are specialised in .

    Last part I found difficult . It was about translation.

    Section 1
    Where do I live, describe my home.
    My favourite room in my house.

    Section 2.
    Take about a famous person in another country whom I want to meet in future.

    Section 3
    What is my feeling if I see garbage thrown on road side?
    Do you recycle paper or plastics?
    Wil you do anything to stop people from throwing Garbag on roadside?
    Why advertisement done with famous people , business people?

  144. Nuthatch says

    Hello, My Speaking test was yesterday 10 May 2019. I’m taking my exam, the examiner was very friendly.
    1) General questions (my name, where are you from, show the identity..)
    2) questions about my house, (why I like to live in my house,, how many years I am living there if I like to change something in my neighborhood)
    3) questions about loosed things (why people loose things? they are careless? which things frequently can to find? what my parents teach me that I need to do when I find things? Why have people that can to find more things than others?
    4) Cue card: Explain about one situation that you find a lost object. What you do, where you find, how you feel about?
    5) A few questions about collection things (is only older people collecting historic things? why people collect objects? is correct to save the older objects in the musem? why?, give examples about items that can have for collection in the family

    The test was easy, but I have frequently mistakes, because I take the exam for emergency and I can’t have the enough time for the correct preparation (I need for migration papers), then I can’t prepare correctly, but I understand all the questions and I answer all the questions. All the exam is exactly same examples that have in the official website of the British council and all the described in the Liz website and Liz channel in Youtube. If you have dedication can’t be wrong. Today I will take my writing, listening and reading test, after I will comment here which are the subjects.

    Thank you Liz for your Youtube channel and for this website.

  145. Squirrel says

    I gave my speaking test on May 5,2019.
    Part 1-
    Do you live in a house or apartment?
    Do you like to wear perfumes or after bath shave?
    Have you gifted someone perfume before?
    Would you like to buy a full bottle of perfume?

    Part 2-
    Water sport you want to try-
    Where you’ll try it?
    I don’t remember rest of the hints..

    Part 3-
    What kind of water sport people like in your hometown?
    Why do people like water?
    Do you think science will be able to resolve all global problems?

  146. Hi Liz,
    i appeared in Academic IELTS Speaking module.
    The examiner asked me the same common questions as you have mentioned in Introduction section.
    Part 1
    where do u live?
    describe your house?
    which part of your house you like most and why?
    what are common adds in your country?
    modes of advertisement?
    why music is used for advertisement?
    why people get irritated with advertisement?
    what do you think when you see rubbish on the roads?
    why people leave rubbish in the mall?
    do you enjoy small shops in your hometown and why?
    what is the difference between small shops of your town and international shops?
    do you ever recycled paper and plastic?
    Part 2
    take one minute and describe the advertisement you have watched and will never forget?
    WH questions?
    Part 3
    what is health to you?
    have you ever worked for health promotion?
    do you think popular people can be use for health promotion?

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

      • Hossain says

        Dear Liz, hope you are doing well. Your website is really helpful. I am grateful to you. However, when will you post the speaking part 2 topics for May- August 2019 term? Some of my friends including me are eagerly waiting for those topics.

        • All the topics I post have already been posted on this page. I don’t create new topics and I don’t predict. I summarise from this page. They are topics reported by candidates. So, you can gain all of them now from this page.But I will post a summarised list probably next week once more people post their topics.

  147. Academic IELTS on 5 May 2019

    1- Talking about team outing
    2- Talking experience about one of the theme park in the UK
    3- 3 Persons talking about the history of Japanese writer (very difficult)
    4- Impact of tourism and how to overcome

    1- Development of Plastic
    2- About Chocolate
    3- About Human body diseases (difficult)

    W1 – Line chart about a number of enquiries on Tourist Information Center
    W2 – Some people think that the development of technology help to decrease crime and other people think that encourage crime. (Discussion essay)

    ~ I subscribed Liz advanced writing video tutorials and it’s helped me a lot to improve my writing.

    P 1- About my work, Social media topic, Travel
    P 2 (Cue Card) – Describe the time you have invited a friend to eat meal. (home or restaurant) – Why you invited them? – What meal you treated.
    P3 – Questions related to Home cook meals and restaurant meal,

    Thanks, Liz

  148. Skylark says

    Hi Liz,
    Today I have attended IELTS speaking and below were the questions
    Part 1,
    About myself, my work nature, why I choose this job
    Part 2,
    Describe something you bought to your family after your vacation or trip
    I enjoyed my recent trip so discussed with the examiner about that trip with a smile carried out through out the session
    Part 3
    Related to the cue card.. What type of things people should buy when coming back from the trip
    Also examiner asked about the sukanya which is related to the art in the part 3. Initially I don’t know that is related to art but I managed to answer it and from the next question examiner gave the clue that is an art and after that I discussed well..
    Hoping for the best result
    With a thanks note.. I should thank you because till the examiner call my name I was listening to your notes and helped me a lot..
    I started with my name’s XYZ and I thought to thank you at that moment..

  149. Sparrow says

    Hi Liz,

    I had my speaking exam today (06.05.2019). First of all a massive thank you for all the materials on you website!
    -work: where do you work, why did you choose that job. etc
    -smile:do you often smile,why do you smile,when was the last time you saw a bunch of people smiling
    Part 2:
    -describe a person who has encouraged you recently
    Part 3:
    -how can you motivate children to study and many more questions about motivation

    I’d like to ask a question: is the examiner allowed to show emotions? because my examiner was really rude, he

    • Sparrow says

      Sorry, I somehow clicked on the send button.

      So my examiner was really rude, he was making facess all the time, he was rolling his eyes etc. Is he allowed to do that? I know he didn’t like my opinion abput the topic, but he made me feel insecure about everything, and I started stuttering and forgot everything I knew.
      On the other hand, in the 3rd part sometimes he didn’t formulate whole questions, just asked β€œwhy”. Is it allowed? I am so frustrated and I don’t know what to do. πŸ™

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Examiners are supposed to be encouraging and friendly in their behaviour which is designed to put you at your ease. However, not all examiners are the same and not all examiners are friendly. IELTS needs to get cameras in the speaking test rooms. It is important that you all enter your speaking test ready for anything and be determined that no behaviour on the part of the examiner will affect you. Also when it comes to interrupting your answers abruptly – it is 100% normal.

      • Thank you for your quick reply! I really appreciate everything you are doing for us πŸ™‚
        I hope for the best, and if I don’t get a good score, I’ll be more secure next time.

        • That is exactly the right attitude. If you get the results you need in your first test – it’s great. If you don’t, you will be more prepared for your next test πŸ™‚

  150. Blackbird says

    Speaking test on 6th may 2019
    Hi Liz

    What is your full name?
    What do u do? Study or work?
    I said teaching
    What do u enjoy about ur work?
    How do u prepare urself for ur work?
    Do u enjoy teaching?
    What is best thing about teaching?
    How many hours do u work per week?
    Why so many hours?
    Where do u live?
    How do u feel about crowded areas? Why?
    Cue card about ideas for a perfect house?
    Where this house should be?
    Different types of houses in ur country?
    Where do people like to live apartments or individual houses? Why
    What are the disadvantages of living in apartments?
    Does living in old houses have any disadvantages?
    What is the difficulty in living in a city?
    How can one overcome these difficulties?
    If government commercialise cities will it be helpful?

    Liz Overall I did well in speaking. I was mostly fluent and answered all the questions well. In task2 , I was stuck for about 6-8 seconds as I was distracted all of a sudden but then resumed speaking. I could speak for 1min and 45sec approximately on an average. Will that long pause be a negative influence on my score?

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Your score for fluency is based on your overall performance throughout the whole test, not on each part. Sure, it’s not great to stop speaking completely and have a long silence. But if all other mins and seconds of your test were fluent, it won’t affect your score – because it’s about your overall performance. The examiner is not looking for reasons to mark you down – the examiner is listening for reasons to award you the score you deserve.

  151. Hello,
    my exam (Academic module) was on 4th May and here are the questions:
    Listening: 1.filling gaps 2.multiple choice by choosing 2 correct answers in 1 question 3.multiple choice 4. filling gaps
    Reading: Passage 1: YNNG ,multiple choice, Passage 2: TFNG ,Multiple choice, matching meanings with names (related with the text) Passage 3: TFNG, multiple choice, matching paragraphs with meanings
    Writing: task 1- bar chart; reasons internet use for men and women in the UK, in 2013
    task 2-goverments believe that they should increase the cost of fuels for cars and
    other vehicles in order to solve enviromental problems.
    To what extend do you agree or disagree?
    Speaking: Part :Work or study
    Rubish, recycling, what people usually do in my country with them, why do i think this happens ?
    Part 2:Cue card: time when you see a person you didn’t know and talking on the mobile/cell phone in a public plase: when-where-what he was saying
    Part 3: Why people talk on mobile phones in public transport? Is this hapenning to your country? What is your opinion about silence? Why peole can’t stay in silence? What about noise from radio, tv or noise from nature ? Modern people tend to be attached to each other 24h/7 d because of technology, why?
    I’m a little bit dissatisfied with myself as I need a 7 band score and I’m not sure for the result as I made a lot of mistakes. Also, I didn’t understand what hapenned in the end of speaking, when the examiner asked me a question and I hesitated but I was thinking and when I tried to speak and ask him what he meant he showed me the clock moving his hand,smiling and told me time was up. What was this about?
    Your site is super helpful, thanks a lot!
    Fingers crosssed!

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ i’m not sure what your query is about. If your test has finished, it has finished. The examiner can’t give you extra time – it isn’t allowed. You will be marked on the language you produced during the recorded time and nothing else affects your score.

  152. White Lily says

    Part 1 : Informal letter. You left your watch at friends home and write him a letter regarding this.

    Part 2 : Governments prohibiting the underage children fro getting full-time jobs in certain countries. Is it a good thing or bad thing?

    (Here I am confused. Is is asking my opinion or not?Liz, If you can answer this, I’ll be really thankful)


    Part 1 :

    Do you work or study?
    Where do you work?
    What do you like about your job?
    If something can be changed about your workplace? what would be it?
    What is your favourite color?
    Why is that?
    As a child did you prefer brighter colours ( Since I answered black is my favourite color )
    What is the color scheme in your room?
    Do you like it?
    If you buy a car,what color would it be?
    Why is that?
    Do you like music?
    Have you been to a live concert?
    Describe the event a bit please?
    If you have the opportunity to learn one musical instrument,what will be it and why?

    Part 2 :

    Describe an exiting sport you played in your childhood. Use following guidelines.
    What is the sport?
    With whom did you play?
    Where did you play it?
    Why do you find it exiting?

    Part 3 :

    Is winning important in games?
    Is it the most important thing we get from playing sports?
    What is more important in team games? team victory or individual performance?
    Competition among kids good or bad?
    Do you think competitiveness is something you are born with or something you learn? why ?
    Should we give awards for participation and why?
    What are the benefits of competition among rival companies?

    Part 1 was like blitzkreig. Half of these questions were asked just when I was done answering to previous one. Had a hard time to process answers because I was
    prepared to answer at length,not a lightning round.Anyway managed to answer them all without much problem except struggled to answer one.

    Color is not something I was prepared for and found it bit odd and hard to answer. No one have asked me what’s my favorite color for a long time I guess πŸ˜€

    Part 2 was fine. I was only stuck in one sentence looking for a specific word.

    Part 3 was fine generally. Got stuck in one question again for 3-4 seconds looking for a word but generally ok.

    Anyway examiner was really friendly and supportive throughout the interview.

    I visited your site regularly for advice. Thanks a lot Liz for your invaluable service. I really mean it.

    Cheers and good luck all the test takers.

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Your writing task 2 required an opinion. You need to state clearly if you think it is positive or negative. For speaking part 1, colour is quite a common topic. But you are right, it is often a long time since anyone considered answering such questions – even in their own language πŸ™‚ Part 1 can seem like, as you said, “a blitzkrieg” – the examiner can do rapid fire questions without giving you a chance to finish one answer before asking a new one. It is something you need to be prepared for in part 1. Glad you found my site useful. Good luck with your results πŸ™‚

      • Hi, Liz..
        I am one of your anonymous fans who admires you and your teaching skills. Being a teacher myself, I have learnt about how to deliver one’s thoughts and opinions in the class, while preparing for IELTS, following your website.

        Mam, my LRW is on 11th may and I am still struggling to get desired scores in Listening (GT).
        Kindly help me for the same.

        • There is no such thing as a GT listening test. The GT IELTS test has a different reading and writing section – that’s all. Your speaking and listening tests are 100% the same as the Academic test. There is only one speaking and listening test for everyone. So, I recommend that you review all my listening lessons and use the IELTS Cambridge test books for further practice of full tests.

  153. Hi all and Dear Liz,

    First of all, I really appreciated the effort you put on this website. I have been using the content for a month. Since I had a little amount of time for exam preparation your website helped me a lot on learning the structure of IELTS so quickly. I got my exam today and the questions that I can recall is below:

    Hotel Reservation, facilities etc
    a photographer
    2 students discuss their class about poetries
    London subway is overheating

    1- agriculture (TFNG, Multiple choices)
    2- aeroplane or something (list of headings, matching information, summary)
    3- Creativity (TFNG, Matching information, Summary completion)

    Task 1
    how to make a jam out of fruit chart
    Task 2
    in many cities, young people prefer shopping as a form of leisure activity, why do you think this happens and is it a positive or negative development?

    what do you do?
    do you like perfumes?
    what kind of perfumes do you like?
    have you ever get perfume as a gift from someone?
    would you pay a lot for perfume?

    Cue card:
    describe a time when you give advice to someone?
    who was this?
    what did you say?
    did he/she take the advice?

    related questions such as;
    -why young people do not like listening to advice?
    -what kind of advice parent tend to give?
    -which areas do you think would be risky for parents to give pieces of advice?
    -why do some people think that they do not need advice?

    there were more questions related to this topic.

    Liz, I have a question for you. During the speaking test, I was so fluent, and talking so fast (this comes from my personality), using natural fillers, and clearly answered questions. And I am pretty sure that I used uncommon words in the appropriate settings. However, I was repeating myself at some points and correcting myself while I am speaking and these happened more than two times. Do you think I will be penalized because of these reasons? Thank you so much.

    • Sorry for multiple comments, but I feel like I had to say this for others. I also purchased your advanced level writing videos, it was amazing and more than helpful!!! Thanks for that though.

      • I’m really pleased πŸ™‚ I tried to pack as much information as possible into the lessons πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ It is really normal to repeat yourself in speaking. In writing, you have time to plan, write, correct and then proof read. In speaking, your ideas and language are spontaneous. So, it is natural to have some repetition – don’t worry about it. If it happens to native speakers, it is acceptable in IELTS. Your score will be based on your overall performance and the language you produced.

    • Hi dragon fly,
      Can you share what your answers was when the question why is it important to grow your own plant.

  154. Dragonfly says

    My exam is today ( May , 4 )
    Where do you live ?
    When have you ever been live there ? Do you like or not , why ?
    What change do you want in your city ?
    Part-2 describe a meal at special event
    How does it prepare ?
    Why do you like ?…
    Part-3 we talk about festivals
    Festival and food
    And also why is the important to grow own plant
    In the future , what happens to grow own plants ?

  155. Honeybee says

    Hi Liz
    I had LRW today.
    Task1- discussion between two parents about school timings and rules
    Task2- Motor safety rules explained by trainer and map os some town
    Task3- Discussion about some fabric
    Task4- Lecture on Coffee beans history

    There were more multiple choice questions almost 50% were MCQ
    Task1: bar graph on percentage of recycled materials like paper,tin,glass,plastic in 2002,2007 and 2012
    Task2- some think studying in groups is better and some think self study is better for school students
    Explain both and give ur opinion

    • Honeybee says

      My exam was on 4th may,2019

      I prepared for IELTS completely depending on ur website. Thank you so much for such wonderful content.

      I have a doubt regarding writing task2
      There was a sentence below the question in the box to give my thoughts on topic and include example of ur experience.

      Will I lose marks if I don’t mention any example?
      I overlooked that part and haven’t mentioned any example

      • Examples are used when relevant. This means you can choose when to use or not use them. I often don’t think of examples easily – it’s fine.

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  156. Hoverfly says

    IELT’s EXAM: 04 May 2019
    Speaking Part 1
    1- Study
    2- Movie/Film
    3- Famous actor
    4- Emails
    Cue Card:
    Describe a success your friend has had that you are proud of
    You should say:
    who it was
    why that success was important for your friend
    what was your friend’s feeling
    why you feel proud for your friend
    Follow-up Question:
    Success at school
    Success at work
    (A lot of question-related to success)

    Writing Task-2:
    Some people think the best way to solve environmental problems is to increase the cost of fuel for cars and other vehicles

    To what extent, you agree or disagree?

    Writing Task-1:
    The bar chart gives us information about the internet use by the men and women of UK in 2013.

    Best of Luck

    Thank you Liz for your tips.

  157. May 2.
    Speaking exam.
    Part 1.
    What do you do?
    Why do you like your work?
    Do you like mathematics?
    Did you take mathematics lessons?
    Did you succeed in mathematics?
    Do mathematics skills come in handy in day-to-day life?
    Part 2. Tell about situation when a child made you laugh.
    Part 3.
    At what age is it advisable to have children?
    What makes good parents?
    Should parents take parenting courses? Why?
    Is it good to give freedom to children? Why?

  158. 3rd May
    Part 1 questions related to work
    What type of weather you like and why?
    Do you drink bottle water or tap water and why?
    Part 2 Describe a important decision you made with the help of someone?
    Part 3 In what type of decision you need help?
    Why some people take more time than other people to take decisions?
    What type of decisions take longer time to take?
    Do you take more time or less time to take decision?
    What type of decisions are important for the government?

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

      • Feather says

        Hi Liz, thanks for your tips and advice..really it was very helpful. Particularly advance writing video was excellent ..I think just watching your video people can go and write the essay no need for extra preparation..I have just subscribed one of ur essay and found very helpful ..I have also read some books but felt your video covers all of them…unfortunately my time management was poor and didn’t complete the essay fully with conclusion…topic was very easy…but got bit nervous…Topic was advantage and disadvantage of renting my home…but I failed to complete of my tip would be concentrate more on time..despite people trying harder for sucess but at the end ..not able to complete it would really put them in lower band..I am the best example..I have completed the task 1 ” letter to manager saying not accepting job offered instead suggesting friend for the job “.. but in task2 started well..but later understood that my understanding was wrong and rewrote the essay back changing completely…. so second tip practice to complete essay and letter together in 40 min and remaining to check…finally once again thanks for your tips and efforts for all those who appearing in ielts..sometimes I feel jealous of you because your contribution and dedication towards this website and wish and pray God to do something good like you do the society without any expectations…good job sister! Keeping my fingers crossed for the results.

        • You hit the nail on the head ! Time is such an important factor in IELTS writing (and reading). You need time not just to brainstorm ideas but also to check that your ideas are on topic and 100% relevant to the exact issue or issues in the essay question. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for your results πŸ™‚

      • Hello Liz,
        How are you doing ? At the very outset, I would like to thank you wholeheartedly for your selfless contribution towards raising the scores of IELTS test takers. I am awestruck by your thoughts and apparently dumbfounded by the value this website adds to the lives of such people. Indeed, I am one amongst all those who did benefit out of your teaching. Hats off! I had given ielts five times and had been through your website the sixth time. I had been taking notes of your tips. All these paid off. I am now able to walk with my head held high and say that below are the scores of mine.

        Listening and speaking 8.5
        Reading and writing 7
        Total overall score is 8

        I had been losing on writing each time and had ever been landing up on 6.5

        I do not find it enough thanking you and I truly appreciate the efforts of yours.

        Thank you very much

        • It’s always good to read how someone has pulled their score up and finally got what they deserve πŸ™‚ Very well done to you πŸ™‚

        • Hey Congrats for such a wonderful score. I am in the same situation ans stuck at 6.5 in writing throughout 4 attempts. I gave up but again trying to prepare and give the next attempt soon. Please share if you have some specific tips.

  159. Speaking test of May 2nd
    Part 1:
    Where do you live?
    How long have been living there?
    Do you like that place?
    Would you like to change smth about that?
    How often do you write emails?
    What is better for you : emails or texts?
    How many hours do u usually sleep?
    Did you sleep more when you were a child?
    Part 2 : Describe a bad service you were given
    Part 3: How important good service is?
    Is service important in business?
    Why do people choose to remain silent when they receive bad service?

  160. Lotus N says

    Hi Liz,
    GT 2/5
    – Part 1: write a letter to apply for a part-time job at a restaurant
    – Part 2: Should young people follow older people’s example or it’s good for them to challenge older people’s opinions and thoughts. Discuss both views and give your own opinion
    – Part 1: Your living areas, what do you like most for living there, what would you like to change.
    – Part 2: An outdoor sport you would like to try in the future
    – Part 3: Questions around outdoor sport activities: benefits, why some people love advantageous sports, why have people invented more dangerous sport recently, advantages of outdoor sport and outdoor sport with a group, etc.

    I cannot thank you enough for providing this amazing platform and mostly free to everyone. I have learnt a lot from your site. I am not sure about my result but I am sure to recommend your site to any friend who takes the test in the future. Thank you very much and all the best for you and other test takers!

  161. 30th April

    Part 1.
    where do you live?
    since when?
    what do you like about your city?
    anything you want to add to your city?
    do you like movies?
    who is your favourite actor?
    do you want to become an actor?

    Part 2.
    Describe a party you went.
    what you felt after the party?

    Part 3.
    What festivals do you have in your country?
    Is it good to have festivals to attract foreigners?
    are festivals traditional or religious in your country?
    what kind a pressure a person might get if selected to participate an international event?
    Holding an international sporting events (pros and cons)

    Even though i got a foreign examiner, she is not friendly as the person i got last time. she asked the questions and just observed my little drama. LOL
    But the last time its completely different because the examiner (foreign as well)kept the conversation smooth and running, which helped me to get a better score.
    well who know maybe i might get lucky this time.

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Hopefully your performance was still strong and your results will be strong – fingers crossed πŸ™‚

  162. I had my speaking today..
    Part 1- Do you work or study?
    What changes do want at your workplace?
    What type of season do you like?
    What type of season does your city or region has?
    What are the benefits of different seasons?

    Part 2- cue card on someone who gave you money.

    Part 3- do you prefer using credit cards or cash?
    What the oldage people prefer to have, cards or cash?
    Adv And disav of credit cards
    What are views about power of money. Do you think its bad always

  163. Hi, I took the IELTS test on 26 April 2019
    Academic Module
    Writing 1: Two graphs describing the change in the student’s shared room during the last five years.
    Writing 2: Additional economic wealth happiness in rich countries . do yo agree or dis agree.

    Speaking task 1:
    Speaking task 2:
    book cue card
    Speaking task 3:
    reading related question

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

      • Ritika Rana says

        Hello Liz, I couldn’t figure out the meaning of Writing Task 2 scenarios, posted by TS. Can you help me to understand that ?

        • I see what you mean. My guess is it means: “Economic wealth in rich countries brings happiness. To what extent do you agree?”. This is only my understanding of it. Can anyone else confirm it?

          • BumbleBee says

            Some people think that if a country is already rich any addition in economic wealth does not make its citizens happier. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

  164. Academic (APRIL 27, 2019)
    Part 1
    What is your name?
    Where do you live?
    Do you wear sunglasses?
    Have you gifted anyone with sunglasses?
    Do you watch movies?
    What type of movies do you like?
    How often do you watch?

    Part 2
    Describe a city

    Part 3
    About buildings and city
    Why do we have buildings?
    What is the reason why we create buildings?
    Where do you want to live (in a city or away from the city)?
    In the future, do you think we will have more buildings?

    Waiting for my result

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    • Describe a city? You mean any city you have travelled? What you talk about good things bad things and why you like it? Can you remember the sub topics? (I hate talk about buildings, such a boring topic)

  165. Speaking Date: 25/04/2019
    Exam Type: General
    Part 1: Sleep, Patience
    Part 2: Describe a time when you did not have enough time
    Part 3: Lots of questions related to time management,
    – Time utilization ways nowadays and comparison with the old days.
    – How old people utilize their time nowadays compared to the old days.
    – And many more… I can’t remember others because it was a too fast conversion with the examiner

    LRW Date: 27/4/2019
    W1: Letter to your manager for the suggestion to open a cafeteria for staff in the company
    W2: In recent years children have been given more freedom than in the past. Do you think this is a positive or negative development?

  166. Hi Liz,
    I took my exam yesterday Academic module
    speaking:part 1-drinking habits and colors
    part2-Somthing I complained about
    part3-all about complaint any why do some people complain alot
    writing:task 1-diagram how to make biogas(very difficult)
    task 2-people buy electric devices more that before is this positive or negative development

  167. Hi guys,
    I give my IELTS Exam on 27th April 2019 (Academics).

    In Reading Section

    There are three passages named
    1) Energy from Ocean
    2) How Deserts are forme
    3) this was about something “Archaeological Plane”. It was about the plane but I forgot the first word of the title.

    Writing Task – 1

    In Task 1 They give a bar chart with a table in the combine.
    The bar Graph shows the average minus spends by men and women for Household Activities. And Table shows the data of average minutes spend by both genders on their leisure time.

    Writing Task – 2

    Why local people do not visit the historical site and museums.
    Discuss the reasons and give a solution to this problem.

  168. Hi liz!
    I took my speaking test on 26th of April
    Part 1. What do you do?
    -Do you like your major?
    -What’s more interesting about it?
    – Do you often look at the sky?
    – What is the best place to look at the sky?
    Few more questions, can’t recall now.
    Part 2
    Describe a period of history you want to learn more about.
    Part 3
    Did you have any interest in history when you were a kid?
    Do you think enough is taught about history?
    Why people today are not interested in history and no less about it?
    What are some ways you think history should be taught?
    Do you think it’s important to learn the history?
    Was asked few more which I can’t remember.
    Writing task 1.
    Diagram on the production of Biogas.
    Writing task 2.
    Nowadays, many people buy household goods( like television, rice cookers etc).
    Do you think this is a positive or negative development?
    This is my 4th attempt. I am struggling with the writing part. Hope I achieve my required band this time.
    Your website is quite helpful. Thanks very much Liz for your efforts on this site.

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Many people struggle with writing more than other parts of IELTS. Fingers crossed you get the score you need in this attempt πŸ™‚

    • Don’t test takers sign a form that they will not disclose the questions on the test?

  169. My exam was on 27th april 2019
    Listening was quite easy
    A map and a flowchart were there

    Reading was also comparatively easy
    Passage 1: different types of powers like thermal,wind etc..
    Passage 2: desertification
    Passage 3: planes

    Task 1 : table and bar chart comparison graph about average minute spent by men and female for their leisure and household activities per day
    Task 2: Mainly museums qnd and historical sites are visted by tourist not local people..
    Why is the case ?
    And how can be it solved

  170. Thanks ma’am for your wonderful tips. I did my speaking test of 25th and I goofed in part 2. How I forgot some of the points I rehearsed about the topic baffled me but that is by the way. I hope for a favourable outcome. These are the questions that I was asked;
    Describe the place you live?
    How long have you live there?
    Are you a patient person?
    Were you more patient when you were younger?

    Describe someone you know that is intelligent.
    What is the name of the person?
    Where did you meet this person?
    Give a reason why you said the person is intelligent.

    Are people in your country intelligent?
    Do you think that your country recognise intelligent people?
    Do people in your country recognise international movie stars?
    Do you believe that children should be allowed asses to computer at early.

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ It’s not such a good idea to get too hooked on remember things you prepared at home. In the test, you must approach all questions and parts naturally and let your speaking come out spontaneously. Any preparation prior to the test, needs to be technique and your own personal memories from your own life. It’s only part 3, that isn’t about you. Part 1 and part 2 is nearly all about yourself and your own life – so don’t get too hooked on fancy ideas or anything like that. Your ideas are not marked in IELTS speaking – they are marked in IELTS writing. And in IELTS writing you have lots of time to plan ideas.

  171. Hello all,

    I gave IELTS GT on 27th April 2019 (LRW)

    Section 1: Telephone conversation for a job
    Section 2: Talk on some island
    Section 3: Discussion between a professor and 2 students
    Section 4: Talk on biofuel
    Section 2 & Section 3 were all multiple choice

    Fill in the blanks, True/False/Not Given and find the information from the paragraph

    Task 1: Letter to the manager of an international company responding to an advertisement about job
    -why you would like to do that job
    -skills and experience you have
    -which department you wish to work into

    Task 2: Some people say that parents should limit their hours of watching TV and playing computer games for children, but instead encourage to read books. Do you agree or disagree?

    (Please note the task 2 question is not the exact words as I forgot the first sentence)

    Just want to thank Liz for this great platform which helps so many people. πŸ™‚

  172. I had the ILETS listening, reading and writing test today an here is the writing test
    Task 1
    You ordered a book from a company on the internet and it didnt arrive yet
    Write a letter to the manager of the company asking about that
    1. Give details about ur order
    2. Explain why u need it urgently
    3. Tell him what u want the company to do for u.
    Task 2
    Some people believe that residents are responsible for the place where they live to be clean and tidy. Others believe that government is the responsible.
    Discuss both views and give ur opinion.

    I would like to thank u liz for ur great website it was really useful to me during preparation for ilets . I hope I get good band scores😊

  173. General Test Topic on April 27

    Reading is as usual time constraining especially the last part which is very long and you can’t easily find the answers. But the best advice I can give is READ THE INSTRUCTIONS.

    Writing Test:
    (1)Letter to a Manager about the book you order online but you didn’t received until now? Give the details of the order , why do you need it now, and what do you want the company do.
    (2) Some people say that it is the responsibility of the residents to maintain the clean and tidy street while others say it is the government officials. Discuss the different views and what is you opinion.

    Speaking Test:
    Part 1: the usual personal question like whats your complete name and where are you from then directly to the topic. The examiner mostly asked about the work. How do you go to work? Do you consider taking any other transportation? When you were a kid how do go to your school? What is the interesting thing about going to school? What will motivate you at work? What are the qualities of a good colleague? Is it difficult to work with a friend?

    Part 2: Tell about someone you enjoyed working or studying with.
    -State the who the person is
    -When did you meet the person
    -Why do you enjoy working/studying with the person.

    Part 3: Is it good to have a leisure area in your work? what will be its benefit? Is it possible to have it in your current work.

    I kinda enjoy talking to the examiner because I felt like I was just talking to a friend and his approach was also relaxing, I was like really discussing everything about the work related issue thats currently happening or that I really experienced so everything just come out normally. So my advice for speaking is just think that your talking to a normal friend like youre having a regular conversation and deep breath before you enter the room and everything will all go smoothly.

  174. GT, 27/04/19

    Task 1.
    Write a letter to your friend with who you spent a weekend participating party regarding his relocation to new house. In the letter, you should:
    -Describe what you liked the most at their new apartment.
    -Why did you like the weekend.
    -When and where do you want to meet them again.

    Task 2.
    Some people think that all teenagers should be required to do unpaid work in their free time to help the local community. They believe this would benefit both the individual teenager and society as a whole.
    Do you agree or disagree?

    Part 1.
    As usual – Workplace. Your hometown. Why do you like your job? What can help you to be better at your work? What is the most overcrowded places in your hometown?
    Why are they overcrowded?
    Do you think comfortable in the crowd?
    When did you last time enjoy being in the crowd? (It was a wierd question, probably he asked me because I said: “I feel confident in a crowd :)” I replied back by saying it was on the Easter eve in a train station but I cannot say I enjoyed this time.

    Part 2.
    Describe a person you have seen who is beautiful or handsome
    You should say:
    Who is he/she
    how do you know him/ her
    why do you think he/she handsome or beautiful

    Part 3.
    Is it important to wear stylish clothes to look good?
    What do you think about being beautiful?
    What do you think about top models in luxury journals?
    Do you think is it ok to use such models to advertise clothes?
    Many debates are going on this subject, what do you think?
    What are the landscapes common for your country?
    Can cities be more beautiful than a nature? Even some of European cities?
    Can some pictures express full beauty of nature?

    Section 1. Regulation to obtain car license in New Zealand – special rules for learner and full license.
    Section 2. Railways in UK.
    Section 3.1. Who is a teacher assistant and what he supposes to do.
    Section 3.2. How to speak to a manager about a pay raise.
    Section 4. Article about Franck Goddio – underwater archaeologist.

    Section 1. International club. US woman is thinking about spending holidays there.
    Section 2. Cookery classes with temporary employment after. Map of facilities.
    Section 3. Archeologists found the paintings in caves and a couple of students talk about it.
    Section 4. Lecture about seahorses.
    ​My advice and experience:
    My speaking examiner was brilliant. We had quite informal chat going to the speaking room, were laughing about IELTS exam, because he asked me if l like to pass to the exam, I answered yes, so he said me – you can tell me the true, I also tried it a couple times, so I know your feelings πŸ™‚ During my speech, he also helped me a lot by the expression on his face, I could find out that I’m losing the point of doing mistakes. So overall, atmosphere was pretty relaxing which lift me up for a bit. I felt like I found the examiner similar to my personality πŸ™‚ (or may be I just was thinking like that)

    The best of the best advice, which I would like to mention, is a sleep well before the exam. Despite I went to bed around 11:30PM and woke up about 6:30AM, I actually really slept about 5 hours because I did some IELTS tests on the day before the exam so I felt like my brain was still working during a sleep, plus I was really nervous which helps insomnia to suffer me :). It is extremely bad, just the worst thing I can imagine before the exam. So I do recommend you to find a way to relax your mind and body in order to be in 100% capacity, refreshed and have a clear mind during the test. I could not find a way to organize it, hopefully you will be able to.

    Liz if you are still reading my confession πŸ™‚ is it ok to use Singular they on the IELTS exam? will it be count as a mistake?
    Can you shed a light on how tests are being assessed? As far as I know R and L checking are fully automated, so they will be processed by computer which will recognise hand writing and give a mark? But how speaking are assessed? Will it be assessed by the same examiner or others? Will it be done at the same day after all speakings over or how? I found that my examiner was writing something on the paper during speaking some digits like 10 in one column, 11 in another one. What do they mean? πŸ™‚ Forgive my curiosity, I just cannot wait for the results and it is really interesting πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ The examiner who conducts your speaking test is the one who decides your score. At the end of the test, after you walk out of the room, the examiner will decide your band score and write it down. It is only at the end of the test that the examiner knows what score you are because it is based on your overall performance, not on each part. Any notes the examiner makes on paper while you are talking is not related to your score and you definitely shouldn’t pay attention to it. Numbers relate to timing – nothing you need to worry about. About using singular they in writing – no problem πŸ™‚
      Thanks for sharing your tips – sharing is caring πŸ™‚

    • dhaval bhatt says

      you are so lucky because you got friendly examiner she dont even talk properly

  175. 26.05
    Part 1:
    How long do you live in your city?
    What improvements could be done there?
    What things do you usually share?
    Do you like sharing things with people?
    What are the things that you don’t like to share with others?
    Are your parents taught you to share?
    Do you think that people would share cars in the future?
    Part 2:
    Traditional meal in your country that you really like (polish people – dumplings and beetroot soup FTW) πŸ˜€
    Part 3:
    Do lots of people grown their own food in your country?
    Is it hard to grown your own food?
    Do you think that nr of these people in the future would decrease or increase?
    What are the advantages and disadvantages of globalisation? (you can exemplify your answer with McDonald’s, highly recommend)

    Overall guys, DON’T STRESS, atmosphere on the exam is really great, examiners are soo nice, she didn’t interrupt me a single time, so go there confidently and smile a lot! πŸ™‚ There’s nothing to be afraid of! Wish you luck! β™₯️

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Sounds as though you enjoyed the speaking test which is important. Being interrupted is not about the examiner being nice or not – it is a usual part of most speaking tests. It is something that everyone should be prepared for – if it doesn’t happen or if it does happen has no bearing on your score or on how nice the examiner is.

  176. Hello Liz,

    You’re doing a wonderful job through this website and it is extremely useful.
    Thank you so much for all the help.

    I had IELTS GT CDT on 25/4/2019 and these are the questions I got for writing.

    Task 1:

    Someone has returned your bag with all its belongings that you recently lost. Write a letter to thank that person.

    thank him/her
    explain how you left your bag
    explain why its belongings were important to you

    Task 2

    One of the best methods to motivate and encourage workers is to pay them according to what they produce or sell.
    Do you think this is the best method? Give relevant examples from your experience.


  177. Hi Liz,
    Speaking for GT held today 25-04-2019

    Prt1: What is your name?
    Do you work or study?
    Where do you work?
    What improvement will you like in your work?

    Prt2: Tell us about a film/TV program you saw that made you laugh
    *title *main character * what made you laugh

    Prt3 : Follow up questions
    Do you think humour is good for the body?
    How important is humor in a relationship?
    Do you consider humor has a talent?

    Closing remark : We have come to the end of the speaking test…..

    Thanks Liz …..


    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Remember, that there is no GT speaking test. All candidates take the same speaking test – there is only one speaking test for IELTS.

    • Dear Liz,
      I also got the same set of questions mentioned above!
      One doubt though..
      During the start, my examiner asked me..what should I call you?..and as it was just the start…I was very nervous and said…
      ‘Anything…shruti is also fine’
      Is it inappropriate? Have I made a blunder!πŸ˜₯
      Otherwise the test was fine. The examiner was really nice and comforting.

      PS : Your work is amazing!!! Keep it up.

      • Did you make a blunder? No, not at all. It’s a completely natural way to answer that is 100% appropriate. It’s an informal speaking test and that works perfectly. But the problem I’m worried about is… did that affect your confidence for the rest of your test? Were you worried about it? Hopefully, you didn’t let it affect you. Rest easy now and look forward to your results πŸ™‚

  178. Hi Liz,
    My L,R and W Test is on 27th April and i would like to ask in your READING TIPS VIDEO, you say to take time reading and analyzing the question statement, while we have one hour for three passages. How can we manage that time?

    • You have one hour to find 40 answers. Analysing the question will help you locate answers quicker and choose the right answer. Your aim is not to understand everything, it is simply to locate information and choose correctly – without analysing the question enough you won’t have prepared paraphrases (this will mean it takes longer to find the information in the passage) and you won’t have analysed the meaning enough (so you might choose the wrong answer). It is a question of correct practice before your test.

  179. and one more question Liz.
    in the end of my speaking test.i abruptly said to examiner that ” hope i did well” and she just smiled but said nothing.. will this effect my score or i mean its a bad or good impression for examiner?

    • It makes no difference to your score at all. It’s completely normal to say that. Just forget it.

      • Hi Liz, during today’s speaking test I drew an underline on the cue card in part 2, will that affect my score? Thank you for your help!

        • No, nothing can affect your score except the English language you produce. But to save paper and resources, I suggest people use the paper given for notes and underlines, not the cue card.

  180. Hello Liz,
    Today I had my speaking exam 24th April 2019.
    Part 1 – Do you work or study? What is your job? How to improve your job better in your office?
    Part 2 – Describe a place of history that you would like to learn about
    Part 3 – Questions related with history

  181. I had speaking test on 23rd April 2019.I would like to share some questions based on my memory.
    Part 1:
    can you tell me your name?
    where are you from??
    are you a student or do you do a job?
    did you like everything about your college or wished to change something?
    There were more questions but I forgot.

    Part 2:
    describe a person who is doing something to protect the environment.
    Who he/she is?
    what does he/she do?
    what is the difficulty in doing so?
    I was really confused because at that moment not a single person popped into my head and I gave a fabricated answer out of imagination.He said can you tell me more about the person?I said I can’t? later I thought I had prepared well for that topic.I regretted because there is a businessman saying no to plastic bags and encouraging recyclable bags in his supermarket and building parks as a part of corporate social responsibility.I could elaborate a lot about him.So I suggest everyone please prepare well on recent topics as I knew that topic was asked earlier recently.
    part 3:
    what can an individual do to protect environment? I could tell a lot but I missed out points like limiting use of private vehicles , maintaining gardens, use of recyclable materials.
    Why don’t politicians care much about environment?
    do you think nations must cooperate to protect environment?
    What are the main environment problems?

    my rest exams are going to be held tomorrow.Please advise me what should I do day before exam.I find reading quite challenging and can’t manage time otherwise I could fare well.

  182. Writing task 1:
    You work for an international company. Recently your job has changed and you believe that more training is needed. Write a letter to your manager and say
    – How has your job changed?
    – Describe a type of training you will need.
    – Suggest the arrangements incorporating training and your work.

    Writing task 2:

    Nowadays young people know less about traditions and culture than in the past. What are the reasons for it? Is this a positive development or a negative development?

    Speaking (Part 2): Describe a person you wanted to be similar to when you were growing up

  183. Speaking. 23 April, 14.30 p.m. (Academic)
    PART 1
    Do you work or study?
    What do you like about your work?
    What would you change in your workplace?
    Do you like going to parks?
    Do you prefer parks with open space or facilities?
    When did you last go to a park?
    Did you enjoy it?
    PART 2
    Describe the situation when you last complained.
    Who did you complain to?
    How did you feel?
    Did you like the result?
    PART 3
    Do people often complain in your country?
    Why do they complain?
    Who usually complains more: older people or younger people? Why?
    Why do some people always complain?

    • I remembered some more questions.
      Is it better to make a complaint face to face or on paper? Why?

      Thank you, Liz for creating this website. I prepared myself for the speaking as the questions were similar. That’s my third IELTS this year. I always get 7.5 for speaking but unfortunately get only 6.5 for writing. It makes depressed already. What can I do? And I’m an English language teacher myself.

      • Oh, and also can writing tasks be repeated throughout the world?

        • On any one day, there might be a number of test papers used. Certainly old essay questions can be recycled, but it is less common than for speaking.

      • I think you’ve just explained the problem yourself – you are a language teacher. Most people with native or similar level of English, enter the test feeling confident in their English but without having understood the marking criteria or the band score requirements enough to give the examiner what they need to see to be given a higher score. This is more common than you might imagine. I’ll email you about this further.

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  184. I think I love you Liz! Will you marry me ?

  185. General Training 22-4-2019

    What is your full name?
    Can i see your identification please?

    Speaking Part:-1
    Could you tell me do you work or study?
    What do you like most about your job?
    How many hours do you work weekly?
    How do you go at your work?
    Is there any other transportation system else than this?
    What do you think how you can improve or do better at your work?

    Speaking Part:-2
    Describe an outdoor sport activity that you do or did?
    – What it is?
    – Where you can do this activity?
    – Is it easy to learn that activity?

    Speaking Part:-3
    – What are other outdoor sports played in your country?
    – When did football sports come in your country?
    – What are the benefits of outdoor sports?
    – What a person learn from outdoor sports?
    – Do girls play outdoor sports same as their counterparts in your country?
    – What do you think are there more holidays in your country?
    -What is your opinion there should be more holiday than currently?
    – What do you do in your holiday? Any special activity?

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

      • will be similar the speaking part of ielts in academic and general training?

        • Similar? There is only one speaking test for all candidates. Only reading and writing have a different GT paper.

      • Chuks david says

        Hi Liz ,
        my speaking text is tomorrow 24th April and I’d like to ask if I have to follow the guidelines sequentially on how to answer the speaking text questions eg ” the what, where , when and how’s” Or can I answer it the way it suits me but still answer the question according to the guidelines expected of me? Also can I use short words like “I’ve ” instead of ” I have”
        You’re really doing a spectacular job Here.

        • There are no questions on the cue card. You do not need to answer anything. There are prompts to guide you and it is your choice how to use them. Following the order is a good thing because it creates a clear framework and order. Furthermore, the examiner is expecting the information in that order. However, it is your choice and doesn’t affect your score if you change it. Just make sure it is coherent – that it doesn’t jump about from one thing to another randomly. Also make sure you add more – a lot more. Yes, you can use contractions. See this page:

  186. Hi Liz, am quite nervous. Just concluded my general speaking test. The question is nothing like I imagined. The interviewer had to interrupt and rephrase a couple of times. I lost confidence most especially because of her countenance.
    Questions are
    Part 1 where do you live. What do you think about national leaders and more questions.
    Part 2 cue card. Describe an important decision you made with help of someone. She interrupted alot.
    Part 3 can’t remember.

    What do you think Liz. Is this normal?

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ In part 1, the examiner will normally interrupt your answers. In part 2, you have 2 mins to talk and they cannot interrupt you during the time you are talking. They can and must stop you when 2 mins is up. These are the rules of IELTS and no examiner can change them.

  187. Hi Liz,
    today i had speaking exam. 22/4/2019
    part 1:
    -do you study or work?
    -what do you want to change at your work?
    – how many seasons do you have in your country?
    -what’s your favorite season?
    -about climate changes
    -about traffic in my city
    part 2:
    -the city that i like
    part 3:
    – about old cities
    – why old buildings are important for tourists?
    -why should we take care of historical buildings?
    -why it is exciting for tourists to see old buildings?
    -taking care of old buildings is government responsibility or people responsibility?
    -about modern cities
    -why we have a lot of tall buildings in modern cities?

  188. IELTS SPEAKING Test 22nd April 2019

    1)What is your name
    2)What can i call you?
    3)Do you watch movies while you were child .Answer
    4)Cross questioning:why?
    5)Why you watch movies?
    6)Do you prefer to go with your friends or alone ?
    7)What is your favourite colour?
    8)what colour you want in your room?
    9)again cross question why don’t you want bright colours.
    10)what colour of car you prefer?
    11)Cue car: talk about important advice?
    12)followup question: why people seek advice?do we need to take decision at once?
    Why people take time to decide and so on ?

    Examiner stopped me before 2 minutes while cue card and there was lot of cross questioning

  189. 22nd April 2019

    Part 1:- information about my home, weather, season, cooking.

    Part 2:- Talk about a place where you like to study (indoors/outdoors) or where it is easy
    for you to study

    Part 3:- Related to cue card, and some study related questions like drawback, group discussion, etc.

  190. Speaking idp 19 april
    1. What is your full name?
    2. What do you do?
    3. Have any plan to change your job?
    4. Have you wear sunglasses?
    5. Have you lost sunglasses?
    6. To home you gifted sunglasses and why?
    7. 2 more questions forgotten
    Cue card: a time when you looked or search for an information
    Follow up : around a dozen question
    1. Is internet huge source of information
    2. Do you think library still a viable source of information
    3. Other source of information
    4. Quality of internet information
    5. Tell about Tv for information
    6. Some areas internet does not acces, what will happened there…
    7. What leads internet information
    8.. Bla bla bla… 3-4 question forgotten
    I have answered all questions without stop, though thete was many grammatical mistake seems to me.

  191. 19.04.2019
    part 1:
    drawing pictures
    part 2:
    describe a lecture that you took part in
    part 3:
    listening lecture

  192. Shouldn’t everyone have to mention his exam type (Academic-General) and his country? It will be more useful. PLEASE.

    • It is not necessary to state if it is GT or Academic. If the writing task 1 is a letter, then obviously the test is GT. For speaking, there is only one test so GT or Academic makes no difference at all.

  193. 17/April/19
    Intro- are you student or employee
    Where are u studying
    Do u want any changes in your college
    Do u like pictures
    What kind of pictures do u like
    Are pictures important
    Do u listen to music
    What kind of music u don’t like

    Handmade gift for someone
    Part 3
    Difference in gifts of past and present
    Do u prefer handmade gift or gift from shop
    Do u think art subject is important in school
    Do u think girls like different gifts and boys like different
    Many more questions

  194. Hi guys,

    If you want to share your experience and tips for the computer based IELTS test, I’ve created a new page for it.

    Click here: Pros & Cons Computer Delivered IELTS

  195. April 13th 2019

    Part-1 (Introduction)

    1-Do you work or study?
    2-What do you like about your work?
    3-Which movie star you like and why?
    4-Do you want to be a movie star?
    5-Are you a patient person?
    6-How important is it to be patient?

    Part-2 (Cue Card)

    Talk about a healthy habit/routine that you have.
    1-what is it?
    2-when did you start doing it?
    3-what is the benifit of it on your health.

    Part-3 (Follow-up questions)

    1-What should schools do to improve children’s health?
    2-How is employees health important to an employer?
    3-Is mental health of employees important ?
    4-What should employers do to improve employees health?

    Part-1 (Two words only)
    Filling a job application form.

    Question type:
    1-sentence completion.

    Discussion on theater project between drama student and her teacher.

    Question types:
    2-label the map

    Talk on agricultural development in a country.

    Question types:
    1-Sentence completion

    Passage-1 on job description.
    Question type:
    1-summary completion (no more than 3 words)

    Passage-2 on different trains and their routes.
    Question types:
    1-Match information

    Passage-3 on guidlines for business start-up
    Question types: (no more than two words)
    1-Summary completion
    2-Short answer question

    Passage-4 on Real tennis
    Question types:
    1-Match information
    2-True/False/Not Given


    A local magazine editor has asked for readers opinion. Write a letter to magazine editor;
    1-describe what made you choose this magazine.
    2-why do you like and dislike about it.
    3-what improvements do you want to see.

    People doing dangerous sports activities like scuba diving and bungi jumping, they should be responsible for their own life and rescue workers should not risk their lives to save people.
    Do you agree or disagree?

  196. Hi Liz, I had my speaking test on 11 April 2019
    Part 2 topic : describe a gift that someone gave you on your birthday. I did the test nicely without any mistakes but my answers were no long enough. Will that affect the score ?
    Thank you

  197. April 13th
    – Part 1: at school, what is the thing you struggle most with? How did you overcome it?; What is your favourite movie star? Do you often see movie stars in your country?
    – Part 2: talk about your perfect, ideal house and why you think it’s perfect for you
    – Part 3: environmentally friendly technologies usage at houses; the differences between living in a house and a flat; advantages and disadvantages of living in an apartment
    TIPS: recently, IELTS speaking tests mainly focus on social problems (things like public transport, etc)
    – I think the listening test is quite easy for me. Personally, I did very well on Section 4 (which is supposed to be the hardest) but missed one answer on Section 1.
    TIPS: – If necessary, you can email the IELTS centre that you’re taking the test, express your concerns and ask them to leave a note for you to sit closer to the speaker (if the centre only offers speakers but not headphones)
    – Be very mindful when you are required to circle TWO answers in the multiple questions section
    – A website that I use and find very helpful in practicing is, go there and you won’t regret it.
    READING: the 3 paragraphs were long and a bit bulky, so DO read them as fast as you can. I’m a fast reader, nevertheless still struggled to manage the time.
    – Task 1: I was given 2 college diagrams (maps) in the present days as well as their plans in the future.
    – Task 2: More and more people are becoming seriously overweight. Some people say that the price increase of fattening foods will solve this problem. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

  198. I had my computer based gt exam today

    Speaking part 1 was about work, sleeping hours and cooking.
    Cue card: something you taught to a younger person.
    Part 3 was mainly about skills that children should learn before school.

    I did really good in part 1 and 2, but i had a complete mind block in part 3. I made some mistakes and i couldnt think of good ideas. I m not sure if this will greatly affect my score. Please advise.

    Writing task 2 was a discussion essay. It was about ppl should be to drive at 18 or 25 years old.

    Writing task 1 was a formal letter to an hotel manager asking about a party you want to arrange for somebody you know.

    Typing was much easier than writing for me, and i was able to revise and read my essay a couple of times.
    Good luck everyone.

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

      • I got my scores today. L 8.5 R 8.5 W7 S8 overall 8

        I was stuck in 6.5 writing score, and this was my 7th attempt.

        I am truly appreciative to you Liz. I would have never scored 7 without your advanced writing videos. They are absolutely useful and comprehensive, and they give clear structure to follow.

        My message to future test takers: follow liz’s structure and advice, include different types of sentences in your writing to boost your grammar score and try the computer-delivered ielts (it was much easier for me). Don’t give up ppl!

        Liz, you’re a life-saver!

  199. Hello Liz,

    Thanks so much for your page, it was very helpful during preparation.
    So, here are my questions for the Academic Module:
    1) Listening: a young man being interviewed about the town he lived in
    a man talking about a vehicle sale/market and how and where to find what on
    a map
    two students talking about a plant and how it affects the environment
    a scientist talking about how people might have traveled from Asia to America
    in ancient times and setteled down

    2) Reading: one text about eating, food and celebrations in ancient Rome, one text about optimism and psychology and science thereof, one text about using old diaries and records of the life cycles of plants and animals and how they are used by scientists today to research climate change

    3) Writing: describe how a TV center has changed over ten years according to two maps
    an opinion essay about how parents and teachers believe that children should be supervised in their activities most of the time whereas others believe that kids need more freedom

    4) Speaking: I had a very nice examiner. My questions were: about my job and how I get to work, about handwriting and if I liked two write with my hand. Then I had to prepare and talk about a situation where I didnβ€˜t have enough time to finish something. After that she asked me about how and why people today seem to have less time today than some years/decades ago.

    I hope it helps. I didnβ€˜t find it that hard but it also wasnβ€˜t an easy breezy thing either.

    • What I forgot: I invested some time in finding a pencil I liked to write with and a good eraser only to find out at the test venue that we were not allowed to use our own stuff and had to use the pencils and erasers that were given to us by the test center. And I really didnβ€˜t like these! I might be a bit strange concerning my pencils and pens but I like to use stuff Iβ€˜m comfortable with in exams. Donβ€˜t know if anyone else can relate to this though.

      • Personally, I fully understand. Pencils are not all the same. Some are easier to write with than others.

        • One experience I would like to share is about preventing smudges on the answer sheet due to eraser marks. To prevent unsightly eraser marks, I found it helpful to rub off lead residue on the eraser surface by rubbing it off on the question paper or on my pants. I did this while I was listening to instructions. The test center initially provided 2 pencils and a used eraser and at the end of the reading test an IELTS staff member went around offering more pencils. I requested 2 more for my writing test. I had about 280 words on Task 1 and about 310 words on Task 2. I used all 4 pencils until they were blunt. The lead was really soft, there was shallow tapering on the newly sharpened pencil tips, and I used a lot of pressure while writing. I hope that would help on the mechanics of pencil writing and erasing on the IELTS.

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Glad you had a nice examiner for the speaking test πŸ™‚

  200. Just done my academic speaking today, 12 april

    Part 1:
    – study/work
    – how many hours a week
    – what u want to improve in ur organization
    – questions about email: how many per day access email, do u prefer to have text or email, do u reply email directly or not
    – questions about camera: preferences on camera/smartphone

    Part 2
    – name a successful fried
    – what his/her achievement
    – how the achievement meaning to him/her
    – I missed the last question since it was in the bottom of the box and separated from the other 3 questions. I just noticed it when the examiner took the paper. I hope I’ve covered that question in my 2 mins answer πŸ™

    Part 3
    – achievement in science is better than arts/sports, agree or not
    – how the student should be rewarded
    – 1 more question relate to above questions

  201. Hi Liz, been using your website and resources for a couple of days and i tried using all the tips and tricks you have shared so thank you!!I had my speaking exam today and I am a fluent English speaker but knowing that I will be tested on fluency and vocabulary is quite unnerving. I tried to be as fluent as possible however I realise I did repeat a lot of vocab. How much will that affect my grade?
    For part 1 I was asked about whether I work or study and whether I like parks or gardens.
    Do I prefer open parks or parks with leisure facilities.
    Part 2 was about where I find it easiest to study and why
    Part 3 was about whether academics is better than experience for getting a job.
    Hope this helps other IELTS candidates πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ In speaking, it is perfectly normal to repeat words – it doesn’t affect your score. The score for vocabulary is about the range you use in different topics, not about how many synonyms you use. Speaking naturally and with fluency is the aim. Remember this is an informal speaking test and the marking criteria are not the same as IELTS writing.

  202. Hi Liz,
    I had my speaking exam last week for IELTS General Training.
    Section 1:
    Tell me whether you study or work. Tell me about your work
    Do you enjoy your work and why ?
    Do you look at sky?
    Do you prefer sky at day or night?
    Do you have any particular place in your house where you can see the sky?
    What do you enjoy most about sky?
    Do you use to see sky when you were kid?
    Section 2: Tell one instance when you receive a bad customer experience in a restaurant?
    Cue card: 1- When it happened? With whom you were? What you did about it
    – I explain the restaurant where it happened and with whom I was. How was I mistreated and what I did about it. But at the end of my speaking I was stopped in the middle of my sentence. So I just stopped and said Thank you. Did I do something wrong? Will this affect my score?

    Section 3: Mostly question related the customer experience like, reason why people think that they are getting bad customer service, have you faced bad customer service during online shopping- how ? , Are people having high expectation for customer service. I actually find most of the question quite repetitive, so most of my answer were almost similar. How will it affect my score?
    Thanks and Regards,

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Remember there is only one speaking test. The above questions are for any candidate regardless of what test they take for reading or writing.

  203. Hi Liz,

    Thanks a lot. You don’t know this but i have been a silent reader and your page really helped me a great deal. i was surprised as to similarities in questions that i felt relaxed and instantly at home in the first few seconds of the interview. I had my speaking test today so i would share my experiences as well, like many before me.

    Do you work or study?
    Do you like your place of work and what do you like about that?
    Is there anything you would like to change about your work place and what is that?

    Name someone you know who is doing something good about the environment
    i) Say who the person is. ii) How he/she does this. iii) Challenges he has experienced in the process of doing this.

    Name a serious environmental challenge that you can think of and why?
    Do you think international organizations or nationals has responsibility towards address these challenges.

    N/B: the questions aren’t recanted word for word, just wanted to give a general feel of the questions and hopefully it helps someone as other contributions did help me. like a great woman always “sharing is caring”.

    Good Luck Folks.

  204. Took the GT Test on April 6.

    Writing Task 1 – A item of clothing you purchased but found some issues with it once you returned home. Describe – what the item was, what were the issues, and what you expect the store manager to do.
    I wrote about a 3 piece suit because if I had written about a shirt or a pant, how much could you really write to describe the product. Or how many issues can you have with a single shirt. With a 3 piece suit I could describe all three items separately and mention different issues with each. Hope a 3 piece suit counts as an item of clothing.

    Writing task 2 – Should people get a job right after school or should they attend university. Discuss both and give your opinion.

    Speaking Part 1: Where you live, what you like about the area. What you dont like about it. Do you like pets, which kind do you like, which ones you dont. Handwriting vs typing. Handwriting analysis.
    Part 2: A beautiful/handsome person you have met. Where you met them. Their personality. I spoke about a film actress and told the examiner I have not actually met the person but have seen them on TV in Live TV shows or press conferences.

  205. Im J
    Speaking questions
    Study, sky, children
    2. Talk about a person you admire.
    3. Famous person and children.
    -Growning up related questions

  206. Hi! Just finished my ielts academic yesterday. Overall, it was a great experience tho I thought I was going to have a heart attack haha! I tried to remember everything. Thank you Liz for your helpful website. Good luck to everybody!

    – winter concert
    – 2 students preparing for their presentation
    – cotton production

    – multitasking
    – can’t remember the rest sorry

    – pie charts about responses of club member and general public about a new theatre
    – about retirement: individuals should provide for themselves when they retire, govt should take care of its people. Describe both views then give your opinion.

    – describe where do you live
    – are you a patient person?
    – cue card: describe something you do that is good for your health
    – what schools should do to further promote health among students

  207. Speaking part 2: March 2019

    Describe an intelligent person you know.
    1. Who the person is?
    2. Why do you consider him/her intelligent?
    3. What do you like about the person?

  208. Dear Liz,
    I’ve finished my academic test today:
    Speaking section:
    Part1: Do you work or study?
    what do you like about your courses?
    where do you live? since when? and what do you like about your place? what changes would
    you like to add to your city?
    what kind of things do you like to share?
    did your parents encourage you to share things as a child?
    what things you don’t like to share?
    do you think people will share their cars in the future?
    let’s talk about sleep: how many hours do you need to sleep?
    is it important for you to get enough sleep? why?
    Part2: describe a party you went to, you should talk about:
    where was the party?
    why was it?
    what did you do?
    and describe what you felt after the party and why.
    Part 3: General questions about parties:
    do you go to a lot of parties?
    what festivals do you have in your country?
    some people like to arrange family parties, why?
    are festivals more traditional or religious thing in your country?
    do people spend too much money on weddings and why?

    Writing section:
    task 1: a graph shows the number of immigrants to three countries.
    task 2: government should support sports and the arts at school to encourage children to take part in sports, more than supporting professional sports and artistic performances for general public.
    to what extent do you agree or disagree?

    Thank you Liz for all the materials you provide through your website, I’m really appreciated πŸ™‚

  209. Wrote today
    Writing Task 1 : Line graph showing immigration to USA, Canada and Australia from 1990 to 2001.
    Comment on the main points and make comparisons…..
    Task 2 : Government money should be used to support children in school for sports rather than to support professional sports and arts that perform for the general public.
    To what extent do you agree?

  210. Hi Liz.
    Thank you for making this website available. It has really helped a lot of people including me. I wrote my test today 6th April 2019. General training

    Writing task 1: write a letter to your colleague telling him about your planned visit to the town you use to work. Tell Him details arrangement of your visit.

    Task 2.
    In many countries, weddings are expensive compared to the past. What is the cause? Is it a positive development or negative development?

    Speaking : part 1: where do you live presently.
    2. Do you know people living in that area. 3. How often do you cook. 4. Do you prefer eating home made meals or eating in a restaurant. 5. Describe a delicious meal you eat recently. 6. Do you prefer foundation water or bottle water.
    Part 2.
    Decribe a skill that took you long time to learn.
    Say when you learnt the skill. Where you learn it. Why it took you long time to learn it.

    Part 3:
    Mention other skills that take a long time to learn. Why do people prefer skill that take short time. My answer made the examiner ask me if people are not patient to spend long time to learn skill compared to the past.

  211. hi liz
    i have done my ielts exam test on 6th april 2019
    writing task 1
    the two maps are the changes on a particular area in 1980 and another was given after the constructing the dam in 2000
    task 2
    more and more people are becoming seriously overweight. some people suggest that the solution this problem should increase the price of fattened foods.
    to what extend do you agree or disagree?

  212. Hi Liz, thank you so much, your website helped me a lot.
    I had my speaking test and L, R, W test at 6th April.

    As I remember, this is my Academic Test:

    Task 1:Graph about overweight men and women in Australia between 1980 and 2010. Compare and summarize!

    Task 2:People realize the importance of natural world.
    What the reason?
    How can increase people knolwledge?

    Liz, what should the idea that I put in details body 1 and 2 in task 2? Because I have little doubt with my answer.

    Part 1
    About hometown,
    Where do you live?
    Why do you live in your town?
    How do you feel live in that town?
    What do you like in your town?
    Do you know people who live near you?
    How often you wearing sun glasses?
    Are you ever lose sun glasess?
    Talk about sport,
    What most popular sport in your country?
    what sport do you like?
    Do you like sport team or individu? Why?
    Who are your favorit sport star? Why?

    I think, my examiner give me alot of random topic in part 1, I don’t know why. But i can answer all of that clearly. What’s wrong, Liz?

    Part 2
    Describe teenager that you know.
    Who is he/her?
    Why do you choose that person?
    What kind of person he/she is?
    Explain her positive value

    Part 3
    How yong people respect to elder people in your country?
    What the difference between children and teenager?
    Do you think that teenager are enough to think in the right way?
    How can the school educate student to have attitude?

    While I speaking, the examiner often cut my answer. Is that bad for the result?

    Sorry, for listening and reading, I can’t remember the details.

    Thank you, Liz.
    And, good luck with high band score, Guys.
    Please, also pray for me, I just need band 7, with minimum 6 each session. Ameen.

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ It is normal for the examiner to interrupt answers – it is a normal part of the testing process. Good luck with your results πŸ™‚

    • I took the same exam at the same date as well.
      Task 2
      Today, many people have little knowledge about the importance of natural world.
      What are the reasons for this?
      How can we solve this problem?
      I found it was quite difficult, and I spent around 10 mins on planning, brain storming part is very hard as well cause I seriously have not much ideas why… so I managed to give some reasons, for example, it’s because people are more interested in enjoying their own material lives and chose to ignore the natural world around us. Another reason is there is not enough information or education provided to the general public by the government to encourage people to get involved more in protecting natural world.
      Also, I give the solutions as: 1. educate people at their young age such as put more information regarding to natural world into children’s study book; 2. Encourage families with children to go out more and have closer contact with the wild world.
      I felt I was out of ideas on this topic and could you give me some advice on this topic… thanks a lot Liz

      • Your ideas are absolutely fine. Why are you worried? Your ideas do not need to be exciting or ground-breaking, they just need to be relevant and well explained. Your reasons are certainly relevant. Another reason is that many people live in urban areas which are not designed to encourage wildlife and have not allocated space for nature, such as parks or gardens. This could actually also lead to a solution of better planning in urban areas.
        Your solutions are clear and distinct which is good. Another solution is to involve the media. In the UK, we have amazing wildlife programs that encourage children and parents to get involved in nature by giving them projects for their garden and suggesting ways they can make a difference. The programs are incredibly well filmed and presented by people who are enthusiastic and good at communicating to a broad age group from 5 years old – 60 plus.
        Good luck with your results πŸ™‚

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