IELTS Speaking Part 1 : Common Questions with Answers
What does the examiner expect?
Try to approach the test in the same way you would if you were talking to a real person, not a computer. The more you talk like a human being, the more natural you will sound.
Remember it’s about you
All of the questions are going to be about you. You do not need to prepare memorised answers because you obviously know about yourself.
Not too short
You should not give very short answers. These do not give the examiners enough information. You can extend your answers by giving explanations or examples that help support your view.
Not too long
If you give a very long answer to a simple question it is going to sound very unnatural and it may even sound like you are giving a memorised answer.
Common Questions with Answers in IELTS Speaking Part 1
– About Work –
Do you work or study?
I graduated a few years ago and I’m now in full time employment. I work as an English teacher for the British Council.
Why did you choose that job?
I was previously a lawyer and found it to be really stressful and never had any free time, so after quitting that job I thought teaching might be the complete opposite of being a lawyer. You know, not as stressful and more time off.
Do you enjoy your job?
Most of the time. It’s very rewarding to be able to help people every day and the students here are very hardworking and fun to teach, but you sometimes have lessons that do not go so well and the money could always be better.
– About Study –
Do you work or study?
I’m currently a student at Queen’s University, Belfast. I study law there.
Is it a popular subject at your university?
Very popular, in fact it’s one of the most sought after courses. I think there are about 350 people reading law at Queen’s. I think lots of student’s parents want them to study law so they can get a good job after they graduate.
Do you get along with your classmates?
Yes, they are all really great. Most people like to socialise together in the evenings and this makes us a very tight group. If you know someone socially, it is much easier to work together in class.
– About Hometown –
Where is your hometown?
My hometown is on the south-east coast of Northern Ireland. It’s called Dundrum and it’s about 1 hour south of the capital city.
How often do you visit your hometown?
Not as much as I should. I only get to visit about once a year now to see my family because I’m really busy with work and it’s quite far away, but I hope to visit more in the future.
What’s the oldest part of your hometown?
There is an old Norman castle that sits on top of the highest hill of the town. It’s a ruin now, but there are some breathtaking views from it and it’s easy to see why they chose that site for a castle, because you can see for miles around.
– About Home –
Where do you live?
I live on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City, in a district called Tan Phu, about 15 km from the city centre.
What is your favourite room?
That would have to be my study because it’s the only room where I can get peace and quiet. When I’m in there my wife knows I’m working, so she leaves me alone and I can concentrate on my work.
How is your apartment decorated?
I don’t like lots of over the top decoration, so I guess you would describe it as minimalist. The walls are all white and the furniture is also either white or black. There are very few ornaments or pictures because again, I like to keep things quite minimal and I hate clutter.
– About Food –
What’s your favourite food?
I would have to say that it’s definitely steak. It’s quite expensive, so it’s a real treat when I get the chance to have steak and I love all the things that come with it like pepper sauce, chips, mushrooms and onions.
Have you always like that food?
I didn’t really like meat when I was younger. My mum said that I only liked to eat sweet things or breakfast cereal when I was a child. Naturally, Coco Pops were my absolute favourite.
Do you have a healthy diet?
No, not at all. I like all of the things that are unhealthy like sweets, fatty foods and junk food. I don’t really have a lot of discipline when it comes to my diet, which is probably why I’m a little overweight.
Common Question in IELTS Speaking Part 1
I’d just like to ask you some questions about your hometown or city.
What type of place is it?
What was it like growing up there?
Has it changed much since you were a child?
I’d just like to ask you some questions about your studies.
What are you studying?
Why did you choose that particular course?
What job would you like when you have completed all your studies?
I’d just like to ask you some questions about your work.
What work do you do?
What do you enjoy most about your work?
What are your main duties?
Is there any other work you would like to