IELTS Speaking – Part 1

In Part 1, the interviewer asks some general questions about yourself or your life. This part should last 3-4 minutes.

Sample Questions


Do you enjoy art?
Do you have a favourite artist?
Are you good at drawing?
How often do you go to art galleries?
When was the last time you went to an art gallery?

What type of music do you like?
Who is your favourite singer?
What was the last concert you went to?

Do you like reading?
Tell me about a book you like?
What are you reading at the moment?
What type of books do you like?
Where do you get your books?
Do you prefer to read books or e-books?
Musical Instruments

Do you play any musical instruments?
How long have you been playing?
What instrument would you like to learn?

What type of clothes do you like?
Tell me about a piece of clothing you like.
Where do you usually buy your clothes?
How often do you go shopping for clothes?

What are your neighbours like?
Do you like your neighbours?
How often do you see your neighbours?

What colours do you like?
What’s your favourite colour?
Are there any colours you don’t like?
What colours do you like to wear?

Are you interested in the news?
Where do you get your news?
Do you prefer to read or watch the news?

Do you have a computer?
What do you do on your computer?
What websites do you visit?
How many hours do you spend on the computer every week?

What was the last party you went to?
Do you enjoy parties?
What are some reasons people have parties?

What country are you from?
What are some famous things from your country?
What are some interesting places to visit in your country?
What are the best things about your country?
If you could change one thing about your country, what would you change?

Do you have a pet?
What is its name?
How long have you had your pet?
If you could have a pet, what pet would you have?
What are the benefits of having a pet?

Tell me about a custom in your country.
Are customs important to you?

Tell me about a place that you like.
What type of places do you like to go to?
If you want to relax, what type of place would you go to?

Is going to school important?
Did you like school?
What classes do you think students should study?
Are there any classes you think are a waste of time?

Tell me about your daily routine.
What time do you usually wake up?
Do you prefer to have a routine, or to do different things every day?

Tell me about your family.
What things do you do with your family?
How often do you see people in your family?

Do you like shopping?
What type of things do you like to buy?
Where do you go shopping?
Who do you go shopping with?
When do you usually go shopping?

Tell me about a festival in your country.
What is your favourite festival?
What do you do during your favourite festival?
Are there any special foods that you eat during festivals?

Where do you and your friends usually go out?
Where do you go to meet new people?
Do you prefer to go out or stay at home?

Tell me about a film you like.
What is your favourite film?
What type of films do you like?
What do you think makes a good film?
What was the last film you saw?
When was the last time you went to the cinema?
How often do you watch films?
Who do you watch films with?
Where do you usually watch films?
Do you eat when you watch films?
Are there any actors you like?

Do you play any sports?
What sports do you like to watch?
Why do people play sports?
Who do you play sports with?

What is your favourite food?
What types of food do you like?
Do you have a favourite restaurant?
Who do you usually eat with?
Can you cook?
What are some traditional foods in your country?

How often do you go to the supermarket?
Where is your closest supermarket?
When do you go to the supermarket?
Do you shop with other people, or by yourself?
Do you prefer to go to the supermarket or smaller shops?

Tell me about your best friend.
What type of person makes a good friend?
When did you meet your best friend?
What things does your friend help you with?

What types of things do people think are lucky in your country?
Is there anything people think is unlucky in your country?
Are you superstitious?

What type of games do you like?
Do you like computer games?
Who do you usually play games with?
Why do people play games?

Are you a student or do you work?
What are you studying?
Do you prefer to study in the morning, afternoon or evening?
What type of place is good to study?

What can people do to get healthy?
What are some healthy foods that you like?
Do you have any unhealthy habits?

Do you like watching television?
What type of TV shows do you like?
How many hours of TV do you watch a day?
Do you watch shows on TV or on a computer?

Do you have any hobbies?
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Do your friends have the same hobbies as you?
Who do you do your hobbies with?
When do you have time to do your hobbies?

Do you prefer to travel with a tour or on your own?
Why do people travel on tours?
Do you think tourism has a positive or negative influence on a place?

What was the last holiday you went on?
Do you like to spend your holidays at home or to go travelling?
What type of holidays do you like the best?
Which do you prefer: a city holiday, or a holiday in the countryside?

What type of transport do you prefer to take when travelling?
Who do you travel with?
Would you prefer a trip to a beach or to a city?

Tell me about your house.
Who do you live with?
Is your house old or new?
What is the best thing about your house?
Describe your dream house.
If you could like in any type of house, what would it be like?

What is your favourite type of weather?
Are there any types of weather you don’t like?
What is the weather like in your hometown?
What do you like to do on sunny days?

Tell me about your hometown.
What type of place is your hometown?
Do you like your hometown?
What are the best things about your hometown?
Is there anything you don’t like about your hometown?
Are the buildings in your hometown old or modern?
Where is the best place to go in your hometown?

Have you ever been to a wedding?
What do people do at weddings in your country?
Do you think a small wedding with some friends or a big wedding with lots of guests is better?

How many hours a day do you spend online?
What are some of the things you do online?
Do you go online with a computer or on your phone?
What are the best things about the internet?
Is there anything about the internet that you think is bad?
Do you think the internet is a positive or negative influence?

What do you usually do at the weekend?
Do you prefer to stay at home or go out at the weekend?
Who do you spend your weekends with?

What do you do in your free time?
Who do you spend your free time with?
Do you prefer to relax or be active in your spare time?

Do you work, or are you a student?
What is your job?
What type of job do you have?
Do you enjoy your job?
What is the best thing about your job?
Do you work in an office?

Are you married?
Is marriage important?
Why do people get married?

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