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IELTS Speaking Topics With Answers

In this post, I’m going to examine IELTS speaking topics with answers for IELTS speaking part 1 specifically. Watch for future blog posts for IELTS speaking topics for IELTS speaking part 2 and IELTS speaking part 3.

IELTS Speaking Part 1


IELTS speaking is an area that many IELTS candidates struggle with. Especially if they live in a country where English is not the first language. It’s easy to feel lost on knowing exactly what to do and how best to prepare for your IELTS speaking tasks. This page is meant to serve as a guide to help you get started preparing for IELTS speaking tasks so that you can get a 7+ band score in IELTS speaking skills

IELTS Speaking Task 1: The Interview

In this task, you will be asked common questions about your life. You may get topics about your work, your studies, how long you have been learning English, your home, your friends and family, or your free time activities. These questions are meant to warm you up as well as serve as an opportunity to assess your ability to use general English. View some typical speaking task 1 questions below.

  1. Where are you from?
  2. Tell me something about your country
  3. Do you work or study?
  4. How long have you been learning English?
  5. Why did you start studying English?
  6. What do you like to do in your free time?
  7. Tell me about your home.
  8. Tell me something about your family.

Read more about The IELTS Speaking Test here.

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IELTS Speaking Topics With Answers

Read below to see several different example IELTS speaking topics with answers.

IELTS Speaking Topic With Answers: Health

Prompt: Does processed food have a negative impact on our health?

Yes, I think it does. Nowadays, people eat a lot of junk food and carbohydrates which have a negative impact on our health.  Let’s first look at sugar.  Processed foods usually have high levels of sugar which play a key role in things like heart disease, rising rates of obesity, and diabetes. When we eat junk food, we get a rapid rise in blood sugar which can make you first feel good and then later you will have a crash. These fluctuations in mood and energy are bad for your health and demonstrate the harmful effects of sugar and processed food on our bodies.

IELTS Speaking Topic With Answers: Education

Prompt: Are you taking any courses right now?

Yes, I am taking a course right now. Currently, I am working full-time but I think it’s important to always continue your education. For this reason, I’m taking a course on website building. I’d like to start my own online business and I think the first step is creating a website, so I’d like to learn how to do that. It’s a little hard because I’ve got a full schedule but I try to make time on the weekends for the course. So far, I’m really enjoying it.

IELTS Speaking Topic With Answers: Technology

Prompt: What are some of your favorite websites?

Well like most people I spend a lot of time on the internet. I use it for both work and free time so I end up looking at a lot of different websites. Some of my favorites are BBC so that I can practice my English but I also spend quite a lot of time on social media platforms like Facebook or Instagram.

IELTS Speaking Topic With Answers: Language learning

Prompt: How long have you been learning English?

I’ve been learning English for quite a long time, probably about twenty years. I started learning English at school, but to be honest I didn’t really like it when I was younger. It wasn’t until I was a teenager and I spent a summer abroad in Ireland, that I began to really appreciate learning English. Since then, I’ve made it a priority to always work on my English and I tend to join a lot of language exchange events in my city.

IELTS Speaking Topic With Answers: Free Time

Prompt: What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I try to balance my time by doing tasks around the house with getting some exercise and spending time with friends. This means that my weekends are usually pretty full, but I try to make time to do some yoga and go out for drinks or dinner with my friends. Yoga is important to me because it helps me reduce my stress and make a strong body-mind connection, and going out with my friends is important because I believe everyone needs to have strong social connections.

IELTS Speaking Topic With Answers: Family

Prompt: Tell me something about your family

I have quite a small family actually. There is just myself my husband and my two children. We don’t live close to any of our extended family so it’s mostly just us on a daily basis and even on holidays. This is one reason why we are a tight-knit family and we really enjoy spending time together. I think one thing that we really love to do is going to the beach together on the weekends. We try to get up early on Saturdays and spend time together there before it gets too crowded. This makes for great family memories.

Why are these good IELTS speaking part 1 samples?

There are strong IELTS speaking part 1 samples for a few different reasons. Firstly, there is a clear structure for each response. The responses are short, but not too short and they include a clear beginning, middle, and end. Secondly, they are fully extended and add relevant details. Weak responses will have too little details or too many that are unrelated to the task. These responses are just the right length because they add details but don’t go on for too long.

Understanding structure and details is an important part of getting a 7+ band score on the IELTS speaking test. I usually teach students how to do this with IELTS speaking templates. Click here to learn more about my IELTS speaking templates.

Finally, they use high-level vocabulary. Lexical resource is an important part of getting 7+ band score on the IELTS speaking test and so using words like: extended family, tight-knit, social connections, mind-body connection, language exchange, or social media platforms demonstrate that you are able to use uncommon vocabulary with fluency and ease.

To get free help building your IELTS vocabulary, check out my free 3 Day IELTS Vocabulary challenge here.

IELTS Speaking Test Tips

One main mistake that IELTS candidates often make is not preparing enough for the IELTS speaking exam. Students often think that they speak English pretty well and that will be enough to get a 7+ band score. But sadly, that often isn’t the case. IELTS candidates need to use a clear structure, give enough details and examples, use high-level vocabulary and deliver it with ease. The only way to do this is through actual practice and practice with a clear structure. You can learn more about the top mistakes that students make in their IELTS speaking preparation with the article below.

The Top 4 Mistakes You Are Making in your IELTS Speaking Practice

Having Trouble with Pronunciation?

Pronunciation is one area that can really hold you back in improving your speaking for IELTS.  If you are unable to be understood, it's unlikely you will get a good score.  I recommend one specific specialist to help you improve your accent whether your goal is to have a native accent in American English, British English or Australian English.  This expert is Esther Bruhl.  Click the links below to learn more about her accent courses.

Enroll in A Pronunciation Course with Esther Bruhl

Learn an Australian Accent

Learn an American Accent

Learn a British Accent


Other Speaking Tips

I’ve collected some of my favorite websites and links for improving your IELTS speaking skills or just simply your speaking skills in English.

The Importance of Speaking Practice

English Pronunciation Tips

The 3 Step IELTS Speaking Framework

Is the IELTS Exam 100% Related to Your Speaking Ability?

How to Stay on Topic on IELTS Speaking Tasks

How to Improve Your IELTS Speaking Skills When You Don’t Live in an English Speaking Country

Common Questions About the IELTS Speaking Exam

The Top 4 Mistakes You Are Making with Your IELTS Speaking Tasks

The Cost of Not Fixing Those Mistakes

Anatomy of a 7+ Band Score IELTS Speaking Response

Improve Your IELTS Speaking with Idiomatic Language

IELTS Coaching

Are you looking for one-to-one IELTS coaching? You can get IELTS online coaching with Kristin Espinar and get started on getting a 7+ band score in IELTS speaking and IELTS writing today. Click here to learn about her online IELTS classes.


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