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IELTS Speaking Part 1 topics

Two topics that are very common in Part 1 of the IELTS Speaking test

Based on the recorded versions of IELTS Speaking tests in the Official IELTS Practice Materials and on what IELTS candidates have told me about their speaking tests, two of the most common IELTS Speaking Part 1 topics are your home town and your work/study.

IELTS Speaking Part 1 topic: Your hometownAt the beginning of Part 1 of your IELTS Speaking test, your examiner may ask you some questions like the ones below on the topic of your home town:

  • Describe the town or city where you grew up.
  • Do you still live there now?
  • Does your family still live there?
  • Do you think the place has changed much since you were young?

Your examiner may ask you some questions about your work or study:

  • Do you work or are you a student?
  • What kind of work do you do? / What subject are you studying?
  • Why did you choose this subject? / Why did you choose this kind of work?
  • What do you hope to do when you finish your studies? / What kind of work would you like to do in the future?

I got these examples of IELTS Speaking Part 1 topics and questions from the Official IELTS Practice Materials Volumes 1 and 2, but I’ve heard from many IELTS candidates that they got the same topics and, in some cases, the same questions in their tests.

Don’t wait until your IELTS Speaking test to practise speaking about these topics. To improve your speaking now, use these topics to get some IELTS Speaking practice with some other IELTS candidates or English-speaking friends.

If you’ve already taken an IELTS Speaking test, what IELTS Speaking Part 1 topics did you get? You can leave a reply in the comments section below; I’m sure other IELTS candidates would like to know.

Pete

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