Sample IELTS Speaking questions – Full Interview

Fotolia_39784345_XSAs you know, the IELTS Speaking session is divided into three parts. Here’s a sample of what you would expect to hear from the examiner. Of course, the number of questions they ask will depend on the time spent – they may ask less than the number asked below. Try to practice your own answers to these questions and record yourself. See where you can improve and try again.

Part 1 – Introduction & Interview (4 -5 minutes)

  1. Good morning. My name is Pearl. Can you tell me what your name is?
  2. And can you tell me where you’re from?
  3. Can I see your identification, please? {You give them your passport} … OK. Thank you, that’s fine.
  4. Now, in this first part, I’d like to ask you a few questions about yourself. Let’s talk about what you do. Do you work or are you a student?
  5. What kind of work do you do?
  6. And why did you choose this kind of work?
  7. What kind of work would you like to do in the future?
  8. Why?
  9. Now, let’s talk about the weekend. What do you usually do at the weekend?
  10. What do you think you’ll do next weekend?
  11. Do you enjoy your weekends now more than you did when you were a child?
  12. How important is it for you to relax at the end of the week?
  13. Let’s talk about music. What sort of music do you usually enjoy listening to?
  14. Has the kind of music you like changed over the years?
  15. Do you prefer listening to live music or recorded music?
  16. Why?

Part 2 – Individual Long Turn ( 3 -4 minutes)

  1. Thank you. Now, I’m going to give you a topic and I’d like you to talk about it for one to two minutes. Before you talk, you will have one minute to think about what you’re going to say. You can make some notes if you wish. Do you understand? Here’s some paper and a pencil to take notes. And here’s your topic. I’d like you to describe a special gift you gave to someone. 

Task Card given:

Describe a special gift you gave to someone.

You should say:

  • Who you gave it to
  • Where you got the gift from
  • When  and why you gave it to them

And explain why you feel it was special to give to them

  1. {One minute has passed} Now remember you  have one to two minutes for this, so don’t worry if I stop you. I’ll tell you when the time is up. Can you start speaking now please? { you speak for one – two minutes}
  2. (rounding off question) Do you enjoy giving gifts?
  3. Thank you. Can I have the booklet and paper back please?

Part 3 – Two-way Discussion (4 – 5 minutes)

  1. We’ve been talking about a special gift that you’ve given to someone. And I’d like to discuss with you one or two more general questions related to this. Let’s consider this first of all, giving gifts in families. What occasions do family members give gifts to others in your country?
  2. Do people spend a lot of money?
  3. So what sort of gifts do children give to adults in their families?
  4. Do you think adults appreciate gifts children made themselves more than gifts they’ve bought in a shop?
  5. So how important do you think it is for family members to give gifts to each other?
  6. Let’s move on now and talk about giving gifts in society in general. In what situations would people give gifts in business?
  7. So in your country, do you think companies spend a lot of money on gifts?
  8. So it’s important for the company. But what about gift-giving for the economy of the country in general. Is your country is buying gifts an important part of the economy do you think?
  9. Alright now some people say that it would be better for society if all the money that was spent on gifts was given to help poor people instead. What do you think about that?
  10. Thank you very much that is the end of the speaking test.

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2 comments on “Sample IELTS Speaking questions – Full Interview
  1. Sang Tran says:

    Should I give a very long answer with a complex structure and uncommon vocabulary. Or I just need to answer directly what the examiner ask. In what way I can get a higher score ?

  2. Pearl says:

    I think what’s important is that your answer is logically organized, easy to follow, shows some depth in your answer and flows naturally. if you use some complex sentence structures that you’re comfortable with and that you use normally, then do that. Don’t try to fit complex sentence structures in that you normally don’t use otherwise it will sound very unnatural and lower your mark in fluency and maybe cohesion if you don’t use it properly. If you can use specialized vocabulary depending on the topic you’re talking about, that’s great – but again – use words you’re comfortable with.

    Good luck with your studies & test!

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