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IELTS Speaking Topics for Part 1, 2, and 3

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Indrita Ganguly

Content Curator | Updated On - Jun 11, 2021

IELTS speaking topics range from personal questions to topics related to places, events, people. IELTS speaking topics part 1 start with personal questions about hometown, accommodation, work, studies. The second part of IELTS speaking topics part 1 covers a wide range of topics like animals, cities, books, art, family, and more. IELTS speaking topics part 2 are offered in cue cards. Most IELTS speaking topics part 2 have topics related to places, events, activities, things, family, and more. IELTS speaking topics part 3 contain complex and abstract topics unlike parts 1 and 2.

IELTS Speaking Topics Part 1 

Candidates get a total of 4 to 5 minutes for speaking on IELTS speaking topics part 1. IELTS speaking part 1 is called ‘Face to Face Interview with the Examiner’ and contains around 12 questions in total. IELTS speaking part 1 starts with the examiner greeting the candidate and then starts to record the interview process. The introductory answers to IELTS speaking questions help candidates to relax before answering the remaining questions. Below are the IELTS speaking topics list for both introductory and main parts:

Introductory IELTS Speaking Topics: Most of the time candidates will get these as part 1 IELTS topics for academic and general.

  • Tell me about your family
  • Do you have a joint or nuclear family?
  • Amount of time you spend with your family
  • Activities you like to do with your family
  • How well do you get along with your family?
  • How close are people with their families in your country?
  • Type of work you do
  • What responsibilities do you have?
  • Average hours of work you do
  • Do you enjoy working?
  • Is there any other work you’d do?
  • Is there any other profession you’d like to switch into?
  • What is the process to get a job in your country?
  • Tell about your organization
  • Where is your hometown?
  • What is your hometown popular for?
  • How many shops are there in your hometown?
  • Do you stay in a flat or house?
  • What is the most favourite part about your home?
  • Is there anything you would want to change about your home?
  • What is the kind of accommodation you stay in?
  • For how long have you been living there?
  • What is the best part about living there?
  • What do you study?
  • What is the best subject that you like to study?
  • Why did you choose to study this subject?

Common IELTS Speaking Topics Part 1: These are the most common IELTS speaking topics part 1. IELTS speaking topics technology is considered a very common among others. A constant practice from IELTS speaking practice test is necessary.

Art Birthdays Childhood Clothes computers
Daily Routines Dictionary Evenings Family & Friends Flowers
Food Trips Technology Hobbies Internet
Leisure Time Music Neighborhood Newspaper Shopping
TV Transport Weather Sports Reading

IELTS Speaking Topics Part 2 

Candidates get 3 to 4 minutes for IELTS speaking topics part 2. Candidates need to pick from the IELTS speaking topics cue card, get 1 minute to prepare, and speak for 1 to 2 minutes. Candidates can prepare for IELTS speaking part 2 topics by focusing on vocabulary, phrases, and templates. For part 2, some of IELTS speaking topics latest have been listed below:

Art Book Communication Exercise Family Gift
Hobby Internet Journey Kindness Language Music
News Old People Photograph Respect Sport Travel
Unexpected Vocation Water Your favorite shop Zoo People

Practicing with these IELTS speaking topics on a daily basis will help candidates improve their IELTS speaking score.

IELTS Speaking Topics Part 3

Candidates get around 4 to 5 minutes for IELTS speaking questions part 3. IELTS speaking tips ask candidates to work on their speaking fluency by evaluating, and figuring out ideas and opinions. Part 3 of IELTS speaking topics general and academic deals with more abstract and complex topics. IELTS speaking topics part 3 is a continuation of part 2. Below is IELTS speaking topics list of part 3:

Topics Questions
  • Types of art forms in your country
  • Kind of art form you like
  • Should students study art at school?
  • How will children be benefitted from learning art?
  • What are the features of a good painting?
  • Has art changed in the last few decades in your country?
  • Why do some companies have uniform requirements?
  • Can clothing tell about a person?
  • pros/cons of having uniform at work
  • What is the reason behind people wearing traditional clothes in your country?
  • How has clothes/fashion evolved in your country over a decade?
  • Difference between clothes that old people and young people like to wear
  • Characteristics of a good student
  • Roles of teachers in the classroom
  • Will teachers be replaced by computers in the classroom?
  • Has teaching changed in your country in the last few decades?
  • Difference between children’s and adult’s ways of learning?
  • Ways a teacher makes things more interesting
  • Is family considered important in your country?
  • Has the size of the family changed in the last few decades?
  • Will the family change in the future? How?
  • Do grandparents play any role in the families now?
  • Is diet important?
  • What is considered a balanced diet?
  • The typical diet of people in your country
  • Do many people visit restaurants in your country?
  • Difference between a restaurant and home-cooked food
  • How do people improve their health
  • Do elderly people exercise in your country?
  • Can all illnesses be prevented?
  • Will there be more illnesses in the future?
  • Do most people have computers or laptops at their homes?
  • Is all information on the internet trustworthy?
  • Ways to find reliable information on the internet
  • How has the internet evolved the life?

IELTS speaking topics have a wide range that includes personal questions to complex ones. It should be remembered that both IELTS speaking topics academic and general training, therefore the preparation will be same.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.


shreya sarkar
Will it be conducted on video conferencing or in front of the examiner directly?
diya suresh

Owning to corona pandemic, IELTS IDP has arranged for online exam from home for eligible students. Usually otherwise the test can be taken in both online and pen paper based mode i.e. in front of the examiner. Apart from speaking sections, all other sections are conducted on the same while while speaking is conducted on a separate day. Find more details at IELTS exam pattern 2021.

ankita sasmal
How shall I prepare for IELTS speaking?
diya suresh

Speaking is similar to interview and you can score well in the test by following below steps:

  • Avoid memorizing answers
  • Avoid difficult and new words
  • Focus on fluency, pronounciation,grammar, coherence
  • Don’t stress too much on accent
  • Don’t try to incorporate filters

Find more details at IELTS Speaking tips.

riya gupta
What is the weightage of the topics of IELTS speaking?
manisha malik

IELTS speaking score is calculated on a range of 0 - 9. Marks are given on the basis of 4 factors:

  • Fluency and coherence (25%)
  • Grammar (25%)
  • Vocabulary (25%)
  • Pronunciation (25%)

IELTS speaking contains three parts:

  1. Part 1 – Introduction and Interview (4 - 5 minutes)
  2. Part 2 – Long turn (3 - 4 minutes)
  3. Part 3 –  Long Discussion (4-5 minutes)
Does accent also matter in the speaking exam?
swati srivastava

Hi Pradeepraj, spoken english matters in IELTS exam and not the accent. For more details visit: IELTS EXAM