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Updated Sep. 2, 2015

 

Part 1 Topics and Questions

For The IELTS Speaking Tests, May - Aug., 2015

 

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Notes

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0The four I.D. checking questions.   (Not really part of Part 1)

1.  Your Work or Your Studies  

2Where You Live 

3.  Your Home (Your Accommodation) 

One of the three topics above is a compulsory topic and you will be asked 3 to 5 questions on this topic. You will then be asked questions on two of the topics from below. (Again, 3 to 5 questions per topic).

4.  Mathematics  N

5.  Memory  N

6.  Fruit(s) and Vegetables  N

7.  The News & Newspapers  N

8.  Sport & Exercise  N

9.  Music  N

10.  Films  N

11.  Spending Time Alone  N

12.  Helping Others  N

13.  Text Messages  N

14.  Transportation  N

15.  Primary School  N

16.  Weekends

17.  Sleeping

18.  The Sky

19.  Visitors

20.  Trees

21.  Clothes

22.  Reading

23.  Writing 

24.  Collecting

25.  Television

26.  Weather & Seasons

27.  Museums and Art Galleries

28.  Time Management

29.  Public Holidays

30.  Hobbies (Unconfirmed topic)

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1.  Your Work or Your Studies  

 

1a) Your Work

See also ALL_PART_1_QUESTIONS 1b. Your Work

The questions in "Questions In Use Now" have been reported for the May-Aug. period. However, the questions in "Questions Possibly Still in Use" were used in the previous two four-month periods and some of these questions are possibly still being used, even if they haven't been reported yet. Since this is a high probability topic if you are working (or usually work), then you should think about all the questions in both groups.

Questions In Use Now

Questions Possibly Still in Use


1b) Your Studies

See also ALL_PART_1_QUESTIONS 1a. Your Studies

Notes: For high school students or recent high school graduates who have not yet started university, the word "school" or the words, "high school" or "secondary school" will be used instead of "university". If you are no longer a student now and have not yet started to work, the questions will be about the last time you were a student, either high school or university, and the questions will be asked in the past tense. For high school students (or recent high school graduates), the word "subjects" (plural) will be used. For university students, the word "subject" will be used, which has basically the same meaning as the American, "major".

There are probably two or three different sets of questions for this topic, on two or three different cards in the examiner's question book. I have no way of knowing which questions belong to which set so all the "studies" questions are grouped together here.

The questions in "Questions In Use Now" have been reported for the May-Aug. period. However, the questions in "Questions Possibly Still in Use" were used in the previous two four-month periods and some of these questions are possibly still being used, even if they haven't been reported yet. Since this is a high probability topic if you are a student (or have not started work yet), then you should think about all the questions in both groups.

Questions In Use Now

  • What subject(s) are you studying?

  • Why did you choose to study that subject? / Why did you choose to study those subjects? (See Note)

  • What other subjects do you study? (Why?)  See Note 11

  • Do you like XXX (your subject)?

  • What is the most interesting thing about your studies?

  • Is it very difficult to study that?

  • (Similar to above, referring to multiple subjects) Do you find them difficult to study?

  • Which do you think is more important in the education process (or, in the classroom), the teachers or the students?

  • For you, where is the best place to study? (Why?)

  • Do you get annoyed when people disturb your study?

  • What work do you plan to (or, want to) do after you finish your education?

  • (Similar to above) What are your future career plans?

  • (Similar to above) What kind of work are you planning to do in the future?

Questions Possibly Still in Use

  • Do many people in your country choose to study that subject?

  • (Similar to above) Is that a popular subject to study in your country?

  • (Possibly) What do you learn about that subject?  

  • (More for high school students) What subjects do you study?

  • Is it important to you to study them? (Why?)

  • Your first day at school / university.   See the questions for this topic at ALL_PART_1_QUESTIONS 1a. Your Studies

  • Did you like your first day at university/high school?

  • (Possibly the question above is this) What was your first day at university/high school like?

  • (Possibly the question above is this) How did you feel on your first day at university (or high school)?

  • What was/is your university like?

  • (For high school students & recent HS graduates) What was/is your high school like?

  • Why did you choose (to attend) that school/university? 

  • How long will you continue studying there? 

  • Would you say your school / university has a good learning environment?  

 

2Where You Live  (or, Your hometown)

See also ALL_PART_1_QUESTIONS 3. Your Hometown

Note: The questions below are about the city or place that you are living in now, regardless of whether it is your hometown or not.

Some of the questions below will possibly no longer be used in the May-Aug. testing period.

  • Where are you living at the moment? (= Where do you live?)

  • Where do your parents live? 

  • Do you like living in _______ (your hometown, or where you are living now)?

  • What are the good points and the bad points about living here/there?

  • (Possibly) Is there anything you dislike about it?

  • Has it changed much since you were a child? 

  • Can you suggest how it could be improved?

  • Would you say it has good facilities?

  • Do you think it's a good place to grow up in?  

  • Does it have good educational facilities?   

  • Is the public transport system in your hometown convenient to use?

  • Would you say it's a good place for (families with) children to live?  See Note

  • Would you say it's a suitable place for young people to live?  

  • Do you have many neighbours?

  • Do you know your neighbours (or the local people) very well?

  • Would you like to change the place where you live?

  • Where would you take a visitor to your hometown? (Why?)

  • (Similar to above)  What would you show a visitor to your hometown?

  • (Similar to above)  What would you recommend a visitor to your hometown see and do?  

 

3.  Your Home (Your Accommodation) 

 See also ALL_PART_1_QUESTIONS 2. Your Home (Your Accommodation)

Questions In Use Now

  • Do you live in a house, or a flat (= an apartment)?  See Note 6

  • Could you describe it a little?

  • What do you think are the advantages of living in a ______ ? (flat or house, whichever you live in).

  • Who do you live with?

  • Do you live with your family (your parents)?

  • Do you think it's good to live with one's family?

  • Do you enjoy living there?

  • (Similar to above) Do you like it (= like living there)?

  • What's the most enjoyable part of living there?

  • Would you like to make any changes to your house?

  • (Similar to above) Do you feel your home could be improved in any way?

  • Are there many shops near your home?

  • What other facilities are there in your neighbourhood (= near your home)?

  • Did you live in a house / flat when you were a child? (The examiner might use the word that represents what you are living in now.)

  • (Similar to above) What type of place did you live in when you were a child?

  • In the future, what type of home would you like to live in?  See Note 17

Questions Possibly Still in Use

  • How long have you lived (or, been living) there?

  • Which is your favourite room? (Why?)

  • Has your family (or, have you) always lived there?  See Note 1

  • (Possibly) Do you get along well with your neighbours?

  • Do you plan to live (or, to continue living) there for a long time?

 

4.  Mathematics  N

See Note 18

  • Do you like mathematics

  • Do you think you are very good at mathematics?

  • (Possibly; similar to above) Are you good at mathematics?

  • Do you think mathematics is easy?

  • When did you start learning mathematics?

  • (Similar to above) How long have you been studying mathematics?

  • (Possibly) For how long did you study mathematics?  See Note 13

  • Do you think mathematics is useful (or important)?

  • Do you think it might be useful for everybody in day-to-day life?

  • (Similar to above) Do you think it is useful for everybody in day-to-day life?

  • Did you use an electronic calculator in school?

  • (Possibly) Were you allowed to use an electronic calculator at school?

 

5.  Memory  N

See HERE for information about this topic.

  • How often do you need to remember something?

  • Do you find it easy to remember things?

  • (Similar to above) Would you say you have a good memory? *

  • Do you forget things sometimes?

  • (Similar to above) Do you remember to do everything that you plan to do in a day?

  • What are some things that you sometimes forget?

  • Have ever you forgotten anything important to do?

  • Do you think (having a good) memory is important? *

  • How do you memorise things?   See Note 12

  • Do you find it to be a good system (or, method)?


 

6.  Fruit(s) and Vegetables  N

See also ALL_PART_1_QUESTIONS.htm#Fruits and Vegetables

  • Do you often eat fruits and vegetables?

  • (Similar to above) How often do you often eat fruits and vegetables?

  • What fruits and vegetables do you especially like to eat?

  • What fruits and vegetables did you like to eat when you were a child?

  • Do you think it's important to include (lots of) fruits and vegetables in our diet?

  • Is it easy to buy fresh fruits and vegetables nowadays?

  • What's the most convenient (or, best) place to buy fresh fruit and vegetables where you live?

  • Do you think there are any benefits from growing your own vegetables (and fruit)?

 

7.  The News & Newspapers  N

See also ALL_PART_1_QUESTIONS.htm#25. Newspapers

and ALL_PART_1_QUESTIONS.htm#55. News

  • Do you (ever) read newspapers?

  • What types of newspapers do you have in your country?

  • How often do you read one?

  • When was the first time you read a newspaper?

  • What kind of news do you prefer to read?

  • Are you interested more in local, or international news?

  • Are there any local newspapers in your town or city?

  • Do you think it's important for people to be aware of the latest news?

  • Do you think we still need to have newspapers today?

 

8.  Sport & Exercise  N

See also ALL_PART_1_QUESTIONS.htm#35. Sport/Exercise

  • What sports are most popular in your country?

  • Do you like to watch on sport on TV?

  • When was the last time you watched a sporting match (game, competition) on TV?

  • Which do you prefer, to watch a sports competition on TV or to watch it at the actual stadium (or competition venue)?

  • Is there any sport that you haven't experienced yet but would like to try?

  • Do you exercise regularly?

  • How often do you do it?

  • What benefits do you get from doing that?

 

9.  Music  N

See also ALL_PART_1_QUESTIONS.htm#24. Music

  • What kinds of music do you like?

  • (Similar to above) What's your favourite type of music?

  • What kinds of (live) musical performances have you been to?

  • When was the last time you went to a musical performance?

  • Do you feel that going to a concert is better than listening to a CD, or watching a concert on TV?

  • Have you ever been in a choir or some other musical performance?  See Note 14

  • Would you participate in a musical performance or concert, if you had the chance?

  • Do students in your country need to (have to) study the creative arts, such as music?  See Note 15

  • (Possibly the question above is this) Do you think students should study the creative arts, such as music?

 

10.  Films  N

See also ALL_PART_1_QUESTIONS.htm#13. Films

  • Do you watch (many) films (movies)?

  • What kinds of films do you like?

  • (Similar to above) What types of movies do you usually watch?

  • Did you like (or watch) the same kinds of films when you were a child (or, when you were younger)?

  • (Similar to above) Has there any change in your film preferences since you were a child?

  • Where do you watch them, at home or in a cinema?

  • How often do you go to the cinema?

  • (Possibly) When was the last time you watched a film in a cinema?

  • What was the most recent film you watched?

  • If you had a chance to make a movie, would you do it?

  • (Similar to above) Would you like to make a film?

 

11.  Spending Time Alone  N

  • Do you spend much time alone?

  • Do you prefer having people around you, or spending time alone?

  • What do you prefer to do alone?

  • (Possibly) Are there any hobbies that you prefer to do alone? *

  • Do you like spending your leisure time alone?

  • What did you do the last time you spent time alone?

  • Would you like to have (or, to spend) more time alone?

  • Would you like to live alone?

 

12.  Helping Others  N

  • Do you ever give help to other people?

  • How important do you think it is to help others?

  • Do you (ever) help other people in your neighbourhood?

  • What kind of help do you give them?

  • When you were a child, did your parents teach you (or, encourage you) to help others?

  • When you were a child, did you ever help your parents at home?

  • How important do you think it is to help others?

  • How do you think helping others affects our (or, people's) lives?

  • When was the last time you received help?

  • Do you think (most) teachers give much help to their students?

 

13.  Text Messages  N

See also ALL_PART_1_QUESTIONS.htm#37. Telephones

  • Do you (ever) text other people using your mobile phone?

  • How often do send a text message?

  • In what situations (or, on what occasions) do you usually send text messages?

  • Do you usually text someone if he or she doesn't answer the phone?

  • Which do you prefer, to send text messages or to phone people?

  • Which do you think we will use more in the future, text messages or phone calls?

  • When is the best time (or situation) to send a text message instead of making a phone call?

  • Have you ever experienced a misunderstanding caused by a text message?

  • (Similar to above) Have you ever received a text message that you didn't understand?

  • Have you been inconvenienced by receiving a text message?

  • Would you prefer to receive good news over the phone or via a text message?

  • (Possibly) Do you ever leave or receive voice messages?

 

14.  Transportation  N

See also ALL_PART_1_QUESTIONS.htm#39. Transport

  • Do you prefer to use a private car or public transport? (Why?)

  • How often do you use public transport?

  • When was the last time you travelled by public transport?

  • (Possibly) Why donít you use it more often?

  • What form of transport would you recommend visitors to your hometown use?

  • (Possibly) Do you ever walk to where you want to go? *

 

15.  Primary School  N

See also ALL_PART_1_QUESTIONS.htm#43. Your Primary School

  • What did you learn in primary school?

  • What subject did you like the most? (Why?)
     

16.  Weekends  N

See also ALL_PART_1_QUESTIONS.htm#42. Weekends

  • Do you like weekends?

  • How important are weekends to you?

  • What do you like to do at/on weekends (or, at/on the weekend)?

  • (Similar to above) What do you usually do at/on weekends?

  • (Possibly) What are your hobbies? *

  • Have you ever worked on the weekend?

  • Do you mostly spend weekends on study or on leisure?

  • Which is more important (to you), Monday to Friday or the weekend?

  • (Possibly) What's your favourite part of the weekend? (Why?)

  • What did you do last weekend?

  • Who was there with you?

  • Do you (prefer to) plan your weekends ahead of time?

  • What do you plan to do next weekend?

 

17.  Sleeping

See also Part_1_Questions_JAN_to_APR_2013.htm#Sleep

  • How long do you sleep every night (or, every day)?

  • Do you think you sleep enough or would you like to sleep more?

  • What do you usually do before going to bed (or, going to sleep)?

  • Do you think reading in bed is helpful before you go to sleep?

  • Did you have the same sleeping habits when you were younger?

  • How much sleep do you think people need every day (every night)?

  • Do you think people slept more (than they do today) in previous times?

  • Do you think elderly people and young people sleep the same amount of time?

  • Do you think babies need more sleep?

  • Do you need to sleep in the middle of the day (a nap)?

  • Do you think having a nap in the daytime is a good habit to have?

  • (Similar to above) What are the benefits of having (or taking) a nap?

 

18.  The Sky

  • Do you like to look at the sky?   See Note 2

  • (Possibly) Do you like to look at the sky when it's cloudy?

  • Do you prefer to look at the sky in the day time or the night time? (the "night sky")

  • (Similar to above) Which is better to look at, the sky in the daytime or the night sky?

  • How do you look at it?

  • Do you like to look at the stars?

  • (Similar to above) Do you ever look at the stars?

  • Do you go anywhere special to do that?

  • (Similar to above) Where is the best place to look at the stars?

  • (Similar to above) Where do you like to look at the sky?

  • (Similar to above) Where is the best place to look at the sky?

  • Did you learn about the stars (or, the planets in our solar system) in school?

 

19.  Visitors

See also ALL_PART_1_QUESTIONS.htm#57. Visitors

  • How often do visitors (or, guests) come to your home?

  • When do they usually come to your place?

  • Do you need to prepare anything before visitors arrive?

  • When did you last have visitors (or, a visitor)?

  • How do you entertain (or show hospitality to) visitors to your home?

  • (Similar to above) What do and your visitors you usually do when they visit?

  • Have you ever had the situation when many visitors came to your home at the same time?  See Note 19

  • Do you like to visit other people?

  • How often do you do it? (Why?)

  • (Possibly) Do many people visit your hometown?

 

20.  Trees

See also Part_1_Questions_MAY_to_AUG_2013.htm#Trees

  • Do you like trees?

  • Are there many trees around where you live?

  • What trees do you have (around) where you live?

  • (Possibly) Would you like to have more trees around where you live?

  • Do you think trees are important?

  • What benefits do you think trees provide?

  • (Possibly) Do you think trees in cities have an impact on city life?

  • (Possibly) Do you like gardening? (Why?)

  • Have you (or your family) ever grown trees in your garden?

  • Did you ever plant a tree when you were a child?

  • Do you like planting trees?

  • Are there any (types of) trees that have "special meaning" (e.g., famous / special uses) in your country?

  • Did you ever climb trees when you were a child?

 

21.  Clothes

See also ALL_PART_1_QUESTIONS.htm#6. Clothes

  • Do you like (or, are you interested in) clothes?

  • How important are clothes to you?

  • What type of clothes do you usually wear?

  • (Similar to above) What type of clothes do you like to wear?

  • (Similar to above) What is your favourite type of clothing?

  • Do you wear the same type of clothes on the weekends that you do during the week?

  • (Similar to above) Do you dress differently on weekends and on weekdays?

  • Do you wear the same (types of) clothes in all seasons?

  • Is there any particular colour of clothes that you prefer?

  • (Similar to above) Do you have different types of clothes in the same colour?

  • Will you continue to wear the same types of clothes (as you wear now) in the future?

  • Do you think you will you dress the same in your old age (as you do now)?

  • Do you think young people and elderly people like the same types of clothes?

  • Are there many clothing shops in your area?

  • (Possibly) What clothes do you wear on special occasions?

  • Do you think clothes represent the personality of a person? (How?)

 

22.  Reading

See also ALL_PART_1_QUESTIONS.htm#32. Reading

See Note 9

  • Did you read a lot when you were a child?

  • What kind of books did you read?

  • Do you still have any of those books from your childhood?

  • Do you still like to read?

  • What kind of books do you usually read?

  • (Similar to above) What books do you like to read?

  • Is there anything you dislike reading?

  • Are you reading any books at the moment?

  • Where do you do most of your reading?

  • (Similar to above) Where do you do most of your reading at home?

  • What is a good place for reading?

  • (Similar to above) What is the perfect reading place for you?

  • (Similar to above) What qualities should a place have in order to be good for reading?

  • Is there any place where you find it hard to read?  See Note 10

  • (Similar to above) Have you ever been to a place where you couldn't read? 

  • Do you have experience reading in public places?

  • Do you prefer to read alone or with a group of people (e.g., with friends)?  See Note 7

  • Has modern technology had an impact on people's reading habits?

  • Do you think people prefer to read online (or on an electronic device) or do they prefer to read something printed on paper?

  • Do you think children should read books?

  • How can parents encourage their children to read?  See Note 20

  • Do children like to read books?

  • Do you think it's good to give books to children (as presents)?

  • Do you think it's good to give your books to others if you are not using them now (or, if you are no longer using them)?

  • Why do people read?

 

23.  Writing 

See also ALL_PART_1_QUESTIONS.htm#60. Writing

  • How do you communicate with your family / friends when you are away from home?

  • Do you receive many handwritten letters or cards?

  • Do you like writing cards and letters (by hand)?

  • Would you say you have good handwriting?

  • (Similar to above) Do you have a clear handwriting?

  • Do you think you (or, one) can judge someone's personality by looking at their handwriting?

  • (Similar to above) What do you think good handwriting or bad handwriting tells us about the writer?

  • Do you think handwriting is a skill?

  • Do you like to write letters or emails?

  • (Similar to above, but different) Which do you prefer to write, letters or emails?   See Note 7

  • Who do you write to? ( = "To whom do you write?" in more formal language)

  • On what occasions do you write an email / letter?

  • Do you prefer to receive a phone call or an email?

  • (Similar to above)  Do you prefer to receive a phone call or a letter?

  • What types of emails do you mostly receive?

  • What type of email / letter is hard(est) to write for you to write? (Why?)

  • How important do you think emails are in today's world?

 

24.  Collecting

See also ALL_PART_1_QUESTIONS 7. Collecting

  • Do you collect anything?

  • (If yes to the first question) Where do you collect them from? / How do you collect them?

  • What do (young) people in your country like to collect?

  • (Similar to above) What are the most popular tings for (young) people in your country to collect?

  • Can you suggest why (some) people like collecting?

  • Do you think it's good to collect something?

 

25.  Television 

See also ALL_PART_1_QUESTIONS.htm#38. Television and Radio

  • Do you like watching television?

  • How much TV do you (usually) watch?  (See Note)

  • (Similar to above) Do you watch TV regularly? (possibly "often", not "regularly")

  • When do you usually watch TV?

  • What types of TV programs do you have in your country?

  • What (types of) TV programs do you most like to watch?

  • (Possibly the question above is this) What's your favourite TV program?

  • In your country, have people's TV-watching habits (or, attitudes towards TV) changed much over the past few decades?

  • Do you prefer to watch films (or, videos) on television, or on the internet?

  • Did you watch much TV when you were a child? (How much?)

  • What (types of) programs did you watch when you were a child?

  • Do you still like to watch those programs?

  • Do you think children's television has changed (much) since you were a child? (See Note)

  • Do you think TV is good for children? (Why?)

  • (Similar to above) In your opinion, how does watching TV affect (or, influence) children?

  • (Similar to above) What influence does TV have on children?

  • How much TV would you like your children to watch? (See Note)

  • Do you think children today watch too much TV?

  • Do you think children these days watch TV more often than in the past?

  • Do you think children will watch more TV programs in the future?

  • Do you think there will be a bigger variety of programs in the future?

  • In your opinion, what kinds of programs should be on TV?

  • What TV shows do you expect to see more in the future?

 

26.  Weather & Seasons 

See Also ALL_PART_1_QUESTIONS.htm#41. Weather

  • What's the weather (or climate) like in your hometown?

  • Would you say the weather in your hometown is generally good, or bad weather?

  • How are the (four) seasons different in your hometown? 

  • Which season do you like the best (or, the most)? 

  • Would you prefer to live in a place with one season all year round, or four different seasons? 

  • (Similar to above) Would you like the weather to stay the same all year round?

  • Would you say there have been any changes in the weather (in your hometown) in the recent past?

  • Does the weather have much impact on your life?

  • (Similar to above)  Does the weather ever affect your mood? 

  • (Similar to above but more general) How does the weather affect you? 

  • Do changes in the weather affect your mood?

  • Does the weather have much impact on (daily) life in your country?

  • Do you think the weather has any effect on traveling?

  • Do you do different activities in different seasons?

  • Do you pay attention to the weather forecasts?

  • (Similar to above) Do you check the weather forecast daily?

  • Do you use the Internet to check it, or watch it on TV?

  • Do you ever ( or, often) talk about the weather with your friends?

  • (Similar to above) Do you like to talk about the weather? (Why?/Why not?)

  • What sort of weather (or, climate) do you prefer?

  • What weather do you prefer for doing leisure activities outside? N 

  • Do you like extreme climate? (Why?/Why not?)

  • Would you prefer to go to a hot place, or a cold place for a holiday? 

 

27.   Museums and Art Galleries

See also Part_1_Questions_JAN_to_APR_2009.htm#Museums and Art Galleries

  • (Possibly) Have you ever been to a museum?

  • How often do you go to museums?

  • Do you like visiting museums and art galleries?

  • What kinds of museum do you like the most?

  • What did you learn from visiting these places?

  • (Similar to above) What have you learned from visiting these places?

  • (Possibly) Which did you (or do you) prefer to visit, museums or art galleries? *  

  • (Possibly) What is the difference between a museum and an art gallery? *

  • Do you prefer to go to a museum alone or with friends?

  • Do you think schools should take their students to visit museums and art galleries?

  • Do many people in your country visit museums?

  • Which type of museums are popular in your country?

  • Would you like to work in a museum?

 

28.  Time Management

See also Part_1_Questions_MAY_to_AUG_2012.htm#Time Management

  • Do you wear a watch?

  • Are you usually on time (for meetings, classes etc.)?

  • Do people in your country think it's important to be on time?

  • Do you plan your (use of) time?

  • Do you think it's good to plan your time?

  • (Similar to above) Do you think it's important to make plans?

  • (If you are working) Is it important for you to plan your use of time at the workplace?

  • Is it easy to do that?

  • How do you plan your (free) time?

  • What would you do if you had more free time?

  • Do you plan your holidays or vacations?

  • How do you plan them?

  • Is it hard to manage your time?

  • Would you say you are a good manager of your time?

  • (Similar to above) Do you think you manage (or, organize) your time well?

  • When (at what age) did you start planning your time?

  • How did you learn to plan your time?

  • (Similar to above) Who taught you how to plan (or, manage) your time?

 

29.  Public Holidays 

See also ALL_PART_1_QUESTIONS-PAGE_2.htm#77. Public Holiday

  • Are there many (public) holidays in your country?

  • What (public) holidays do you have in your country?

  • Which do you think is the most popular holiday?

  • (Similar to above but about you)  Which holiday do you like the most?

  • What do you usually do during on a holiday?

  • What did you do during (or, on) the last (public) holiday?

  • Do you think (public) holidays are important?

  • Do you think there should be more (public) holidays in your country?

 

30.  Hobbies (Unconfirmed topic)

  • Did you have a hobby in your childhood?

  • Why did you choose that particular hobby?

  • Do you have a hobby now?

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Note 1

The wording is unclear but I think the question is something like that. It might be, "Has your family lived in many other apartments/houses?" or, "Has your family moved often to different living places?" In that question, "family" means your parents & siblings but it could possibly include earlier generations living in the same house.  Note that the examiner is most likely to use the British form, "have your family", not the American form, "has your family". The British consider family as "them" or plural while Americans consider it as one group, "it". When you speak or write, both are correct.

Note 2

We look at something that is not moving. We watch something that is moving. See is what you (can) do when your eyes are open.

Note 6

If you are living in a dormitory at the moment, it is perfectly suitable to say that.

Note 7

Almost certainly, questions such as this use the word "prefer", not "like". You can "like" both choices but "prefer" means "like more than the other choice". For example, you can like both rice and noodles but which one do you prefer?

Note 8

"Fun" and "funny" are not the same.

Note 9

"Reading" and "studying" are not always the same. "Reading for pleasure", "reading for enjoyment" or "reading for entertainment" is not "studying".

Note 10

This is probably mostly referring to a place where you can't concentrate. But, depending on the exact wording of the question, it could include a place that was dark, a place in which you can't see the written material.

Note 11

This is probably mostly for high school students but it is possible university students will also be asked about other subjects.

Note 12

So far, this question has been reported only once, with the word, "memorize" in the question.  It is important to understand the meaning of that word. See HERE. It means "to put something into the memory", like putting data into a file or putting money into a bank account. If the word, "remember" is used instead, it means almost the same as "memorize", but not 100% the same.

To "memorize" is a mechanical and conscious process that you apply, for example, memorizing a new password. The word. "remember" has two uses. First, it just means that you haven't forgotten something, and you only know that have have remembered something when you consciously try to extract it out of your memory bank, or when it simply comes out of your memory bank without your even "trying" to extract it. You can remember what someone said last week, for example. However, some people use "remember" instead of "memorize" to mean more or less the same thing as "memorize". That is the second usage of "remember". For example, "I have a system for remembering new passwords". Using the word, "remembering" is emphasizing that not only do you put something into your memory bank (memorizing), you also test that system to see if it is successful by checking if you can successfully (or accurately) extract that item from your memory bank. Since the word, "system" is likely to be in the next question, this is the meaning that is used here and either "memorize" or "remember" is possible as the verb. So the question is referring to discrete items as passwords, or even new English vocabulary, not everything that people remember, such as how they felt when they heard a certain piece of news.

Note 13

"For how long did you study mathematics?" would be the suitable question if you are not studying it now. That wording is grammatically correct but it has a slightly formal tone. Most people, in everyday life, would say, "How long did you study mathematics for?" That wording is so commonly used that it is not really considered to be "wrong grammar". I think this would be the more likely wording in the IELTS test.

Note 14

It looks like this question is being used. To be "in" a concert or performance is to be one of the performers. If the question is simply, "Have you ever been to a choir or some other musical performance?" then it means, "Have you ever physically been present, as a member of the audience, at a musical performance?" But since it seems that "choir" is used in the question, it almost certainly is the first meaning, i.e.," Have you ever performed?" because we don't normally say, "be to a group" ("choir" is a group).

Note 15

"Need to" is similar to "must" or "have to" in that question. That means it is compulsory.

Note 16

"Would you like to change your job?"

There are several things to understand about this question.

1) If you had just said that you enjoy your job (or, your work) then this question is unlikely to be asked, but it is still possible.

2) If you are doing the IELTS test with the intention or hope of migrating, for example to Australia, then almost certainly you will "change your job", meaning you will change your employer but you might not necessarily change your occupation, such as computer programmer. It should not be a question of "liking" or not to change your job or your occupation - the more logical question would be, "Would you like to live in a different country?" or "Would you like to work in a different country?" This point is too complex to continue writing about it here. Just remember these fine points of meaning when you speak.

3) The most important point is this - someone has reported the question as, "Would you like to change your job in the future". This meaning is different to the question shown above, i.e., when "in the future" is added. It is possible that this is really what is asked but I doubt it. That is, I doubt that "in the future" is included. Many learners of English (in China, at least) mistakenly assume that, "Would you like ...?" is always (and only) referring to the future, when this is not true. Although a few native English speakers might say, "Would you like to change your job in the future?", I think the majority of native English speakers would say, "Do you plan to change your job in the future?", "Do you intend to change your job in the future?" or "Do you hope to change your job in the future?" Now, it is possible that one of those questions is being asked in the test!

The question, "Would you like to change your job?" most commonly means change it NOW. It means the same as, "Would you be happier if you had a different job (now)?', "Would you prefer to have a different job (now)?", "Would you change your job (now), if you could?", "Do you wish you had a different job (now)?" etc. The vast majority of times when a native English speaker says, "I would like to ..." he or she means that he or she would be happier if the present situation (now) were different. For example, "I would like to be younger" - it would be nonsensical to talk about being younger and, at the same time, be referring to the future! "I would like to be younger" means the same as, "I wish I were younger ".

Overall, I am not sure what the real wording is for this question. It's quite possible that two different questions are being used, one referring to now and one referring to the future. (I think two or three different sets of "Your Work" questions being used.)

Note 17

Although I wrote in Note 16 that the majority of the time, native English speakers don't say, "Would like to" when referring to the future, sometimes they do. The question, "In the future, what type of home would you like to live in, in the future?" has a similar to meaning to, What type of home do you want to live in, in the future?" So why would, "Would like to" be used instead of, "want to"? Firstly, "want to" is more emphatic and similar to "intend to" but most people simply have "hopes" about where they will live. Secondly, "would like to" is used because it sounds gentler because it is less emphatic or less aggressive sounding - it is more "genteel" or more "polite" sounding.

Note 18

The short form is "maths" in British English and "math" in American English. Although, strictly speaking, both are correct, if you are not sure where your examiner comes from you should use the British English form. However, if you do the test in the U.S. or if you know for sure that your examiner is American, then using "math" is not only OK, it is probably the better choice.

Note 19

Although it was not reported this way, the question could possibly be, "Have you ever had the situation when too many visitors came to your home at the same time?" Understand that "too", in this usage, means "excessive" (过度, 过多的). Whenever "too" is used this way, it means that "a problem resulted", in this case, "a problem resulted from the number of visitors". Without the word, "too", having many visitors is not necessarily a problem.

Note 20

Some people have reported as question such as, "How can parents teach their children to read?". I doubt that this question is being used. It is possible that the word, "teach"  is being used in the question but that the meaning is really "encourage to read", for example, "teach their children the habit of reading" or, "teach their children to love reading".