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Updated  Nov. 15, 2018

 

Part 1 Topics and Questions

For The IELTS Speaking Tests, September to December, 2018

 

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Notes

The pages PAST_PART_ONE_TOPIC_INDEX.htm is also useful as a guide to when different topics were used in the past. That page is connected to PREVIOUS_PART_1_QUESTIONS.htm.

I don't always keep those four pages up-to-date so you might also need to specifically look at Part 1 pages that have not yet been added to the Past Part One Topic Index or the "All Part 1 Questions" pages. See "Older Materials" for that. This applies just to the past couple of years.

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The four ID checking questions.   (Not really part of Part 1)

  1. Your Work or Study

  2. Your Home (or accommodation)

  3. Your Hometown 

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).

  1. Transport 

  2. Holidays 

  3. Gifts 

  4. Rain 

  5. Music 

  6. Writing

  7. Punctuality 

  8. Maps 

  9. Plants

  10. Being Bored 

  11. Foreign Food

  12. Money

  13. Colours  N

  14. Cooking  N

  15. Art  N

  16. Parks and Gardens  N

  17. Photographs  N

  18. Shoes  N

  19. Teachers  N

  20. Watches  N

  21. The Seasons  N

  22. Sunglasses  N

  23. Your Daily Routine  N

  24. Sport  N

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1 YOUR WORK OR STUDY

 

See important information here and click the link for "student" or "work" at the bottom of that page. The grammar points apply both to students and people working, of course.

     WORK

      STUDY 

 

 2 YOUR HOME

 

3 YOUR HOMETOWN

  

4 TRANSPORT

 

Main Questions

The following questions have also been reported

 

 

5 HOLIDAYS

 

6 GIFTS

We say, "give a gift", not "send a gift" unless you use a delivery service to deliver the gift to someone.

The word, "present" might be used instead of "gift".

 

 

7 RAIN

 

 

8 MUSIC

 

9 WRITING

 

 10 PUNCTUALITY

 

 

11 MAPS

 

12 PLANTS 

 

13 BEING BORED

 

14 FOREIGN FOOD

 

15 MONEY 

 

16 COLOURS  N

 

17 COOKING  N

 

18 ART  N

 

The examiner might introduce this topic as. "Painting and Drawing".

 

19 PARKS and GARDENS  N

 

20 PHOTOGRAPHS  N

 

21 SHOES  N

 

22 TEACHERS  N

 

23 WATCHES  N

 

24 THE SEASONS  N

 

25 SUNGLASSES  N

 

See Note 3

 

26 YOUR DAILY ROUTINE  N

 

27 SPORT  N

 

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Note 1

 

Where do you usually study?

 

This question was probably mistakenly reported. It means, "Where do you do such activities as studying your textbooks, writing essays and class assignments etc?"  For example, "I usually study at my desk in my bedroom" or, "I usually study in the university library." The inclusion of the word, "usually" indicates that the question has this meaning. It's probably a mistake because many people have reported the question, "Why did you choose to study at that university?"

 

If the question was simply, "Where do you study?" then it could have two possible meanings, either, a) What educational institute or school do you attend? or, b) Where do you do your private study, such as writing essays?

Note 2

Would you like to be a teacher?

Most likely this question uses the words, "Would you like" but possibly the question is, "Do you want to be a teacher?" These two are not exactly the same! See HERE for an explanation.

Note 3

We never say, "A sunglasses" or "a sunglass"; it's always, "a pair of sunglasses".

Note 4

How often do you take the (or, a) bus?

Here, "take" = "travel by", "travel on", "go by" etc

Note 5

What's your hometown?

This means, "What's the name of your hometown?" You should say the name and then give a little extra, suitable information, which usually includes where it is, if the examiner might not know where.

Two common errors that people make when answering this are:

i) Saying the province instead of the hometown. For example, "My hometown is Heilongjiang". That's your home province, not your hometown. Of course, you can and probably should include the name of the province when you say where it is. An example of a good answer to the question is: "It's a small city in the north of China called ..... That's about 100 kilometers north of Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning Province."

Note that in English we first say the city, then the province or state. For example, we say, "Harbin, Heilongjiang Province." That's the opposite to the way Chinese people speak.

ii) "It's north of China". That should be, "It's in the north of China. "It's north of China" means it's outside China, for example, in North Korea or Siberia.

Note 6

Is your hometown famous for anything?

"Famous" more or less means the same as, "well-known". This question means, "Is there some fact that many people in your country (or, in the world) know about your hometown?" The question is not really asking about something famous that the people who live in your hometown know. It is possible to include that in your answer, but you should actually say something like, "... But as for the people who live there, almost everyone in the city knows the famous XYZ market, which ...."