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Speaking Part 1: Practice Questions

Updated: Feb 23, 2023



Please note: this is not an exhaustive list of all possible topics or questions that can come up in the exam. Nevertheless, practising with these questions will give you an idea of the exam format and the types of questions and topics that you might have to talk about.



Work or study:

  • What do you do for work or study?

  • How long have you been working/studying in this field?

  • What do you like about your work/study?

  • Is there anything you don't like about your work/study?

  • What do you think is the most important quality for someone in your field?

Hometown:

  • What do you like most about your hometown?

  • What is the climate like in your hometown?

  • Do you think you will stay in your hometown in the future?

  • Do you think your hometown is a good place to raise a family?

  • How do you think your hometown could be improved?

Where you live:

  • Can you tell me about where you live?

  • What do you like most about the place you live?

  • What kind of facilities or amenities are available in your area?

  • Have you noticed any changes in your area over the years?

  • What kind of transportation options are available in your area?


Animals:

  • Do you like animals?

  • What's your favorite animal and why?

  • Do you have any pets?

  • Are there any dangerous animals in your country?

  • Do you ever watch TV programs or online videos about animals?

Art:

  • Do you like art?

  • What is your favorite type of art?

  • How often do you go to art galleries?

  • What is the most interesting piece of art you have ever seen?

  • Is art a good way to express yourself?

Birthdays:

  • Do you celebrate your birthday?

  • What kind of gifts do you like to receive for your birthday?

  • What do you think is the best way to celebrate a birthday?

  • How has the way you celebrate your birthday changed as you have gotten older?

  • What is a typical birthday celebration like in your culture?


Books:

  • Do you like to read books?

  • What's your favorite book and why?

  • What's your favorite type of literature?

  • Have you ever attended a book club?

  • Do you think reading books is important for personal growth?


Education:

  • What kind of education have you received?

  • How often do you study these days?

  • Is it better to study alone or as part of a group?

  • What was your favourite subject at school?

  • What is the hardest thing about studying English?

Emotions:

  • What things make you feel happy?

  • Do you think it's important to control your emotions?

  • How often do you get angry?

  • Does the weather ever affect how you feel?

  • Have you ever cried while watching a movie or listening to a piece of music?

Family:

  • Can you tell me about your family?

  • Do you get along well with everyone in your family?

  • How important is family to you?

  • What do you like to do together with your family?

  • Do you have any close relatives living abroad?

Fashion:

  • How important is fashion to you?

  • Do you know anyone who is really interested in fashion?

  • What is your favorite item of clothing and why?

  • Do you think fashion is a good way to express yourself?

  • Are there any current fashions that you dislike?


Food:

  • What kind of food do you like to eat?

  • Have you tried any new foods recently?

  • Do you try to keep a healthy diet?

  • What's the most exotic food you have ever tried?

  • How often do you eat at restaurants?


Friends:

  • Who are your closest friends?

  • How did you meet your closest friends?

  • How often do you see your closest friends?

  • Do you prefer to spend time with small or large groups of friends?

  • Have you ever made a new friend while traveling?

Hobbies and Interests:

  • What hobbies or interests do you have?

  • How did you become interested in your favorite hobby?

  • How much time do you spend on your hobby each week?

  • Do you think your hobby has any impact on your daily life?

  • Do you prefer to spend your free time alone or with others?


Home:

  • Can you describe your home?

  • What's your favorite room in your home and why?

  • Do you like to decorate your home?

  • What kind of changes have you made to your home recently?

  • Is it important to have a comfortable home?

The Internet:

  • How often do you use the internet?

  • What do you use the internet for?

  • How has the internet changed the way you live your life?

  • How do you think the internet will change in the future?

  • Have you ever experienced any security issues while using the internet?


Learning Languages:

  • How many languages can you speak?

  • What do you like most about learning English?

  • Do you ever use English in your work or studies?

  • Did you enjoy learning languages at school?

  • Do you use any language learning applications or website?


Movies:

  • How often do you watch movies?

  • Do you prefer to watch movies at home or in the cinema?

  • What's your favorite movie genre?

  • Do you have a favourite actor?

  • Do you think movies were better in the past or are they better now?


Music:

  • What kind of music do you like to listen to?

  • Who's your favorite musician or band?

  • Have you ever attended a live music performance?

  • Do you play any musical instruments?

  • Do you think music has the power to bring people together?


Nature:

  • What is your favorite outdoor activity?

  • Do you like to go hiking or camping?

  • Have you ever visited a national park or other protected natural area?

  • What is the most famous place of natural beauty in your country?

  • Does your local neighbourhood have many parks or green spaces?

The News:

  • How often do you read the news?

  • Do you prefer reading the news or watching the news?

  • Is it important for you to know what's happening in the news?

  • What is the news normally about in your country?

  • What might be bad about reading too much news?

Shopping:

  • How often do you go shopping for fun?

  • Where is the best place to go shopping in your hometown?

  • What things do you not enjoy shopping for?

  • Do you ever buy clothes online?

  • Are you planning to buy anything in the near future?


Social Media:

  • Which social media websites do you use?

  • How much time do you spend on social media sites?

  • What kind of information about yourself have you put on social media?

  • Is there anything you don’t like about social media?

  • In the future do you think you will use social media more or less?


Sports:

  • Do you like to play or watch sports?

  • What's your favorite sport to play or watch?

  • What's your favorite sports team?

  • Have you ever participated in any sports events or competitions?

  • How important do you think it is to stay physically active?

Technology:

  • What's your favorite piece of technology and why?

  • Where is the best place to buy new technological devices?

  • Do you think technology makes life easier or more complicated?

  • What do you think is the most important technological advancement in recent years?

  • How do you think technology will change in the future?


Transportation:

  • How do you usually travel?

  • Do you prefer to drive or walk/bike?

  • How often do you take public transport?

  • What's the best mode of transportation you've ever used?

  • Have you ever experienced a transportation-related problem while traveling?


Travel:

  • Have you traveled anywhere recently?

  • Where would you like to travel to in the future?

  • What kind of places do you prefer to visit on holiday, cities or countryside?

  • What's the most interesting place you have ever been to?

  • How has traveling impacted your life?

Walking:

  • How often do you walk?

  • Do you ever go on long walks to relax?

  • Do you walk more now or did you walk more in the past?

  • Are there any nice places to go walking in your city?

  • Do you think walking is the best way to keep fit?

Weather:

  • What's the weather like where you live?

  • Do you like the weather where you live?

  • What's your favorite type of weather?

  • What's the best weather for outdoor activities?

  • How does the weather affect your daily life?

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