IELTS Speaking Test September 2014

Here are some questions (with sample answers) reportedly asked in a recent IELTS speaking test in Australia this month. How would you answer these types of questions? What would you say?




IELTS Speaking Test Part 1

What is your full name?
My name is …

Can I see your ID?
Yes, here’s my ID card

Where are you from?
I’m from Rome, in Italy.

Do you work or study?
I work. I’m a business administrator.

Where do you work?
I work for banca d’Italia, Italy’s largest bank.

Can you describe your work and the company?
Yes, I am responsible for the administrative functions in the city of Rome branch. I work as part of a team which provides support for essential admin functions within the bank. The bank is the largest in Italy, it’s the central bank, and is part of the European central banking system.

Why did you choose this job?
Banca d’Italia is a large organization and they had a very good management training program which I wanted to participate in after attending business school and graduating with my degree in Economics. I thought it would be a good first position and that I could learn a lot before specializing in the future.

IELTS Speaking Test Part 2

Talk about a place where you stayed away from home. Please say
  • Where was this place?
  • Why did you go there?
  • How long did you stay there?
  • How did you feel staying away from home?
I remember a few years ago when I was on vacation from university I went to stay with my grandmother in Livorno on the coast. I spent two months there, helping her with some work around the house and also writing my thesis for university.

She has a very old house near the coast and it has an amazing view of the sea. It was completely different from living in Rome, where I grew up as a child. The air is cleaner and the town is much smaller and quieter so it was a very nice change of pace to live there for the summer. I had visited several times before when I was a child but had never stayed more than a day or so and I had always gone with my parents before – this time I went by myself – so it was quite different.

It was a really nice time and it’s also a really good place to live. It was very relaxing and refreshing to see something different and to meet some of the local people who are quite different from the people I usually hang out with in Rome. If I wasn’t working in the bank and living in Rome I would maybe like to live in a place like that where life is slower and more relaxed, somewhere out of the city, but at the moment I’m concentrating on my career so the city has the best opportunities.

IELTS Speaking Test Part 3

Have you stayed at a hotel before?
Yes, I have several times when I’ve been travelling and also a couple of times for trips related to work.

Do you think people like to stay at hotels? Why?
It depends on the individual, and the reason for the trip I suppose. Some people don’t like being away from home so staying in a hotel maybe doesn’t appeal to them. Other people see it as a change to the normal – like a small adventure – something different and so they enjoy it.

My father used to travel a lot and lived half of the week in hotels, he always had some interesting stories about other people he met and I think he quite enjoyed the variety rather than staying in only one place all the time.

What are the most important things that a good hotel should have?
Well, again it depends, if it’s a business trip then it needs to be close to where you need to go and have all the facilities you need to get things done, maybe a business centre and things like that. But if you’re on vacation then you probably think more about it being in a nice location, maybe with a nice view, a balcony and comfortable rooms. In all cases, it’s important that the staff are warm and friendly and the service is good – that’s important if you’re travelling on business or on vacation.

Do you think hospitality jobs are desirable?
I think the people who do them think they are. I mean, there are so many jobs and I suppose it can be very interesting too. I have a friend who works in hotel management and she loves it, so yes, I think such jobs are good and essential for those who need to stay in a hotel.

Really, hospitality is no different from any other commercial sector – there are many different aspects to it and many different kinds of jobs available. You can be a waiter or maid or develop a professional career as a manager in a large multinational hotel chain – so there are plenty of opportunities for everyone, just like in any other industry.

Do you think the hotel industry should be regulated? Why?
There should certainly be some sort of regulation which covers minimum standards. You know, in terms of food in restaurants, basic hygiene and cleanliness in rooms, the provision of services and such like.

But I don’t know what else needs to be regulated … ah yes, health and safety, for example, a hotel has to make sure that guests can escape in the event of a fire or emergency, it needs to have emergency lighting and medical services, I think.

That sort of regulation is necessary and good for the industry in order to maintain minimum standards for the public.



IELTS Speaking Friends and Friendships





IELTS Speaking Test Part 3 Questions | Friends & Friendship

When did you last see your friend?
It was about a month ago, we went for a coffee together and to catch up with what’s been happening.

What is the importance of friends?
Well, speaking generally, having friends is good because you can share things with them, not just activities and events, but you can share your thoughts and feelings with them. Sometimes you can help each other in a bad situation or simply just be there to support them in whatever they are doing. Nobody likes feeling alone so having friends is very important for most people.

IELTS Speaking Test Canada August 2014

IELTS speaking travel, flying, airlines and emissions

IELTS Speaking Test Part 3 Questions

What mode of travel do you prefer? Why?
Actually, I quite like most types of transport, so when I travel I enjoy going by plane or train or even boat sometimes. It depends where I’m travelling to. Generally, flying is the easiest for longer distances, transatlantic for example, but within a country anything from buses to cars to motorcycles are great for seeing different places and getting a feel for a different country and its culture.

IELTS Speaking Describe a time when you had a problem with a piece of equipment

Here is an example of a Part 2 IELTS speaking test question about problematic equipment which was asked this month in an IELTS speaking interview in the USA .

IELTS Speaking Test Part 2 Question Problematic Equipment

Describe a time when you had a problem with a piece of equipment (For example, a TV or a washing machine)
You should say:
  • what equipment it was
  • what problem you had
  • when you had this problem
and explain what you did about this problem. (How you fixed or resolved the problem)




Example Answer

I remember once, a few years ago it was, when I had a problem with my washing machine. It was quite an old machine but it had always worked very well and was effective at washing clothes, sheets and such like.

IELTS Speaking Test August Questions & Answers about Travelling


IELTS Speaking Test Part 3 questions

Do you think people like to travel far away from home? Why?
Yes, some people do, but not everyone does. Some people don’t like travelling outside their own country, or even their city. A lot of young people like travelling to places far away because they see these places as being more exotic or exciting because everything is different there.

IELTS Speaking Test 2014 Questions & Answers about TV and Magazine Advertising


IELTS Speaking Test Part 3 Questions

What do you think about advertisements?
Sometimes they’re good, I mean there have been some funny ones and the video ads on the internet are sometimes interesting, but generally I don’t pay much attention to advertising unless I’m really interested in buying something, and even then I’d probably go and read some reviews or stuff like that rather than make a buying decision based just on an ad.

IELTS Speaking Test August | Part 3 Questions & Answers

IELTS speaking test questions August - Part 3

IELTS Speaking Test Part 3

When was the last time you used a taxi?
Actually, it was about a month ago when I was on vacation – to go from the airport to the hotel we’d reserved.

Why did you use a taxi?
Because when we arrived we were very tired and couldn’t be bothered figuring out the bus system and how to get to the hotel on public transport, we’d probably have gotten lost. It was much quicker and easier just to take a taxi.

Did you think the taxi service was good?
Yes, I suppose so, the driver seemed to know where he was going, he knew the hotel, apparently it’s quiuite popular with tourists so we didn’t have to try and explain directions or anything like that to him. And the cost seemed to be reasonable for the distance we travelled, so really, no complaints about it.

What would be your advice to a youngster thinking about choosing a career?

IELTS Part 3 questions

Well, personally, a lot would depend on you and your ideas and personality. If you are passionate about something, be it sport, music, art or anything else, I would advise you to firstly explore the career possibilities and opportunities in that particular field.

USA IELTS Speaking Test



This is an example of an IELTS speaking test asked in the USA recently. The sample answers provided are not the only way to respond to these questions, your answers should be about you, your experiences and preferences and what you think - but they might give you some ideas about how to respond and the kinds of things you can say when answering these types of IELTS speaking questions

IELTS speaking test sample questions about weekends (Part 1 questions)

IELTS weekends

Here are some IELTS speaking sample questions (Part 1) about weekends

What do you usually do on weekends?
What did you do last weekend?
When do you spend time with your family?
What do other people in your hometown usually do on weekends?
Are weekends important to you?
Are Saturdays and Sundays (= weekends) important to you?
How do you (usually) spend the weekend?
What do you like to do on weekends?
Which do you prefer, Saturday or Sunday? (Why?)
What do you usually do on that day?
Are your weekends today more interesting (or, more enjoyable/more fun) than your weekends were when you were a child?