IELTS Speaking Test Questions Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

An IELTS candidate reported that she was asked these IELTS speaking questions in her speaking test yesterday. The same questions were also asked in some IELTS speaking test last month so there's a possibility they will still be in use for the rest of this month.

IELTS Speaking Test Part 1 Questions

IELTS What did you like most about the town where you grew up?

What did you like most about the town where you grew up?

Probably the fact that it was a very quiet place and everyone knew everyone else. It was a very close community and it was like having a really big family because everyone there was so friendly.

What do you like the most about the home you are staying in currently?

It’s much larger than the house we used to have, and we also have our own garden now which is really nice. In fact the garden is probably the thing I like best about where I live because it’s so nice to sit outside in the evening and relax, read or chat with my family. We quite often cook dinner outside at weekends so we can enjoy the view and the fresh evening air.

What kind of house would you like to build in the future?

I’m not really sure, I haven’t really thought about that before. I had always thought that one day in the future I would have my own house but I’d never seriously considered building a house or what kind of house it would be. All I do know is that it would have to have a large garden.

Do you prefer public or private transport?

I prefer both, but for different reasons. When I’m at home I prefer to use my car because it’s so much easier than public transport because we live some distance away from the main city so having a car is more convenient.

But when I’m in the city I much prefer to use the metro or buses because driving in the city is frustrating, especially if you’re not from there, it’s easy to take a wrong turn and then get stuck in traffic for ages. Taking the bus or metro is hassle-free and you don’t have to worry about parking either.

When did you last use public transport?

That would be last weekend when I went to visit my friend – I took the train.

What kind of transport would you recommend a visitor to your city to use? Why?

I would definitely recommend a visitor to use the taxis, buses and metro system to get around. Taxis are relatively cheap and you can hail one anywhere on the street. The bus system is also good in that you can pay once and ride the bus all day to different destinations. And for getting across town the metro is by far the quickest and easiest mode of transport. I think a visitor would find it very confusing and stressful renting a car and trying to drive around the city.

IELTS Speaking Test Part 2 Questions

IELTS Describe a time when you woke up very early

Last weekend I woke up early, it was on Saturday morning. I was going to visit my friend in another city and I had to leave early to catch the first train because she lives quite a long way away from me and it takes about three hours to get there.

So I got up at around 5am and had a shower, had a quick breakfast, and then got ready to go to the station. I got a taxi to the station, bought my ticket and then had to wait around 20 minutes for the train.

On the train I read for a while, a book I’ve been reading for the past couple of weeks and I also texted my friend a few times to let her know I was on my way and when I’d be arriving so she could plan to meet me at the station. I also met someone I knew on the train. It was another girl who went to the same school as me years ago, so we chatted for maybe an hour catching up on all the gossip and things we had done since graduating high school – I guess we must have talked for about an hour or so by which time the train arrived at the station.

My friend was waiting for me and I was really hungry after the journey so we went for something to eat and drink quickly and then we went into the city to spend the day together. We visited some of her favorite places and also did some shopping, well a lot of shopping actually, and then we stopped at a nice little café to have a snack in the afternoon.

Later on we went back to her apartment, which is close to the university where she is studying and we just hung out for a while, talking and catching up with what we’d been doing since we last saw each other which was about 6 months ago.

I stayed with her for the weekend and on Sunday we went to a big park where there were lots of people doing different activities and some just relaxing and sitting on the grass. It was a beautiful day so we really enjoyed ourselves being outside in the warm weather.

In the afternoon we went for lunch at one of her favorite restaurants and then in the evening we met up with some of her other friends and we went to watch a movie. It really was a great weekend.

I don’t really mind waking up early, especially if there’s something special to do but I also like to sleep late sometimes if I’m feeling tired or if I don’t have any special plans for the day.

IELTS Speaking Test Part 3 Questions

Do late working hours affect people’s sleep patterns?

Do late working hours affect people’s sleep patterns? How are they affected?

I suppose they might, but then it would really depend on the rest of the person’s daily routine. I mean, if the person normally works late at night but doesn’t have to get up early the next day – so it’s a regular routine – working late – sleeping late - then maybe they manage to sleep fine during the day and get enough sleep to rejuvenate themselves.

After all, it’s what people who work shifts have to do all the time – they might work nights for a couple of weeks or even a month and then switch to daytime shifts. So they have to get used to sleeping at different times of day or night depending on their work pattern.

But the important thing is that their routine is not irregular or changing every other day – it’s normally fixed for a period of time so that they can plan their life around it.

Now it would be a completely different case if it’s someone who starts work early in the morning and is still working at 11pm at night, because clearly they’re not going to have enough time to sleep and recover before they have to return to work again.

In cases like that, the person may be able to manage such a demanding routine for a while but eventually it will catch up with them and if they do it over a prolonged period of time their health will probably suffer because of it.

So if it’s a temporary thing, yes the person might have trouble sleeping because they find it difficult to relax sufficiently when they arrive home or adjust their routine accordingly to get sufficient sleep. And I guess they could become grumpy and irritable due to lack of sleep. But people who work late on a regular basis probably don’t have too many problems dealing with it.

Do you like studying late? Why?/Why not?

Sometimes, yes. It depends if I’m studying something I’m really interested in or not. I can remember some nights when I was studying for my degree when I literally lost track of time and studied almost right through the night.

When it’s a topic or subject that is interesting the time just flies by. But, there are also times when I had to study certain subjects that I didn’t find very interesting and those I usually left for the daytime, early in the morning when I felt I had more energy to concentrate on it.

So it totally depends on what it is that I have to study. But when I do study late I quite enjoy the change in routine, and there is an added bonus – late at night there are less distractions because normally all my family are asleep and the house is nice and quiet.

Why do you think some people like to study late at night?

Well, as I said, one of the advantages that I found was that I was interrupted less, so maybe people like the fact that they have more peace and quiet to study late at night, they might like the fact that they’ve had time to relax a little after their day, have something to eat and shower and be feeling fresh and reenergized and ready to concentrate on studying.

Some people might like it simply because it’s the only time of day they can actually find the time to focus and concentrate without other people always asking them something.

In the evening or at night it’s usually easier to study for an extended period of time. During the day there tend to be many more things which have to be done or maybe you can only find short periods of time to study during the day before you need to be someplace else.

Some places have fixed times of day and night and in other places it varies. What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of both?

I would guess that, for example, in Europe where the days are longer in the summer and shorter in the winter there are various advantages, especially in the summer. You might be able to take advantage of the additional daylight hours after work to do some kind of sport or activity outside with your family of friends or simply enjoy the summer evening outside in the garden.

A disadvantage would be that the winter days are shorter with less sunlight, so you get up in the dark, go to work in the dark, and go home again in the dark in some cases. That would mean that for people who work inside all day they might not see much natural daylight except at weekends.

As for places which have fixed times, well, I suppose an advantage would be that you don’t have to make any changes to your habits or adapt your routines to suit the seasonal changes as much. I mean, we just have a dry season and a wet season, but we don’t have to make much of an adjustment to the way we live. It’s still light at the same time every day and dark at the same time of night every day all year long.

Maybe a disadvantage of that is that it’s boring compared to experiencing seasonal changes in daylight hours. But personally I prefer to have it the same all year round without having to change your daily routine or the things you do.

Good luck with your IELTS speaking test!

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