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September IELTS Speaking Test Questions & Answers
These are actual IELTS Speaking Test questions reported by IELTS test takers from around the world this month.

IELTS Speaking Test Part 1 Questions

  • Do you wear hats?
  • On what occasions do people generally wear hats?
  • Do you think people wear hats for fashion reasons or as a necessity?

Birthday celebrations
  • Do you think celebrating birthdays is important? Why? / Why not?
  • How do children in your country normally celebrate their birthdays?
  • Which year is most celebrated in your country? [refers to major birthdays such as 15th, 18th birthday, etc.]

  • Do you like science?
  • What science subject at school do/did you like the most? Why?
  • Do you ever watch movies about science?
  • Is there anything about science that you dislike?

Home / where you live
  • Describe the place where you currently living?
  • Do you live with your family?
  • Do you prefer to live in a house or an apartment?
  • Tell me about your house?
  • What can you see through your windows at home?

  • Do you prefer to write by hand or using a computer? VVhat is the difference?
  • Do you read e-books?

Your first/primary school
  • What can you remember about your first school?
  • How did you go to (or, travel to) school?
  • What were some of the most popular activities (in the playground?) at primary school?

  • Are holidays important for you? Why? Why not?
  • When there is a public holiday in your country, what do people usually do?
  • What kind of places do you like to go to on holiday? Why?
  • What kind of activities do you like to do when you are on holiday? Why?
  • Who do you normally go on holiday with?
  • If you could go on holiday anywhere in the world, where would you choose to go? Why would you go there?

work /job
  • Would you like to change your job in the future?

  • What activities do you do with your family?
  • Who is the closest person to you in your family?
  • Is spending time with your family important in your culture?

  • What colours do you like?
  • Why do you like these colours?
  • Are these the same colours that you used to like before?
  • What colours would you avoid if you had to decorate your room?
  • What colours are popular amongst younger people these days?

IELTS Speaking Test Part 2 Questions

Talk about a company that you think is interesting

You should say:
  • which company it is
  • why it is interesting
  • what you know about the company
and say if you would like to work there.

Describe a car/bicycle trip you would like to go on

You should say:
  • where you would go
  • who you would take along
  • whether it would be a difficult trip
and explain what you would hope to gain from this trip.

Talk about a country you would like to work in for a short period of time.

You should say:
  • which country it is
  • why you want to work there
  • what kind of work you would like to do
and explain why you would choose this country to work in.

Describe a place affected by pollution.

You should say:
  • where it is
  • what the problem is
  • how you know about it
and say if anything has been done about the effects of the poluution.

Talk about your favorite free time activity.

You should say:
  • what it is
  • when and how often you do it
  • Who you do it with
and explain what you like most about this particular activity.

Talk about a difficult choice you had to make.

You should say:
  • what it was
  • why it was difficult
  • how you made the choice
and explain if you still think it was the right choice now.

Talk about a time when you were very busy.

You should say:
  • why you were busy
  • what you were doing
  • how you managed your time
and explain how you felt during this period of time.

IELTS Speaking Test Part 3 Questions

  • Are companies paying more for senior employees nowadays?
  • Do you think employers should take better care of employees compared to customers?
  • What are some of the major industries that have grown in your country recently?

  • Why are there so many cars on roads these days?
  • What are the most popular modes of public transport in your area?
  • Which is the most commonly used mode of transport in your country?
  • How can the problem of too much traffic be solved?
  • How are vehicles different in urban areas and in the countryside?
  • Are bicycles a better mode of transportation? Why? / Why not?
  • Do you consider that pollution is a huge environmental threat? Why? / Why not?
  • Do you believe that city planners fail to consider pedestrians while planning roads?

  • Would you make the same choice again if given the chance? (refers to Part 2 question about a difficult choice)
  • What should people do if they think that they made the wrong choice?

  • What kind of advertising media do you like the most? Why?
  • Do you think children are easily influenced by advertisements?

Childhood experiences
  • Are childhood experiences very important for people? Why do you think so?
  • Why do some people like to talk a lot about their experiences as a child?
  • When you listen to other people describing their childhood experiences, do you believe them?
  • Do you think some people make up stories about their childhood? Why do you think they might do this?

Working under pressure
  • Do you often feel under pressure while at work?
  • Are there any advantages of working under pressure? What are they?
  • What are some things people can do to help deal with pressure at work?

How would you answer these IELTS speaking questions? Comment below with your ideas - Good luck with your IELTS preparation and test!