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What will I be asked in my IELTS Speaking test? Well, it’s impossible to predict, but what we can tell you is that you need to be ready for anything! 

You certainly don’t need to be an expert on farming or have a degree in neuroscience to answer IELTS questions; remember it’s a language test, not a general knowledge test. However, the more prepared you are, the more confident you’ll be on test day.

That’s why we’ve prepared this pdf with 20 topics and practice questions for Part 1 and Part 3 of the IELTS Speaking test. 

Fill in to download the 20 IELTS Speaking Topics PDF:

Click here to see IELTS 20 topics for Writing too.

The more prepared you are, the more confident you’ll be on test day.

How to use the pdf

1. Chat with a friend

The easiest way to is simply to grab a buddy, and ask each other the questions. You might choose to ask your friend about art, and your friend can ask you about education. As you speak, listen carefully so that you can give each other feedback on your strengths and weaknesses.

2. Chat to yourself

Don’t have a study buddy? No worries! Grab your phone, hit record, and answer the questions as if you were in a language test. Remember to listen back as well and think about your performance in relation to the criteria:

❒ Did I extend my answers?

❒ Did I use a range of connectives?

❒ Did I use a wide range of vocabulary/

❒ Were my vocabulary choices accurate?

❒ Did I use a range of grammatical structures accurately?

❒ Did I speak clearly and at a suitable pace?

❒ Did I use intonation, stress and chunking appropriately?


Record yourself answering questions – and make sure you listen back!

3. Set yourself an extra challenge

Choose an aspect of grammar, vocabulary, fluency or pronunciation, and set yourself an extra challenge while you speak. In our YouTube video, Sayli and Alex challenge each other to use particular grammar points, or to use ‘less common’ vocabulary in their responses. Here are some ideas for an added degree of difficulty. 

As you answer the questions, try to:

Adding a challenge like this is a fun way to focus on a particular micro-skill. Keep in mind that it will probably affect your fluency and pace; don’t worry about that. You won’t do it on test day! Consider this just part of your preparation. 

Watch Alex and Sayli challenge each other!

4. Spin the wheel

Use the 20 IELTS Topics Wheel to randomise your speaking. Click to spin, and then find the relevant section on your PDF, and get speaking! 

Spin to choose an IELTS Speaking topic:



5. Practise with us!

Our 1:1 tutorials are tailored to suit you. In fact, you choose what you want to work on when you book your session through E2Language.com. You can ask your teacher to spend the whole lesson on Speaking (Let’s spin that wheel!), or you can include writing, reading or listening too. This time is all about you. Our teachers live and breathe IELTS, and their support and feedback is the key to our students’ success. When you join us as a Bronze -level member of higher, tutorials are included in your package. Book your session today! 

However you do it, practising speaking on a variety of topics is an essential part of your test preparation. If you want more, jump into the huge Speaking section on our IELTS course, join our Live Classes or if you’re not sure where to start, get in touch at hello@e2language.com and let’s chat!

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