IELTS Speaking Practice Test 1


School days

  • Tell me something about your secondary school.
  • Which subject did you find most difficult at school? [Why?]
  • Do you ever need that subject now? [Why? / Why not?]
  • What did you enjoy about being a school student?


  • Are there any famous buildings in your home town? [What are they?]
  • In what type of building do most people in your home town live?
  • Should buildings be attractive to look at? [Why? / Why not?]
  • What is the most unusual building you have ever seen? [Why?]


Candidate task card:

Describe an interesting story that you heard or read about in the news.
You should say:
when you heard or read about the story
what the story was about why the story was in the news and explain why you thought the story was interesting.


Reading newspapers

  • When do people like to read the newspaper?
  • How important is it for people to have a choice of newspaper?
  • What does a ‘good’ newspaper contain?

The future of newspapers

  • Why do some people choose to read the news on the Internet rather than in a newspaper?
  • How is Internet news different from the news you read in the newspaper?
  • Will Internet news ever replace newspapers? [Why? / Why not?]

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