IELTS Speaking test model-part 1

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Speaking IELTS

Part 1 : Introductions

At the start of the Speaking test, the examiner will ask you some questions about yourself.

First, you will have to give your name and tell the examiner where you come from.

Then you will have to talk about your home or what you do.

IELTS Speaking Test Model

We have made a list of some of the most frequently asked questions below. Don’t forget to read these examples aloud. Try to answer then in front of a mirror or try to talk about yourself in front of others.

Three of the most important question starters :

  1. Where do you … ?
  2. Why are you … ?
  3. What hobbies … ?

Take a quick look at the examples below :

  • Where do you come from?
  • Why are you living in this city?
  • What hobbies do you have?
  • What do you do in your leisure [=free] time ?
  • Why do you like your neighborhood ?
  • What do you like most about your neighborhood ?
  • How often do you get our with your friends ?
  • How often do you hang out with your colleagues?
  • etc…


  • What’s your favorite sport?
  • When did you first become interested in it?
  • How often do you participate in this sport?
  • What equipment do you need for this?
  • Where do you do this sport?


Sample Answers:

  • My favorite sport is tennis/football/swimming.
  • I first become interested in it when i was at school/last year.
  • I go/play every Monday/ 3 times a week.
  • You don’t need much equipment, just a racket/ball/ pair of goggles. 


The 2nd step

In speaking Part 1 you may be asked negative questions, for example What don’t you enjoy? Be prepared to give a negative answer. You can also try to change your answers by including information about things you don’t do.

The 3rd step

When the examiner has finished asking questions about the first topic, he or she will move on to another general topic. Listen carefully so that you recognise the change in topic.

Here are some of the things you might here :

  • Now, let’s move on to talk about holidays…
  • Let’s talk about holidays…

Useful words to express frequency

There are some useful words and phrases that you can use during the first part of your IELTS speaking module.

never rarely
occasionally sometimes
regularly frequently
  • Every day
  • Every week
  • Every month
  • Every year
  • once a week/month/year
  • now and again
  • from time to time
  • every now and then

Using adjectives – Be careful!

Sometimes IELTS candidates make mistake when they want to use adjective to talk about different things. You need to know which adjective to use when you want to talk about different things.

-ing and -ed adjectives :

Adjectives ending in -ing are often used to describe something.

  • This TV program is boring.
  • This book is really interesting.
  • His behavior was really disappointing.

Adjectives ending in -ed are often used to say how you feel.

  • I’m bored.
  • I’m Interested.
  • She is disappointed.

Using Really,So and Very

You can add emphasis to your -ed and -ing adjectives by adding really, so and very.

I was really bored. The film was so boring.

Important: You cannot use very with adjective that already have an absolute meaning such as : Fascinating or revolting.

Fascinating: Extremely interesting.

Revolting : Extremely unpleasant.

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