Thursday, October 3, 2013

IELTS Speaking Topics 2013

What’s the advantage of knowing sample topic speaking questions in the IELTS or the International English Language Testing examination?

Better and more prepared answers. Everyone wants to have a good response in the speaking examination of the IELTS. There is a desire for any candidate to impress the interviewer with very intelligent and logical responses. To be able to do these, one must be fully prepared for the examination. One thing to do is to know the common speaking topics for the speaking examination. Having knowledge and access to the questions asked in the IELTS speaking especially this year 2013 helps the candidate anticipate what kinds of questions could probably be included in the speaking test.

Here are some speaking topics and questions that have been used in this year’s IELTS speaking examination.

Part 1 – Introduction

What is your name?
Do you work or study?
Where are you originally from?
What kind of foods do you like?
In the future when you have children, would you recommend those kinds of food?
What are the special features in your hometown?
Would you like to stay there in the future? Why or why not?
Who selected your clothes when you were a child?
What would you look for when choosing clothes?
Is it easy to buy clothes for someone else?
Do you prefer writing mails or emails?
What is the difference between communication through emails and letters?

Part II – Cue card

Talk about an enjoyable family event that you have attended, please say:
- When and where did it happen?
- What happened at this event?
- Who was there at this event?
And explain why this event was enjoyable.
Follow up: Do you often take part in family events?

Describe a film based on a real life event or real person. Please say:
- When did you see it?
- Did you like it or not? Why?
- What did you learn from the movie?
Talk about a film or TV program which made you laugh a lot. Please say:
- What it was?
- When you saw it?
- Who the characters were?
Explain what it made you laugh a lot.

Part III – Discussion

Do you think families are important?
Who are more important, family or friends?
When do friends become more important than family?
Many countries are experiencing what is called, “an aging population”. What problems will these countries have as the percentage of old people in society increases and the percentage of young people decreases?
What are the most important things to make a movie successful?
Do you think the star acting in the movie influences the success of the movies? Why?

These are only some questions that you can practice for the IELTS speaking examination. Practice answering these questions in front of a friend or take review classes in IELTS review centers as coaches will rate and provide enriching critique and comments for you to have better responses. You may refer to this page for the compilation of IELTS speaking topics.


  1. I work with many 'highly skilled' migrants. Doctors in fact. And I can assure you that the requirement for an English language test is entirely necessary. I think you'll find you have to sit the IELTS test if applying to work in the UK or US as well.

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