Recent IELTS June 2017 speaking questions and guides on how to answer them

The IELTS test is designed to push a candidate to the limits of their language and so learners will at some point struggle. It is useful to look at strategies to deal with this, such as paraphrasing and rephrasing, using the rubric to help answer in Part 2, and asking for time to think about answers – especially useful in part 3, where there can be some complex ideas and so forth. On this article, you will learn simple ways to respond appropriately.

Part 1

Question:  “What type of weather do you enjoy most?”

  1. Start with a long response
  • Hmm. It’s hard to say because I like all seasons but…
  1. Provide your answer
  • I would say summer would have to be my all-time favorite.
  1. Present your reason/example
  • You know, the summer is just great. There are so many things to do outside, you can be near the water, yes…if it’s too hot, it’s better to hang out at the beach. I really love the beach and watersports like surfing…
  1. Conclusion / Closing
  • so, yeah, if I had to choose one, it would be summer for sure.

Complete Answer:

  • Hmm. It’s hard to say because I like all seasons but, I would say summer would have to be my all-time favorite. You know, the summer is just great. There are so many things to do outside, you can be near the water, yes…if it’s too hot, it’s better to hang out at the beach. I really love the beach and watersports like surfing… so, yeah, if I had to choose one, it would be summer for sure.


Part 2

1.Use your 1 minute preparation time wisely and make notes of the points you’d like to make.

  1. The question will help you with the structure of your talk. The introduction can include the item itself and maybe a brief description. The main body of your talk could describe the situation when you acquired the object and go on to explain when you use it. You can then end with an explanation of why the object is so important.
  2. Try to avoid giving a very dry, unimaginative introduction such as ‘The object I’m going to describe is ….‘. Get your talk off to a memorable start with something on the lines of: ‘If I was about to lose everything and could only save one thing it would be my …‘, or ‘I’ve got several things that mean a lot to me but the one that really stands out is my …
  3. If you’re concerned about not having enough to talk about for 1 to 2 minutes or running out of time before you’ve finished, the answer is to practice as often as possible. Time yourself and ask a friend for feedback.







Part 3

Question: How do you think it will change people’s buying habits in the future?

  1. Long response
  • Buying from the internet is becoming more and more popular.
  1. Reason and Example
  • For example, we’ve seen many book shops close down because people can buy online at cheaper prices from sites such as Amazon.
  1. Elaborate your point
  • It makes life much easier if products can be delivered direct to our door, especially with our busy modern lifestyles. I think this will only increase in the future as more people feel safe to buy online and online shops make it easier to purchase this way.
  1. Provide another point
  • Also, I think our lives are only going to become busier, as we are engaged on browsing the internet buying stuff here and there, so more people will choose to shop this way.

Complete Answer: 

  • Buying from the internet is becoming more and more popular. For example, we’ve seen many book shops close down because people can buy online at cheaper prices from sites such as Amazon. It makes life much easier if products can be delivered direct to our door, especially with our busy modern lifestyles. I think this will only increase in the future as more people feel safe to buy online and online shops make it easier to purchase this way. Also, I think our lives are only going to become busier, as we are engaged on browsing the internet buying stuff here and there, so more people will choose to shop this way.

IELTS Speaking – Why is it essential to apply English language in real-life situations? How can I quickly improve my IELTS speaking skills / level?

The IELTS speaking exam is suppose to represent what it is like to talk to someone in a real life situation. You should therefore not practice IELTS past paper topics and just talk normally to someone instead. There are thousands of past paper questions and it is very unlikely that you will be asked any of them in your test.

We strongly suggest that you must find someone to practice your English with and talk about something you are interested in or discuss  the up-to-date topics in your oral exam. This will make it much easier and you are less likely to get bored.

You will learn the language better if you practice it often, we recommend every day. You will probably agree with the idea that the more you do something, the better you will get at it, right?

But, what if you can’t really speak/practice the language? Because you’re in your home country and nobody speaks it. Well, that’s not always true. Check online see if there are some meet-ups or other similar events where people just want to exchange languages. Another method is to talk to yourself, some people do it in the shower,  think about conversations you may have had in this language before or from whatever textbook you use to learn. And repeat it to yourself, then go with other scenarios. Imagine simple day to day conversations, practice the way you would approach them. And if ever you get stuck, you know what the next thing you need to learn is. Just talk, even if it means talking to yourself.

Our strong recommendation is to try to connect with English speaking people. Surely, there are bunch of online school out there who offers variety of courses. Try to enroll and make friends with your online tutor, so you can practice conversational English and IELTS at the same time. You already have plenty of Chinese friends. Now would be a great time to diversify the types of people you associate with. This may seem extremely awkward for you at first, but you should push yourself in that direction for your own good.

You shouldn’t be afraid or embarrassed of speaking the language you are trying to learn. You’re learning the language, you don’t know it yet. You’re going to make mistakes, accept it. Only when speaking the language will you be able to play around with new words or grammar you have learnt. You will get comfortable talking the language, even with mistakes. It doesn’t matter in the end – people will always appreciate your efforts and they will not care about mistakes you might make, because these mistakes are part of who you are and the way you communicate. Embrace them and conversations will flow normally.

Explanation, guidance and tips around IELTS speaking test (how to easily succeed!)

The other day, one of our students came up to us and was completely fussy as it is her third try and still getting the same result. Although, this is her third time she probably has a rough idea about the speaking procedure, yet, she doesn’t have a good foundation about each speaking section. On this article, we will give you an overview to give you a better understanding about your oral test. Do bear in mind that each section has a different purpose in assessing your communicative skills.


PART 1 – Interview

Basically, this is the least complicated section of your exam. The questions thrown at you here are basic questions about your personal life, they might ask you questions about your hometown, family, hobbies, interests, work or studies so the best response is a natural response that provides a little more information than the examiner asked for. It’s like talking to a long time friend in a coffee shop and being detailed about your talk. Remember that one of the aims of this section is to get you talking freely. I suggest that you must prepare vocabularies on these topics, for instance, if one of your interests is scuba diving, make sure that you gain the vocabulary you need to discuss this topic.


Part 2 – Long Turn

This section is generally a description part or story telling, the candidate will be assessed on how well he/she can describe a certain topic in two minutes. Most candidates are usually freaking out when they get into this section test, probably because of lack of ideas in elaborating their subject topic. They key strategy here is to prepare a topic for each major themes, these are subjects about a person, a place, an event/activity/situation, an item/object and a story. Also, make the most out of your 1 minute preparation time, it is still best to write down those important keywords  you will be using to discuss which will keep you on track and to avoid forgetting significant details.


Part 3 – Discussion

Apparently, candidates mistakenly take this part similar to how they respond in Part 1. Well, this section is to evaluate your competence in discussing analytically. It sounds a little nerve-wracking but normally the examiner uses this section to adjust your score, if they think that you didn’t perform well in Part 2 they will ask you a tough question in Part 3 to pull your score. You must provide at least 2-3 main ideas to discuss plus you must provide necessary examples such as personal anecdote to support your reasons. The examiner will mostly ask for your general thoughts on an issue; advantages and disadvantages; problems and solutions; how the issue has changed from the past until now; and how the issue will change in the future.


Learning about the purpose of each parts will help you recognize how to respond appropriately. Preparing for your IELTS Speaking is not just a matter of mastering the language but understanding the objective, this way you can feel at ease for having a lay out about what your speaking exam consist.

IELTS Speaking Exam – tips and advises from an Examiner

As we have mentioned in our previous statement the Speaking exam is not an academic test. You must have a better understanding on how examiners mark your score. What you might not know is that each section contributes to your final Speaking Score by breaking these skills down even further, identifying the key aspects of each. Note, that each criterion consist of 25% which sums up to 100%:

  • Fluency and Coherence (25%)
    Fluency refers to how good the candidate is at keeping talking at the right speed and proper intonation while Coherence refers to how logical you connected your ideas in speech. This is a fairly general criteria which include evaluating the relevance of the candidate’s answers, it refers to the speaker’s need to be able to understand and follow the rules of language at a word, sentence and text level.
  • Lexical Resource (25%)
    This specifies to how much vocabulary the candidate has and how well they use it. As well as the rules of language at a word level, this criteria considers the communicative functions of speech and the social meaning of speech. Idiomatic language is also a plus.
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy (25%)
    Your grammatical score is, obviously, a reflection of your mastery of English grammar. This refers to how many structures the candidate has and how well they use them. Again, as well as the rules of language, this criteria considers the communicative functions of speech.
  • Pronunciation (25%)
    This refers to how well the candidate enunciates individual words. As well as considering the communicative effect of the candidate’s pronunciation, there is an evaluation of how much strain it causes on a listener, and how noticeable their accent is – although accent itself is not a problem.

To sum up, these aspects are relevant to each other to make speech effective in communication. For instance, if you have a thick accent, your control of the grammar and extensive lexicon can support your response. Likewise, perhaps you speak rather slowly and deliberately because your fluency is weak and requires consideration. In this case, it may be a strong vocabulary and well-pronounced words that may keep your message afloat. When you think of it, the way that the IELTS speaking section is marked is pretty genius.

Practical, simple & helpful IELTS Speaking exam tips from a current Examiner

The IELTS Speaking test is basically one of the most difficult parts of the IELTS examination. Most students that have studied with First English dedicate much of their time preparing for their speaking test, they usually formulate answers and memorize it which make it difficult for them to prepare. In which case, they have less understanding how examiners rate their oral capability. Remember that, these exams are challenging and can be very important for your future. Luckily, I’ve rounded up four simple ways to loosen you up.

  1. Speaking test is not an IQ or a knowledge test

Most students can go wrong because they evaluate it like an intelligence test and forget to use good English. Again, this is not an academic test, perhaps, it’s a language test. Know how the exam is marked so you can give the examiners exactly what they want. Here are 4 criteria you must consider:

  • Fluency and Coherence
  • Lexical Resource
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy
  • Pronunciation
  1. Study each section.

  • Part 1: Interview: This is supposed to be a relatively simple, introductory section. The examiner will likely ask your name, where you’re from, how you like to spend your free time, why you’re studying English, etc. Tip: It will be effortless to give “yes” and “no” answers in this section, but do your best to give longer responses. Example: “Do you enjoy learning English?” “Yes (keep going!), I think English is a difficult but entertaining language to learn, and it’s very practical.” The interview will last 4-5 minutes.
  • Part 2: Long Turn: In part 2 you will be given a topic about which you must speak uninterrupted for 1-2 minutes. This tends to be very difficult for most examinees. Tip: You will have one minute of prep time. Don’t try to write out complete answers, just make notes and improvise from them. You will sound more natural this way and you’ll be able to map out your entire response.
  • Part 3: Discussion: In this section of the test you will discuss a topic with the examiner for 3-4 minutes; again, a difficult category. Tip: If you have the chance to make a point through a personal anecdote, this will show you are comfortable and make your conversation more unique.
  1. Acquire the updated topics.

Knowing the food on the table will make a huge difference compared to people who is taken off guard. By learning about the topics you can create hints to each topic, in this way you can excel in spontaneity. You don’t necessarily need to memorize the answers because it is impossible for you to remember and it might sound recorded when you speak it out. Just jot down the main ideas and it will do the trick.


  1. Apply it in real life situation.

Apparently, reading English materials, listening to foreign music or watching foreign films might be a little helpful. Yet, interacting with someone is the best way to apply your oral skills whereas you can form a habit of being comfortable when using the English language. Here’s where tutors come in, practice with someone who could speak good English, they can guide you in so many aspects of the speaking test. Also, you can learn about your strength and shortcomings from your response and can identify which area of your language skills needs improvement.

2017 May IELTS Exam questions

IELTS Writing questions

    • giving detailed description of crimes in newspaper and on television…media should be restricted”(what extent you disagree or agree)
    • In some countries, people can get variety food transported from other countries 。to what extent the benefits outweigh the drawbacks?
    • Some people think living in big cities is bad for people’s health. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
    • In some countries around the world men and women are having babies late in life. What are the reasons?/Why? Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
    • Young people who commit serious crimes, such as robbery or violent attacks should be punished as adult. To what extent you agree?
    • In some country, people prefer to rent a house for accommodation, while in other country people prefer to buy an own house for living.
      Is renting house has more advantages or disadvantages than buying a house?
    • Public celebrations (such as national day, festivals) are popular in many countries. But some people think government should spend money on more useful things. Do you agree or disagree?

IELTS Speaking Exam questions

Part 2
Explain a situation when you have waited too long for something.
Explain about-
1. Situation
2. When and Where
3. What did you do after this?

Part 3
1. Are people like to wait nowadays? Why?
2. Why don’t younger people like to wait to compare with older people?
3. Why don’t people have patience nowadays?
4. What is your opinion about having patience? Is it good or bad?
5. Are children are good in waiting than older people?

Part 2

Which sport do you like ?
When did you first watch this sport ?
Whom do you watch this sport with ?
How do you enjoying watching this sport ?

Part 3

What are the other sports you follow ?
What are the other sports people follow in your country ?
Do you prefer watching sport at home or outside ?
How is the environment like when you watch the sport outside ?
How did the commercials impact the professional sports ?
Are some players paid too high ? Do you support large payments to some players ?

Latest IELTS Exam questions August 2016


IELTS Writing questions

Task 2: Many countries spend high amount of money on internet access. Explain why this is happening. Do you think it is a good way to use the government’s money?

Task 2: Some cities are gradually changing from driving a car to riding a bicycle, but some people in other cities still prefer driving than cycling. Explain the reasons for the development and suggest which is better.

Task 2: Schools should only be used for academics study and all the other things like cookery woodwork should be learned at home or via friends. To what extent do you agree or disagree.

Task 2: Why are people buying more and more manufactured product for use and own? What is the effect on individual and society? Do they have negative or positive aspects?

IELTS Speaking questions

Part 2
Describe your favorite movie. Please tell us:
Where & when did you see it?
Why you like it?
What is the movie about?




Responses to question: In some countries, the government is encouraging businesses and industries to move outside city centers and relocate to regional areas. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this trend?

This has been a frequently tested question recently. So we have decided to discuss about it in this post. You can find below some ideas for questions and essays related to relocating businesses outside city centers to regional areas. This could be tested in both writing and speaking components of IELTS.

In some countries, the government is encouraging businesses and industries to move outside city centers and relocate to regional areas.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of this trend?

Advantages of businesses being outside urban areas

  • Land prices are cheaper and more abundant in rural areas which is beneficial to businesses. Many overhead costs will be substantially cheaper.
  • Workers/employees in regional areas can be hired for a lower salary. Attractive to firms.
  • Industry and business can often produce pollution so locating them away from residential areas is sensible. This would help make cities less polluted.
  • Raw materials are located in rural areas so it makes sense for many businesses to be situated nearer their required resources. Various savings such as transportation cost, reduction in pollution.
  • Local communities usually support the arrival of new businesses as they bring jobs. This local support can be beneficial for businesses.

Disadvantages of relocating businesses

  • The infrastructure is sometimes less developed in rural areas which can be a problem for businesses.
  • Internet connection may not be reliable and this can adversely affect companies.
  • Workers in rural areas may be plentiful but they might not be as skilled as those in urban centers. A lack of skilled, experienced workers can be a problem for some companies.
  • For many companies, their customers are in city centers so moving away from their customer base is not beneficial.

IELTS Speaking part 2: What to do during the 1 minutes preparation time

During part 2 of the IELTS speaking component, as soon as students see the cue card questions, they should be doing the following:

  1. Topic Selection (you should select the right things to talk about as you would want to produce a good quality part 2 response). Choose something to talk about that is easy to talk about. Easy topics should have the below:
    1. Lots of features (there should be a variety of things to talk about)
    2. Be expandable (you can keep on adding points to it)
    3. Be able to include some ‘invented’ aspects. Remember, examiner will not penalise you for lying to him/her. It is OK to make up story or lie to them!
  2. Vocabulary – write down some uncommon vocabulary that are related to the topic. (can this word be used for many other topics?)
  3. Grammar point
    1. Decide the Tense (present, past or conditional tense). You do not want to lose hard-earned points over simple grammatical mistakes like tenses right??

Remember to use  plenty of lead-in phrase, linking phrase in every sentence (so the sentence can contain complex linking structures, redundant language, and complex grammar).

Recent IELTS Speaking exam questions (January – February 2016)

Here are some recent IELTS Speaking exam questions (January – February 2016) we have gathered for you. Please do revise them and ask us any questions. 

Part 1 speaking:

  • Answer a set of questions on color, letters, handwriting and emails (i.e. which are more important etc)
  • Do you work or study?
  • Do you like your work?
  • Are you a morning person?
  • Do you study or Work?
  • Why you choose these subjects?
  • What will you do after completing education?
  • How has your work environment changed from past?
  • Have you ever made any handicraft?
  • Is it important for children to know handicrafts?
  • What handicrafts are famous in your country?
  • What new handicraft would you like to learn and why?
  • How do you usually communicate?
  • What do you prefer to message or send a card?
  • When did you get your 1st mobile and why?

Part 2 speaking: What would you like to do if you get a day off from your work or college. You should outline:

  • Where would you go
  • What would you do
  • Why are you thinking of doing this
  • Would you recommend this to your friends

Part 2 speaking: Describe something you forgot during a recent event. You should include:

  • what it was
  • where you forgot it
  • what you did when you realized you have forgotten it


Part 2 IELTS speaking exam question: Describe a day when bad weather affected your plans. You should include:

  • where were you going?
  • what were you going for?
  • what did you do instead during that time?

Part 3 IELTS speaking questions:

  • Questions around past work patterns, present scenario and future possibilities. Such as how to balance work and social life, reasons that are making people busier these days etc.
  • Do people have more choices with jobs in future?
  • are you good at decision making?
  • Do you like to write or type on computer?
  • Is good handwriting important to you?
  • Can you write if there is a need to?
  • In future, will people prefer to use computers for writing?
  • Why do you think people forget things?
  • What should they do to memorize things?
  • How can technology help people memorize things?
  • How is the weather in your country?
  • What do people in your country do in different weather?
  • How is the climate change affecting the world?
  • How is your country planning on overcoming this climate change?
  • Is the individual role important in climate change?


Recent IELTS writing exam questions

Task 1 writing question: You would like to invite your foreign friend to come and attend an event in your city. You should tell him what special things are going to happen and what you plan to do with him.

Task 2 writing question: Job interview is an important way to select a candidate for a job. What are other ways to select a candidate for a job apart from interview. Do you think job interview is the best way when hiring someone?

Task 2 writing questions: Some people think that it is teachers’ responsibility to teach children healthy lifestyle and healthy diet. Others argue that it is parents’ duty to provide the required knowledge and skills. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.