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    1. Describe one of your grandparent’s job.
    2. Speak about something that you complained and if the company solved your problem?
    3. Describe an item you already bought but you do not use it.
    4. An instance when you wished to do something but could not make time for
    5. Good news that you recently received.
    6. An intelligent person you know.
    7. Describe a place where you spend your free time.
    8. Describe something that you borrowed from a friend/ a family member.
    9. A foreign language you would like to learn.
    10. Tell about a latest party you attended.
    11. Describe your idea of a perfect house. Appearance + its location.
    12. Describe a person with whom you enjoy to work.
    13. A gift you presented to your friend on some
    14. An activity that you do when you are alone.
    15. What kind of food people like to eat in special events.
    16. Talk about something you lost and then found it.
    17. A comedy show/movie which you have seen
    18. Talk about your favorite co-worker.
    19. Describe a good law in your country
    20. Describe a teenager you know.
    21. Talk about an old man you know.
    22. Describe a situation when someone did not tell you the complete truth.
    23. Talk about a part of your country you like the most.
    24. Talk about a game you enjoyed playing when you were
    25. Talk about a statue in your town.
    26. Describe about information you got from somewhere.
    27. Describe a flower which is of importance in your country.
    28. Talk about a book you read recently
    29. An important decision you took with the help of someone.
    30. Describe a poisonous plant you know.
    31. Talk about a free day from work/study.
    32. Talk about an instance when you experienced bad service at a shop or restaurant
    33. Talk about a time when you had a problem with a piece of equipment.
    34. Talk about a remote place you wish to visit in the future
    35. Talk about a sport, on TV you would like to try.
    36. Talk about a special date in your country’s history.
    37. Talk about a lecture you have been to
    38. Talk about a recent public development in your country
    39. Talk about a time when you gave money as a gift
    40. Talk about a person who cares about the environment
    41. Talk about a project for which you collected
    42. A place indoor/outdoor where you can
    43. A public facility recently opened(cinema/park)
    44. A subject you did not like at school but are interested in
    45. Something you taught to a younger person.
    46. A family business you know.
    47. Something you started that is good for your health.
    48. Describe a happy childhood event.
    49. Describe an environmental problem that has occurred in your country.
    50. Describe an educational television program that you liked.
    51. Describe an interesting house/apartment that you have
    52. Talk about an advertisement that you find
    53. Describe an event when you had to be polite.

Speaking Test Advice

Follow this Speaking test advice and try to talk fluently.

  • The Speaking test is a face-to-face conversation with a certified examiner. It is as close to a real-life situation as a test can get.
  • The examiner will ask you about familiar topics such as home, work or studies in part 1. This should help you feel comfortable when speaking. Try and relax so that you can speak as naturally as possible.
  • Take time before the test to practise speaking with a partner, friend or teacher.
    Make the most of your Speaking test:
  • Try to talk as much as you can
  • Talk as fluently as possible and be spontaneous
  • Relax, be confident and enjoy using your English
  • Develop your answers
  • Speak more than the examiner
  • Ask for clarification if necessary
  • Do not learn prepared answers; the examiner is trained to spot this and will change the question
  • Express your opinions; you will be assessed on your ability to communicate
  • The examiner’s questions tend to be fairly predictable; practice at home and record yourself

IELTS Speaking tips

  1. Avoid cramming

Most of the people consider memorizing the answers to score well in the speaking module which is unacceptable, and the interviewer can easily figure it out. As a result, your band score will be affected as well as you will have to face tougher questions that unveil your actual level of English.

  1. Myth related to Examiner’s Opinion

Whatever your opinion will be, it does not matter to the examiner as he/ she just have to check how much well-versed you are with the language. I was surprised with the peoples’ view that the examiner will only give good score if he is satisfied with your opinion which is only a MYTH. Actually, it is only your fluently spoken grammatically correct sentences which will be counted in the end.

  1. Extensive use of Vocabulary

Currently, the widely held misbelieve is that by using complex words in every single sentence will bring fruitful result in IELTS Speaking test. But, when the natives of other countries communicate with each other, they hardly use such kind of words whereas in the conferences of universities only complicated words are spoken. I’d suggest you to use only those words with which you can form appropriate and meaningful sentences during your exam.

In short:

100% surety of word meaning can work wonders for you. But, being confused about the same can create a blunder in your speaking module.

  1. Do not try to impress the examiner with your Grammar skills

Well, this tip is inter-linked with the previous one. If you have a great knowledge about each and every rule of grammar, then use it for your benefit instead of showing off your skills to the examiner for making a good impression on him. You should use the tenses as per the demand of the question. So, while practicing, make structure of your answers according to the tense used in the question and make yourself acquainted with functional language for presenting your opinion, contradictory views and drawing the attention of the listener (Examiner) and so on.

  1. Try to answer everything

As we all know “ Something is better than nothing”. Similarly, when you do not know the answer, then instead of saying ‘Nothing’ just try to give some related information about that question. Also, you can some fillers like: Well, I guess/I suppose…, “At the end of the day, Let me think, I’ve never really thought about that.., I’m not really sure, but if I had to say…., which gives you a few seconds to think over the question regarding which you have no ideas.

  1. Grammar vs. Fluency

Give equal importance to grammar as well as fluency because both are evaluated in your speaking test. The Asian students bother more about grammar instead of fluency and the vice-versa is found to be true in European students. In this case, students must ask their teacher about their weak area and put efforts to improve it.

  1. Speak in Natural Accent

Students believe that if they will speak in British, American or any other accent then, only they can score well but, in actual, it’s not true. The most important thing is: Your idea should be clearly conveyed in any accent to the examiner with less or no grammatical errors and less or no fumbling. So, do not copy foreign accent as it is of no use.

  1. Be Confident

Pre-test jitters are common in some people as a result of this; they lose confidence and feel anxious about their performance. Due to this, Students do not speak loudly and the examiner does not understand whatever they are saying which affects their band score. Undoubtedly, Practice makes a man perfect as well as it builds confidence of a person which can act as a key to success. So, I’d suggest you to speak up your mind confidently.

  1. Reach on or before time.

It’s better if you will reach before the scheduled time as you can make yourself comfortable and relax your mind as you might feel tired because of travelling. Also, finding the examination centre and traffic congestion takes up a lot of time due to which you may arrive late at your destination. Your queries will be entertained by the staff present there. So, you can ask anything to them.

  1. Be Self-Reliant

The examiner will not help you during your speaking test as he or she is not allowed to do so. It’s not examiner’s duty to tell you whether you have spoken less or more. He/she will not disclose about the different types of mistakes like wrong pronunciation, off topic information, grammatical errors, etcetera that you have made while speaking. So, have a better sense of control on your speaking instead of relying on examiner.