Speaking Sample Questions from Cambridge IELTS 5 Test 1

The examiner asks the candidate about him/herself, his/her home, work or studies and other familiar topics.

Your country
•  Which part of your country do most people live in?
•  Tell me about the main industries there.
•  How easy is it to travel around your country?
•  Has your country changed much since you were a child?


Describe a well-known person you like or admire.

You should say:
Who this person is
What this person has done
Why this person is well known
And explain why you admire this person.

You have one minute to think about what you’re going to say.
You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes.
You can make some notes to help you if you wish.


Discussion topics:
Famous people in your country
Example questions:
What kind of people become famous people these days?
Is this different from the kind of achievement that made people famous in the past?
In what way?
How do you think people will become famous in the future?

Being in the public eye
Example questions:
What are the good things about being famous? Are there any disadvantages?
How does the media in your country treat famous people?
Why do you think ordinary people are interested in the lives of famous people?