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IELTS Listening Tips

To improve your listening skill you must have a proper strategy. By following these IELTS listening tips one can easily develop their listening. Even in IELTS Listening it’s possible to get band score 9. You are already well known to some of these rules, here 10 rules have been mentioned which are effective and these will help you to secure a fantastic score in the IELTS.

IELTS listening tips


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Listen to the British accent: Improve your general listening skills. Practice more and more to make the accent comprehensible to you. Around 80 to 90 percent of audio will be in British accent at your IELTS listening test. So, need to get used to with it.

Have a good concentration: Don’t get distracted while practicing. And at the exam board you have to pay full attention as you have to listen to the audio, read and write at the same time. In the exam you will be hearing the audio only for once. In case you miss any word do not panic try to focus on the main part and at the end go through those questions.

Keep an eye on the linking words: you have to listen carefully to the word indicators such as however, then, finally, but. What the speaker is going to say can be predicted by these words indicators. That’s why one should have focus on this.

Point out the keywords: Name of places, dates, any name should be underlined. It also can appear in the synonyms of those keywords. Go through the questions then underline the keywords. Especially in part 3,4 which are comparatively more complex.

Avoid spelling & grammar mistakes: spelling mistakes will not get you any mark even if it is a correct answer as well as grammar mistakes will also deduct your mark. Do take care of spelling, grammar such as nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs. Transfer your answers attentively.

Watch out couple of questions at a time: To avoid missing any answer you have to look at the next question at the same time. This is how one can avoid missing any information and also can notice if it has moved on.

Read out the questions carefully: The questions will be paraphrased what you will listen. It will not be the same as you listened in the audio. That’s why you will have to spend that 1 minute to read the questions properly.

Answer every question: Do not just leave any blank answers. There is no negative marking for wrong answers. You will not lose mark for that. Try to read again and predict the answer.

Be careful about transferring the answers: Do not put right answer in the wrong place. In that case you should pay more attention and make a proper use of 10 minutes which will be given to transfer your answer.

Check your answer sheet: At the end of every section you will be getting 30 seconds to check your answers. Take the advantage of this time and check out the spellings, numbers, upper case, lower case, grammar and everything.

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IELTS speaking cue cards

IELTS speaking cue cards

At IELTS speaking test part 2 the examiner will give a cue card to talk about that. Examiner will allow you 1 minute to prepare when you can make some notes as well. You need to speak one to two minutes according to the instructions but try to speak as much as you can. You will be stopped by the examiner if you talk more than two minutes which is an indication of good English speaking capability. 

IELTS speaking cue cards

Here’s some IELTS speaking cue cards for you. Good luck about your IELTS preparation. 

  1. If you could another course when you finish your current one, what would you choose?
  • What kind of course it would be
  • What do you want to learn from it
  • Why would you choose it?
  1. Describe a sport you would like to learn.
  • What sport it is
  • When will you learn it
  • How will you learn it
  • Why do you want to learn this particular sport?
  1. Talk about an instance when you spoke with someone in a foreign language for the first time.
  • When and what language it is?
  • Who did you speak with?
  • How did you feel about it?
  1. Talk about a difficult choice that you had to make and realized later it was the right decision.
  • When and where did you make this decision?
  • How did you know it was the right decision?
  • Why was this decision important to you?
  1. Describe a goal that you hope to achieve in the future.
  • What has this goal to do with your life?
  • When did you start thinking about this goal?
  • How will you achieve it?
6.       Describe one of popular and famous festivals in your country.

–          What festival it is?

–          Where and when does it take place?

–          How do you celebrate it?

7.       Talk about a childhood song that you liked the most.

–          What song was it?

–          Why did you like it?

–          Do you still like to song that song? Why?

  1. Talk about a dinner with a friend that you had recently.
  • Describe your friend.
  • When and where was the dinner?
  • What did you talk about?
  1. Describe a hand craft that you made at school.
  • What was it?
  • Why did you like it?
  • Were you good at it?
  1. Talk about a new law you would introduce to our country.
  • What law it would be?
  • Would it be easy to introduce such law?
  • What are the benefits of such law?
  1. Describe a book that you have recently read.
  • What book is it?
  • What is it about?
  • How long did it take you to read it?
  1. Describe a trip that you would like to take.
  • Where would you go?
  • With whom would you go there?
  • What arrangements would be necessary for the trip?
  1. Talk about something you bought that you are pleased to have.
  • Where and when did you buy it?
  • Why did you buy it?
  • Why are you pleased to have it?
  1. Talk about your favorite toy as a child.
  • What was it?
  • Who gave it to you and when?
  • How did you feel about it?
  1. Describe a place where you go to read and write, that is not your home.
  • What place is it?
  • When do you usually visit it?
  • How much time do you spend here?
16.   Talk about someone who files more often than normal due to some reasons.

–          When and where did you meet him/her?

–          What are his/her reasons for flying so much?

–          Does he/she like this job and the amount of flying involved?

  1. Talk about an article you have read recently in a magazine or a newspaper.
  • When and where did you read it?
  • What was it about?
  • How did you feel after reading it?
  1. Describe what you would do if you had a day off.
  • What and where would you do?
  • Who would you do it with?
  • Why would you like to do it?
  1. Talk about the best stage in your life from childhood till now.
  • When was it?
  • Why do you think it was the best?
  • How did you feel about it then?
  1. Talk about a long journey that you made in the past.
  • When and where was it?
  • What did you do there?
  • Did you like it? Why?
  1. Talk about your school friend who was a good leader.
  • Describe him/her.
  • Why do you think he/she is a good leader?
  • What did other people say about him/her?
  1. Describe a place that you have visited recently.
  • What is this place?
  • Why did you go there?
  • With whom did you go there?
  1. Talk about exercises that you do to keep yourself fit.
  • What are they?
  • When and where do you usually do them?
  • What is the importance of fitness?
  1. Talk about a paid job you and your friend did together.
  • What was the paid job?
  • Did people like that job?
  • Do you and your friend enjoy doing it?
  1. Talk about the biggest traffic jam that you have experienced.
  • Where and when was it?
  • What did you do during this time?
  • How did you feel about it later?
  1. Describe a small successful company that you know.
  • What products do they make?
  • How did you know about it?
  • What makes the company successful?
  1. Describe a car that you would like to buy.
  • What is it?
  • Why do you want to buy it?
  • Why do you like it so much?
  • How do you think this car would affect your life?
  1. Describe the nation music of your country.
  • What kind of music this is?
  • When is it played?
  • Why this music is important?
  • How this music makes you feel?
  1. Talk about a job someone else does at a big company.
  • Who is the person?
  • Where does he/she work?
  • What do you like about that job?
  • Would you like to do that job? Why?
  1. Describe a lake or a river or a sea you have visited in recent times.
  • Where the lake is?
  • How often you have visited it?
  • What activities you do there?
  • Why you like this particular place?
  1. A person you enjoy talking to.
  • Who s/he is?
  • Why you enjoy talking to this person?
  • What s/he likes?
  1. Describe an educational trip you went on at school.
  • Where and when did you go?
  • What did you do there?
  • Explain what you have learned from this trip.
  1. Talk about a small scale business in your country that earned good reputation in society.
  • What kind of business is it?
  • What can you learn from this company?
  • How helpful is this knowledge to you?
  1. Talk about a disagreement that you had with your friends.
  • What was it about and when?
  • What were the results?
  • how did you feel about it later?
  1. Describe a day when you thought the weather was perfect.
  • Where were you on this day?
  • What did you do on this day?
  • What was the weather like?
  • Why you thought the weather was perfect on this day?
  1. Describe a house or apartment you would like to live in.
  • What it would look like?
  • Where would it be situated?
  • What features should it have?
  • Explain why you would like to live in it?
  1. Describe a person in the news you would like to meet?
  • Who is the person?
  • Why is the person in the news?
  • Why would you like to meet this person?
  • What would you say to him/her once you meet?
  1. Describe a person you spend a lot of time with.
  • Who is the person?
  • What is your relationship with him/her?
  • What kind of activities do you do together?
  1. Describe your study room.
  • How does it look?
  • How much time you spend in this room?
  • What are the features that should be in an ideal study room?
  1. Describe a hotel you have stayed in.
  • Where is the hotel?
  • Why did you stay at this particular hotel?
  • Explain what makes the hotel special?
  1. Describe your most favorite music band.
  • What’s the name of the band and the band member?
  • How long do you listen their songs?
  • Why do you like this group?
  1. Describe your childhood hero.
  • Who is he/she?
  • Why he/she was your hero?
  • Do you still consider him/her as a hero?
  • What was his/her influences on you as a kid?
  1. Describe an old person you admire.
  • Who this person is?
  • Where did you meet with him?
  • What characteristics you most like on him.
  1. Describe a project or a piece of work you did together with someone.
  • What it was?
  • What you have done?
  • Why you have chosen this person to work with?
  • What you did to finish the project?
  1. Talk about a job that you would like to try.
  • What the job is?
  • What skills are necessary to do this job?
  • Is it a good job in your country?
  • Why you would like to work in this job?
  1. Talk about a person who is special or means a lot to you.
  • How did you meet him/her?
  • Describe this person.
  • What you usually do together?
  1. Describe your holidays.
  • Where you go for the holiday?
  • How long they last?
  • Who you go with?
  • Talk about any interesting thing happened during your holiday.
  1. Describe an occasion or event when you were congratulated.
  • What was the occasion?
  • When was it?
  • Who congratulated you and why?
  1. Describe a building/structure with architectural interest.
  • What is it?
  • What is the historical significance of it?
  • Why should we preserve it?
  1. Talk about a job that helps making the world a better place.
  • What job is it?
  • How did you learn about it?
  • Why do you think it helps so much?
  1. Describe an old object which your family has kept for a long time.
  • What is the object?
  • Where it come from?
  • How long it has been in your family?
  • Explain why your family has kept it.
  1. Describe a stressful day at school/university/work.
  • How did the day start?
  • How did things go wrong?
  • Who were involved?
  1. Talk about an instance when you decided to wait for something or somebody.
  • What/who did you wait for?
  • What did you do while waiting?
  • How did you feel about it?
  1. Talk about a song that reminds you of a particular time in the past.
  • What song is it?
  • Who is the singer?
  • What does it remind you of?
  • Why does it remind you of this thing?
  1. Describe an interesting historic place.
  • What is it?
  • Where is it located?
  • What can you see there now?
  1. Talk about a problem in your local area that you noticed.
  • What is it?
  • Why do you think it might be a problem?
  • For how long are you having this problem?
  • Suggest a solution for it.
  1. Talk about a person who has learned a foreign language.
  • Who is he/she?
  • What language is it?
  • Why did he/she choose this language?
  • How did he/she learn the language?
  1. Talk about a tour or travel you want to plan in the future.
  • Where do you want to go?
  • When are you planning to go?
  • With whom do you want to go there?
  • Why do you want to go there?
  1. Describe your latest interesting travel in details.
  • When and where did you go?
  • Whom did you go with?
  • What things did you do?
  • How was your outing?
  1. Describe a teacher who has greatly influenced you in your education.
  • Where did you meet him/her?
  • What subject did he/she teach?
  • What was special about him/her?
  1. Describe a meaningful thing made by yourself.
  • What was it?
  • How did you come about to make it?
  • Why did you make it?
  • How did other people react to it?
  1. Talk about a useful website that you like.
  • What website is this?
  • How did you discover it?
  • What do you use it for?
  • How has this website helped you?
  1. The most beautiful natural scenery you have ever seen.
  • Where was it?
  • When was it?
  • Who did you go with?
  • Describe the scenery.
  1. Talk about a child you spent some time with.
  • Who was the child?
  • When was this?
  • What did you do together?
  • How did you feel after spending time with the child?
  1. Talk about a time when you had to wait to hear some important news.
  • What was the news or event that made you wait?
  • When and where did you hear the news?
  • Describe your feelings after hearing it.
  1. Describe about a TV program that you would like to watch again.
  • Where did you see it?
  • What TV program it was?
  • Who you saw it with?
  • Why you like to see it again?
  1. Describe a place which you visited and learnt about other culture.
  • Where was it?
  • Who went there with you?
  • How was your experience?
  • What have you learnt from this visit?
  1. Talk about a time when you had to wait for something?
  • What were you waiting for?
  • When?
  • What did you do while waiting?
  • What was the outcome?
  1. Talk about an activity you had done for the first time that you were excited about.
  • What and where did you do?
  • Who was there with you?
  • Why did you like it so much?
  1. Talk about a piece of equipment that you use at home.
  • What is it?
  • How do you use it?
  • How important is it to you and your family members?
  1. Describe a job you have done.
  • How did you get the job?
  • What was your designation?
  • What did the job involved?
  • How long did you do the job?
  • How well did you do the job?
  1. Describe a city you have visited which has impressed you.
  • What is the name of the city?
  • Where is it situated?
  • Why did you visit it?
  • What did you like about the city?
  1. Describe a museum or art gallery you have visited.
  • Where is it?
  • Why did you go there?
  • What do you particularly remember about that?
  1. A memorable with your family.
  • Where was it?
  • When was it?
  • Describe the occasion.
  • Why was it memorable?
  1. Describe a movie character you remember.
  • Name the character and movie.
  • Who played the character?
  • How was the character important in the movie?
  • Why do you particularly remember the character?
  1. Something about you that you would like to change.
  • What is it?
  • How does it affect you?
  • Why do you want to change it?
  • How do you plan to change it?
  1. Describe an instance when you received a good service at a shop or a restaurant?
  • When and where did you receive the service?
  • What was the service?
  • Describe the incident.
  • How did you feel about it?
  1. Talk about your favorite show.
  • Which brand is it?
  • Where did you buy it from?
  • Why is this your favorite?
  1. Talk about a TV show character that you like from your childhood.
  • Which character is it?
  • Which show is the character from?
  • Why do you like the character this much?

Recent IELTS writing topics | IELTS essay topics

Recent IELTS writing topics

 IELTS essay topic

Hello everyone, some recent IELTS writing topics are given bellow. These are the writing task 2 topics have been taken from  recent IELTS  Academic & General Training’s exams. Hopefully these will helpful for your preparation. Good luck 🙂 

recent IELTS writing topics

Writing task 2 questions

  1. Cricket has become more popular than the national sports in the sub-continental countries. What do you think are the reasons behind this?
  2. World history suggests that violence and conflict were more evident under male leadership that under female leadership. So, for peace to prevail, female leadership can be considered as a better option that male leadership. What are your opinions on the above topic?
  3. Changing jobs and residences frequently is a very common scenario nowadays. Do you believe that this is good for one’s future?
  4. Nowadays it is noticed that culture mixing is reflected within local culture practices. Do you think it is good for your society?
  5. Some people prefer to go to health clubs and gyms for health care, but some say that walking and climbing stairs are more effective. Discuss both and give your opinion?
  6. City planner’s new design includes setting up school, market and commercial places in different areas of the city. Do you think it will help the city dwellers?
  7. Some people prefer to help by making donations to local charities while some prefer to donate to national and international organizations. Discuss both measures and give your opinion.
  8. People attend both work and personal calls through mobile phone anytime of the day. What are the positive and negative effects on social and individual life?
  9. When there is a rise in the standard of living, people in the cities are more benefited than those in the rural areas. Please give your opinion on the problems arising from this discrimination.
  10. It is noticeable that fast food consumption has increased substantially during the last 10 years. Discuss its impact on environment and health.
  11. Counties become more development due to mix of different people and their culture. Do you agree or disagree?
  12. ielts writing task 2 sample answer
  13. Some people think that hard work and determination are the keys to success in life. Some, on the other hand, think that there are other factors behind a successful life. Give your opinion.
  14. Should government be responsible for providing pure drinking water to all or should the people obtain their own water?
  15. Due to so many people dropping out from school, rate of unemployment is going up and it affects our society in different ways. In your opinion, how can this situation be improved?
  16. Adult youths are often called up for working for the development of communities. Do you think they should work voluntarily or should they get paid? Give your opinion in no less than 250 words.
  17. Advertisement of toys and fast foods and obstacles to children’s physically and mental development and at the same time, cause loss of time and money of parents. Give your opinion.
  18. In light of the current social-economic solution of the world, do you think this the right time for wild life preservation? If yes, what are the ways and means you suggest for this? Give your opinion in no less than 250 words.
  19. By investing in tourism we can earn a lot of revenue and growth in national economy. At the same time it destroys the local culture. What is your opinion?
  20. Mothers play key roles in the upbringing of children. But in the recent times both parents are getting busy with professional life. Who in your opinion should take the responsibility of child care now?
  21. Children are facing more pressures nowadays from academic, social and commercial perspectives.

What are the causes of these pressures and what measures taken to reduce these pressures?

  1. Many people think secondary level students should study international news as a subject. A few believe that it is a waste of time. Give your opinion and both views and suggest your preference.
  2. A lot of people think that personal happiness is mostly related to economic success. Others believe that there are some other factors behind personal happiness. Discuss both the views and give your opinion.
  3. In modern times it is not necessary to use animals as foods or in any other products like clothes, medicine etc. Do you agree or disagree?
  4. A new language should be introduced for all countries for international communication. Do you think the benefits will outweigh the problems?
  5. Some people think that strict punishment for driver’s offenses could reduce traffic accident. Others, however, believes that some other measures should be taken to reduce traffic accident. Discuss both views and give your you think the benefits will outweigh the problems?
  6. Some people think that the amount of money spent on libraries is a waste as new technologies are developing and replacing library functions. Do you agree or disagree?
  7. Government should take responsibilities to ensure free education up to higher secondary level. To what extend do you agree or disagree?
  8. Nowadays there are instances of involving crazy football fans all over the world. What are the main reasons behind this violence and what measures can be taken to reduce this problem?
  9. Number of aged people is increasing in some societies. What will be the positive and negative impacts of such scenario on our society?
  10. Nowadays young people do not generally show proper respect to elderly people. Please discuss the possible impacts of the above phenomena on our social values and the structure of the society.
  11. Some people believe that playing computer games has many negative effects on children. However, others say that children who play such games are benefited in more ways than one. Discuss both sides while stating your opinion.
  12. According to some people, museums should be entertaining and enjoyable to attract young people. However, others believe that this is not necessary since young people go to museums to be educated and not to have fun. Discuss both points while giving your opinion.
  13. The young generation in becoming increasingly involved in crime these days. What can be causes for this happening? What are the measures needed to some people solve this problem?
  14. In the present world, people of different countries are eating a variety of food not grown in their own regions. For this reason, a lot of food has to be transported from other region. In your opinion, do the problems outweigh the benefits of this happening? Describe to what extent you agree or disagree with this opinion.
  15. Nowadays children are undisciplined because their parents are busy with social works. Do you agree or not?
  16. Nowadays more people get married to someone of a different culture. Discuss both view and give your opinion.
  17. Some people are of the opinion that prison is basically universities of crime, fostering the kind of behavior they aim to eradicate and are therefore nor effective. Others feel that prisons are not hard enough. Discuss both arguments of the sides. What is your opinion on this matter?
  18. Some people are of the opinion that face to face communication is no longer the acceptable and easy way to communicate and that we should for other ways to express ourselves. How far do you agree or disagree with this statement?
  19. Families who send their children to private schools should be required to pay taxes that support the state education system. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
  20. Nowadays celebrities are more famous for their glamour and wealth than for their achievements and this sets a bad example to young people. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
  21. When choosing a job, the salary is the most important consideration. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
  22. Nowadays animal experiments are widely used to develop new medicines and to test the safety of other products. Some people argue that these experiments should be banned because it is morally wrong to cause animals to suffer, while others are in favor of them because of their benefits to humanity. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
  23. Some people think that in the modern world we are more dependent on each other .While others think that people have become more independent. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
  24. Foreign visitors should pay more than local visitors for cultural and historical attraction. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
  25. Some people think that governments should give financial support to creative artist such as painters and musicians. Others believe that creative artists should be funded by alternative sources. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
  26. Some people are of the opinion that businesses nowadays can do anything to make a handsome profit. How far do you agree/disagree with this statement?
  27. People say that difficult experiences are cornerstones to future success and that we should learn from these experiences in order to move forward. How far do you agree/disagree with this statement?
  28. Some people say that children should start learning a foreign language early in their lives. How far do you agree/disagree with this statement?
  29. Some people say that classmates of school children have an important role to play in shaping up their future success and future lives. They say that friendly and helpful classmates determine a child’s success. How far do you agree/disagree with this statement?
  30. Some people believe that the government should ban dangerous sporting activities while others think that people have the freedom to play whatever sports they choose. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
  31. In many counties there has been an increase in social problems involving teenagers in recent years. Many people believe that this is due to modern lifestyles because parents spend more and more time at work and have less time to supervise their what extent do you believe this is true.
  32. Some people prefer to live in a house, while others think that there are more advantages living in an apartment. Are there more advantages than disadvantages to living in a house rather than in an apartment?
  33. In many countries people working in sports and entertainment earn much more money than professionals like doctors, nurses and teachers. Why do you think this happens in some social and do you consider it is god or bad?
  34. In recent years, farming practice has changed to include methods such as factory farming and the use of technology to improve crops. Some people believe these developments are necessary while others regard them as dangerous and advocate a return to more traditional farming methods. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
  35. Should museums and art galleries be free of charge for the general public or should a charge even a voluntary charge, be levied for admittance? Discuss this view and give your own opinion.
  36. Advances in science and technology have made great changes to lives of ordinary people but artists such as musicians, painters and writers are still highly valued. What can the arts tell us about life that science and technology cannot?
  37. Nowadays many jobs are more stressful and the working day is longer. What are the reasons for this? What can employers do to help employees?
  38. Some people think that only staff who worked in a company for a long time should be promoted to higher position. What’s your opinion?
  39. Some people think that teenagers should do unpaid work to help society because this will help them to be better individuals and also improve the society as a whole. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  40. Some people think that teenagers should do unpaid work to help society because this will help them to be better individuals and also improve the society as a whole. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
  41. Today’s food travels thousands of miles before it reaches customers. Why is this? Is this a positive or negative trend?
  42. One of the major problems facing the world today is the growing number of refuges. The developed nations in the world should tackle this problem by taking in more refugees. To what extent do you agree with this opinion?
  43. Around the world, children learn English as a second language at school. However, in some places, they also learn at kindergarten (pre-school care, when children are aged two to five). Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of learning English at kindergarten.
  44. Modern appliances in the home have become more common, leaving no doubt that advances in technology have improved our lifestyle. Do you agree or disagree?
  45. Women and man commonly seen as having different strength and weakness. Is it right to exclude males or females from certain professionals because of their gender?
  46. Since the 18th century technological advances have replaced people in the workplace. With today’s technology this process is happening at a greater rate. Technology is increasingly responsible for unemployment. To what extent do you agree with this opinion?
  47. In many cities around the world, people face the problem of series air pollution. This can have a negative effect on their health and quality of life. What do you think are the causes of this problem and how should it be solved?           Recent IELTS writing topics
  48. In the past school children usually learnt by listening to their teacher and by studying their books. Nowadays, many school children learn by using technology in the classroom instead. What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of this development?
  49. Some people believe that old buildings should be replaced with more modern ones. Other people argue that we should protect old buildings because they have a special value. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
  50. People with ten or more years’ experience at work are far more knowledgeable than people still in their twenties. It is therefore logical that employers should always choose older people over young people for work. What are your opinions on this?
  51. In the last few decades, an increasing number of animal species have become endangered or have died out completely. It appears likely that this situation will continue. What do you think are the causes of this problem and what measures could be taken to prevent it?
  52. Children all over the world should learn to spealc a single, universal language fluently in addition to their native language. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  53. Language teachers should concentrate on giving positive feedback to students when they do good work, rather than on criticizing bad work. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  54. Success in life is more a matter of luck than a ability. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  55. On balance, advertising is more harmful than beneficial. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
  56. In some countries, the number of plants and animals species is declining. What are the causes of this and how can this be solved?
  57. More and more people are exploring their family history. What are the reasons for this? Do you take it as a positive or negative development?
  58. Some people think that giving expensive presents to children is a bad idea. What are you opinions on this?
  59. Some people claim that school should educate children about the effects of junk food on their health while others claim that education about this starts at home. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.
  60. Some scientists think that there are intelligent life forms in other planet and massages should be sent to contact them. Other scientists think it is a bad idea and would be dangerous. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
  61. Dropping rubbish and littering in cities and villages have become a common problem nowadays. How is this a problem? How do you think this can be solved?

Hopefully these recent IELTS wring topics will be helpful for you.

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IELTS speaking part 1 questions (sample)

IELTS speaking part 1 questions samples

IELTS speaking module has got three parts. Part 1 which consists with some general questions, Part 2 cue card, part 3 some relevant question about your cue cards. 

IELTS speaking part 1 starts with some basic questions. For instance, questions like, something about yourself, about your study, your hobbies and interests, about your home town, your favorite places, your favorite festival etc. Some sample questions of IELTS speaking part 1 are given below. Hopefully those will be helpful for you. 

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Sample questions:

Set 01.


1.what is your name?

2.where do you live?

3.Do you enjoy using technology?

4.Do you use the internet for your studies?

5.Which item of technology do you use most often?

6.Are there any internet cafes where you live?

7.Have you ever bought anything online?

8.Do you have your own computer?

9.How often do you use it?

10.what do you use it for?

Set 02.


1.What is your name?

2.Do you work or study?

3.Do you enjoy your work or study?

4.Why did you choose this career?

5.Will you continue with this in the future?

6.What was your favorite activity when you were child?

7.What do you think children prefer outdoor or indoor activities?Why?

8.What is politeness in your opinion?

9.When you were a child who taught you to be polite?

10.Why is it important to be polite to people?

Set 03.


1.What is full name?

2.Can l see your id/passport?

3.Where are you from?

4.Do you like cold weather? Why?

5.Are there different season in your country?

6.Which season do you like most?

7.Are advertisements important?

8.Do they help people buy products?

9.Do you watch advertisement on TV?

10.Are you enjoy advertisement on the internet?

Set 04.


1.What is your full name?

2.Where are you live?

3.How long do you and your family live there?

4.What do you think about public holidays in your country?

5.Do you think there should be fewer public holidays in your country?

6.what is your favourite public holiday?

7.What is your favourite colour?

8.What others colour do you like?

9.Do you like reading?

10.Do you like to read in group?

Set 05.

  1. Do you work or study?
  2. Do you think your study subject is easy? Why?
  3. Do you like weekends?
  4. Have you ever worked on the weekend?
  5. What you usually do in your weekend?
  6. Do you like to take photographs?
  7. What kind of photographs do you like to keep?
  8. Do you like to share your photographs on Facebook?
  9. Do you think being a photographer is an interesting career?

Set 06.

  1. Where are you from?
  2. Is street market so popular in your country?
  3. Do you go to street market?
  4. When do you go to street market instead of big market?
  5. Do you think street markets in other countries are different from the ones in your country?
  6. Which room does you like most in your house?
  7. Do you live with your family or friends?
  8. What do you like most about your home?
  9. What facilities are close to your home?

Set 07.

  1. Where do you live?
  2. Do you usually take a bus or a taxi?
  3. Is it easy to use bus or a taxi in your area?
  4. Are you satisfied with the transport system of your city?
  5. Do you like travel by train instead of bus?
  6. Do you write to your friends?
  7. Do you enjoy it?
  8. When was the last time you wrote to your friend?
  9. When writing to a friend what do you talk about most?


IELTS reading tips| How to read fast

IELTS reading tips – How to read fast

Helpful tips to improve IELTS reading speed. 

Most of the candidates find the IELTS reading module quite difficult. You need to read three large articles and answer the 40 questions which is time consuming whereas you will get only one hour. Moreover, candidates need to transfer their answer to the sheet within that time though students get 10 minutes to transfer the answer at listening module. 


Read At least one hour a day:

This is probably most important IELTS reading tip. Try to read at least one hour a day. Read any topic that you love to read but every time you read try to read faster than the last time.

Read the whole sentence at a time:

Please avoid reading word by word which is very time consuming. Try to read the whole sentence at a time.


Focus on topic sentences:

Read the topic sentences properly and skim through the rest of the paragraph and highlight the proper nouns, date, location and any particular information such as any changes or comparison.

Read extensively:

Try to understand the general idea behind the text without giving full attention to details.

Try not to understand each and every word:

Reading in fast pace is absolutely necessary for IELTS reading module. You will not be asked for a profound research about the article. So, please do not waste your time by trying to understand the all the text. Remember your responsibility is to find the answers of 40 questions.

Avoid re-reading the text:

Do not waste your extremely precious time by reading the same text again and again. If you think there is an answer within that certain line then read it. Please do not read again just to get better understanding about the article.


Read very quickly and highlight or underline the core information like name, date, location, any remarkable events, comparisons etc which will help you to navigate easily to find the answers. Read sub-headings and topic sentences (1st sentence of each paragraph).


Scanning in IELTS exam means that you are looking for specific information in the texts order to find the answer. If you do skimming properly, you will be able to scan quickly for the right answers.

Leave the difficult question for the time being:

If you got stuck with a specific question, you should leave it for that moment. It is suggested not to spend more than 60 seconds for one question. You can always come back to the unanswered question.



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