IELTS Speaking Example Questions – Parts 2 and 3

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Welcome to the IELTS with James Speaking Parts 2 & 3 example questions. Here you’ll find the most recent IELTS Speaking questions as well as some from previous years.


Part 2

Part 3

Describe an occasion when you weren’t allowed to use your mobile phone

You should say:

  • When it was
  • Where it was
  • Why you weren’t allowed to use it

and explain how you felt about it.

Describe a puzzle (jigsaw, crossword etc.) that you have played.

You should say:

  • What it was like
  • How easy or difficult it was
  • How long it took you to solve

and explain how you felt about it

Describe a law on environmental protection

You should say:

  • What it is
  • How you first learned about it
  • Who benefits from it

and explain how you feel about this law.

Describe a town or city where you would like to live in the future.

You should say:

  • Where it is
  • How you knew it
  • What it is famous for

and why you would like to live there.

Describe a piece of local news that people are interested in.

You should say:

  • What it was about
  • Where you saw/heard it
  • Who was involved

and explain why people were interested in it.

Describe a natural talent (sports, music, etc.) you want to improve.

You should say:

  • What it is
  • When you discovered it
  • How you want to improve it

and how you feel about it

Describe a tall building in your city you like or dislike.

You should say:

  • Where it is
  • What it is used for
  • What it looks like

and explain why you like or dislike it

Describe an occasion when many people were smiling.

You should say:

  • When it happened
  • Who you were with
  • What happened

and explain why many people were smiling.

Describe your favorite singer or actor

You should say:

  • Who he/she is
  • What his/her personality is like
  • What kind of style his/her music/acting belongs to

and explain why he/she is your favourite singer/actor

Describe a plan in your life (that is not related to work or study)

You should say:

  • What it is about
  • Why you make it
  • What you need to do first

and explain how you would feel if it is successful

  1. How do young and old people use phones differently?
  2. What positive and negative impacts do mobile phones have on friendships?
  3. Is it a waste of time taking pictures with mobiles phones?
  4. Do you think it’s necessary to have laws on the use of mobile phones?
  1. Why do parents let their children do puzzles?
  2. What kind of puzzles can improves someone’s intelligence?
  3. Why are detective stories attractive to some people?
  4. Which is better – a detective film or its original book?
  1. Are there laws about education in your country?
  2. What kinds of rules do schools in your country have?
  3. What can teachers do to make students obey rules?
  4. What should parents do to educate children about laws?
  1. Why do more and more people live in the city?
  2. How does this affect the environment and nature?
  3. What are some factors that attract people to settle down in certain places?
  4. What are the differences of the young and old when choosing where to live?
  1. Do people read newspaper where you live?
  2. Do people prefer local or international news?
  3. How has the internet changed the way we read the news?
  4. Do you think it’s important to read the news?
  1. Do you think artists with talents should focus on their talents?
  2. Is it possible for us to know whether children who are 3 or 4 years old will become musicians and painters when they grow up?
  3. Why do people like to watch talent shows?
  4. Do you think it is more interesting to watch famous people’s or ordinary people’s shows?
  1. What are the disadvantages of living in tall buildings?
  2. Do you think there will be more tall buildings in the future?
  3. Why do some people like to live in tall buildings nowadays?
  4. Why aren’t there many tall buildings in the countryside?
  1. Do you think people who like to smile are more friendly?
  2. Why do most people smile in photographs?
  3. Do women smile more than men?
  4. Do people smile more when they are younger or older?

What kind of music do people like at different ages?

What kind of music is popular in your country now and what kind will be in the future?

Do parents in your country require their children to learn to play musical instruments?

Why do some people like to listen to live music while others prefer CDs/MP3s?

  1. Should parents make plans for children?
  2. When should children start to make plans for themselves?
  3. What things should be planned on a daily basis?
  4. Are plans always necessary?