IELTS Speaking Test
Part 1 Question Types:
Often, there are 12 IELTS Speaking Test Part 1 questions on 3 different topics.
Rather than practicing for every possible topic and question, it’s easier to study the types of questions that you’ll see in Part 1. That means you can practice by yourself, and you can create your own questions without any professional help.
IELTS Speaking Test Part 1 Questions & Types:
Time and Frequency: “How often do you? / How long have you?”
Personal Preferences: “What do you like?”
We’ll be talking about this kind of question in this post.
Closed Questions: “Do you / Can you / Did you / Is it?”
Your country: “What do people in your country…”
Below, I’ve provided questions about Personal Preferences. I’ll help you with grammar tips, example answers and standard vocabulary to help you feel confident that your answers will help you improve your score!
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Personal Preferences: What do you like?
Here, I will guide you through the different parts of this question in this next audio clip along with how to answer this type of question. Notes and extra examples are below:
This is one of the most common types of Part 1 questions – it is a very open question, and can be about any topic. Here is the sentence structure a lot of native speakers would use:
“I (don’t) like (verb+ing)…”
I like trying new recipes in my kitchen at home.
I love watching football at the weekends.
I like hanging out with my friends after work.
I don’t like waiting in long lines at the airport.
I hate getting stuck in traffic when I drive to work.
If you want to be more specific with your answer, you can use adverbs like:
I really hate flying
I actually like taking the bus
I quite enjoy being busy during the week.
I just like watching TV and relaxing at the weekends.
Here are some more example questions and answers using these questions types and this grammar:
IELTS Speaking Test Part 1 Questions with Examples
What do you like to do when you’re on holiday?
Kat: I actually like going on guided tours, it’s really easy to get around the city or the area that I want to go to and I can learn a lot about about a new country with a guide who speaks my language.
Mark: Actually I usually just like to sun-bathing on the beach and reading a book. I love doing absolutely nothing on my holidays. I just love listening to the ocean and falling asleep. It helps me unwind, and I can just forget about work.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Mark: I love walking my dogs. I like to go on really long walks with them and it helps clear my mind. There’s a really big forest behind my house, so usually in the afternoons I take my dogs out there. And we go on walks for about an hour or so and come back.
Kat: After work I usually end up chilling out in front of the TV or my laptop – streaming videos or movies or Netflix on my laptop. I love to cook, but I really don’t have much free time to cook, so I end up usually just getting take-out or something delivered to my house.
Extra Practice – IELTS Speaking Test Part 1 Questions
Here are some extra practice questions you can practice by yourself:
What do you like to read?
What do you like to watch on TV?
What do you like to do with your family?
What did you like to do when you were at school?
What did you like studying when you were at school?