IELTS speaking part 1 is generally considered to be the easiest part of the speaking exam, but many students fail to prepare properly for it.

Every 4 months, new IELTS topics are released and each time they manage to add a few weird or strange topics. It is always better to prepare vocabulary and ideas for these strange IELTS topics, so you feel confident on exam day.  I’ve made a list of the new questions for 2020 that you can practice on your own or with a teacher. 

I’m currently preparing some vocabulary lists for these new topics and will adding them soon. Let me know in the comments which topic would be most difficult for you and I’ll add that vocab list first 🙂

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topics 2020


Do you like cakes? 

Have you ever made a cake yourself?

Did you like cakes when you were a child?

Do you eat cakes or other sweet things after a meal?

When do people eat cakes in your country? 


Do you like science? 

Did you like science classes when you were young? 

Who was your favourite science teacher? 

Do you think children should have art and science classes? 

Do you think science classes are important?



Do you like to learn about history? 

Do you think history is important?

Do you like to watch TV shows about history? 

Do you think you can learn about history from TV or films? 

Do you like to watch historical films? 

Do you think the internet is a good place to learn about history?

Do you go to museums to learn about history?

Did you study history at school?

When was the last time you read a book or article about history?




Do you like to go to parks?

When was the last time you went to the park?

Do people in your country often go to parks?

Are there many parks where you live?

Are parks important for people?

Do you think people will go to parks more in the future?

Do you think parks should be free?

Did you play in a park when you were a child?

What activities do you do in parks?



Do you laugh a lot?

Did you laugh a lot recently?

Are you good at making people laugh?

Do you like movies/TV shows that make you laugh?

Is it important that you and your friends laugh together?


Pens and Pencils

Do you usually use a pen or a pencil?

How often do you buy pens and pencils?

What types of pens and pencils do you buy?

Did you learn to write with a pen or a pencil?

How would you feel if you got a pen or a pencil as a gift?

When was the last time you bought a pen or pencil?



Do you like running? 

How often do you run?

Where do you run?

Did you run in sports lessons at school?

Have you ever tried to run a long distance? 

Would you like to run more in the future?


Water Sports

Do you like water sports?

Are water sports popular in your country?

What water sports would you like to try in the future? 

Did you like to spend time in water when you were a child?

Do you prefer to spend holidays by a lake or by the sea?


Alone Time

Are you happy when you are alone? 

Do you like spending time by yourself?

What do you do when you are alone?

How much time do you spend alone in a day?

When was the last time that you spent time by yourself? Would you like to spend more time on your own?

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4 years ago

Do we need to prepare only these questionnaire for speaking exam?

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