IELTS Speaking Task 3

The IELTS speaking section is split into 3 sections. Here we take a look at the third section and go through some of the questions and topics that might come up.

In IELTS Speaking part 3 you will have a more in depth conversation with your examiner that is usually based on the topic card that was used in the previous section. The conversation will last around 4-6 minutes.


What can we learn from making new friends?
How important is it to have a social life?
Why is having good friends important?
What role do friends play in your life as you get older?
Do most people share both good and bad experiences with their friends?


What plants are important to the economy in your country?

Is it common for people to have gardens where you live?

How can people be encouraged to grow their own food?

If you had a garden, what kind of food would you grow in it?


Why are designer bran clothes popular?
Why are these brands so expensive?
How has fashion changed in your country?
Is it important for designers to stay up to date with the latest fashions?
Is fashion more important than adapting your clothes to the weather?


What is your favourite season? why?

What do you like to do in Summer?

What type of seasons do you have in your country?
Do seasons affect people’s mood?


Do you need a professional photographer for important events?

What kinds of devices do people like to use for taking photos these days?

Why do some people like to keep photos?

Has the way people take photos changed?

What are the pros and cons of digital photography?


What sorts of games are popular in your country?

How do games influence our life?

Do you like to play indoor games or outdoor games? Why? Why not?

What are the advantages of indoor games?

What are the drawbacks of indoor games?


What is the purpose of gift giving?

How has gift giving changed since your grandparents’ time?

How important is gift giving in a relationship?

What is more important when it comes to giving a gift, cost or effort?

Do you think that people have become more materialistic when it comes to giving gifts, as compared to your grandparents’ time?


Why do people have a very strong bond with their hometown?

In what ways can you improve your hometown?

Some people want to live in their hometowns for the rest of their lives. Why?

What is the main reason for liking a hometown other than the fact you were born there?


Is it important to have a hobby?

Is it harmful to spend too much time on a hobby?

Where do young people in this country usually spend their free time?

How do the men in your family usually spend their free time?

How do the women in your country usually spend their free time?


Why do some people study badly?
Is it a good idea to have a firm plan when studying?
Why are many girls better at concentrating?
Is it better to study online or in a classroom?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of studying in a group?


Is salary important to you? What is the impact of salary on doing work?

What kinds of jobs are easy to get in, in a foreign country?

Should young adults work abroad?

Is it hard to find an interesting job in your country?

What kinds of preparation should people do for a job interview?

Why do some people keep changing their jobs?


How do people in your country celebrate happy occasions?
Why do occasions usually make people happy?
How important is the money spent on the occasion for making people happy?
Is is a good idea to spend a lot of money on a birthday party?
Is happiness today the same as it was in the past?


What are the benefits of doing an outdoor sport?
Why do some people enjoy doing dangerous sports?
Why were dangerous sports created at all?
Is it better to do outdoor sports in groups?
Do both old and young people enjoy outdoor sport?


Do think being talkative is a good quality for children?
Is it good for children to talk a lot in every situation?
Why do children talk so much?
What makes children talk less as the get older sometimes?
What can teachers do to encourage children to talk more?


Is it possible to look good without spending lots of money on clothes?

Do you think fashion trends change constantly?

Do you think people behave differently in different kinds of clothes?

Are people’s ideas about fashion today the same as people’s ideas in previous years?


What are the advantages of setting yourself a daily routine? 

Should children be given strict routines at home and at school? 

Why do some people think that having a daily routine is boring? 

What kinds of people could benefit from having a routine? 

Is it more important to have a morning routine or an evening one? 

Do you think that having a routine stops people from being creative? 


Why do you think that some local singers or musicians aren’t as successful as some from other countries?

Do you think the Internet has affected the music industry? In what ways?

Do you think there will be further changes in the music industry in the future?

Do you think the music young people listen to in your country is becoming more globalized? Why/Why not?


What is your favourite type of online entertainment?

How much time do you spend on online entertainment?

Do you ever feel you spend too much time online?

What kinds of things do you like to do when you go out?

Do you spend a lot of money on going out every month?

What kinds of things would you like to do, in the future, when you go out?

Home Decoration

Why do some people buy lots of things for their home?

Do you think it is very expensive to make a home look nice?

Why don’t some people care about how their home looks?


Do you think it’s important to keep up with the news?

What are the main differences between magazines and newspapers?

Why do some people only read the headlines when they read a newspaper?

What is the role of newspapers in society?

Why do we buy newspapers?


Do you have a lot of museums in your country?

What are some of the reasons why go to museums?

Is visiting a museum a good way to learn about a topic?

Many children believe museums are boring nowadays. How can museums attract younger visitors?

Do you think if museums introduced more modern technology it would attract more younger visitors?


Do you prefer relaxing at home or going out in evening? Why

When you go out for evening, what do you like to do?

How popular is this with other people in your country?

Is there any kind of entertainment you do not like? Why/why not?


Do women pay more attention to their health than men?

Could governments do more to promote healthier lifestyle options?

Do you think most people worry more about their health as they get older?

What do old people in your country do to keep fit?

What else people can do to keep fit besides sports?


Do you think it’s better to rent or to buy a place to live in?

Do you agree that there is a right age for young adults to stop living with their parents?

Is it better to own your own home or to rent?

What options are available to young couples looking for accommodation in your country?


Have you seen any TV programs about animals?

What should we do to protect endangered animals?

Why do some people refuse to eat animals?

What would happen when some species disappear from the earth?

Do you think it is right to keep wild animals in captivity all their life?


How do people in your country celebrate birthdays?

How do people celebrate birthdays when you were a child?

How did you celebrate your birthdays when you were a child?

Do you still feel that celebrating your birthday is important?

What do you do on your birthday now?

Public Transport

What types of public transport can be found in your country?

What types of public transport do you use most?

Are there any public transport problems in your country?

How to encourage more people to take public transportation?

What are the causes and contributing factors to traffic congestion


Do men and women use the internet for different purposes?

What is the best thing about the Internet?

What problems does the Internet create? What problems does it solve?

Do you think governments have the right to censor the Internet?

Do you think that it is important for schools to have Internet access? Why?

Do you think that the Internet is safe for children? Why

Mobile Phones

For children, from what age do you think it becomes suitable for them to use cellphones?

Is it common for children to use cellphones in your country?

What do teenagers in your country use cellphones for?

What are the advantages/disadvantages of using a cellphone?

Why are so many people addicted to social apps?


Do you dream much at night?

Do you often remember your dreams?

Do you think we can learn anything from dreams? (Why)?

Do people in your country talk about their dreams? (Why)?

Do you think that dreams can come true?


Do you regard famous writers as good role models?

Do you think that people read nowadays as they did in the past?

How does our reading habit change as we grow up? Why does it happen?

If a movie is based on a book, would you prefer to read the book or to watch the film? Why?


Do you think the weather has an influence on people’s mood?

How do you feel about the climate in recent years?

What can we do to stop the greenhouse effect?

What are the possible results if the temperature continues going up?

What do people usually do in winter?


What do people need before travelling to another country?

Is there any difference between young tourists and adult tourists?

Do you think tourism will harm the earth?

Which method of travel do you consider the safest?

How easy is it to travel around your country?

Has travel become safer in recent years?

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