IELTS speaking test part 2 topics and tips
IELTS speaking part 2 topics

IELTS speaking test part 2 topics and tips

Posted by Grant Richardson, 1st April, 2017

In part 2 of the speaking exam, you will be given a prompt card that asks you to talk about a particular topic.

Under the main topic sentence, are four additional prompts telling you what areas to include in your talk, to help you keep talking for between 1 and 2 minutes.

For example, from Cambridge IELTS 10 Test 4:


  • Do try to talk for the maximum time permitted (2 minutes) or as close to it as you can.
  • Do talk on each of the four prompt areas for as little or as long as you want.
  • Do not worry if the examiner remains silent until you clearly have nothing more to say or until your time is up.
  • Do not worry if the examiner stops you when your two minutes are up.


Here is a list of the speaking test part 2 topics I have compiled from my collection of IELTS practice test textbooks.


an interesting historical place
an interest or hobby you enjoy
a river, lake or sea which you like
a useful website you visited
a well-known person you like or admire
a song or piece of music you like
one of your friends
a festival that is important in your country
someone in your family who you like
something healthy you enjoy doing
a game or sport you enjoy playing
an important choice you made
a party that you enjoyed
an idea you had for improving something at work or college
a competition you entered
a useful piece of electronic equipment
a questionnaire or survey you gave your opinion in
a restaurant you visited
a meeting you had
a family friend you remember from childhood
a market you visited
a new or exciting activity you did
a journey [by car, plan or boat] you went on
someone who has done a lot to help people
someone you know who does something well
a shop you often go to
a child you know
something you want
a house or apartment of someone you know
a writer you would like to meet
a day when the weather was perfect
an interesting documentary
one of your favourite places you like to visit
a famous entertainer you like or admire
someone who has taught you something useful in your life
a common leisure activity in your country
a friend that you spend a lot of time with
a local facility (e.g. sports centre, mall, cinema, park) that you often use

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