IELTS Speaking: Most common cue card topics 2017

This is a list of most common cue card topics that were given to IELTS candidates in the speaking test in 2017.

Cue card topics 2017
  1. Describe someone who knows a lot about something
  2. A rule formed in your school that you agree/disagree with
  3. Describe a person you work/study with
  4. Describe something you bought recently and you are happy with it
  5. Describe a place where people go to spend leisure time
  6. Describe a good news that you have heard recently about your relatives
  7. Describe recent changes in your life
  8. Describe something that you taught to your friend/relative
  9. Describe an interesting conversation you had with a stranger
  10. Describe a person who took a decision for you recently
  11. Describe a time when you visited new school/home
  12. Describe a website you have used recently
  13. Describe an interesting person from other country
  14. Describe a place that is not frequented by people
  15. Describe a visit to a place that is not famous
  16. Describe a special cake you made for someone
  17. Describe a shop recently opened in your area
  18. Describe something you got for free
  19. Talk about a friend who cleverly solved a problem
  20. Talk about a language lesson you enjoyed
  21. A plant that you find useful
  22. A person who helped you in your studies
  23. Disagreement with a decision someone made
  24. Your favourite item of clothing
  25. Good news about a person you know well
  26. When someone gave positive comments to you
  27. A book that has influenced you
  28. A healthy lifestyle
  29. An occasion when you helped someone
  30. Something you’re planning to do but haven’t done it yet
  31. A gift that made you happy
  32. Talk about your ideal home
  33. A garden you visited as a child
  34. A happy married couple
  35. An English lesson that has influenced you
  36. Something you got for free
  37. Facilities you want in your hometown
  38. Talk about your favourite sport
  39. An invention you find very useful
  40. A special cake
  41. A time when you teamed up with an old person
  42. A big company/organisation near you
  43. A businessman you admire
  44. A group of people that made you smile
  45. A small business you’d like to start
  46. A foreign city you’d like to visit
  47. A plan you’ve been making for long but it didn’t work
  48. A person’s service in a restaurant
  49. An expensive hobby you can’t pursue daily
  50. A time when you had to use your imagination
  51. A moment you laughed a lot
  52. A place near a swimming pool
  53. Your favourite song
  54. A small organization you’d like to work for
  55. Your perfect holiday destination



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IELTS Speaking Part I Sample Questions # Walk

Walking is one of the best ways to stay fit, especially for those who don’t find time for exercising. However, for some people, it is a part of their daily routine while others do it only if they have a spare time for it. Jogging and brisk walking are popularly followed by people interested in fitness. Moreover, walking is also one of the best stress busters as it helps in reducing anxiety and fatigue as well. This time we are looking at some of the questions related to walking that can be asked in IELTS Speaking.

Question 1: Do you like to walk?
Answer:  I like taking long walks with my friends and sometimes alone as well. Apart from the many health benefits that it has, walking helps me to relax and spend quality time with my people. Also, it saves fuel expenses.

Question 2: Do you like to walk on your own or with others?
Answer: I usually prefer walking alone as it allows me to manage my own pace. I find it as an excellent way of keeping my body fit and also reducing the mental stress. However, I do go for walks with my family members or friends sometimes, especially to spend quality time with them.

Question 3: Would you say that your city is a good place for walking?
Answer A: Yes certainly, my city has many well-maintained parks, public lawns and pedestrian paths which make it ideal for walking.

Answer B: Not really. I live in a metropolitan city so there are very few places to walk. Nearby parks are the most popular places for walking, exercising or practising yoga/meditation.

Question 3: Do people in your country walk a lot?
Answer: Well, people residing in cities really don’t walk too much as they usually travel long distances in routine. However, the ones living in countryside walk a lot within their vicinity. The city residents consider walking as a fitness medium and prefer early morning walks.

Question 4: Do you think walking is important?
Answer: Yes, I think walking is the best and the simplest way to stay fit in today’s busy life. People hardly have time to exercise and on top of that most of the jobs are limited to the desk. Hence regular walking is indeed very important.

Question 5: Do you think walking in the countryside is better than walking in the city?
Answer: Yes, walking in the countryside is definitely better than walking in the city. The greenery and fresh air that you can enjoy in the countryside is scarce in the crowded cities. Plus, rural areas are more peaceful and pollution-free which makes them perfect for long walks.

Question 6: What could be done to improve the experience of walking in cities?
Answer: Actually a lot can be done to improve the walking experience in the cities like planting more trees, constructing parks and separate lanes for walkers all across. Moreover, there could be special walking zones with no vehicles allowed during some hours of the day.


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IELTS Writing Task1 # Stone Axes

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
The diagrams below show stone hand axes from two different paleolithic periods.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
Write at least 150 words.

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Sample Answer:

The diagrams compare the features of two paleolithic hand axes crafted by early humans in two separate periods of the stone age, the middle and the later. Two view points, face on and edge on, are given for each axe.
As it can be seen from the first figure, the middle stone age axe had an irregular leaf shape. Its length was approximately 6 cm and its base width was comparatively less, only about 3.5 cm. Its thickness was about 2.5 cm. The shape of the middle line in the edge on view suggests that one face was thicker than the other.
Focusing on the later stone age axe, changes in the shape and size of the tool are clearly visible. It had a more streamlined triangular shape with a broad base and a pointed tip. It was about 1.5 cm longer and 1 cm thinner than the middle stone age hand axe. Interestingly, the thickness of both faces was roughly the same.
Overall, the shapes of the stone hand axes were similar in both periods but the hand axe crafted in the later paleolithic period was relatively smoother and slimmer. (191 Words)



Learning punctuation

punctuations are the most important component of English. They allow the reader to better understand what the writer is trying to say. For example, consider the following sentence-
She is a really nice girl said Avinash

When reading the sentence one cannot make out when does the reader need to give pauses or are there any.
One has correctly said that punctuations bring out the real emotions of the writer.

While giving the IELTS exam it is very important that you are able to tell clearly with words what you want to express!

There are different kinds of punctuations that are available and can be used in English. They are –

  1. Period
  2. Question mark
  3. Exclamation point
  4. Comma
  5. Semi colon
  6. Colon
  7. Parentheses
  8. Brackets
  9. Quotation marks
  10. Dash
  11. Hyphen
  12. Italics
  13. Ellipses
  14. Apostrophe

The better you know how to use then, more are the chances of getting a high band in IELTS. So, in the “Learn punctuation” series to come you will learn how to use the different punctuation mmarks to make sure you write effectively.


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