IELTS speaking tests

Visit the iPass Learning Centre .
Sign up for our IELTS speaking course or an IELTS top-up and you can practise any of these tests with an iPass trainer and get immediate feedback on your performance!

Part 1 – sample questions

Part 2 – sample task card

Describe an environmental problem. You should say:

  • what it is
  • how long it has existed
  • how it affects people’s lives

and explain how you think the problem will develop in the future.

Part 3 – sample questions

  1. Which environmental problems are people most concerned about in your country?
  2. What are the main causes of these environmental problems?
  3. Do you think it is the responsibility of governments alone to protect the environment?
  4. What measures can individuals take to protect the environment?
  5. Do you think large companies and business organisations should be more environmentally friendly? Why? How?
  6. How can we teach children about the importance of protecting the environment?

Useful Vocabulary

Environmental Problems

Causes of Environmental Problems

Solutions to Environmental Problems

Useful linkers for explaining cause & effect

Sample Answer

Which environmental problems are people most concerned about in your country?

I think people in my country are most concerned about future shortages of fresh drinking water, which I suppose is both a result of poor water management and general global warming. I think everyone is feeling the effects of the latter problem which is causing us to experience more extreme temperatures, for example, much colder winters and much hotter summers. The long hot summers are particularly worrying in the south of the country where there is a real risk of drought due to the consistent lack of rainfall.

I got band 6.5 overall and I have now been offered a place for a Masters in Marketing in Sydney, Australia, starting July 2016. For me, practising speaking with you both was really helpful for me. I appreciate your help very much.

Nugi - Indonesia


What's new?

iPass facebook page for health professionals

If you’re a doctor or nurse taking IELTS for professional registration, check out our exclusive facebook page created just for you!

Free Course Demo
Katerina, Belarus

Thank you very much for your support in my IELTS preparation. I have got 6.5 instead of 7 I wanted. However, my result is still acceptable to a number of universities where I would like to study.

Katerina, Belarus

take the iPass level test



IELTS Amigo IELTS App



iPass Newsletter