15 IELTS Speaking Cue Cards with follow-up questions (2023)

In this tutorial, we look at 15 IELTS Speaking cue cards with follow-up questions.

For the IELTS Speaking section of your IELTS exam, you are given 1 minute by the examiner to prepare yourself to talk about a specific topic. This topic will be called a cue. The cue card topic as well as instructions about the topic are written as a guide.

Here are some examples of cue cards with follow-up questions to help you prepare and know what to expect.

IELTS Speaking Cue Card 1: Describe your favourite genre of music.

  • What is it?
  • Who is your favourite artist in this genre?
  • What does this express about yourself?

Cue Card 1 Follow-Up Questions

  • What is your favourite instrument, voice or sound used in the genre?
  • Do you have a favourite band from this genre?
  • Is this genre related to any other genres?
  • When did you first discover this was your favourite genre?
  • Has this genre influenced your life in any way?
  • Do you play any instruments?
  • Can you play any songs by an artist from this genre?

IELTS Speaking Cue Card 2: Describe your quiet place.

  • What does it look like?
  • Is there anything necessary used to create this place?
  • How much time do you spend there?
  • Where is this place?

Cue Card 2 Follow-Up Questions.

  • Is this place somewhere you can visit?
  • Does this place change in appearance?
  • What has this place helped you accomplish?
  • How should an ideal quiet place be set up?
  • Is a quiet place the same as a happy place?
  • If your happy place is different from your quiet place, what is your happy place?

IELTS Speaking Cue Card 3: Describe a childhood friend.

  • What did your friend look like?
  • How did you meet your childhood friend? How old were you when you met?
  • Are you still friends?

Cue Card 3 Follow-Up Questions.

  • What was the worst fight you guys had?
  • Do you share a secret between you two?
  • Did you two go to school together?
  • What was the happiest moment shared between you two?
  • When was the last time you talked to each other?
  • Where does your friend live now?
  • What should someone do if they do not know how to make friends?
  • Is shyness becoming more common nowadays?
  • Does every person have a childhood best friend?

IELTS Speaking Cue Card 4: Describe your favourite social media site.

  • What is your favourite social media site?
  • What do you use it for?
  • How long have you been using the social media site for?

Cue Card 4 Follow-Up Questions.

  • How many times a day, week, or month do you log onto this site?
  • Does the site affect you mentally?
  • What is something you don’t like about this site?
  • Are there any perks for setting up an account?
  • How often do you go onto the site?
  • Are social media sites dangerous to use?
  • How many people in total use the same site that you use in the world?
  • Have you witnessed cyberbullying?
  • Does it change your views towards anything?
  • How can you help someone who is being cyberbullied?
  • Which social media sites should you avoid?

IELTS Speaking Cue Card 5: Describe your favourite hobby.

  • What is your favourite hobby?
  • How long have you been doing your hobby?
  • What is the best thing that has come from this hobby?

Cue Card 5 Follow-Up Questions

  • Is your hobby a sport? If yes, which sport is it?
  • Is your hobby an art, craft or trade? If yes, what was the best thing you have made from it?
  • Do you know any friends who share this same hobby?
  • Is this hobby expensive?
  • How long do you plan on keeping this hobby for?
  • How many people have this hobby?
  • How popular is this hobby?
  • Are there any groups, specialists, competitions or clubs for this hobby?

IELTS Speaking Cue Card 6: Describe the best moment of your life.

  • What was the best moment of your life?
  • Who was involved in that moment?
  • When did this moment take place?

Cue Card 6 Follow-Up Questions

  • Were any of your friends or family here when this happened?
  • Can the best moment of your life happen again?
  • What was so special about this moment?
  • Would you repeat the moment again if you could?
  • Would you skip this moment if you could? - Is the best moment of your life real? Or something that the brain makes up?
  • Should everyone have a best moment of their lives?
  • Is this moment something that you should deserve to have?

IELTS Speaking Cue Card 7: Describe your idol.

  • Who is your idol?
  • Why and how did this person become your idol?
  • How has this person impacted your life?

Cue Card 7 Follow-Up Questions.

  • Do you actually believe in idols?
  • Do you think having an idol makes you a better person?
  • Do you idolise yourself?
  • Whom do you idolise the least?
  • What could this person do that would make you consider them to not be your idol anymore?
  • Would you relive the moment when this person became your idol again if you had the opportunity?

8: Describe your dream job.

  • What is your dream job?
  • Do you already have this job?
  • What does it take to get this job? Is it difficult?

Cue Card 8 Follow-Up Questions.

  • Do you have to go to school for your dream job?
  • Are you currently in school for your dream job?
  • Does anyone you know have this job?
  • When did this become your dream job?
  • What will it take to keep the job?
  • Should dream jobs make you a lot of money?
  • Or should dream jobs only make you happy?
  • Does your dream job make enough money for you to live comfortably?
  • Can you ever be too old to work at your dream job?

9: Describe your dream vacation.

  • What is your dream vacation?
  • Where is your dream vacation located?
  • Have you been on your dream vacation?

Cue Card 9 Follow-Up Questions.

  • Will you ever be able to go on your dream vacation?
  • How much will your dream vacation cost?
  • Should everyone be able to go on their dream vacation?
  • Is the vacation supposed to be a reward or something you can do anytime?
  • Explain why this is your dream vacation.
  • Is a dream vacation real?

10: Describe where you want to retire.

  • Where do you want to retire?
  • Why is this where you want to retire?
  • What memories or activities do you want to do once you retire?

Cue Card 10 Follow-Up Questions.

  • Is this place real?
  • Is there a favourite food you will have supplied here?
  • Is the cost of retirement too expensive?
  • Should you be able to retire as a young adult?
  • Did you lose any money from your retirement when the economy fell?
  • How much do you want to save up for retirement?
  • How much does the average person in your country save up for retirement?
  • Is retirement not possible in certain countries or areas?

11: Describe your favourite mode of public transport.

  • What is your favourite mode of public transport?
  • How often do you use public transport?
  • Explain your feelings towards public transport.
  • What differences do you see between different modes of public transport?

Cue Card 11 Follow-Up Questions.

  • When do you most commonly use public transport?
  • What are the benefits of using public transport?
  • Why do you use public transport?
  • Do you suggest others do the same?

12: Describe your pet(s).

  • What kind of pets do you own?
  • How do your pets make you feel?
  • Where did you get your pet(s)?
  • How interactive are you with your pets?

Cue Card 12 Follow-Up Questions.

  • Who takes care of your pets? Are they high maintenance?
  • What do you think of people who don’t take care of their pets?
  • Do you plan on owning another type of pet in the future?
  • Which kind?

Cue Card 13: Describe how you use technology in your everyday life.

  • How often do you use your mobile phone?
  • Do you use the computer daily?
  • What does technology make easier in your day-to-day life?

Cue Card 13 Follow-Up Questions.

  • How much time do you spend using technology?
  • Can you be more productive with this time?
  • Who pays for your technology habits?
  • What are the most common types of technology you use?

Cue Card 14: Describe what type of effect reading has on you.

  • How do you feel when reading a newspaper/magazine article?
  • Do you read frequently and stay up to date with literature?
  • Where do you read most often?
  • When do you read there?

Cue Card 14 Follow-Up Questions.

  • Do others like to read with you?
  • How did you learn to read?
  • Explain the plot of your favourite story/book.

Cue Card 15: Describe your grandparents

  • What are your grandparents like?
  • Do your grandparents have special talents?

Cue Card 15 Follow-Up Questions

  • How often do you see your grandparents?
  • Do you enjoy seeing them?
  • How far do you live from your grandparents?
  • How do your grandparents treat you?

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