توجه داشته باشید که سوالات و موضوعات اسپیکینگ در اولین ماه هر دوره پیش بینی سوالات (ژانویه، می،سپتامبر) دستخوش تغییرات میشود، و ممکن است سوالات و موضوعاتی اضافه و کم شوند. این تغییرات به مرور تا اواسط ماه بعد پیش بینی سوالات رفته رفته کم تر می شوند و پیش بینی ها دقیق تر میشوند. لذا توصیه می کنم به طور مداوم و منظم با سایت در تماس باشید تا در جریان آخرین تغییرات قرار بگیرید و در روز آزمون با سوال نا آشنا روبرو نشوید.

Part 1 Questions

Advertisements

  1. Are there many advertisements in your country
  2. Why do you think there are so many advertisements now?
  3. What are the various places where we see advertisements?
  4. How do you feel about advertisements?
  5. What kind of advertisement do you like the most?
  6. Do advertisements (ever) influence your choice about what to buy?
  7. Have you ever bought anything that you have not seen advertised?
  8. Where can we (or, what are the various places where we can) see advertisements?
  9. Do you like advertisements on TV?
  10. Do you prefer advertisements on TV or those in magazines?
  11. What do you think is the purpose of advertisements (or, advertising)?
  12. Do you think advertising plays a very important role in today's world?
  13. What sorts of advertisements leave the deepest impression on people?
  14. What do you think about the developments in advertising in your country today?
  15. Why do you think companies advertise themselves (or, their products)?
  16. (In your opinion), which is more effective, TV ads or newspaper and magazine ads?
  17. Do you think there are too many advertisements?

Barbecue

Do Iranian people like barbecue ?

What kind of food do you like to eat for barbecue?

Would you like to have barbecue with your family or your friends?

Did you have barbecue when you were a child?

Being Happy

  • How would you define happiness?
  • What kinds of things make people in your country happy?
  • Do you think money can make people happy?
  • Are people in your country happier now than they were 30 years ago?
  • Why do some people say happiness never lasts (for) long?
  • What do you do when you feel unhappy?
  • Is there anything that makes you feel happy lately?
  • What do you do to stay happy?
  • Can you stay happy all the time?
  • Is it important to be happy?

Car trip

  • Do you like travelling by car?
  • What is the farthest place you have traveled to by car?
  • When do you travel by car?
  • Do you like to sit in the front or back when traveling by car?

Decoration

  • what’s the decoration like in your home?
  • What kind of the decoration do you prefer?
  • Do Iranian people like redecorating their homes?
  • What’s your favorite color when he decorating your home?

Environmental protection

  • Would you like to work in a company related to environmental protection?
  • How can we protect the environment?
  • (similar to above) What can individuals do to protect the environ
  • What should be done to protect the environment?
  • What can people do together to protect the local environment?
  • Do you think you've done enough to protect the environment?
  • Is there education about environmental protection at school?
  • What is the importance of environmental education?
  • Is it important to teach students environmental protection at school?
  • Do you think it is necessary to make environmental protection as a subject?

Farming

  • Have you ever visited a farm?
  • What kind of farm do you like?
  • Do you think farming is important (to a/your country)?
  • Do you know anything about how farming and agriculture?
  • Do you want to live in a farm?
  • Why do you think it is inconvenient to live in a farm?
  • What type of farm do you like?
  • Did you do farmer work when you were young?

Festivals

  • What is the most popular festival in your country?
  • What is your favourite festival?
  • Is it important to celebrate traditional festivals?
  • What is the difference between your traditional festivals and western festivals?
  • How do people/you celebrate festivals in your country?
  • What special food and activities do you have for these festivals?
  • How do you celebrate Spring Festival?
  • Do young people in your country like to celebrate foreign festivals?

Flowers

  1. Do you like flowers? (Why?)
  2. What flowers do you like? (Why?)
  3. Which/What is your favorite flower?
  4. Do you think flowers are important?
  5. On what occasions are flowers important?
  6. Do people in your country ever use flowers for special occasions?
  7. In your country, do people (ever) give flowers as a gift?
  8. What are the occasions when people give or receive flowers?
  9. When was the last time you gave (or, possibly, sent) flowers to someone?
  10.  When was the last time you yourself bought flowers?
  11. When was the last time you bought flowers for yourself?
  12. Where did you buy these flowers?
  13. What meaning do flowers (= does giving flowers) have for people in your country?
  14. What flowers have special meaning in your country?
  15. Do you like to have flowers in your home?
  16. Do you (ever) grow flowers at home? (Give details)
  17. Do many people in your country grow flowers at home?
  18. Do people in your country like growing flowers?
  19. Does anyone in your family like growing flowers?
  20. Do old people in your country like gardening?

Getting Up Early

  •  Do you often get up early in the morning?
  •  Under what circumstances do you get up early?
  •  What do you usually do when you get up early?
  •  Do you get up early on weekends?
  •  Which morning do you like the best in a week?
  •  what is your morning routine?

Holidays

  • Do you like holidays?
  • Which (type of) holiday is your favorite, a public or personal holiday?
  • Does your country have many public holidays?
  • Do you have a favorite holiday?
  • What public holidays do you have in your country?
  • (If you don't say this in answer to above) Why do you have those holidays?
  • Would you say most people in your country know why you have those holidays?
  • What do you usually do during a holiday?
  • Which would you prefer, a city break or a beach holiday?
  • Which do you prefer, a long holiday or a short one?
  • (Similar to above) Which do you prefer, long holidays or a short ones?
  • What kinds of places do you want to travel to on holiday?
  • (Similar to above) What kinds of places would you like to travel to on holiday?
  • Do you think holidays are important?
  •  Do you think holidays are becoming more and more important?
  • Do you think there should be more public holidays?  (public holidays)
  • (Similar to above) Do you think people should have more holidays? (personal holidays)
  •  Are there many tourists in your country?
  •  What do most people do during their holidays in your country?
  •  Do you prefer to travel alone or in group?

Mathematics

Note: "Mathematics" is used in both British & American English. Short forms - "maths" (Br. Eng), "math" (US. Eng.)

  • Do you like maths?
  • Do you often use a calculator?
  • When did you start to use a calculator?
  • (Similar to above) How often do you use a calculator?
  • Do you think maths is important?
  • Do you think females (girls) are good at maths?
  • Some people think that maths isn’t needed in our life. What do you think?

More possible questions from past test dates:

  • Did you study mathematics at school?
  • Do you like mathematics?
  • Do you think you are very good at mathematics?
  • (Possibly; similar to above) Are you good at mathematics?
  • Do you think mathematics is easy?
  • When did you start learning mathematics?
  • (Similar to above) How long have you been studying mathematics?
  • (Possibly) For how long did you study mathematics?
  • Do you think mathematics is important?
  • Do you think it might be useful for everybody in day-to-day life?
  • (Similar to above) Do you think it is useful for everybody in day-to-day life?
  • Did you use an electronic calculator in school?
  • (Possibly) Were you allowed to use an electronic calculator at school?
  • (Possibly) Do you think school students should be allowed to use an electronic calculator at school?
  • When did you start using a calculator at school?
  • Do you think using a calculator is helpful when learning (or studying) mathematics?

:Some vocabulary

  • arithmetic (noun)
  • basic arithmetical* operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
  • the times table (Usually rote learned/memorized)
  • an abacus
  • mental arithmetic
  • to calculate; a calculator = an electronic calculator
  • to “be good at figures” = to “be good with figures”
  • geometry, algebra, trigonometry, calculus, statistics
  • Uses of mathematics: – to calculate one’s finances, paying bills etc.; buying and selling; making things (e.g., when doing carpentry); the basis of science & engineering; having an appreciation (or, understanding) when we read or hear significant figures such as the rate of inflation.

Museums

  • Do you think museums are important?
  • Are there many museums in your hometown?
  • Do you often visit museums?
  • When was the last time you visited a museum?
  • Did you go to any museums when you were a child?
  • Why is it boring for children to go to museums?
  • How can we make museums interesting for children?
  • What can be seen in museums?
  • What are the benefits of new technology for museums?

Names

  • Who gave you your name?
  • Does your name have any particular (or, special) meaning?  
  • Do you like your name?
  • Would you like to change your name?
  • (Similar to above) Have you ever considered changing your name?
  • Is it easy to change your name in your country?
  • (Similar to above) In your country, are there any problems that could occur if someone changed their name?
  • Who usually names babies in your country?  
  • Do you have any special traditions about naming children?
  • (Similar to above) What do people consider when they are giving a baby a name in your country?

New Year

• How do you celebrate New Year?

• Do you still remember a new year that you celebrated?

• Do you have any ceremonies to celebrate the New Year in your country?

• Why do people think New Year is a new beginning?

Primary School

  • What was the first school you attended?
  • (Similar to above) What primary school did you attend?
  • Was it a good school?
  • Did you like it?
  • What were the good things about your primary school?
  • (Similar to above) What did you like most about it?
  • Was it far from your home?
  • How did you go to (or, travel to) school?

Possibly used as the topic, "Your First School"

  • How old were you when you started school?
  • What can you remember about your first school?
  • Do you remember your first day at primary school?
  • Where did you go to school?
  • How many schools have you attended?
  • (Similar to above) What different types of schools have you been to?
  • Which school did you like the most? (Why?)
  • What was the first school you attended?
  • (Similar to above) Do you remember the first school you attended?
  • (Similar to above) What primary school did you attend?
  • Can you describe the first school you attended?
  • (Possibly the question above is this) Can you describe your primary school?
  • Was it far from your home?
  • How did you go to (or, travel to) school?
  • How did you get to school each day?
  • Tell me something about the school.  (= Can you describe it?)
  • Did you enjoy (or, like) it? (Why?/Why not?)
  • Was it a good school?
  • Would you say it was a good school?
  • Do you think that your primary school is (or, was) special?
  • What were the good things about your primary school?
  • (Similar to above) What did you like most about it?
  • What were some of the most popular activities (in the playground?) at primary school?
  • Have you ever returned to see your old school again?
  • Are you still in contact with any of the friends you had in primary school?
  • Would you send your child to that school today?
  • Did your parents choose your secondary school (= high school) for you?
  • (Similar to above) Did you parents let you choose your secondary school (= high school)?
  • If you could, how would you change your primary school?
  • (Similar to above) If you could, what's one thing you would change about your primary school?

Reading

  • Do you like reading? 
  • What kinds of books do you usually read?
  • What kinds of things do you usually read?
  • (Similar to above, but different) What kinds of books do you like to read?
  • (Similar to above, but different) What kinds of things do you like to read?
  • Do you like E-books?
  • Do you ever read professional books? 
  • Have you ever lent or borrowed a book?

Some vocabulary:

Things to Read

Two main types: Fiction and Non-fiction

For News

Newspapers

News magazines

Company & organization newsletters

The internet. The internet includes copies of the printed newspapers and news magazines but also has news pages that are especially written for the internet. One important sub-group of internet news pages consists of independent journalists. These independent journalists usually include their commentary and opinion with their reporting of factual information.

Magazines

Fashion magazines

Movie magazines

Computer magazines

News magazines

Sports magazines

Hobbyist magazines

Technical & professional journals

Art magazines

Home decoration magazines

Women’s magazines

Literature

Autobiographies

Biographies

Novels (Historical novels, Thrillers, Mystery stories, Romance novels, Detective Stories, Science Fiction)

Poetry

Plays

Short Stories

Essays

Literary Criticism

Educational

Textbooks

Reference books

Encyclopedias

‘How-to’ books

'Self-help' books

 Entertainment

Comic books

Puzzle books

Personal Correspondence

Letters

Emails

Postcards

Faxes

Cell-phone text messages

On-line chatting

The Internet

The Internet now includes most of the examples above

Relaxing

  • What do you do to relax?
  • Do you think doing sports is a good way to relax?
  • Do you think vacation is a good time for you to relax?
  • Do you think students need more relaxing time?

Rest

  • How often do you take a rest?
  • Do you take a nap when you have a rest?
  • How you feel after taking a nap?
  • (Similar question) how do you feel after taking a rest?

Singing

  • Do you like to sing?
  • How often do you sing?
  • Did you like to sing when you were a child?
  • Do you prefer to sing at home or at a place such as a karaoke bar (or KTV)?
  • Who's your favourite singer?
  • What's your favourite song?
  • Are the lyrics (= the words) of songs important to you?

Special costumes

  • Do you like to wear special costumes?
  • Did you try any special costumes when you were younger?
  • When was your last time to wear special costumes?
  • Do you ever buy special costumes?

The Sky

  • Do you often look at the sky? (Why?)
  • Do you prefer to look at the sky in the daytime, or at night?
  • Can you see the moon and stars at night where you live?
  • Is there a good place to look at the sky where you live?
  • Do school students learn much about planets and the stars (at school) in your country?
  • (Similar to above) Did you learn anything about the planets and stars at school?
  • (Possible question) Do you know much about the stars and planets?

More Questions

  • Do you like to look at the sky?
  • (Possibly) Do you like to look at the sky when it's cloudy?
  • Do you prefer to look at the sky in the day time or the night time? (the "night sky")
  • (Similar to above) Which is better to look at, the sky in the daytime or the night sky?
  • How do you look at it?
  • Do you like to look at the stars?
  • (Similar to above) Do you ever look at the stars?
  • Do you go anywhere special to do that?
  • (Similar to above) Where is the best place to look at the stars?
  • (Similar to above) Where do you like to look at the sky?
  • (Similar to above) Where is the best place to look at the sky?
  • Did you learn about the stars (or, the planets in our solar system) in school?

Some vocabulary:

Note: Many people look at the sky in the morning in order to know what the weather is going to be like that day.

  •  We “look at” things that are not moving; we “watch” things that are moving. We “see” when our eyes are open.
  • A cloud, cloudy, cloudiness
  • Cloud formations (the shapes of the clouds)
  • Fine weather
  • clear skies (a clear sky)
  • At dawn = when the sun is coming up; at dusk = when the sun is going down
  • smog, smoggy
  • The sun, solar
  • Astronomy, astronomical, astronaut [Note: “astrology” is completely different to astronomy. Most people consider astrology to be superstition.]
  • A galaxy
  • The Solar System
  • The planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto
  • Mercury , Venus , Earth , Mars , Jupiter , Saturn , Uranus, Neptune , Pluto 
  • The moon, lunar
  • A telescope
  • An observatory
  • A planetarium
  • An eclipse of the moon; An eclipse of the sun
  • A meteor (“a shooting star”); an asteroid; a meteorite (= a meteor that has hit the earth)
  • A constellation
  • Outer Space
  • A space ship; a space station; a rocket
  • A satellite
  • To “contemplate the mystery of the universe”, “to marvel at the mystery of the universe”, “to wonder about the mystery of the universe”
  • The Universe = The Cosmos
  • Infinite
  • Alien life forms; extraterrestrial life (forms)
  • A UFO (An Unidentified Flying Object)

Trees

  • Do like trees?
  • Are there many trees in the area where you live?
  • Would you like to live in a place that has lots of trees?
  • Do you think places with trees attract more visitors than places with few trees?
  • Do like to go to a forest?
  • Is there a forest near your hometown?
  • Where can one find trees or forests in your country?
  • Do you like to plant trees?
  • Have you planted any trees?
  • When is a suitable time for planting trees? In the morning or at night?
  • Do you like to plant trees that will bear fruit?
  • Did you ever climb trees when you were a child?
  • Do you have any unique trees in your country?

TV Programs

  • Do you often watch programs and tv or on your cell phone?
  • What kind of TV programs do you like?
  • Do like watching the same kind of program all the time?
  • Do you talk with your friends about a program you watched?
  • (Similar question) Do you share a good TV program with your friends?

Wallet

  • Do you use a wallet?
  • Do most of your friends use a wallet?
  • Have you ever lost your wallet?
  • Have you ever given a wallet to someone as a gift?

Wild Animals

  • Have you ever seen any wild animals?
  • Do you have a favourite wild animal?
  • Do you think wild animals should be protected?
  • Do you like going to the (or, a) zoo?

 

Window View

  • What scenery can you see from the window of your home/dormitory?
  • do like to watch the scenery from your window?
  • do you like to live in a house with beautiful window views?
  • How do you feel when you can’t see any beautiful view from your window?

Your Country

  • Tell me a little about your country.
  • Which part of your country do most people live in?
  • Where is your country located?
  • Tell me about the main industries in your country.
  • What are some of the good things and some of the bad things about living in your country?
  • What of your country are you proud of?
  • Do you plan to live there for a long time?
  • Do you know the history of your country?

Your Home/Accommodation

Do you live in a house or a flat?

What kind of building do you live in?

Do you like your current accommodation?

Are there many (or, any) markets near your home?

Are there many public facilities near your home?

Have you lived there for a long time?

What do you do at home?

How long have you lived there?

What's your favourite room?

What kind of places would you like to live in (in the future)?

Which do you (or, would you) prefer living in, a house or a flat?

Your Living Area

Main Questions

  • Where are you living (where do you live) at the moment?
  • Have you lived there for a long time?
  • Do you like it?
  • (Similar to above) Do you like the environment around where you are living?
  • Are there good facilities in your area, such as shops?
  • What are some of the most popular (recreational) activities that people do in your community?
  • Where do people in your community usually gather for social activities?
  • Are there many people living around you?
  • What do you like about the area around where you live?
  • Is there anything you dislike about your city/local area?
  • Where do you like to go to in your area?
  • Who do you live with?
  • Do you know the people (or, many people) living around you (living nearby)?
  • Do you have many friends there?
  • Are you planning to move to another area to live?
  • What changes have you seen in this area (since you have been living there)?
  • What changes (= what improvements) would you like to see in this area?
  • (Different to above) What changes are you expecting (to see) in this area?

Possible Other Questions

  • Is that far from here (the test centre)?
  • Please describe the area you live in.
  • Would you say it's a good place to live?
  • Is this place famous for anything?
  • Are there any interesting places near (or, in) this area?

YOUR WORK OR STUDY

YOUR WORK OR STUDY

Do you work or are you a student?

WORK

:Main Questions

  • What work (or job) do you do?
  • Do you enjoy that work?
  • Why did you choose to do that type of work (or,/that job)?
  • Would you recommend this job to other people? Do you like your job?
  • What do you do in this job?
  • What do you find interesting about your work?
  • (Similar to above) What's the most interesting part of your work?
  • What are your responsibilities at work?
  • Where do you work? 
  • What is your work environment like? 
  • How much (how many hours) do you work every week (or, every day)? 
  • Are you satisfied with the place where you work? 
  • Would you say that's a good place to work? 
  • Would you like to change the place where you work?  
  • (The question above might be this) Would you like to make (or see) any changes to the place where you work?
  • (Similar to above) How do you think your workplace could be improved?
  • What's the most important part of your work? 
  • Do you do anything that especially helps you in your work? 
  • How do you think you could improve your efficiency at work? 
  • What work do you plan to do in the future?
  • What’s your dream job like?
  • (Similar to above) What is (or, would be) your ideal job?
  • Have you (ever) changed your job? 
  • Do you prefer to work in the morning(s), or the afternoon(s)?
  • Do you prefer to take long breaks from work, or short breaks? 
  • How do you take a break during your working hours?

:Possible Other Questions

  • Is that what you wanted to do when you were a child?
  • Do you work part-time, or full-time?
  • What do you do in that job? (= What are your responsibilities in that job?)
  • What does that company do?
  • How long have you been working?
  • What did you do to get your first job?  *
  • Did you enjoy your first day at work?
  • (Similar to above) How did you feel on your first day at work?
  • Are you friends with the people you work with with?
  • (Similar) Have you made many (or any) friends at work?
  • Do you think it's important to be friends with the people you work with?
  • What time of the day do you work the best?
  • (Similar to above) Do you work better in the morning, or in the afternoon?
  • Did you have any training for this job?
  • Would you like to have some (or, more) training in the future?
  • Will you always do this job? ( = Will you continue to do this job / this type of work?)

STUDY 

Main Questions:

  • What subject are you studying?
  • Why did you choose to study that?
  • Do you like it (your subject)?
  • What do you do/learn in this subject?
  • What's the most enjoyable part of your studies? 
  • Is it (your subject) interesting?
  • Would you say your studies (or, your subject) is what you expected it to be? 
  • What's your favourite subject? (for high school stds)
  • (Similar to above) What classes do you like the most?
  • Do you like to study? (= Do you like studying?) 
  • How much study do you do every week?   
  • What would you say is the most important part of your studies? 
  • Where do you usually study?  
  • (Possible question) Where did you do your studying yesterday? 
  • Do you do anything that especially helps you to study? 
  • How do you think you could improve your efficiency as a student?  
  • What school/university do (or, did) you study at? (= Where do you study?)
  • Do you like your school university?  
  • What do you like most about your school / university? 
  • Why did you choose to study at that school/university?
  • How do you think your school/university could be improved? 
  • Would you like to change your school (or university)?  
  • What will you do (or, what do you plan to do) after you graduate from university finish secondary school?
  • Do you prefer strict teachers, or fun teachers?
  • Do you like your teachers and classmates?
  • Who do you think are the more important in a school, the students or the teachers?
  • Would you say that communication is important when/for studying?
  • Do you prefer to study in the morning or in the afternoon?

Possible Other Questions:

  • Do you think it (your subject) will be helpful for you in the future?
  • Is that a popular choice among your friends?
  • Do you plan to (or, will you) continue your studies in the future?
  • Do you plan to (or, will you) continue studying this subject?
  • Have you made many (or any) friends at school/university?

Part 2 & 3 Questions

A big company or organization

Describe a company or organization in your area that employs many people.

You should say:

What it is

How you knew about it

What this company does

And explain how you feel about it

Part 3

  1. What’s the difference between big companies and small companies?
  2. Are there many big companies in your country?
  3. What are the good things about working for a big company?
  4. How can a small company grow big?
  5. Should big companies donate more to charities?
  6. Should big companies be punished more seriously if they break the law?

A Childhood Toy

A Childhood Toy

Describe a toy you liked in your childhood

You should say:

what kind of toy it was

when you received it

how you played with it

And how you felt about it

 

 

Part 3

How do advertisements influence children?

What is the difference between the toys that kids play now and those they played in the past?

Do you think parents should buy more toys for their kids or spend more time with them?

(Similar to about have) Do you think it is appropriate for parents to buy a lot of toys but spend less time with them?

Do parents in your country spend a lot on buying their kids toys?

What kind of toy is popular in your country?

What strategies do toy companies use to attract children to buy toys?

What toys are popular with boys and girls in your country now?

Do you think advertising that targets children should be banned?

How do ads influence children?

Do you agree that the fact that children are targeted by many companies as potential consumers spores their childhood?

A City You Would Like To Live In

Describe a town or city where you would like to live in the future

You should say:

Where it is

How you knew it

What it is famous for

And explain why you would like to live there

Part 3

  • Why do more and more people live in the city?
  • How does this affect the environment and nature?
  • What are some factors that attract people to settle down in certain places?
  • What are the differences of the young and old when choosing where to live?
  • What are some factors that affect people to settle in some places?
  • Why have many cities become so densely-populated?
  • Is it possible that all of the population move to cities?
  • What changes do you think would make cities better places to live?
  • Is it good for elderly people to live in large cities?

A Famous Person That You Are Interested in

Describe a famous person that you are interested in
You should say:
Who this person is
How you know about this person
What sort of life they had before they became famous
How this person became famous
And explain why you like this person
 
Part 3
What sorts of people are famous in your country?
How do people become famous?
Are there any differences between the people who were famous a few years ago (eg. 10 - 15 years ago and the people are famous today?
What kind of celebrities do you think will be remembered forever?
Do you think you can be famous by being beautiful? 
Which one do you think is important for becoming famous, talent or hard work?
What do you think is necessary to become a celebrity?  
Do you think celebrities should have privileges? 
Do you think people will change their favorite celebrities with time?
Do you think famous people ever have a negative influence on ordinary people?
Through what kind of media can these people be famous?
What qualities do famous people have in common?
What do you think about nepotism amongst the famous people?

A Film That You Liked

Describe a Film that you liked

You should say:

When you watched it

Where you watched it

What it was about

And explain why you like it

Part 3

Do you think having a film industry has an impact on a country’s reputation?

Is it important that a country have its own movies?

What kinds of movies are popular in your country?

Do you think watching films is a good way to have a rest/relax?

Why do people spend so much money on producing films?

Are action films popular in your country?

What makes an actor or actress a famous movie star?

Are films a waste of money?

Are movie stars important to a movie?

Are foreign movies popular in Iran?

A Home That You Visited but Did Not Want to Live in

Describe a home that you visited but did not want to live in

You should say:

Where it is

What it is like

Why you visited it

And explain why you would not like to live there

 

 

Part 3

Do Iranian people like to visit others’ homes?

Do you like to invite you friends?

How will you entertain friends in your home?

Why do some people prefer not to entertain guests at home?

(Similar to above) Do Iranian people often visit relatives and friends?

Do they bring gifts?

Are there any special gifts they bring?

Why do they bring gifts when they visit others?

What do Iranian people do when they visit others?

Where do you prefer to visit others, at home or outside? 

Do you think a friend’s unplanned visit to your house is an interruption?

What kind of place do people in your country like to live in?

What do people need to consider when choosing where to live?

Why do people in cities and villages live differently?

Is it better to live in the country than in the city? 

What is the difference between urban and rural dwelling types? 

(Similar to above) What is the difference between urban and rural housing structure? 

What's the difference between homes in cities and those in the countryside?

Do most people in your country live in a flat warehouse?

What are the benefits of living in a house?

A Kind of Weather You Like

Describe a kind of weather you like

You should say:

What it is

Where you go in this weather

What you do in this weather

And explain why you like it

 

 

Part 3

What do people wear in different weather?

How does weather influence people's life?

What are people's opinions on weather forecast?

Are there any festivals about seasons?

What is the impact of weather on people’s lives?

Do people in your country read/listen to the weather forecast?

Questions from past test dates:

The Weather

  • Do you think many people tin your country pay attention to weather forecasts?
  • Do you (or people in general) usually watch the weather forecasts on TV?  
  • Do you prefer to get your weather information from television, or from apps on your smartphone?
  • Do you think the weather forecast is usually accurate?
  • Does the weather influence people’s daily activities?  
  • Would you say rainy and sunny days affect people differently?
  • Are the activities of young people and of old(er) people affected the same by the weather?
  • Does the weather ever affect your plans?
  • Do rainy days affect people’s routines, (or their daily activities)?
  • Do you like rainy days?
  • Can you describe what a rainy day is like?
  • How do people go to work when it's raining?
  • Do you think the economy is affected by weather

The Seasons

  • Do you have four distinct seasons where you live (or, in your hometown)?
  • Are the seasons different in different parts of your country?  
  • Do the seasons influence people’s moods?  
  • In your country, are there any festivals or traditions that occur in certain seasons

Clothing for Different Types of Weather

  • Do people dress differently in different kinds of weather?  
  • Do you think it’s annoying (or, inconvenient) to wear different clothes in different kinds of weather?
  • What do you wear when it is cold outside?
  • Why do people need to wear thick clothes when it’s cold outside?
  • Why do people wear hats on sunny days?
  • Why do you think people wear raincoats?
  • Do people change their clothes on rainy days?

A Law On Environmental Protection

Describe a law on environmental protection

You should say:

What it is

How you first learned about it

Who benefits from it

And explain how you feel about this law

Part 3

Are there laws about education in Iran?

What kinds of rules do schools in Iran have?

What can teachers do to make students obey rules?

What should parents do to educate children about laws?

Laws (in society)

  • Do you think it's important to have laws in society? *
  • Is it important to (always) obey the law?
  • Do you think it is a good idea to have international laws that apply to all the countries of the world?

Rules (Regulations)

  • Can you suggest why some people say that "rules are made to be broken"?
  • Do you think it's OK to break rules sometimes?

        In Schools

  • What sorts of rules do schools in your country typically have? 
  • Do you like these school rules?
  • Why do schools have these rules?
  • Do schools have any rules concerning cell phones at school?
  • Do you think school students should take their cell phones to school?
  • Do you think it is necessary for school children to wear school uniforms?
  • How do you think students can be prevented from forming romantic relationships with other students at school?
  • (Similar to above) How do you think students can avoid forming romantic relationships with other students at school?
  • Do you think the wearing of school uniforms helps to avoid having high school students form romantic relationships at school?
  • Do different schools have different rules?
  • Do you think it would be a good idea for school children to (help) decide what rules to have at their school?
  • What sorts of punishment (or penalties) do schools (and universities) use when students break the rules?

        In the Workplace

  • What are some typical rules that exist in most (or, some) workplaces?
  • (If you are working) What are some of the rules in your company?
  • Do you think all jobs (or workplaces) have rules?
  • In your opinion, why is it important to have rules at work?
  • Can you think of any jobs (or types of work) that especially need to have rules (rules that might not exist in other jobs)?
  • (Similar to above) What kinds of jobs do you think should have stricter rules than other types of jobs?
  • Do you think that employees should (be able to) participate in creating the rules at their workplace?
  • Do most work places have rules about what (clothes) to wear at work?
  • Do you think there should be strict rules about what people can wear at work?
  • Do you think people should wear a uniform at work?
  • Would you like to wear a uniform at work?

Children and Rules

  • Do you think it's important that children follow certain rules?
  • In what ways do children benefit from following these rules?
  • How can parents and teachers help children learn to follow rules?

Environmental Problems

  • What do you think are the causes of environmental pollution?
  • Do you know of any laws about the environment that exists in other countries but not in your country?

A Live Sport Match

A Live Sport Match

 

Describe a live sport match that you have watched

You should say:

What it was

When you watched it

What it was like

And how you felt about it

 

 

Part 3

Do you prefer to watch live sports or watch it on TV?

What is the difference between watching sports events at home and at the stadium?

Why do some people like to watch live sports?

What kinds of sports do Iranian people like to watch?

(similar to above)Why do people like to watch games on the spot?

Do people (in your country) like to watch sports on TV or do they spend money to go to the scene?

What is the difference between the sports activities that people liked in the past and the present?

What are the sports that people didn’t watch in the past and watch them now?

Do you think competition is good for students?

A Natural Talent You Want To Improve

Describe a natural talent (sports, music,etc) you want to improve

You should say:

What it is

When you discovered it

How you want to improve it

And explain how you feel about it

Part 3

Do you think artists with talents should focus on their talents?

Is it possible for us to know whether children who are 3 or 4 years old will become musicians and painters when they grow up?

Why do people like to watch talent shows ?

Do you think it is more interesting to watch famous people's or ordinary people's shows ?

A Part of a City You Enjoy

Describe a part of a/your city or town you enjoy spending time in

You should say:

Where it is

What it is like

What you do there

And explain why you enjoy spending time there

 

Part 3

what are the purposes of public places in towns and cities?

What interest in public places are there in your hometown?

You think there should be more for public places?

How do public places change in towns or cities?

What public places do old people usually visit?

Why do young people like to go to public places?

Will more people move to cities in the future?

A perfect/An Ideal Job You Would Like To Have

Describe a perfect/an ideal job you would like to have (or, do) in the future.

            You should say:

                          what job it is

                          what qualities are required for this job

                          what you would need to learn to do this job

            and explain why you would like to do this job.

Part 3

  • What kind of job do children like?
  • Do children like to choose the same profession as their parents?
  • Will people regret about their career choices when they become older?
  • What should people consider when choosing jobs?
  • Do you think nowadays people should be ready to relocate if they want to get a good job?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of working from home?
  • What are the disadvantages of working flexitime/flextime?
  • Why are some jobs more popular than others?
  • Why do some people lose motivation to work hard?
  • Do you think money is the most important motivating factor at work?
  • Do you agree that a high salary is the only reason why people choose some jobs?
  • Do you think colleagues have role in how people work?
  • What kind of jobs do children like?
  • What factors should (or do) people take into account when choosing a job?

A Person Who Wears Unusual Clothes

Describe a person who wears unusual clothes

You should say:

Who is he

How you know him

What kind of clothes he wears

And explain why you consider that his clothing choices are weird

 

 

Part 3

Where do Iranians normally buy clothes?

The difference between men's and women's choices of clothes?

What is the general dress code for working people (in your country)?

What are the different dressing styles for different ages in your country?

What is the dressing style of young Iranian people? Why do young people like it cool?

Do you think it is import for people to wear smart?

What factors do you think are more important when buying clothes?

Do clothes affect people's mood?

What do people consider when buying clothes?

A Plan (not work or study related)

Describe a plan that you have (not related to work or study). You should say: what the plan is when you want to achieve it what preparation is (or will be) needed and explain why you want to achieve this plan.

Possible follow-up questions:
• Have you told anyone else about this plan?

Part 3

Planning in General

• Do you like to make plans?
• Why do many people make plans?
• What sorts of (everyday) plans do average people make?
• What are some examples of plans that people need to make?
• Who needs to (or, should) make plans?
• Would you say planning is important?
• Do you think that people should have plans in their lives?
• What do you think are the benefits of having plans?
• Do you think it's a good idea to make a plan for each day?
• Do you think most people actually implement their plans (= put their plans into action)?
• Do you think most plans are implemented exactly as they were originally planned?
• What do you suggest people do when their plans turn out to be unsuccessful?
• Do you think it's possible to be successful without a plan?
• Some people think success is more a question of luck than a question of planning. What do you think?
• Can you explain why some people don't make plans?
• (Not exactly the same as above) Can you explain why some people don't like to make plans?
• What would you say is the difference between those who plan, and those who don't?
• (Similar to above) What sorts of people don't make plans?
• (Similar to above) What sorts of people dislike plans?
• Can you suggest why some people think they don’t need to make plans?
• Do you think making plans is difficult?
• What do you think a plan should include?
• Do you think life is possibly more interesting without a plan?
• Do you think we need to make a plan before we do everything?
• Can you think of any unplanned things that people do in life?

The Plans of Young People

• Would you say most young people (or, teenagers) have career plans?
• How do (young) people in your country make career plans?
• Do you think young people should prepare career plans while they are in high school?
• Would you say it's a good idea to seek the help (or, advice) of others when making important plans?
• In general, would you say young people like making plans for their future?
• Do parents influence the career plans of their (teenage) children?
• (Similar to above) In your country, what is the role of parents in making decisions that involve their children?
• How important do you think the opinions of parents are when it comes to the future of their children?
• Do you think parents should make plans for their children?
• What do you suggest people should do when parents and their children cannot agree on a plan?
• Do young children in your country make plans for their future?
• Do parents in your country often have (career) plans for their children when the children are still very young?
• How could parents teach their children the skills of making their own plans (decisions about their futures)?
The Plans of Governments and Organizations
• Would you say businesses (companies) need to make plans for the future?
• Can you give any examples of the plans that governments make?
• What could governments do to plan better?

A Polite Person You Know

Describe a polite person you know

You should say:

Who he/she is

How you knew him/her

What he/she is like

And explain why you think he/she is polite

 

 

Part 3

 

Are you polite?

How do Iranians show politeness and respect for others?

Are people today as polite as people were in the past?

Is there a country whose people are particularly known to be polite?

Do you think politeness is different in different countries and parts of the world?

Are there any differences between urban and rural people concerning politeness?

(Similar to above) Who are more polite, people from cities or those from the countryside?

Are people more polite with non-family members then they are with the parents?

Should schools require need teachers to respect others?

(Similar to above) Should school teachers be polite?

Why do you need to respect your neighbors?

What's the standard of being polite?

What behavior is regarded as impolite?

What do you think make people polite?

How do children learn to be polite?

Are urban people more polite than before?

Why do some people think that young people have become impolite?

How do Iranian people in cities and rural areas show politeness in?

Why do different regions behave differently?

Can American TV series cause problems in other regions?

A Promise You Made to Someone

Describe a time you made a promise to someone

You should say:

What the promise was

To whom you made it

Whether it was easy or difficult to keep

And explain why you made it

 

Part 3

What kinds of promises do people often make?

(Similar to above) What kinds of promises do (Iranian) people often make?

Do Iranian people generally break their promise?

Why do some people fail to keep their promises?

(Similar to above)Why do people break their promise?

Do you think it is important to keep a promise?

When is it good to break the promise? 

When do you break your promise?

Do parents in your country make promise to their children?

What kind of promise do you think parents make to children?

Is it important for parents to keep promises to children? 

What happens if parents fail to keep their promises.

Why parents like to make promise?

Do children keep their promises?

What promises do children usually make?

Should children be rewarded for keeping promises? 

A Puzzle You Have Played

Describe a(jigsaw, crossword, etc) puzzle you have played

You should say:

What it is like

How easy or difficult it is

How long it takes you to solve

And explain how you feel about it

Part 3

Why do parents let their children play puzzles ?

What kinds of puzzles improve people's intelligence ?

Why are detective stories attractive to people ?

Which do you think is better, a detective movie or its original novel?

A Quiet Place You Like To Spend Your Time In

Describe a quiet place you like to spend your time in

You should say:

Where it is

How you knew about it

How often you go there

What you do there

And explain why you like the place

Part 3

Are there many quiet places in your city?

Why do people sometimes prefer to be alone?

Why do people go to quiet places?

Does this noise affect you in any way?

Is there much noise around your home?

Do you think noise in cities could be reduced?

Why do some people like to listen to music while they are working?

Is there any place that is absolutely quiet?

Why is it difficult to stay in a quiet place?

Is it hard to find quiet places in cities?

Why is it quieter in the countryside?

Compared with young people, do old people prefer to live in quiet places?

A Short Trip You Often Take

Describe a short trip you often take but do not like

You should say:

where you travel from and to

how often you make this trip

why you make this trip

And explain why you do not like the trip

 

 

Part 3

What is the most popular means of transportation in your hometown?

How do people (in your country) travel to work?

Which mode of transport is more popular in your country, a bicycle or car?

What it means of transport do people use when traveling in your country?

Do like to travel on your own or with your family?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of traveling alone and traveling with friends?

Do you like to visit popular places or less-known places?

Why do people travel longer trips now?

Do Iranian people like travelling abroad?

(Similar to above) Why do people travel abroad?

Some people don’t like to travel abroad. Why?

Do people prefer long trips or short trips?

How much time do you think people should be spent on a trip abroad?

What kind of problems do people have when traveling?

Is travelling to other countries important?

Who prefers travelling abroad more, the young or the old?

Which is better for knowing more about a country? Travelling or reading books about it?

Questions from past test dates:

How do most people in your country travel to work?

Can you explain why many people in big cities choose to live in the suburbs?

(Similar to above) People in cities used to like living downtown but now they prefer to live in the suburbs. Can you explain why

Do you think people will be living further away from work places in the future?

What would you say is the impact of vehicles on people’s lives?

Do you prefer to walk or take a car for short trips? (e.g., less than 1km)

(Similar to above) Do people in your country prefer to walk or take a car for short trips

Do you think there are any connections between transportation and the environment? 

How can big cities deal with the problem of having many people crowded into the same place?

What do you think could be done to help people travel less (or, spend less time travelling)?

Long Trips

What are some examples of long trips that people make?

International Travel

Do people from your country like to travel  abroad?

What are the most common foreign destinations for travellers from your country?

Can you suggest why some people (from your country) go abroad to work?

What would you say are the benefits, and the downsides, of travelling abroad?

A Singer You Like

Describe a singer you like

You should say:

Who he/she is

What his/her personality is like

What kind of style his/her music belongs to

And explain why you like him/her

Part 3

  • What kinds of music do you like to listen to?
  • What kind of music do people like at different ages?
  • What kind of music is popular in Iran now and what kind will be popular in the future?
  • Do Iranian parents require their children to learn to play musical instruments?
  • Why do some people like to listen to live music while others prefer CDs?
  • Do you think music concerts are suitable for old people to attend?

A Skill You Can Teach Other People

Describe a skill that you think you can teach other people

You should say:

What it is

When you learned it

How you can teach others

And explain how you feel about this skill

Part 3

  • Should teachers be funny when they teach?
  • Should teachers make lessons fun?
  • How can people learn something apart from going to school or university?
  • Is it better to study in a group or to have one-to-one classes?
  • What kind of people are good at teaching?
  • Can anyone be a good teacher?
  • What qualities should teachers have?
  • Which do you think is more important, practical skills or academic skills?
  • Which age group is best at learning new things?

A Tall Building

Describe a tall building that you like or dislike.

        You should say:

what you know about it

what it looks like

where it is located

        and explain why you like or dislike it.

Part 3

Why do people like to design their homes by themselves?

What are the advantages of this behaviour?

Is it difficult to be an architect?

What do you think about building new buildings in the place of historical buildings?

Is it better to extend existing city or build a new one?

Hi-Rise Buildings

  • Are there many tall buildings in your country?
  • Do you think there will be more tall buildings in the future?
  • Would you prefer to live in an apartment in a tall building, or live in a cottage (a house)?
  • In general, do people in your country like living in tall buildings?
  • Why do some people like to live in high-rise buildings?
  • Did many people in your country live in tall buildings 40 or 50 years ago?
  • What caused more people to live in tall buildings today?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of living in tall buildings?
  • Overall, do you think (living in) tall buildings bring benefits to society, or does it harm society?
  • (A more general version of above) What are the advantages and disadvantages of tall buildings?
  • Do you think hi-rise buildings are environmentally friendly?

Building Design (especially homes) in Your Country

  • Are buildings in your country all the same?
  • Do you think the design of a building influences people’s moods?
  • What factors influence the design of buildings?
  • (Similar to above) What factors are (or, should be) considered when a building is designed?
  • What types of accommodations are do people in your country live in?
  • What impact does climate and the environment have on the design of houses in various parts of the world?
  • (Similar to above) What impact does climate and the environment have on the design of houses in different parts of your country?
  • For examples, is the style of roof on a building important in areas that have heavy snowfall?
  • Do you prefer a home facing the north, or the south?
  • When homes are designed (by architects), do you think the needs of future residents are always considered?
  • Do you think any people design or build their own homes?
  • Why do some people like to design their own homes?
  • (Similar to above) Why do some people (want to) build their own houses?

Where People Live

  • Do people in your country generally prefer to live in cities or in the countryside?
  • Can you suggest why neighbours communicate less with each other today, compared to years ago?
  • Do you think more people will move to the suburbs in the future?

A Thing You Bought and Felt Pleased with

Describe a thing that you bought and felt pleased with

You should say:

What you bought

Where you bought it

What it is for

And explain why you felt pleased about it

 

 

Part 3

Where do you buy things?

How often do people in your country go shopping?

What are the most popular ways to buy things?

What kinds of places are popular for shopping in your country?

It’s shopping popular in your country?

Why is online shopping so popular these days?

Do you think online shopping will replace shopping in reality?

What do you think is the most expensive thing you have ever bought?

Why do some people go shopping in the mall?

Why do some people dislike shopping in the mall?

Do you think online shopping is safe?

How can we distinguish between good and bad things sold online?

Why is online shopping popular?

How should sellers set prices for their products?

Do you think online shopping will replace shopping in stores?

Are there any differences between online shopping and shopping in mall?

How do young and old people feel about shopping online?

Why do foreigners prefer to go shopping in the mall, and why don’t they shop online?

A Time When You Encouraged Someone

Describe a time when you encouraged someone to do something that he/she didn't want to do

You should say:

Who he or she is

What you encouraged him/her to do

How he/she reacted

And explain why you encouraged him/her

 

Part 3

How can leaders encourage their employees?

When should parents encourage their children?

What kind of encouragement should parents give?

Do you think some people are better than others at persuading?

Do you often encourage people to do things?

Do Iranian parents generally encourage their children to do something?

Should parents encourage children with money?

How can companies encourage workers?

(Similar to above)What kind of encouragement methods do you think is good for company employees?

How can leaders encourage employees?

For what kind of things do children need to be encouraged

Do you think some people are better at persuading other people?

How do (Iranian) parents encourage their children?

Should parents encourage their children when they refuse to do something?

Why should we encourage others to do things they don’t want to do?

When should parents encourage their children?

A Time When You Felt Bored

Describe a time when you felt bored

You should say:

when it was

who you were with

what you were doing

And explain why you felt bored

 

 

Part 3

When do people feel bored?

Do you often feel bored?

Do you follow a strict routine every day?

Do people nowadays often feel bored?

What can people do when they feel bored?

Do people get bored about daily routines ?

What occupations are boring.

What should people do if their job is bored?

Which one is more likely to get bored, young people or the old?

Do you think people should often change their routine?

A Time When You Gave Advice to Others

Describe a time when you gave advice to others

You should say:

When it was

To whom you gave the advice

What the advice was

And explain why you gave the advice

 

 

Part 3

Do you often ask others for advice?

Do you often seek advice from your parents or friends?

Why do old people sometimes ask young people for advice?

Do others often ask for your advice?

What do you think of a person who often asks different people for advice?

What are the problems if you ask too many people for advice?

Is it a good thing to seek advice from many people before making a decision?

When do you ask a friend for advice instead of asking your parents for advice?

Do the elderly often seek advice from young people?

Will you think carefully before giving advice to others?

In general, what kind of person is more suitable for giving advice to others?

When somebody gives you some advice, do you usually follow this advice or do you usually insist on your own opinion?

You prefer advice from your family or your friends?

Who do young people turn to for advice?

Which you think is better, advice from young people or advice from old people?

Why do so many young people not accept the advice of older people?

Some people find it easier to accept advice that other people do. Why do you think there is this difference?

Should people prepare before giving advice?

Is it good to ask advice from strangers online?

What are the personalities of people whose job is to give advice to others?

When do older people seek advice from young people?

In what situation do young people ask their families for advice?

For which situations do people need to give careful advice?

A Time When You Got Close to a Wild Animal

Describe a time when you got close to a wild animal

You should say:

Where you were

What the animals were doing

Who you were with

And what your reaction was

 

 

 

Part 3

What are the differences between animals in zoos and those in the wild?

Why should the staff in the zoos teach the public about animals?

Why are people keen on keeping pets?

How can the increase of human population influence wild animals?

Would you share your experience of seeing animals with others?

Why do many people think zoo is important?

Should parents take their children to the zoo?

What can children learn from visiting zoos?

What do you think some people oppose zoos?

What do you think if scientists develop artificial meat which will reduce the number of people killing animals?

What are the differences between animals in the zoos and the wild?

Is it popular to go to zoos in your country?

Is it okay to keep pets at home?

Some people kill animals to make clothing. Is this good?

Are zoos good places for wild animals?

What is the difference between zoos and the wild?

Do animals cause more problems in the countryside than in the cities?

How are pets and now different from those in the past?

Is there any difference between the way animals were used for work in the past and nowadays?

What problems will keeping pets bring?

Is it safe for animals to live in cities?

Why do some people refuse to eat animals?

Why do more and more people become vegetarians?

Do you support experimentation on animals?

Why has human activity affected some kinds of animals more than others?

Why do you think wild animals should be protected?

You think animals are important?

What should we do to protect endangered animals?

What will happen when some species disappear on earth?

A Time When You Tried To Do Something But Not Successful

Describe a time when you tried to do something but was not very successful

You should say:

When it was

What you tried

Why it was not very successful

And explain how you felt about it

Part 3

  • What's your definition of success?
  • What things do children try to succeed in?
  • Which do you think is more important for people to become successful, hard work or
  • opportunities?
  • Is it important to have goals in life in order to feel happy?
  • (Similar to above) Do you think people will be happy if they don't have any goals to achieve?
  • In general, how do people judge or assess the success of others?
  • Do you think that mistakes can help people achieve the greatest success?
  • What skills are important for success in business?
  • What are the reasons for failure?
  • What does it take to become successful?
  • Why is it that some people achieve success faster?
  • Do you believe being successful and making a lot of money are the same thing?
  • How do people achieve success at school?
  • Which do you think is more important, academic success or success in more practical, everyday skills?
  • Is it important to have goals in life in order to feel happy?
  • Should dreams be abandoned if they don't come true?
  • What do teenagers need to do to make their dreams come true?

A Time When Your Computer Broke Down

Describe a time when your computer broke down

You should say:

When it was

What you were doing

What you did about it

And how you felt about it

 

 

 

Part 3

What do people use computers for?

Should students be allowed to use computers at school?

What do you think of people who are addicted to computers?

Do you think computers make our life simpler or more complex?

A Time You Bought Something From A Street Market

Describe a time you bought something from a street (or outdoor) market

You should say:

When it was

Where the market was

What you bought

And explain how you felt about it

Part 3

  • What kinds of markets are there in Iran?
  • Do you think small markets will disappear in the future?
  • Have people's shopping habits changed in recent years?
  • What are the differences between shopping in street markets and big shopping malls?
  • (similar to above) what is the difference between street markets and supermarkets?
  • Do many people go to street markets in your country?
  • Do you like going to street markets?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of shopping at a big shopping center?
  • What makes large shopping malls popular?
  • Why is online shopping so popular these days?
  • Have people’s shopping habits changed in recent years?
  • Do you think men and women have the same shopping habits?
  • How often do people in your country go shopping?
  • What kinds of places are popular for shopping in your country?
  • Is shopping popular in your country?

A Time You Got Lost

Describe a time when you got lost.

               You should say:

where it was

 who was with you

 how you felt

and explain how you eventually found your way.

Part 3

Becoming Lost

  • Do you think people get lost easily, or not?
  • (Similar to above) Do you think it's easy for people to get lost?
  • Do you think it’s important to know how to read a map?
  • Can you suggest why some people seem to get lost more easily than others?

Exploration

  • Can you explain why people go to new places?
  • Do you think it’s important to do some preparation before going off to a new place?
  • People today are relying on technology when they go abroad. What do you think of that? ( = What do you think of hi-technology such as the internet, and smart-phones as tools when you're planning a trip overseas?)

A Time You Helped A Friend

Describe a time when you helped a friend

You should say:

When it was

How you helped him/her

Why you helped him/her

And explain how you felt about it

Part 3

  • How do people usually help each other?
  • How is online help different from real-life help?
  • Should schools be responsible for teaching students how to cooperate?
  • What are the differences between help from friends and help from family?
  • Do you think that people should show that they care about someone by actions, not words?
  • How do people in your community help each other?
  • Do you think that people are less willing to help others these days compared to the past?
  • Why are some people willing to help others?
  • Do you like to help others?
  • In what kinds of professions do people help others more?
  • Who should teach children to help others, parents or teachers?
  • In your view, should children be taught to help others?
  • How can we encourage children to help others?

A Time You Needed to Use Your Imagination

Describe a time you needed to use your imagination

You should say:

When it was

Why you needed to use imagination

How difficult or easy it was

And explain how you felt about it

 

 

Part 3

Do you think adults can have lots of imagination ?

Do you think imagination is essential for scientists ?

What kinds of jobs need imagination?

What subjects are helpful for children's imagination ?

Do children need imagination when playing games?

Are children more imaginative when they play alone or when they play with a group?

Do teachers need imagination when they teach?

Is imagination the most worthwhile recruitment criterion that employers should be concerned about?

What kinds of games helps children develop imagination?

How can teachers help children develop imagination?

Which one can improve children's imagination, reading stories or watching cartoons?

Is it important for children to learn imagination?

Questions from past test dates:

Imagination in General

  • Do you like to use your imagination?
  • Do you think it's easy for adults to use their imagination?
  • How (in what ways) do we use our imagination?
  • What would you say is the relationship between imagination and creativity?
  • Which would you say requires a greater use of one’s imagination, reading text or looking at pictures?
  • (Similar to above) Which would you say requires a greater use of one’s imagination, reading books or watching cartoons?

Imagination in the Workplace

  • Some people think having a strong imagination is the most important quality for employees. What do you think?
  • Who do you think needs to use imagination more, employees in big companies or those in small companies?
  • What kinds of (examples of) jobs especially require the use of imagination?  
  • Do you think teachers need to be imaginative?
  • Do you think scientists need to have good powers of imagination?
  • How do scientists use their imagination?
  • In what ways do you think scientists and artists or designers differ in the way they need to use imagination?
  • Would you say it requires imagination to write computer programs (software)?

Developing the Power of Imagination in Children

  • In what ways do children use their imagination?
  • Do you think it's necessary for children to develop their imagination?   
  • Can you suggest how parents could help train their children to use their imagination?
  • In order to exercise their imagination, would you say it's better for children to read stories, or to watch cartoons?  
  • (Similar to above) Which would you say requires a greater use of one’s imagination, reading books or watching cartoons?  
  • Do you think using electronic devices or playing games are good for developing children’s imagination?
  • (Possibly the question above is this) Which do you think is better for developing children’s imagination, using electronic devices, or playing (non-electronic) games?
  • What kinds of games require children to use their imagination?  
  • Would you say the education system in your country places a lot of value on imagination?
  • How can teachers help students use (or cultivate) their imagination

A time you saw lots of people were smiling

Describe a time you saw lots of people were smiling

               You should say:

 who they were

 when and where it was

 what happened

 and explain why they were smiling

 

Part 3

Do you think people who like to smile are more friendly?

Why do most people smile in photographs?

Do women smile more than men? Why?

Do people smile more when they are younger or older ?

Smiling

  • Who would you say smiles more, men or women?
  • Who would you say smiles more, the young or the old?
  • Can you explain why people smile?
  • (The question above might be this) Can you give some examples of when (on what occasions or in what situations) people smile?
  • Can you suggest why most people smile when they have their photo taken?
  • What would you say is the difference between a fake smile and a genuine smile?

Expressing & Controlling Emotions

  • How do people express their emotions?
  • Who would you say can control their emotions better, males or females?
  • Who would you say can control their emotions better, young people or older people?
  • On what occasions do most people not show (or try not to show) much emotion?
  • Do you think there are times when people should control (or hide) their feelings?
  • Do you think people sometimes laugh to hide heir real feeling?
  • Do you think parents sometimes control showing their emotions in front of their children?
  • Do you think employees should show their emotions to their supervisor or boss at work?
  • Is that the same between friends?

A Time You Saw Something Interesting On Social Media

Describe a time you saw something interesting on social media

You should say:

When it was

Where you saw it

What you saw

And explain why you think it was interesting

Part 3

  • Why do people like to use social media?
  • What kinds of things are popular on social media?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of using social media?
  • What do you think of making friends on social networks?
  • Is it easy to find real friends on social networks/media websites?
  • What kind of people do you like to be friends with on these websites?
  • What kind of social networking websites do you like to use?

A Useful Piece of Equipment

Describe an important piece of equipment that you use at home.

              You should say

                               what it is

                               how often you use it

                               with whom you use it

               and explain why you think this thing is important.

Part 3

What kinds of machines are there in people's homes?

(similar to above) What electrical appliances do people in your country have at home?

What are the differences between the young and the old in their attitudes towards machines?

What kinds of professions require people to use machines?

Will many people's work be done by robots in the future?

Is there a benefit to technical machines?

(similar to above)what benefits do people get from using electrical appliances?

Do you think there are any shortcomings or dangers to using electrical equipment in the home?

Do the elderly use advanced equipment?

Do you think modern technology make people lazier?

What can people do to protect their equipment from technical problem?

When an electronic item of yours does not work, what do you do?

How do you feel about young children using them?

Is it good to use more robots  nowadays?

What are the benefits of robots to humans?

An Activity Near the Sea

Describe a leisure activity you would like to do on or near the sea.

            You should say:

                                what it is

                                what preparations you would need to do

                                how easy it would be

            and explain why you would like to do this activity.

Part 3

At a Beach

  • Can you explain why many people like going to a beach?
  • What sorts of things (leisure activities) do people do when they visit a beach?
  • What sorts of things to children like to do at a beach?
  • What sorts of things do adults like to do at a beach?
  • Who do you think prefers to be at the beach, children or elderly (= old) people?
  • Who do you think prefers to be at the beach, children or adults?
  • Do you think it's good (= there are benefits) for people to spend time at the beach?
  • Do you think sunbathing is a beneficial activity?
  • Can you explain why many people sit or lie under a beach umbrella when they go to a beach?
  • Can you suggest why people like to (or, want to) spend their time on the beach or near water?

Work on or Near the Sea

  • Can you give any examples of people who make a living from the sea (or from being connected to the sea)?
  • Comparing fishermen (= "fishers") and farmers, which group would you say has a tougher life?
  • Are there any jobs related to the sea that you would like to do?

Living Near the Sea

  • Can you suggest why some people like living near the sea (or in coastal cities)?

An Activity That You Do After School/Work

Describe an activity that you do after school/work

You should say:

What it is

When and where you do it

Who you do it with

And how you feel about it

Part 3

  • Why do some people enjoy extreme sports?
  • Are men more likely to do extreme sports than women?
  • What are the most popular outdoor activities in Iran?
  • What do young people usually do in groups?

An Argument Two Of Your Friends Had

Describe an argument two of your friends had

You should say:

When it happened

What it was about

How it was solved

And explain how you felt about it

Part 3

What do brothers and sisters argue about?

Do you think argument is important?

What do family members usually have arguments about?

(similar to above) What arguments occur between family members?

Is it easier for you to have arguments with your family or with your friends?

Do you think people should change the way they think when having arguments?

What is the main reason for disagreements in the family?

With whom do young people have more disagreements, with friends or family?

Why do you think nowadays young people can’t get on well with their family?

An Art Or Craft Activity You Had

Describe an art or craft activity (e.g. painting, woodwork, etc.) that you had (at school)

You should say:

What you made

How you made it

What it looked like

And explain how you felt about the activity

Part 3

What hand crafts do people in your country like to make?

Do like making things by hand?

Do you think it is good for children to learn to make things by hand?

Did you make any hand craft items in your childhood?

What traditional hand crafts are popular in Iran?

What do young people think of traditional hand crafts?

Do people in your country give hand crafts as gifts?

What are the benefits of making hand crafts?

An Article You Read about Health

Describe an article you read in a magazine or on the internet about health.

       You should say:

                when you read it 

                where you read it  (or, how you read it)

                what it was about               

       and explain why (you think) it could improve your health.

Possible follow-up questions:

  • Do you often read that kind of magazine / website?

Part 3

Being Healthy

  • What sorts of things do some people do today to try to maintain good health?
  • Are there any differences between the way old people and young people try to stay healthy?
  • How do you think people could become more healthier?
  • Do you think people in the future will be doing more exercise and eat healthier than they are today?
  • Would you like to learn how to swim?
  • Do schools in your country have any special activities to enhance the fitness of students?

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An Interesting Conversation You Had

Describe an interesting conversation you had

You should say:

Who you spoke with

Where you were

What the conversation was about

And explain why you think it was interesting

 

Part 3

Do people communicate more when they talk face to face?

How do people maintain a good conversation?

Does good conversation matter? 

Do you prefer to have conversations with your friends face to face or use your mobile phone?

(Similar to above) How do you like to communicate with your friends?

What do young people have conversations about?

(Similar to above) Do Young people and older people talk about different topics?

Do people have conversations more or less than they did in the past ?

Do you think we need to be good at communication at work?

Do you think a boss listen to employees’ opinions?

Does distance affect friendship?

What personal qualities are important for communication?

How important is body language for communication?

What is the difference between real-person/face-to-face communication and online communication?

An Older Person Who You Admire

Describe a person (you know), much older than you, who you admire.

               You should say:

who this person is

how you know this person

how this person has influenced you

and explain why you admire this person.

Part 3

Generational Differences

  • In your view, what is "an old person"?
  • How do you know when you are looking at an old person? For example, do all old people have white hair?
  • Do you think there an increasing proportion of old people in the population today, compared to the past, or a decreasing proportion?
  • What would you say are the main differences between "young people" and "old people"?
  • Do you think the media today is more focused on young people, or on old people?
  • Do you think young people would have difficulty living with old people?
  • Do you think young people and old people have difficulty communicating with each other?
  • Do you think there is such a thing as, "the generation gap"?
  • What do you and X (the person you spoke about in Part 2) have in common?
  • How is this generation gap formed?
  • In what ways is the thinking of young people and that of old people different?
  • Which group do you think spends more money shopping, old people or young people?
  • What sources of income do old people in your country have?
  • In general do young people in your country respect old people?
  • Do you think the young people and older people (or, old people) can learn anything (or, learn much) from each other?
  • Do most old people know how to use modern electronic products?
  • Can you suggest why many elderly people are not interested in learning how to use modern technology such as using the internet?
  • What do you think young people can learn from older people (or, old people)?
  • What do you think young people should learn from older people (or, old people)?
  • Why do young people sometimes ask older people about the past?
  • Can you explain why young people ask older people for advice?

The Lives of Elderly People Today

  • What sorts of things do old people like to do with their time?
  • (Similar to above) What sorts of leisure activities do old people like to do?
  • Do elderly men and elderly women like to do the same things?
  • Do you think old people today do different activities than old people did in the past?
  • If you were an old person, what would you do with your time?
  • Do old people like to go on long trips?
  • What sorts of outdoor activities do old people like to do?
  • Do they like to do outdoor exercise (or sports)?
  • Do they use any particular exercise equipment?
  • Do they prefer to watch films at home, or in a cinema?
  • How would you compare the lives of old people in your country with the lives of old people in other countries?
  • Would you say that old people today have better lives (e.g. better living conditions; happier lives) than old people had in the past?
  • Do you think old people in the past were more optimistic than old people are today?
  • In what ways do you think the lives of old people today could be improved?
  • How do you think young people could help old people?
  • In many parts of the world, people are living longer than they did in the past. Can you suggest why that is happening?
  • Would you say modern technology has improved the lives of old people, compared to the past?
  • Do you think old people need to know how to use modern technology?
  • In your country, how are the medical costs of old people paid?
  • In your country, is there much media coverage of elderly people?
  • In general, what is the attitude towards old people expressed in the media?
  • Do you think there are benefits for some old people to delay retirement?
  • Can you suggest why many old people like to talk about the past?
  • Many old people talk about the "good old days". What do you think they mean? *
  • Do you think old people only remember the good things from their past?
  • (Similar to above) Many old people feel their life was better when they were younger. Why do you think they feel that way?
  • (Similar to above) Why do you think (old) people tend to remember the good things from the past and tend to forget what was not so good?
  • When old people talk about their past to their grandchildren, do you think they always speak accurately?

Not Allowed to Use Mobile Phone

Describe a time when you couldn't (= were not allowed to) use your mobile phone.

            You should say:

where it was

what you were doing at this time (what the situation was)

when it was

            and explain why you were not able to (or, allowed to) use your mobile phone. 

                                                            or

            and explain how you felt when you were not able to (or, allowed to) use your mobile phone. 

              

Part 3

Mobile Phones

  • Do you think there should be regulations on the use of mobile phones?
  • What do you think of primary school students owning a mobile phone?
  • What (minimum) age do you think is appropriate for owning a cell phone?

Some Local News

Describe some local news that people in your locality are interested in.

               You should say:

what the news is

how you know about this news

who is involved in this news

and explain why it is interesting to people.

Part 3

Why do local people like to read local news?

Why do people like local news more than international news?

How often do people in your country buy newspapers?

What do you think of news on social media?

How do people in your country get news?

What kinds of news do people in your country watch or read?

Local News

  • Are there many local newspapers in your city (or town)?
  • Do you (or people in your country) generally prefer local news, or international news?
  • (Similar to above) Which do you think is more important, local news or international (= world) news?
  • (Different to above) Which news are people in your country more interested in, local news or national news?
  • Do you think people in one locality, such as a city, are interested in the local news from another locality or city?
  • Do people get local news from the internet?
  • How do you think a community benefits from local news?
  • Do you think local news can help people keep a sense of local identity?
  • If you wanted to be in the local news, how would you do it?

Ways of Getting News

  • How do people in your country get the news?
  • Which way of getting the news is best, in your opinion?
  • (Similar to above) Which do you think is better for getting the news, newspapers or the internet?
  • How do people in your country get local news?
  • Has there been any changes in the past few decades in how people get the news?
  • In your community, do people generally get their local news from TV or from newspapers?
  • In your community, do people generally get their local news from newspapers or from the internet?
  • Is it easy (or convenient) for people in your country to get the news on the internet?
  • How often do people in your country buy a newspaper these days?
  • Do you think newspapers will disappear one day?
  • Do you (or, do people in your country) prefer to watch the news on domestic (= national or  local) TV channels, or on international news TV channels (such as CNN & the BBC)?
  • Are children very interested in the news?
  • (The question above might really be this) Are young people very interested in the news?
  • Do you think there's too much news about crimes?

Communities (frequent sub-topic)

  • Can you suggest why some people are interested in doing community work (or, volunteer work)?
  • And why do some people not like doing that kind of work?
  • Who do you think tends to do community work more, old people or young people?
  • What do you think motivates people to engage in community work?
  • Would you say there are more groups doing community work than there were 20 or 30 years ago, or fewer of these groups?
  • Would you say people in local communities today are closer to each other than before, or not?
  • (Similar to above) Would you say local communities today are stronger than before, or not?
  • Would you say that the use of mobile phones tends to cause people to be estranged from each other?
  • Can you suggest why some people want to be a part of a community, and why other people do not care about that?

National Identity

  • Can you explain what is meant by the term, "national identity"?
  • How important would you say it is for people to have a (sense of) national identity?
  • Some countries (or, some people) don't place much value on national identity. Can you suggest why?
  • How do you think a sense of national identity can be cultivated among the people?

Something Important in Your Family

Describe something important that has been kept in your family for a long time

You should say:

What it is

When your family had it

How your family got it

And explain why it is important for your family

 

 

Part 3

What are some other things that people keep in their family for a long time?

In your culture, what sorts of things do people pass down from generation to generation?

Which do you think is better, old things or new things?

Do Iranian people keep old things?

What old things Iranian people like to keep?

What's the difference between things valued by people in the past and today?

What's the difference between old people and young people in keeping things?

(Similar to above) What is the difference between the most important things for people in the past and people now?

Do museums help to understand the past?

What kinds of things are kept in museums?

What’s the influence of technology on museums?

How technological developments help people to learn history?

Do museums help us to understand the past?

Something You Shared

Version A

Describe something that you have shared with others (or another person) 

You should say:

        what you shared

        who you shared it with.

        why you shared it

and explain how you felt about sharing it

Version B

Describe something that you share with others (or another person)

You should say:

        what you share

        who you share it with.

        why you share it

and explain how you feel about sharing it

Version C

Describe something that you would like to share with others (or another person) 

You should say:

        what you would like to share

        who you would like to share it with.

        how you would prepare for this

and explain how you feel about sharing it

                            or

          and explain how you would feel after sharing it

Part 3

Sharing in Society

  • Besides your example from Part 2, what are some other things that people commonly share?
  • What are some things that people don't (usually) share with others?
  • (Similar to above) What are some things that people cannot share with others?
  • What do you share with your friends?
  • What are the benefits, and possible disadvantages, of sharing?
  • Do people in your country generally prefer to live alone, or do they prefer to share accommodation with others (non-family members)?
  • Should students share accommodation?
  • Do you think it's good to share a dorm room with others?
  • Would you say living in a dorm with other students is an example of sharing?
  • (If you share a dorm room) Do you have any conflicts with your roommates?
  • Have you developed any rules for your room?
  • Do you think the benefits of living with someone else outweigh the disadvantages?
  • Do you prefer to share public transport with others, or do you prefer to use private transport?
  • (Similar to above) Do people in your country generally prefer to share public transport with others, or do they prefer to use private transport?
  • Would you ever share your food with someone?
  • When eating with others (at a meal table), why do some people pay more attention to their mobile phones than to the people they are eating with?
  • Do you think working in teams is very important in society?

Children and Sharing

  • Do you think young children naturally share things?
  • (Similar to above) Do you think young children (people) are born with the instinct to share things?
  • How do children learn to share with others?
  • Why should children be taught to share?
  • Should parents teach their children to share?
  • Should teachers of young children teach their pupils to share?
  • How could parents and teachers teach young children to share?
  • (Similar to above) How could parents and teachers teach young children not to be selfish?
  • How do children benefit by sharing with others?
  • Do you think there are things that children cannot share (or, have difficulty sharing) with others?
  • Do you think there are things that children should not share with others?
  • Are there things that we don't need to share with others?
  • How can we judge what to share and what not to share?

Internet Privacy  (Unconfirmed sub-topic)

  • Have you ever shared personal information on the internet?
  • What do you know about data privacy?
  • Do you think sharing information on the internet is a good idea?
  • Why do researchers share information online?

The First Time You Ate a New Food

Describe a time when you tried a new food for the first time.

You should say:

What you ate

When you ate it

Where you were

And how you felt about it

 

Part 3

What kinds of foreign food are popular in your country?

Do like to try new food?

What are young people’s opinions about new food?

Do you like to cook at home?

More and more people are unwilling to cook. Why is this happening?

Is it expensive to be In your country?

What are young people's opinions on new food? How about old people?

What food do/don’t Iranians like to eat?

What factors do you think determine which restaurant people should choose to eat at?

Why do people like their local food?

Why do young people like to try new foods?

Do you think parents should teach their children about food?

Should teachers and parents teach children how to cook?

(Similar to above) Who should teach children about food, parents teachers?

What if children don't like healthy food?

What is the difference between what the elderly and children eat?

What changes happen to what people eat from childhood to adulthood/as they grow older?

Do you think is important to educate children about eating?

Why do children’s tastes change?

Questions from past test dates:

Diet and Food Preferences

  • In your country, what are the most common (or, popular) foods that people eat?
  • Do you think elderly people and young people have the same attitudes towards food?
  • (Similar to above) Do you think adults and children have the same attitudes (or preferences) towards food?
  • (Similar to above) Do you think adults and children have the same eating habits?
  • Do you think young people and elderly people have the same attitudes towards trying new foods?
  • In general, who would you say is more willing to try new foods, young people or older people?
  • (Similar to above) Who do you think is more willing to try a new food, children or adults?
  • Do you think people's food preferences change as they grow older?
  • Would you say people's eating habits are changing in your country?
  • Do you think the food that people eat is important?
  • What are some examples of nutritious foods that you know?
  • Where can people get information about the food they are eating?
  • (Similar to above) How can people get reliable information about food?
  • Which do you think is a better source of information about food, the internet or TV?
  • Do you think the food we see presented on TV influences what we eat?
  • Do you think children should be given more information about food than they are given now?
  • Do you think it's important for adults to teach (or set an example for) children concerning the food we eat?
  • Do you think it is a responsibility of government to promote a healthy diet?
  • Who do you think should have the greatest responsibility towards the food that children eat, the parents or the government?
  • Do you think companies have a responsibility to sell healthy food?
  • In your country, does the government have any regulations (laws) concerning the sale of food?

Eating New Foods / Foreign Food

  • Are there different foods in different parts of your country?
  • Would you agree that food varies, according to the local culture of a place?
  • Can you suggest why this variation exists?
  • Do you think learning about the food of a different culture (or different country) is an important part of learning about that culture overall?
  • What would you say are the differences between the food in your country and foreign food?
  • What kinds of foreign food are most common (or, most popular) in your country?
  • Would you say it's important to have some knowledge of foreign food cultures?

Eating Out

  • Do people in your country generally prefer to eat at home, or eat in restaurants?
  • Is it expensive to eat in restaurants?

Time You Had to Wait in Line

Describe a time you had to wait in line (queue up) for a long time

You should say:

When it was

Where/why you were

What you did

And how you felt about it

 

 

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Do Iranian people often have to wait in line?

In what situations do people usually need to line up?

What do people do when they line up? 

Do you think it was difficult/boring to queue up in the past or now?

(Similar to above) Do you think people queued up more patiently than in the past?

Is there any way to avoid queuing?

Do you think the development of technology has reduced the time people spend on waiting?

What do you think of those who cut in line or jump the queue?

How do you feel about being cut in the line?

How can companies improve their customer service?

Do you think customer service is important?

What do you think is the most important factor in customer service?

Do you think those who provide customer service should be trained?

When You Told an Important Truth

Describe a time when you told your friend an important truth

You should say:

Who your friend is

What the truth was

What your friend's reaction was

And explain why you think it was important to tell your friend the truth

 

 

 

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Do you think we should tell the truth at all times?

Do you always tell the truth?

Sometimes people should tell lies. Do you agree?

(Similar to above) do you think there are times when it is suitable to tell a small lie, a lie with good intentions (a white lie)?

Are there any situations when it is polite to tell the truth?

Will you tell the truth that hurts your friend?

Under what circumstances do Iranian people usually tell the truth?

While truth is more important, why people don’t tell the truth, in sports?

How do you know when others are telling lies?

Do you think it’s more important to win a game or follow the rules in sports?

(Similar to above) Which one is more important, truth or medals?

Are sports rules important?

What's the harm of lying?

Is being a truthful person important?

Can the police recognize lies?