IELTS Speaking test: Friends

IELTS Speaking test Friends

IELTS Speaking test usually has questions about friends. Many students find it difficult to answer these questions easily. Yet, a few may not be able to answer a few tough ones. Here are some sample questions and answers on the same topic. 

IELTS Speaking Part 1


Let’s talk about your friends.

Do you have a lot of friends?

Yes. Since I am a social person, I made a lot of friends throughout my school and college years. Both sets of friends ended up gelling well with each other, so we all accumulated into one big friends’ group.

Who is your best friend, and why?

My best friend is Michelle. She and I met in college. We were supposed to do an assignment together on the behaviours of animals, and since we share a love for the same, we ended up becoming friends.

IELTS Speaking best friends

Who would you most like to be friends with and why? Or What kind of person can you make friends with easily?

I would like to be friends with a person who is kind to people. The person, as mentioned earlier, should also love animals and should help those who need help and ask for it. Lastly, it would be great if the person should also be able to have thoughtful debates over philosophical topics.

Which is more important to you, friends or family?

I would say both. From family, I learnt basic moral values and basic how to’s like how to make tough decisions. From friends, I learnt empathy and other social skills. So, I would say that both my friends and my family are important to me.

IELTS Speaking Part 2

Cue card 1 on Friends who influenced you

Describe a friend who has played an essential part in your life.

You should say:

  • How you met this person
  • How long you have known him or her
  • The kind of things you do or have done together
  • And explain why this person has been crucial in your life.


I met one of my dearest friends in college who later had an impact on my life. We met while I was talking to another batchmate about technology. He overheard us talking and offered better insight into the topic. Ever since then, we have been friends.

We have known each other for over five years now. We play games a lot and love to play online multiplayer because it is much more fun playing together. We love to play GTA V online as well as other games. We also enjoy eating and rating different types of chocolate and going around the city, tasting different kinds of food from fancy restaurants.

I feel that this person has been influential in my life because he helped me through the time where my grandmother died. Those were some really dark time as my grandmother was loved by all and everybody had a hard time going through the loss. He was one of the few who helped my family as well as my focus on the primary purpose of life.

IELTS Speaking friends in primary school

Cue Card 2 on Friends in school

Describe a friend you had in primary school.

You should say:

  • What that person was like
  • How long you were friends for
  • What things you did together
  • And say `whether you are still in contact with that person or not, and why

My friend in primary school was my first friend ever. We met while our teacher sat us down as partners and asked us to draw something for a competition that they were having. While we didn’t get any prizes and performed mediocrely, we became fast friends.

We were friends for at least three years. After those three years, we grew separate. This is because he moved to Australia, and I switched schools as the homework that we used to receive at school became too much to handle for a child of that age. He moved to Australia because his parents found better job opportunities.

Besides doing homework together, we also used to sneak outside our societies for street food that our families considered unhygienic. We also used to play with each other pretty much all the time. Sadly, I have lost contact with him because of the physical distance and because we lost touch with each other. However, he did contact me through Facebook a while ago to ask help for an article, and we have started communicating again in a professional capacity.

IELTS Speaking Part 3

What is the importance of friends?

I feel that friends are important because they give you an alternative worldview as they grew up in a place that is different from us and therefore have a different upbringing. They also help you through personal matters that you cannot bring up with your family, like relationship advice. They also are there to help you go through other issues. They also help you have fun.

Would you like to have a few very good friends or a lot of just friends?

I would rather have a few excellent friends rather than a lot of friends. This is because I have seen larger friend groups disintegrate into smaller friend groups. My friend group went through this. From experience, I think that the smaller the friend group, the closer the friends are.

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If you had a problem, would you go to your friends or family? Why?

I would go to my friends as they have a diversity of experience that can help me in almost any problems. Furthermore, the family sometimes tends to be a bit dismissive of issues and sometimes even tell their children to handle it themselves. For example, I once faced a problem with the exam department at my college. I went to my parents for help, but they asked me to solve the problem myself. I then went to my friends, who helped me connect with the person who could solve the issue.

Do you think it is always better to talk to your friends about problems?

Honestly, it depends on what the problem is. If I feel that my family can give me better advice on the matter, I will approach them. However, if I think that my friends have a better grasp of the problem, I will not hesitate to approach them for advice or a solution to that problem either.

Is it essential to have friends from other countries?

I believe so. They bring diversity to one’s friend group. They also get their own culture and well as their views to the group. You can also learn somethings from them that might not be possible where you live. It could be anything from tying shoelaces to time management.

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