IELTS Speaking Part 1: Reported Topic of Snacks

Below are the IELTS speaking part 1 questions with some model answer for the topic of snacks currently being used in the speaking test.

IELTS Speaking Part 1: Snacks Questions

  • Do you like snacks?
  • How often do you eat snacks?
  • How do you choose what snacks to eat?
  • Did you ever eat snacks when you were a child?
  • If you had a child, would you allow your child to eat snacks?
  • What kinds of snacks are popular in your country?
  • Do you think snacks are healthy?
  • Do you think all snacks are junk food?
  • Do you think eating snacks is good for your health?
  • Have the types of snacks people eat changed over the last few decades in your country?

IELTS Speaking Part 1: Snacks Model Answers

There are two optional answers for each question. If you want to post your own answers, put them in the comments box below.

Q) Do you like snacks?

A) No, not really. I generally prefer to eat at meal times rather than graze between meals.

A) Yes, I do. Around mid morning I usually have some fruit and then about 3pm I have some biscuits or something like that.

Q) What kinds of snacks are popular in your country?

A) Well, I guess that most people eat junk food like crisps, chocolate and biscuits for their snacks.

A) I suppose official workers mainly eat junk food like biscuits but other people sometimes eat fruit or something healthier.

Q) Do you think eating snacks is good for your health?

A) I think that if you’re hungry, it’s perfectly fine to have some fruit but if people eat junk food between meals, then it’s really unhealthy.

A) I think all kind of snacking between main meals is bad for your health. If people avoided snacking, they would be much healthier and less over weight.

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Tips

  • You can’t ask the examiner to change the topic.
  • Even if you don’t like snacks, the examiner will continue to ask you questions about the topic.
  • Try to give examples of snacks.
  • Snacks are any type of food that is eaten between meals – they might be healthy or unhealthy depending on what the person chooses to eat.
  • Snack is both a noun and a verb.
  • Part 1 answers can’t be very long but you should at least try to give one long complex sentence in your answer.

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  1. Hi Liz.Your website is the best for learners

  2. Inam Ullah says

    Hi liz
    I have problem with my accent of english, and my mother language of urdu is affecting my accent.i am here in egypt giving my ilets exam on 20th Janurary.
    My question is
    It is better to inform examiner about this problem just i start my speaking test or it will effect my score.?

    • All students have an accent when they speaking English. Pronunciation is one of the marking criteria. If your accent is so strong that it is hard to understand, you will get a lower score in that marking criterion. It is fine to have an accent, but it should not affect communication.

  3. Thank you liz I’m improving a lot from your blog 😊😊

  4. hi liz,
    may be its a silly question to ask, what are the snacks we can mention, bcoz most of them are hindi named .


    can i download all of your speaking related question from your site?

  6. Hi liz
    Want to have some idea about the topic describe a vocation useful to society
    I don’t hve any idea abt this
    Plz guide me soon i hve exam next week
    Thank u

  7. today i participated in specking test; Dhaka, Bangladesh

    question came-

    what is your name
    where do you live
    what is the activities of your local community
    do you like music
    what sort of music do you like
    do you think music changed form past to now

    Local news
    where it happened
    who involved there
    how you get the news
    explain how you enjoyed it

    in you local area do people read news
    how do they get news basically
    how news implies its role on ones daily life
    in your country people like local news or international news.

    that is the end of the specking

  8. Madam Liz, I have a question regarding writing task 2. Is it necessary to write essay in first person voice or one can write it in third person voice also?

  9. I’m sorry for such odd question, but is that alright to have speaking test at 4:50p.m. The reason why I’m concerned is that examiner might be exhaustes, isn’t it?

  10. Hi guys! I’ve just joint here but I don’t speak English very well but I think I will. Is it ok?

  11. Hello Liz,i am little bit confused.. what will i do to overcome my stress becuz my speaking exam will on 1st week of december .i want to say u your lessions are very helpfull …thanks for guiding me through vedio ..can u tell me what should i do??

  12. hi liz…i just finished my ielts dated november 7, those question about snacks are exactly my part 1 questions….but on my part 3…she suddenly mentioned about countryside…actually that word is unfamiliar to me.,..she asked me if do you think it is better to live in a countryside? i answered no and she asked me why with some confusions on her face…i mmediately answered no due to some bad influences….after the exam i search for the meaning of countryside….and its about rural…do u think Im going to lose mark on that? and I also asked her to repeat that question as “could you please repeat the question? ” but she repeated it with the same words…so i just tried to answer it to the best that I can even if I knew that my answer was wrong.
    and I asked 3 times to repeat a certain question on the whole speaking test particularly in part 1 and 3. but its always “could you please repeat the question?” is there anything wrong about all those?

    • You will be marked on your English language during the test. If you gave weak answers because you didn’t understand, it will affect your score. However, your score is calculated over the whole test and an average performance score is given. Judging from your message above, your English is around band 5 or 5.5. Let’s wait for your results and see how you do.
      All the best

    • thanks for kidnly information

  13. Hi Liz,

    I have two quick questions:

    1) Are we free to use words like wanna/gonna/ain’t/gotcha etc in speaking module?
    2) Can we start the second part of Speaking test with something like this – “I’m glad that I got an interesting topic to speak about. It is interesting to me at least, as I have to talk about a surprise gift that I received recently.”

    Thanks for your advice in advance.

    • Question 1: Yes, it will help you get a higher score. These are examples of contractions in pronunciation which show a higher level of English. Question 2: Don’t memorise sentences. The examiners are highly experienced and will discount a learned phrase. Also it is likely you won’t get an interesting topic. Just paraphrase the topic and start giving details directly.
      All the best

  14. Hi Liz
    I am an Indian and in India we eat snacks which have Hindi names, so for questions like these, is it allowed to name the snacks in Hindi..
    Otherwise also I had this question in my mind, whether we are allowed to name things in native language, like “Saree” is a kind of clothing , so do they deduct marks for it?

    • Using language which is not English will not help your score. This is an English language test so try not to use other languages. Instead, describe it, for example “which is a sweet made from sugar, carrot and spices”.
      All the best

  15. Hi Liz,
    Thank you for sharing this.
    I had been reading some of your articles before my last IELTS test (10 Oct.). However, I am very surprised and also regret that I didn’t read all of your articles before I take the test. It came out that I had the same topics of this. I would say that next time before I take another test, I will try my best to study all.

    As to my result of speaking, I haven’t got it yet. I would say my answer is okay but not as good as yours. 🙂 Finger cross!

  16. Hi Liz! Thank you so much for your help. I took my test last Sept 26. Just viewed my results online and got passing scores. I just want to share the speaking test I had. Task 1 – tell me something about the apartment or home you are living in, how do you meet new friends. Task 2 – describe a person who you were surprised when you meet him/ her, who is this person, why you were surprised. Task 3 -questions on travel, friends, why other nations don’t allow their citizen to travel to other countries.

  17. Greetings Liz,

    I am preparing for IELTS general examination but I have stammering & shuttering from childhood. Will this impact my score ? Can you suggest me ?


    • You should contact your local IELTS test center and inform them of this. Pronunciation is 25% of your marks and fluency is another 25%. Stuttering and stammering will affect both your fluency and intonation so it will affect your score. But hopefully if you contact your local IELTS test center and inform them of this medical condition, it might be taken into consideration. Otherwise, just tell the examiner before your test starts.
      All the best

      • Thanks for your suggestion Liz, will do the same. I have been going through your website for IELTS tips and other stuff. Thanks you for your contribution !!



  18. Hi Liz,

    I just finished my Speaking exam today here in the Philippines. I left the testing center quite confident that I nailed the 7. However, when I was two blocks away from IDP, they called me and asked to retake the exam! The examiner wasn’t able to record my Speaking so I had to redo it! This is basically one of the most incredulous things that ever happened to me. I got back to the center and they gave me another set of questions, which I unfortunately didn’t answer as fluently as the first one. Of course I didn’t have the same level of adrenaline and mental preparedness! I do think I did better on my first! How do you think will the examiner grade me?

    • This is s surprising situation. I also have never heard of this happening. It was just unfortunate that the recording device didn’t work. Do you remember the examiner switching it on? I honestly can’t say how the examiner will mark you. Theoretically they should mark you based only on your answers in your new test and not pay attention to the test before. This is because the examiner is checked on their ability to give you a grade based on the recording. However, maybe the examiner might take your abilities into consideration. I can’t predict.
      It’s such a shame that happened. I will keep my fingers crossed that you get a good score!!
      All the best

      • Hi Liz, thanks much for your prompt reply!

        I did remember her turning the recorder on but maybe the button got stuck or something. I actually got the courage to ask her before the repeat exam if she is grading me for the second one but gave me a vague answer. She mentioned it will more or less be the same anyway, but didn’t give any assurances.

        By the way I took UKVI so there was also a videotape recording. The staff told me it was videotaped successfully though. I’m just not sure if audio is also captured in the recording.

        If say I will get a result lower than what I feel I deserve, what do you think would be the best step to take?

        • The only step open to you would be remarking but that would be on your second test not the first (unless the video recording contained audio). Remarks are done in London by a senior examiner assessing the recording. But try not to worry yet. Wait for your results to come through and then think about your next step. Good luck!

          • Really appreciate your reply. I’m hoping for the best!

            By the way, I was asked about snacks on the first part (of my second exam) and this vocabulary post of yours really helped me!

            Kudos to you!

  19. Hi, teacher. I took my speaking exam few days ago. My questions contained about snack. I lost myself and said that i like to eat candies, is it also consider as a snack? and at the end of exam due to my nervous feeling i even didn’t say goodbye( instead of goodbye i said hi), will it affect my score? Please, answer me. I need it.

    Thank you

    • The examiner will only give you a mark for the answers you produced in the test so don’t worry about what you said afterwards. Yes, candies are definitely a type of snack because we eat them between meals. Any food eaten between a meal is considered a snack. Good luck with your results!
      All the best

      • Thank you so much! But firstly i said i like to eat fast food, then she asked the same question again, then i answered that i like to eat candies. I know what is snack but examiner was so serious, that’s why i forgot all i know. Will i lose score because of this?

        Thank you

  20. Dear teacher,

    This is really remarkable sample answer to get high score.

    If I may, I would like to ask one question. You mentioned that snack is a noun and snacking is a verb. However, snack is also a verb, isn’t it?

    Thank you very much.

  21. yes i do like snacks, though i’m doing my best recently to avoid them because of my weight.

  22. Thank you for sharing . It’s really useful for me to improve my speaking task. Thanks alot, Liz!

  23. It is really a professional way to respond, however, I have noticed that the answers may contain the following questions, combined, giving spare time and making the examiner skipping the next questions.

    Thanks Liz

  24. I appreciate this. But it’s difficult when there are only a few words to use in paraphrasing the questions.
    Thanks Liz

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