IELTS Speaking Questions: Health

Health is an important topic in life and also in the IELTS Speaking Exam. Being able to talk about health can help you in many ways, including getting a higher band score. Try practicing your speaking skills with some of the sample IELTS questions below:

Part 1

  • Do you have any unhealthy habits?
  • In what ways do you try to stay healthy?
  • Is it easy to keep fit where you live?
  • What do you think is more important, eating healthily or doing exercise?
  • What are the health benefits of playing a sport?
  • Have you ever had any habits which you consider to be unhealthy?
  • Do you think more about your health now than when you were younger?

Part 2

Describe something you do to keep healthy.

You should say:

  • what this activity is
  • when you do it
  • and how often you do it

and explain why you think it’s a good way to look after your health.

Describe a time when you were ill.

You should say:

  • when this was
  • what your symptoms were
  • how long the illness lasted

and say how it affected your life at the time.


Part 3

  • What costs are involved when you are ill in your country?
  • What are the most popular ways of keeping healthy in your country?
  • Do you think most people worry more about their health as they get older?
  • In your experience are people too quick to take time off work when they’re ill?
  • How can people be encouraged to stay healthy?
  • Why do you think some people continue bad habits when they know that they are damaging to their health?
  • Do women pay more attention to their health than men?
  • How can children be encouraged to adopt healthy eating habits?
  • Do you think people have become more health conscious in recent years?
  • What is the best way of helping people with an addiction?
  • Could governments do more to promote healthier lifestyle options?


Author: David S. Wills

David S. Wills is the author of Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the 'Weird Cult' and the founder/editor of Beatdom literary journal. He lives and works in rural China, and loves to travel. He has worked as an IELTS tutor since 2010, has completed both TEFL and CELTA courses, and has a certificate from Cambridge for Teaching Writing. In 2018, he wrote the popular IELTS handbook, Grammar for IELTS Writing. His other IELTS website is called IELTS Teaching.

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