IELTS SpeakingSpeaking Part 1

IELTS Speaking Part 1: PUZZLE

Here are some common questions that you may be asked in the IELTS Speaking Exam.

Follow the steps below:

  1. Look at the question carefully and think about some ideas for this.
  2. Pay atttention to suggested ideas to see whether they can help build up your answers.
  3. Try to use the phrases provided to structure your answers in the more appropriate way.
  4. Answer the question.
  5. Read the sample answer at the end to see what you can learn from it.
  6. Learn some useful vocabulary related to the topic.


1. Do you like solving puzzles?

– Ideas: You might enjoy solving puzzles because they’re challenging, stimulating, or relaxing. Think about the reasons why you like solving puzzles.

– Useful phrases: “Yes, I like solving puzzles…”, “Solving puzzles is [adjective] to me because…”, “I find that solving puzzles helps me feel more [adjective]…”

2. What kind of puzzles do you enjoy?

– Ideas: You might enjoy puzzles such as crosswords, Sudoku, or jigsaw puzzles. Think about the types of puzzles that you find engaging.

– Useful phrases: “I enjoy solving [type of puzzle]…”, “I find that [type of puzzle] is the most [adjective] for me because…”, “When I solve [type of puzzle], it makes me feel [adjective]…”

3. How often do you solve puzzles?

– Ideas: You might solve puzzles daily, weekly, or occasionally. Think about the frequency with which you typically solve puzzles.

– Useful phrases: “I solve puzzles [frequency]…”, “I find that solving puzzles [activity or purpose]…”, “Although I don’t always have time to solve puzzles, I try to make time for [type of puzzle] when I can…”

4. Do you think puzzles are good for the brain?

– Ideas: Solving puzzles can have benefits such as improving cognitive function, memory, or problem-solving skills. Think about the positive impacts that puzzles can have on the brain.

– Useful phrases: “I think that puzzles are good for the brain because…”, “Solving puzzles has helped me improve my [skill or ability]…”, “Although puzzles can be challenging, they’re a great way to keep the brain [adjective]…”

5. What is the most challenging puzzle you have solved?

– Ideas: You might have solved a particularly difficult puzzle such as a cryptic crossword or a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle. Think about the puzzle that was the most challenging for you.

– Useful phrases: “The most challenging puzzle I’ve solved is…”, “It took me [amount of time] to solve the puzzle because…”, “Although the puzzle was difficult, I felt a great sense of [emotion or accomplishment] when I solved it…”

6. Have you ever solved a puzzle with someone else?

– Ideas: You might have solved puzzles with friends, family members, or colleagues. Think about the times when you’ve collaborated with others to solve a puzzle.

– Useful phrases: “Yes, I’ve solved puzzles with others before…”, “I find that solving puzzles with others is [adjective] because…”, “One memorable experience I had was when [person or group] and I solved [type of puzzle] together…”