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Cambridge Official IELTS 2016 Book 11 Full Speaking Tests

This is IELTS Speaking test 1 from Cambridge IELTS Practice Tests Book 11, March 2016, Full questions for Part1, Part2 and Part 3 of the IELTS Speaking test.
  • Part 1 questions about food, cooking
  • Part 2 questions about describe an house/apartment
  • Part 3 questions about different types of homes, finding a place to live

The introductory questions asking your name, ID, etc. which you normally answer at the beginning of the IELTS Speaking Test have been omitted in this example test.

IELTS Speaking Tips

Don’t forget in Part 2 you have 1 minute to make notes and plan your response to the cue card topic question: describe a house/apartment that someone you know lives in. Be smart and use the time wisely to think about what you can say, and how you can organize your talk.

You should try and aim to talk for the full 2 minutes you are allowed in this section. The IELTS examiner will stop you when the time limit has been reached, so don’t worry of he/she interrupts you while you are still speaking – it will not affect you score.

Being able to speak with confidence for a full 2 minutes will improve your chances of getting a good IELTS speaking score – speaking for only 1 minute provides the IELTS examiner with less material to grade your performance.

Practice speaking about various IELTS topics until you can confidently and fluently talk for 2 minutes or more.

Practice using functional language to help you improve your IELTS speaking score rather than worrying about learning a lot of topic specific vocabulary. The range of functional language is limited – the range of topic specific vocabulary is limitless!

It is much easier to learn how to describe, compare, contrast, hypothesize, recommend, and summarize than it is to learn hundreds of possible new words for each possible IELTS topic. Functional language applies to almost every IELTS topic – and you can also use it in your IELTS writing.