IELTS Speaking Test

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IELTS Speaking Test

The speaking test is an oral interview between the IELTS candidate and an IELTS examiner. The entire interview process lasts around 11-14 minutes and consists of three different sections.

IELTS Speaking test part 1 | Introduction & Interview

(4-5 minutes)

In this section the IELTS examiner will introduce himself/herself and ask you to introduce yourself and confirm your identity. The IELTS examiner will then continue to ask you some general questions on topics such as: home, family, work, studies and your interests.

Example questions from part 1 IELTS Speaking test:

Let’s talk about where you grew up.

  • Describe the town or city where you grew up.
  • Do you still live there now?
  • Does your family still live there?
  • Do you think the place has changed much since you were young?

(source: Official IELTS Practice Materials)

IELTS Speaking test part 2 | individual long turn

(3-4 minutes including preparation time)

In this section the IELTS examiner will ask you to talk about a particular topic which he/she will give you on a ‘topic card’. The card will include certain points that you should include in your response. You will be given 1 minute to plan and think about your response before you begin to speak. You will be given paper and a pencil to make some notes to help you plan how to respond to the questions.

You will be expected to talk about the topic for 1-2 minutes. The IELTS examiner will tell you when the time is up. When you have finished your response, the IELTS examiner will ask you one or two questions related to the topic to finish this section of the interview.

Example Part 2 Question Topic Card (Cue card)

Describe a sports event you enjoyed watching.

You should say:
  • What event you watched
  • Where you were
  • Who you watched it with
  • and explain why you enjoyed watching it.

Rounding-off questions
  • Who won this event?
  • Do you play this sport yourself?

(source: Official IELTS Practice Materials)

IELTS Speaking Test Part 3 | Discussion Questions

(3-4 minutes)

In this section of the IELTS Speaking test the IELTS examiner will ask you some more questions related to the topic in part 2. You will be expected to be able to discuss more abstract concepts and ideas in this section at greater length. This section, as the title suggests, is more of a discussion with the examiner than simply questions and answers.

Example Part 3 Questions

Let’s consider first of all watching sport …

  • How expensive is it to go to sports events in your country?
  • Do you think it’s different watching a sports event on TV and going to watch it in person? In what ways?
  • Do you think there’s too much sport on TV? Why? / Why not?

Finally, let’s talk about famous sports people …

  • Why do you think sports people often become media stars today?

(source: Official IELTS Practice Materials)

The IELTS Speaking score is based on 4 different factors described in the Official IELTS speaking band descriptors:
  • Grammatical Range & Accuracy
  • Lexical Resource
  • Pronunciation
  • Fluency & Coherence

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