In the IELTS Speaking test, you will have a discussion with a certified examiner. It will be interactive and as close to a real-life situation as a test can get.
The IELTS Speaking test is 11-14 minutes long and is in three parts.
You will answer questions about yourself and your family.
You will speak about a topic.
You will have a longer discussion about the topic introduced in Part 2.
The IELTS Speaking test is the same for both IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training tests.
IELTS Speaking Part 1
In part 1 of the IELTS Speaking test the examiner will introduce him or herself and ask general questions on familiar topics. First, the examiner will ask you to confirm your identity. He or she will then ask general questions on familiar topics such as home, family, work, studies and interests. Part 1 of the test will last 4-5 minutes.
IELTS Speaking Part 2
In part 2 of the IELTS Speaking test you will be given a task card on a particular topic, and this will include key points that you should talk about. This section of the Speaking test gives you the opportunity to speak for longer on a topic.
You will be given one minute to prepare to talk about the topic on the task card. A pencil and paper will be provided for you to make notes. You will have to talk for 1-2 minutes, and then the examiner will ask you one or two questions on the same topic. Part 2 takes 3-4 minutes in total.
IELTS Speaking Part 3
In part 3 of the IELTS Speaking test the examiner will ask further questions which are connected to the topics discussed in part 2.
This part of the test is designed to give you the opportunity to talk about more abstract issues and ideas. It is a two-way discussion with the examiner, and will last 4-5 minutes.
IELTS SPEAKING ASSESSMENT
The examiners award marks under four headings:
FLUENCY AND COHERENCE: speaking in a continuous way, without unnatural hesitation, and organising your thoughts and speech in a logical way.
LEXICAL RESOURCE: using a range of vocabulary appropriate to the topic.
GRAMMATICAL RANGE AND ACCURACY: using a range of grammatical forms, including more complex forms, with a reasonable degree of accuracy.
PRONUNCIATION: speaking so that you can be understood by the examiner.
IELTS SPEAKING TIPS
IELTS SPEAKING Part 1
IELTS SPEAKING Part 2
Sample Task Card 1 + follow-up questions
Sample Task Card 2 + follow-up questions
Sample Task Card 3 + follow-up questions
Sample Task Card 4 + follow-up questions
Sample Task Card 5 + follow-up questions
Sample Task Card 6 + follow-up questions
Sample Task Card 7 + follow-up questions
Sample Task Card 8 + follow-up questions
Sample Task Card 9 + follow-up questions
Sample Task Card 10 + follow-up questions
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