The speaking test is a face-to-face interview between the test taker and an examiner. There are 3 parts to the speaking module, which lasts between 11 and 14 minutes. You will be alone in a room with one examiner, who will ask you questions and ask you to talk on certain topics. The interview will be recorded. You will be able to make notes in Part 2 only.

The Speaking Modules are the same for both the Academic and General Training versions of IELTS. Topics include discussions about you, your family etc.

Sections Time Tasks
1 4-5 minutes Answer questions about yourself and your activities
2 3-4 minutes
1 minute preparation1-2 minute preparation1 minute follow up questions
Talk on a topic presented on a task card
3 4-5 minutes Discuss with examiner issues related to the topic in Part 2

Question types

There are variety of questions and prompts the examiner will use to get you to talk during the IELTS Speaking Module. You should be familiar with these types

Part 1 Wh- questions

Yes/no questions

Part 2 Describe and explain

Yes/no questions

Part3 Wh- questions

Yes/no questions


Speaking tips - Tips to help you while taking the test

  1. Focus on the task. Think what the examiner is asking you. Respond precisely to the question or topic.
  2. Speak clearly. Sit up straight. Talk directly to the examiner. Do not be afraid to make eye contact
  3. Speak loudly. Make sure you are heard, but do not yell.
  4. Don’t waste preparation time writing out full sentences. Make notes of just your key ideas
  5. Laugh. Do these before you meet the examiner. It will help u feel better and light.
  6. Smile at the examiner
  7. Don’t try to memorize answers in advance
  8. Pay attention to verb tense
  9. Ask the examiner to repeat or explain a question if the task is unclear

Speaking tips - Tips to help you study for the speaking test

  1. Talk to yourself:Pay attention to things around you. In your mind, describe the scene to someone in English. Imagine a person who has never visited your city and describe the scene to that person
  2. Make up stories: Use your imagination. Look around you on the street, bus, elevator etc. ask yourself questions about everything or everyone you see.
  3. Make your daily plans:Talk to yourself in English. If you have to decide what clothes to wear,what to have for breakfast etc., make these decisions in English
  4. Think about your job:Imagine you are at a job interview. Talk about your educational and work background. In your mind, try to sell yourself to a future employer by talking about your strength and good qualities
  5. Explain your interests:Choose a hobby or free time interest that you have. Imagine that you are teaching another person how to do it. Explain everything step by step. Describe any equipment or tools that are needed
  6. Read books, watch movies and TV:Think about a book, film or TV show that you really enjoy.in your mind, tell another person what it is about and why you like it. Also think about a book you dislike
  7. Read the news:When you read the news or watch the news, try thinking in English
  8. Talk to everyone you meet: Talk to cashiers, bus drivers, neighbors
  9. Introduce yourself: Practice introducing yourself and answering typical “getting to know “questions
  10. Make notes:Practice making notes about different topics and turning those notes into a short speech
  11. Explain your opinion :Practice giving opinions and explaining them with examples
  12. Remember:You are being marked on your speaking abilities, not on your knowledge.

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