IELTS Speaking Test

The IELTS Speaking test takes up to 15 minutes and consists of 3 parts: a Personal Interview, a Short Speech, and a Discussion. Only before the IELTS Speaking test, you do you get a little break. In some cases, the Speaking section is held on a different day. 

The IELTS Speaking Test

This is the fun part of the test, for many reasons. You get to rest before it. You are a little tired from the previous 3 parts and therefore more relaxed. The examiners are trained to smile no matter what, so you feel as if you are speaking to your best friend.

The first part of the Speaking test is an interview, which means that the examiner asks you questions about yourself, your work, studies, parents, brothers/sisters, pets, etc. This is an easy task to prepare for.

In the second part of the Speaking test you receive a card with 3-4 questions. After one minute, during which you have to think about something to say, you should give a short speech for one to two minutes, which answers those questions. At the end, the examiner might ask you a couple of additional questions.

In the third part of the test you have a discussion with the examiner. The topic is somehow related to the one from section two, but it is about more abstract ideas. You have to express and justify your opinions.

The examiner will record your session. Don’t worry about it; the recording is to test the examiner and not you.

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Introduction and interview (4-5 minutes) In the first part, the examiner will ask a number of general questions. Be prepared to introduce yourself, to say where you come from and to talk about such topics as your family or home, your count r y or city, your job or studies, your interests or hobbies.
IELTS Speaking Part 2 Individual long turn (3-4 minutes) In this part, you are given a card outlining a particular topic and asked to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to prepare and make notes if you wish. Be prepared to describe people, places, or events and to explain their significance to you.
IELTS Speaking Part 3 Two-way discussion (4-5 minutes) In the Last part, the examiner asks questions Linked to the topic in Part 2 and develops a discussion of more abstract issues. Be prepared to listen carefully and respond appropriately, to express opinions and preferences, and give reasons.


IELTS Speaking Marking:

Performance is assessed on the following criteria:

  • Fluency and Coherence:

Do you express ideas and opinions clearly and coherently, without long hesitations?

  • Lexical Resource:

Do you use a wide range of vocabulary?

  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy:

Do you use a wide range of structures and make only a few minor mistakes?

  • Pronunciation:

Are you easy to understand? Do you use English pronunciation features naturally?

The overall result is translated into a score on the IELTS nine-band scale.




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