Understand the IELTS test
The IELTS Speaking module is a face-to-face interview divided into three parts. Total time varies from 11-14 minutes depending on the length of your answers.
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The speaking module is the same in both the academic and general training versions of IELTS.
IELTS Speaking part 1 – Interview
In part 1 of the Speaking test the examiner will introduce him or herself and ask general questions on familiar topics.
The examiner will ask you to confirm your identity.
He or she will then ask you a series of questions on familiar topics such as home, family, weather, films, work, studies, etc. Part 1 of the test will last 4-5 minutes.
To answer Part 1 questions, you should provide the information asked for and add a supporting detail or two. You don’t really need to give lengthy answers to answer Part 1 questions.
IELTS Speaking part 2 – Individual long run
Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking test will last 3-4 minutes.
In this part, the IELTS examiner will give you a cue card which asks you to talk about a particular topic, including points to include in your talk. You will have one minute to think about your answer and make notes. You will then be asked to speak for one to two minutes without being interrupted. The examiner will then ask you one or two questions on the same topic.
For this part, you should pay careful attention to the verb tenses used in the question and use matching tenses in your answer.
IELTS Speaking Part 3: Discussion
This part will last 4-5 mins.
In part 3 of the Speaking test, the examiner will ask for your opinion on a range of issues connected to the topic in part 2. This Part is a two-way discussion with the IELTS examiner, so you should aim to say as much as possible. Give examples or reasons for your answers or compare and contrast different views.
- Talk as much as you can – You’ve got 11 – 14 minutes to show how good your speaking is.
- Avoid yes/no answers – Develop your answers and try to include details to fill out your answer.
- Correct yourself if you make a mistake – This is what native speakers do and you won’t lose marks for it.
- Make sure that you relax and talk fluently – you should talk as fluently as possible and be spontaneous
- Make sure your intonation is not flat – English speakers have melody in their intonation. If the way you speak sounds flat, you will sound bored – the examiner might think that you are not interested or don’t care!
- Practice at home and record yourself – When you have completed all three parts of the practice Speaking test, listen to your recording of your own practice test to see how well you did.
- Relax, be confident and enjoy using your English