Speaking – Overview

Overview of the IELTS Speaking Test?

  • Speaking is the same for Academic and General Training.
  • The test lasts less than 15 minutes
  • The IELTS Speaking test is a face to face oral interview with the examiner in the room.
  • The examiner will decide your results at the end of the test.
  • The IELTS Speaking test is recorded
  • The Speaking test is marked using an Assessment Criteria
  • The examiner controls the time of your answers.
  • There are 3 Sections to the test
    • Part 1 = questions/answers 4 to 5mins
    • Part 2 = a talk 3 to 4 mins
    • Part 3 = discussion 4 to 5 mins.

Speaking Test

The speaking test is a face-to-face interview between the test taker and an examiner.

Section 1: Introduction and interview (4–5 minutes). Section1 follows a fairly familiar format of small talk. After checking your ID and other things, the first question will probably to ask; something along the lines of “Are you a student or do you work?”. Once they have established this, it will allow the examiner to direct questions to you. The first discussion is often about your home, your hometown, your study, or your work.

This could be expanded into further discussions about various other subjects including, family, hobbies, interests, friends, reasons for taking IELTS exam, as well as other general topics such as clothing, food, computers holidays, and the internet. questions about

Having asked you a couple of small questions the examiner will then do what is unexpected to most people and ask about a topic which there is no preparation.

Section 2: Long Turn (1 minute of preparing and 2 minutes of speaking). Test format will be in the form of a cue card, or task card, where you will tell a story.  In this section, you are often asked to describe your opinions on something. Once you have the task card, you will be given 1 minute to prepare, and then asked to speak for 2 minutes. The task card will look something like this;

The cue card states the points that should be included in the talk and one aspect of the topic which must be explained during the talk. The examiner may ask one or two other questions.

Section 3: Discussions (4–5 minutes). the format is about Big Impressions.  This is generally shorter than task 2, but there is no preparation. So, you need to impress the examiner by thinking on your feet in English.

The third section involves a discussion between the examiner and the test taker, At times they are on the same theme discussed in Section 2, however, the topic may change. Questions will be more complex and generally go along the following format:

1. What is your opinion on the way students are taught in schools?
2. How are education priorities today different from those in the past?
3. How can the type of school you go to affect career success?
4. What technological changes do you think will affect the classroom in the near future? 

Knowing all this, how do you get your required band score if you don’t know what the topics will be. This is where a good strategy will assist you in the speaking section of the test. In fact, in the speaking section, you’ll need at least 3 strategies, as well as maybe another strategy just in case your strategy does not align with the topic.

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