What happens in the IELTS speaking test?

And here it is, our last post about the IELTS test: the speaking test! Are you ready?



“Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment” – Benjamin Franklin

The speaking test lasts about 11 to 14 minutes. It is very similar to an interview and it is recorded, so don’t be nervous when you realize it. This test consists of three parts:

  • Part 1: Introduction of the examiner and yourself with general questions. The length is 4 or 5 minutes.
  • Part 2: The examiner gives you a written card about a topic. You have 1 minute to think about it and 2 minutes to talk about it. The examiner will ask you a couple of questions about the topic.
  • Part 3: A discussion with the examiner about the topic. It will take 4 or 5 minutes.

Listen to this full example of the speaking part:

Our tips for this exam:

  • Attend organized language exchanges where you ‘trade’ your language for English: this will train you for Part 1.
  • Speak in English with your friends about different topics. Check some of the links below to practise your speaking: this will train you for Part 2 and 3.
  • Record yourself then listen to it and review what you need to improve.
  • And overall, be calm and relaxed. Get to the test center with enough time – it’s better to focus on the test rather than the delay!  And have a good breakfast before the test – it’s better to focus on the test rather than hunger!

Venture English has collected some useful resources for you to practise your speaking:

We have reached the end of our series of posts related to the IELTS test. We hope you have found them helpful, useful and entertaining. If so, share our posts with your friends!


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