All About IELTS Speaking Test

All About IELTS Speaking Test

All About IELTS Speaking Test

Feeling worried about the IELTS speaking test and unsure of how to achieve the best score? Many candidates feel this way. 

Guru Learning Institute will help you prepare for the test so you know what kind of questions you will get asked and what is the best way to answer them!

Even candidates who can speak well may not get the score they want if they do not know what is expected of them in the test.

THE IELTS SPEAKING TEST

Part 1 4-5 minutes Introduction and questions on familiar topics such as work, holiday, study, hobbies.
Part 2 3-4 minutes 2-minute talk on a familiar topic.
Part 3 4-5 minutes Two-way discussion on issues related to topic in part 2.

PART 1

Time: 4-5 minutes

Before part one questions start, there is a brief introduction. The examiner will introduce him/herself and you will need to tell the examiner your name and show your identification such as a passport or ID card.

The questions will then begin. This part of the IELTS speaking test is the easiest part. The examiner will ask you general questions about yourself.

Common topics are on your home, family, job, studies, interests, and a range of similar familiar topic areas.

The examiner will choose three topic areas and you’ll have about four questions on each. So, you’ll have around 10-14 questions, depending on how long you speak for each.

Here is an example:

I’d just like to ask you some questions about your work.

  1. What job do you do?
  2. Why did you choose that particular job?
  3. What do you do every day?
  4. What other work would you consider doing?

I’d like to move on and ask you some questions about relaxing.

  1. What type of activities help you relax?  
  2. Do you like to do these activities alone or with other people?  
  3. Why do you think it is important for people to relax?  
  4. Do you think people have enough time for relaxing?

Let’s change the topic and talk about your family.

  1. Do you have a big or a small family?
  2. Do you live together or nearby?
  3. What activities do you like to do together?
  4. Who is your favorite family member?

PART 2

Time: 3-4 minutes

In the IELTS speaking part 2, you will have to talk on a topic that the examiner gives you for two minutes. It is designed to test your ability to speak for an extended period without hesitation or repetition.

You will be given a card that asks you to ‘describe’ something. They are topics that you should have some experience of or know something about.

You may, for example, be asked to describe a person you know, a place you’ve been to, or a possession you have, but there are many different topics so you have to be prepared for any topic. On the card, there will also be three sub-points that you should cover when you are speaking.

You will have one minute to prepare what you are going to say, and you’ll be given paper and a pencil to make notes if you want to.

Here is an example:

Describe the type of clothes you prefer to wear.

You should say:

What the clothes look like

When you prefer to wear them

Where you like to buy them

Explain why you like wearing these clothes.

You may then be asked one or two short follow up questions:

  • Do your friends like to wear this type of clothes?
  • Do you wear other styles of clothes as well?

PART 3

Time: 4-5 minutes

In the final part of the IELTS speaking test, the examiner will have a discussion with you about some issues that will be related to the topic that you talked about in part 2. The questions in this part are of a more abstract nature and so are more difficult than the questions in parts one and two.

It’s a two-way discussion but you will still be expected to do most of the speaking.

Here is an example:

  1. Is buying clothes a popular activity for teenagers in your country?
  2. How much money should parents spend on their children’s clothes?
  3. What types of fashion do teenagers like to wear in your country?
  4. What influence has the fashion industry had in your country?
  5. Are the fashions of today different from those when your parents were young?
  6. What do you think will be the effects of the fashion industry in the next ten years?

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