Monday, 11 April 2016

The Speaking component of the IELTS test

Timing
11-14 minutes

Test Parts
There are 3 parts

Part 1 Introduction and interview (4-5 minutes)
The examiner introduces him/herself and asks you to introduce yourself and confirm your identity. The examiner asks general questions on familiar topics, e.g. home, family, work, studies, and interests.

Part 2 Individual long turn (3-4 minutes)
The examiner gives you a task card which asks you to talk about a particular topic and which includes points that you can cover in your talk. You are given 1 minute to prepare your talk, and are given a pencil and paper to make notes. You talk for 1-2 minutes on the topic. The examiner may then ask you 1-2 questions on the same topic.

Part 3 Two-way discussion (4-5 minutes)
The examiner asks further questions which are connected to the topic of Part 2. These questions give you an opportunity to discuss more abstract ideas.

Skills assessed

  • the ability to communicate opinions and information on everyday topics.
  • the ability to speak at length on a given topic using appropriate language and organising ideas coherently
  • the ability to express and justify opinions and analyse, discuss and speculate about issues


Scores are reported in whole and half bands.

Information for Candidates: Introducing IELTS to test takers p.5

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