IELTS Speaking

The IELTS speaking test is an interview with a certified IELTS examiner that lasts between 11-14 minutes. The interview is timed and recorded by the interviewer. The candidate must carry the identification proof. It is a formal interview; hence it is recommended that candidates are formally dressed.

There are three parts in this section and each has a specific type of question. The answers given by the candidate are assessed using a standard rubric based on fluency, pronunciation, lexical resources, grammatical range and accuracy.

Different Sections on the IELTS Speaking

Part Time Details and Skills Tested
1 4-5 minutes The examiner will introduce himself/herself. Ask the candidate to do the same and check the identification proof. Then, questions about familiar topics like work, study, hobbies, family, daily routine and so on are asked.

The candidate’s ability to give information and opinion about everyday topics are tested

2 3-4 minutes In Part 2, candidates will be asked to give a 2-minute talk on a specific question. The examiner will give a booklet with a task. This booklet will have the points one should include in the talk. One-minute time is provided to prepare the talk, and the examiner will give you a pencil and paper to make notes. They will maintain the time using a stopwatch and inform the student when to begin and stop.

This section will test a candidate’s ability to speak at length. The use of appropriate language, organization of ideas, words and fluency will be assessed.  

3 4-5 minutes In part 3, the examiner will ask more detailed and abstract questions linked to the topic in part 2. The questions will get gradually more difficult to answer.

A candidate’s ability to express an opinion, analyse an issue or discuss an idea is assessed in this part.

IELTS Speaking pattern

There are four assessment criteria (things which the examiner thinks about when deciding what score to give you):

  • Fluency and coherence: 0-9
  • Lexical resource: 0-9
  • Grammatical range and accuracy: 0-9
  • Pronunciation: 0-9

The average of these four criteria will be the final speaking score.

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How many parts are there to the IELTS Speaking test?

There are three parts to the IELTS speaking test.

What kind of topics will be asked in the IELTS Speaking test?

A wide range of topics like work, hometown, weather, volunteer work, study, hobbies, family, friends, and so on are asked in the IELTS test.

How long does the IELTS Speaking test take?

The IELTS speaking test will take about 11-14 minutes.

Why do I need to expand my answers in my IELTS Speaking test?

The answers need to be expanded as short answers do not give a clear idea to the examiner on the candidate’s speaking ability.

How can I improve my speaking in IELTS?

Practice speaking as often as you can. Work on pronunciation, vocabulary and fluency. Practice with IELTS speaking sample questions from authentic resources.

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