IELTS Speaking

Speaking is the last part of IELTS exam. It is an interview between you and the examiner. This test is recorded. It is 12 to 15 minutes long and consists of three parts:

Part 1. Introduction and general questions.(4-6 minutes)

In this part you will be asked your name and your examinee’s ID card. The examiner will then ask you a number of general questions.The aim of this part is to make you feel easy and relaxed before having to deal with more complex tasks. Think of it as a mental flexing part built into the exam.

IELTS Speaking Part 1 example questions

Where are you from?

What is your town or city famous for?

How long have you been studying English?

Do you have any hobbies?

Part 2. Answering the task card questions (2-3 minutes)

This part involves a task card that is given to you by examiner. The card has a task question with a number of points you should address in your answer. You will have one minute read and prepare for your answer. You are free to make any notes during that time. After the minute of preparation is over, you will have to speak for 1-2 minutes. If your answer takes longer, the examiner will let you know. After the answer, the examiner will ask you a few questions related to the topic.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 example question

Descibe the person in your family you admire the most

You should say:

  • How are you related
  • What they have achieved in their life
  • What do they do now

and explain why you admire them so much.

Part 3. Discussion (3-5 minutes)

The examiner will ask you questions related to the topic from Part 2 of your exam. More abstract concepts and ideas are discussed, so you have opportunity to use a wider scope of vocabulary.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 example questions
Importance of family

How important are family ties in your country?

Do you believe that people should keep in touch with their families? Why/Why not?

Family and friends

Who are more important to you: your family or your friends? Why?

Do you agree that childhood friends are best? Why/Why not?

Family traditions

Do you have any traditions in your family?

How important is it to follow family traditions?

IELTS Speaking Assessment criteria

To help you meet the examiner’s expectations and to address any weaknesses you might have, know the speaking assessment criteria.

1. Fluency and coherence

Your speech should be fluent and without long pauses. It should also be easy to follow — your sentences have to be logically connected so that the listeners don’t get confused.

2. Lexical resource

Your should demonstrate your vocabulary, avoiding word repetition and using synonyms instead. The words that you use should collocate well with each other. Your speech should be idiomatic.

3. Grammatical range and accuracy

You should display various grammatical structure. They have to be used appropriately. Your speech should not have grammar mistakes.

4. Pronunciation

You should be easy to understand — your accent have to clear and effortless to listen to. Your pronunciation has to be consistent (for example, you should stick either to American or British pronunciation).

Next page is going to give you ways of improving each of your aspects.

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