Format of the Speaking Test

The speaking part of the IELTS exam tests the student’s ability to engage in English conversation in an appropriate manner.

It takes place between the student and an Examiner, and is held on a separate day from the other IELTS components.

The test lasts for roughly 11-14 minutes and is comprised of three parts

Part 1 Introduction

The examiner introduces him/herself and checks the test takers’ identity. Then the examiner asks the student general questions on some familiar topics such as home, family, work, studies, interests from a list of topics.  This part will last for 4 to 5 minutes.

Part 2 Soliloquy

First of all the student gets to talk on their own for about 2 minutes.  The topic is printed on a card which the examiner hands them. While Students are given 1 minute to prepare their talk they can nevertheless use a pencil and paper to make notes.   In total this part of the test will last for about 3–4 minutes, including the preparation time.

Part 3 Discussion

Finally the examiner and the student discuss issues related to the topic from Part 2 in a more in depth way.
This part lasts for 4–5 minutes and once it is complete the student can breathe a sigh of relief as that is the end of the IELTS speaking component.
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