IELTS Overview

The Speaking Module

Speaking is the 4th skill tested on the exam day or a few days before or after in the form of a one-to-one interview. There are three sections to the test:

Part 1

  • 4-5 minutes
  • Introduction

Part 2

  • 3-4 minutes
  • Individual long run

Part 3

  • 4-5 minutes
  • Two-way discussion

Nature of interaction

  • Part 1
  • Introductions & identity check
  • Examiner asks questions
  • Questions are based on familiar topics
  • Part 2
  • Candidate receives a task card
  • S/He has 1 min to make notes
  • S/He speaks about the topic for 1 to 2 min
  • Part 3
  • Discussion thematically linked to part 2 topic
  • More abstract questions
  • More general discussion

Speaking Skills

  • Part 1
  • Be able to give personal information
  • Talk about familiar issues and habits
  • Express opinions
  • Answer as fully as possible
  • Part 2
  • Talk about a random topic
  • Manage language
  • Organize and express the ideas
  • Be able to speak for 2 min without any help or interlocutor support
  • Part 3
  • Be able to express and justify opinions
  • Analyze, discuss and speculate about issues
  • Be able to interact fully

Frequently Asked Questions

Basic Questions

Questions and Task types

Answers

Band score