Speaking | About the test (with example responses)


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The IELTS speaking test will be at a different time to the rest of the test and may even take place on a different day.


The test consists of a conversation with an examiner that lasts around 13 minutes. The conversation is recorded and takes place in a room with just you and the examiner.


The speaking test has three parts (see table below) and is exactly the same for both the academic and general IELTS tests.

SPEAKING TEST

DETAILS

TIME

EXAMPLES

Part 1

Personal questions


Around 8-12 questions in total


Questions 1-4:

About home/hometown or job/studies


Questions 5-12:

Two other topics

1-5 minutes

Part 2

Monologue


Examiner provides topic, pencil and paper.


Prepare for 1 minute, making notes if you wish.


Speak for 1-2 minutes without stopping.


Topic is always something personal, e.g. a park you like, a country you want to visit, a person you admire, etc.

3-4 minutes

Part 3

Discussion


Around 6-8 questions.


Examiner asks your opinion on issues regarding society, e.g. technology, transport, diet, etc.

4-5 minutes



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