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IELTS Speaking Test

The IELTS Speaking test is the final part of the exam. It does not need to be taken on the same day as the other parts of the test. It consists of a 3-part face-to-face interview with one examiner and takes between 11 and 14 minutes.

Part

Time

Task description

Introduction and interview

4-5 mins

Answer general questions on familiar topics, e.g. home, family, studies, work, interests

Individual long turn

3-4 mins

Talk about a particular topic for 1-2 minutes. Prompts are provided on a task card and 1 minute preparation time is given for you to make notes and think about what you want to say.

Two-way discussion

4-5 mins

Answer further questions related to the topic of Part 2. These questions give you an opportunity to express your opinions about more abstract issues and ideas.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the IELTS Speaking test taken on the same day as the other papers?
Not always. The Listening, Reading and Writing components of the test are always completed immediately after each other and in that order. Depending on the test centre, the Speaking test may be taken up to 7 days either before or after the test date.

What do I need to bring into the Speaking examination room?
You must bring the same identification documents that you supplied on your IELTS Application Form and used for the rest of the test. Your ID will be checked before you enter the interview room.

How long is the Speaking test?
The complete Speaking test lasts between 11 - 14 minutes.

How is the Speaking test assessed?
Examiners use detailed performance table to award a band score for each of the following assessment criteria: Fluency and Coherence (25%); Lexical Resource (25%); Grammatical Range and Accuracy (25%); Pronunciation (25%).

Will the Speaking test be recorded?
Yes, it is recorded on a digital recorder.

Is the Speaking test the same for Academic and General IELTS?
Yes, there is no difference.