What is the IELTS Speaking Test?
The IELTS speaking test is 11-14 minutes long, this test is conducted in three segments.
This is a very easy test among all the IELTS tests. Candidates can easily get maximum bands in IELTS speaking test. The more you speak, the more you scored. The test is divided in three parts:
The first test includes a conversation or a questionnaire based totally on YOU. The examiner may ask about you, your qualifications, work, family and your interests. All you have to do is stay calm and state your answers, the key is to know yourself and prepare beforehand. Some of the most commonly asked questions are:
- Could I have your name, please?
- Can I see your ID card?
- Where are you from?
- What do you do?
Some of the topics you should prepare for, before appearing for the test are:
Study, work, hometown, family, clothes, hobbies, pets, weather, culture etc.
The next round is also known as the long-turn or Cue Card round. This round requires your convincing skills and ability to speak eloquently. In this part, the examiner will give you a task card through which you will be introduced to a topic, a pencil and paper would be provided to you to prepare notes, for this, you will be given a whole one minute. After the minute is up, you will have to speak about the topic. Make sure to include key points like:
- What is it?
- How did you get it?
- How important it is to you.
After you’re done speaking, the examiner will ask you two to three questions related to the topic. These may include:
The value of the topic in terms of money.
And if it is easy to replace it.
This round takes up to 3-4 minutes.
Part three can be considered as an extension of part two. In this part the examiner will ask you questions related to the topic that was introduced to you in part 2. This will require you to expand your answer with explanations and examples, make sure both of them are short and conclusive as the time for the answers will be strictly managed by the examiner. This may take up to 4-5 minutes.
The following can be the topics given in part two of the speaking skills test of IELTS: