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 oral interview with one examiner and takes between 11 and 14 minutes.
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|1 – Introduction and interview||4-5 mins||Talk about things which are personal to you, e.g. your country, home town, family, studies/work, free-time activities, future plans.|
|2 – Individual long turn||3-4 mins||Talk about a person, place, event or object for 1-2 mins. Information is given to you on a card and you have 1 minute to prepare before you start.|
|3 – Two-way discussion||4-5 mins||Talk with the examiner about more general issues related to the topic on the card in Part 2. For example, in Part 2 you may have to describe a favourite teacher and in Part 3 you may have to discuss education in your country.|
Is the IELTS test completed in one day?
The Listening, Reading and Writing components of the test are always completed immediately after each other and with no break. Depending on the test centre, the Speaking test may be taken up to 7 days either before or after the test date.
What can I bring into the examination room?
Only pens, pencils and erasers. You must bring the passport/national identity card you used on the IELTS Application Form to the test. You must leave everything else outside the examination room, including mobile phones and pagers which must be switched off and placed with personal belongings in the area designated by the supervisor. If you do not switch off your phone/pager or keep it on you, you will be disqualified.
Which part do I take first?
You do the Listening test first following by the Reading and Writing components of the test. Depending on the test centre, the Speaking test may be taken up to 7 days either before or after the test date.
Will there be more than one examiner?
No, the Speaking test will take the form of a conversation between the candidate and one certified IELTS Examiner.
Will the Speaking test be recorded?
Yes, it is recorded on an audiocassette or a digital recorder.
What do I need for the Speaking test?
You must bring the same identification documents 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.