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The speaking test is the same for both versions of IELTS (Academic and General Training): a one-on-one interview with the examiner in a quiet, private room.

  • One-on-one with the examiner allows you to have a natural conversation.

  • Because the test is held in a private room, there is no noise and you can concentrate.

  • You will be asked questions over and over again if necessary.

  • We adapt to your English ability and pace.

  • Your accent is not a problem.

The format of the speaking test

The speaking test consists of three parts. The test will be recorded.

Part 1: Self-Introduction and Interview (4-5 minutes)

After the examiner introduces himself/herself, you will be asked to introduce yourself and identify yourself. The examiner will ask you general questions about familiar topics (family, work, research, interests, etc.).

Part 2: Speech (3 to 4 minutes)

The examiner will give you a task card on a specific topic. This task card will also include points that you can cover in your speech. You will be given one minute to prepare, and you will be given a pencil and paper for taking notes. You will have one to two minutes to talk about the topic. The examiner will ask you one or two questions on the topic.

Part 3: Discussion (4 to 5 minutes)

The examiner will ask other questions related to the topic in Part 2. Candidates will be given the opportunity to discuss more general issues and opinions.

Video Call Speaking Test

In order to make the face-to-face speaking test more comfortable for the test takers, some test centers have introduced the Video Call Speaking Test.

11 tips for the speaking exam

Recommended for the following people!

  • Those who are taking IELTS for the first time

  • Those who are about to take the speaking test.

  • Those who have friends who are going to take the test.

Download Tips For Speaking

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Find out what English-language skills you need to get a band 9 in IELTS Speaking, Part 3.