IELTS Speaking - is one of the test, out of four tests, Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. It is same for both Academic and General Training modules. Speaking test is a face-to-face interview between the examiner and the candidate. Sometimes you may have the speaking exam on the same day with your Listening, Reading and Writing. However, sometimes you may need to go to the test center on a different day. Usually, speaking exam is conducted 2 days prior to your Listening, Reading, Writing exam or 2 days after your Listening, Reading, Writing exam. Speaking exam contains 3 parts and it lasts between 11-14 minutes. You can score your desired band within 11-14 minutes, if you prepare well

How are you assessed?

You are mainly assessed by your pronounciation, fluency, grammar and vocabulary

Pronounciation Fluency Grammar Vocabulary
25% 25% 25% 25%

So, your total score is the average of the four scores

Pronounciation Fluency Grammar Vocabulary Total Band
6 6 6 7 (6 + 6 + 6 + 7)/4 = 6.25, (Rounded off to 6.5)
7 7 6 8 (7 + 7 + 6 + 8)/4 = 7
  • Part 1 - General Discussion :

    In part - 1, you will face questions on topics that are familiar to you. Topics such as your daily routine, friends, work, study, home town, social media, clothes, hobbies and so on. This section lasts between 4-5 minutes. This section is usually used to make the candidate feel comfortable.

  • Part 2 - Cue Card :

    In part-2, the examiner will give you a cue card with a topic on it. A cue card contains a question with 3 or 4 sub questions. You will be given a piece of paper and pen and 1 minute to prepare. You can write your points on the given paper and you should speak for 1-2 minutes. Remember, there are no points deducted if you speak between 1-2 minutes. But, it is always recommended you to speak between 1.30 - 2 minutes.

  • Part 3 - Two way discussion based on cue card :

    In part-3, the examiner will ask you questions that are related to the cue card given to you. It is a two way discussion round, where you are expected to give longer answers when compared to part-1.