Speaking section of IELTS checks your speaking ability and vocal clarity. It involves a one-to-one interaction between the student and an examiner. This section includes three parts, which give student the examiner a chance to check the student’s range of different speaking skills. IELTS Speaking section is recorded at the time of examination.

Duration: 15 minutes (approx.)

Part 1: The examiner will ask you general questions about yourself, your family, interests, studies, work etc.

Part 2: You will be given a card which asks you to speak on a given topic. You will have one minute to prepare before speaking.

Part 3: The examiner will ask you questions related to the topic given to you in Part 2, giving you the opportunity to discuss the issues and ideas connected to the topic.

Things to keep in mind:

  • Once you start speaking, continue until the examiner stops you. Don’t just answer the question in one line and stop.
  • Display your best English language skills. Imagine like it was a driving test – keep going straight until told to turn right, left or park.
  • There are chances that you have to speak about something you have never heard of, or have no opinion on. If you are unfamiliar with the topic, tell the examiner so he asks you another question. If you don’t tell him and start speaking, the examiner might think that you don’t have the flow because of language problem.


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