IELTS Speaking

The fourth part of the test usually occurs after the listening, reading and writing section. This part lasts for 11-14 minutes and is one on one. All tests are recorded just in case they need to be reviewed later.


This test is divided into 3 parts- 1, 2 and 3.

  1. The first part involves the certified examiner to ask you simple day to day questions such as- what is your name? what are the main attractions in your town or village? or what do you enjoy doing in your free time? These type of questions typically require a 2-3 sentence answer that needs to convey the complete answer.
  2. In the second part, you are provided with a cue card that has one prompt and three questions that must be on your answer. You are then given 60 seconds to prepare in which the best practice is to quickly jot down the keywords and the tenses on the pencil and paper provided. The next step is to speak on the topic provided to 2 consecutive minutes. The examiner checks your fluency and cohesiveness.
  3. The last part is more interactive than the rest. Here you are asked to answer questions based on the topic provided. These questions are more abstract and require you to properly construct your answer before speaking.

The speaking test can be taken anywhere 7 days before or after the other components, but it is advised to take the test on the same day.