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Overview of IELTS Speaking ; International English Language Testing System

IELTS overview (International English Language Testing System)

IELTS Overview

Overview of IELTS Speaking

In this article, we are sharing information about IELTS Speaking Test. This is a basic IELTS speaking overview, but I will also share basic information, what is the timing for IELTS, how many parts and what parts are there in IELTS Speaking Test, some frequently asked questions, etc.


module format
IELTS speaking is a face-to-face conversation between a candidate and an examiner. The three parts give the candidate an opportunity to use different speaking skills. IELTS speaking is recorded.

Time: 11-14 minutes

Marks: Candidates are assessed on their performance throughout the test.

part 1

Time: 4-5 minutes

Nature of Conversation: Introduction and Interview

After checking introduction and identity, the examiner asks questions about topics familiar to the candidate.

part 2

Time: 3-4 minutes

Nature of Conversation: Long Curve
The candidate gets a task card with a cap. After that he has 1 minute to prepare and make notes before speaking on the topic for 1 to 2 minutes


Time: 4-5 minutes

Nature of Conversation: Discussion
The examiner discusses with the candidate the more abstract aspects of the topic in Part 2.

Overview of IELTS Speaking

Nature of Conversation: IELTS Lyrics Overview

Questions to ask

1. Are the questions the same for each candidate?

● No. A wide selection of questions and topics are possible, so no two tests will be the same.

 2. What can a candidate bring to the examination hall?

● He can carry only his identity document. Everything required in the exam will be provided by the examiner.

3. Why is IELTS Speaking Recorded?

● Recording is necessary if the performance of the candidate needs to be re-marked.

4. What if the candidate doesn't know anything about the topic in Part 2?

● Topics are carefully chosen to reflect general experiences, so candidates don't need special knowledge to talk about them. It is highly unlikely that the candidate will be able to talk about a given topic.

5. Can the candidate start speaking 1 minute before the end of the preparation time?

● Yes. If the candidate does not need a full minute, he can start speaking when he is ready. However, candidates are advised to make full use of the preparation time.

6. Does the candidate have to write a note in Part 2?

● No, Note making is an option available to the candidate. Some candidates prefer to just think about what to say, while others find that making notes helps them organize their thoughts and keep talking.

7. Can the candidate write on the task card?

● No, it is not allowed. The examiner gives the paper to the candidate for making notes.

8 Is it a good idea for a candidate to learn short speeches by heart about their city or job?

● No, he should listen carefully to the examiner and answer the question only. Learned speech in general.