IELTS Speaking Module Information & Tips

Speaking test maybe held before the written test or after depending on the schedule. The speaking test is 11 to 15 minutes long. The test is conducted face to face so even if you have opted for a computer-based IELTS test, you will have to give it the regular way. Speaking test is recorded on a recording device by the examiner.

The pattern of speaking test for academic and general training is the same.

The speaking test has three parts. First part is introduction and ID check. Examiner asks about general things such as your family, city, work, education interests etc. The examiner asks a few questions related to this. The aim is to hold a day to day common conversation.

In task two the examiner gives a topic to talk about. A minute is given to think and note down points about the topic. The topic given to you cannot be changed. After a minute time, you would have to speak on the topic for 1.5 to 2 mins. It is better to at least speak for 1.5 minutes otherwise it would be too short. The examiner will stop you once 2 minutes are over. It is better to keep talking as long as you can because the examiner will not interrupt unless time is over. A few questions related to the topic will also be asked.

Third task is more of a discussion and further questions are asked about the topic and in general. It is advised to answer these questions long since the ability of discussion is noted.

The candidate is judged on fluency, pronunciation, flow, grammar, accuracy, vocabulary, communication, coherence of ideas and analysis.

Remember to:

  • Check the date of test and set a reminder because it is usually held after or before a gap with other tests.
  • Bring your ID document (CNIC or passport) whichever you have given in the IELTS form.
  • Do not use an accent. Speak naturally. You need to be understood and if the examiner is not able to understand you, you will loose marks.
  • Be yourself and talk as naturally as possible.
  • Keep talking. The more you talk better it is unless the examiner stops. If the examiner stops it means it is sufficient and wants to move onto the next question.
  • Seek help from the examiner. You can always ask to repeat the question.
  • Do not carry any stationary only the ID document. Any required stationary will be provided by the examiner.