In the Speaking test, you have a discussion with a certified Examiner. It is interactive and as close to a real-life situation as a test can get.
The test is 11 to 14 minutes long with three parts. In Part 1, you answer questions about yourself and your family. In Part 2, you speak about a topic. In Part 3, you have a longer discussion on the topic.
There are three parts to the test and each part fulfils a specific function in terms of interaction pattern, task input and candidate output.
The Speaking test is the same for both Academic and General Training tests.
Computer – delivered IELTS Speaking test
The IELTS Speaking test remains the same as always – face-to-face, in a quiet room, with a real, human examiner. We believe a face-to-face Speaking test is the most effective way of assessing your speaking skills and prompts a more lifelike performance.
Why one-on-one IELTS Speaking test is better
- Private Speaking test rooms, free from noise and distraction
- We can repeat and rephrase a question for you
- We can match your pace and level of English
- We won’t ‘time out’ on you
- We hear your accent
- We understand your strengths better than a computer
|Downloadable Speaking Sample tasks|
|Speaking Sample Task Part 1 – Prompt (PDF, 21KB)|
|Speaking Sample Task Part 1 – Recording (MP3, 631KB)|
|Speaking Sample Task Part 1 – Transcript (PDF, 12KB)|
|Speaking Sample Task Part 2 – Prompt (PDF, 20KB)|
|Speaking Sample Task Part 2 – Recording (MP3, 762KB)|
|Speaking Sample Task Part 2 – Transcript (PDF,11KB)|
|Speaking Sample Task Part 3- Prompt (PDF, 18KB)|
|Speaking Sample Task Part 3 – Recording (MP3, 1.2MB)|
|Speaking Sample Task Part 3 – Transcript (PDF, 13KB)|