What to expect at IELTS Speaking Test
Part 1: Introduction and Interview on Familiar Topics
Start of an IELTS Speaking Test
– Good morning/afternoon. My name is _____________. Can you tell me your full name please?
– Thank you.
– Can I see your identification, please?
– Thank you, that’s fine
– Now I’d like to ask you some questions about yourself.
In the Part 1 of the IELTS Speaking Test, the examiner will ask questions to get information mostly on yourself.
Let’s talk about what you do. Do you work or are you a student?
- What’s your job? Why did you choose that kind of work?
- How long have you been doing it?
- Are there things your don’t like about it? What are they?
- What subjects are you studying?
- Why did you choose those subjects? How long have you been studying them?
- Do you enjoy them? Why?
The examiner will now choose two of the following boxes. These are examples:
Part 2: Individual Long Turn
In this part of the Speaking Test, you will answer the question from the cue card. The question will focus on “Discribe a person/thing/situation…” You will have a pen and paper to make note what you want to answer. The examiner will inform you the same.
Now I’m going to give you a topic and I’d like you to talk about it for one or two minutes. Before you talk, you will have one minute to think about what you will say. You can make some notes.
Here is a paper and pencil for you to make some notes if you wish, and here is your topic.
Describe a teacher who has influenced you. Say where you met them, what subjects they taught, why they were special and how they influenced you.
Sample Topics for Speaking Test Part 2
- Describe a teacher who has influenced you. Say where you met them, what subjects they taught, why they were special and how they influenced you.
- Describe a family member who has influenced you. Say how long you have known them them, why they were special, how they differ from the other family members, and how they influenced you.
- Describe a story, book, or movie that had a big impact on you. Describe what it was about, what effect it had and why it was so powerful.
- Describe a place you visited that had a big impact on you. Say when you went and how long you stayed. Describe the impact the place had on you and why.
- Describe an event in your life that had a big impact on you. Say when it happened and what the circumstances were. Describe how it affected you and why.
- Describe a friend in your life that had a big impact on you. Say how long you have known him or her and how he or she affected you.
- Describe a person you would most like to meet. Describe this person and state why you would most like to meet him or her. What effect would the meeting have on you? What would you say.
- Describe a time in your life that was difficult. What was the problem? What were some of the things that helped you to overcome this problem? What did you learn from this experience, and what advice would you give others.
- Describe a time in your life when you helped someone else with a problem. What was the problem? How did you help the other person? What did you learn from this experience, and what advice would you give others? Would you help in the same way?
Remember that you have only 1 minute to prepare your answer. You should quickly brainstorm and take note of the keywords, keep track on the keywords for your answer.
Part 3: Two-Way Discussion
We’ve been talking about a teacher who influenced you and I’d like to discuss with you one or two more general questions related to this.
Development in Education
- Describe developments in education in your country
- Compare the experience of your parents
- What changes are coming?
- What are your countries aims for education
- What is the importance of extra-curricular activities
Styles of Teaching
- Describe different styles of teaching
- What is your preferred method of learning?
- Should learners be grouped by ability?
Other examples of Part 3 questions
|Part 2||Part 3|
|Describe a parent||What is the role of parents in today’s society|
|Describe a friend||Is friendship the same in every country?|
|Describe a place||Should we spend money on national parks?|
|Describe a book||Are writers respected in your country?|
|Describe a movie||Is censorship of movies a good idea?|
|Describe a problem||Is modern life becoming easier or more complicated|
|Describe a happy event||How can we increase the role of the family?|
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