Timing: 11-14 minutes

The Speaking test is a 3-part face-to-face oral interview with an examiner. The test is recorded.

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Test Parts: There are 3 parts

Part 1 Introduction and Interview (4 – 5 minutes)

The examiner introduces him and asks the candidate to introduce him/herself and confirm his/her identity. The examiner asks the candidate general questions on familiar topics e.g. home, family, work, studies and interests.

Part 2 Individual long run (3 – 4 minutes)

The examiner gives the candidate a task card which asks the candidate to talk about a particular topic that includes points, the candidate can cover in their talk. The candidate is given 1 minute to prepare their talk, and is given a pencil and paper to make notes. The candidate talks for 1-2 minutes on the topic. The examiner then asks the candidate one or two questions on the same topic.

Part 3 Two-way discussion (4 – 5 minutes)

The examiner asks further questions which are connected to the topic of part 2. These questions give the candidate an opportunity to discuss more abstract issues and ideas.

Marking: Candidates are assessed on their performance throughout the test by certificated IELTS examiners according to the four criteria of the IELTS Speaking Test band descriptors (fluency and coherence, lexical resource, grammatical range and accuracy, pronunciation). Scores are reported in whole and half bands.