IELTS Speaking Test
1   Test Overview
IELTS Speaking is a common module for both Academic and General Versions. The test is live, oral interview of about 11-14 minutes with an examiner. Although the IELTS speaking test is one-to-one interview, it follows a strict pattern. The examiners are responsible to guide and control the interview under the test questions.

This video demonstrates a full IELTS speaking test. The candidate should be rated as band 8-9. It's a good example to show how the test to go.



Because IELTS speaking test's structure, style, question types, and even test samples are published to all test takers, study and understand them is definitely a shortcut to improve finial speaking score. You aren't to prepare common English talking, you do for IELTS speaking test.

IELTS speaking test consists of 3 parts. The first 2 parts should follow a question list that is picked up randomly for each test taker and examiners ask questions by the list exactly. The third part's questions may or may not be prompted to you. It relies on your actual speaking skill in preceding questions. If you are trying to shoot a good mark, never waste questions of third part.

IELTS speaking test is recorded for security purpose. The recording doesn't matter with your score, so don't be nervous or care about it, concentrate on thinking and speaking.

2   Assessment Criteria
To prepare IELTS speaking module, you had better to understand the assessment criteria of IELTS speaking test. Only if you understand the criteria very clearly, your time and your effort can reward the top efficiency.

IELTS speaking test consists of 3 parts.

Part 1: Introduction and interview:Candidate talks personal information, like at first meeting.

  • 4-5 minutes
  • Questions based on script, driven by examiner
  • General topics, like home, family, or hobby

Part 2: Individual long turn: Candidate delivers monologue of 1-2 minutes on given subject.

  • 3-4 minutes
  • Based on topic card, one minute to prepare notes
  • monologue of 1-2 minutes

Part 3: Discussion: Candidate has chance to answer more advanced questions.

  • 4-5 minutes
  • Questions' topic usually expanded from Part 2
  • The maximum question number is 7, the real number depends on your proficiency level
The key points you exercise are fluency, coherence, and pronunciation. Please focus on these details:
  1. Express ideas clearly and coherently without hesitation
  2. Vocabulary size and ability to use of it in right way
  3. Grammar knowledge, range and accuracy
  4. Easy to understand with right grammar, no matter with accent
  5. Use features of pronunciation naturally, like intonation and stress
Details of assessment criteria can be found at IELTS Official Web Site.

In speaking test, candidates should show vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation in right way, and avoid any mistakes as possible.

Speaking score is a reflection of skill and performance. For those who want to up speaking score in tight time frame, familiarize recent questions and accumulate relevant vocabularies in advance will increase the chance to get a better band.

In following sections we will present related resources to help candidates study IELTS speaking test.

3   Hot Questions
In fact IELTS speaking test's topics or questions aren't absolutely random. This test is done by one-on-one interviewing and examiners usually update their question script list every 3-4 months, so candidates sometimes meet with topics and questions that appeared in recent tests, especially in same country or area.

Therefore, recent questions are deserved to study and practice with high priority if your IELTS speaking test is booked to this or next month. We collect and formalize some hot topics from test takers' memory. They aren't real exam questions but very close.

Never miss these valuable resources that include 20 recent questions per each and are updated weekly.Want to konw the latest IELTS speaking questions? The samples are as below.

Latest Part 1 Question Sample    More recent questions

  2018-07-18: Part 1 (India)

Topic: RAIN - This part of the test begins with the examiner introducing himself or herself andchecking the candidate’s identification. It then continues as an interview.
  1. Do you like it when it rains?
  2. How often does it rain at your place?
  3. Do you like going out in rain?
  4. Have you ever had to stop a task because of rain?
  5. Do you think the rain has an effect on a person’s behavior and mood?
Recent Tests:
  • 2018-07-04 (Kazakhstan)
  • 2018-06-21 (Nigeria)
  • 2018-04-26 (Saudi Arabia)
  • 2018-03-20 (India)
  • 2018-02-10 (Ukraine)


Latest Part 2 and Part 3 Question Sample    More recent questions

  2018-07-18: Part 2 (India)

Topic: LOST - Candidate Task Card
You will have to talk about the topic for 1 to 2 minutes.
You have one minute to think about what you're going to say.
You can make some notes to help you if you wish.
Describe an occasion when you lost something important.
  • What you lost
  • How you lost it
  • Where you lost it.



  2018-07-18: Part 3 (India)

Topic: LOST - Two-way Questions
  1. How often do people lost their things?
  2. Why do people lost their things?
  3. Do you think old good students are well mannered?
  4. Do computers and mobile phone help one to be organised?


4   Topics and Samples
It helps very much to familiarize topics in IELTS speaking test. Some common topics are collected here. In actual speaking test scenario, Part 1 usually has 2 - 3 topics in a small talk style. Part 2 and Part 3 share same topic in general to bring discussion further as possible.

We present topics for Part 1 and Part 2/3 respectively. Click a topic, you may see one sample question sheet, whose contents are from memories of recent test takers. These samples are huge asset to understand real IELTS speaking test.

At this page a topic only links to latest sample questions. For those who want to study deeper, please go to   IELTS speaking questions , and use filter to locate your interested questions.

Topics of Part 1
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Topics of Part 2
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