IELTS Speaking Module

IELTS Speaking Task 01:

Part one of the IELTS test is a general introduction section, where candidates are questioned about their personal lives by the examiner. Since, IELTS holds a one-on-one interaction session between the candidate and an examiner in a private space, the examiner tends to find out personal information about the candidate.In the Speaking test, you will have a discussion with a certified examiner. It will be interactive and as close to a real-life situation as a test can get. In telling something about yourself, you must cover a little bit of every aspect of your life, be it personal or professional, or even academic. If you are asked particularly about a specific topic then you must remember to speak explicitly on it. Give major details related to that topic and give a well-rounded and crisp answer.

The Speaking test is 11-14 minutes long and is in three parts.

Part 1 You will answer questions about yourself and your family.
Part 2 You will speak about a topic.
Part 3 You will have a longer discussion about the topic introduced in Part 2.

The Speaking test is the same for both IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training tests.

How to practise

This practice material is designed for two people working together. Find a study partner to help you practise. This might be a teacher or a friend. Take the three parts of this practice test one after another without a break to make your practice as realistic as possible. Remember, you need to speak fluently, clearly and accurately. It is important to say as much as you can and to be spontaneous. Prepare answers in advance. Record yourself if you can so that you can go back and check your performance.

Review your Speaking test

Listen to your recordings and discuss your test with your study partner. Think about how you spoke. Were you fluent? Did your speech sound natural? Were you able to express yourself clearly?
Use the audio recordings and transcripts in each section to gain an insight into the test format. Note that these are not model answers, so do not try to imitate them.
There are no ‘answers’. You and your study partner will need to assess how well you do.
In part 1 of the Speaking test the examiner will introduce him or herself and ask general questions on familiar topics.
The examiner will ask you to confirm your identity.
He or she will then ask general questions on familiar topics such as home, family, work, studies and interests. Part 1 of the test will last 4-5 minutes.

How to practise

You will need a study partner to practise the Speaking test.

Ask your study partner to interview you using the questions below. Record yourself if you can.

Speaking test part 1: questions

Let’s talk about your home town or village:

  • what kind of place is it?
  • what’s the most interesting part of your town/village?
  • what kind of jobs do the people in your town/village do?
  • would you say it’s a good place to live? (why?)

Let’s move on to talk about accommodation:

  • tell me about the kind of accommodation you live in?
  • how long have you lived there?
  • what do you like about living there?
  • what sort of accommodation would you most like to live in?

Listen to the audio:

Left click on the link to listen now (the audio player will open in a new tab) or right click and select ‘Save Link As’ to download the file to your computer and listen later.

Speaking test audio part 1

When you have completed all three parts of the practice Speaking test, listen to your recording of your own practice test to see how well you did.

You can also listen to the recordings and read the audio transcripts for each part of the test. These are designed to give you an understanding of the format of the test. They do not represent model answers so do not memorise them.

The audio and transcript for part 1 covers the first half of this part of the test.

IELTS Speaking practice: full samples and topics

To prepare well for IELTS Speaking test you should familiarize yourself with various IELTS Speaking topics and questions types that you may encounter on the test day.

IELTS speaking test contains 3 parts, each lasting about 4 minutes. You should answer the questions spontaneously and it’s a good idea to read a lot of different full IELTS Speaking samples to get ready for the test.

On this page you can find a variety of IELTS Speaking topics that you can face on the test day. Each speaking topic contains an IELTS Speaking Sample with questions from part 1, part 2 and part 3 of the speaking test + their model answers. Important vocabulary and linking words are highlighted for each speaking sample.

Full IELTS Speaking test samples by topics:

Some of the common topics and question that you can expect to encounter in your speaking test part 1 are given below for your preparation for the test. Answers to these questions vary from candidate to candidate and you are advised to think about possible answers to all these questions.
Hometown/ Living place
Home/ Accommodation
Daily routine
Daily activities
Food/ Cooking
Going Out
Leisure time
Neighbours & Neighbourhood