IELTS Speaking Test Summary  

(with a few hints and suggestions)


The Introduction (= I.D. check)

4 questions (25 to 30 seconds)




Part 1 (4 to 5 minutes)

Topic 1 – about 4 questions

Topic 2 – about 4 questions

Topic 3 – about 4 questions





Part 2 (3 to 4 minutes)

1 minute of thinking time

Topic 4 – 1 to 2 minute monologue

(Possibly) 1 or 2 wrap-up questions






Part 3 (4 to 5 minutes)

Topic 5 – about 4 or 5 questions

Topic 6 – about 4 or 5 questions





The actual speaking test starts when the examiner turns on the tape recorder.


    The Introduction (the I.D. Check)

   The Standard Introduction Questions
  1. Good morning/afternoon. My name is _____ . Can you tell me your full name, please? (= Could you tell me your full name, please? = Please tell me your name.)
  1. What shall I call you? (= What can I call you? = What should I call you?)
  1. Can you tell me where you’re from? (= Could you tell me where you’re from? = Where are you from?)
  1. Can I see your identification, please? (= Could I see your identification, please? = May I see your identification, please?)

Note that every candidate is asked the same questions, exactly or almost exactly as written here.

A more detailed explanation of how to speak in the Introduction phase of the test can be found on this page.


    Part 1


    Part 2

  1. Read the card,

  1. decide what example you’re going to talk about, (each card asks for an example) and

  1. think about (i.e., plan) your answer and jot down some points on the notepaper that is given to you. Hint: Concentrate on ideas and vocabulary rather than on forming sentences in your 1 minute of thinking time.  

A Typical Part 2 Question

(In the following example, note that “them” means, “him or her”.)

Describe a teacher who has greatly influenced you in your education.

           You should say:

                 where you met them

                         what subject they taught

                         what was special about them

           and explain why this person influenced you so much.  


    Part 3