IELTS 1 : Speaking

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The Speaking Test 

Time:​ 11-14 minutes   

Format:​ Interview   

Note: ​These questions are designed to help you simulate the IELTS speaking exam.  Unfortunately, it’s impossible to recreate the IELTS interview fully on this practice test.  However, there is a lot you can do to prepare for this section of the exam!  Here are  some ideas to help you get the most out of the questions in this section:    

BEST OPTION:​ If possible, find a native English speaker (or someone more fluent in  English than you) to act as your interviewer and read the questions to you.
He or she can  give you useful feedback about your pronunciation and grammar, and help you think  about ways to improve your responses.      

GOOD OPTION: ​Ask a friend or family member to read the questions to you. Even if this  person’s English skills are not strong, it is best to answer questions provided to you  verbally, rather than reading them on a page. Make sure to record your answers so you  can analyze what you said and think of ways to improve.    


 ​If nobody is around to help you, just read the  questions and answer them yourself. Again, record your answers to get the most out of  the experience.    

Content: ​This test contains three sections.   

Part 1 Introduction and Interview 

  • This section is 4-5 minutes. 
  • You must introduce yourself and confirm your identity.  
  • You will answer general questions on basic topics from daily life such as school,  work, family, holidays, etc.  

Part 2 Individual Long Turn 

  • This section is 3-4 minutes, including 1 minute preparation time. 
  • You will receive a question card with a topic and some bullet points to discuss in  your talk. 
  • You will have one minute to prepare and record notes if you wish.  
  • You should talk for 1-2 minutes.   
  • The examiner will ask some follow-up questions after you finish your talk.    

Part 3 Two-Way Discussion 

  • This section is 4-5 minutes. 
  • You must respond the examiner’s questions, which will be related to the topic in  Task 2.  
  • The topics and questions will be more abstract.  
  • The following practice materials give you an example of the kinds of questions  you might encounter on the Speaking exam.  

Part 1 

Let’s talk about travel....   

  • Where is an interesting place you’ve travelled?    
  • Do you like to fly on airplanes?
  • Why or why not?    
  • Do you prefer more active vacations, or do you prefer to relax and do very little?    
  • What place would you really like to visit?    
  • What do you like to do when you visit a new city?  
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Task 2

Candidate task card:    

Describe something important you learned from a teacher.   

You should say:                

the grade in which you took the teacher’s class                

 the subject of the class               

 the important thing you learned       ​

and explain why this lesson was meaningful to you.   

You will have to talk about the topic for 1 to 2 minutes. 

You have 1 minute to think about what you are going to say.  

You can make some notes to help you if you wish.  


Rounding off questions:    

Do you use what you learned from this teacher in your life today?  

Did you ever tell this teacher about your appreciation?  

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Part 3

Let’s consider teaching and learning more deeply…   

What qualities make an excellent teacher?    

By contrast, what are some mistakes teachers make that make them less  effective?    

Would you enjoy being a teacher?   Why or why not?      


Finally, let’s consider the current climate of education…   

 Do you think kids face too much or too little pressure related to school these  days?  

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