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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 shoes....   

1. How frequently do you buy shoes?
2. Where do you usually buy shoes?
3. What is your favourite type of shoes?
4. Why do some people have too many shoes?
5. Have you ever bought shoes online?

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Part 2

Candidate task card:  

                              Describe a difficult thing you did

You should say:
• What was it?
• How did you complete it?
• Why was it difficult?
• And how did you feel about doing it?

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Part 3

  1. What kinds of jobs require people to be confident?
  2. On what occasions should children be encouraged? How?
  3. How do you help children stay focused?
  4. What challenges do young people face today?
  5. What are the most difficult things for youngsters to do?

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