Speaking Test @ IELTS

Held separately from the Listening, Reading and Writing Tests, the IELTS Speaking Test is held for 12 to 15 mins on an average and comprises of 3 parts:

  1. Speaking Test 1: It consists of a general interview on familiar topics. This part lasts usually for 4-5 mins and revolves around topics that are familiar to the test taker. The range may cover home,work, education, hobbies, leisure, recreation, etc.
  2. Speaking Test 2: Part 2 on IELTS Speaking comprises of making the test takers give answers to the questions written on the Cue Cards which they have to select themselves at random from a bunch of similar cards. 1 minute’s time is given to prepare the answer and the candidate has to speak on the topic for 1 to 2 minutes’ time. The range of questions asked here varies from experiences, habits, likes, people, places, plans, etc.
  3. Speaking Test 3: The rest of the time is employed to ask questions on what the candidate has spoken as an answer to the Cue Card question. This part thus can be said to aim at looking for an advanced discussion, description, analysis, prediction, evaluation, opinion, cause and effect, possibilities, etc. Needless to say, the questions are easy to answer but are meant to identify the clarity the candidate has about what he/ she speaks/ stands for.

One has to remember that there are NO right or wrong answers to the questions asked till as long as the test taker is giving a relevant answer. The candidates are marked on the basis of their pronunciation, vocabulary, sentence structure and fluency & coherence.

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