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About IELTS: Speaking Task

Speaking- (Academic and General Training Paper) 

There are 3 parts to the speaking test.

  • Part 1: Where an examiner will ask you basic questions about yourself more like a general introduction. A simple question-answer round.

  • Part 2: A cue card round with a topic written on a piece of paper and corresponding questions related to it.

  • Part 3: Where more similar questions associated with the cue card topic are asked. A broader discussion is followed in this round.

The speaking test extends till 14 minutes or so and not more than that. In total, it takes about 11-14 minutes.

Part 1 and 3 lasts for about 4-5 mins while Part 2 is 3-4 mins. Timings of the test are strictly monitored by the examiner. A certified IELTS examiner will take your speaking test. You’ll interact with that person and on the basis of how well your spoken English is, you’ll receive a band score from 1-9.