IELTS Speaking

IELTS Speaking
4 assessment criteria
fluency & coherence
How well you speak at normal speed
minimal hesitation
linking words
lexical resource
vocabulary range
grammatical range & accuracy
How varied your grammatical range is
Accuracy in grammatical use.
3 parts
Part 1
What‘s involved?
In this part, the examiner introduces him/herself and checks your
identity. Then the examiner asks you general questions on some
familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies or interests.
Part 1 is 4–5 minutes long.
What skills are tested?
This part tests your ability to give opinions and
information on everyday topics and common
experiences or situations by answering a range of
Part 2 – Long turn
What‘s involved?
Part 2 is the individual long turn. The examiner gives you a task card which asks you to talk about a particular topic. The card tells you what points you should include in your talk and instructs you to explain one aspect of the topic. You have one minute to prepare your talk, and the examiner will give you a pencil and paper to make notes. By using the points on the task card and making notes during the preparation time, you should be able to think of appropriate things to say, and have time to structure your talk so that you keep talking for 2 minutes. The examiner will then ask you to begin talking and will stop you when the time is up. They may then ask you one or two questions on the same topic. Part 2 lasts 3–4 minutes, including the preparation time.
What skills are tested?
This part tests your ability to speak at length on a given topic,
using appropriate language and organising your ideas logically.
You will need to think about your own experiences to complete
the long turn.
Part 3 – Discussion
What‘s involved?
In Part 3, you and the examiner discuss issues related to the
topic in Part 2 in a more general and abstract way and,
where appropriate, in greater depth. Part 3 lasts 4–5
What skills are tested?
This part tests your ability to explain your
opinions and to analyse, discuss and speculate
about issues.