IELTS speaking test pattern

IELTS Speaking

IELTS speaking test pattern

If you are reading this article, that means that you are preparing for your IELTS exam. I’ve been actively associated with a Facebook group for quite some time and found out that majority of them have problems with Speaking and Writing modules.
So, I wanted to dedicate some time today and give you a brief lesson which will help you to understand the Speaking section of the IELTS exam.
Firstly, I would like to say that it is not at all a difficult task. All it takes is a calm mind, concentration and big smile on your face.
Confidence does matter. So don’t lose your charm while you are facing the examiner.
Let me explain the entire IELTS speaking exam pattern so that you will have an idea.

Part 1:

  1. This is going to be an introductory session with the examiner.
  2. The questions will be very basic and all they want to know more about you. This will last for about 3-4 minutes.
  3. A total of 3-4 questions will be asked.
  4. If the examiner stops you in between and asks you a different question, do not panic. It is completely normal.


Part 2:

This is an extremely important section of your IELTS speaking exam.
  1. You will be given a topic (i.e. Cue card) where you will get 1 minute to prepare yourself. If you wish to make some notes you can do so.
  2. Based on the topic the examiner will ask you to speak for about 2 minutes. The examiner will keep a track of the time and he/she will let you know when you have crossed the time limit.
  3. It is extremely important that you talk for the designated time.
  4. Make the best use of these 2 minutes and cover all the aspects of the question that you get to see in the Cue card.
  5. This section weighs a lot of importance because the next section will be based on the core topic


Part 3:

This is a followup discussion section of your IELTS speaking exam.
  1.  The examiner will ask you questions and seek your opinions on the topic.
  2.  Also, they ask you to justify your statements
  3.  This is more sort of a discussion session so be prepared for question and answer type conversation.
  4. It will last about 3-4 minutes.
This part of the exam is to test your speaking skills so your answers are not judged based on your opinions, so feel free to express yourself. It is better to maintain a positive vide during the discussion.
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