How To Pass The IELTS Speaking Exam

I’m frequently asked how to pass the IELTS speaking exam. So I thought it would be helpful to summarise the IELTS speaking exam for candidates. Candidates must learn the key aspects of the exam. In particular they need to understand how the exam will proceed and where they should place their emphasis for maximum marks Security+ exam.]

The exam is approximately 14 minutes in length and there are three parts to the exam. Part 1 is between 4-5 minutes in length and is designed to help candidates settle in to the exam. The examiner begins recording and will ask their name to confirm their name and IELTS number. He or she will also ask the candidate to state their nationality. Then the examiner will ask questions about them. These may include; where they live, their country of origin and the country in which they study. They will ask what the candidate does, whether they work or study.

In Part 2 of the exam, which lasts between 3 and 4 minutes, initially, candidates are given a topic to talk about. They are given the topic question and then one minute to prepare and make notes. Typically for a question candidates have three points to mention and should develop a concluding sentence. In Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking Exam they have a maximum of two minutes to speak. The examiner will then ask questions about one or two topics. This completes Part 1.


The examiner will be listening to see how fluently the candidate expresses themselves. They will listen for use of language and for any hesitations in speech. The examiner also listens for how logically ideas are put together e.g. the candidate’s use of linking and whether what the candidate says is easy to follow. The examiner also assesses the grammatical accuracy of the candidate’s speech and the clarity of the pronunciation. Part 3 of the IELTS Speaking Exam lasts 4-5 minutes and the examiner asks a selection of global topics related to their presentation.



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