IELTS Speaking Format

IELTS Speaking Format – The things you should know


Many students are concerned about the IELTS Speaking test. Trust me, you can score your desired band if you know correctly about the IELTS Speaking format and what you should do and should avoid doing on the test.

In this article, we will discuss:

  • The format of IELTS Speaking
  • Things What you should do.
  • What you should avoid doing.
  • What the examiner is looking for.


IELTS Speaking Format

The IELTS  speaking test will happen 7 days before or after the main exam or maybe on the same day with the other 3 Modules (Writing, Reading, and Listening). The test will be recorded for evaluating further. 

The content of the IELTS  speaking test is the same for both the Academic IELTS as well as the General IELTS Training test. The speaking test takes about 11/14 minutes to complete the three parts.


IELTS Speaking Part 1

Time: 4-5 minutes

In this part, the examiner will firstly give his introduction, and later on, he will ask about you and your life. These are the basic simple questions to make you comfortable for conversation. You can say it is the warm-up section.  

The question will be like:

  • What’s your name?
  • Where are you from?
  • What do you do?
  • Can you tell me something about yourself?
  • Tell me something about your family/ hometown/village?
  • What do you do in your leisure time?
  • What do you like or dislike?

These sorts of questions are basically asked in the first part, so don’t panic, stay relaxed, and try to give the correct answers.


IELTS Speaking Part 2

Time: 3-4 minutes

This is the most important part of the IELTS Speaking test. You can’t mess up in this section if you want to score well in the test. 

In this part, the examiner will give you a cue card along with paper and pencil. There will be certain topics with also some questions in the cue card.

 “What you will have to do”  You will get one minute to make some notes. After that, should speak about 1.30 to 2 minutes on this topic. 


The cue card topic will be like this:

Describe a terrible cyclone you witnessed.

  • When it took place?
  • What areas are affected by this cyclone?
  • What was the aftermath of the cyclone?
  • And explain how you felt when you faced the cyclone.


Here, you should answer all the questions in your speech in an organized way. You will be penalized if you miss any questions.   

You can start your practice with 100+ Cue Cart  topics.

IELTS Speaking Part 3

Time: 4-5 minutes

In this part, the examiner will ask you more detailed and more abstract questions related to the topic in part 2. 

In these questions, sometimes the examiner will ask for your opinion, and you should present your opinion with supporting examples. 

The question will be like:

  • Does your country fall a victim to cyclones very often?
  • What damages do the cyclones do to your country?
  • What precautionary measures should people take against cyclones?
  • At what time of the year do the cyclones usually strike?

IELTS Speaking -Things You Should Do


 1) Be confident and keep yourself relaxed: 

I have seen many students who have the potential to speak correctly but in the test center they got nervous as a result they mess up everything. So be confident and keep yourself relaxed, only then you can perform best.

2) Speak more than the Examiner

When the examiner asks you any question, don’t just answer using YES or NO. Try to explain your answer or giving some kind of example is a good idea.

3) Organize your speech

To achieve a good band score, you should deliver your speech in an organized way. Try to use linking words in your speech so that you can speak in a flow.

4) Keep eye contact with the examiner

While speaking with the examiner, keeping eye contact is really important for achieving a high band score. Try to speak normally and with maintaining normal eye contact.


IELTS Speaking -Things You Should Avoid


1)  Memorizing answers

If the examiner finds out you memorized any answer, immediately he will change the question, and you may get a penalty for that. Some students speak a little bit faster. The Examiner will doubt if you speak faster than usual.

2) Don’t speak off-topic

If the examiner asks you about your village and you started to describe your city. Not going to be good for your exam. Sometimes students go off-topic while expending their answers or giving examples. So try to avoid these things.

3) Repeating Questions

You should avoid repeating questions while answering. For example, the question is “What is the population of your village? “. Don’t start your answer using “the population of my village is…”, you can paraphrase the question or you can say ”there are 2000 people lives in my village

4) Pronunciation Mistakes

The Examiner doesn’t care which accent you are using “British” or “American”. But you should focus on your pronunciation. You can lose your grade if you make any pronunciation mistakes. The best practice is that, don’t use any words in the speaking test that you didn’t use before.


IELTS Speaking – What the Examiner looks for


1)  Do you have the skill to communicate using English?

IELTS Speaking test is formatted to evaluate your speaking skills, not your knowledge. The examiner will follow if you are able to communicate using English. Can you express your opinion or are you able to give any statement to support your opinion? Mumbling too much can decrease your band score.

2)  Can you speak on a certain topic?

In the IELTS Speaking part 2, you will be given a certain topic to speak for about 2 minutes. With this part, the examiner able to understand your ability to speak fluently on a given topic. Remember, fluency is a crucial thing for the speaking test, and if you want a higher band score, you shouldn’t mess up in part 2.

3) Do you make grammatical mistakes?

The examiner also checks if you are making and grammatical mistakes or not. Using a wide range of grammatical structure can boost your band score. But, you should use these correctly, otherwise, it can decrease your band score also.

4) Is your pronunciation correct?

The Examiner doesn’t care which accent you are using “British” or “American”. But you should focus on your pronunciation. You can lose your grade if you make any pronunciation mistakes.



Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *