The Speaking Module is the final part of the exam. It does not need to be taken on the same day as the other Modules. It takes the form of three-part oral interview, which takes between 11 and 14 minutes.
IELTS SPEAKING PART 1
Introduction and interview (4-5 minutes)
In the first part, the examiner will ask you a number of general questions. Be prepared to introduce yourself and talk about things which are personal to you, for example, your country and home town, your family, your studies or work, what you like doing in your free time and what you might do in the future.
IELTS SPEAKING PART 2
Individual long turn (3-4 minutes)
In this part, the examiner will give you a card that asks you to talk about a person, place, event or object. You will have 1 minute to prepare to speak, and then you will talk for 1-2 minutes, during which the examiner will not speak. The examiner will then ask one or two rounding-off questions.
IELTS SPEAKING PART 3
Two-way discussion (4-5 minutes)
In the last part, you will talk with the examiner about issues related to the topic on the card. However, the discussion will be on less personal topics. For example, in Part 2 you may talk about a teacher you had at school, but in Part 3 you might talk about education in your country.
Performance is assessed on the following criteria:
Fluency and Coherence: Do you express ideas and opinions clearly and coherently, without long hesitations?
Grammatical Range and Accuracy: Do you use a wide range of structures and make only a few minor mistakes?
Pronunciation: Are you easy to understand? Do you use English pronunciation features naturally?
The overall result is translated into a score on the IELTS nine-band score.
What can I do to improve my performance at the Speaking test?