The Speaking Section in IELTS

What is the Importance of IELTS Speaking Test

The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is a generalized test that screens test takers for competencies in the English language. The test is divided into four main parts: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Each of these parts of the test is timed and a test taker is expected to complete the tasks under each part of the test as directed by the question. There are two types of tests: Academic and General Training test. A test taker is supposed to pick one of the two depending upon the situation for which he is taking the test. More information about the two types of tests is available at http://www.ielts.org/test_takers_information/what_is_ielts/academic_or_general_training.aspx. Understanding the skills tested through Speaking IELTS will help you understand its importance on the test. This section portion lasts for a total of 11 to 14 minutes. The aim of the portion of speaking test is to screen a student's ability to verbally communicate with an English-speaking person. You should ensure that you polish your diction as well as your grammar for the questions that appear on the speaking test. More information about this test is available at http://www.ielts.org/test_takers_information/test_sample/speaking_sample.aspx. The test format and contents are common to both the Academic as well as the General Training speaking test.





  • What You Should Expect From This Part of the Test
  • This test portion screens a test taker's ability to converse in the English with minimal flaws. If a test taker is good at the English language and has a good command over diction he will be able to achieve a high score on the speaking test. The test lasts for 11 to 14 minutes and is as good as a real life conversation. You will be judged by an expert examiner who will ask you questions for the test. The test is divided into three parts and you will have to answer the questions asked to you accordingly.

  • The Different Parts of the Speaking Test
  • The speaking test is divided into three parts. In the first part of the test you will answer questions about yourself and your family. This means that you may be asked general personal information. The second part will require the test taker to speak about a particular topic. You will be given a particular topic about which you will have to speak for a few minutes using well-framed English sentences that are free of grammatical errors. The third part of the test involves a continued discussion on the topic you spoke about in the second part of the test. This means that the examiner will continue to talk to you pertaining to the topic provided to check your sentence construction abilities and though process in the English language. You should ensure that you listen to the questions that are asked to you as well as answer them in acceptable English Standards. Detailed information about the test is available at http://www.ielts.org/test_takers_information/test_sample/speaking_sample.aspx. Samples for practicing for this test are provided on the website as well.

  • General Information
  • The speaking test portion is an integral contributing factor to your overall score. You should ensure thorough preparedness not only for the speaking part but for all the parts of the test. Sample preparation material is available on the official website as well. You can alternatively sign up for dedicated coaching classes for the speaking test. A local online search will give you results for tutors that are available on your locality. Reading through the FAQ's on the official website will clear most general doubts you may have about the test.