The IELTS Speaking Test consists of 3 Sections:
Part 1: The Interview
In this section, you will be asked about familiar, personal topics such as your work, studies, your home and hometown, your hobbies and interests. This is quite short which usually lasts 3-5 minutes. You will be required to answer in a short, straightforward manner. Check some TIPS and ADVISE on HOW TO ANSWER PART 1 INTERVIEW QUESTIONS FOR IELTS in our IELTS SPEAKING TIPS page.
2. Part 2: The Cue Card
In this section, you will be required to speak in length. This is what they call “long turn.” Here, you will be given a task card where your speaking topic is written. You will be asked to talk about specific topics and what information is required in your talk. You will be given 1 minute to prepare so make the most out of this time to take notes (you will be given a pen/pencil and a paper to jot down notes). Then you will be talking for 2 minutes. After this time, you examiner will ask you 1 or 2 follow up questions based on our talk.
3. Part 3: The Discussion
In this section, you will be asked to discuss some questions related to the topic you talked about in Part 2. Here, you will be given more time to explain your thoughts and ideas about the examiner’s questions. This is your opportunity to show off your vocabulary and organizational skills. Check out our TIPS on HOW TO ANSWER PART 3 SPEAKING TEST QUESTIONS for IELTS on our IELTS SPEAKING TIPS page.