IELTS - Speaking

As is obvious from the name, the speaking capabilities of a candidate are tested in this part of IELTS through a candidate's ability to hold a conversation in English. Examiners check whether the candidate is able to express himself while using spoken English, how well he conveys information and whether he is able to put forth his opinions or not.

IELTS Speaking Test Structure

  • The Speaking part of the test is common for both the test formats and is in the form of a recorded oral interview.
  • This session consists of three parts which are introduction, individual presentation and two-way discussion.

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Testing & Scoring Scheme

  • The Speaking test is conducted in the form of a personal interview. Each interview lasts anywhere between 11-14 minutes.
  • While the Reading, Writing and Listening sections of the test are all conducted on the same day, the Speaking test is conducted within seven days of that - never on the same day.
  • Scores are assigned on a band scale of 1 to 9 and the interview is always recorded for the purpose of cross-checking.