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IELTS: Speaking 1: Speaking module overview

Type: Teaching notes

This section aims to give students an overview of what they will encounter in the speaking exam.

General points

  • An interview takes place between one examiner and one candidate for between 11 and 14 minutes.
  • The candidate’s speaking is assessed on fluency and coherence, lexical resource, grammatical range and accuracy, and pronunciation.
  • A band mark is awarded between 1 and 9 with 9 being the highest.

Speaking test format

Part 1Examiner and candidate introduce themselves, candidate answers general questions on familiar topics e.g. family, job, studies, free-time etc.about 4 to 5 minutes
Part 2Candidate asked to speak on a given topic (information is written on a task card) for 1-2 minutes. One minute of preparation in which the candidate can make notes is allowed.4 minutes
Part 3Discussion on more abstract issue related to the chosen topic in part 2 of the test.about 4 to 5 minutes

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  • useful.

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  • Hello thanks for sharing. I am currently enrolled at an IELTS review center and based on my diagnostic exam, I am very poor at the speaking part. I hope I will be able to improve myself. I am really having jitters when talking in English. I hope this will help me a lot. This article is good resource too

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  • Thank you for drawing our attention to this! The article has been amended.

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  • Half marks are awarded on the speaking test. One of my students has just been awarded 5.5.

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