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IELTS Speaking: Free Lessons & Essential Tips

IELTS speaking tips, information, advice, model answers and topics to help you prepare successfully for your IELTS speaking test. This page contains everything you need to know and the essential skills for a high score in IELTS speaking.

IELTS Speaking Test Information

Below is information about the speaking test. There is only one speaking test. That means Academic and GT candidates take the same speaking test with the same scoring.

  1. The speaking test is face to face with an examiner in a room.
  2. It is recorded so that you can ask for a remark if you wish later.
  3. This is an informal speaking test.
  4. The examiner who asks the questions will decide your results at the end of the test.
  5. The test lasts between 11 and 14 mins (not more and not less).
  6. The examiner controls the time and length of your answers.
  7. The test comprises of:
    • ID check and Greeting
    • Part 1 = questions & answers 4 to 5 mins
    • Part 2 = a talk for 1-2 mins with rounding off questions for 1 min.
    • Part 3 = discussion 4 to 5 mins
  8. There are four marking criteria:
    1. Fluency & Cohesion (25%)
    2. Vocabulary (25%)
    3. Grammar (25%)
    4. Pronunciation (25%)
    5. You can see more details on this page: IELTS Band Scores
  9. See below for more information about speaking and also more test information, click here: IELTS FAQ
  10. IDP or BC?

IELTS Speaking Topics and Questions

Below are lists of common and recent IELTS speaking topics with questions that frequently appear in the speaking test.

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topics

IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topics

IELTS Speaking Part 3 Topics

Sept – Dec 2018: Speaking Topics for Part 2

May – Aug 2018: Speaking Topics for Part 2

Practice IELTS Speaking Tests

Practice speaking exams to develop your skills and get used to the speaking test format. This is essential practice for all IELTS students.

IELTS Speaking Test (1) & Model Answers

IELTS Speaking Test (2)

Video & Tips for IELTS Speaking

All useful free IELTS speaking video lessons and speaking tips. Learn more about how to get a high score in speaking and how to improve your answers.

  1. Tips: How I got Band Score 9 in IELTS Speaking
  2. Linking Words for IELTS Speaking
  3. Tips: Which part of the speaking test is most important?
  4. Tips: Asking the examiner questions
  5. Tips: How long should my answer be?
  6. Tips: Should I speak fast or slow?
  7. Tips: Using wonna and gonna
  8. Tips for Speaking Part 2 – Will I get a low score for speaking less than 2 mins?
  9. Tips for Speaking Part 2: Difficult Topics
  10. Tips: Going Off Topic
  11. Video: Speaking Part 1: Common Questions
  12. Video: Speaking Part 1: Common Topics
  13. Video: Speaking Part 1: What’s your favourite…?
  14. Video: Speaking Part 1: Dictionaries Topic
  15. Video: Speaking Part 2: How to start your talk
  16. Video: Speaking Part 3: Comparing Urban and Rural Life
  17. Video: Greeting the Examiner & ID Check
  18. Video: How to develop your IELTS speaking at home

IELTS Speaking Lessons & Sample Answers

These lessons are in order of date and new lessons will be added over time. All questions are reported exam topics at time of posting. Lessons usually contain questions, model answers, tips or vocabulary.

Notice: Do not memorise model answers. Model answers are to show you options, skills and techniques. Your answers in your IELTS test should come from you and show your own English language.

  1. Full IELTS Speaking Test 2018
  2. Part 1 New Topic 2018: Plants
  3. Part 1 Topic: Dreams
  4. Speaking Part 1 Topic: Robots
  5. Speaking Part 2: Good Service Topic
  6. Speaking Part 1 : Topic of Shoes
  7. Speaking Part 1: Snacks
  8. Speaking Part 1: Maths
  9. Speaking Part 2: Quiz of Understanding
  10. Speaking Part 2 & 3 Questions & Tips: Beauty
  11. Speaking Part 1: Camping
  12. Speaking Part 3: Environment
  13. Speaking Part 3: Common Mistake
  14. Speaking Part 1 & 3: Musical Instruments
  15. Speaking Part 1: Food – Vegetables
  16. Speaking Part 1: Clothes
  17. Speaking Part 1: Travel & Transport
  18. Speaking Part 1: Travel & Transport Sub Topics
  19. Speaking Part 3: Tourism and the Local Community
  20. Speaking Part 3: Technology
  21. Speaking Part 1: Sky
  22. Speaking Part 1: Happiness
  23. Speaking Part 3: Charities
  24. Speaking Part 1: Sleep
  25. Speaking Part 3: Health
  26. Speaking Part 2: Holidays
  27. Speaking Part 3: Sport
  28. Error Correction: Speaking Part 1
  29. Speaking Part 1: Walking
  30. Speaking Part 3: Art – Paintings
  31. Speaking Part 2: A Place to Learn
  32. Speaking Part 2: A Friend you are Proud of

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