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 essential information about the IELTS speaking test.

  1. The speaking test is face to face with an examiner in a room or via video call.
  2. There is only one speaking test for all candidates. Academic & GT candidates take the same speaking test.
  3. It is recorded so that you can ask for a remark later if you wish later.
  4. This is an informal speaking test, which means informal language is normal to use.
  5. The examiner who asks the questions will decide your results at the end of the test.
  6. The test lasts between 11 and 14 mins (not more and not less).
  7. The examiner controls the time and will decide when to move on to the next question.
  8. The test comprises of:
    • ID check and Greeting (not marked, but important to prepare for)
    • Part 1
      • about 3 topics (common everyday topics) with about 12 questions (4 to 5 mins)
    • Part 2 
      • a talk from a cue card = 1 min preparation time, 2 mins speaking time & rounding off questions for 1 min.
    • Part 3
      • discussion based on world issues, the topic is usually based on your part 2 topic (4 to 5 mins)
  9. 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
  10. See below for more information about speaking and also more test information, click here: IELTS FAQ
  11. IDP or BC?

IELTS Speaking Topics and Questions

Below are lists of common speaking topics with questions that frequently appear in the speaking test. Make sure you always prepare for these topics. Being familiar with the type of topics and questions is critical.

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: Be ready for the examiner to interrupt your answer
  6. Tips: How long should my answer be?
  7. Tips: Should I speak fast or slow?
  8. Tips: Using wonna and gonna
  9. Tips: Umm Ahh and Using Fillers
  10. Tips: Can I tell lies?
  11. Tips: Should I correct myself or keep talking?
  12. Tips for Speaking Part 2 – Will I get a low score for speaking less than 2 mins?
  13. Tips for Speaking Part 2: Difficult Topics
  14. Tips: Going Off Topic
  15. Tips: Misunderstanding the cue card
  16. Video: Speaking Part 1: Common Questions
  17. Video: Speaking Part 1: Common Topics
  18. Video: Speaking Part 1: What’s your favourite…?
  19. Video: Speaking Part 1: Dictionaries Topic
  20. Video: Speaking Part 2: How to start your talk
  21. Video: Speaking Part 3: Comparing Urban and Rural Life
  22. Video: Greeting the Examiner & ID Check

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. Urban Planning: Current Topic
  2. Predicted Topics for Speaking Part 1 2024
  3. Topic with Model Answers and Vocabulary: Concentration
  4. Predicted Speaking Part 1 Topics 2023
  5. Topics related to Gardens & Parks
  6. Topics related to Mobile Phones
  7. Predicted Speaking Part 1 Topics: 2022
  8. Speaking Part 3 Model Answers: Health & Coronavirus 2020
  9. Full IELTS Speaking Test
  10. Part 1: Plants
  11. Part 1 Topic: Dreams
  12. Speaking Part 1 Topic: Robots
  13. Speaking Part 2: Good Service Topic
  14. Speaking Part 1 : Topic of Shoes
  15. Speaking Part 1: Snacks
  16. Speaking Part 1: Maths
  17. Speaking Part 2: Quiz of Understanding
  18. Speaking Part 1: Camping
  19. Speaking Part 3: Environment
  20. Speaking Part 3: Common Mistake
  21. Speaking Part 1 & 3: Musical Instruments
  22. Speaking Part 1: Food – Vegetables
  23. Speaking Part 1: Clothes
  24. Speaking Part 1: Travel & Transport
  25. Speaking Part 1: Travel & Transport Sub Topics
  26. Speaking Part 3: Tourism and the Local Community
  27. Speaking Part 3: Technology
  28. Speaking Part 1: Sky
  29. Speaking Part 3: Charities
  30. Speaking Part 1: Sleep
  31. Speaking Part 3: Health
  32. Speaking Part 2: Holidays
  33. Speaking Part 3: Sport
  34. Error Correction: Speaking Part 1
  35. Speaking Part 1: Walking
  36. Speaking Part 3: Art – Paintings
  37. Speaking Part 2: A Place to Learn
  38. Speaking Part 2: A Friend you are Proud of


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