Practice Speaking Test: Video 2

This is the second practice speaking test video. Listen and answer the questions from each part of the speaking test. This helps you get used to the length of the test and the types of questions asked.

  1. Read through the instructions below before you listen to the test video.
  2. Listen to the questions, pause the video and answer the questions.
  3. After you finish your test, read through the transcript to check that you understood all the questions correctly (transcript given below video).

Materials Needed:

  • pen and paper: for making notes for speaking part 2
  • phone or recording device: for recording your answers so you can play it back and check your speaking
  • a timer: for controlling the time in each part and making sure you don’t take more than 14 minutes for the whole test


  1. Have your materials ready (phone, pen, paper, timer)
  2. Press record on your phone, start your timer and press play on the video below (do this at the same time). Keep your recording device and timer going throughout the whole test. The test will take between 11 and 14 minutes.
  3. Part 1
    1. there will be 12 questions – you must answer each question immediately
    2. after each question, pause the video and record your answer
    3. don’t take less than 4 minutes or more than 5 minutes to answer all part 1 questions
    4. if you finish in under 4 mins, you answers are too short
    5. if you didn’t finish all 12 questions in 5 minutes, your answers are too long or you hesitated too much before answering
  4. Part 2
    1. in part 2, you have 1 min to prepare a talk and your talk must last from 1 to 2 minutes
    2. have your pen and paper ready
    3. the cue card (topic card with prompts) will be shown on the screen
    4. in the video, you will be given one min to make notes – use your pen and paper to prepare your talk
    5. in the video, you will be given two full minutes to talk (a skip button will appear after 1 minute so you can move to part 3 if you finish early but try and speak for the full 2 minutes)
  5. Part 3
    1. there are 5 questions in this part – you must answer each question immediately
    2. you should give long, detailed answers with examples if possible
    3. after each question, pause the video and record your answer into your phone
    4. don’t take less than 4 mins or more than 5 minutes to answer all part 3 questions
  6. After your  test has finished
    1. listen back to your recording and check your answers – see how you could improve your answers
    2. read through the transcript and check you have understood all the questions correctly
    3. listen to the speaking test model answers and see how you can improve your answers


Practice Speaking Test: Video 2


Speaking Part 1


Where is your hometown?

Do you like your hometown?

Are there any old buildings in your hometown?

How could you hometown be improved?



What’s your favourite food?

Was there any food you disliked as a child?

Where do you usually buy your food from?

What do you consider is a healthy diet?



Do you like sport?

Did you play much sport as a child?

What is the most popular sport in your country?

Do you think men and women like similar sports?


 Speaking Part 2

A book you recently read

What type of book it is

Where you got the book from

What it is about

And explain why you enjoyed it.


Speaking part 3

What’s the difference between fiction and non-fiction books?

Do you think people read more books today than they did in the past?

How could parents encourage their children to read more?

Why do some adults read books for children?

Why do some people prefer ebooks?

Do you think paper books will one day disappear?




Practice Speaking Test Video 1 with Model Answers

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  1. Liz, my examiners stoped me at the middle even I haven’t finished answering..will it be problem?

  2. Hi Liz,

    Firstly, let me thank you very much for the invaluable lessons that you have shared for free on your website 🙂
    Secondly, if you can find some time, please make some other full simulation tests like the one above. (I think that 3 or 4 more tests would be ideal for individual practice.)

    All the best 🙂

  3. these tips are so helpful but I am curious to know whether using alot of natural fillers and speaking fast will make me lose score

    • You should speak at a natural pace. If you speak very fast and the examiner can’t understand, it will be a problem. Using fillers is a natural part of speaking informally so that’s fine.

  4. Thank you for all the help. Does it affects my score if I speak slow (like you), particularly stressing on some words, speaking them slowly like you do at the start with the words ‘pause’, ‘start’ the video etc.? I find it difficult to maintain a flow when speaking complex sentences with interlinking words, so all I can think of is to go slow and have short sentences. How will it count towards my score?

    • You should speak at a natural rate. This means to speak as you normally do. My lessons are for students of different levels so I tend to speak slower in my lessons so that everyone understands. You should aim for your normal pace. When you go into your speaking test, don’t worry too much about making mistakes – your aim should be fluency and chatting to the examiner. It is an informal speaking test – be natural.

      • Thank you for your prompt. I’ll try to be natural. One more thing I am confused about is the difference between ‘pause’ and ‘silence’. You said silence is detrimental for the score and shows influency. Can you give an audio example or point me to a link where I can see the difference? Is being quiet (thinking what to say next) for 2-3 seconds count as a pause or silence?

        • Silence is termed as a long pause. When it seems that the person has completely stopped. A pause is only temporary as you collect your thoughts – just a few seconds. If you don’t understand the question, don’t sit in silence. Say “Could you repeat that please”.

          • Thank you. I’ll keep your advice in mind.

          • Thank you so much Liz! I just had my speaking test this morning at Karachi, Pakistan. Let me share my experience, please don’t mind if it’s long. Examiner asked about me, my job nature, whether i like my job or not, what’s good about it, do you celebrate birthdays and are they important, how did you spent your birthday. Cue Card: Talk about when you had a new job or work. Related Qs were: Advantages and disadvantages of shifting or change, do children get affected more or adults, difficulties faced, positive changes at work affect family life, does change in workplace affects you?
            That’s all I can remember. I recall that I made some grammatical mistakes when mixing past and present tenses and did aa’ um’ twice or thrice in the whole talk. I do feel, on 1 or 2 follow up questions, that I lost the track of what was asked.
            Liz’s tips that greatly helped: Be relaxed! Feel like you’re talking to a new classmate or colleague. 2. Don’t repeat words; get around them 3. Always give direct answer (Yes/No) first and then give explanation. 4. Use intonation. 5. Speak naturally, fluency will catch you automatically.
            What did I miss? 1. Cue card: I made too many points; I think 2-3 would be good; my 2 minutes were up and there’re 3 points remaining. 2. I was hasty in giving responses; It’d better to pause a little. 3. I used contractions on few occasions only. 4. I think I’ve used present tenses in few sentence when I was explaining the past.
            Anyway, it was a great experience and thank you once Liz! I’d only gone through your material and I bet it’s better than RoadtoIELTS one! No offense.

            • Thanks for sharing 🙂 In speaking part 2, you don’t need to cover all the cue card prompts. It’s good to use contractions in speaking. I hope you do well 🙂

  5. Hello dear Liz , I want to tell you that my speaking ielts test was today and i was asked about jewellery . I dont know if its new topic or no but i thought that i should write to you about it .
    Well i I also have a question to you about my test , i said a common arabic word which is insha allah which means in the god wellings , and i unfortunately used it one time at my speaking test , how this will affect my test ?
    Thank you again

    • Don’t worry about using a word from your own language. Of course, it isn’t the best thing to do but it doesn’t make you lose marks. If you said “insha allah which means in the god wellings” and you provided the explanation – it can even add to your score. Certainly don’t worry – it can happen to anyone. About the topic if Jewellery – it’s new. Do you remember the questions for it? I’ll be able to post some sample answers 🙂

      • He asked me about what do i prefer , gold or silver
        And the second one if i have ever wear any jewellery and the third one is about if i gave any one jewellery as a gift or no !
        I appreciate your nice answer
        Thank you again

        • Here are some sample answers for those questions:
          1) Q. Do you prefer silver or gold? A. It’s hard to say. I suppose if I had to choose, I’d go for gold.
          2) Do you ever wear jewellery? A. Yes, I wear small earrings most days and also a necklace but when I go out in the evening I wear large fancy earrings and also bracelets.
          3) Have you ever given jewellery as a gift to someone? A. Yes, I once gave a necklace to my mother. It was Mother’s day and I wanted to get her something that she would wear and always remember me by.

          You can see that these answers showcase the vocabulary of jewellery, particularly the answer to the second question.

          Good luck with your results 🙂

  6. fazilatkhan99 says:

    Hi. thanks for very useful videos. i have one question. can i tell the true in speaking? for example if in tpoc is describe a forign country i have recently visited can i say i havent been to forign country but i would like to go somewere

    • Perfect. That is the right technique. Just be direct and be honest. Of course, you can lie if you want but it’s not easy to talk about something that isn’t true in a test. so, say “I haven’t had the luck to go abroad recently but if I had the chance, I’d probably go to ….”. You can do this in any part of the test. It also shows the use of second conditional: If I had the chance, I’d go to …. – this will help with your score in grammar.

  7. Hi Liz madam,
    Thank u so much for ur link.For cue card can I start this way-I’m gonna speak about my cue topic is …..?Please give me ur answer. my speaking test will be held on 27th October & another part on 29th.So give tips or link for that &pray for me

  8. Hi Liz;

    Just wanna ask about the question “Describe the member of your family who is the most successful”.. Can I just simply say “Myself”.. Because in my family I’ve got the good job and career and financial status compared to them.. is it ok? of should I choose between them rather than me?


    • There is no right or wrong answer. However, it is usually better to talk about other people and show your powers of description.

  9. First of all let me start with thanking you – Liz. I just started preparing for IELTS General test, starting yesterday. This blog of yours is indeed incredible. Kudos to you.

    Secondly, I am not sure if this a right forum to check for a study partner. If there is someone who wants to join me, give me a shout. Thanks!

    • I’m glad my blog is useful. I don’t currently have a “find a study partner” page but you can try posting and see if anyone responds.

  10. Hi Liz,

    I always have problem if someone asked me about my hometown, as i am originally from Baghdad however i was born and raised in United Arab Emirates, therefore, I won’t be able to answer about Baghdad as I have never been there. Could you please advice me with the above concern?

    My speaking test is tomorrow, fingers crossed 🙂

    Thanks ,

    • The examiner is only interested in your English language and not factual information. Give any answer you want. Just talk about a place you know so you can showcase your language skills.

  11. Suma Latha Therapalli says:

    Many Many thanks to you Liz, you’ve been part of my ielts journey which ended today. I referred to most of your you tube videos; some of ’em more than once :). You’ve got all the stuff i needed right there. Thankyou for making it easy for me. With Love, Suma, India.

  12. hi. i am looking forward to getting serious study partner. unable to find anyone. would there be anyone?

  13. B chaitanya says:

    Where to get model answer for this speaking session

  14. Hi Liz.
    Thank you very much for your help.
    This website is very helpful, in fact I’ve been reading your useful tips and suggestions and i hope all I’ve learnt on it will come into handy.
    By the way, my speaking exam day is due on Feb16, 2016.
    I’m so grateful for that!

  15. Hello Liz
    Im taking the academic IELTS test
    All the the materials you’ve displayed here are for the academic or for the General IELTS test ?
    Thank you in advance

  16. I faced problems related to writing task pls hepl me how to improve

  17. Hi, Liz!
    I have a problem with grammar. I tend to use the wrong tenses in speaking.
    Do you have any suggestions on how to improve it?

    My friend told me that in IELTS speaking test part 2, the examiner does not mark based on grammar. is that true?

    thank you 🙂

    • The four criteria (fluency, vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation) are marked throughout. This means in all parts the examiner checks all criteria.
      All the best

      • Hello Liz,

        Is it essential to speak a bit slow (and clear) in the speaking component, and is it advisable to start with “I’m going to talk about….” in task 2? Some friends of mine told me that they launch their answers with answering the question directly. (i.e. Q: Say something about a book you enjoyed reading. A: I love reading books, but I particularly enjoyed reading Book Thief by ….” or should I answer “Today, I’m going to tell you something about my favorite book entitled Book Thief…”)

        • You can start in any way you want. My suggestion is only a suggestion. Please remember there are no questions in speaking part 2, only a topic with guidelines. Good choice of book, by the way 🙂

  18. Hi Liz,

    Thank you for all information about this part.

  19. Hi Liz,

    I have a query regarding speaking. I have been practicing speaking by myself but sometimes I make mistakes regarding the grammar. Often, I try to correct them immediately by saying the right thing after sorry. For example – If I say, ‘I was in class four when my grandfather die’, sorry I meant ‘died’. Do you think it’s ok? Or should I avoid doing this? I have several problems in speaking, specially regarding fluency, since I don’t have the opportunity to practise with a partner. Can you suggest me anything to improve speaking while practicing alone?

    Best Regards,

    • Hi Mou,

      It’s ok to correct yourself occasionally but to do that often will destroy your fluency. Personally, I would firstly practice speaking in the past tense a lot so that is becomes more natural and instinctive for you. Secondly, just keep talking and don’t over correct yourself. Changing one word will not make much difference, particularly if it means getting a lower score in fluency.
      All the best

  20. Hello,
    Thank you so much for the video, it was a good practice. I hope you could upload more.


  21. Thanks Liz
    It is really nice but where is the modle answers !?

  22. Thank you so much Liz. Video is really helpful. Please give us more videos for speaking part 2&3.

  23. Hi Liz,

    Excellent video! This is just like the real thing. I’ve been following your website on a daily basis and it seems like you got your hands full. One or two more of these videos with different subjects would be extremely helpful though 🙂

    You’re a true gift for those who prepare for IELTS! Keep up the good work.

  24. i could not get the link at the end of the video. i hope you do not mind posting the link.

  25. is it private video???

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