The speaking test is a maximum of 14 minutes and consists of three parts. The same speaking test is used for both Academic and General Training IELTS examinations.
The examiner is focusing on your ability to communicate effectively by linking your ideas logically to express your meaning, using good vocabulary and grammar.
Opening The purpose of this part is to record details of who you are. After the examiner has recorded the details of when and where the test takes place and who you are they will check your identity. This is not part of the test so just give your full name when asked. Don’t try to explain how you got your name or what it may mean.
Can you tell me your full name please? > Tell the examiner your full name so they can check your details
And what shall I call you? > Tell the examiner which name you would like them to use for you during the test
Can I see your identification please? > Show the examiner your ID
Parts of the test The speaking test has three parts. Part 1 - 4-5 minutes In this part you will answer general introductory questions Part 2 - 3-4 minutes In this part you will have some time to prepare to speak on a topic for 1-2 minutes Part 3 - 4-5 minutes In this part you will have a discussion with the examiner, developing the topic of Part 2