IELTS Speaking Overview

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IELTS speaking module

There are three parts to the Speaking module, which lasts between 11 and 14 minutes. You will be alone in a room with only one examiner, who will ask you questions and ask you to talk on certain topics. The interview will be recorded. You will be able to make notes in part 2 Only.

The Speaking modules are the same for both the Academic and the General Training versions of the IELTS. Topics include discussions about you, Your family, and topics of everyday life/interest.

Speaking Module
1 4-5 minues Answer questions about yourself and your activities
2 3-4 minutes Talk on a topic presented on a task card
3 4-5 minutes Discuss with examiner issues related to the topic in part 2

Question Types

There are a variety of question types and prompts the examiner will use to get you to talk during the IELTS speaking modules. You should be familiar with these types.

Part 1 Wh-questions

Yes/No questions

Part 2 Describe and explain


Yes/No questions

Part 3 Wh-questions

Yes/No questions

The following activities will help you become familiar with these question types.

IELTS Speaking module – Sample :


The examiner ask the candidate about him/herself, his/her home, work or studies and other familiar topics.


  • What games are popular in your country? [Why?]
  • Do you play any games? [Why?/Wy not ?]
  • How do people learn to play games in your country?
  • Do you think it’s important for people to play games?[Why?/Why not ?]

PART 2**

Describe an open-air or sreet market you enjoyed visiting. You should say :

  • Where the market is
  • What the market sells
  • how big the market is

and explain why you enjoyed visiting this market.

** You will have to talk about the topic for one or two minutes. You have ONE minute to think about the topic you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.


Discussion topics:

shopping at markets

Example questions :

Do people in your country enjoy going to open-air markets that sell things like food or clothes or old objects? Which type of market is most popular? why?

Do you think markets are more suitable places for selling certain types of things? Which ones? Why do you think this is?

Do you think that young people feel the same about shopping at markets as older people? Why is that?

Shopping in general

Example Questions:

What do you think are the advantages of buying things from shops rather than markets?

How does advertising influence what people choose to buy? Is this true for everyone?

Do you think that any recent changes in the way people live have affected general shopping habits? Why is this?

What the examiner measures

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