IELTS Speaking What Do You Need To Know

It is always good to prepare for the IELTS speaking. You should know how this test will be and what the examiner expects from you.


Below are answers to some of the commonest but important IELTS Speaking Questions


In part 1 of the speaking test, how long should my answers be?


In part 1 of the speaking test, you will generally get questions related to you, your family, work, studies, goals, friends, etc. And it is important that you should answer the questions in the right way. You should use at least 2-3 sentences. That is recommended. Of course, you do not have to give much details. Give answers as precise as you can.


 In part 2 of the speaking test, is it important that I speak for 2-3 minutes?


In part 2 of the speaking test, you will receive a small topic and you are expected to speak about the same. Certainly, it will be a bit challenging for you. You will have to speak for at least 2-3 minutes. In some cases, the examiner may stop you and would like to move to part 3. But, you do not have to worry about it (The examiner wants to move to part 3 because he or she has got enough information to evaluate your language).


Can I ask questions?


If you do not understand anything, you can ask questions. So, do not be afraid of asking questions. It is always good to know what the examiner expects from you and answer accordingly.




  • Can you please, go over it again?
  • Can you say that again?
  • What do you mean by ………?
  • I am sorry. I didn’t catch you. Can you please repeat?
  • Do you want me to….


How would the IELTS speaking test be - face-to-face or by computer?


Whether you take computer-aided IELTS or the paper-based IELTS, your speaking test will be face-to-face.


What is the marking criteria in the test?


The test score is based on the following criteria:


  • Fluency
  • Grammar
  • Pronunciation
  • Vocabulary
  • Overall presentation


You need to be good at English. There should be no grammatical errors. The words you use should be meaningful, effective and relevant. The pronunciation should be very clear (but, you should not mimic), you should present yourself in the right way. 


Do I have to use phrasal verbs or idioms to score higher in the test?


If you are using common phrasal verbs, then there is no trouble. You can use phrasal verbs such as


  • Blow up - explode
  • Back up - support
  • Add on - include in calculation
  • Ask around - ask people for information who are around you


Other common phrasal verbs include the following: Call up, Calm down, Feed up, Hit on, Log out, Make it up to, Pass away, Phase out, Patch up, Pull out, etc.


And it is not important that you use idioms. It is always good to speak using simple but effective words.


Will my local accent create any problem for me?


Your accent will not be a problem for you. But, make sure that there should be no mother-tongue influence when you speak. Each and every word that you speak should be clear and it should sound natural.


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