The IELTS Speaking test assesses your ability to communicate effectively in English
through a face-to-face interview with a certified examiner. The test consists of three
parts and follows a specific pattern:

Part 1: Introduction and Interview (4-5 minutes)

Part 1: Introduction and Interview (4-5 minutes)

 Introduction: The examiner introduces themselves and confirms your
 Personal Questions: You answer questions related to familiar topics
such as work, studies, hobbies, family, interests, etc.
 Follow-up Questions: The examiner may ask additional questions to
expand on your responses.
Part 2: Long Turn (3-4 minutes)

Part 2: Long Turn (3-4 minutes)

Prompt Card: You are given a task card with a specific topic. You have
one minute to prepare notes.
Speech: You deliver a monologue on the given topic for up to two
minutes. The examiner may ask follow-up questions after you finish
Part 3: Discussion (4-5 minutes)

Part 3: Discussion (4-5 minutes)

Discussion Topics: The examiner asks questions related to the topic in
Part 2, exploring it in more depth.
Opinions and Ideas: You are expected to express and justify your
opinions, provide examples, and discuss broader issues related to the

Speaking Band Score

Your IELTS Speaking band score reflects your proficiency in the Speaking section of the IELTS exam. The score is calculated based on the performance of four test criteria, each scored on a scale from 0 to 9: The overall IELTS Speaking band score ranges from 0 to 9, reported in half and whole
numbers. The score is calculated by averaging the four criteria. For example, if your scores are 6, 7, 7, and 8 respectively, the total is 28, and the average is 7.
To calculate the final band score:

1. Add the four scores together.
2. Divide the total by four.
3. Round the result to the nearest 0.5 or whole number.

For instance, if your scores are (7.5+7.0+7.0+7.5), the total is 29, and the average is 7.25. Rounded up, this becomes 7.5. If your scores are (7+8+7+6), the total is 28, and the average is 7. Rounded, this remains 7. Remember, scores ending in .25 are rounded up to the nearest half band, while
scores ending in .75 are rounded up to the next whole band. For example, 7.25
becomes 7.5, and 8.75 becomes 9.

Tips for Speaking:

Fluency and coherence (FC):

  • Talk smoothly without pauses or repetitions.
  • Use appropriate grammar.
  • Maintain coherence and relevance in your speech.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the topic.

Lexical resource (LR):

  • Use appropriate word combinations.
  •  Demonstrate vocabulary variety.
  • Minimize vocabulary errors.
  •  Utilize both common and less common vocabulary.

Grammatical range and accuracy (GR):

  • Maintain correct sentence structure.
  •  Use verbs accurately.
  •  Ensure grammatical correctness in sentences.


  • Speak with appropriate tone and rhythm.
  • Pronounce words accurately.
  • Maintain clear speech for easy understanding.