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IELTS Speaking Test Topics

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9th Oct 2019

IELTS Speaking Topic

IELTS speaking test contains 3 parts, each lasting about 4 minutes. You should answer the questions spontaneously and it's a good idea to read a lot of different full IELTS Speaking samples to get ready for the test.

On IELTS.Live you will find a variety of IELTS Speaking topics that you can face on the test day. Each speaking topic contains an IELTS Speaking Sample with questions from part 1, part 2 and part 3 of the speaking test and their model answers. You can register for real speaking test which will be conducted by our IELTS expert team. Please click on https://www.ielts.live/exam-library/Academic

The Speaking test is a face-to-face interview between the test taker and the examiner. It determines the speaking ability of the test taker in different ways. Every speaking test is recorded so that it can be used for reassessment or remarking of the test if required. To familiarize with this test, you can attempt IELTS Speaking practice tests, record your responses and listen to them in order to analyze your performance.




Test Type

11-14 Minutes

3 Parts

Academic and General Training


Part 1

Introduction & Interview

Test taker & examiner introduces themselves and the interviewer asks for the identification of the candidate

Examiner asks general questions on topics related to personal interest, work, hometown, studies and family

Lasts for 4-5 minutes

Skills Assessed

Ability to convey ideas and views on daily topics, circumstances or common experiences by answering a range of questions

Part 2

Long Turn

A cue card will be given to you

1 minute is provided to prepare for the topic provided in the cue card and you can note down points if you wish to

You then have to speak on that topic for 1-2 minutes

Lasts for 3-4 minutes


Skills Assessed

Ability to speak at length on a given topic using appropriate language


Part 3


The examiner will ask questions based on the topic given in Part 2

You get a chance to express your views in a more abstract way

Lasts for 4-5 minutes

Skills Assessed

Ability to analyze the topic, express views, justify opinion, organize and evaluate ideas


Scoring Criterion


IELTS Speaking scoring Criteria on which the speaking test is scored depends on the following factors:

  • Fluency & Coherence
  • Lexical Resource
  • Grammar & Accuracy
  • Pronunciation


1. Fluency and Cohesion: In this section the interviewer checks if the candidate can talk without any pause and hesitation.

2. Grammatical range and Accuracy: Candidates’ ability to use different types of sentences are checked. The examiner wants to make sure the candidate can use different tenses, voices and sentence structures.

3. Lexical Resources: It focuses on the range of vocabulary that candidates use. It’s important not to speak repetitive words to get higher score.

4. Pronunciation: Pronunciation accounts for 25% of the candidates’ score. Pronunciation and accents are not the same. Accent is not judged at all. Pronunciation is based on these things, clarity, speed and intonation. 

For tips on how to get a good score in IELTS speaking test part-1 you can see this article on https://www.ielts.live/tips/36/ielts-speaking-part-1


Tips to get a high score on IELTS speaking

  • Be confident when you ae answering. Make eye contact with the examiner and don’t look at the floor. It shows nervousness. If you are nervous, you are not going to get a good score even if your English is good.
  • Don’t give very short answers or very long answers. The examiner is not going to judge your English if you don’t speak enough. If you don’t know about a topic then don’t keep silent just make something up.
  • As vocabulary is one of the assessment criteria, it’s important to use wide range of words. Don’t use simple vocabulary and repetitive words. Use synonyms instead of speaking the same words.  
  • Practice speaking before you face the examiner. Practice as much as you can. With practice you are going to get better.


Following are some common topics that you may be asked to talk about in your IELTS speaking test



Following are some sample technology-based question for your better understanding


Part 1

Do you use any gadgets on a daily basis?

How often do you use Internet?

Do you own a computer? If so, how often do you use it and for what purposes?

Part 2

You will be given a cue card and you will have one minute to prepare notes on the topic.

What is it

When did you get it?

How often do you use it?

Why is it so important to you?

Part 3

Do you think we need to know much about computers?

What is the most impactful piece of technology in our lives?

How computers affect our everyday life?

How effective is the use of computers in the classroom?

If you want an assessment of your IELTS speaking by our IELTS expert team you can click https://www.ielts.live/start-speaking-test






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