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IELTS Practice Test Speaking

IELTS Practice Test Speaking

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In the Speaking test, you have a discussion with a certified Examiner. It is interactive and as close to a real-life situation as a test can get.

The test is 11 to 14 minutes long with three parts.

  • In Part 1, you answer questions about yourself, your family, your work and your interests.
  • In Part 2, you speak about a topic. You will be given a task card which asks you to speak about a particular topic and includes points that you can cover in your talk. You will be given 1 minute to prepare your talk. You will then speak for 1-2 minutes.
  • In Part 3, you have a longer discussion on the topic. The examiner will ask you further questions connected to the topic in Part 2.

The Speaking test is the same for both Academic and General Training tests.

Speaking sample tasks


Let’s talk about going out

When do you usually like to go out?

What kinds of things do you like to do when you go out?

Do you spend a lot of money on going out every month?

What kinds of things would you like to do, in the future, when you go out?

Let’s move on to talk about entertainment at home

  • Do you like entertaining friends in your home?
  • Have you ever had a large party in your home?
  • Do you like going to other people’s homes for entertainment?
  • Do you like to bring a gift when you visit someone’s home?

Let’s talk about online entertainment

  • What is your favourite type of online entertainment?
  • How much time do you spend on online entertainment?
  • Do you ever feel you spend too much time online?
  • Are there any new online activities would you like to try in the future?



You should say:

-    what the name of the game was

-    what the aim of the game was

-    who you played with and explain why it was such fun for you.

Follow up questions:

Did your friends also find this game fun?

Did you play a lot of similar games?

Sample answer

Alright. I’d like to talk about a fun indoor game I often played with some of my classmates in junior high school. It was compulsory to participate in an extra-curricular activity on Friday nights and you could choose from activities like karate to debating to playing musical instruments. I chose to join the chess club because I thought it would be absorbing and practicing it regularly may even help me become a bit smarter.

Chess is a well-known board game played by millions of people around the world. Each chess board has 64 squares and each opponent has 16 pieces. One opponent has black pieces and the other white. The aim of the game is to checkmate your opponent by cornering his or her king.

Chess is a game of strategy that involves a lot of patience and critical thinking. As a player, you get a great thrill out of outsmarting your opponent. Chess is also an infinite game. After each player has moved just one piece, there are more than 400 possible moves the players can make. After four moves apiece there are over 288 billion possible positions the players can move into, so you have to think very carefully before you make a move and think many moves ahead of just your next move.

After a lot of practice I became quite adept at chess and even though I was never able to beat the smartest kid in our class I came to love chess. In fact, I think I became a little bit addicted to it. I first became fascinated with chess when I saw a documentary on TV about Bobby Fisher, an American chess grand master at the time who went on to become an eleven-time world champion. I was astounded at just how skillfully he could manage and eventually demoralize his opponents, some of whom were past world champions. In fact, in the nineteen eighties he even beat IBM’s ‘Big Blue’ supercomputer. I knew I could never be like Bobby Fisher, but I was really in my element at out-smarting some of my own albeit, much weaker opponents.


Let’s now discuss entertainment in your country

  • Are there a lot of places in your country for young people to go out?
  • What kinds of live entertainment are popular in your country?
  • What places would you recommend a tourist go to, for entertainment, in your country?

Let’s now talk about technology and entertainment

  • What forms of online entertainment have become popular these days?
  • What are the dangers of spending too much time on online entertainment?
  • Is entertainment these days better than in the past because of technology?



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