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Oral expression of the ielts exam (ielts speaking)

Oral expression


11-14 minutes

Exam parts

 It consists of 3 parts.

First part: presentation and interview (4-5 minutes)

 The examiner will introduce himself and ask you to introduce yourself and confirm your identity. The examiner will ask you general questions about familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies, and hobbies.

 Second part: individual long shift (3-4 minutes)

 The examiner will give you an assignment card where you will be asked to speak on a specific topic and which includes points that you can cover in your talk. You will have one minute to prepare your talk and you will receive a pencil and paper to take notes. You will talk about it for a minute or two. The examiner will then ask you a question or two on the same topic.

 Third part: dialogue (4-5 minutes)

The examiner will ask you more questions related to the topic of the second part. These questions will offer you an opportunity to discuss more abstract topics and ideas.

Skills assessed

A wide variety of speaking skills are assessed, including:

  • the ability to communicate opinions and information on everyday topics and common experiences and situations by answering a series of questions
  • the ability to hold long conversations on a specific topic using appropriate language and organizing ideas in a coherent way
  • the ability to express and justify opinions and to analyze, discuss and speculate on issues.

Qualification method

Accredited IELTS examiners will assess your performance during the test according to the IELTS speaking test evaluation criteria (fluency and coherence, lexical resources, grammatical variety and precision, pronunciation). You will find the public version of the evaluation criteria at www.ielts.org/criteria .

 Scores are expressed in full bands and half bands.

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