IELTS Speaking Test Examples

On the following pages you can view IELTS Speaking Test example papers.

You can use these to see how the test is conducted and to practise for the exam.


Example IELTS Speaking Test 1

An Important Event


Time: 4-5 minutes

Now, in this first part of the test I'm going to ask you some questions about yourself.

Are you a student or do you work now?

  1. Why did you choose this course/job?
  2. Talk about your daily routine.
  3. Is there anything about your course/job you would like to change?

I’d like to move on and ask you some questions about shopping.

  1. Who does most of the shopping in your household?
  2. What type of shopping do you like? (Why?)
  3. Is shopping a popular activity in your country? (Why/why not?)
  4. What type of shops do teenagers like best in your country?

Let’s talk about films.

  1. How often do you go to the cinema?
  2. What type of films do you like best? (Why?)
  3. What type of films don’t you like? (Why not?)


Time: 3-4 minutes

Now, I'm going to give you a topic and I'd like you to talk about it for 1-2 minutes.

Before you talk you'll have one minute to think about what you are going to say and you can make notes if you wish. Do you understand?

Ok, here's some paper and a pencil to make notes, and here is your topic. I'd like you to describe an important event in your life.

Describe an important event in your life.

You should say:

When it happened
What happened
Whether this event affected other people

And explain why you feel it was important.

Follow up questions:

  1. Do you still think about this event often?
  2. Can the other people involved remember this event?


Time: 4-5 minutes

We've been talking about an important event in your life, and I'd now like to ask you some questions related to this.

  1. What days are important in your country?
  2. Why it is important to have national celebrations?
  3. How is the way your national celebrations are celebrated now different from the way they were celebrated in the past?
  4. Do you think any new national celebrations will come into being in the future?
  5. Are there any celebrations from other countries that you celebrate in your country?
  6. What are the benefits of having events that many people around the world are celebrating on the same day?

Thank you. That's the end of the IELTS speaking test.

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Example Speaking Tests:

Speaking Test 1
Important Event

Speaking Test 2
Important Possession

Speaking Test 3

Speaking Test 4
Teaching & Education

Speaking Test 5
The Environment



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