IELTS speaking test

The IELTS speaking test takes about 15 minutes. It has three parts: an interview, a little speech and a discussion. The questions asked in the Speaking test often repeat. That means before attempting the test, you must be familiar with them.

The following questions were asked on an IELTS held in Sri Lanka. While answering these questions you have to give descriptive answers.


What is your name?

What are you doing?

What are your responsibilities at work?

Please tell me something about yourself.

Please tell me something about your city.

Have you ever been to the opera?

Do you watch TV?

What are your favorite programs on the television?

What do you do in your free time?


During the second part of the IELTS speaking test you will have to give a short speech. You will be given a cue card with 3 – 4 questions. Your speech should answer all of those questions.

Cue card

Talk about a situation when you helped somebody. You have to say:

Who is the person?

When it took place?

How did you help the person?


The topic for discussion is usually related to the topic for speech: The questions were:

Do you know any family that needs help?

Does the government in your country help families that need help?

What about non-government organizations? Do you think they can help families in trouble?