Speaking Part 1 Series

IELTS Lessons, written by Sam Morgan and Tom Speed

We will learn about part 1 of the IELTS speaking test with three exercises.

Exercise 1

Read the following information about part 1 of the speaking test. Are the statements which follow the text true or false?
Part 1 of the Speaking Test
The IELTS speaking test has three parts. The speaking test may take place on a different day to the listening, reading and writing test.

At the start of the test, you enter the room and sit down. The examiner will be recording the speaking test.

The examiner always starts the exam by asking you some basic information about yourself such as your name and home country.

You must show proof of identity, such as a passport. Remember to bring the same identification document to the speaking test which you used when you signed up to do the IELTS test.

Next, part 1 begins. Part 1 of the speaking test is between four and five minutes long. In part 1 the examiner always asks about common, everyday topics which should be easy to talk about. The examiner will ask you a number of questions about three different topics. For example, the examiner may ask you about the course you study at university or the job that you do, about clothes, and about a traditional celebration in your country.

There are a very large number of different topics which you may be asked about and so it is impossible to practice for each one. However, you can prepare for the types of questions which the examiner will ask you. The questions may be about your likes/dislikes, abilities, habits and routines, or past experiences.

If you do not understand the question, you may ask the examiner to rephrase it. You will not lose points for this. Try to avoid giving short answers. If your answers are too short you will receive a poor score for fluency so always try to add detail to your answers and explain yourself fully.

While you are speaking, the examiner will be evaluating your fluency, lexis (vocabulary), grammatical range and accuracy, and pronunciation. These four areas are all equally important for your band score.

​At the end of part 1, the examiner may tell you to stop speaking. This is because part 1 of the speaking test cannot continue for more than 5 minutes.

1.The IELTS speaking test has 3 parts.
2.The speaking test is always on the same day as the other parts of the test.
3.The examiner might record the speaking test.
4.The examiner will start by asking for some personal information such as your name.
5.You must show an identification document such as a passport.
6.You must use the same identification document in the test that you used to sign up for the test.
7.Part 1 of the speaking test is between five and six minutes long.
8.The examiner will ask you a number of questions about one topic.
9.There are a very large number of topics which the examiner may ask you about so you cannot prepare for each one.
10.You can prepare for the types of questions which the examiner will ask you.
11.In part 1 of the speaking test, the examiner will only ask you questions about your likes/dislikes.
12.It is important to give long and detailed answers to the questions which the examiner asks you.
13.The examiner will be considering your band score for fluency, lexis, grammatical range and accuracy, and pronunciation while you speak.
14.Fluency is more important than lexis, grammar or pronunciation.
15.The examiner may stop you at the end of part 1 of the speaking test, even if you are mid-sentence.

Exercise 2

As you are studying for the IELTS test, it is a good idea to use texts that you read to build your vocabulary. The text above uses some interesting words. Match the vocabulary to the definitions.
To take place   ·  To sign up   ·  To evaluate   ·  Proof   ·  To rephrase  
Click or touch a word above
1. (phrasal verb) a synonym for ‘happen’
2. (uncountable noun) synonym for evidence
3. (phrasal verb) to join something such as a course or test
4. (verb) to repeat something but use different words
5. (verb) an academic synonym of ‘consider’

Exercise 3

To remember new words, you must use them frequently. Complete each sentence with a word or phrase from the box.

1.It is essential for you to bring a document such as a residency card or student visa as of identity.
2.Most IELTS tests on a Saturday.
3.The examiner will how good your speaking is and give you a band score.
4.When you for the IELTS test you must pay a fee and provide your details.
5.If you don’t understand a question, ask the examiner to it for you.

In our next lesson we look at how to give examples in part 1 of the speaking test.