Below you will find a practice speaking test. You can either use the audio to practice a timed test, or you can read the questions and practice in your own time.

In the audio test you will hear a 5 second beep before the next question starts. This does not happen in the real test. However, the time you are given for each answer is about the same that you will be given in the real test.

The question for part 2 of the speaking test is below the audio player. Try not to read this question until the one minute preparation time starts.

Part 3 of the IELTS speaking test is a conversation. This is impossible to simulate in a recording, so remember that in the real test the examiner will probably ask you more questions and interrupt you more often.


Describe a gift you gave to someone that took you a long time to choose.

You should say:

–  what the gift was

–  who you gave this gift to

–  how the person felt about this gift

and explain why it took you a long time to choose this gift.


Good afternoon.

Can you tell me your full name, please?

Thank you.

And what should I call you?

Can I see your identification please?

Thank you, that’s fine.


Okay, now, in this first part I’d like to ask you some questions about yourself. Let’s talk about where you live.

Do you live in a city or a town?

Are there many shops in your local area?

What is the best thing about the area where you live?

Let’s talk about getting up early.

How often do you get up early in the morning?

What do you usually do when you get up early?

Do you get up early on weekends?

Which morning of the week do you like the most?

Let’s talk about films now.

What kind of films do you prefer watching?

Do you like the same films now as when you were a child?

Where do you usually watch films?

Would you like to make a film?


Now I’m going to give you a topic and I’d like you to talk about it for one to two minutes. Before you talk, you’ll have one minute to think about what you’re going to say. You can make some notes if you wish. 

Do you understand?

Here’s some paper and a pencil for making notes and here’s your topic. I’d like you to describe a gift you gave someone that took you a long time to choose

(1 minute to prepare – see question below)

All right? Remember, you have one to two minutes for this, so don’t worry if I stop you. I’ll tell you when the time is up. 

Can you start speaking now, please? 

(speak for 2 minutes)

Thank you. 

Would you give this gift to someone again?

Would you like to receive this gift?

Thank you.

Can I have the booklet and the paper and pencil back, please?


We’ve been talking about a time you gave a gift to someone that took you a long time to choose, and I’d like to discuss with you one or two more general questions related to this. Let’s consider first of all: buying gifts

In your country, what are some of the most popular or normal gifts people give to each other?

  • How do you feel about these gifts?

Some people say that a gift should be something that is actually useful. What do you think?

  • Are there any exceptions to that? By which I mean, are there any times where that is not the case?

Most people would say that it is easier to find a gift for some people that for others. Why is that?

Let’s move on and talk about the impact of giving gifts now. 

Is it true that the pressure parents feel to give their children a lot of gifts has increased in recent years?

  • What advice would you give to parents about giving gifts to their children?

How do you think giving gifts benefits the economy of a country?

  • Are there any negative effects as well?

OK, and lastly then, some people say that giving gifts causes increased materialism, or the belief that money and possessions are the most important part of our lives. Do you think then, that the commercial and economic benefits of gift-giving are more important considerations? 

Thank you, that is the end of the speaking test.

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