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 person you know who has learned to speak a foreign language well.

You should say:

–  what foreign language he/she speaks

–  how often he/she uses this language

–  what he/she uses this language for

and explain how you think this person learned to speak this language so well.


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 what you do.

Do you work or do you study?

Why did you choose to do this job or study your course?

What do you find most interesting about your work or studies?

Is there anything you don’t like about your work or studies?

Let’s talk about mathematics.

How old were you when you started to learn mathematics?

Did you enjoy learning mathematics?

Did you use an electronic calculator in the classroom?

Do you think being good at mathematics is important?

Let’s talk about public holidays now.

Which public holiday do you like best?

What did you do on the last public holiday?

How important is it for you to have public holidays?

Would you like to have more public holidays?


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 person you know who has learned to speak a foreign language well.

(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. 

Does this person you know speak any more languages?

Do you enjoy learning languages?

Thank you.

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


We’ve been talking about a person you know who has learned to speak a foreign language well, and I’d like to discuss with you one or two more general questions related to this. Let’s consider first of all: speaking other languages. 

How possible do you think it is to learn to speak a foreign language well? 

  • What type of person do you think is most likely to speak a foreign language well?

Would you say it’s easier to learn to write a foreign language or to speak it?

  • Are there any languages you wouldn’t like to learn to write?

I often hear people say that it’s easier for children to learn languages than adults. Do you think that is true?

Let’s move on and talk about English as an international language now. 

How do you think the ability to speak English benefits people in terms of their career opportunities?

  • Do you think this is fair?

Do you think it’s easier to learn and practice English now, or was it easier in the past?

  • What about in the future?

OK, and lastly then, do you think that English will continue to be the main language used in international business and communication or do you think that will change in the future?

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

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