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 time when you got close to wild animals

You should say:

 –  where it was
 –  what the animals were doing
 –  who you were with

and describe your feeling when seeing the wild animals.


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?

Do you enjoy your work or your studies?

What is more important to you, the people you work or study with or the work or study you do?

Will you change jobs or study something different in the future?

Let’s talk about resting.

How often do you take a rest?

What do you usually do when you are resting?

Do you take a nap in the middle of the day?

How do you feel after taking a nap?

Now, I’d like to talk to you about children’s books.

Did you often read books when you were a child?

What types of book did you usually read?

Have you still got any books you read when you were a child?

Would you give books to children as a present?


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 time when you got close to wild animals.

(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. 

Do you oftenspend time outside near wild animals?

Do you enjoy watching animals?

Thank you.

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


We’ve been talking about a time when you got close to wild animals, and I’d like to discuss with you one or two more general questions related to this. Let’s consider first of all: animals in zoos. 

What types of animals are usually kept in zoos in your country? 

Some people say that it would be better for all animals to be free rather than in zoos. What is your opinion about that?

  • Should we care more about animals than we do?

Are zoos a good use of public money?

Let’s move on and talk about protecting wild animals now. 

What are the biggest dangers wild animals face in your country?

  • What about in the rest of the world?

Are there any differences in the attitudes younger and older people have towards theprotection of wild animals?

  • Will this change in the future?

OK, and lastly then, is it true that you can tell the quality of a society by the way it treats its animals?

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

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