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 an art exhibition you have seen

You should say:

 –  when you went there
 –  what the exhibition was about
 –  who you went there with

and describe how you felt during your visit.


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 house or an apartment?

What room do you like most in your home?

Do a lot of people live in your local area?

Would you like to live in a different area in your town or city?

Let’s talk about singing now.

Do you like singing?

When do you usually sing?

Did you enjoy singing when you were younger?

Do people in your country like singing for entertainment?

Now, I’d like to talk to you about patience now.

Are you a patient person?

Is it important to be patient in your culture?

When do you need to be most patient?

Do you think most adults have more patience than children?


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 an art exhibition you have seen.

(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 think art is interesting?

Do your friends enjoy going to exhibitions?

Thank you.

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


We’ve been talking about an art exhibition that you have seen, and I’d like to discuss with you one or two more general questions related to this. Let’s consider first of all: art and taste. 

Where do you see art most often in your country

  • Is it important to have a lot of art available to the public?

Do young and old people in your country have different tastes in art?

  • How has art changed in your country?

Why do you think people can have such different opinions about the same piece of art? 

Let’s move on and talk about art and culture now. 

Why do some pieces of art get sold for such enormous amounts of money?

  • How do you feel about that?

Some people say that art that is sexual or shows violent images should be banned. What are your thoughts about that?

OK, and finally, art can be a powerful tool for social change. For this reason some governments want to control art. Why are some people against this?

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

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