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 a child did something that made you laugh

You should say:

 –  who the child was
 –  what the child did
 –  where and when this happened

and explain why what this child did made you laugh.


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.

How far is your home from the sea?

Are there many shops near your home?

Are the people in your neighbourhood friendly?

Let’s talk about remembering to do things.

What do you need to remember to do every day?

Is it easy for you to remember to do things?

What do you do to help you remember to do things?

Have you ever forgotten to do something important?

I’d like to talk to you about transport now.

Do you prefer to travel by public or private transport?

When did you last travel by public transport?

How often do you walk instead of using any kind of transport?

What transport would you recommend to a visitor to your city?


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 a child did something that made you laugh.

(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. 

Did you tell anyone about this?

Do children often make you laugh?

Thank you.

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


We’ve been talking about a time when a child did something that made you laugh, and I’d like to discuss with you one or two more general questions related to this. Let’s consider first of all: childhood. 

Tell me some things that most children find funny? 

  • Do you think all children around the world would find the same things funny?

What do you think about the idea that children learn better when they are enjoying themselves?

  • Do teachers in your country try to make classes enjoyable?

I’ve often heard people say that childhood is the best part of life. Do you think that’s true?

Let’s move on and talk about parenthood now. 

What do you think is the ideal age to have a child?

  • Do other generations in your society have a different opinion on this?

Tell me what you think makes a good parent? 

  • Would you say most parents have these qualities?

OK, last question for today. There are some people who believe new parents should have to undergo training to learn how to be a good parent. Is that your opinion, too?

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

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