There are 3 parts.
Part 1 Introduction and Interview (4-5 minutes)
The examiner introduces him/her and asks the candidate some questions to confirm his/her identity. The examiner asks some general questions like introduction of the candidate, their hobbies, studies, work, lifestyle, daily routine etc.
Part 2 Cue Card (3-4 minutes)
The candidate is given a card with a general topic containing three to four questions related to the topic. The candidate is given one minute to prepare and then two minutes to speak on the given topic while covering all the given questions. The candidate is also provided some writing material in order to prepare for the topic. The examiner may then ask one or two additional questions related to the topic.
Part 3 Two-way Discussion (4-5 minutes)
The examiner asks more question related to the topic. These questions require detailed and long answers. These questions give the candidates to discuss more abstract ideas and issues.
A variety of skills are assessed which include:
- The ability to communicate opinions and information on everyday topics and common experiences and situations by answering a range of questions.
- The ability to speak at length on a given topic using appropriate language and coherently organised ideas.
- The ability to express opinions and to analyse, discuss and hypothesize various issues.
The candidates are assessed on the basis of their performance throughout the test by certificated IELTS examiners according to the IELTS Speaking test assessment criteria (Fluency and Coherence, Lexical Resource, Grammatical Range and Accuracy, Pronunciation).