18 commonly asked questions about the IELTS speaking test.
Updated: September 2023.
There is a lot of misinformation, wrong advice, and myths out there surrounding IELTS writing and speaking, so hopefully, this blog post should help clear up any confusion before you go into the IELTS exam. This post goes over common misconceptions and common questions about the speaking part of IELTS. Click on the blue buttons to see the answers to the questions.
If there are any questions not listed or if you have any suggestions, leave a comment in the comments section at the bottom of this post. I will try to answer them for you.
1. How long should my answers be in Part 1 of the speaking test?
2. Do I have to speak for a full 2 minutes in Part 2?
3. Can I ask the examiner questions?
4. Do I need to use idioms to get a higher band score?
5. Is my accent going to be a problem?
6. Do I have to talk about every bullet point on the cue card in part 2?
7. What if I can’t answer a question in part 3? Can I say ‘I don’t know’ ?
8. Are body language and eye contact important for a high score?
9. Will I get a higher score with a British accent?
10. What should I wear for the speaking test?
11. What kinds of questions come up in part 3?
12. How long does the speaking test take?
13. Which part of the test gives the most marks?
14. If I self-correct will it be a problem?
15. Is the IELTS speaking test formal?
16. Is paraphrasing important in the speaking section?
17. How can I develop my speaking for free?
18. Should I just learn common topics and questions?
Leave a comment below if you have any questions.