17 commonly asked questions about the IELTS speaking test.
Updated Jan 14th 2020.
There is a lot of misinformation and myths out there surrounding IELTS so hopefully this post should help clear up any confusion before you go into the IELTS exam.
Simply click on the blue buttons to see the answers to the questions. If there are any questions not listed, 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?
Leave a comment below if you have any questions.