The IELTS Speaking test has three parts. Here is a sample test with answers. These are the kind of questions that will be asked on an actual IELTS test.
Examiner: Hello my name is Mathews. Can you tell me your name, please?
Candidate: My name is Gautam Menon.
Examiner: Can you show me your ID, please?
Candidate: Yes, here you are.
Examiner: Thank you. Now I would like to ask you a few general questions about yourself. Do you live in a city or a village?
Candidate: Well, I live in a small town. It can’t quite be called a city, but it is much bigger than a village.
Examiner: How long have you lived there?
Candidate: Well, I have lived all my life there.
Examiner: Can you tell me something about your hometown?
Candidate: Sure. It is a small town some 50 kilometers away from here. It is well connected to the city. There are some good schools and colleges there. There is also a famous temple, but I guess the best thing about this place is that it is less polluted than a big city. The air is cleaner and fresher because there are fewer vehicles on the road.
Examiner: Have you ever wanted to move into a large city?
Candidate: Well, not really, but I might move into a large city after my studies. There are fewer job opportunities in my town. In fact, some of my cousins and friends have already migrated to metros after they got good jobs there. I might do the same.
Examiner: Now let’s talk about shopping. Do you enjoy shopping?
Candidate: I do. I like to shop for things like clothes and gadgets. These days I do most of my shopping online, but sometimes I just can’t resist the temptation to walk into a brick and mortar store and buy stuff.
Examiner: Now let’s talk about animals. Do you like animals?
Candidate: Yes, I do. In fact, I have a pet dog. He is a Doberman and I absolutely adore him. He was just six months old when he became a member of our family. Now he is an integral part of it. He is also my best friend. Actually he follows me wherever I go.
Examiner: Now in this part, you have to talk about a topic for one minute. I will give you one minute to make some notes before you speak. Here is a pencil and some papers for you, and here is the topic card. I would like you to talk about a film you saw and really liked.
The candidate makes some notes.
Examiner: Now you have one minute to talk about the topic. I will tell you when to stop.
Candidate: I have watched lots of films and I have liked a large number of them but my all-time favourite is Baby’s Day Out. I think I was eight or nine when I watched it for the first time. It was during a visit to my uncle’s place. He had just returned from UAE and he had brought a VCR. At that time few households in my town owned a video player. People had to go to cinema theatres to watch films. So getting an opportunity to watch a film from the comforts of one’s home was indeed a treat. My uncle had a nice collection of video cassettes and he was kind enough to play all of them for us. I don’t remember the other movies I watched during that stay at his home but I will never forget watching Baby’s Day Out. The protagonist of the film was a boy less than one year old. He gets kidnapped by three guys. He is such a hyperactive child that he gives his kidnappers a hard them. He constantly keeps them on their toes and that is the funniest thing about the film. In the end, the boy gets united with his parents. There were quite a few hilarious scenes in the film. In fact, I was laughing throughout the two and half hours I spent watching it.
Examiner: Would you like to watch it again?
Candidate: Yes, I have watched it numerous times since then and I would like to watch it again and again. I have it on DVD.
Examiner: In this part I would like to ask you a few general questions about the topic you’ve just talked about. What kinds of films are popular in your country?
Candidate: Regional films are more popular than international films in India. In Kerala where I live the most popular films are indeed Malayalam films. Tamil and Hindi films also have a huge audience. Bollywood films are popular throughout the country. In large Indian cities Hollywood films also do good business.
Examiner: Some people are more interested in watching films at a cinema theatre than at home. What could be the reason for this?
Candidate: I personally like watching films from the comforts of my home. I haven’t been to a theatre in a very long time. But I know many people who like to go to the cinema theatre. That’s probably because going to the cinema is a bit like having a day out. It is an entirely different experience. Some of my friends prefer watching the evening shows in a cinema. After the film they will have dinner at some nearby restaurant and return home. Watching a film at home is definitely more comfortable, but it doesn’t satisfy that need for a change from home.
Examiner: Now that sophisticated home entertainment systems are available, do you think people really have a reason to go to the theatre?
Candidate: Well, as I said earlier the reason that attracts many film goers to the cinema is not the quality of the image or sound. They just want to have an evening or night out and during those hours spent away from home they also want to watch a film. Also there are people who can’t wait until the DVDs become available. They want to watch the first day first show.
Examiner: Thank you. That’s the end of the test.
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