How part 1 of the IELTS speaking test is conducted 

The focus of this article is how part 1 of the IELTS speaking test is conducted. We will look at exactly what the examiner will say before you start the speaking test and also the questions all examiners must ask you at the beginning of the test.

What the examiner will say – PART 1

When you first meet the examiner there will be an introduction which will be very similar to this.

Examiner: Hello. Come in. Take a seat.

This is the Speaking Test of the International English Language Testing System taking place on
DAY / MONTH / YEAR at LOCATION NAME (city/district), Centre number VN783.
The candidate is CANDIDATES NAME and the candidate number is 0056780.
The examiner is EXAMINERS NAME, examiner number 485971.

Examiner: Good morning, my name is EXAMINERS NAME.

Examiner: Can you please tell me your full name?

Candidate: Yes, I’m … CANDIDATES NAME

Examiner: And what should I call you?

Candidate: You can call me … CANDIDATES PREFERRED NAME

Examiner: Can I see your identification please … ?

Questions the examiner must ask

After the initial introduction the examiner will always ask some questions about the following topics.

They will either ask if you work or if you are a student.
They will ask you about where you live.

So let’s look at some examples of the types of questions you may be asked.

If the examiner asks about your work or studies they will ask questions similar to these.

A) Do you work or are you a student?

What were your reasons for choosing this course/job?
Are you friends with any of the people you study/work with?
Is there anything you would like to change about your course/job?

If the examiner asks about where you live they will ask questions similar to the ones below.

B) Where do you live?

What type of entertainment do young people enjoy in your hometown?
What things don’t you like about living in your hometown? (why)
How would you improve your hometown if you could? (why)

This means answering questions on these topics is something that you should have practiced.

Follow up questions

Once you have been asked these questions the examiner will ask questions for another 2 additional sets of questions.

Each question set has 4 questions and they are taken from a script to ensure consistency.  These are every day topics that you are familiar with, such as the ones below.

  • Your hobbies
  • Your city
  • Sports
  • Television
  • Music
  • Weather

and there are many more topics you could be asked to talk about.

This is an overview of how part 1 of the IELTS speaking test is conducted. In the next article we will look at part 2 of the IELTS speaking test which is known as the long turn.

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Damon Bailey
Damon Bailey

As one of the co-founders at IELTS Whiz I really love helping students to achieve their education goals and improve their opportunities for the future. I find it really rewarding to have a positive impact on the lives of students and enjoy assisting them on the path towards reaching their dreams.

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