How part 2 of the IELTS speaking test is conducted 

Part 2 of the IELTS speaking test is called the long turn. This article will show you how part 2 of the IELTS speaking test is conducted. We will look at exactly what the examiner will say to you and how you know it is time to begin your long turn.

What the examiner will say – PART 2

Examiner: Now, I’m going to give you a topic, and I’d like you to talk about it for one to two minutes. You have one minute to plan what you’re going to say and you can make notes if you wish. Do you understand?

Examiner: Here’s your paper and pencil … and … this is your topic. I’d like you to describe…


  • Describe an object (e.g. a present)
  • Describe a place (e.g. building, city)
  • Describe an event (e.g. festival, holiday)
  • Describe an activity (e.g hobby, sport)
  • Describe a person (e.g. teacher, family member)
  • Describe your favourite (film, book)

How part 2 of the IELTS speaking test is conducted

Examiner: Alright now remember, you have one to two minutes to talk about this topic and don’t worry if I stop you – I’ll tell you when the time’s up.

Could you start speaking now (please).

If the candidate finishes early (before 1 minute) the examiner may say – Can you tell me anything more about this?

When the candidate has finished speaking the examiner will ask a further 1 to 2 follow up questions after the candidate has finished their 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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