In part 2 of the speaking exam, you will be given a prompt card that asks you to talk about a particular topic.
Included under the main topic sentence, are four additional prompts telling you what areas to include in your talk, to help you keep talking for between 1 and 2 minutes.
For example, from Cambridge IELTS 10 Test 4:
Here is a list of 38 Speaking Test Part 2 topics I have compiled from my collection of IELTS practice test textbooks. See below for Part 2 tips (Do’s and Don’ts).
|an interesting historical place|
|an interest or hobby you enjoy|
|a river, lake or sea which you like|
|a useful website you visited|
|a well-known person you like or admire|
|a song or piece of music you like|
|one of your friends|
|a festival that is important in your country|
|someone in your family who you like|
|something healthy you enjoy doing|
|a game or sport you enjoy playing|
|an important choice you made|
|a party that you enjoyed|
|an idea you had for improving something at work or college|
|a competition you entered|
|a useful piece of electronic equipment|
|a questionnaire or survey you gave your opinion in|
|a restaurant you visited|
|a meeting you had|
|a family friend you remember from childhood|
|a market you visited|
|a new or exciting activity you did|
|a journey [by car, plan or boat] you went on|
|someone who has done a lot to help people|
|someone you know who does something well|
|a shop you often go to|
|a child you know|
|something you want|
|a house or apartment of someone you know|
|a writer you would like to meet|
|a day when the weather was perfect|
|an interesting documentary|
|one of your favourite places you like to visit|
|a famous entertainer you like or admire|
|someone who has taught you something useful in your life|
|a common leisure activity in your country|
|a friend that you spend a lot of time with|
|a local facility (e.g. sports centre, mall, cinema, park) that you often use|
Test tips (DOs and DON’Ts):
- Don’t wait for the examiner to say “You can start preparing now”. You may start writing notes the moment they finish saying “I’d like you to describe [insert topic]”.
- Don’t worry if the examiner remains silent when you can’t think of anything more to say during your 2-minute period. He/she is giving you a chance to talk more.
- Don’t worry if the examiner stops you when your two minutes are up. This will not affect your score.
- Don’t spend too long answering any follow-up question the examiner asks you. Just 1 or 2 sentences is enough. Marks normally come from your initial 2-minute long turn (unless you finished it way earlier than normal).
- Don’t worry if the examiner stops you while you are answering any follow-up question. He/she is just trying to keep within the time limits.
- Do try to talk for the maximum time permitted (2 minutes) because the examiner needs a large sample of your vocabulary/grammar to give you a higher score.
- Do talk on each of the four prompt points for as little or as long as you want.
- Do let the examiner know if you have nothing further to say during your 2 minutes (e.g. “And that’s it”), so he/she will not wait silently for you to keep talking.
- Do pile all the materials together (the booklet, paper, pencil and eraser) and quickly hand them back to the examiner when he/she asks you to.