Speaking test part 2 topics and tips
Posted by Grant Richardson, 1st April, 2017
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.
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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.