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IELTS Speaking assessment

Thank you for choosing our Speaking evaluation service.

To assess your Speaking skills, I need you to speak for 2 minutes, answering the questions on a Cue Card and recording yourself.

You can use the Cue Card below – or scroll down choose another Cue Card from the list there.

Here are the questions from a real IELTS Cue Card:

Talk about a change you would like to make in your life, you should say:
- What kind of change it would be?
- When would you like to make it?
- Why?
- What is the main reason for this change?

Don’t worry about the recording – it’s easy! All you need is a microphone connected to your computer and a quiet room. Here is how to record your answer:

Important: If you see a message on the recorder, asking you to allow or deny access to your microphone, please click Allow.

1. To begin recording click on the red button REC below and start speaking.

2. When finished click on the red button PAUSE.

3. To play your recording click on the green button PLAY. If you don’t like it – click on blue button “CLEAR” to erase it and record a new one. You can do so until you get it right. Please play your recording before you send it to make sure it’s complete.

4. When you’re ready to send – fill your email address in the upper white box, and if you have a message for us, type it in the big lower white box and click on blue button SEND. Note: You must enter your email address or we won’t know where to send the evaluation report!

Then you will see a message “The recording has been created and an email has been sent to the owner notifying them of the new voice comment.” It means that you’ve successfully recorded and sent your speech to us. To go back to IELTS-Blog, click on “Return” link.

Our teachers will listen to your speech, award you an approximate band score and make suggestions for improvement. Then all their feedback will be sent to your email. Easy!

If for some reason you’d like to use a different software to record your speech, no problem. Save it in MP3 format, make sure it’s no longer than 2 minutes and send it to We will assess it just the same.

Go ahead, give it a try! (Remember – record no more than 2 minutes)

Use one of these Cue Cards for your recording:

Cue Card 1

Talk about an advertisement you have heard or seen, you should say:
- what was the advertisement,
- where and how you heard it / seen it,
- what were the items in the advertisement.

Cue Card 2

Talk about a person who cooks well, you should say:
- Who this person is,
- How she/he learned to cook.
- How long she/he has been cooking.

Cue Card 3

Talk about a place in your town you like the most, you should say:
- What place in your town that is,
- Why you visit the place,
- How often you visit the place,
- When you last visited the place.

Cue Card 4

Talk about your favorite shop, you should say:
- Where it is located,
- How you came to know about it,
- What they sell there.

Cue Card 5

Talk about your favorite toy as a child, you should say:
- What your favorite toy was,
- Who gave it to you,
- Why it was so important to you.

How long does it take to get feedback?

It normally takes us 2-3 working days (we work Monday to Friday) to check your recording. Your report will be sent to your email as soon as it’s ready.

Need more Speaking topics or tips how to do better?

You can find more speaking topics and read how to improve your score in my IELTS books, ‘Target Band 7′ and ‘Ace the IELTS’, available for a free trial download here.

Looking forward to hearing from you!


Simone Braverman
Founder of