IELTS Speaking test – the perfect example

I’ve received hundreds of emails after my previous post about the Interview part of the IELTS Speaking test, all asking for more Speaking videos. So guess what – yesterday I spotted this one on YouTube, I watched it 5 times and thought that it’s a good demonstration of what the IELTS Speaking test is really like.

Robbie, the interviewer and creator of a helpful IELTS website, used to be a real IELTS examiner and is following the format of the test very well.

The video is very close to the length of a real Speaking test and includes all the 3 parts: Interview, Cue Card and Discussion.


Update from a General IELTS exam, Australia

Reading test

Passage 1. About different courses and where one can take them.
Passage 2. About frogs in Australia.
Passages 3-4. Don’t remember.

Writing test

Writing Task 1 (a letter)

Write a letter to your friend whose son will go on holidays to your country. In your letter
– Invite the son to stay with you
– Give some advice about things to do

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Some people prefer to be self employed rather than work for a company. Discuss, what is your opinion?

Speaking test


General questions about name, etc.

Cue Card

Don’t remember.


– What is your opinion about reality shows?
– How are TV shows different in Australia and other countries?

Many thanks to Natalia for this report!



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