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IELTS Practice Speaking Test 1: with Audio and Answers

IELTS Practice Speaking Test 1

 

Hello, and welcome to IELTS Practice Speaking Test 1!

Here is a short guide on how to use this resource to practice in speaking before your IELTS exam.

This Practice Speaking Test is structured just like the real IELTS Speaking Test: it has 3 parts. In every part there is a number of questions that the examiner has recorded for you.

You should start by clicking/tapping the Play icon at the top of Part 1, 2 and 3 to play the audio, and you will hear the examiner asking you questions. The pauses between his questions are as long as your answers should be. As soon as the examiner stops talking, you should start answering his question. If you have finished and the recording is still quiet, it means you should extend your answer, as it may be too short.

In this Speaking Test there is a transcript of all the questions. Please read it if you have trouble following the examiner, to make sure you understand what he says.

In Part 2 of the Speaking test you will need to read some questions from a topic card. The topic card is located in the transcript of Part 2 (further in this book). When the examiner says “Here is some paper and a pencil to make notes, and here is your topic”, read the topic card questions in the transcript and begin making notes on paper in preparation for your talk. When the examiner says “Please begin your talk… now.” you should stop making notes and start talking. The recording will be quiet for 2 minutes to allow you to talk. Then, you will hear the examiner ask you a follow-up question.

In this Practice Test there are Model Answers – read them to learn what a high-scoring response looks like.

It is a good idea for you to record your answers, so that you can listen to them later and analyse how well you spoke. You can use an external voice recording device for that, such as the microphone of your computer, an app on your mobile phone, etc. When you are listening to your answers, here are some things to think about:

  • Are you speaking too fast or too slow? Are you answers long enough?
  • Do you tend to repeat the same words many times? Do you hesitate, pause and try to think of the right word often?
  • Are your answers grammatically correct?
  • How good is your pronunciation?

If you are not happy with your Speaking and need to improve it (fast!), these books can help:

Target Band 7 (Academic IELTS) – click here to learn more

Ace the IELTS (General Training IELTS) – click here to learn more

Happy practicing!

|^\3. p. Speaking Test, Part 1 | |^. p. Time |^. p. Speaker |^. p. Question | |^. p. *00.00 * |^. p. *Examiner * |^. p. Hi. My name is the Examiner. What is your full name please? | |^. p. *00.04 * |^\2. p. *Candidate * | |^. p. *00.08 * |^. p. *Examiner * |^. p. What shall I call you? | |^. p. *00.12 * |^\2. p. *Candidate * | |^. p. *00.16 * |^. p. *Examiner * |^. p. Where are you from? | |^. p. *00.20 * |^\2. p. *Candidate * | |^. p. *00.24 * |^. p. *Examiner * |^. p. Can I see your identification? | |^. p. *00.28 * |^\2. p. *Candidate * | |^. p. *00.32 * |^. p. *Examiner * |^. p. Thanks. That’s fine. Now, I’m going to ask you some questions about yourself. | |^. p.   |^. p.   |^. p.   | |^. p. *Topic 1 * |^. p. *Speaker * |^. p. *Question * | |^. p.   |^. p.   |^. p.   | |^. p. *00.35 * |^. p. *Examiner * |^. p. Let’s talk about where you live. Where do you live? | |^. p. *00.40 * |^\2. p. *Candidate * | |^. p. *00.55 * |^. p. *Examiner * |^. p. Do you like where you live? | |^. p. *01.00 * |^\2. p. *Candidate * | |^. p. *01.15 * |^. p. *Examiner * |^. p. How long do you plan to continue living where you are? | |^. p. *01.20 * |^\2. p. *Candidate * | |^. p.   |^\2. p.   | |^. p. *Topic 2 * |^. p. *Speaker * |^. p. *Question * | |^. p.   |^. p.   |^. p.   | |^. p. *01.35 * |^. p. *Examiner * |^. p. Let’s talk about the tourism industry in your country. Does your country have many tourist destinations? | |^. p. *01.40 * |^\2. p. *Candidate * | |^. p. *01.55 * |^. p. *Examiner * |^. p. Is the tourism industry important where you live? | |^. p. *02.00 * |^\2. p. *Candidate * | |^. p. *02.15 * |^. p. *Examiner * |^. p. Do you think it is a good idea to encourage tourists to visit your country? | |^. p. *02.20 * |^\2. p. *Candidate * | |^. p.   |^\2. p.   | |^. p. *Topic 3 * |^. p. *Speaker * |^. p. *Question * | |^. p.   |^. p.   |^. p.   | |^. p. *02.35 * |^. p. *Examiner * |^. p. Let’s go on to talk about food. What are the most common types of national dish in your country? | |^. p. *02.40 * |^\2. p. *Candidate * | |^. p. *02.55 * |^. p. *Examiner * |^. p. Did you learn to cook when you were a child? | |^. p. |
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p. Is it important to learn to cook your national dishes?
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|^. p. *Topic 4 * |^. p. *Speaker * |^. p. *Question * | |^. p.   |^. p.   |^. p.   | |^. p. *03.35 * |^. p. *Examiner * |^. p. Let’s talk about films. How often do you watch films? | |^. p. *03.40 * |^\2. p. *Candidate * | |^. p. *03.55 * |^. p. *Examiner * |^. p. What kinds of film do you like to watch? | |^. p. *04.00 * |^\2. p. *Candidate * | |^. p. |
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p. Are there any kinds of film which you do not like to watch?
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|^\3. p. [*Speaking Test, Part 2  *] | |^. p. *Time * |^. p. *Speaker * |^. p. *Question *

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p. *Examiner * |^.
p. I am going to give you a topic and I want you to talk about it for two minutes. Before you talk, you will have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can also make notes if you wish. Do you understand? | |^.
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p. Here is some paper and a pencil to make notes, and here is your topic. I would like you to talk about a traditional event in your country.

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p. *A traditional event in your country. *

 

[*Talk about a traditional event in your country. In your talk, mention the following: *]

 

  • What the traditional event is
  • When it happens
  • Why it happens

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Ok, are you ready? You will have two minutes to give this talk so do not worry if I stop you. Please begin your talk…now.

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p. Ok. Thank you. The two minutes are up. Is this a popular event?
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p. Thank you. May I have the topic card back please? Thanks
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p. *End of Part 2. *

 

 

|^\3. p. [*Speaking Test, Part 3 *] | |^. p. *Time * |^. p. *Speaker * |^. p. *Question *

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p. *08.20 * |^.
p. *Examiner * |^.
p. We have been talking about a traditional event in your country and I would like to discuss this topic further with you.

| |^. p.   |^. p.   |^. p.   | |^. p. *Topic 1 * |^. p. *Candidate * |^. p. *Question * | |^. p.   |^. p.   |^. p.   | |^. p. *08.28 * |^. p. *Examiner * |^. p. Let’s first of all talk about national traditions. How traditional would you say that your country is? | |^. p. *08.34 * |^\2. p. *Candidate * | |^. p. *09.16 * |^. p. *Examiner * |^. p. Can you provide examples of your national traditions? | |^. p. *09.19 * |^\2. p. *Candidate * | |^. p. *10.01 * |^. p. *Examiner * |^. p. Do you think it is good for a society to have strong traditions? | |^. p. 10.04 |^\2. p. *Candidate * | |^. p.   |^\2. p.   | |^. p. *Topic 2 * |^. p. *Speaker * |^. p. *Question * | |^. p.   |^. p.   |^. p.   | |^. p. 10.46 |^. p. *Examiner * |^. p. Let’s go onto talk about how traditional life changes. What have been the biggest changes to the cultural traditions of your country in recent years? | |^. p. *10.55 * |^\2. p. *Candidate * | |^. p. *11.36 * |^. p. *Examiner * |^. p. Should the government have a role to play in helping to preserve national traditions? | |^. p. 11.41 |^\2. p. *Candidate * | |^. p. 12.21 |^. p. *Examiner * |^. p. Do you think that it is inevitable that national traditions will die out in the face of globalization? | |^. p. 12.27 |^\2. p. *Candidate * | |^. p. 13.05 |^. p. *Examiner * |^. p. Thank you. That is the end of the speaking test. |

 

 

 

 

IELTS Practice Speaking Test 1, Model Answers

 

Speaking Test, Part 1

 

What is your full name please?

 

My name is Abhishek Dhole.

 

What shall I call you?

 

You can call me Abhi.

 

[*Where are you from? *]

 

I am from New Delhi, India.

 

Can I see your identification?

 

Yes, of course. Here is my passport, I imagine it would be sufficient.

 

Let’s talk about where you live. Where do you live?

 

Well, as I said, originally I am from New Delhi, but now I live in Australia, in Melbourne.

 

Do you like where you live?

 

I live with my wife in a quiet street, in a small 2-bedroom unit, and yes, I like my house and the area. There are shops nearby and public transport as well, which saves my family the need for a second car.

 

How long do you plan to continue living where you are?

 

I would think at least until I finish my studies, which means another 2 years. We might have to move later on, if I won’t be able to find a job in my area.

 

Let’s talk about the tourism industry in your country. Does your country have many tourist destinations?

 

Well, India is the seventh-largest country in the world and the tourist destinations are numerous, there is such a variety. The city where I grew up, New Delhi, is the national capital and is very popular with tourists. There are, of course, many more places to see – Goa has the most beautiful beaches, Mumbai is the home of Bollywood, Chennai is famous for its clothes shopping opportunities and Tamil music, and these are just the first things that come to mind.

 

 

Is the tourism industry important where you live?

 

As a developing country India’s economy needs money and tourism brings a lot of it to India. Many people work in this industry, they have jobs in hotels, attractions and tour companies. As tourism is growing at a very fast pace, India also benefits from the development of infrastructure: new hotels are being built, airports are being upgraded and ground transportation is being improved, to make it easy for visitors to get around.

 

Do you think it is a good idea to encourage tourists to visit your country?

 

Yes, I believe it is a good idea to increase tourism from other countries through advertising, because, as I already said, it will help Indian economy. More jobs will be created for the locals and the infrastructure will be upgraded.

 

Let’s go onto talk about food. What are the most common types of national dish in your country?

 

Oh, I love Indian food, I can talk about it for hours. You would have probably heard about Samosa (stuffed pastry), Tandoori Chicken, Biryani – that’s a dish of rice with meat, fish or vegetables, and of course our curries are very popular.

 

Did you learn to cook when you were a child?

 

Unfortunately not. In my parents’ home my mother did all the cooking, and now I am married and have my own family, but my wife does all the cooking. She has to travel for work sometimes, and when she is away I wish I knew how to put together a basic meal!

 

Is it important to learn to cook your national dishes?

 

I think that traditions are important and national dishes are part of them, so yes, I think it is important that someone in the family knows how to cook our national dishes. I didn’t pick up that skills when I was a child, but I think I would like my children to know how to cook a traditional meal.

 

Let’s talk about films. How often do you watch films?

 

I’m afraid with my studies I don’t have much free time, and I spend many hours reading and writing, which puts a strain on my eyes, so watching a film isn’t something I do often. I’d rather take a walk in the park with my wife.

 

What kinds of film do you like to watch?

 

Well, when I was a teenager I loved watching fantasy and science fiction movies, and I guess I never grew out of that genre. I enjoy an occasional comedy, too, because they help to take my mind off things.

 

[*Are there any kinds of film which you do not like to watch? *]

 

I never liked horror movies. I wouldn’t be caught dead watching a scary movie, they tend to really upset me and that sick feeling can stay with me for days.

 

Speaking Test, Part 2

 

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Topic card

Talk about a traditional event in your country. In your talk, mention the following:

  • What the traditional event is
  • When it happens
  • Why it happens |

 

 

I would like to talk about Diwali. It is also known as ‘the festival of lights’ and in my opinion is one of the most beautiful Indian festivals. Diwali is celebrated on the 15th day of Hindu month of Kartika and can last up to 5 days. By the Western calendar it falls on different days each year, sometimes in October, other times in November. The fourth day of Diwali is the Hindu New Year.

 

The days leading to Diwali we spend cleaning and decorating our homes. Lights and flowers are used everywhere to give homes a festive look. Red, green, orange and yellow are the favourite Diwali colours. Some people make Rangoli, drawings with coloured powder, on the ground at the entrance of the house. We also do a lot of shopping, because exchanging gifts and sweets with our friends and family is one of Diwali traditions.

 

On the day of Diwali people wear their best traditional clothes and put lights and dyas, which are oil lamps made of clay, everywhere around the house and outside. You can see them in the windows, by the doors, in the gardens, courtyards and even on the rooftops. Hindus believe the more lamps they light, the more Lakshmi is likely to visit them.

 

Diwali has a deep meaning, it is a celebration of victory of good over evil. It is also about letting go of the gloom and darkness, and destruction of negative feelings – anger, jealousy, fear or suffering. People pray to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, and ask her for good luck in the coming year.

 

Follow-up question: Is this a popular event?

Yes, certainly, Diwali is very popular and celebrated not only in India but also all over the world.

 

Speaking Test, Part 3

 

Let’s first of all talk about national traditions. How traditional would you say that your country is?

In my view India is quite traditional. We have many traditions and they affect the way we dress, what we eat, the music we listen to and the movies we watch. The influence of traditions is stronger in the countryside and people in the big cities are more likely to adopt some of the Western culture.

Can you provide examples of your national traditions?

Personally I am a big fan of our food, and according to tradition it is rich with curries and spices, including ginger, coriander, cardamom, turmeric and dried hot peppers. Another example is how we eat: many dishes are eaten with fingers or using bread instead of cutlery. There are traditional drinks, too – you would have heard of Masala Chai, that’s one of the most popular drinks, made by mixing black tea with spices and herbs.

Do you think it is good for a society to have strong traditions?

 

In general I tend to agree with that, because there are many traditions that make our life richer, more interesting, more social, and provide the members of society an opportunity to connect. Traditional values give people something to hold on to in this fast-changing world, they help to maintain stability and reduce stress.

 

Let’s go on to talk about how traditional life changes. What have been the biggest changes to the cultural traditions of your country in recent years?

One of the noticeable changes is how independent the new generations have become. Let’s take arranged marriages, for example. Traditionally parents were the ones deciding on the life partner for their son or daughter, and then a marriage would be arranged. Often the bride and the groom would meet on the wedding day for the first time! Nowadays things have changed. Arranged marriages still exist but it is acceptable for young men and women to choose who they want to marry.

Should the government have a role to play in helping to preserve national traditions?

The government can certainly help us keep the national traditions, and they have the necessary resources for it. These days the tendency is to move away from traditions and in my opinion there aren’t enough people who make a conscious effort to preserve them. If the government steps in it may help save our heritage that defines who we are.

Do you think that it is inevitable that national traditions will die out in the face of globalization?

 

I don’t think that traditions have to disappear just because these days we have access to many other cultures through Internet, television, tourism and so on. It is a personal choice whether one prefers to keep their own traditions and unique features of their culture or not, and I hope many will make the choice to pass on their traditions to the future generations. If all cultures blend into one, our world may become quite a boring place.


IELTS Practice Speaking Test 1: with Audio and Answers

Preparing for the IELTS Speaking test? This resource is perfect for self-preparation. You will find here a complete Speaking Test, with questions recorded by an IELTS examiner (this book comes with built-in audio recordings). To simulate the real exam sit down in a quiet room, press Play and you will feel as if you’re in the examination room with a real examiner asking you questions. The pauses between questions are approximately as long as your answers should be; if you finished answering the question and the recording is still quiet, try to find something else to say, or at least think of it, for the next time! When you’ve finished answering all the questions, go over the Model Answers supplied in this book to learn what a high-scoring response would be. Happy practicing!

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