Unit 1, IELTS Speaking test model, part 1: Recording script
(CD 1, Track 4)
After you have introduced yourself and the Examiner has checked
your ID, he or she will ask you questions on three topic areas. The
first topic area will be about your studies, your work or where you
Examiner: Let’s talk about your home town. Where were you born?
Candidate: I was born in a place called Rochester in the Medway
towns in Kent.
Examiner: Do you still live in Rochester?
Candidate: No, I haven’t lived in Rochester for a long time now,
since I went to college. I live in London.
Examiner: Do most people like living in Rochester?
Candidate: I guess they do. I always wanted to live in London, so…
my family still live there, but I guess it’s a nice place.
Candidate: Well, it’s got beautiful architecture and it’s the home of
Dickens and so there’s quite a lot of historical interest there and
you’ve got countryside nearby and it’s easily accessible for London.
Examiner: Do you think you’ll stay in London?
Candidate: Oh, I don’t know. I’ve been here for quite a while now
and although I love it, I can’t imagine spending my whole life here.
The next two topics will be more general.
Examiner: I’d like to move on to talk about sport. What’s your
Candidate: My favourite sport to watch is football, but to
participate in, it’s swimming.
Examiner: When did you first become interested in swimming?
Candidate: Gosh, when I was a child, my dad used to take me
swimming every week and I swam for my school.
Examiner: How often do you participate in swimming now?
Candidate: I try to swim at least two times a week.
Examiner: What equipment do you need for swimming?
Candidate: The great thing is that you don’t really need any
equipment apart from goggles and trunks.
Examiner: Where do you go swimming?
Candidate: Anywhere I am. I love swimming in the sea but mainly I
swim at my local pool.
Examiner: Now, let’s move on to talk about shopping. How do you
feel about going shopping?
Candidate: I don’t mind going shopping. I like to know exactly what
I’m going shopping for, though, I like to get in, buy it and go home
Examiner: Do you like buying clothes or goods on the Internet?
Candidate: I’ve never bought clothes on the Internet because I like
to try them on before buying them but I’ve certainly bought
electrical goods and other things on the Internet.
Examiner: What don’t you like about shopping?
Candidate: I don’t really like big crowds of people and fighting my
way through them to get what I want. I guess I don’t like paying for
Unit 8, IELTS Speaking test model, part 2: Recording script
(CD 1, Track 22)
The Examiner will introduce part 2 by saying:
Examiner: Now, I’m going to give you a topic and I’d like you to talk
about it for one to two minutes. Before you talk, you’ll have one
minute to think about what you’re going to say. You can make some
notes if you wish. Do you understand?
Candidate: Yes, I do.
Then the Examiner will give you some paper and a pencil for
making notes, and read the topic to you.
Examiner: I’d like you to describe a minor accident that you had in
After your one minute preparation time, you will give your talk.
Candidate: When I was about seven, I was very ill after school and I
was sent home from school and I was lying on the sofa feeling sorry
for myself, watching TV, and I got bored and decided to go and ask
my mum if she could go and find a game for me or a book or
something else to do, and when I went into the kitchen, my mother
was cooking. And so, as I sort of went behind her, I had no shoes on
and she didn’t hear me coming, and she was making boiled
potatoes, and as I got behind her she turned around with the boiled
potatoes in the saucepan to take them to the sink and I was right
behind her, so she hit me round the head with the saucepan of
boiling water and it all spilled down onto my shoulder and splattered
my face and went all over my shoulder and burnt me. But because
she didn’t let go of the saucepan, she still had it in her hand, she
didn’t realise that I was crying because I was burnt, she thought I
was crying because she’d hit me and bumped my head, so she
didn’t respond quickly enough, which made the whole thing worse.
At the time, my dad was a plumber and of course that was before
mobile phones were invented, so dad was out at work and mum
didn’t drive, so I had to wait about seven hours on the sofa with a
dressing on my shoulder for my dad to come home from work so
that he could take me to hospital. My poor mum, bless her heart,
must have been very worried and not known what to do, with not
being able to drive, but I guess there wasn’t anything else she could
do, she did as much as she could, bathed it in cold water, put a dry
Examiner: Thank you. Now, we’ve been talking about…
Unit 11, IELTS Speaking test model, part 3: Recording script
(CD 2, Track 3)
In part 3, the Examiner will ask you some questions related to the
part 2 topic. This candidate has just given a talk about a book that
he enjoyed reading.
Examiner: We’ve been talking about a book you enjoyed and I’d
like to discuss with you one or two more general questions related
to this. Let’s consider first of all why people decide to write a book.
What sort of reasons do you think people have for writing novels?
Candidate: Well, some people say that every one of us has a good
book inside us, but I think there are many various reasons why
people write. Perhaps they have a political message, but I think that
the main thing is that you just feel that you have a story to tell,
perhaps you can’t not write it.
Examiner: And some people have an ambition to write, don’t they?
Examiner: What personal qualities do you think a writer needs to
Candidate: Well, I think the ability to be self-disciplined and to work
alone, to be able to understand people, to get into the minds and
hearts of other people.
Examiner: Do you think it’s something that many people could do?
Candidate: No, I don’t think so, otherwise we would all write that
Examiner: Could you ever write a novel?
Candidate: I’ve had a go, but it was a teenage experiment and it’s
been long gathering dust.
Examiner: Yes. What about newspapers? Do you think newspapers
are a good source of information?
Candidate: Providing you remain aware of the political inclinations
of any particular newspaper, yes, I think it’s a good way of learning
about the news, etc.
Examiner: Yes. What other information do we get from
Candidate: Well, sport, facts and things like that, weather, and its
good sort of editorial content, you know, gossip.
Examiner: Which type of newspaper do you think is best?
Candidate: I think certainly in England the broadsheet newspapers
are better than the tabloid. I think you have to be aware again, that
they may have their own agenda but I think a paper that’s not
committed to any particular political cause.
Examiner: Right. You need a lot of time to read the newspaper,
don’t you? How often do you read a newspaper?
Candidate: I try to read the paper every day. I don’t always read
the paper during the week but the paper I love to buy is on a
Sunday, because so much comes with it, a great culture section, you
can read about the arts and catch up on all the things that have
been going on during the week, the news review section, the sport
section, money section. I really enjoy the editorial on a Sunday.
Examiner: Do you think newspapers should contain illustrations? A
lot of papers have cartoons in them and photographs, is that
Candidate: Yes, I think so. I think certainly they can be a sort of a
powerful way to convey a story, to draw your attention to
something, photographs possibly more than illustrations, although I
do really enjoy cartoons.
Examiner: Right. Thank you very much, that’s the end of the