Part 2 is the individual long turn. The examiner gives the test takers a task card that asks the test takers to talk about a particular topic, includes points to cover in their talk, and instructs the test takers to explain one aspect of the topic. Test takers are given one minute to prepare their talk and are given a pencil and paper to make notes. The examiner asks the test takers to talk for 1 to 2 minutes, stops the test takers after 2 minutes, and asks one or two questions on the same topic.
Using the points on the task card effectively, and making notes during the preparation time, will help the test takers think of appropriate things to say, structure their talk, and keep talking for 2 minutes.
Part 2 lasts 3–4 minutes, including the preparation time.
This part of the test focuses on the ability to speak at length on a given topic (without further prompts from the examiner), using appropriate language, and organising ideas coherently. It is likely that the test-takers will need to draw on their own experience to complete the long turn.
Useful information and tips to help learners prepare:
IELTS Speaking task 2 topics are related to personal experiences and life events. Typical topics include:
Learning strategies that will help the learners achieve better results:
You MUST take notes!
This is a crucial part of being able to fill two minutes in a fluent, cohesive way.
On the test, the examiner will first give you the directions for Speaking Part 2, then give you a topic card, a pencil, and a piece of paper.
Then, you will have one minute to take notes on your answer.
Teacher example and activities to prepare the learner:
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