IELTS Speaking: Part 2

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In Part 2, you have to speak for 1-2 minutes by yourself, without stopping, on a topic the examiner will give you, like the one in the green box below. You have one minute to get ready and make some notes.

Write some notes on the paper the examiner will give you. When the preparation time is up, or if you are ready earlier, start talking.

You should talk for between 1 and 2 minutes. Use the timers and clocks in the sidebar on the right to time yourself.

Describe an important historical event in your country:

You should say:
when it happened
what happened
who were the most important people involved

and say why it was important to your country

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After you have tried the topics above, go to Part 3 of the Speaking Test.

  • Download tips for the IELTS Speaking Test (Word version) (Adobe Acrobat version).
  • Don’t forget to check YouTube for examples of Part 1, Part 2 or Part 3 Speaking!
  • Here’s one of the best resources out there: from the Australia Network television service, an excellent series of videos and other resources. Start with this cheerful video from Lester Chin. You can download videos and transcripts. Amazing resource: Highly recommended!