The Speaking section of the IELTS is a face-to-face interview with a certified examiner. It is designed to assess your ability to communicate effectively in English. The interview is recorded for quality assurance purposes.
The Speaking section consists of three parts. In Part 1, the examiner will ask you general questions about yourself, your background, interests, hobbies, and other familiar topics. In Part 2, you will be given a cue card with a topic and will have one minute to prepare your response. Then you will have to speak for up to two minutes on the given topic. In Part 3, the examiner will ask you further questions related to the topic in Part 2, encouraging a more in-depth discussion.
The Speaking section usually lasts between 11 to 14 minutes and is conducted in a friendly and interactive manner to make you feel comfortable expressing your thoughts and ideas.