I have no idea how you found this site, perhaps you asked your tutor or maybe it was luck, but you have just found the best site for preparing for the IELTS speaking.
Here’s why: To succeed in this part of the exam you should be competent in two areas;
a) General language skills.
b) IELTS exam skills.
Language skills cover fluency, pronunciation, good listening skills (to understand others while in conversation) and of course an extensive range of vocabulary and correct grammar usage.
Exam skills cover familiarity with the exam, overcoming exam day nerves, speaking with clarity on exam day, developing strategies for each section and finally practising each section.
Fortunately you can improve both your language and your exam skills using the material below. You will find mock exam cards, mock speaking exams, tips to improve fluency and strategies to deal with tasks one, two and three.
At the end of the page you will find an overview of the whole IELTS speaking exam.
The Reading test consists of forty questions and must be completed in sixty minutes. These questions are constructed to work in a varying range, including reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical argument, recognising writers’ opinions, attitudes and purpose.
There are two versions of the Reading component: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. The Academic version includes three long texts which range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. Qualifying candidates are expected to be able to extract significant information from texts as well as understand the information thoughtfully and critically.
The texts are authentic and are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. These have been selected for a non-specialist audience but are appropriate for candidates entering university courses or seeking professional registration.
The General Training version requires candidates to read extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines. These are materials that they are likely to encounter on a daily basis. As well as with using English in conversational circumstances, it is important for candidates to understand what is being communicated through different types of media within an English speaking environment.