Is there a speaking partner for the IELTS speaking test?

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Yes, in the IELTS Speaking test, you will be interacting with a real person who serves as your speaking partner. This person is called an examiner. The IELTS Speaking test is a face-to-face conversation between you and the examiner. The examiner's role is to ask you questions, respond to your answers, and assess your speaking skills based on specific criteria.

The examiner is trained to create a comfortable environment for the test-takers to ensure that they can perform to the best of their abilities. The Speaking test is designed to evaluate your ability to communicate effectively in English, so having a live interaction with an examiner allows for a more authentic assessment of your speaking skills.