Mock Speaking Test #1
Zoya Fandina, Russia
Zoya's Scores:
​​​​​​​Fluency and Coherence: 6
Vocabulary: 7
Grammar: 7
Pronunciation: 6
​​​​​​​Overall: 6.5
On the real IELTS Speaking Exam, you only get graded on your performance overall, on all three parts. However, below we’ve provided specific scores and feedback for each part.

Examiner Feedback

Fluency and Coherence: Band 6
  • We don’t say ‘as well as this’ to introduce a new point. We’d say ‘in addition to this.’
  • Too many ‘uhs’ and ‘ums’. Try to read out loud every day for 5-10 minutes to improve fluency and confidence.
  • The student has a nice amount of transition phrases, but most of them are quite formal/academic. Try to use more informal fillers. 

Vocabulary: Band 7

  • Try using more informal/idiomatic/interesting language in Part 1, like instead of ‘I’m not so satisfied’, the student could say ‘I’m not really into it’ or ‘Honestly, it leaves a lot to be desired’
  • Instead of ‘initiate contact’ say ‘get to know more folks’, to sound more natural
  • Don’t say ‘follow a balance’, say ‘seek a balance’
  • Eating oatmeal isn’t ‘useful’ it’s ‘healthy’, or ‘a solid meal to start the day’
  • Don’t say ‘fundament’, it’s ‘fundamental’
  • Check out this video for examples of formal/informal vocabulary.

Grammar: Band 6

  • Not ‘I would get more parks’, say ‘I’d love it if there were more parks to walk to’
  • Not ‘I have not so much time’, say ‘I don’t have loads of time’
  • Not ‘eat an oatmeal’, just ‘eat oatmeal’

Pronunciation: Band 7

  • ​​​​​​​The student has nice intonation and stress, but it sounds the same for every answer. Try to relax a bit, put own personality in, and express varied emotions according to the topic

Fluency and Coherence:

  • Good vocabulary - ‘so let me tell you a story…’
  • Good transitions, like ‘actually’
  • We don’t say, ‘Well, move on’, you can say, ‘well, moving on…’
  • The student mentioned that Paris is amazing, that she visited many places, but she didn’t give any details as to those places.
  • If the student went into detail and description about specific places she went to and activities she did, she could fill the 2 minutes. What did she see? What did she eat? What were the people like?
  • You HAVE TO keep talking for the whole 2 minutes, until the examiner stops you.
  • Suggestion for practice: Try getting one Part 2 card, and practicing it 3 times in a row. So, each time you say the answer, you will be able to add more and more details, and feel more confident.​​​​​​​


  • Don't say ‘she raised the opportunity’, say ‘she grasped the opportunity.’
  • Good vocabulary- ‘blown away by Paris.’
  • The student could use more interesting descriptive phrases besides ‘amazing city’, like ‘mind-blowing’ or ‘indescribable.’​​​​​​​


  • Don't say ‘really enjoyed by this journey’, say ‘really enjoyed this journey.’


  • There are a lot of opportunities when telling a story to show varied expressiveness.
  • Suggestion for practice: Watch some of our sample answers on IELTS Energy TV and think about which emotions we are expressing, and try to mimic the way we speak.

Fluency and Coherence:

  • Good amount of linking phrases
  • Don't say ‘as well as this’ say ‘in addition to this’ or ‘plus’
  • The student mentioned many cities that are good options to visit, but didn’t say why. Give specific details!
  • When the student was asked about dangerous cities in her country, she couldn’t say much. Remember you have to talk about something, so you can mention a story you read/heard about a dangerous place in Russia, or talk about dangerous cities where you live now in the U.S. (this is a good example of how reading the newspaper helps!)

  • Good vocabulary-‘plethora’ and ‘to-do list’ and ‘cost an arm and a leg’ and ‘marvel’ and ‘array of options’ and ‘mish mash’
  • Don't say ‘get a plan’, say ‘make a plan’
  • Don't say ‘get a comfortable trip’, say ‘ensure a comfortable trip’
  • Don't say ‘criminality rate’, just ‘crime rate’

  • Don't say ‘I have not so much ideas’, say ‘I really don’t know tons/loads about this’, or ‘I couldn’t say exactly, as I’m not super familiar with this, but…’


  • The student stumbled a bit while pronouncing cities in Russia- practice those, as you often have to talk about where you come from on the exam
  • When talking about dangerous places, and urban problems, the student's intonation still sounded pretty positive. Remember that our intonation goes down more for these topics, to express a more dramatic idea. You can see this in my sample answers on YouTube.

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