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.

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Examiner Feedback
SPEAKING PART 1
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Fluency and Coherence: Band 6
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  • 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
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  • 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.
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Grammar: Band 6
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  • 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’
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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
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SPEAKING PART 2
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.​​​​​​​
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Vocabulary:

  • 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.’​​​​​​​

Grammar:

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

Pronunciation:

  • 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.

SPEAKING PART 3
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!)


Vocabulary:
  • 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’
Grammar:

  • 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…’

Pronunciation:

  • 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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