Aubrey Carter
"3 Keys IELTS Certified Coach"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Today you’ll find out what scores real IELTS student Hugo gets in Speaking Part 2.

If you didn’t see the first part of this series, go back and watch the video REAL IELTS Speaking Test: Part 1 Hometown and Colors.

As an IELTS Examiner for 14 years, Jessica gave Hugo a score of 6.5 for his Part 1 performance.

Find out today if Hugo can increase that score in IELTS Speaking Part 2.

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IELTS Part 2 Question

Describe a party you would like to give for a friend or family member.

Unfortunately, Hugo’s score dropped to a Band 6 in this answer.

There was too much hesitation and there were not enough transition phrases.

Why did Hugo score a 6?

Watch the end of the video to hear Jessica explain why Hugo got 6’s in every scoring category:

  • Fluency and Coherence: 6
  • Vocabulary: 6
  • Grammar: 6
  • Pronunciation: 6

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Before/during/after strategy

If you get this Speaking Part 2 topic, remember to use our strategy of ‘before/during/after.’

Watch a video about this strategy for increased Part 2 fluency: ‘Speaking Part 2 Trick to Extend Fluency- Before/During/After.’

In order to fill the full 2 minutes, it is very helpful to tell a story.

This strategy can give you the structure to do that to increase your Fluency score.

How is the Speaking score calculated?

Remember, though, that on the real IELTS Exam, your score is an overall of your performance on all three parts.

So, stay tuned for the last video in this series, where Hugo answers Speaking Part 3 questions about celebrations.

Jessica will provide detailed feedback with scores.

She’ll also give specifics about what he could improve.


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