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Have you ever wondered what it takes to score a Band 8 in the IELTS speaking exam?
Well, now you don’t have to!
Last week, my friend Rashmi was kind enough to let me film a full-length mock speaking test with her under IELTS exam conditions.
She recently scored a Band 8 in her IELTS speaking exam, and we couldn’t wait to see whether she could do it all over again!
I know this video will give many of you the insight and motivation you need to finally get your dream score for IELTS speaking. In this full-length mock exam, we’ll cover:
0:20 – Part One
3:44 – Part Two
6:26 – Part Three
9:55 – Feedback
Make sure to watch until the very end where I’ll give Rashmi detailed feedback on the four criteria that the examiner will use to mark YOUR speaking test:
2. Lexical Resource
3. Grammatical Range and Accuracy
4. Fluency and Coherence
What did you think of Rashmi’s score? Did it surprise you?
Let me know in the comments below!
THE CUE CARD WE USED IN THE VIDEO 👇
Describe the type of clothing that you like to wear.
You should discuss:
What is it?
Why do you like it?
Where do you buy it?
How does it make you feel?
What to expect in the IELTS speaking test:
🎙️ Part 1 is all about YOU.
The examiner will ask you everyday questions about your life. Common topics for Part 1 include your job or studies, your hometown and your family. This will last around 4 minutes.
📄 Part 2 is sometimes called the ‘long turn’.
The examiner will give you a cue card with a given topic on it, alongside key points for you to discuss. You will also be given 1 minute to make some notes and prepare your answer and then you will be asked to speak for up to 2 minutes.
💡 Part 3 is more abstract.
This is your opportunity to develop your answers and discuss the issues brought up by the examiner. This section will be related to the topic you discussed in Part 2 and usually lasts 4-5 minutes.
Your questions answered:
❓ Should I use an American or “British” accent?
📚 Absolutely not! You’ll probably feel (and sound) a bit silly. You will never get extra marks for having a “British” accent – the key thing you should focus on is making sure the examiner can understand what you’re saying.
❓Will using lots of idioms and phrasal verbs boost my score?
📚 Idioms and phrasal verbs can help boost your score for vocabulary… BUT ONLY IF YOU USE THEM CORRECTLY. Vocabulary is 25% of your total score for the speaking test – do NOT lower it by using idioms or phrasal verbs that you don’t fully understand 🙁
❓ Will my body language or appearance affect my score?
📚No, your body language and appearance are NOT important in the IELTS exam. They might help you feel more confident, but the IELTS examiner can’t examine anything other than your pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, fluency and coherence.
❓ Is it possible for me to score a Band 8?
📚 Yes! However, the average IELTS score is 5.5, so you need to work EXTRA hard to get a Band 8.
❓ Can I do a mock speaking test?
📚 Yes, all of my students now get 2 full mock speaking tests with an IELTS teacher when they join my VIP Course. You can see how it helped Tejinder score a Band 8 by keeping it simple here –
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