IELTS® Speaking 2 Practice 42

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Review Summary (Sample)
Final Score Band 5.5
Fluency and Coherence 5.5/9
Lexical Resource (Vocabulary) 7/9
Grammatical Range and Accuracy 4/9
Pronunciation 6/9
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Audio feedback (Sample)

This audio feedback is based on a student's response to the following Part 3 questions:

1. What kind of people become famous in your country?
2. Why do sports stars and movie stars become so popular?
3. What is the difference between people who became famous in the past and people who become famous in these days?
4. Do you think it is more difficult to become famous in the past than these days?
5. What kind of people may become famous in the future?
6. Do people want to read about someone interesting like a move star or an athlete or do they want to read about someboday who wants to make a big change in the word?
How we review your speaking response Our IELTS certified instructors will review your speaking response based on the following criteria:
  1. Pronunciation
  2. Fluency and Coherence
  3. Grammatical Range and Accuracy
  4. Lexical Resource (Vocabulary)
You will receive a score, feedback, and a IELTS report on each speaking criteria. The average score for all criteria will be converted to a score out of 9.

1. If your overall score is an average of 5.25, your band score will be increased to 5.5.
2. If your overall score is an average of 5.75, your band score will be increased to 6.
3. If your overall score is an average of 5.1, your band score will go down to 5.
4. If your overall score is rounded up or down to the nearest 0.5 or whole score as shown above.

Band Pronunciation
Fluency and Coherence
Grammatical Range and Accuracy
Lexical Resource (Vocabulary)
9 • uses a full range of pronunciation features with precision and subtlety
• sustains flexible use of features throughout
• is effortless to understand
• speaks fluently with only rare repetition or self-correction;
• any hesitation is content-related rather than to find words or grammar
• speaks coherently with fully appropriate cohesive features
• develops topics fully and appropriately
• uses a full range of structures naturally and appropriately
• produces consistently accurate structures apart from ‘slips’ characteristic of native speaker speech
• uses vocabulary with full flexibility and precision in all topics
• uses idiomatic language naturally and accurately
8 • uses a wide range of pronunciation features
• sustains flexible use of features, with only occasional
• is easy to understand throughout; L1 accent has minimal
effect on intelligibility
• speaks fluently with only occasional repetition or selfcorrection; hesitation is usually content-related and only rarely to search for language
• develops topics coherently and appropriately
• uses a wide range of structures flexibly
• produces a majority of error-free sentences with only very occasional inappropriacies or basic/non-systematic errors
•uses a wide vocabulary resource readily and flexibly to convey precise meaning
• uses less common and idiomatic vocabulary skilfully, with occasional inaccuracies
• uses paraphrase effectively as required
7 • shows all the positive features of Band 6 and some, but not
all, of the positive features of Band 8
• speaks at length without noticeable effort or loss of coherence
• may demonstrate language-related hesitation at times, or some repetition and/or self-correction
• uses a range of connectives and discourse markers with some flexibility
• uses a range of complex structures with some flexibility
• frequently produces error-free sentences, though some
grammatical mistakes persist
• uses vocabulary resource flexibly to discuss a variety of topics
• uses some less common and idiomatic vocabulary and shows some awareness of style and collocation, with some inappropriate choices
• uses paraphrase effectively
6 • uses a range of pronunciation features with mixed control
• shows some effective use of features but this is not sustained
• can generally be understood throughout, though mispronunciation of individual words or sounds reduces
clarity at times
• is willing to speak at length, though may lose coherence at times due to occasional repetition, self-correction or hesitation
• uses a range of connectives and discourse markers but not
always appropriately
• uses a mix of simple and complex structures, but with limited flexibility
• may make frequent mistakes with complex structures
though these rarely cause comprehension problems
• has a wide enough vocabulary to discuss topics at length and make meaning clear in spite of inappropriacies
• generally paraphrases successfully
5 • shows all the positive features of Band 4 and some, but not
all, of the positive features of Band 6
usually maintains flow of speech but uses repetition, self
• correction and/or slow speech to keep going
• may over-use certain connectives and discourse markers
• produces simple speech fluently, but more complex
communication causes fluency problems
• produces basic sentence forms with reasonable accuracy
• uses a limited range of more complex structures, but these usually contain errors and may cause some comprehension
• manages to talk about familiar and unfamiliar topics but
uses vocabulary with limited flexibility
• attempts to use paraphrase but with mixed success
4 • uses a limited range of pronunciation features
• attempts to control features but lapses are frequent
• mispronunciations are frequent and cause some difficulty
for the listener
• cannot respond without noticeable pauses and may speak slowly, with frequent repetition and self-correction
• links basic sentences but with repetitious use of simple connectives and some breakdowns in coherence
• produces basic sentence forms and some correct simple sentences but subordinate structures are rare
• errors are frequent and may lead to misunderstanding
• is able to talk about familiar topics but can only convey basic meaning on unfamiliar topics and makes frequent errors in word choice
• rarely attempts paraphrase
3 • shows some of the features of Band 2 and some, but not
all, of the positive features of Band 4
• speaks with long pauses
• has limited ability to link simple sentences
• gives only simple responses and is frequently unable to
convey basic message
• attempts basic sentence forms but with limited success, or relies on apparently memorised utterances
• makes numerous errors except in memorised expressions
• uses simple vocabulary to convey personal information
• has insufficient vocabulary for less familiar topics
2 • Speech is often unintelligble
• pauses lengthily before most words
• little communication possible
• cannot produce basic sentence forms • only produces isolated words or memorised utterances
1 • no communication possible
• no rateable language
• no communication possible
• no rateable language
• no communication possible
• no rateable language
• no communication possible
• no rateable language
0 • does not attend • does not attend • does not attend • does not attend
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IELTS Speaking Vocabulary Lesson - Music
Useful vocabulary for Part 1 questions about music

Do you like music?

I love music. My friends and I like to sing along to catchy songs on the radio. However, I don’t like songs that get stuck in my head.

I don’t consider myself a music lover. I am actually quite tone-deaf, but I do go to an occasional concert.

I am head over heels for music. I normally listen to catchy songs that I can sing along with. I go to at least one gig a month.

What kind of music do you listen to?

My favorite music to listen to is country music. I know the genre doesn’t have a huge fan base, but I like to set my favorite song as my ringtone, so every time I hear it I can learn the words.

I like to listen to jazz music. My family always puts on different jazz vinyls on our record machine Christmas morning. It isn’t very singable, but I like it anyway.

What is your favorite song?

My favorite song is “Landslide,” by Fleetwood Mac. It is easy to sing along to and I can listen to it over and over again. 

“Hey Jude” is my favorite song. It is a massive hit, sung by the Beatles. I know if people love the Beatles that they have great taste in music

Are you good at singing?

I think I am a great singer, but my family jokes that I am tone deaf. I like to go to karaoke nights, but don’t expect any massive hits from me in the future. 

I am a talented singer. I don’t have a record label, but I have performed a few concerts at a local festival.

Who is your favourite singer?

My favorite singer is John Legend. His songs are so romantic and he has a beautiful voice. It’s no wonder he has a huge following

Britney Spears is my favorite singer. She hasn’t come out with any new songs lately, but her music is timeless and will always get me in a great mood!

Is there a specific album you like the most? 

I don’t have a specific album that is my favorite because I love listening to new music. I always have my radio on listening for the next one-hit wonder

My favorite album is “Hotel California,” but The Eagles. I used to listen to this album when I was growing up, so it is very nostalgic. It is also my dad’s favorite album!

Vocabulary for describing the music/song you like

  • Catchy: catchy music or words are pleasing and easy to remember
  • Get stuck in your head/earworm
  • Sing along to (a song)
  • Have good taste in music
  • Tone-deaf: (of a person) unable to perceive differences of musical pitch accurately
  • Set my favorite song as a ringtone
  • One-hit wonder: A one-hit wonder is a singer/group that has only experienced real mainstream success with one hit song.
  • Nostalgic: feeling happy and also slightly sad when you think about things that happened in the past:

Vocabulary for describing music shows and singers:

  • Album/record/vinyl
  • Live show/gig/concert
  • singer/vocalist
  • A record label: a company that records and sells music:
  • A massive hit: a record that sells lots of copies
  • Have a huge following: have a lot of fans
  • Be head over heels: be completely in love 
  • Fan base: the fans of a singer, group, team, etc. considered as a group:
Useful vocabulary for Part 1 questions about music

What type of music do you like?

I like classical music. I like classical music because there is such a range, it can be melancholic and relax me, or piercing and wake me up. 

My favorite type of music is rock music. Rock music is rhythmic and I like learning all of the words to my favorite songs.

I love hip-hop music. It has a fast tempo and always gets me energized for my day.

I like K-pop music the best. It is very upbeat and puts me in a good mood. I think anyone who is feeling down should listen to K-pop.

Punk music is my favorite! I know others may disagree, but I find it very catchy and singable

I love electronic music. Although it is very lively, I find that it is also very relaxing in the right situations. I think the music can be very uplifting to people in a dance club.

I like listening to jazz music. Jazz music on a late night is so soft and warm. I believe that jazz artists are some of the most harmonic of them all!

Types of music: 

Words to describe types of music

  • Classical music
  • Rock music
  • Hip-hop
  • K-pop
  • Punk music
  • Electronic music
  • Jazz
  • Fast temp
  • Upbeat: full of hope, happiness, and good feelings:
  • Relaxing
  • Soft
  • Piercing: high and loud sound
  • Warm
  • Harmonic: 
  • Lively
  • Melancholic: expressing feelings of sadness
  • Rhythmic: A rhythmic sound has a regular movement or beat that is repeated.
  • Catchy: catchy music or words are pleasing and easy to remember
  • Singable
  • Uplifting:  making someone feel better:
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