IELTS® Speaking 3 Practice 13

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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 - Food
Useful vocabulary for Part 1 questions about food

What do you like to eat?

I like ready meals because I am very busy and I always can find a 7-ELEVEN to heat up my dinner and be good for the night.

I really enjoy chinese cuisine and try to get it as much as possible, but sometimes all restaurants are closed and all I can get hold of is italian cuisine, which is fine, too.

I really enjoy poultry because they are so tasty and rich in flavour.

I really have a sweet tooth so I go in for candy when I can.

I really enjoy eating indian cuisine because I think indian cuisine is fit for a king. It is so tasty and rich in flavour.

A ready meal is a prepackaged, fresh or frozen meal that only requires heating before being served.

Slap-up meal: a quick and fatty meal

To have a sweet tooth: to enjoy sugary food

fit for a king: of very high quality.

Useful vocabulary for Part 1 questions about food

Are there any types of food you don’t like?

No really. I can eat almost anything really, but I used to be a fussy eater when I was a kid.

I don’t like food with strong flavor. I prefer food that is a bit tasteless and bland.

Are there any types of food you avoid?

I will eat anything but my boyfriend follows a gluten-free diet, so we try to find a gluten-free restaurant when we decide to eat together.

What is your favorite meal of the year?

My favorite meal of the year is definitely a home-cooked meal for thanksgiving at my grandmother’s house because my grandmother’s cooking is divine. Her cooking is so good that everyone loves the food she makes.

Do you like to go to restaurants?

Yes! As a hardcore foodie I love to try new restaurants. I also like to wine and dine with my girlfriend on Friday night to enjoy our time together.

Fussy eater: someone who is very picky about the food and doesn't eat everything

Home-made meal: food cooked at home, usually implies that food is healthy

Quick snack: food eaten between regular meals

If you wine and dine someone, you usually take him or her out to dinner at a fancy restaurant.

Divine: extremely good

Useful vocabulary for Part 1 questions about eating habits

When time do you usually eat at work?

I am a very busy person and eating isn’t very important to me, so in the middle of my work day, I might grab a bite to eat, or have a quick snack before going back to work.

What do you like to eat after a long day?

I enjoy having a slap-up meal after a long stressful day because it makes me feel so happy and satisfied and forget about all the work I have to do that day.

When I work really hard, I like to treat myself to a gourmet meal of my favorite food at an expensive restaurant that serves my favorite food because I deserve it.

Do you eat a lot?

I try to eat a little bit at a time, but sometimes I can’t help but eat like a horse and take a long nap.

Yes! I like to order a pizza after work and scarf the whole pizza down.

Do you have a healthy diet?

Not really! I work hard - so hard that I forget to eat at times - and at the end of the day, I usually realise that I have worked up an appetite, so I feel really hungry and then I and then I binge on food like there is no tomorrow.

Yes! I try to steer clear of junk food. I try to eat a balanced diet so I am healthy and strong. I am also a vegetarian.

Grab a bite to eat: to eat something quickly

Quick snack: food eaten between regular meals

Slap-up meal: a quick and fatty meal

Gourmet: (of food) very high quality

To scarf means to eat something quickly and eagerly.

To eat a balanced diet: to eat the correct types and amounts of food

To eat like a horse means to eat lot.

To work up an appetite means to do something that will lead to hunger.

Other vocabulary

Below are vocabulary for describing different types of food textures:

Types of textures

Definition & Example


Definition: thick and soft

Example: yogurt


Definition: falling apart

Example: pie crust


Definition: oily

Example: pizza


Definition: creamy-like, but more solid than creamy

Example: Mozzarella sticks


Definition: little wet

Example: tofu


Definition: soft and pulpy

Example: banana, mashed potatoes

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