IELTS® Speaking 3 Practice 44

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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 - Travel
Useful vocabulary for Part 1 questions about travel

Have you gone on vacation recently?

Yes! Last month, my family and I went on a vacation to Paris. We took a sightseeing tour of the entire Paris.

Yes! My family and I went to Japan last month. Because we were afraid that there were going to be some language barrier problems, we decided to sign up for a guided tour. It was a good decision, as the entire trip was very smooth.

Where will you go on vacation next?

Not sure. I don’t have a plan at this moment, but my friend has told me many times that he wants to go on a cruise with me sometime.

Where do you usually travel?

I usually try to avoid tourist traps and prefer going somewhere off the beaten track or heading for somewhere with a pristine/unspoilt landscape. For example, I went on safari in Africa a few years ago. It was the holiday of a lifetime.

I like to take it easy when I go on holiday, and I’m really not interested in seeing all the tourist attractions. I always try to get away and go somewhere with the family once a year, as the children really look forward to a holiday.

I am different from other people. I like to go to places that are not for the fainthearted, like somewhere where there used to be people dying and other morbid things.

What do you like to do when you’re on holiday?

Well, when I am on holiday, I definitely go sightseeing to check out all kinds of iconic landmarks. I might visit a few local places of interest if I have time. I am also a history buff, so if there are any historical and heritage sites, I would not miss them.

I have quite a sense of adventure and like to spend my holidays in remote locations interacting with local people. Just last month, my friends and I went to a famous backpacking destination. We rented a cabin in the mountains, and on the third day of the trip, we found a place that had a pristine landscape. It was really beautiful. I don’t think many people know about this place.

What kind of accommodation do you like to stay in on holiday?

I prefer bed-and-breakfasts and youth hotels, as they are more affordable, compared with hotels and holiday resorts. 

I like both bed-and-breakfasts and self-catering apartments, but my favorite type of accommodation is self-catering apartments, as I like to cook. 

Are there many tourists visiting your country?

Yes, we have a lot of holiday resorts in the mountains. Many tourists go there to enjoy their holidays. I think many of them come on package holidays.  

When do you prefer to take your holidays?

I would have to say I prefer to take my vacation in summer because I prefer to travel light. I take as few clothes as possible so I haven’t got lots of heavy suitcases to carry.

I would prefer to travel during the off-season just so I could save money and avoid crowds. If I can get a cheap last-minute deal somewhere, I might take the opportunity to have a holiday.

Phrases about travelling to somewhere:

  • Take a vacation to somewhere
  • Go on a vacation to somewhere
  • Take a sightseeing tour of somewhere
  • Go sightseeing
  • Go on a cruise
  • Go on safari: safari is an expedition to observe animals in their natural habitats.
  • Sign up for a guided tour: a guided tour is a tour of a historic site or place of interest conducted by a guide.
  • Come on package holidays: package holiday is a holiday organized by a travel agent, with arrangements for transport, accommodation, etc., made at an inclusive price.
  • Travel during the off-season
  • The holiday of a lifetime

Vocabulary for describing the places you want to visit:

  • Somewhere off the beaten track/somewhere unspoilt: A place that is off the beaten track is in an area where few people live or go.
  • Pristine landscape: an unspoilt landscape.
  • Tourist traps: places that attract many tourists and where goods and services are more expensive than normal.
  • Tourist attractions: A tourist attraction is a place that tourists like to visit.
  • Local places of interest
  • Iconic landmarks
  • Historic sites
  • Heritage sites
  • Backpacking destinations
  • Holiday destinations
  • Not for the fainthearted: unsuitable for people who like only safe and familiar things.

Vocabulary about places to stay in on holiday:

  • Holiday resort: a place that is frequented for holidays.
  • Self-catering apartments: an accommodation where there are cooking facilities available so that you can cook meals for yourself rather than have them provided for you.
  • Bed-and-breakfast: sleeping accommodation for the night and a meal in the morning, provided in guest houses and hotels.
  • Youth hotels: a place providing cheap accommodation, aimed mainly at young people on walking or cycling tours.
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