IELTS® Speaking 3 Practice 47

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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 - Work
Useful vocabulary for Part 1 questions about work

Do you have a job right now?

(have a job)

Yes, I work for Starbucks. Right now I work full-time as a shift supervisor, but if I go back to school, I’ll most likely switch to working part-time. Juggling school and work is exhausting.  

Currently, I am an intern in a non-profit organization. They offer me an internship stipend, which is basically a really modest remuneration. And when the program ends, all of my food and accommodation expenses will be reimbursed.  


At present, I’m a writer, and I do a lot of freelance work. The best part about my job is the freedom to work anytime, from anywhere in the world, as long as the job is done well and on time.

Well, I have always wanted to become a freelance photographer, so I started my own business 6 years ago, and I have never looked back. One of the perks of being self-employed is that I get to create my own schedule and choose my clients.

I have a start-up company at the moment. Since it is a home-based business, the overhead is low. At the same time, we are also looking for more venture capital to really make the grade.

I am an entrepreneur, and I have to say it’s been incredibly rewarding. My company is fully remote, which means we are all telecommuting.

(Don’t have a job)

I made a major career change earlier this year because I was tired of having a 9-5 job. So I’m in between jobs at the moment. 

No, it’s been one year since I graduated, and I still cannot land a job. But actually, I have several interviews in the upcoming weeks. Hopefully, things are starting to look up.

Well, I have been jobless for a few months. I lost my job due to department-wide lay-offs. A lot of my coworkers were let go - even the chief executive of my company stepped down. And unfortunately, I’m still job hunting.  

Not at the moment. The truth is, I was made redundant last year when my company got bought out. Luckily, the severance pay gave me some leeway to look for a new job

Stipend: an amount of money that is paid regularly to someone, especially for work or training, that is usually unpaid.

Remuneration: money paid for work or a service.

Reimburse: to pay someone back an amount of money that they have spent doing their work.

Freelance: self-employed and hired to work for different companies on particular assignments.

Overhead: ongoing business expenses not directly attributed to creating a product or service.

Venture capital: capital invested in a project in which there is a substantial element of risk, typically in a new or expanding business.

Telecommute: work from home, making use of the Internet, email, and the telephone.

Be in between jobs: Someone who is in between jobs used to have a job, but, for various reasons, is now unemployed and looking for another job.

Be made redundant: be dismissed from a job because of no longer being needed.

Severance pay: an amount paid to an employee on the early termination of a contract.

Leeway: the freedom that someone has to take the action they want to or to change their plans.

Useful vocabulary for Part 1 questions about work

What responsibilities do you have at work?

Well, I work in a pharmacy as a dispenser. I’m in charge of processing prescriptions, creating labels, and dispensing medication. I also assist customers over the counter, sometimes, which I really enjoy, as I like communicating with people.

I earn a wage by plumbing. My job involves installing, repairing, and maintaining pipes and other equipment used to distribute water. It can be challenging at times, but I like being able to work in different locations on a regular basis.

Do you enjoy your job?


Yes, my current job provides many fringe benefits, such as health insurance, paid time off, and retirement plan contributions. I also get a lot of job satisfaction. It’s perfect for where I am in life right now.

Very much, I have a high-paying job. I pull in six figures every year. And on top of that, there are many other perks provided along with the job: fitness center access, tuition reimbursement, on-staff masseuse, and cafeteria plans, just to name a few. 

Yes, I like working as an outside sales representative. Although I’m not exactly making a killing, the pay is decent. And I like the fact the workplace setting is constantly changing, as opposed to me being stuck behind a desk


Yes and no, I mean... The job I have now is overall acceptable. I am a salesperson, so I earn a basic salary plus commision. But I am not always reimbursed for certain business expenses. It’s frustrating.

No, while my job is stable, the pay is not very high. I am only making the bare minimum and living paycheck to paycheck. I don’t know what I would do if I were fired

I don’t like my job. It is so mind-numbingly boring. And the worst part is that I barely earn a living wage even though I was told that I am the fastest worker on the production line. 

Fringe benefits: a type of extra benefit, supplementing an employee's money wage or salary, for example, a company car, private healthcare, etc.

Perks: a type of benefit to which one is entitled because of one's job.

Make a killing: make a lot of money.

Stuck behind a desk: holding a job that is all desk work.

Live paycheck to paycheck: Living paycheck to paycheck simply means that you are using most or all of your monthly income to cover your monthly expenses.

Mind-numbing: so extreme or intense as to prevent normal thought.

Useful vocabulary for Part 1 questions about work

What is your typical day at work like?

I work in a local coffee shop, and I work the day shift most of the time. So a typical workday for me starts at 8 AM sharp. Being a barista also means that I have to be on my feet for many hours, but I like to move around a lot. 

My workday always starts early. The commute to my job is a long one, so that’s when I do most of my routine correspondence. Sometimes, there are meetings or presentations after lunch when things tend to pick up and get busier. I usually get off work around 5 PM.

What would you change about your job?

I wish my commute was shorter. My daily commute to work takes around 2 hours, and that is just crazy. As a matter of fact, I’m considering handing in my resignation and looking for a job that is closer to my home.

I think my salary does not commensurate with my efforts. Although I thought about leaving this rat race job, I’m still struggling to make ends meet. So for me, this is out of the question.

Rat race job: Rat race refers to a way of life in modern society in which people compete with each other for power and money.

Make ends meet: earn just enough money to live on.

Commensurate: If the level of one thing is commensurate with the level of another, the former is in a suitable proportion to the latter.

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