On this page you will find an IELTS speaking sample from a candidate taking a mock test.
There are three parts to the speaking test:
In this IELTS speaking sample there are example answers for each part of the test.
There is also an assessment of the performance at the end by an experienced IELTS instructor.
1) Can you tell me about any hobbies that you have?
2) Are there any other hobbies that you would like to have in the future?
3) Do you think hobbies should be relaxing or should they be exciting?
4) When and why did you start to learn English?
5) What aspects of learning English do you find the most difficult?
6) How do you spend a typical Sunday?
7) What routine activity do you dislike the most?
8) Do you like having a set routine at work or would you prefer less structure?
Describe a sport that you enjoy playing or watching.
You should say:
And explain why you prefer this sport to others.
1) Are there differences between the numbers of people who watch sports and the numbers who play it?
2) Why do you think some people enjoy watching sport?
3) What are the advantages and disadvantages of watching sport live or on television?
4) What role does advertising have in sports events?
5) How important is money in sport?
Overall, this interviewee would score fairly low if their performance was the same in the real test.
There are a number of positive points to the interview. The candidate attempts to give full extended answers for most of the questions (though some need further extension in part 1) which is important, and she directly answers the questions that are asked.
However, using the IELTS public speaking band descriptors to assess, there are a number of problems that can be identified that will bring the score down.
The candidate struggles with her flow of speech in much of the test and there are lots of hesitations and repetitions that she uses to keep going. This is very noticeable in her long-turn in part 2.
She also loses coherence in parts of the test which can make it difficult to follow her response e.g. question 4 in part 3.
She does have the vocabulary to discuss familiar topics (parts 1 and 2) and unfamiliar topics (part 3) but it is fairly basic and her flexibility is limited.
She often struggles to find the right words and mistakes with her lexis and collocations are fairly common.
For example, when she says: "I want to study in aboard...". "In" should not be there and "aboard" should be "abroad". There are many examples of such mistakes.
She does use some complex sentence structures in her speaking, but there are frequent errors in many of her sentences, simple and complex, throughout the test. For example, in question 4 (Part 1) she says:
This should be:
She can mostly be understood throughout the interview but there are quite a lot of obvious mispronunciations such as "volleybon" instead of "volleyball" and "10 years go" "instead of "10 years ago" in Part 2, the long-turn.
Some people may struggle to understand her response in places.
"I think these eBooks are FANTASTIC!!! I know that's not academic language, but it's the truth!"
Linda, from Italy, Scored Band 7.5
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