IELTS Speaking model answer

Overall Score: Band 7.5

What speaking ability does a score of IELTS Band 7.5 represent?

Listen to this Speaking test sample, where Tini from Hong Kong talks about 'Watching television, relationships with neighbours and giving opinion'.

Here's why this performance was given a Band 7.5:

This test taker speaks fluently and she engages with the questions without any obvious effort. There is only occasional hesitation, repetition and self-correction, which is mostly content-related and only rarely to search for language.

Her vocabulary is sufficient for her to engage with a variety of topics and she demonstrates an ability to use idioms and collocations with some sense of style and skill. However, she makes a number of inappropriate vocabulary choices, which restrict her rating on this criterion.

She has a wide range of grammatical structures at her disposal and the majority of sentences are error-free. Even when errors do very occasionally occur, they do not detract at all from meaning.

She uses a wide range of pronunciation features and is able to use stress and intonation effectively. There are just a few lapses and very occasionally sounds are poorly formed, but overall, her accent has only minimal effect on intelligibility.

The test taker’s grammar is not as strong as other features of her performance and restricts her rating to Band 7.5

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