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Saturday, May 17, 2014


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Thank you so much dear Simon.

thanks so much.

Thank you for your website which is very useful

Thank you Simon
I really appreciate your reply

Thank you Simon very much.
some one can help me for speaking,my skype name
is swati.dani3.

Hi Simon, I had a speaking test on Monday. My normal speaking scores were around 7 to 7.5 in previous tests. However, in the latest speaking test, everything went smoothly and well except for part 2, I finished everything fluently in one minute but the examiner indicated me to keep going. I have never had been reminded to continue by an examiner before, I'm afraid that I would not get at least band 7 in this test. Everything else was fine.


Part of fluency is the ability to speak for long periods (two minutes), so your goal should always be to reach the two minute mark. There is no score for 'content' so examiners do not care if you 'finish everything' or not. In fact, examiners are not really listening to your story very much at all - they are listening for the marking criteria which is fluency, pronunciation, vocabulary and grammatical accuracy.

Don't worry, you will probably still achieve a 7 or higher, but it might prevent an even higher score.

Hi Simon,
In order to score high score in Lexical Resources criteria in IELTS Speaking, a wide range of vocabulary or collocations. My question is how many phrase or academic vocabulary should be used in part 2 Speaking to get band 7 or 8 (in this lesson as you mentioned there are about 11 collocations academic words, will it be sufficient enough?)

Hi Simon, I've taken a mock speaking test today and the examiner told me that You should use hand gestures to express your feelings while speaking. Is it necessary and does it help you to get a higher band score ?

Sometimes I am confused in my introduction so I want to know how I can give my introduction step by step.........................how I start my introduction-my name is,I am,my self etc give me some tip for impressive start

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