Here are my answers to some questions that people have asked me recently.
1. In this lesson, the advice for speaking part 3 was that it's fine to ask for help. Is it still possible to get band 7 or higher if you do this?
Yes, it's definitely still possible to get band 7 or higher if your answers are really good. It's not a big problem if you ask for one question to be explained in part 3.
2. In the speaking test, what should I do if I understand the question but I have no idea what to say in my answer?
You could use this formula: "Well, I don't really know much about... because..., but I suppose..." In other words, you admit that you don't really know what to say, you explain why, then you invent an answer anyway.
3. Is it ok if my pronunciation is a mix of British and American English?
Yes, that's fine. Just focus on speaking clearly.
4. In speaking part 2, can I ask for a different cue card?
No, I'm afraid you can't.
5. My teacher told me to avoid using the word "you" in the speaking test. Is this advice correct?
No, that advice is wrong. It's completely normal to use "you" in the speaking test. Look at answer 3 in this lesson.