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How long does the IELTS Speaking assessment take?We offer online speaking practice tests held under exam conditions over the internet via Zoom or Skype. During this time, there is an introduction of the online speaking practice test (5 mins) along with a sound and video check then an IELTS standard speaking test (11-14 minutes). In our Beryl, Emerald and Ruby package we offer candidates error-correction feedback sessions because live feedback we believe has a crucial role in your awareness of errors and performance. However, you could use this session to talk openly and freely about your performance, it's up to you. Please bear in mind, our speaking examiners often go beyond the 5-7 minute limit, but only do so at their discretion. They enjoy going the extra mile to help students succeed and they are instructed to bring the conversation to a close somewhere in this time frame.
How does the examiner determine what my band score is?The Speaking assessment criteria document which can be found a the bottom of this post will help you understand the IELTS band scores. It gives the reader clear indications of their English proficiency according to the marking criteria. Broadly speaking, all candidates are assessed on the following: - Fluency and coherence (25% of the candidate's score) - Lexical resource (25% of the candidate's score) - Grammatical range and accuracy (25% of candidate's score) - Pronunciation (25% of the candidate's score) Download band descriptors from the website linked below: https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/sites/default/files/speaking_band_descriptors_0.pdf It wouldn't do any harm to study the assessment criteria, but don't memorise it by heart. In doing so, this will surely help you to better understand what the examiner is looking for. This public assessment criterion helps our IELTS instructors to assess your speaking performance openly and fairly and makes it possible for them to provide valuable feedback to you and to easily justify how marks have been awarded. The IELTS rubric can be used as a self‐assessment tool to help you plan and check your performance. Rubrics help our IELTS instructors to identify and focus on the key skills and aspects you need to develop (pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar etc) and predetermined criteria with descriptors are always applied to each assessment, making the process of our mock tests somewhat free from bias, and we hope the marking process will be seen as transparent, reliable and fair and that you will be less likely to query an assessment result from us.
Are there any other things I will be assess on?Our IELTS Speaking assessors will assess you how well you can: 1) Communicate opinions and information on everyday topics and common experiences; to do this you will need to answer a range of questions. 2) Speak at length on a given topic using appropriate language. 3) Organise your ideas coherently. 4) Express and justify your opinions. 5) Analyse, discuss and speculate about issues.
How many parts are there in the Speaking exam?There are three sections in an IELTS speaking test. 1) The first section is called "Introduction and interview". It lasts about 4-5 minutes. 2) The second section lasts for 3-4 minutes. In this part, you will have a topic with supporting questions. This is known as a "Cue Card". 3) The third section, or the '’Two-way discussion", will take around 4-5 minutes.
Are these mock results an accurate indicator of the real exam results?Yes and no. Yes, mock exam results are important because they can imbue or drain confidence. They show gaps in knowledge and understanding, and practice is essential for you to understand the entire examination process. Learning how to revise for exams can only happen when you are engaged with your mocks. We have seen over the years than when students are dismissive of mock testing, they will learn little from the process. Of course, this is, in itself, an indicator of how seriously people consider good exam grades to be important to them in their future life. The opposite side of the argument is that no, mock exam results are not important because they are just practice exams. No-one will fail their real exams because of failing a mock exam. And even if they are not successful when taking their mocks, assessment and analysis after their mocks can be the best way of understanding what they need to do to gain good grades in their real exams. Every unanswered or incorrectly answered question is an opportunity to learn. If you are focused on your revision/studies and taking mocks, and then applying what you have learned to the real exams, the chances are that their mock exam results will be an excellent indicator of future grades. A lack of engagement with mock exams will, however, not be very helpful in predicting the outcome of real exams. Unless, of course, that same attitude is applied to future exams. In general, mock exams can be a good indicator of real exam results. It is important, however, to note that there is a lot of learning and revising to do between mocks and sitting real exams. Success or failure in mock exams is no guarantee that the same outcomes will be achieved in the future.
Why do I need to take mock tests?Mock tests are arranged to give all of our students a feel of the real exam. For most students about to take a major exam for the first time in their lives, mock tests provide a trial run. Being placed in the same situation and feeling the same amount of pressure before the actual exam will inculcate some self-analytical capacity and confidence in the student. In our thining, mock tests definitely help in reducing pre-exam nervousness, as the candidate has already appeared for a version of the exam before, on the final day he or she should be more relaxed. Most students preparing for the IELTS Speaking test do so in chapters, units and sections of a coursebook at a language school. By the end of it all, they believe they are well prepared to take the exam. But on the final exam day, often everything once learned is forgotten in the flash of a second. This happens because of a tendency to underestimate the toughness of the questions and the scope of the assessment criteria in a combined way. Mock tests are important because of the practice they provide. Practice makes perfect somebody once said. For the IELTS Speaking test, revision is key to remembering all that you have studied. Multiple attempts of Mock Test help students revise and develop in a simulated setting of the actual exam. This way we have discovered students are more likely to remember what they have learned and perform well in the actual exam. Lastly, mock tests make students familiar with the style and scope of the questions. Managing to answer the questions at the right length requires practice. Mock tests help with time management which, in itself, is half the work done. We give all candidate the chance to work on this problem and turn it into one of their strengths. After taking several mock tests, we promise you will be in a position to work on your weaknesses and to chalk out a plan to overcome them.
What's the purpose of mock testing?Mock Test can be attempted multiple times to makes a candidate more perfect in a particular subject: Shows how well you are prepared for the exam. Shows your strength as well as your weakness. It guides you on which topics they have to focus on more. It gives you an idea of time management. For a candidate who is not working hard, it can be a useful wake-up call. For all candidates, it can highlight areas that need more work.
Do I need to be an advanced speaker to do the test with you?We do not discriminate against a candidate's level so no, you don't need to be an advanced speaker. We don't even ask you to tell us your level before the test begins. Please be aware that the IELTS speaking test is a proficiency test which is an evaluation of how well a person can use language to communicate.
When will I receive my grade and report?Reports are handed to candidates within 48-hours. We do our best to get them back to sooner. In all the years of conducting IELTS Speaking sessions online, we have never failed to return a candidate's Speaking grade and report within 48-hours. Also, please bear in mind, we work Monday to Saturday 9 am to 6 pm and Sundays are our downtime. So if you did a test on Saturday, please expect your feedback to handed to you on Monday or Tuesday.
Can I choose my own questions to practice with?You can choose to be given a random set of questions when the test is conducted, which is similar to the real IELTS speaking test. You can also choose your questions if you prefer. You can talk to one of our customer service staff about this before making arrangements for the Speaking mock test.
What if I am not happy with this service?We sincerely hope that it doesn't come to this; however, should you feel this way then please send us an email presenting your complaint in a reasonable, tactful way, leaving emotion out of it. Make it clear why you feel justified in making the complaint. Before going ahead with making a complaint, download and return the customer complaint form in this thread below. We will only respond to complaints that have been made in writing using our customer complaint form.
Can I trust what your examiners say and write?We feel there is no reason not to trust them. Our examiners are either current examiners or former ones from the UK, Australia and New Zealand who all have a minimum of 10 years of experience in the field of both instructing on IELTS courses and testing candidates. In addition to this, our examiners undergo regular training so that they can stay up to date on all IELTS standards and practices. Every year, our examiners complete recertification training and testing as part of their work responsibilities.
Why should I study with speaking with you?We know that when you know which part of your speaking you need to focus on, you are in a better position to get that score you need. Through our feedback, we can pinpoint exactly what your English language learner problems are so you can then eliminate these issues in your test. Our feedback and guidance will also push you on to the next level and that’s a promise. In all of our mock tests you will: For Part 1 Build valuable experience by talking on a range of topics that are typically included in Part 1 of the test. Gain an understanding of how and why intonation is important when responding which will in turn increase your Pronunciation score. Counselled on how to improve your fluency so your ability to express yourself easily and articulately will no longer be an obstacle for you. For Part 2 Learn practical PART 2 strategies so you will never have to worry about running out of things to say. Cover various types of cue cards so you have vital experience of answering them before the big day. Receive academic support and moral support on how you can build a good cue card response using your personal experience. For Part 3 Acquire knowledge of why the last part of the test is so important and how to give answers at the right length and what you have to do to get a high score. Learn how to give intelligent answers on unfamiliar topics Learn how to deal with those difficult questions so you don’t freeze during the test.
I don't want an error-correction feedback, can I talk freely with the examiner instead?"Yes, you can. In saying this though, our error-correction is a procedure used to increase your motivation in learning situations by preventing mistakes and creating more opportunities for reinforcement, but if you prefer to talk freely with the examiner, then simply just inform him or her that you would like to do this instead of the error-correction session.
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