IELTS Speaking | Band 7 Mock Speaking Test
All. Right Solana let's start off by talking about, whether you work or whether you study so do you work or study at, the moment I work I work, in. Hospital. Which is called L&D Hospital, which is based in the town where I live at the moment in Luton and. What is your job. At the moment I do nursing. Associate. Practitioner. Which, is a, kind. Of assistant. Nurse, but. My dream, job is to be a fully, qualified, staff nurse hopefully. In the future and, do you enjoy your job I do, enjoy, my, job I do enjoy, my job quite, a lot that's. The reason why I choose to be a nurse although, at, the moment I don't fully practice, it as a nurse but. The, main reason why I chose it is because of I like to have contact, with people and this. Job gives me that opportunity and. It's. Quite, challenging job, it can be quite challenging sometime, but, it's a lot rewarding. At the same time as well that's why I like it and have you always wanted, to do, this job, I, remember. Since I was a little child that, always. Been my dream job, so I always used, to play with my friends like I was the nurse looking, after them where they get hurt. So. I, don't, remember myself seeing myself in other another. Profession. This. Was my always been mine, my dream job. Okay. Now let's talk about your hometown where. Are you from I'm. From Albania. Which, is a small. Country. In. The, southeastern. Part of Europe, that. Won't come from and, can you describe your home time to me I, was, born, in a little village in Albania. It's. Very. Small, like. You know. Typical. Albanian. Village. Where. I remember. My. Hometown is the scenery because, it's always was you, know green a lot of open spaces a lot of spaces to play as a child. It. Was nice nice, place to know, to grow up is. It a good place for tourists, to visit I. Would. Say. The. Town which, is close by to my village which is called kocha that is a really, nice and interesting place to visit if. You want to come as a tourist there's, lots to explore. Like. If you if, you are. I. Don't know nature. Lover you can go and you, know explore lakes. Or. You can go up the mountains, and, you. Know if you are active person I want to try. And explore, different type, of sports that's, there's another cute option there or if, you love museums, that's. You know that's lots to see and a lot to do in this although it's a small city. Still. A lot has, lots to offer for. The tourists. And. Now. Let's talk about social. Media and, which, social media apps do you have on your phone and the moment I have Facebook.
And Instagram, this, is mine to social. Apps which, I used like in day to day basic, mm-hm, and how. Often do you check your social, media. Before. I used to check it like every day but now, because I'm I think because I'm busy. With other other, stuff maybe. In. Two, three days. A week I would just open it and just go through through, it and just check, it I will, say I'm addicted to it or will check it every single day do. You ever post, things on social media. I took post. Mainly. Like pictures, of. Me. And my children because. My. Family, my. Family is not based in the UK so that's the only. Connection. That I have with my family, or doesn't. I was there as an opportunity, for my family. To to. See. My. Children and that's, there's a way you. Know keeping, in touch even. With my. My. Friends, who don't, live in the UK but they, still base in obeying us or there's a waiver or still, connecting. With them and keeping in touch with each other and. Do you think you will use, social media more, or less in the future, if, I go by my. Experience. I see that I'm using less and less maybe. Because. At the moment I focus on other, things you, know do more studying, and maybe because my job, and my children keeps me busy. And I'll go less time to. Dedicate to social. Media. So. That's the end of part, one Silvana, now we're going to move on to part, two I'm. Going to show you a, cue, card with, the topic, on it and you, should look. At that cue card and you'll have one minute to look, at the cue card and you can think, about the answer and prepare an answer for one minute after the, one minute I will ask you to talk, for up to two minutes about, that topic on the cue card any questions, with that nope. Okay you've done this before okay. So. Here. You are and, I'll, start the timer now, so. You have one minute. Okay. So please, speak for up to two minutes yeah. Today, I'm going to talk, about a. Traditional, thing, which, I, bought, it for, my house. But. This. Is kind of traditional, handmade. Picture. Back. Home is. It's. Very very. Traditional to have this in your own home because. When. I went last, year when I went back home I bought, this and, make picture doesn't have an a specific, name so. I don't know how to call. It in. English it doesn't have a specific name in English but is there. It. Has to, do with our, tradition. With Albanian, tradition, and. The. Reason, why I bought, it is because it, doesn't have any. Financial. Benefit. So does have an economy, benefits to my home the, only reason why I bought it is because it's a sentimental. Thing. Because. Sometimes I, believe in the UK for 10 years but I still miss my. My. Hometown, hello. So by is, like when. I bought this picture. It's like about, a piece of my hometown, and I I have, it with me in, my. New home which I created here in the UK and. Every. Time I see, it will, brings, a lot of memory to me and he. Even, makes me, feel. Happier. And it, makes till me makes me feel like relating, with my hometown. Although. I've, lived in here for 10 years and probably, English, going to be my hometown. For a long long time now I still. Want to keep that connection, that. Strong, connection that I still, have with my hometown, and, another. Reason why I bought it is because I want to I, want. My own children, to. Know the part of, our. History, and I. Want them to get. To know the, other new culture, instead of the, English culture as well okay very good, done can, I have the cue card back please. Excellent. All, right so we've been talking about something you bought for, your home and we're going to continue to. Talk about how, to create a nice, home so. Why. Do some people spend, a lot of money, on, creating. A nice home. My. Being for, different, people might be different reason why they choose to spend. A lot of money to. Create a nice environment. I. Think. When, you go back home after stressful. Day, at work maybe. If, you have a nice and comfortable house it will make you feel relaxed. Less. Stressed. Maybe. Other. People, might think that you, know that's the way how, them we. Make them feel happier, and if. They can't afford to spend a, lot of money who I know and. You. Might bring them more happiness. To. The environment. And. Do. You have to spend a lot of money to create a nice home for. Me personally I. Don't. Think so he. It, depends, what makes you feel, happier. Because. Some people they that, might be Mary, very materialist. That's, you, know they, could spend a lot of money makes them feel happy but, for me personally, I.
I. Don't like to spend a lot of money to. Create a. Happier. Home just, you know but by, having the the basic, things for me is enough as, far as I have the. The other things the. Happiness and my children being in the home or, creating a nice environment for them. That's. That's. My main reason, I don't want to spend a lot of money and. Why. Do some people not, care at all about, creating, a nice home. This. Is a difficult. Question. I. Don't, know you will it depends. Maybe. We, spend a lot of their time outside the house. Maybe. They're. More interested, in the work. Lifestyle. Than, interested. In in, their own house. Well. Some, of them maybe they just don't care that's that's, the, way they choose them to live their life. Now. Let's talk about different, types of home and, how. Is living in an apartment better. Than, living in a house. I think. It's got some, advantages. If you live in apartment. Compared. With you've live in your in the house you. Don't have to, do. A lot of gardening for example, the. Main. Thing the people that don't like garden you know they don't know how to look, after the. Plants and stuff they like them they, think that chosen. To live in apartment, is quite, convenient, as well you, then you don't have to worry for maintenance, of your like, you have to worry if it's your own house you just, have to maybe, pay some extra money for maintenance, and somebody else will deal with the problems, but. If you have your own house. Then you have to, be. More. Hands to it. My. Apartment. Is more. Convenient is, some. People might feel even more secure, if they live in apartment, rather than living in in, a private, house. Makes. Them feel maybe more, secure and. In. The future do you think more people will live in apartments, or more people will live in houses. It's. Hard to tell, but. If. The population, I think the population, grows. In, the same. Numbers. As it's growing maybe. It's going to be more convenient for, people to live in apartment, because there's not going to be enough, lunch with to build keep. Building you, houses. So. Maybe this is a solution, to the overpopulation. Of our planet and. Then. We can save more. Lands, for. Landscaping. You know to have more. Greenery. Areas. Ok. Well, done that's the end of the test wallah thank you thank, you how, did you feel about that, didn't. Do it like I think, you did he did very very well I think he did very well and was, there anything that was, different from the, other. Two times that you did the test for real it's. Very. Similar to the atmosphere you get on, the real test I don't think there's no, difference in there you may, be the difference is because you know, you know I know you and they, because I mean that maybe you. Don't know the person the city next to you but because. I've been on. The real test and, usually. They very very welcoming, they, never make you feel like you, know impress you're stressed oh yeah normally, they're there like that not all of them but normally.
They're There like if you do get someone, you know and your next test, who's. Not very friendly don't don't, bother and. They. They might just be having a bad day you, know so don't worry about it and just give, the same performance so you, need a 6.5. And so, what. I'm gonna do is I'm, going to go through the test and then I'm going to talk about the four marking criteria I, don't, think there's any chance that you will get below a 6.5, but what I would like to do is to. Give you the confidence so, that you. Feel confident, on test day and you're, not worrying, too much about speaking, because, your main worry is writing, so, I would you, know if somebody is really. Worried about speaking. And then they're. Also worried, about writing, it can drain or their energy a little bit so we want to give you as much confidence as Paul, it's a long day yeah and speaking in a different language is, tiring you know so so so, let's talk about each part so, part one the, part at the. The thing that I really liked about your. Performance in part one was. It was nearly, exactly, the same as when we were speaking before the test so when, I was speaking to you and your husband you, were speaking to me like, you were a friend or a colleague in, the same way that I would speak to to, Justin or to one of my friends, just in a nice relaxed, way and I'm dead, you had no problem dealing, with any of those questions you. Gave full answers, you developed, them well your. Fluency was good your coherence was good and we'll, talk about grammar and vocabulary later, your, no problems, with pronunciation, but. You you had no issues, at all and, sometimes, when people do. Part one the. First few, questions they're a little bit nervous but I didn't sense that from you at all you didn't really seem like you, were nervous or you were worried about it and so, I don't, think I would, have any um. Worries. For you and in. Part one one, of the things that I noticed was and we'll talk about grammar later, in a second, but one, of your areas. Of weakness when it comes to grammar is verb. Tenses, and for. Example when I said will you use social media in the future you, were using the the, progressive, tense they you're talk using present, continuous, and to. Describe what you were doing in the future you're saying I am using it less, and, one. Of the ways instead, of using will, or going to for example to talk about the future one. Of the things that the examiner, will do is they will ask you about, the, past the present, the future they'll. Ask you how. Often you do something, they'll. Ask you to compare. Things what, are your favorite, things so, they're trying to get you to use different grammatical structures. Like compare. Things comparatives. What's, your favorite things superlatives. How often do you do things. The. Past, the present the future different. Verb, tenses, and you, can sometimes, judge that by. That. The type of question, that they ask you so if they ask you about the future you're. Going to use you. Know well going, to or, something like that future. Structures. That we would use to describe the future if they're saying how, has your, home time changed, if. You compare it to 20 years ago you, might be using present perfect or, past simple, so, that could help you and with. Your verb tenses, by listening, to what they're. Trying to get you to do in the test so if they say what. Did you do last weekend, pass, simple what. Do you normally do at the weekend you're going to use present, simple because, you're talking about habit, and things that you do so you. Can you can tell what they're looking for and that, can help you in in part one but I don't think you have a major problem with, tenses, but it's one of your your weak areas so just, I don't think you have a huge problem part, one but I like to help you help you write as much as I can and, part.
Two Was very very good you had no problem speak. For, the two minutes that's saying that the examiner, is listening, out for is. Mostly. Fluency. And coherence so, at were. You able to speak without, much effort for the, full two minutes and you had no problem, talking for the two minutes and I think you could you could have spoken for three or four or five minutes, about that topic without, much effort there was some small. Hesitations. And things like that we'll talk about that later and but. You know problem with with part two and so that was good so based on on that, I don't think you'll have any problems, with part two part three. And one. Of the main things examiner. Will be listening out for in part three is development. Of your ideas and one. Of the problems that you have that. We did dealt with today when we were working on our writing was. Answering. The question, explaining. How that answers the question using examples and I, I think this. Is a good opportunity for, you to kind, of kill two birds, with one stone by you, could maybe practice, part three questions, and you can use the structure, that we were talking. About today for task, two writing which is answer. The question explained. Example. Because, you were sometimes, you were answering questions, or you're like I don't know some people would think this and some people would think that and some people would think a third thing and some people would think without really, developing. It and then, sometimes, you would answer. The question but your explanation. Might. Not have been as, cohesive. And it's coherent, as as, I would have liked so, I think that, could, be an area where you if you wanted to practice speaking part. Get some part three questions, and, kind of try and answer. Them in by using that kind of format of like answer the question explain. Why you think that why, it answers the question and then also use examples, and. So. We were talking about. Do. You have to spend a lot of money to create a nice home well, why not talk about some of the things that you do in your home that don't maybe don't cost that much money and we. Were. Talking about how is an apartment, better than living in a house I don't, know if you'd live in an apartment or a house but that you know if. In house hot. What what do you like about living in a house you know talk about what my house we, have a garden and it's really nice to play, with the kids in the garden and you know because, those things are very easy to talk about and often. People get. To part. Three, and they're like oh I just want this to be over, I've been talking for 15 minutes so. Those little examples, from your real life or you. Know my husband, works in construction and, he built. Isis and I've noticed that he's. Building, a lot more apartments, these days so that that's probably an indication that in the future, well. You know what I'm you know what I'm saying and I. Don't think you had a huge problem with part three and but. I think those are just some ways it make it easier, for yourself, make your job easier, and then. You'll, have more energy and, more focus and when we're doing doing, the writing so. And the last two times you did the speaking test you got about seven I can see why you got you got such a high score, pronunciation.
I Can understand, everything that, you say to, get a seven or above the examiner, will have to understand, a hundred percent of what you're saying you have no problems, with with pronunciation. We could talk about higher, level, pronunciation, features but for, someone like you that needs a 6.5 it's. Overdoing, it we don't need to talk about intonation, and, sounds and stress and connected speech and things like that because, you don't really need to waste your time on that because there are other things ie. The writing test that we need to spend more, time and in order to get a high, score overall we. Should spend most of our energy on things that need spend. Our energy on fixing our weaknesses, on pronunciation. Is not a weakness for you and your. Your coherence is good you answer, the question that has been asked, you develop, your answers some of them in part three could have been a bit of a bit, more developed but overall your, coherence is good your fluency, is also very very good you. Do hesitate at times but. Those hesitations. Are when you're trying to think of the next thing to talk about you're. Trying to think of content, you're trying to think of ideas you're. Not pausing. And hesitating, because you can't think of the correct word or the correct. So don't think you have any problems, with em fluency, you have a nice range of vocabulary as, well your vocabulary, is very strong, one. Area that you could maybe, work on a little bit is collocations, and but. Again someone. Who needs a 6.5, I wouldn't, say, to them okay you need to spend six months, improving. Your vocabulary of, proving your collocation. Is because we don't need to do that your, vocabulary, is good enough to get a a 6.5, overall, and the. Main, area of weakness when it comes to your speaking it's not it's. Not bad I can. Understand. Everything you're saying and, and. If you, were. Making grammatical. Errors that. Stopped. Me understanding. What you were saying you, could get a five for grammar which would bring your whole score down but. You, are making lots. Of little grammatical. Errors ooh prepositions. Especially. Articles. Some. Verb tenses, from time to time and. Countable. Uncountable Minds, things. That don't stop, me understanding. Anything, that you're saying and you're not making them knock frequently, but they do pop up from, time to time especially prepositions. And so. That. Would be my only area, of concern but to get a six point five I, don't think you need to go away and spend six months on a grammar course in. Order to get that six point five writing. Maybe, a little bit different we need to work a little bit more and you make more mistakes, when. You're writing than you do speaking in terms of grammar but, if you really wanted to get to go beyond, about seven, let's, say in a, few years time you, want to move to Canada or you want to change, a career you want to become a doctor and you need a higher score. Then. We would we would maybe have, really. Focused on those weak areas, of grammar but, I don't think we need to do that at, the moment so.
Overall I would be confident, that you would get you probably would get a seven again and. You. Might get a 6.5, if you got a topic, that you were not familiar with and you make you, got nervous and you were making a few, or grammatical, errors, and you were, that. Caused your fluency, to drop but, I don't think you would drop below, 6.5. And for. The reasons that that I said so I think you're pretty safe and well. Done do you have any questions thank you that's, all no I think you should go into the test with a lot of confidence and and just. Speak to the examiner, in the same way that you spoke to me like you were talking to a colleague talking. To a friend and I think you'll be fine thank, you okay so let's move on to writing.