How is my performance assessed?


Examiners will evaluate your performance according to 4 criteria namely fluency and coherence (FC), lexical resource (LR), grammatical range and accuracy (GRA) and pronunciation (P).考官会通过4个方面进行评分:流畅性及连贯性(FC)、词汇量(LA)、语法运用范围与其正确性(GRA)以及发音(P)。

What is the most important criterion in the speaking test? Is it grammar?


No. The 4 criteria are weighted equally at 25% each. The examiners will give a result for each criterion and then work out the average of the 4 scores which equates to an overall speaking score. If you get 6 for FC, 5 for LR, 5 for GRA and 6 for P, then you will receive 5.5 overall for speaking.不是。4个评分标准同等重要,各占25%。口试官会针对这4个部分分别评分,然后计算出平均分数;若你在FC拿到6分、LR和GRA都拿到5分、P拿到6分,那你会拿到总分5.5分。

Will I lose points if the examiner disagrees with my opinion?


No.  You are judged on your English, not your opinions. There is no right or wrong opinion.


I am not an assertive person. Can I get high scores?


Yes. As long as you keep talking and use a wide range of English, you can get a high score as this is not an IQ test. Boring or obvious opinions are fine if you can produce a wide and accurate range of language when expressing them.当然可以。只要你持续不断地用正确的英文来表达自己的想法,即可得到高分,即使是乏味的意见也没关系,因为这并不是智力测验。

I have a North American accent, is that OK?



Yes. American English is not penalised in any part of the test whether it be pronunciation or spelling.


Can I ask the examiner my score?


No.  You will receive your IELTS result within 2 weeks but not on the day.不行。IELTS的成绩会在测试后2个星期后收到。

What happens if I disagree with the result I was given?


You may ask the IELTS test centre to arrange another IELTS examiner to reevaluate your speaking. This is possible as all interviews are recorded. You may incur an extra expense depending on whether your score changes or not.口试的部分都有录音,故可在成绩出来后4周内申请复议(需提前支付复议费用),要求考试中心重新评估口试的成绩。若口试成绩经过复议后提高,则退回复议费;若经过复议后成绩不变或降低,则复议费不退回。

Is it better to participate in speaking test in my own country than in other countries?


In your home country is often thought to be the best place to do the speaking test. However, do keep in mind that all examiners receive exactly the same training around the world which is moderated by a central body.  The only justification for why it may be better to do the test in  your home country is that you may score higher in pronunciation as it is seen as more subjective; examiners in your home country will be used to the Chinese accent whereas those in England may not.最好在自己的国家进行考试。然而请记住,全世界所有的IELTS口试官接受的都是相同的训练。在自己国家较好的唯一理由,就是在发音部分会较占优势,例如在中国的口试官会比较习惯考生有中国的口音。

Is there anything I can do if I don't understand a question?


Yes. If you don't understand you may ask the examiner to repeat the question at any time during the interview. However, if after repeating you still don't understand, only in Part 3 may you ask the examiner to explain or rephrase a question.  In Part 1 the examiner will simply move on to the next question.假若你不明白问题,可以请口试官再叙述一次。但如果口试官重复后,你还是不理解,只有在Part 3时你才可以请口试官换个说法让你明白问题;在口试的Part 1,口试官会略过该问题而直接进行下一个提问。

What happens if I misunderstand the question?


You may lose some points under fluency and coherenceas the examiner may have difficulty following your answer. In Part 3 the examiner may rephrase or explain the question again to give you a second opportunity. This will not happen in Part 1 though, the examiner will move on to the next question.你可能会在流畅性及连贯性这部分被扣分。在Part 3,口试官有可能会再重述或解释该题,给你第二次机会回答;但是在Part 1时,口试官会直接问你下一个问题。

What should I do if I can't think of the right vocabulary?



Keep talking by paraphrasing (explaining the meaning of the word). It's better to say something than nothing. If you simply pause and hope that somehow the word miraculously pops into your head, the examiner will be unable to assess you. In other words, long silences are penalised in each criterion as you are producing no vocabulary, grammar or pronunciation features and showing no fluency.利用你会的词句代替或解释你想不出来的词汇,这比什么都不说要好,口试官是不会让你停顿下来思考你要的词汇的;换句话说,沉默或间断的回答在4个评分标准下都无法得分。

Can I make up an answer or lie?


Preferably not.  Although there is no way of knowing if you are telling the truth or not, it's OK to be honest and more importantly you will sound much more natural and fluent if you are. Just remember to use good English. If the examiner asks you if you like your hometown, you don't need to pretend that you do if you don't. It's quite fine to say you hate it as long as you do so using appropriate English. Similarly if the examiner asks you if you have ever had a pet, but you never have, then say so and give a reason why you haven't.最好不要。因为真实的回答听起来会比较自然且流畅,重点在于你是否能用好的英文来表达;举例来说,当口试官问你是否喜欢你的家乡,或你是否养过宠物时,你可以回答不喜欢或是你没养过宠物,只要说明原因即可。

Can I ask the examiner questions?


Yes and No. You may ask the examiner to repeat or rephrase a question but do not ask him/her about their opinions. The test examines your English, not the examiner's. You only have 11-14 minutes to show the examiner the full range of English you have learnt overthe past 5 years or so, so don't waste your precious time listening to the examiner.视情况而定。如果听不清楚题目,你可以请口试官复述一次,但不能问口试官的想法。重点是“你才是考试的主角”。你只有11一14分钟的时间来表现你的英文能力,让口试官发表意见而浪费了你的宝贵时间并不是明智之举。

Is it OK to memorise my answers?


No. There is no way of knowing exactly what questions will be asked and therefore you may give inappropriate answers if you simply regurgitate memorised answers. Nevertheless, some common phrases that could be used in a variety of situations are definitely OK to memorise.不可以。你不可能准确地预测到口试的题目,而且考官对模式化的回答非常敏感。但你还是可以熟记一些常用语,并且在考试当中灵活运用。

Should I be relaxed and easygoing or serious and formal?


Try to be relaxed. You don't need to sound academic in the speaking interview. Just imagine that you are discussing the interview questions with your friend so that you sound more natural and fluent. Examiners are your friends!试着让自己放轻松。如果太紧张,可能会导致无法充分发挥原有的英文能力。把口试官想象成你的朋友,轻松自然地回答即可。

Is it OK to give short answers to avoid making too many mistakes?



No. Try to give full, extended, complete answers and sentences. You need to demonstrate as much English as possible in the time given.建议不要。应该在有限的时间里尽量完整并充分地回答问题,以展现你的英文能力。

How much should I say?


In Part 1 you have 4-5 minutes to answer at least 3 and up to 10 questions which works out to between 20 to 90 seconds per question but do not rely on slow speech to fill up this time. In Part 2 you must speak for I-2 minutes and it is advisable that you speak closer to 2 minutes than 1. The examiner is required to stop you if you speak for longer than 2 minutes for which you will not be penalised. In Part 3 you have 4-5 minutes to answer between 2-6 questions which works out to between 40 to 150 seconds per answer. Try to find a happy medium between these time frames so that you can answer a range of questions as this will produce a wider range of language.在Part 1,花4~5分钟的时间回答3~10个题目,每个题目大概花20~90秒完成,不要试图通过放慢说话速度来拉长时间;

在Part 2,你需要花1~2分钟的时间发表意见,如果你的回答超过时限,口试官会喊停,但你不会因此被扣分;

在Part 3,口试官会问2~6个题目,你有4~5分钟的时间,每个题目需要40~150秒的时间回答。


Do I need to speak really quickly?


No. Just speak at a steady, constant speed which can balance your fluency and accuracy.不需要。用一般的速度、有条不紊地回答即可,记住以表达清楚为主。

Will I be recorded?


Yes. For quality control and reassessment purposes all interviews are recorded.会。为了评分的准确与公正性,以及日后复议等因素,口试会全程录音。

Do all examiners have a British accent?


No. Examiners come from a variety of backgrounds andtherefore accents may vary. You may even have a Chinese examiner if they themselves have scored an IELTS 9 on the test.不是。口试官来自不同的国家,有各自不同的口音。你也可能遇到口试成绩满分的中国考官。

How many examiners will listen to me?


One during the interview but another examiner may listen to your recording for reassessing or monitoring.


Can I choose which examiner I want?


No.  Examiners will be arranged for candidates in arandom order. If you know the examiner in any way, he/she may not assess you under any circumstances.不可以。口试官是主办单位随机分派的,如果你认识口试官,他/她是不能为你进行口试的。

Are some examiners stricter than others?



No. All examiners have received the same training so all results are standardised. While some may look stricter, their scoring won't be.不会。所有的口试官都接受一样的训练,所以他们的评分标准是一致的;虽然有的口试官看起来较严肃,但评分标准并不会因此较严格。

Is the interview the same for both the GeneralTraining Module and Academic Module?


Yes. There is no difference between the 2 modules in thespeaking section. It is exactly the same.是的,完全相同。

When will be the speaking test?







Is the TOEFL speaking the same as the IELTS speaking?


No. The speaking section of TOEFL is an integrated skills test in which they combine your listening, reading and speaking skills. There is no live interview with an examiner in the TOEFL.不一样。TOEFL口试考查考生听、读、说的综合技能,而且是以机考来进行口试,并没有口试官。

Which section of IELTS speaking is the most difficult?


Part 3 is the most difficult section of the speaking as examiners will ask you questions on unfamiliar, more academic topics.Part 3部分相对较难,口试官会问一些对你而言较陌生或较学术的问题。

What do I need to bring into the interview room with me?


Your ID card and test centre ID for the examiner to check and a positive attitude.与报名时一致,且真实有效的身份证和准考证。

What should I wear?


It's neither a fashion show nor a board meeting with the directors. Just wear something you feel comfortable in (smart casual) as you only want to be concerned with your English not your clothes.你只需要穿上你觉得最舒服的衣服(看起来较正式的休闲服)。你要花心思的是你的英语水平,而非穿着。

Is it possible to prepare for the speaking test?


Yes. The more you learn about and understand the test, the more confident and less nervous you will feel.可以。口语考试每个季度题库中的话题都应该了解掌握,越熟悉每个话题,你就会越觉得有信心,同时可以减轻压力。

Are there any shortcuts to getting a high score?


Unfortunately not. How quickly you improve all depends on how much time and effort you can afford to allocate to preparing for the test.很遗憾,没有。多快可以有进步,完全取决于你花了多少时间与心思准备这个考试。

How quickly can I expect to improve 1 band?


All linguistic theory books suggest it takes around 200 hours of learning and practice to improve I level. However this may be reduced for those students who may have been out of practice with English for some time and are just trying to regain their former glory. And some students have a natural gift for learning languages.依照语言学习的理论来看,至少需要花费200个小时进行学习才会进步1分。但有些人只是过去一段时间疏于学习,而有些人具有语言天分,对他们来说,进步1分所需的时间可能较短。

Is it best to have a British examiner as a teacher?


Your teacher doesn't need to be an examiner nor British. They just need to have a thorough understanding of the IELTS and be qualified and experienced to teach you the skills and strategies of the IELTS.你的口语老师不一定非要是口试官或英国人,只要他们了解雅思口语的测试方式,并且具备指导雅思的专业能力与经验即可。

How can I improve my speaking?



Practice, Practice, Practice. The more you practice, the more you will learn, which leads to higher confidence and lower nerves.练习、练习、再练习!你练习得越多,就会越有自信。

Should I find a speaking partner?


Yes. Otherwise how can you practice? It doesn't need to be a foreigner nor do you need to get a foreign boyfriend/girlfriend. Your partner could be a fellow Chinese who is preparing for IELTS or just wants to improve his/her English also.这是必要的。不过你不需要因此找外国人来作为你练习英语的对象,你的练习对象可以是正在准备雅思考试的考生,或是想提高英文能力的人。