Speaking Skills
Get to know how your speaking skills will be evaluated during the test and the main tips for the improvement of your level as an English language speaker.
Speaking Skills

Speaking About Familiar Topics

GOOD level of performance (3.5-4.0) proves that your speech is rather fluent with corresponding developed vocabulary, grammar and sentence structure, and you don’t experience difficulty expressing your opinion on a variety of topics, making only minor mistakes.

For further improvement speak more with native speakers (or join an online voice chat) trying to take up their intonation patterns and pronunciation techniques.

FAIR scoring (2.5-3.0) means you can clearly express your opinions and share your experiences with some minor mistakes. Your vocabulary and grammar are a little bit limited, which at times prevents you from developing the topic or saying what you want to say. This, however, doesn’t have a profound disturbing influence on the communication process.

To improve your speaking skills, brainstorm on a number of topics related to you present life (hobbies, your surrounding, you lifestyle, parents, shopping, and any other). Try to speak for at least 1-2 minutes on each topic without much preparation. The write down some basic vocabulary, phrases, idioms or citations to be used in each topic and try to speak on the topics one more time, this time using your notes. Speak several times on each topic for fluency development.

LIMITED level of speaking (1.5-2.0) involves some problems in developing ideas (in this case about your everyday experiences) and arranging your coherent and understandable speech because of the numerous grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation mistakes.

An exercise for improvement: remember what you did yesterday (think for about 20 seconds), then try to speak for one minute reproducing the information in oral form. Pay attention to how you use past tenses, try to make advantage of the linking words (first, second, then, finally, at the end, besides, moreover, etc.). Then do the same exercise with something you plan to do in the future, this time working on your future tense usage.

If your answers are estimated as WEAK (0-1.0), you do not give complete answers and the ones you give are difficult for understanding.

You should practice speaking aloud as much as possible. Choose simple topics (family, working day, holidays, etc.) and try to speak without much preparation on them. Choose a story and tell it several times, each time trying to do it faster.

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