Difference Between The Band Scores For The Speaking Test

Difference between the band scores for the Speaking test:
Speaking Band 5.0

The candidate tries to keep the speech flowing but their hesitation gets in the way.

Speaking Band 5.5

The candidate gives short answers, is not willing to talk at length.

Speaking Band 6

The candidate is willing to talk at length, not always directly answering the question.

Speaking Band 6.5

The candidate can talk at length without much hesitation or repetition.

Speaking Band 7

The candidate speaks smoothly without much effort.

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IELTS Cue Card # Talk about a beautiful city

IELTS Cue Card # Talk about a beautiful city

Talk about a beautiful city
• Where it is
• How you came to know about it
• When are you planning to go there
• What you will do there


Sample Answer

There are many beautiful cities across the world. I am quite fascinated by a few European cities but the one I find most interesting is Amsterdam. It is the capital city of Netherlands and is a remarkable feat of planning and development. For a metropolitan city, it has quite laid back feel to it. The city has managed to gel in the modern world aptly while preserving its culture and heritage at the same time.
I am a well informed person when it comes to cities and my geography is pretty good too. Even though I have known about Amsterdam for a long time it’s only recently that my friend came back from there and he gave me a lot of information in detail about the city. At first, I wasn’t impressed and thought it to be like any other city but after seeing pictures on his phone, I realised that I was mistaken and promptly started searching for the city.
Well right now, I am a bit occupied with other work and studies. I’ll be free in the coming summer so that’s when I am planning to visit Amsterdam. It’ll be once in a life kind of experience and shortage of funds is something that should not bother me while, I am on the trip. I am working overtime right now and saving every last penny for the trip. As of now there are two of us planning to go and currently in conversation with a few more friends as the more the merrier. We might even go to France from there but let’s see how it goes.
It is a beautiful place and it has great infrastructure. The city is full of canals and coffee shops. What fascinates me the most is the preferred mode of transport of the locals. More than half the population uses bicycle as a mode of transport and I’ll be doing the same too. The national history museum is quite famous too and it houses some of the most lucrative pieces of artefacts mankind has ever witnessed. Since I am quite fond of clubbing and Amsterdam is the EDM (electronic dance music) capital of the world I’d try and visit as many as I can on my trip. (375 Words)


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IELTS Speaking: Music related discussion questions

IELTS Speaking: Music related discussion questions
Let’s talk about music in the world

Why is pop music so popular globally?

In my view, catchy hooks and sing-along lyrics are the two main characteristics which have made pop music so popular worldwide. Some talented pop stars who perform in bands like K Pop, BTS and many more have redefined this genre. They’ve taken pop music to a new height.

Which do you prefer: traditional music from your country or classical music from abroad?

I find traditional Indian music more appealing than foreign classical music. It’s mainly because of the fact that I’ve never had a chance to listen to classical music from abroad.

How do different kinds of music affect the way people feel?

Every genre of music has its own benefits. If I talk about rap and pop, the catchy hooks, narratives and beats make people feel energetic. Classical music, on the other hand, is more soothing, relaxing and calming.  Heavy metal has a different effect. It creates a strong sense of identity in its listeners.

What is the best music to listen to while studying?

In my view, the best music one can listen to while studying is classical as it is soothing and can help improve your concentration.

Changes in music

What are the main differences between music today and that of previous decades?

In the past, lyrics used to be meaningful. A singer had to train hard for years to become popular. The voice of the singer had a defining effect on the success of a song. The background music was minimal. But, now, everything has changed. In most of the songs, lyrics have no meaning at all. No formal training is required to become a professional singer. Most songs rely on sound effects and orchestral backing.

What contributes to the success of modern singers or bands: their music, or their appearance and image? Why do you think so?

It’s a tricky question. In my opinion, modern singers and bands owe their success to all the factors which you just mentioned. Poor quality music can’t attract listeners, it can just work for some time, but in the long run one has to perform. The same argument applies to the looks and image of singers. People follow their favourite stars and wish to be like them. Major changes in the appearance of a star or any wrongdoing can affect the fans.

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Speaking Part 2: Tell about a time when you had to write a lot.

Speaking Part 2

Tell about a time when you had to write a lot. You should say –

  • When and where it was?
  • What you had to write about?
  • Explain how you felt about writing a lot.

Speaking Part 2: Tell about a time when you had to write a lot. Best IELTS Band 7 Coaching in dehradun

 Sample Answer

I believe, good reading and writing skills are the basic requirements of preparing for any examination. Writing is actually an art of using our creativity, skills, and imagination to create something that’s beautiful and expressive. Through writing, we convert our knowledge, thoughts and opinions into words so that we can store them in some notebooks or diaries for a lifetime. Sometimes our writings leave an everlasting impact on the mind of the readers.

I am currently pursuing an MBA program and my favorite subject is marketing management. The subject teacher taught it so well that I could understand every concept of it thoroughly and eventually developed my interest in this particular subject. She tried her best to explain the theory with the help of suitable examples which made it so easy to understand and learn. We had our end-term exams at the end of the first semester. My first exam was of marketing management. For appearing in the examination, I reached in the classroom searched for my seat and settled there.

After a while, the examiner arrived and distributed both the question papers and answer sheets. Even when the question paper was lengthy my desire to write knew no bounds. I knew the answer to each and every question asked in the exam. I kept attempting all the questions very fast as the time was running out of my hands. A lot had to be written in a limited period of time. Without getting distracted for a moment, i continuously wrote for almost 3 hours. All the students in the examination room got astonished by the number of extra sheets I had taken. That was indeed a memorable day of my life as I had not written that much ever in my life before.

(307 words)

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