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Published on Nov 17, 2015
What speaking ability does a score of IELTS Band 8 represent?
Watch this Speaking test sample, where Kopi from Botswana talks about 'Famous people'.
Here's why this performance was given a Band 8:
"This test taker speaks fluently but rather slowly, with occasional hesitation as he engages with the topics. He is able to give quite complex and detailed responses without any loss of coherence, drawing on a range of markers to introduce his ideas (in that way; in some way; we have a situation in our country; in that regards; in every respect).
He skilfully uses his wide vocabulary in a sophisticated way to express himself precisely and accurately (reaching out through music; I wouldn’t put it past them; significant level; growing trend; a ripple effect), although there are a few inappropriate word forms and choices (old generation instead of ‘older generation’; have a long way instead of ‘have a long way to go’; a step back instead of ‘a backward step’).
He uses a full range of sentence forms and grammatical structures naturally, accurately and appropriately.
The test taker is easy to understand throughout the test, in spite of a slight accent. Occasional misplaced stress and vowel formation (misicians for ‘musicians’; Bread Pitt for Brad Pitt) only minimally affect intelligibility.
This test taker’s sophisticated vocabulary and accurate grammar make him a good example of a Band 8."