22.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.
23.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.
26.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.
27.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.
28.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.
29.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.
30.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.
31.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.
32.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.
33.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.
34.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.
35.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.