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July 16, 2016


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but what if I can paraphrase words and make them better, should I keep using the words from the questions?

Parameter Liu

Be careful. The questions are written in native, natural English. It's unlikely that you con provide 'better' vocabulary in a test situation.

One thing I will add is that it's not a good idea to 'parrot' the question. Examiners are trained to be aware of 'backwash' from candidates. This is when candidates repeat 'long forms' of the question back to the examiner. For instance, if the question is: 'Do you think your weekends are long enough?', it wouldn't be natural to say: 'Yes, I think my weekends are long enough'. It's preferable to give a short form like: 'Yes, they are', and then give fresh language.

1)How can i speak to the examiner for a longer time when i feel nervous in my speaking test?

But last time when I took the exam, the examiner pointed one of the question to mention me to ask it. Can you tell me why?

Hello Simon,

I just finished my speaking test, my question was a bit weird and I am worrying that I strayed from the topic. I noticed that the official scoring criterion does not include 'relevance to the topic', but I am still afraid that would severely damage my score.

I searched internet for that, I can see that is a problem to some students but there is no definite answer till now.

To make it clearer, the question I was asked was 'Describe something a bit expensive that you do occasionally',and my answer was about skydiving.

Cheers for your patience of reading through this and I appreciate very much all the effort you put into building this wonderful website.

Best regards,

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