1. Sample Speaking Videos
What speaking ability does a score of IELCA 25 represent?
Here’s why this performance was given a Score 25:
In this video test sample the candidate is actively responding to questions relating to personal life and, while speaking quite fluently, engaging with questions on a given topic (“What are the benefits of watching TV and to what extent can watching too much be bad for people”).
He uses an appropriate range of pronunciation features demonstrating his ability to use stress and intonation quite effectively. His articulation is generally clear although there are a few minor slips when his speech is less clear although still intelligible and comprehensible without causing strain on the listener except for a few utterances (‘I have to choose, I love to live in central London because ?’).
His interaction is generally well paced and shows a degree of confidence even though some parts appear to lack some spontaneity here and there and there are very minor indications of hesitation (checking for comprehension as to task, quick re-phrasing of comments, very occasional repetition).
Whereas his oral output is, on the whole, quite fluent (use of connectors and cohesive devices) there are occasional errors with regard to language accuracy and appropriacy (‘we get information ? to the different countries what is happening there’; ‘there are parks available’). He has several grammatical structures at his disposal with occasional slips (incorrect subject – verb agreement and lack of use of article).
The range of vocabulary is sufficient and appropriate to the prompt and allows him to make adequate contributions with meaning coming across clearly.
The test taker is able to understand all prompts (and if need be uses strategies for further clarification, as aforementioned, to ascertain if topic was to be addressed in writing). In most of the cases his responses were appropriate to the prompt.
2. Sample Speaking Videos
What speaking ability does a score of IELCA 35 represent?
Here’s why this performance was given a Score 35:
In this video test sample candidate Imran shows how lively and exciting a test session can be, he is bursting with enthusiasm and full of energy. He responds very passionately to questions relating to his personal life and surroundings and provides a vivid account to a given topic (“Do you think there is a best age to be and what do you think different ages can offer”).
Imran uses an appropriate range of pronunciation features demonstrating his ability to use stress and intonation quite effectively throughout. He speaks very fluently and engages with the topic effortlessly.
His interaction is fast moving but very well paced throughout the test. Imran appears very confident and spontaneous with responses coming easily and eagerly. The range of vocabulary is sufficient to have him contribute to a variety of questions and thereby demonstrating his use and application of collocation, cohesive devices and related skills, yet with occasional slip ups eg inappropriate word choice (‘when the time goes with the flow’, ‘ you have more responsibilities coming up’).
His oral output is very fast and fluent but not without occasional errors in respect of language accuracy and grammatical structures (‘I’m been in the process’; you take less rest in that age’; to explain the people what you have done’, if they accepted it, I accepted it’; my dad get forgetful) which have restricted his score on this particular criterion. However, meaning is coming across very clearly at all times.
The test taker is fully able to understand all prompts and his responses were adequate and appropriate throughout.