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How to Improve Your Global Mark (G) on Your Speaking Test

How to improve your Global score in FCE, PET and KET.

When most people are doing a speaking test, they naturally feel nervous. However, remember the speaking part of the tests above is actually the shortest and perhaps the easiest to pass. Remember you don’t need to have perfect English to pass, you only need to get 3 out of 5 for each part of the paper. So what can you do to improve your score?

  1. Be understood! Try to speak as clearly as you can. However, don’t worry too much about making mistakes. If you make a mistake, try to correct it yourself and then move on. Don’t let it interfere with your fluency. You get lower marks if you hesitate and have long pauses.
  2. Be relevant! Concentrate on answering the questions, listening to the instructions and your partner. For example, if you are asked about your free time, talk about your hobbies and not your job.
  3. Expand on your answers! Don’t just respond with ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Give extended answers and show you understand what is being asked.

Remember the speaking paper is over very quickly so do your best.