How important is speech rate? Well, in speaking part 2, you need to have a good idea of how long your reference point is, the body, and summing it up. You can have a good indicator by writing down your speaking part 2 and record yourself on a timer. Now, all of this is just for practice. But for me, I can say 139 words in 59 seconds. However, non-NES might speak between 100-125 words a minute, so spatially speaking, you need to time yourself on your talks with a timer first, and then without a timer so you can have a clear indicator of your speech rate. Being cut off by an IELTS examiner is probably going to land you below a 7.0. Here’s a 1 on 1 coaching session with my student.
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