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Ana from France

Fluency and coherence Lexical resource
Is capable and willing to respond at length to each question and utilises some linking devices effectively (and, so and because). However, they are repetitive and a number of pauses are also evident. Manages to discuss each topic with an adequate range of language which allows some precise meaning to be conveyed ('from time to time' ,'negative impact', 'I live faraway').
Grammatical range and accuracy Pronunciation
A good mix of simple and more complex structures ('I'm very fond of taking', 'if..') are employed to good affect but with errors ('If I could have not finished', 'if I had to choose I will', 'no one is answering anymore we all connected'). There is a range of pausing, stress, intonation and chunking but it is not sustained and some portions become fast and hard to comprehend. Accent has very little influence on pronunciation in general though.

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Usama, Iraq

I'd like to express my thanks and gratitude to Nigel for his help, invaluable advice and beneficial essay assessments which helped me a lot in writing section.

The Speaking practice tests with Nigel were essential as he addressed some of my points of weaknesses in each part of the speaking test and how to overcome them. I got an overall band score of  7.5 with Listening 8, Reading 7.5, Writing 7.5, Speaking 7. I followed his instructions and apparently it worked.

Thank you Nigel once again! 

Usama, Iraq

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