* Overall, clear and understandable pronunciation is the main thing.
* Secondly, the correct use of the following features will determine the pronunciation grade:
1 .basic word pronunciation;
2. linked speech sounds;
3. correct and appropriate sentence stress (i.e., which word or words in a sentence are stressed more than others); and,
4. appropriate use of intonation (rising and falling) to emphasize meaning.
* Slightly inaccurate (= unclear) pronunciation is usually understandable if the correct words and grammar are used but slightly inaccurate pronunciationcombined with other errors can result in language that is not understandable at all.
* American pronunciation is acceptable.
* Basic grammar, especially the verb tenses. Know how to make the tenses and use them correctly.
* Complex sentences: Don't just use simple sentences all the time. Instead, often use sentences composed of parts that are joined together with conjunctions and other linking words. (This is a "must" for a Band 6 or above in this sub-score.)
* Complex structures: Show that you have some knowledge of higher level grammar.
* Show a wide range of vocabulary.
* Use words suitably – don't try to impress with 'impressive' words you are not sure of.
* Make sure you correctly pronounce words – don't just learn the written form of new words.
* Speed – push yourself to speak a little faster but only if your pronunciation is good.
* Continuity – avoid unnaturally long pauses especially in Part 2.
* Smoothness – use linked pronunciation and use contractions.
* Expand your answers with a suitable amount of relevant extra information (detail).
* Use connectives to link sentences especially when expressing more complex ideas. (This is a "must" for a Band 6 or above in this sub-score.)
* Answer questions directly.
* Add extra relevant details in suitable amounts after first answering the key point of the question.
* Link your answers to the questions by using the same verb tense.
* Try to ensure that your answers to questions are suitable for the real meaning of the questions.
* Show knowledge of the 'short form' of answer for 'Yes/No' questions.