Can I ask the examiner to explain a word I don’t understand?
In order to make the exam fair for everyone the examiner works from a script during Part 1 and 2.
The examiner will repeat the question for you in Part 1 and will try to make the instructions clear in Part 2. However, it is not common for the examiner to explain the meaning of words or expressions. In Part 3, however, the idea is to have more of a free-flowing discussion about the topic and you will be allowed to ask for clarification in this section.
Useful functional language:
Sorry, could you repeat that?
Could you say that again?
If you think you understand but need it confirming try:
Are you asking whether …
Do you mean …
For more help with functional language see our weekly exercises.