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How is your IELTS Speaking Test assessed?

Your IELTS Speaking test is assessed based on the Public Band Descriptors. Watch Rose and Jose explain more.

In the next step, we have prepared some simple questions to help you better understand the public band descriptors and the differences between the bands. This helps you identity and reflect on areas to improve.

Download and refer to the Public Band Descriptors as you answer the questions.


Before you take the quiz, consider the four different criteria in the Public Band Descriptors. What are your strengths and weaknesses across these four criteria? Why?

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