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Marking the Speaking test

In this short video, British Council tutor Rob talks about how the IELTS Speaking test is marked.
We’ve introduced the different parts of the IELTS test, and we’ve given you a taste of the listening and reading parts of the test. Next week, we’re going to concentrate on the speaking paper. To help you prepare for that, you’re going to watch an example of part of the speaking test. You’ll see that video in the next step of the course. Before you watch it, though, let’s talk about how the speaking test is marked. In your speaking test, the examiner will be marking you on four things– fluency and coherence, lexical resource, grammatical range and accuracy, and pronunciation. In each of those areas, you’ll get a Band Score from 1– the lowest– to 9– the highest.
The average of those four scores will be your final Band Score for the speaking paper.

Listen to Rob talking about how the Speaking test is marked.

Fluency and coherence:

This describes how fluent and connected your English sounds. Do you speak without much hesitation and do you use a range of different ways to connect your ideas?

Lexical resource:

This describes how wide your vocabulary is. Can you talk accurately about any topic and use idiomatic language?

Grammatical range and accuracy:

This describes both the range of different grammatical structures you can use and how well you use them.


Can you be easily understood at all times?

Tell us in the comments below which of these four marking criteria would cause most difficulty for you.

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