Speaking Evaluation Criteria

How is speaking test evaluated?

The Speaking test in IELTS is assessed on the basis of the following 4 factors:

  1. Fluency and Coherence – In IELTS speaking, the speaker is expected to speak with fluency, which can be obtained by taking care of the following points:
  • There should be minimum repetition of the ideas.
  •  Avoid long pauses in speech. In simple words, do not keep thinking to include the most effective words, rather, try to maintain the flow even by using simple words.
  • Use connectors (Moreover, additionally, but, if, so etc.) to link ideas with one another.
  • Each idea should be supported with proper explanation. Do not just mention the ideas, but elaborate them.
  1. Lexical resource Lexical resource refers to the type of words/phrases used in speaking. To score well in this, take care of the following points:
  •  Use a variety of words without showing any visible effort while doing so.
  • Make use of less common words accurately.
  • Include idiomatic vocabulary in your speech wherever possible.
  1. Grammatical range and accuracy – The speaking test assesses the grammatical knowledge of the candidate, so be careful of the following:
  • All the words/phrases/sentences used in the speaking test should be grammatically correct.
  •  Try to use a variety of sentence structures in the speech.
  1. Pronunciation Pronunciation refers to the way the words/sentences are spoken. To score well, take care of the following:
  • Speech is easily understandable to the speaking evaluator throughout the test. The evaluator should not require any additional effort to understand what the candidate says.
  • The words should be clearly pronounced (spoken). In simple words, the mother tongue of the candidate should not badly impact their English words.
  • Accurately showcase a variety of pronunciation features (e.g. phonemes, vowels, consonants, stress, intonation etc.)