IELTS Speaking Overview

Examiners use detailed assessment criteria (known as ‘band descriptors’) to award a band for each of the four assessment criteria: Fluency and Coherence – 25%. Lexical Resource – 25%. Grammatical Range and Accuracy – 25%. Pronunciation – 25%.

Timing
11-14 minutes
Test Parts
There are 3 parts.
Part 1 Introduction and interview (4-5 minutes)
The examiner introduces him/herself and asks you to introduce yourself and confirm your identity. The examiner asks you general questions on familiar topics, e.g. home, family, work,
studies and interests.
Part 2 Individual long turn (3-4 minutes)
The examiner gives you a task card which asks you to talk about a particular topic and which includes points you can cover in your talk. You are given 1 minute to prepare your talk, and are given a pencil and paper to make notes. You talk for 1-2 minutes on the topic. The examiner may then ask you one or two questions on the same topic.
Part 3 Two-way discussion (4-5 minutes)
The examiner asks further questions which are connected to the topic of Part 2. These questions give you an opportunity to discuss more abstract issues and ideas.
Skills assessed
A wide range of speaking skills are assessed, including:
• The ability to communicate opinions and information on everyday topics and common experiences and situations by answering a range of questions
• The ability to speak at length on a given topic using appropriate language and organising ideas coherently
• The ability to express and justify opinions and to analyse, discuss and speculate about issues.
Marking
You are assessed on your performance throughout the test by certificated IELTS examiners according to the IELTS Speaking test assessment criteria (Fluency and Coherence, Lexical Resource, Grammatical Range and Accuracy, Pronunciation).

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