How is IELTS Speaking Graded?The IELTS speaking test consists of three different sections during which the IELTS examiner will ask the IELTS candidate some introductory questions, then ask the IELTS candidate to talk about a topic for 1 -2 minutes, and in the final part the IELTS examiner will ask some follow up questions related to the topic in the second part of the interview and expand the discussion asking the IELTS candidate for their views and ideas in response to some additional discussion questions.
The idea of the is to evaluate how effectively the IELTS candidate can communicate in English. Each IELTS speaking interview lasts an average of 15 minutes and is recorded.
IELTS speaking performanceThe IELTS candidate’s speaking performance is given an IELTS speaking band score based on the 9 levels of proficiency in IELTS. For more detailed information and a description of the IELTS bands see the IELTS information for candidates PDF booklet.
IELTS speaking criteriaThe IELTS examiner will listen to the IELTS candidate’s responses during the IELTS interview and grade or evaluate their speaking performance throughout the interview based on the following criteria:
IELTS speaking band scoreAll four areas are equally important, so each area evaluated represents 25% of the overall
IELTS Speaking test band score given for each IELTS candidate.
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