How is the IELTS Speaking Test Graded?

by Ricky

Hi,

I attended my Speaking yesterday. The cue card topic was:


"Describe about a classical song which you like the most"

I'm fond of music a lot and even listen to it almost everyday but I was not able to recollect a single line of how to describe it?

My mind was blank but finally I spoke until she said to stop but I wasn't satisfied with my vocabulary I used.

Done very well in part 1 & part 2 almost answered every question. But getting scared about my score. I have to get 6 at any cost.

I would like to ask you how much band they assign for these 3 parts?

I mean one of my colleagues told me that it's of 3, 3, 3, or sometimes 2 for introduction and from others 2, 3, 2, (total 9).

Is it true? If so how much can I expect? Am really worryng because this is my 2nd attempt.

Please advise.

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Sep 13, 2016
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Grading of the IELTS Speaking Test
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Ricky,

No it is not graded as you say.

Please do an online search and you can find the IELTS public band descriptors for speaking and you can then see how it is marked.

You are marked on 4 criteria:

- Fluency and Coherence
- Lexical Resource
- Grammatical Range and Accuracy
- Pronunciation

But you are marked on those for your performance throughout the WHOLE test - you are not given separate grades for each of the three sections.

So for example you may be given in those 4 criteria - 6, 7, 7, 6.

So your score for speaking would be 6.5.

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When is the IELTS speaking test graded?

by lee

How is the ielts speaking test graded? Is it scored then and there by the examiner or do they send the recording to a second person to score it?

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Aug 15, 2015
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Grading of speaking test
by: IELTS buddy

Hi,

The examiner grades it as soon as the test is finished and before the next candidate comes in.

Thanks

Aug 16, 2015
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recording the test
by: Anonymous

Then what is the purpose of recording the conversation?

Aug 17, 2015
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Recording the speaking
by: IELTS buddy

The examiner may still want to listen to parts of it again.

Also, it is recorded for monitoring purposes and the centre would also need a recording if the candidate asked for a remark.

Nov 24, 2016
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If thinking aloud is allowed.
by: israel

Please, I am having my speaking test tomorrow and I will like to know if using 'Mmm' before answering is right.

Nov 24, 2016
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Mmm
by: IELTS buddy

Well, there's nothing in the marking that says you can't say 'Mmm'. But I'm not sure why you would want to be planning to do that.

You want to sound natural. Saying something like that when it is not natural may sound odd.

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Giving Short Answers in IELTS Speaking

by Rachel

Just finished my ielts speaking test and I am really worried.

I did not practice much for the test and I got a little flustered after the first few questions even though my first language is English.

I was prompted with a lot of questions ranging from different topics such as "did I enjoy science in school?", "do you think kids should interact with other kids?"

I was so nervous and I kept giving short answers without much elaboration and I was prompted with so many questions. Does being prompted with many questions means that I didn't do well?

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Jun 28, 2016
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Being prompted to speak
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Rachel,

You are graded on your willingness to speak at length so it is possible it could affect your score but it is really too difficult to tell whether it did or not without hearing your test.

Jun 29, 2016
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Good job
by: Anonymous

Don't worry about that, you wil defentily go through it! Just believe in your self.

Jun 29, 2016
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Well done
by: Daicaxuma

I think you have a variety of vocabulary in your writing (it was showed on your post). I guess you have done your test well.

Giving short answers in IELTS speaking without elaboration absolutely is not good, i think. Maybe it will mark your score down.

Anyway, to judge how many score can you get is not easy for people who have no change to hear your presentation.

Jul 07, 2016
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plz help
by: Anonymous

I have stammering problem
I have given ielts speaking test
Cue card was on goal of ur life
1st question was about goal
I said i want to study abroad
To become renowned physician etc
Then she asked when u set the goal i said from 7-8 std and elaborate it
Is it right?

Jul 08, 2016
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plz help
by: IELTS buddy

I have no idea what this means:

"7-8 std and elaborate it"

So I can't tell you if it is right or not.

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I couldn't pronounce a word properly

by anonymous32

I had my speaking test today, but i felt I might have done terribly in it.

How will if affect my score if I had a difficult time pronouncing only 1 word: "conversationalist"

I have braces, not to use it as an excuse, but I had to repeat the word thrice because I had a hard time saying it..

Another thing, if I didn't give any examples in some of the questions in part 3, will that matter?

I need a band 7 on the speaking.

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Feb 20, 2016
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Wrong pronunciation
by: IELTS buddy

Hi anonymous32,

If you pronounced everything correctly in the rest of the test, it is unlikely that one single word will affect your score.

You are marked over the whole test. There is not something in the marking system that suggests marking someone down for an error with one single word. You general pronunciation over the whole test would be considered.

As for part three, again you are not graded for giving examples. You just have to answer the questions. If you do that by using examples that is fine but if you did something else that's ok.

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I got an idiom wrong in the speaking test

by Ankur

Today was English speaking.

I have one worry...If you can solve it ..It will be beneficial for other students as well.

Well during speaking interview I said wrong idiom...instead of saying "charity begins at home" ...I said "Charity starts with own home". Is it a mistake?

And two times I saw downward ...One I time I also said..."Sorry I am not getting you".

Please guide us for such mistakes. I will be grateful to you.

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Oct 25, 2015
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Idioms in the speaking test
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Ankur,

Yes it is a mistake, but there is no specific rule for making mistakes with idioms

Any error in your grammar or collocations is a mistake.

But examiner does not note one error then put your score up or down based on that. Your grammar and lexis (plus use of idioms etc) will be taken account of throughout the whole test, and your band score based on that.

So don't worry about one error like that.

Nov 02, 2015
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Ielts reading and listening
by: Anonymous

Is it allowed to bring highlighter to the exam?

Nov 03, 2015
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highlighter
by: IELTS buddy

No, you can't take your own stationary in.

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Speaking test worries

by Jessie Hegazie
(Cairo, Egypt)

Hello everyone!

I took my Ielts speaking test on friday. I thought it'd go well because everyone says I'm good at English. I am good with the pronunciation, fluent most of the time and I have a good accent.

However I was a bit nervous before -and I would say a little during- the exam.

During part one I was asked about trees? And if there are trees where I live and I said yes so she asked me why? It was a weird question to ask so I said it's because the color green brings relaxation to people and it makes the surrounding place less polluted also.

So after that she asked me if I liked trees so I said yes! So she asked me why? I didn't know what to say so I repeated the same reasons that I have mentioned earlier!

Will that be marked as a lower band?

Another thing is the topic I had to talk about is a place that I have been to that is full of color.

I decided to talk about an Indian temple in Malaysia. I talked about how to reach it. And that there were so many colors everywhere like the sculptures, the saris ..etc.

Then when I had covered all the points I stopped talking but she kept nodding her head so I had nothing more to say!

I'm not even sure if I had covered all the points?

Do you think that I would be able to get a 6?

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May 19, 2015
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Speaking test worries
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Jessie,

In the IELTS speaking test, you are marked for your performance over the whole test, so that is what will decide your score.

It is not likely to affect your score just because in one question you gave a similar answer to the one before.

And for the part two, where you stopped speaking, obviously you had not spoken for long enough. But again, it is really impossible to say if that would affect your score in any way as there are so many factors that are considered during the test. And, as I said above, you are assessed over the whole test.

To get an idea of what the examiners are assessing on, do a search on the 'IELTS Speaking Public Band Descriptors'.

So really, no one can possibly make any predictions on your score, but you could certainly still get a 6 even with the factors that you mentioned.

Please post back on this page when you get your score. I'm sure other poeple would like to know.

Good luck.

Jun 05, 2015
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Full question
by: Anonymous

Hi Jessy

Could you please post on the questions on your cue card? I know you said the question was on a colorful place you' ve been to, but pls give details of the question. I wish you best of luck.

Titi Omo

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Using non English Words

by arya
(india)

Hello! I gave the ielts test a few days ago. My mother tongue is hindi and during the speaking test i used a hindi word once or twice. I was wondering how many bands will i lose bcoz of this?

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Feb 11, 2016
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Non English words
by: IELTS buddy

Hi,

As I've said before on here, the grading is not as simple as that. There are not set things you do that suddenly bring your score down.

If you just spoke a couple of Hindi words by mistake a couple of times its unlikely to have a direct impact on your score.

To understand the scoring, do a search on "IELTS speaking public band descriptors".

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Grading of Tenses

by Pooja

Regarding tense.

Today was my test. In cue card i was asked to describe the course which you would like to do if you had a time. And i said if i have a time. So does it affect my score?

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Aug 12, 2016
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Tenses
by: IELTS buddy

It's difficult to understand what you are asking.

You say you were asked to describe a course you would like to do, and it sounds like that is what you did.

Anyway, it is really not possible to answer your question. The grading does not work on the basis that you can pick out one thing like that and specify how it a affects the score.

You are graded on many things throughout the whole test.

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Who grades the candidate?

by Sultan Rakhimzhanov
(China, Beijing)

Hi there,

I have a question regarding speaking part.

Who is assessing student's answer, is it the same examiner who sits with a student or another examiner?

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Nov 20, 2016
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Who grades the candidate?
by: IELTS buddy

It's the same examiner who is with you in the test.

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IELTS in Kerala and Qatar

by jinu
(doha)

HELLO,

Is taking IELTS in Kerala and Qatar differ in level of difficulty?

I understand that the questions and modules will be the same. But regarding the evaluation by examiners, the level of English of all the candidates who appear for test matters. (IN WRITING AND SPEAKING MODULES.

Please advise

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Nov 14, 2016
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Using different test centres
by: IELTS buddy

There will be no difference as they use exactly the same grading methods. The test is standardised which means it will be the same everywhere.

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