Drop in IELTS Speaking Score

by Grace

I have a question regarding speaking. I took the test 4 years ago and got a 7.5 in speaking section. I took another one recently but recieved a 6.5 so I was wondering how can speaking skills drop dramatically? Is it because my part 2 answers were too short?

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Jan 21, 2021
Drop in IELTS Speaking Score
by: IELTS buddy

It's not possible to know why it may have dropped.

I'm not sure what you mean about your part 2 answers being too short, because part 2 is a short talk on a topic. Unless you mean you did not speak for 2 minutes. If you didn't really speak enough generally in the test, this could bring your score down.

There can be just small differences when you are talking about half a band so it is possible for a score to vary between a half band when someone takes the test again. However, it is odd to get a one band difference as that is quite a lot, unless like I say you were not speaking enough.

It would also be odd for your score to drop if you have been using English a lot in the last 4 years and you think you have improved noticeably. If you have not been using English in the four years and so your skills have declined, then of course it could drop.

If you are fairly sure that your speaking has stayed the same or improved and your score is wrong then you could consider getting your test looked at again - that's called in Enquiry on Results. It seems like it could be a good case for that in your situation.

Problem is though it costs the same as a new test. You will only get your money back if your score was wrong and it increases.

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