Stuttering in the IELTS Speaking Test

by ope
(Nigeria)

Good morning all,

Please I need some clarification about some mistakes i made during my speaking test on 4th of December.

There was this section I was asked to talk about:

What can be done to make people develop interest in art.

And I found myself stuck with pronunciation of a particular word 'subsidising'. I kept say 'subsi...subsi...susiding' eventually the examiner coughed, stopped the tape and repeated the question but the same mistake occurred.

Now I am afraid this might affect my score badly. Other sections of the test went well but I was depressed all through the test.

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Dec 12, 2017
Stuttering
by: IELTS buddy

You are talking about problems with your fluency when you say that you were stuttering over a word.

Your fluency is graded over the whole speaking test, and yes, if you had noticeable problems with this during the test, then it would reduce your score for the 'fluency' grade.

The extent to which it would affect your score would depend on how often it was occurring. If it happened with just one word as you say that's really not going to affect your score (though of course it would prevent a band 9 as that would need to be pretty much perfect).

So if it really was just one word in one part of the test it's not likely to have had a big impact.

With speaking though it's really impossible to say how you did without hearing your test and we can't do that. So you just have to wait for the result.

I don't know what you mean about the examiner stopping the tape. The examiner can't stop the tape during the test.

Dec 21, 2017
Hi Ope
by: Anu25389

Ope I just read your question.

First of all, Speaking is a conversation test. Minor stuttering is fine, but continuous stuttering is noticeable and may lead to deduction in your band score. You also mentioned that the examiner stopped the tape. You might very well know that the Speaking test is recorded for future references (if ever you want reconsideration of your bands and stuff).

What I feel that the examiner wanted to motivate you as he or she (whoever the examiner was) did not want his repetition of question to be recorded during the test (i guess that is a good thing).

I think he (or she) wanted you to answer the question by giving you time to reattempt it. So I don't think you need to worry about it. Also, if it is just one word where you got stuck, and you are confident for the rest of the test, then truly, do not waste time worrying. It won't harm your score.

Hope it helped. All the best.

Dec 22, 2017
Thanks for the advice
by: Anonymous

Sure I had 7.5 in speaking very surprised saw my score today

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