If you want to get a high score in the IELTS Speaking test, it is very important to understand how you will be assessed. This will help you to improve your speaking performance and maximise your score. In this post, we will discuss the IELTS speaking criteria.
How are you assessed in the IELTS speaking test?
There are four IELTS speaking criteria:
- Fluency and Coherence (FC)
- Lexical Resource (LR)
- Grammatical Range and Accuracy (GRA)
- Pronunciation (P)
These four IELTS speaking criteria each relate to a different area of your spoken English skills:
Fluency and Coherence
- How easy is it for you to keep speaking?
- Do you pause or hesitate often when speaking?
- Do your ideas relate to the question?
- Can you link your ideas together?
- Can you explain what you mean, even if you forget the right word?
- How wide is your vocabulary?
- How accurately do you use words?
- Do you use collocations accurately?
- Do you use some less common words?
Grammatical Range and Accuracy
- Do you use a range of structures?
- Do you get the word order right?
- Do you use the right tense?
- How often do you make mistakes?
- Do your mistakes make it difficult to understand what you mean?
- Do you speak clearly?
- How easy are you to understand?
- Do you use stress and intonation accurately?
- Do you use connected speech / link your words together?
You will be given a band score in each of the four areas based on your performance across the whole speaking test. To achieve any band score overall, you must get it in all four areas.
For example; FC 7, LR 7, GRA 7, P 7 – Overall IELTS Speaking Band Score = 7
but FC 7, LR 7, GRA 6, P 7 – Overall IELTS Speaking Band Score = 6.5.
So, if you want to get Band 7 for speaking then you need to get 7 in each of the four IELTS speaking criteria.
Find out more about how to get IELTS Speaking Band 7 here.
You can find a full version of the Speaking Test Assessment Criteria here.