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IELTS Speaking Overview October 31, 2006

Posted by Steve in Speaking.

This section aims to give students an overview of what they will encounter in the speaking exam.

General points

  • An interview takes place between one examiner and one candidate for between 11 and 14 minutes.
  • The candidate’s speaking is assessed on fluency and coherence, lexical resource, grammatical range and accuracy, and pronunciation.
  • A band mark is awarded between 1 and 9 with 9 being the highest. Half marks e.g. 5.5 are not awarded in speaking.

Speaking test format

Part 1 Examiner and candidate introduce themselves, candidate answers general questions on familiar topics e.g. family, job, studies, free-time etc. about 4 to 5 minutes
Part 2 Candidate asked to speak on a given topic (information is written on a task card) for 1-2 minutes. One minute of preparation in which the candidate can make notes is allowed. 4 minutes
Part 3 Discussion on more abstract issue related to the chosen topic in part 2 of the test. about 4 to 5 minutes


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