4 Speaking Assessment Criteria
In addition to its topics and questions, to prepare IELTS speaking module, you had better understand its assessment criteria. Only if you know the requirements very clearly, you get a fair reward for your time and effort.
IELTS speaking test consists of 3 parts. The first two parts follow a question list that is picked up by the examiner, who would ask questions precisely by the question list. The problems of Part 3 may or may not be prompted to you relying on your actual speaking skill in preceding questions.
Part 1: Introduction and interview: Candidate talks personal information, like at first meeting.
- 4-5 minutes
- Questions based on script, driven by examiner
- General topics, like home, family, or hobby
Part 2: Individual long turn: Candidate delivers a monologue of 1-2 minutes on the given subject.
- 3-4 minutes
- Based on the topic card, one minute to prepare notes
- monologue of 1-2 minutes
Part 3: Discussion: Candidate has a chance to answer more difficult questions.
- 4-5 minutes
- Questions are usually expanded from Part 2
- The maximum question number is 7, and the real amount depends on your proficiency level
The key points of high score are fluency, coherence, and pronunciation. Please focus on these details:
- Express ideas clearly and coherently
- Use vocabulary size and ability in the right way
- Show grammar knowledge, range and accuracy
- Use intonation and stress naturally, no matter with accent
Details of assessment criteria can be found at IELTS Official Web Site
For those who want to up speaking score in a tight time frame, to familiarize recent topics and accumulate relevant vocabularies in advance will increase the chance to get a better band.