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IELTS Speaking Assessment Criteria

IELTS Speaking test is a face-to-face interview between the test taker and the examiner. This test comprises of three parts. Each part is scored with respect to four different criteria.

Know the Scoring Criteria in Detail

The examiner assesses your speaking skills based on the below listed four criteria.


Fluency & Coherence

This criterion examines how fluently you can speak at length, your ability to talk without any pause or hesitation and without any self-correction. It also assesses the efficient use of cohesive devices like pronouns, connectors, conjunctions and more. You must speak in an accent and language that is easily understood by the examiner.


Lexical Resource

In this criterion, the examiner determines whether you use a wide range of vocabulary or not, try to convey the meaning in different words and use less common vocabulary. The usage of collocations and paraphrasing at proper place are also taken into consideration. You must avoid errors while speaking.


Grammatical Range & Accuracy

Here, your formation of sentences i.e. sentence structures and proper application of grammar is determined. The structures must be set so accurately that its use sounds natural and appropriate while you talk.



Your ability to use intonation (i.e. rise and fall of the voice while speaking) and the way you pronounce any word is taken into account. Your accent must be such that it is clearly understood by the examiner.

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You can attempt IELTS Speaking mock tests so as to get an idea of the type of questions asked in the actual exam. Practising speaking English in everyday life with friends, family or colleagues can also improve your skills.