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IELTS Speaking - What You Need to Know

The IELTS test, which enables candidates to obtain a student visa, has four parts, viz, listening, reading, writing and speaking. In order to complete the examination, the candidate needs to appear for all the four parts. The total examination time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

The IELTS Speaking test is basically a face-to-face interview which takes place between the candidate and an examiner. This test has three segments, and each of the follows a particular format in order to test the speaking ability in different ways. The entire Speaking test is recorded.

If you are wondering as to the different scheme and format of the test and what you need to know to master the IELTS, here is all that you needed to know.

IELTS Speaking Scoring Criteria

To assess the speaking performance of the entire test, certified IELTS examiners are appointed. Four assessment criteria are fixed based on which the examiner marks the candidate. Fluency, coherence, lexical resource, grammatical range, accuracy, and pronunciation are the four parameters based on which the candidate is marked.

Fluency and coherence help to identify how well the candidate can speak at a normal rate of speech without much of hesitation. This also includes the sentence formation and the placing of the ideas based on the logical pathway. Also linkage of the words along with the pronouns, conjunctions and other parts of speech will define whether or not the candidate is eligible for international studies. On the other hand, the lexical resources are the test where the candidate is judged on his range of vocabulary that one use appropriately and accurately. Vocabulary and alternate vocabulary are important to express the meaning and IELTS speaking test marks whether it is good enough for international studies, work or immigration.

Needless to say, the grammatical range and the accuracy help to assess the grammar range used by the candidate along with its accuracy and appropriation. Pronunciation is another criterion to mark the ability how the candidate speaks effortlessly.

In a nutshell

Here is all that you needed to know about the IELTS in a nutshell.
Examination time - 11-14 minutes
Number of sections - 3

Introduction and interview in this, the candidate is judged on his ability to give opinions and information on day to day topics and everyday experiences. Also, the examiner sees how the candidate answers to the regular situations by answering a certain set of questions.

Long turn this is the major part of the speaking test where the candidate is given a task card by the examiner to speak on a particular topic. All the instructions are stated in the card and also the aspect that the candidate needs to focus while talking. Hence, this part of the test enables to understand the appropriate use of the language.

Discussion the last part, discussion, is related with the topic that was provided in part 2 of the speaking test. The candidate is judged on his ability to retain the opinions and ideas and also helps to analyze, speculate and discuss the given issues.

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