IELTS Speaking Marking

IELTS Speaking Marking

IELTS Speaking Marking

IELTS Speaking Marking

The article “IELTS Speaking Marking”, hopefully by reading the heading you already know that we will discuss how the IELTS speaking skill marks are roughly divided. Now, because of so many people who have not gotten enough bands tries to spill knowledge, they may have judged many things wrong, especially the bases on which they failed to achieve a noticeable number of bands. Most people have the misconception that the IELTS speaking test is only based on correct accented pronunciation and correct grammar. Although they are right, but not completely. The whole criteria do not depend solely on these two, there are other factors which are equally important.

Today we will discuss those, to make you understand and help you in preparation for the IELTS speaking skill exam.

Following is the criteria, on which bases you are being graded, or given bands.


So, this constitutes 25% of your total score. Keeping that in mind, one should know how to speak with fluency and be conversational. This is not a writing skill test so being concise with words won’t help. You should be able to use good vocabulary with the flow. Your conversation should not diverge from the asked question. Whatever you speak must be with fluency and related to the topic, off topic speaking is not appreciated. Making errors is fine, but repeating them, again and again, may deduct your bands. Try to be clear with speaking, don’t hesitate or repeat what you have already said.


Pronunciations are also checked when it comes to grading. You may get 25% of your possible band because of your pronunciation. If you are using high vocabulary make sure that your word is correctly delivered, if you are using elite words but also mispronouncing it, the examiner won’t give you enough marks. Try to practice pronunciation of different words, so that when you finally give the exam, your tongue doesn’t slip and is familiar with the word.


This part makes 25% of total marks too. LEXICAL RESOURCES simply means how vast or wide is the candidate’s vocabulary and how well a candidate uses it. Suggestions to the people appearing for IELTS is that, try to use as many words as you know which can be considered as formal or semi-formal English. Use more idioms and phrasal verbs. Appropriate usage of high vocabulary will also help you achieve better marks.


Your speaking skills are also judged on “GRAMMATICAL RANGE AND ACCURACY” criteria. This part also makes up 25% of your final score of speaking skills. Using complexly structured sentences with correct grammar is necessary. Try to use good grammar which is error free to increase your score. Usage of passive voice and direct speech with good vocabulary, and correct structure is crucial.

Keeping in mind all the bases on which your speaking skills are marked can be really helpful for appearing in IELTS speaking skill test. You are more confident when you know the grading system and you have a better chance of getting higher bands if you know how to prepare for the test. Hopefully, this would have helped you in getting to know what to do and what not to do.


Speaking test is not all about speaking extra, but it’s even more from it.  So by following simple these tricks given in this article (IELTS Speaking Marking), You can get a good score in IELTS speaking test.