IELTS Speaking Test Format & Scoring Criteria
IELTS Speaking is a formal face to face interview with the examiner for 11- 14 minutes. Double examiner check is there. Speaking Test is conducted either one week prior to the main exam or one week after that.
Speaking test is an amalgamation of three parts or rounds.
Part 1 is called the Introduction Round (3-5 minutes) in which the examiner asks the candidate questions pertaining to him/her and certain theme – based questions related to any common topic like festivals, art, food, music and so on.
Part 2 is called the Cue Card Round (3-4 minutes) in which the candidate is given one minute to prepare on a certain topic which has sub points and then the candidate has to speak on it for 1-2 minutes.
Part 3 is called the Discussion Round or Follow – up Round (3-5 minutes) in which the candidate is required to answer detailed questions related to the Cue Card.
In all the three parts, you are marked on the basis of certain scoring parameters ranging from fluency, grammatical accuracy, lexical range to pronunciation, eye – contact, body posture and so on.
There are certain things to be kept in mind while you are giving out the IELTS Speaking exam. You should not use abbreviations, informal language, slang or hindi terms. It is a formal exam and all the answers should be given out in a polite manner. Try and include innovative answers to get higher band score in IELTS Speaking.