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IELTS SPEAKING ASSESSMENT CRITERION

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IELTS SPEAKING ASSESSMENT CRETERIA

ielts speaking assessment criteria

BAND 9: Fluency and coherence: • Speaks fluently with only rare repetition or self correction; any hesitation is content-related rather than to find words or grammar. • Speaks coherently with fully appropriate cohesive features. • Develops topics fully and appropriately. Lexical resource: • Uses vocabulary with full flexibility and precision in all topics. • Uses idiomatic language naturally and accurately. Grammatical range and accuracy: • Uses a full range of structures naturally and appropriately. • Produces consistently accurate structures apart from ‘slips’ characteristic of native speaker speech. Pronunciation: • Uses a full range of pronunciation features with precision and subtlety. • Sustains flexible use of features throughout. • Is effortless to understand. BAND 8: Fluency and coherence: • Speaks fluently with only occasional repetition or self-Correction; hesitation is usually content related and only rarely to search for language. • Develops topics coherently and appropriately. Lexical resource: • Uses a wide vocabulary resource readily and flexibly to convey precise meaning. • Uses less common and idiomatic vocabulary skillfully, with occasional inaccuracies. • Uses paraphrase effectively as required. Grammatical range and accuracy: • Uses a wide range of structures flexibly. • Produces a majority of error-free sentences with only very occasional inappropriateness or basic/unsystematic errors. Pronunciation: • Uses a wide range of pronunciation features. • Sustains flexible use of features, with only occasional lapses. • Is easy to understand throughout; 1 accent has minimal effect on intelligibility.

BAND 7:

Fluency and coherence: • Speaks at length without noticeable effort or loss of coherence. • May demonstrate language-related hesitation at times, or some repetition and/or self-correction. • Uses a range of connectives and discourse markers with some flexibility. Lexical resource: • Uses vocabulary resource flexibly to discuss a variety of topics. • Uses some less common and idiomatic vocabulary and shows some awareness of style and collocation, with some inappropriate choices. • Uses paraphrase effectively. Grammatical range and accuracy: • Uses a range of complex structures with some flexibility. • Frequently produces error-free sentences, though some grammatical mistakes persist. Pronunciation: • Shows all the positive features of band 6 and some, but not all, of the positive features of band 8. BAND 6: Fluency and coherence: • Is willing to speak at length, though may lose coherence at times due to occasional repetition, self-correction or hesitation. • Uses a range of connectives and discourse markers but not always appropriately. Lexical resource: • Has a wide enough vocabulary to discuss topics at length and make meaning clear in spite of inappropriateness. • Generally paraphrases successfully. Grammatical range and accuracy: • Uses a mix of simple and complex structures, but with limited flexibility. • May make frequent mistakes with complex structures, though these rarely cause comprehension problems. Pronunciation: • Uses a range of pronunciation features with mixed control. • Shows some effective use of features but this is not sustained. • Can generally be understood throughout, though mispronunciation of individual words or sounds reduces clarity at times. BAND 5: Fluency and coherence: • Usually maintains flow of speech but uses repetition, self-correction and/or slow speech to keep going. • May over-use certain connectives and discourse markers. • Produces simple speech fluently, but more complex communication causes fluency problems. Lexical resource: • Manages to talk about familiar and unfamiliar topics but uses vocabulary with limited flexibility. • Attempts to use paraphrase but with mixed success. Grammatical range and accuracy: • Produces basic sentence forms with reasonable accuracy. • Uses a limited range of more complex structures, but these usually contain errors and may cause some comprehension problems. Pronunciation: • Shows all the positive features of band 4 and some, but not all, of the positive features of band 6.

BAND 4:

Fluency and coherence: • Cannot respond without noticeable pauses and may speak slowly, with frequent repetition and self-correction. • Links basic sentences but with repetitious use of simple connectives and some breakdowns in coherence. Lexical resource: • Is able to talk about familiar topics but can only convey basic meaning on unfamiliar topics and makes frequent errors in word choice. • Rarely attempts paraphrase. Grammatical range and accuracy: • Produces basic sentence forms and some correct simple sentences but subordinate structures are rare. • Errors are frequent and may lead to misunderstanding. Pronunciation: • Uses a limited range of pronunciation features. • Attempts to control features but lapses are frequent. • Mispronunciations are frequent and cause some difficulty for the listener. BAND 3: Fluency and coherence: • Speaks with long pauses. • Has limited ability to link simple sentences. • Gives only simple responses and is frequently unable to convey basic message. Lexical resource: • Uses simple vocabulary to convey personal information. • Has insufficient vocabulary for less familiar topics. Grammatical range and accuracy: • Attempts basic sentence forms but with limited success, or relies on apparently memorized utterances. • Makes numerous errors except in memorized expressions. Pronunciation: • Shows some of the features of band 2 and some, but not all, of the positive features of band 4. BAND 2: Fluency and coherence: • Pauses lengthily before most words. • Little communication possible. Lexical resource: • Only produces isolated words or memorised utterances. Grammatical range and accuracy: • Cannot produce basic sentence forms. Pronunciation: • Speech is often unintelligible. BAND 1: • No communication possible. • No rateable language. BAND 0: • Does not attend.

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