The IELTS Speaking Test is marked by a certified examiner who has been specially trained to mark this part of the test. In the interests of security, the IELTS Speaking assessment criteria are confidential and do not leave the test centre.
There is , however, a public version of the IELTS Speaking Band descriptors. Click here to read it.
As can be seen, the examiner takes four areas of speech into consideration. These areas are;
Fluency and coherence, Lexical resource, Grammatical range and accuracy and Pronunciation.
I discuss these areas at greater length in my report, ‘Speaking Test Tips from an IELTS Tutor’.
Studying these descriptors will help you understand what an examiner is looking for and some of the key differences between a band 5, a band 6 and a band 7.
Here’s to the best IELTS score possible!