IELTS Speaking: How to Score High in IELTS Speaking

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IELTS uses four scoring categories to assess your speaking skills. Make sure to understand the parameters which IELTS uses to assign Speaking Band scores. To make you familiar with the parameters better here is a detailed explanation of these parameters.

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IELTS Speaking: How to Score High in IELTS Speaking IELTS uses four scoring categories to assess your speaking skills. Make sure to understand the parameters which IELTS uses to assign Speaking Band scores. To make you familiar with the parameters better here is a detailed explanation of these parameters. Fluency Coherence Fluency and Coherence are measurements of a speaker’s ability to communicate logically clearly and without difficulty in English. For Fluency a perfect Band score of 9 means the speaker doesn’t have to pause to recall words or mentally review grammatical structures. The speaker can focus on the message she wishes to convey rather than the language needed to say it. Coherence is related to fluency but slightly different. It measures how well a speaker’s ideas make sense together. A high Band score indicates that a person can use a variety of cohesive features and discourse markers with ease in order to articulate ideas in a clear and logical way. Lexical Resource This scoring category measures vocabulary. You will be assessed on your ability to use words appropriately in the right context and accurately with the correct meaning. IELTS Speaking rewards test-takers with large vocabularies.

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The examiner will be listening carefully to assess whether or not you can use a wide variety of words and phrases which is good or whether you use the same language over and over again which is bad. Related to this you will also be assessed on whether or not you can accurately paraphrase the examiner’s questions fluently. Grammatical Range Your grammar will be assessed on the Speaking exam. You should try to use a wide range of grammatical constructions appropriately and accurately. Keep in mind that your grammatical range score is not simply about avoiding grammar mistakes. Limiting errors is important. However you can only reach a very high band score if you can also demonstrate that you have mastered complex sentence structures verb tenses and other advanced grammatical features. If your grammar skills are limited or you have a lot of grammar mistakes when you speak it is especially important that you record yourself when you answer practice questions. Listen for errors that you make regularly and think about how you can fix them. Get feedback on your grammar from a native English speaker if at all possible. Pronunciation IELTS Speaking also measures your pronunciation. Top Band scores only go to those test-takers whose pronunciation is “effortless” for a native English speaker to understand. Scores are reduced for mispronunciation especially if pronunciation problems make it difficult to comprehend a speaker’s message. Keep in mind that pronunciation involves more than just articulating individual words correctly. Many students have even larger pronunciation problems at the sentence level.

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