IELTS Speaking: What examiners look out for?

IELTS Speaking: What examiners look out for? | Teach5

IELTS Speaking: What examiners look out for? | Teach5

The IELTS Speaking Part II involves you to talk on a topic for two minutes that the examiner gives. It is important to understand the grading.  As per the test assessment criteria, the speaking gets the marking on these five points:

Fluency and coherence: it measures the flow of your response and also the connection of ideas

Lexical resource: it measures the vocabulary usage for expressing your ideas and meanings,

Grammatical range and accuracy: it measures the English grammar usage, the different types of grammatical structures and the way in which grammar can help in understanding

Pronunciation: it reflects the sense of ease of an examiner for understanding what you say

Relevance: Moreover, you need to stick to the topic always

This task will show your confidence in knowing all the aspects and put them to practice.

A candidate has to first look at the topic

Candidate Task Card

You listen to a candidate who gives a talk on a topic. While listening, make notes regarding the performance of the candidate under the above five headings.

Furthermore, Compare what you find with the finding of the examiner.

Here is a performance review. Read on:


The candidate keeps a good pace. He never searches for a word and has a replacement good or better than the other word. He gets full marks for fluency.


In certain areas, he displays grammatical competence, and also uses of the Tenses properly. At one or two places there is a room for improvement.


Vocabulary is accurate, and there is a use of idiomatic language. However, there are small problems, regarding strange ways of using a word like ‘became available’. Moreover, at one place the word used is ‘fun’. It should be instead ‘funny’.


With a fine Pronunciation, there will be no problems with understanding the speaker. The accent also must not interfere with comprehension. There must be no words of pause.


It is relevant to a good degree.

Why is it useful?

Listening to another candidate and the resulting grading is of great help to understand the outlook of an examiner. The best way is to start and try it yourself. This also identifies the areas of improvement.

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