How is IELTS Speaking evaluated?

by IDP IELTS — July 16th, 2020

One of the most challenging parts of IELTS for candidates is undoubtedly the Speaking part. So how is the IELTS Speaking test evaluated? What should you pay attention to, what should you avoid?

  • Articulation – sound is pronounced correctly, and you can connect the right words?
  • Word and sentence stress- can you choose the right syllable in a word and the right word in a sentence?
  • Intonation– Does your voice rises and falls contribute to improving the means and what you say?

Common Mistakes

  • The most common mistake is to use sounds in your native language instead of English sounds. You should be aware of the English voices that are not available in your language. For example, saying the sound “th” as “t”.
  • Often, due to stress or a lot of thinking, speech can proceed in a monotonous tone, straight line, or each sentence can be spoken like a question, which you should avoid doing.


  • Don’t worry about your accent; instead, make sure that you can understand sounds and make them as clear as possible. Your accent is not a criteria.
  • The examiner will evaluate how often you misspell words and say something that is difficult to understand, so make sure your pronunciation is clear and sharp.
  • Take a deep break and try to relax, the more comfortable you are, the more natural your toning will be.
  • Make sure your toning helps you convey what you mean. When making a statement and giving examples, pay attention to your tone.
  • To improve your pronunciation, you can open the dictation settings on your phone and then read from the texts. Reading instead of speaking freely will allow you to focus all your energy on the sound instead of thinking about what to say.
  • Speak with your phone and have all the things spoken, and the words you don’t say clearly will look wrong on your phone. So you can see the words you need to improve.
  • Find a native English speaker on YouTube, listen carefully and imitate. Put yourself in his place and copy his speech. So you can improve your pronunciation.
  • Remember, even the best answer with great grammar and vocabulary can be affected by false or vague pronunciation.

IELTS is a bit hard test and if your English is not good enough, there is no magical way to achieve a high band score. Nevertheless, using some of these tips and techniques will help you make the most of your ability and reach your desired level.

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