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    Speaking Tips For IELTS

    EXAM By: Behnam Forghani

    IELTS Instructor

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    IELTS speakingband scores

    explained

    How is your IELTS speaking band scorecalculated? This is an important question for

    any IELTS candidate because many mistakes

    can be avoided by knowing what the examiner

    is looking for and how your speaking is

    graded. This post gives you a brief outline of

    the grading criteria, how band scores arecalculated and how examiners typically grade

    the speaking.

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    The 4 grading criteria There are 4 criteria:

    Fluency and coherence:How fluently you speak

    and how well you link your ideas together Pronunciation:How accurate your pronunciation

    is

    Lexical resource:How accurate and varied your

    vocabulary is Grammatical range and accuracyHow accurate

    and varied your grammar is

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    What do these criteria mean? This is IELTS and IELTS examiners are trained to

    interpret these criteria in a particular way. Intheory it should not matter where you take yourtest as all examiners grade consistently. I suggest

    you should spend time understanding the detailhere as that way you can avoid many commonmistakes.

    One main point is that in all the criteria a key idea

    is being clear. The main idea is whether you canexpress yourself clearly so that someone else canunderstand you.

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    Fluency

    Fluency is a combination of:

    speed of speech

    length of answer

    pausing correctly

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    Coherence is the ability to

    expand your answers

    answer the questions directly add relevant detail to explain or illustrate your

    answers

    connect your sentences by using tenses andconnectors

    Coherence

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    Common mistakes

    You should note that very fast or very longanswers are not necessarily good, as you may

    be penalised for poor pronunciation or lack of

    coherence. In the speaking the main point is

    that you are able to express yourself clearly.

    Another common mistake is to not answer the

    question. This is where you will be penalised.

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    Pronunciation

    The main point here is that your pronunciation is easyto understand and whether your are able to make yourmeaning clear. Features of good pronunciation include:

    Basic word pronunciation

    linked speech sounds

    Correct sentence stress

    Correct use of intonation (rising and falling)

    You should note that there is no need to have aBritish or American accent.

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    Common Mistake

    A common mistake here is to

    use long words without really

    knowing what they mean.

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    Grammatical Range and

    AccuracyThere are two key points to understand here: you need to avoid grammar mistakes

    especially with your tenses

    you need to use a rangeof grammatical

    structures and you should not just use simple

    sentences all the time

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    When are they graded?

    All 4 criteria are judged throughoutall 3 parts of the speaking testso it

    is important to concentrate frombeginning to end. Although your test

    will be recorded, you will almost

    certainly be graded in real time inthe test by the examiner sitting in

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    How are band

    scores calculated?WWW.IELTSSECRETS.MIHANBLOG.COM

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    All the criteria count equally

    One mistake candidates make is to focus onone or other of the criteria or forget about

    one altogether (normally cohesion and

    coherence). Why is this wrong? They all count

    equally.

    What happens is that you get a score out of 9

    for each of the criteria, they are addedtogether and then that score is divided by 4.

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    For more information refer to this

    blog:

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