The IELTS Speaking test assesses your ability to communicate in English. The examiner awards band scores for your spoken English-language skills. The IELTS Speaking test will take place in a face-to-face interview with a qualified IELTS Examiner in a quiet room.  Speaking tests are conducted by trained and certified IELTS Examiners. They must hold a relevant teaching qualification and have extensive teaching experience to become an IELTS Examiner. When assessing your performance, they work with clearly defined criteria to assess your IELTS Speaking Test. 

Examiners assess your performance against 4 criteria. Fluency and coherence, lexical resource, grammatical range and accuracy, and pronunciation. Your IELTS Speaking results are given as band scores which range from a band 0 to a band 9. Each whole and half band score corresponds to a level of English-language competence.   To find out more about the assessment criteria used by IELTS examiners, search online for the IELTS Speaking public band descriptors. 


Can I make notes during the computer-delivered IELTS test?

Yes. Computer-delivered IELTS provides a note-taking and highlight function. You can try these functions on the familiarisation tests here. You can also write notes on the login details sheet you receive at the beginning of the test.

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