You’re making your message understandable, you’re communicating your message to the examiner, but there’s not a lot of precision, there might be some inappropriacies, you may use the wrong words at times, but essentially you can get through those 14 minutes and make the examiner understand your answers and your opinions about all the topics that you talked about. However, look what happens here. Manages to talk about familiar and unfamiliar topics but uses vocabulary with limited flexibility We’re looking forward to hearing from you. So, if you sit and listen to this podcast and just look at the way I group my words together, you’ll understand that a native speaker groups her words together differently a lot of times than a learner of English groups their words together. You’re not saying anything that is confusing or is incoherent and makes the examiner kind of scratch his or her head in confusion. Now, look at how that differs with the band 6. Copyright - 2014 - 2020 BW English Services Ltd. “So” is another one. That’s the kind of thing that you would expect at a 7. There are things like intonation, there are things like chunking, which I know I’ve talked about in the past. Can generally be understood throughout, though mispronunciation of individual words or sounds reduces clarity at times, Fluency and coherence Again, you are scored on four different areas. These are some of the things you’re doing at a band 9. Grammatical range and accuracy At a 9, you are able to use them not only in your writing but in your speech as well. Reading time: 4 minutes Custom. Is effortless to understand, Fluency and coherence It’s possible that you may need to describe something or you may need to explain something, but you don’t exactly know the precise word to describe it. I mean, I know I use a lot of them and I just did. Some of you speak native languages that create certain difficulties with English sounds. Now, what I want to do is I want to skip over the 8 and I want to talk a little bit about band 7 because this seems to be the score that most IELTS test takers come to us about. That’s things like ellipses, that’s things like appropriate use of pronouns, appropriate use of linking devices, appropriate use of words like such, so, this, that. That’s just for your future reference if you want to see them on your own you can look them up. You have to be really careful with these sounds because what you don’t want to happen is you don’t want the word you end up saying to actually be a different word because that can create incoherence. Enjoy these IELTS tutorials and if you need more help or want to access the famous online course, you can visit us at When this happens, you must use paraphrase and that essentially means that you find another way to basically define or explain what you’re talking about whiteout actually using the word that you can’t think of or you just don’t know. I think we have covered the speaking band descriptors as far as the band 9, the band 7, and the band 6 are concerned. Has insufficient vocabulary for less familiar topics We’re talking pretty flawless English here. Speaks at length without noticeable effort or loss of coherence ​+44 20 3951 8271 ($1/min). You are using discourse markers. Here, produces consistently accurate structures apart from slips characteristic of native speaker speech. The last bullet tells us here that a 7 uses a range of connectives and discourse markers with some flexibility. Now, compare that to what happens at a band 7 where the test taker uses a range of complex structures. Some of them might be abstract, some of them might be complex, but it’s not that fluency and it’s not that precision of language. What does this mean? Your Speaking results are given as band scores which range from a band 0 to a band 9. You understand how to do these things, you understand when to do them and you’re doing them accurately. Pronunciation That’s what I kind of want to cover as far as fluency and coherence goes: the band 9, the band 7 and the band 6. You are comfortable speaking English, you are not stumbling, you’re not [halchuring? Pronunciation The IELTS Speaking test assesses your ability to communicate in English. You know exactly the word you want to use, you are precise, there it is right there, on a wide range of topics, you know the proper word to use in a variety of contexts and you can use idiomatic language naturally and accurately. Each whole and half band score corresponds to a level of English-language competence. Errors are frequent and may lead to misunderstanding, Pronunciation Here, there’s not a lot of precision. Speech is often unintelligible, Fluency and coherence So, you probably prefer some of the simple ones and when you do try to use a complex structure, you’re probably having some mistakes. I have seen students who have a hard time with articles and it’s just they just can’t wrap their head around it. Has a wide enough vocabulary to discuss topics at length and make meaning clear in spite of inappropriacies I know that I personally have a couple of books on collocations, both intermediate and advanced collocations and if you do a good solid search on the internet, you can find things about collocations; which words go tether and which words don’t. You will use words like anyway, so, well, I mean. This is really interesting too: develops topics fully and appropriately. Find out how speaking performances vary across bands 5 to 8 in the IELTS Speaking test. I have my exam on 6 June So, what they’re basically telling us is that in order to be an 8, you have to have all of these things and whatever else the examiner’s band descriptors have. IELTS Speaking. Frequently produces error-free sentences, though some grammatical mistakes persist, Pronunciation Uses idiomatic language naturally and accurately This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. A lot of times when we’re speaking, we realize we’ve made a mistake or we started a sentence and then kind of midstream changed our mind about how we wanted to say what we want to say and so we self-correct. No communication possible My understanding of this is that at a 7 you are expected to do a lot better than just 70% accuracy. So, combine that with the ‘sh’ sound and these people have a ton of problems with words like ship. You can sit and analyze this podcast using the band descriptors that you have in front of them and see well okay, what is Ellen doing? Speaking band scores Watch now. I know that in some languages, it’s really difficult for you to be able to say the ‘p’ versus the ‘b’ in English. That’s not the case. Not just bands but a category of language user. All of these are discourse markers. Uses a limited range of pronunciation features So, that’s what’s happening here, but you’ll see that the majority of the sentences, the vast majority of them are error free. Welcome to IELTS podcast. No communication possible The Speaking test will take place in a face-to-face interview with a qualified IELTS examiner in a quiet room. They think to themselves I have an accent from my country. The third bullet tells us that a 9 speaks coherently with fully appropriate cohesive features. Here, you generally paraphrase successfully. Generally paraphrases successfully, Grammatical range and accuracy Basically, you are getting the job done. So, you’re getting away from this kind of intermediate use of the language into this more proficient use of the English language. It doesn’t say that, but it’s assumed that your use of these cohesive features is accurate as well. Uses some less common and idiomatic vocabulary and shows some awareness of style and collocation, with some inappropriate choices You show that yes, you understand style and collocation, but occasionally, there might be some errors. As you may know, in IELTS you given are a score between 1 and 9. You can have an accent, but just try to mimic as much as possible and to adopt some of the intonation and some of the chunking that you hear from native English speakers. Maybe theirs has one more bullet or it’s a little more detailed in certain areas, but on the whole, we can use this and gauge where we are in speaking. Uses a wide range of pronunciation features I don’t know what just happened. Ist attempt I got 6 band in speaking, but I need 8 or above. Uses vocabulary resource flexibly to discuss a variety of topics Uses simple vocabulary to convey personal information How do the examiners come up with the final mark? Fluency and coherence The average of this score will form your overall IELTS band score. That’s the major difference. It’s one of their problem areas. Fluency and coherence, lexical resource, grammatical range and accuracy, and pronunciation. A score of 9 is the highest possible.