How to Calculate IELTS Speaking Score?

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IELTS is one of the most popular English Proficiency Tests in the world. To get admission to a top abroad university, you must get above-average in the IELTS. Knowing how the scores are calculated can definitely help you get an idea to score more. Test takers often lose scores in the speaking section as it tests your fluency in the language. Read the whole blog to understand how speaking scores are calculated in the IELTS Test.


IELTSInternational English Language Testing System
Skills TestedListening, Reading, Writing, Speaking
Score Range0-9 (0.5 band increments)
Test Validity 2 Years
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IELTS Test Structure

IELTS Test Takers should be aware of the test structure as it allows them to prepare for the test accordingly. There are 2 types of IELTS Tests i.e IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training or GT and these tests are graded in the same way. While taking an IELTS test your Reading, Writing, Listening and speaking fluency is tested. Only the speaking section is held individually while the other sections of the test are taken altogether. Mentioned below is the format for an IELTS Test:

Time Provided60 Minutes60 Minutes30 Minutes11-14 Minutes
No. of Questions402 Tasks403 Parts
Marks Awarded for each question11

Also Read: Canada Student Visa IELTS Band Requirements

IELTS Speaking Band Description

IELTS band speaking is calculated with the mean calculation of all the aspects of the IELTS speaking band description. Here is the description:

IELTS Speaking Band Description Fluency and coherenceLexical resourceGrammatical range and accuracyPronunciation
Speaking IELTS band 9Speaks fluently with only rare repetition or self-correction; Any hesitation is content-related rather than to find words or grammar Speaks coherently with fully appropriate cohesive features Develops topics fully and appropriatelyUses vocabulary with full flexibility and precision in all topics
Uses idiomatic language naturally and accurately
Uses a full range of structures naturally and appropriately Produces consistently accurate structures apart from ‘slips’ characteristic of native-speaker speechUses a full range of pronunciation features with precision and subtlety
Sustains flexible use of features throughout Is effortless to understand
IELTS band 8 speakingSpeaks fluently with only occasional repetition or self-correction; Hesitation is usually content-related and only rarely to search for language Develops topics coherently and appropriatelyUses a wide vocabulary resource readily and flexibly to convey precise meaning
Uses less common and idiomatic vocabulary skilfully, with occasional inaccuracies Uses paraphrase effectively as required
Uses a wide range of structures flexibly Produces a majority of error-free sentences with only very occasional inappropriate or basic/non-systematic errors
Speaking 7 band in IELTSSpeaks at length without noticeable effort or loss of coherence
May demonstrate language-related hesitation at times, or some repetition and/or self-correction
Uses a range of connectives and discourse markers with some flexibility
Uses vocabulary resource flexibly to discuss a variety of topics Uses some less common and idiomatic vocabulary and shows some awareness of style and collocation, with some inappropriate choices Uses paraphrase effectivelyUses a range of complex structures with some flexibility Frequently produces error-free sentences, though some grammatical mistakes persistShows all the positive features of band 6 and some, but not all, of the positive features of band 8
IELTS band 6 speakingIs willing to speak at length, though may lose coherence at times due to occasional repetition, self-correction, or hesitation
Uses a range of connectives and discourse markers but not always appropriately
Has a wide enough vocabulary to discuss topics at length and make meaning clear in spite of inappropriate Generally paraphrases successfullyUses a mix of simple and complex structures, but with limited flexibility
May make frequent mistakes with complex structures though these rarely cause comprehension problems
Uses a range of pronunciation features with mixed control Shows some effective use of features but this is not sustained
IELTS band 5 speakingUsually maintains the flow of speech but uses repetition, self-correction, and/or slow speech to keep going
May over-use certain connectives and discourse markers Produces simple speech fluently, but more complex communication causes fluency problems
Manages to talk about familiar and unfamiliar topics but uses vocabulary with limited flexibility Attempts to use paraphrase but with mixed successProduces basic sentence forms with reasonable accuracy
Uses a limited range of more complex structures, but these usually contain errors and may cause some comprehension problems
Shows all features of band 4 and some, but not all the positive features of band 6
IELTS speaking band description 4Cannot respond without noticeable pauses and may speak slowly, with frequent repetition and self-correction Links basic sentences but with repetitive use of simple connectives and some breakdowns incoherenceIs able to talk about familiar topics but can only convey basic meaning on unfamiliar topics and makes frequent errors in word choice
Rarely attempts paraphrase
Produces basic sentence forms and some correct simple sentences but subordinate structures are rare Errors are frequent and may lead to misunderstandingUses a limited range of pronunciation features
Attempts to control features but lapses are frequent Mispronunciations are frequent and cause some difficulty for the listener
IELTS band 3 speakingSpeaks with long pauses Has limited ability to link simple sentences Gives only simple responses and is frequently unable to convey the basic messageUses simple vocabulary to convey personal information
Has insufficient vocabulary for less familiar topics
Attempts basic sentence forms but with limited success, or relies on apparently memorized utterances
Makes numerous errors except in memorized expressions
Shows some of the features of band 2 and some, but not all, of the positive features of band 4
IELTS speaking band description 2Pauses lengthily before most words Little communication possibleOnly produces isolated words or memorized utterancesCannot produce basic sentence formsSpeech is often unintelligible
IELTS band 1 speakingNo communication possible
No rateable language
No communication possible
No rateable language
No communication possible
No rateable language
No communication possible
No rateable language
IELTS band 0 speakingDid not attend

Scoring Criteria

Your IELTS Speaking is assessed through the following criteria:

  • Fluency & Coherence (FC)
  • Lexical Resource (LR)
  • Grammatical range and accuracy (GRA)
  • Pronunciation (P)

Scoring Chart

IELTS speaking scoring is based on 4 different criteria. IELTS Speaking Score is calculated by the arithmetic mean of all the 4 different criteria, for example: 6+7+&+8/4=7). Here’s a reference scoring chart to make it easier for you to understand IELTS Speaking Scoring:

CriteriaBand Scored by X Candidate
Fluency and Coherence6
Lexical Resource7
Grammatical range and accuracy8
Total IELTS Speaking Score7

IELTS Speaking: What is the Examiner Looking For?

The IELTS speaking examiners judge students on the basis of 4 parameters which are:

  • Fluency and Coherence
  • Lexical Resource
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy
  • Pronunciation

Fluency and Coherence (FC)

Fluency demonstrates your ability to speak at length without minimal hesitation, pauses or repetition. You must sound natural and be able to convey the right expression so that the listener can easily understand your message. Coherence refers to the logical development of ideas and linking within and between sentences while speaking.

Lexical Resource (LR)

Lexical Resource depicts your knowledge of vocabulary. While taking the IELTS Speaking Test, you must use a wide range of vocabulary, including less common phrases and idiomatic language, in a natural way.

Grammatical Range and Accuracy (GR)

Use a variety of grammatical structures accurately. You will also need to demonstrate that you can use a good mix of various grammatical structure.

Pronunciation (P)

You must not confuse with ‘accent’. You must speak in a way that you are clearly understood, without your listener having to focus on every word that you speak.

IELTS Speaking Score Criteria

Test takers must know the speaking assessment criteria to get the desired score. IELTS Speaking scores are calculated and marked according to the following mentioned criteria:

Fluency and cohesionTalking at length
Talking without pauses and hesitation
Talking without self-correction
Ability to be understood
Lexical ResourceUsing a variety of words and paraphrasing
Using collocations
Using more vocabulary
Avoiding errors
Grammar Range and AccuracyUsing a range of sentence structures
Using a range of grammar tenses
Avoiding errors
PronunciationAble to be understood throughout the test
Able to use intonationAccent does not affect understanding
Accurate word and Sound pronunciation 

Also Read: Different IELTS Bands

IELTS Speaking Score Calculator

The above-mentioned criteria are graded on a score ranging from 0-9 score points. The overall score is calculated through arithmetic means. We’ve mentioned an example below for your reference:

CriteriaScore AScore B
Fluency and cohesion7.57
Lexical Resource7.08
Grammar Range and Accuracy7.07
Pronunciation 7.56
Overall Score7.5 7

How are the scores calculated?

CalculationScore AScore B
Divide by44
Overall Score7.5 (7.25 before round-off)7
  1. Add all the 4 scores
  2. Divide them by 4
  3. Round off the score if needed

Also Read: IELTS Eligibility

Tips to Get a Good Score in IELTS Speaking

Here are some very important tips that our experts have curated to help you score well.

  • As you know, the grading is done using the 4 criteria, so all of them must be given equal importance.
  • Try to connect your sentences by linking words and sign points, and extend your answers by adding all the relevant details
  • Make sure you speak smoothly without taking a pause.
  • Learn new words and increase your vocabulary so that you can use a wide range of vocabulary and discuss different topics freely using appropriate and new words
  • Ensure that you use the words wisely. Do not use inappropriate words while giving the test such as yeah, like, and all, and stuff etc.
  • While preparing for the test, focus more on the pronunciation so that at the time of the test you pronounce words as clearly as possible. It will be easier for the examiner to understand what you are saying.
  • Record your voice and try to figure out what you are saying incorrectly. Self-Assess yourself to improve further. 
  • Make sure you use advanced grammatical structures such as passive voice, direct speech, different tenses and conditional sentences to make your speech more effective and vast.
  • Lastly, do not forget to carry confidence along with yourself. Be confident while giving the answers. Do not hesitate. Do not panic. 

Also Read: Tips to Ace IELTS Writing

IELTS Speaking Samples

Click here to listen to the IELTS Speaking Sample

IELTS Speaking test measures fluency and coherence, lexical resources, grammar range and accuracy, and pronunciation of every candidate. The average IELTS speaking band score is 6.5 and 5 in India. If you want to ace this section then practicing your pronunciation and improving your coherence is the key!

Common IELTS speaking topics

  1. What is your country famous for?
  2. Where do you live in your country?
  3. Is it an interesting place to live?
  4. Are you planning to live there in the future?
  5. How is the weather today?
  6. Can you tell me about your hometown?
  7. How has your hometown changed over the years?
  8. Is there any way your hometown could be made better?
  9. Are there good transportation links to your hometown?
  10. What kind of jobs do the people in your hometown do?
  11. Do you have a lot of friends?
  12. Who is your best friend and why?
  13. Who would you most like to be friends with and why?
  14. What kind of person can you make friends with easily?
  15. How many people are there in your immediate family?
  16. Who do you get on best within your family?
  17. Do you have a large extended family?
  18. What do you do together with your family?
  19. Why is family important to you?
  20. Do you do housework at home?
  21. What kind of housework do you often do?
  22. Do you like watching TV?
  23. How often do you watch TV?
  24. What kind of TV programs do you like to watch?
  25. What are the most popular TV shows in your country?
  26. Has the internet affected your viewing habits?
  27. How often do you read?
  28. Do you like reading books? Why?
  29. Do you have many books at home?

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Also Read: How to score in the IELTS Speaking Section?


What are the fees for taking an IELTS Exam?

IELTS Exam fee is about 15,000 or above.

Can I give an IELTS Exam again if I fail to get the desired score?

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