IELTS: How is IELTS Marked?

 

Have you ever been interested in how IELTS is marked?

This is very useful information to know as it equips you to better teach your students, whilst arming them with the knowledge they need in order to achieve better scores by knowing exactly what is expected of them.

IELTS mark speaking and writing activities slightly differently and have helpfully produced ‘public descriptors’ to show the step change between each ‘level’.

Each task has four assessment criteria and an average of all four is taken to achieve an overall grade.

Helpful hits:

You can use this criteria to assess students, or give to them to assess themselves and their own work: try recording students for spoken activities and play back for marking.

You could cut up the criteria and see if the students can put to back together in the right order: this is a fun way to strongly familiarise them with the requirements.

 

 

The Criteria:

Speaking
Examiners use this assessment criteria to award a band score for each of the four criteria:

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

 

Writing

Examiners use assessment criteria to award a band score for each of the four criteria:

  • Task Achievement (for Task 1), Task Response (for Task 2)
  • Coherence and Cohesion
  • Lexical Resource
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy

 

Below are the three band descriptors for your reference.

speaking-band-descriptors

writing-band-descriptors-task-1

writing-band-descriptors-task-2

 

Want to read more?

https://www.ielts.org/ielts-for-organisations/ielts-scoring-in-detail

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