These are the four criteria that the examiner is using to evaluate your English ability during the exam. Bear each of them in mind to be able to get a high mark on your IELTS Speaking exam. 


Fluency and Coherence


To understand Fluency, it is the ability to express one’s thoughts in English without hesitation. Hesitation is when the examinee pauses several times all throughout the course of speaking. This usually happens when the examinee does not have enough ideas or when he has plenty of ideas yet unable to organize them. Also, no repetition of the same words or expressions is strictly observed here.


As for Coherence, it refers to the organization of ideas logically and consistently. All the sentences uttered are interrelated.


Grammar Range and Accuracy


This is about sentence construction, how the examinee develops his sentences with the correct use of grammar by following basic and complex grammar rules. A variety of grammatical structures must be applied here as basic sentence construction does not give the examinee a higher mark. It has to be a combination of simple and complex sentence construction.


Lexical Resource


The topic vocabulary and the collocations are definitely essential factors in getting a high mark for this criterion. The examiner is checking how much the examinee knows about English vocabulary. The correct use of topic vocabulary and collocations makes you sound natural. Just take note, “the correct use” since there are some students who memorize words, expressions, and idioms and they tend to overuse them in every answer that they provide. That alone is making them sound bookish and unnatural.




The ability to enunciate the words clearly and precisely, which the examiner will be able to understand without difficulty to every single word uttered by the examinee, is assessed in this criterion.