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IELTS Speaking Band Descriptors: Grammatical Range and Accuracy

Updated on June 14, 2013
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Grammatical Range and Accuracy

IELTS(International English Language Testing System) is the world's leading test of English for higher education, immigration and employment. Below is some information about what the band descriptors requires a student to do and some advice for students.

Accuracy is not important if you just want to get a 5 and just attempting to use complex sentences is sufficient so it is very easy. Accuracy is rewarded at bands 6-9.

Students think accuracy refers to the fact that you are able to speak without making errors however this does not mean that you can get away with just the use of simple sentences which is the range part.

Even a native English speaker makes grammatical errors when speaking. You can get a high score as long as your sentences without grammatical mistakes are common. Those mistakes that continue to be made are small and certainly do not interfere with communication.

Grammatical range means that you have to be able to use many types of grammar structures. For example a person who can only use simple sentences will only be able to get 4 in this area. Whereas if a person when is able to mix simple sentences with more complex sentences and make few mistakes he/she could get a 6.


Fluency and Coherence

Lexical Resource

Pronunciation


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