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Is the IELTS speaking test scripted?

 
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hereinbeijing



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:06 pm    Post subject: Is the IELTS speaking test scripted? Reply with quote

Hello,
Is part three of the IELTS speaking test scripted, meaning that the Examiner can only choose from a list of questions or are they free to come up with questions?
Thanks in advance
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Tudor



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:52 am    Post subject: Re: Is the IELTS speaking test scripted? Reply with quote

hereinbeijing wrote:
Hello,
Is part three of the IELTS speaking test scripted, meaning that the Examiner can only choose from a list of questions or are they free to come up with questions?
Thanks in advance


There is a list of questions, but examiners are expected to paraphrase these and grade their language to the candidate's level. They are also expected to ask 'follow-up' questions based on the listed questions, which are to get the candidate to clarify, justify or elaborate on their answer. Alternatively, they may be used to get a candidate back on track in case of tangential answers.
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hereinbeijing



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:54 am    Post subject: Thanks Tudor Reply with quote

Tudor,
I greatly appreciate your help.
Have a good day.
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theoriginalprankster



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When dealing with candidates in the 4-6 range I was usually asleep by Part 3.

Sad, but true. When you've heard the same garbled nonsense for the 1150th time you can afford to go into auto-examiner mode.

Most examiners have made up their mind about the speaking score by the end of Part 1 or 2.
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papuadn



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

theoriginalprankster wrote:
When dealing with candidates in the 4-6 range I was usually asleep by Part 3.

Most examiners have made up their mind about the speaking score by the end of Part 1 or 2.
So...4-6, that's a third of the range. Is it true the IELTS disposes with auditing procedures unless challenged? Does a statistically improbable batch of scores flag an examiner for audit?
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Sad, but true. When you've heard the same garbled nonsense for the 1150th time you can afford to go into auto-examiner mode.
A charitable read indicates you were over-worked, yet a meaningful discrimination is what the test is designed to do, what you were paid to do (underpaid), and what the client paid for-- garbled nonsense notwithstanding.

An implication of your account is that proficiency is a binary proposition and it most certainly is not.

It is true experienced examiners can accurately suspect an outcome early on as proficiency exams have an advantage in terms of the number of indicators, but neglecting auditing procedures is irresponsible given the stakes of these exams.
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