SPEAKING TEST SCORING CRITERIA (EGC)
|Speaks fluently with only minor pauses or hesitation for content. Uses appropriate linkers with fully developed ideas.
|Uses a full range of accurate vocabularies and forms for all topics. Collocations are natural and precisely used.
|Uses a wide range of structures. (>Foundation 2) Sentences are mostly error free with minor errors which do not affect meaning. Sounds characteristically native.
|Clear and easy to understand. Appropriate intonation is used. All ending sounds are clear. L1 accent is barely noticeable.
|Speaks fluently with little repetition or self-correction for content. Idea is fully developed and coherent with details. A range of linkers are correctly used.
|All lexes used convey exact meaning appropriate to topic. Few if any mistakes occur as slips with immediate correction.
|Variability in structures is present. Uses mostly error free sentences with minor errors occurring irregularly, not throughout speech.
|Able to keep clarity in sounds and annunciate ending sounds and features. L1 is not noticeable. Minor errors do not affect intelligibility.
|Can maintain flow of speech but has some repetition, self-correction and slight hesitations due to L1 interference. Mostly correct linkers are used with little flexibility.
|Uses a good range of vocabulary to discuss familiar topics. Some collocations are inappropriate. Errors in accuracy for unfamiliar topics. Awareness of common collocations.
|Mostly error free simple sentences (all levels), with frequent attempts at complex ones, but with errors (> Foundation 2).
|Can be generally understood. Uses a range of pronunciation features such as stress and intonation, but not always accurately. Some L1 interference, especially with word endings.
|Some hesitation and pauses are present due to L1 interference. Speech is a bit slow. A variety of linkers are used with few errors.
|A good vocabulary range is used with few errors in word forms and choice for unfamiliar topics.
|Uses less flexibility in range of complex and simple structures. Some systematic errors occur for complex sentences, but meaning is not obscured.
(< Foundation 2: some systematic errors occur for simple sentences.)
|Some stress and intonation is present, but not always. Some word endings are unclear or not present. Some words have incorrect syllable stress.
|Speech flow is slow but continuous. Repetition and correction are frequent. Few linkers are used in speech. Coherence is lost at times.
|Errors in word form and choice are frequent with unfamiliar topics, but mostly correct for familiar topics. Still uses enough vocabularies to form complete sentences.
|Limited flexibility in range with some systematic errors in simple sentences (>Foundation 2). Errors rarely cause comprehension problems. (<Foundation 2: some errors cause confusion of meaning.)
|Most words are pronounced correctly but ending sounds are mostly missing. Intelligibility is not difficult, but is clarity is reduced.
|Speech is not continuous with more frequent hesitations and repetition. Linking if present, but errors are more frequent.
|Limited flexibility in vocabulary choice for both familiar and unfamiliar topics. Inappropriate forms and collocations are frequent.
|Some attempts at complex structures, but these mainly have errors (>Foundation 2). Simple sentences are frequently correct, and errors do not confuse the meaning.
|Limited stress or intonation used. Mostly incorrect ending sounds. Some difficulty to understand for the listening due to mispronunciation.
|Cannot respond without pauses and may speak slowly. Coherence is difficult due to repetition and self-correction. Little or no linking is used.
|Uses more common words to express meaning for familiar topics. Errors are frequent with form and word choice. Repeats familiar words throughout with no flexibility.
|Some simple sentences are correct (>Foundation 2), but misunderstandings are frequent. No attempts at complex structures. (>Foundation 2: some main meaning is conveyed, but misunderstandings are frequent.)
|No stress or intonation used. Inappropriate ending sounds. Very difficult to understand, and some words may be confused with other words due to mispronunciation.
|Long pauses dominate and only simple sentences are used (>EGC 2). Some meaning is conveyed, but very confusing.
|Uses only familiar words to convey personal information. Few words are used appropriately even with familiar topics. Meaning is confusing due to errors in word choice.
|Frequent errors even in simple forms. Sentence structure is often missing preposition. Confusion or misunderstanding is frequent due to errors.
|Mispronunciation is very frequent and very difficult to understand. Word are often confused and misunderstood by the listener.
|Hesitates with long pauses between each word. Conversation flow is not possible.
|Uses isolated words with little meaning or connection to the topic.
|Errors are predominant, except in memorized expressions. Words are strung with no structure.
|Mostly unintelligible because of mispronunciation, even to a sympathetic listener.
|Speech is not ratable. Utters 1 or 2 words at a time with no coherence.
|No communication possible.
|No ratable grammar.
|No ratable speech because of unintelligibility.
|Does not attend