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International Journal of English Language Education

A Critical Review of the Revised IELTS Speaking Test

Saeed Roshan
PhD student in languages AUT Tower, corner of Wakefield and Rutland Streets The Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
Abstract :
The International English Language Test System (IELTS) is currently one of the English tests 
of repute, which is employed to assess the language proficiency of candidates planning to 
study or work in contexts where English is employed as the language of communication. This 
study is a critical review of the Revised IELTS Speaking Test (RIST) in order to highlight the 
strengths and weaknesses of the revised version. The findings indicate that the reduction from 
5 phases to 3 phases in the structure, the introduction of an Interlocutor Frame (IF), the 
change of the rating system from holistic to analytic, and validity are the strong points of 
RIST. The weaknesses in the RIST could be subjectivity of the test, deviation from IF, and 
potential cultural bias. The study provides some recommendations for improvement of the 
Revised IELTS Speaking Test. 
Keywords :
IELTS, interlocutor frame, validity, reliability, subjective test

Date Deposited : 28 Apr 2014 10:24

Last Modified : 28 Apr 2014 10:24

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Volume 2, Number 1, - 2014 , ISSN 2325-0887

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