IELTS speaking: pronunciation and accents

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As we all know that pronunciation is a very important criteria in the speaking part of your IELTS test. Here is the marking guide for pronunciation in band 6, 7, and 8

Band Pronunciation
8
  • uses a wide range of pronunciation features
  • sustains flexible use of features, with only occasional lapses
  • is easy to understand throughout; L1 accent has minimal effect on intelligibility
7
  • shows all the positive features of Band 6 and some, but not all, of the positive features of Band 8
6
  • uses a range of pronunciation features with mixed control
  • shows some effective use of features but this is not sustained
  • can generally be understood throughout, though mispronunciation of individual words or sounds reduces clarity at times

Accent, everybody has their own accent when they speak English, and accent is not the marking guide, however, it would definitely affect your score.

NOTE: L1 (first language) accent is not a barrier to you being understood when you're speaking English, hence the part "having minimal effect on intelligibility". Your L1 accent may be noticeable, but its effect is "minimal". It probably means that you're pretty close to sounding like a native speaker, or at least well on the way to it.

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