If you think it is tough preparing for and taking the IELTS test, then you may not be aware that the IELTS examiners also have to pass tests and undergo training! Speaking and writing examiners are not just native speakers who turn up and have fun making life difficult for candidates, as some candidates may think!
Just becoming an examiner requires testing and training. Those who successfully get through this process are then monitored on a regular basis. In the speaking test, the recordings are not just to keep a record of the candidate's performance, but also that of the examiner.
Examiners who don't continue to meet the set standards for assessing performance have to undergo further training, and on occasion will be dismissed. Also, they have to requalify to examine every 2 years! So when you are sitting your speaking test, remember that you are not the only one being assessed!
Why are Examiners Monitored so Strictly?
Are you wondering why IELTS examiners are so closely monitored, and strictly controlled? The answer is simple: It is essential that a band 6.5 writing score, band 7.0 speaking score or any other score, is an accurate reflection of that person's English level.
It would be very unfair for test takers if every examiner relied on their own judgement in marking IELTS speaking and writing. This would happen if the qualification for being an IELTS examiner, was just being a native speaker or even an experienced English teacher!
It would also be impossible for universities to rely on these test scores when offering places to students.
Consequently, all examiners are trained to follow Cambridge University testing guidelines.
As the testing follows such strict guidelines, which are only known by trained examiners it is almost impossible for a non-IELTS examiner to effectively teach someone how to perform at their very best in the speaking and writing tests!
Memorising Questions and Answers!
Clearly, memorising questions and answers is not going to help anyone achieve their full potential! Examiners are following a very strict assessment procedure and are looking for much more than getting the answer right.
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