If you want to get a high band in the IELTS Speaking test, you should already know that using less common synonyms of common words will help you get a higher score for Lexical resource. So in this post, I'm going to talk about synonyms in more detail.
When you are asked questions in the IELTS Speaking test, try to respond in a natural way. Many candidates try to repeat the examiner's words in their answers, and sometimes this doesn't sound very natural. Study this example.
In Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking test, the examiner will give you a topic card and ask you to talk about it for 1-2 minutes. In this model answer, the candidate talks about a situation when she was late.
In today's post, we are going to watch Part 3 a Band 8 answer. In the video, the candidate is asked questions about famous people and the media. Notice that to get Band 8, you can still make a few mistakes, but overall you need to speak quite fluently, connect your ideas well and avoid unnatural hesitation.
One of the main differences between a Band 7+ candidate and a lower-level candidate is the ability to use a range of grammatical structures. Lower-level candidates tend to repeat the same simple tenses all the time (e.g. present simple, present continuous, will + infinitive) and they often use them incorrectly.
Have you ever wondered what a Band 9 answer sounds like? Well, IELTS have published an example. Notice that to get Band 9, you DO NOT need to completely avoid hesitating and self-correcting. That would be unnatural. This candidate hesitates sometimes, but she does this because she is trying to think of ideas, not how to express them in English. So she still gets a very high score for Fluency and Coherence.