Here's a quick tip for candidates who need Band 6.5. According to the official IELTS marking criteria, you need to have a wide enough vocabulary to talk about a range of different topics. However, you don't have to use many "less common" words and phrases like with higher bands.
I have written in previous posts that 25% of your score is based on how well you can express yourself using a wide range of words and phrases. If you are aiming for Band 6, you just need to use simple words -- but correctly. If you are aiming for Band 7 or higher, you need to show that you can use some 'less common' vocabulary, including less common synonyms of common words. In this post I'm going to show you an example of this.
According to the IELTS Speaking test scoring criteria, 25% of your score is based on your 'lexical resource'. 'Lexical resource' refers to the range of vocabulary that you use in your speaking. In this post, I'm going to share a nice video by the British Council which explains this criteria and includes some tips on how to improve your vocabulary.
I've often explained to my students and in my materials that one of the differences between people who are good at speaking English and those who sound unnatural is the use of qualifiers. Qualifiers are words and phrases like a bit, a little, rather, quite, extremely, absolutely, almost always, usually, hardly ever, etc. In this post I'm going to show you how we use qualifiers with adjectives.
Many IELTS candidates repeat the same simple vocabulary mistakes without realising it. Every nationality has its own particular common mistakes in English, but there are some errors that are frequent among learners of different backgrounds. Although it is not a good idea to become too obsessed with avoiding mistakes (because you will hesitate too much), there are a few simple mistakes that are very easy to correct. You can start now!
In part 2 of the IELTS speaking test, you may be asked to talk about a book that you have read or a film that you have seen. In this post, I'm going to give you some tips on how to do that successfully.