Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Have you taken the IELTS exam many times? Are you frustrated by your low scores, like a 5 on the Speaking Exam?

To increase your score, you first need to understand what you are graded on.

Today, I’ll give you some advice on how to raise your Speaking score above a 5. Learn how to get a 6, or even higher!

Fluency and Coherence

This category is about your ability to keep talking smoothly.

IELTS candidates receive a 5 here because they don’t say enough, or they say “uh” or “um” too often.

  • Raise your fluency and coherence score: In Speaking Part 1, answer with 3 to 5 sentences. Also, practice reading out loud every night for 10 minutes to practice speaking fluently and smoothly.


The examiner must hear a range of vocabulary here, from informal to formal.

Candidates who get a 5 for vocabulary usually show a limited range of words, only speak about things generally, and repeat words often.


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This score relies on your ability to use a variety of sentence structures without tons of mistakes.

A score of 5 here is often given because the student uses mostly simple sentences.

  • Raise your grammar score: Practice using a variety of structures, especially conditionals and relative clauses.


Your pronunciation score is about speaking clearly, and with emotion.

The examiner may give you a 5 here if she/he hears no intonation and stress.

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