Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

The element of honesty plays a big part in increasing your Fluency, Vocabulary and Pronunciation scores on the IELTS Speaking Exam.

Recently, a native speaker took the exam, and approached his spoken answers with open and quick honesty.

This is likened to narrating what is happening in your head. This is communication! Strong, clear and fluent.

On the exam, in Speaking Part 2, he was asked to describe an advertisement.

He introduced his answer like this:

[Sigh] Gosh, you know, to be honest I really despise advertisements. I really don’t like advertisements. I avoid them at all costs, so, when I saw this topic, I was a little bit befuddled at first as to what I was gonna talk about.”

*’Befuddled‘ means confused. You could also say ‘mind-boggled.’

Firstly, think about how much time this honest, personal narration took up of the two minutes.

Not only that, but it shows amazing intonation as you honestly express your feelings. It also shows great vocabulary as you describe these feelings in detail.

Most importantly, however, is the fluency. Talking like this shows that you can talk through any situation.

You have to break away from the idea that doing well on the IELTS exam means working in an academic word here or there, or that you must be strict, serious and formal all the time.

None of that will get you that 7+!


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Simply put, it’s about being able to communicate fluently, coherently and appropriately.

You must know what you are graded on and what the scores mean! That’s why we tell the students in our course exactly what the examiner is looking for in each category, for high scores, in Speaking and Writing.

It should be noted that although this native speaker got a 9 on the Speaking Exam, not all native speakers do! They still must know what the exam requires of them.

The next step:

Take 5 to 10 minutes every day to narrate what is happening around you, in English!

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