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

Today you’ll find out how fancy grammar lowers your IELTS score.

Recently, a listener asked us this question in a review:

Hello from Hong Kong. Thank you for your presence on YouTube last night. I used to think I was a fairly good English speaker and user. It’s not until now that I knew I needed an 8 that I realized there’s always room for improvement. That’s how your channel and podcast came to my life… I need the IELTS result in 1 years’ time. I have a question that often bothers me. To impress examiners I try to use flowery sentence structures,… and I think it makes the message being delivered unclear. Please help me.

[He’s talking about our YouTube Live broadcast! The next one is January 23rd!]


Click here for a video lesson about sentence length.

When you try to have really long sentences, you make more mistakes. If these mistakes ‘distort the message‘, your score goes down.

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Basically, if you make the examiner stop reading for any reason, including grammar mistakes and run on sentences, it lowers your score.

For now, try to have sentences with only 2 clauses, and get really good at those sentences.

The thing is, you can get an 8, with a few complex and a few compound sentences, if they have few to no mistakes.

Be direct and straightforward with grammar, vocabulary and organization. Don’t take risks on test day!

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