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

Today you’ll find out how to be the highest scoring IELTS candidate EVER!

And you’ll find out how to exaggerate on the IELTS Speaking test and why that will help your score.

Native speakers exaggerate all of the time, especially Americans.

We did an episode about American optimism last year.

Why does exaggerating make your score go up?

When you exaggerate you say interesting things.

You use language that you didn’t learn in a textbook.

You also show feeling in your voice when you exaggerate and that will help your pronunciation score.

You sound enthusiastic and positive which helps your score!

How to exaggerate:

  • “Ever”: “I had the most delicious cup of coffee ever!
  • “In the whole world”: “The restaurant by my house has the best tacos in the whole world”
  • “In the history of ____”:  “That was the most difficult cycling class in the history of all cycling classes.”
  • “Of all time”: “Life Alive is the best restaurant of all time.”
  • “Super”/”totally”/”absolutely”: “My apartment is super close to the university. It’s super small but I totally love it. It’s absolutely the best apartment ever.”

How do you plan to use exaggeration on your IELTS Speaking test?

Let us know in the comments below.

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