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

Today I’ll share some IELTS Examiner secrets with you, to help both students and teachers.

Click here for a complete mock speaking test and examiner feedback.

As you know, I was an IELTS Examiner for 14 years.

In my video discussing this, a teacher commented- thank you Mw182006.

This subscriber asked me to do some teacher-centric videos about my overall experience as an examiner. We may come out with a teacher training course in the near future!

However, today, I wanted to share with you some insider knowledge that many IELTS teachers may not know.

These are tips straight from my experience!


✤You’re not graded on covering the bullet points in Speaking Part 2.

✤In Part 1 and Part 2, you must use informal language, like slang and idioms, so you sound more natural, like a native, and less like a student.

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✤You can still get a 7 for pronunciation if you retain some of your first language accent. The most important feature for raising this score is your expressiveness.


✤You will actually be assessed by 3 different examiners– one for Speaking, one for Writing Task 1, and one for Writing Task 2. Feel free to repeat phrases, then!

We don’t count words anymore! However, it’s nigh impossible to get a 7+ if you have too few words, as you won’t have enough impressive vocabulary or ideas.

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