Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

On your next IELTS Speaking Exam, try the strategy of going to extremes to increase your scores.

By ‘going to extremes’, we are talking about exaggeration, or talking in extreme ways about something.

Adding sentences and vocabulary like this can raise your Fluency/Coherence score, your Vocabulary score, and your Pronunciation score.

There are 3 ways you can exaggerate. Today I’ll show you examples of each way connected to specific IELTS Speaking questions you just might hear on your next exam.



IELTS Speaking Part 1: Do you enjoy taking photographs?

Exaggerate with vocabulary!

Use adjectives meaning ‘awesome’ to describe photos you’ve taken, such as awe-inspiring, breathtaking, magnificent and majestic.

IELTS Speaking Part 2: Describe the last novel you read.


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Exaggerate with superlatives!

You can use the most or adjective-est, but also phrases such as by far and ever.

I read In the Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss, and it is the most stunning fantasy novel, by far, ever written.

IELTS Speaking Part 3: Why do some people not like reading?

Exaggerate with absolutes!

Absolutes are very strong descriptions that are on the extreme end of the vocabulary scale.

In this answer, for example, I say that reading is indispensable and that it is life-blood.

I will never understand that, actually. Reading is an indispensable part of my life. Stories have been, and always will be, my life-blood.

Write your own example sentences using the phrases for exaggeration.

Then, practice using them in your own answers to the IELTS Speaking questions from today.

How can you exaggerate?

Leave us your own example sentence in the comments section below!

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