Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

The examiner doesn’t just listen for “high-level” words, or “academic” words. That is only one end of the spectrum!

Basically, your lexical expression must be match the tone of the question. Otherwise, it is inappropriate and leads to lower vocabulary scores.

For instance, if you are asked about hanging out with your friends in Speaking Part 1, it would be odd to say, “My acquaintances and I choose to obtain recorded cinema classics and view them within the realms of our abodes.”

Although that certainly is interesting vocabulary, it is not in the same tone as the question.

So, what should you be using to cover the vocabulary spectrum, ensuring a 7 or higher?

Speaking Part 1

Some slang- I’m super into binging on British crime series at the moment.

Some idioms- I’m living the dream right now– just being stoked on student life and having loads of adventures with my friends.

Interesting and descriptive adjectives and adverbs- I have a super stunning apartment.

Speaking Part 2

Natural introduction- To be honest, this is not the easiest question to answer.


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Some slang- I like to hop on my bike and cruise downtown.

Some idioms- By the end of the second half, the teams were neck and neck.

Interesting and descriptive adjectives and adverbs- This was the most magnificent and majestic view I’d ever laid eyes on.

Time markers for when you tell a story- At long last, we arrived at our destination.

Speaking Part 3

Academic linking words- Moreover, I do not believe that this phenomenon benefits society in the least.

High-level, topic-specific vocabulary- The prevalence of cyber espionage is disturbing.


How would you use some of the vocabulary mentioned in today’s article?

Leave us your example sentences in the comments section below!


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