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

If you want to get a 7 or higher you need to use idioms and native expressions on the IELTS Speaking test!

If you use the idioms in today’s episode on the IELTS Speaking test your examiner will immediately consider a score of 7 for your vocabulary score.

This may move your overall speaking score from a 6 to a 7.

A student with a score of a 6 will not use these native idioms.

These idioms are the extra edge that you need on the Speaking test.

Here are the tech idioms for today:

  • “Bells and whistles”: “I just bought a new phone and it has all of the bells and whistles.”  This means that something has all of the additional pieces and add-ons. You can use this to respond to a question in Speaking Part 2 such as “Describe a piece of electronic equipment that you find useful.”
  • “A hack,” “A life hack”: A shortcut, something that makes it easier to accomplish a goal. Listening to podcasts are a great life hack because you can shorten your learning time and learn on the go!
  • “It’s not rocket science”: This means that something is not as hard as most people think. “A lot of people think that making a website is hard but it’s not rocket science.”
  • “You don’t have to reinvent the wheel”: When there is a process already in place to achieve a goal you don’t need to create a new process. You can just follow the process.

More questions to practice on your own:

  • Speaking Part 2 question: “Describe a piece of electronic equipment that you no longer find useful.”
  • Speaking Part 3 question: “Do you think all new homes will be equipped with household machines in the future?”

Please answer and practice these questions at home using the idioms above.

Remember, these idioms are what you need to move your score from a 6 to a 7.

What questions do you have about these idioms or about the Speaking test?

Let us know in the comments below.

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