Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today you’ll learn how to think outside the box for higher IELTS Speaking scores.

What do most students get on IELTS Speaking? Band 6.


A band 6 student has studied for the test; however, not in the right way.

Basically, an IELTS band 6 candidate can talk about almost anything, be understood by the examiner, but exhibits little to no natural features of communication, as a native would.

The difference between a band 6 and band 7, is that a band 7 student is using some native vocabulary that students don’t learn or use.

Also, a band 7 student shows some flexibility– with ideas, pronunciation, and vocabulary.

What’s a band 8, then? The more natural features you show, and the fewer errors you have, the higher your IELTS score.

How to Think Outside of the Box

The ‘box’ here is where most students stay, and get a band 6. Let’s aim higher!

Fluency and Coherence

Don’t stay on the surface and general with your ideas. Get personalshare personal details about your life and opinions.

Remember- tell a story in Part 2!

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For Coherence scores, use native fillers and transition phrases.


Getting specific, as stated above, greatly helps this score as well.

In Speaking Parts 1 and 2, use slang and idioms, just like a native would.

In Speaking Part 3, use academic, impressive vocabulary.


Be expressive! Go big!

You must not sound bored, and exhibit variation in your tone and intonation.


Don’t get hung up on grammar and waste your time in preparation, and increase your anxiety while speaking.

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