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use these 8 words to score a 7 or higher in ielts speaking
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16 Jul 2019 690 Book icon 2 mins Share

IELTS Preparation Tip: Use these 8 words to score a 7 or higher in IELTS speaking!

Here are a few must-know IELTS preparation pointers if you want to nail a 7+ score on your IELTS speaking.

16 Jul 2019 690 Book icon 2 mins Share
use these 8 words to score a 7 or higher in ielts speaking

You may even be a fluent speaker of the English language- but do the words “speaking test” still throw you for a loop?

You’ve got what we call – a case of the exam-jitters.

Psst- stay with us till the end- we are giving away something you WON’T want to miss for your IELTS preparation!

Being able to speak well in real life has to translate rightly into a high score for you. Or even if you have only intermediate level English skills- we have some pointers for you to ace your speaking test.

You may also want to look at our recent article: How to prepare for the IELTS

Here are *eight words you can use to ace your IELTS speaking test.

      1. On par- of the same standard or level as something else.

An example sentence: My test scores this semester are on par with some of the best students in my class.

      2. Volatile- likely to change unexpectedly or suddenly

You could say: Given the volatile nature of my work, I find it highly challenging to find time for regular exercise, but I regularly do small bursts of exercise in shorter time frames to keep myself fit.

      3. pique – arouse curiosity or interest

Here’s how you can use it: After attending the Environmental Science seminar in my college, my interest in the area piqued.

      4. plethora- excessive or a large amount of something

Here’s how you can use it: I found a plethora of specializations to choose from in the second year of my postgraduate study.

      5. plateau- staying at a steady level after a period of progress or growth

For example: For the first few fifteen years of my life, I actively developed my singing skills rapidly. However, after my focus turned to studies in my tenth grade, my musical skills hit a plateau.

      6. contrary – opposite in meaning or direction

You could state something along the lines of: Contrary to popular belief, a low-carb diet is not good for healthy functioning over a long period of time. The body needs carbohydrates to produce energy for our daily activities.

     7. recapitulate- to summarize and conclude with main points

So, you can conclude your session with something like:  To recapitulate what I said, food and beverage industries definitely need to stop using non- renewable plastics to pack materials.

     8. Retain – to absorb and continue having something

This is one way you could use it: I retained the core essence of the topic, but provided points with a new angle and perspective- to help the reader gain a multidimensional view.

*Please note some of these words have more than one definition to them. We have picked one meaning for each and used it in the right context to show you their usage.

In general, if you’re aiming for an-above 7, you should use interesting vocabulary- this could include idioms or even a bit of slang. You could add,” I’m thrilled to bits that this is…” Basically- anything that you couldn’t have just picked up straight from a textbook. Part 1 and part 2 can be less formal including such slang phrases but part 3 should have high level vocabulary and you can go for phrases like,” I strongly believe that this is…”

Furthermore, some linking words could also do the trick (see what we did there?). We couldn’t help it. Link words are words like additionally, furthermore, moreover, subsequently…

Last and most important tip- don’t pause too many times when you talk with fillers like um. Fluency and continuity is key- so practice away.

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