Paraphrasing in IELTS Speaking

IELTS speakingThe key to a higher score in IELTS speaking is paraphrasing.

Updated: July 2021

You are probably aware that paraphrasing is a key skill in IELTS writing and is important for a good Band score, but what about in Speaking?

In the IELTS speaking Band descriptors for Band 7 lexical resource, it says: ‘uses paraphrase effectively’ and for Band 4 lexical resource it mentions: ‘rarely attempts to paraphrase’. So clearly this is important to consider when you are in the speaking exam.

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Common questions about IELTS speaking

ielts speaking18 commonly asked questions about the IELTS speaking test.

Updated: Feb 1st 2023.

There is a lot of misinformation, wrong advice and myths out there surrounding IELTS writing and speaking, so hopefully this blog post should help clear up any confusion before you go into the IELTS exam. This post goes over common misconceptions and common questions about the speaking part of IELTS. Click on the blue buttons to see the answers to the questions.

If there are any questions not listed or if you have any suggestions, leave a comment in the comments section at the bottom of this post. I will try to answer them for you.

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IELTS Speaking part 3 – Six common question types

Developing your answers for Speaking part 3.

Updated March 1st 2021.

In IELTS Speaking part 3, you need to develop your answer and give a specific example to back up your opinion. Part 1 topics are about you and your life and you don’t need to give a very long answer. However, part 3 topics are broader and you need to give a much longer answer. In fact, the IELTS speaking test is not formal and you can talk in a casual way (but I don’t advise using idioms).

In the speaking test, the examiners will be checking your grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary and fluency.

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