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IELTS Speaking band score 7 vocabulary

What vocabulary do you need to use to get an IELTS Speaking band score 7?

To show you have enough vocabulary to get a band score 7 in the IELTS Speaking test, there are particular types of vocabulary that you need to use.

These types of vocabulary are:

  • less common vocabulary (i.e. words or phrases that are not frequently used in everyday conversation)
  • idiomatic vocabulary (i.e. words or expressions that are natural for native speakers to use or that contain an idiom)

Watch the video below to see me explain how an IELTS band score 6.0 candidate could use some less common and idiomatic vocabulary to get a higher band score.

In the first part of the video, the candidate, Marie, answers some IELTS Speaking Part 1 questions. In the second part, I  explain what vocabulary Marie needs to use to get a band score 7.0.

The IELTS Speaking Part 1 questions that I ask Marie in the video are from the book Cambridge IELTS 8.

IELTS Speaking band score 7 vocabulary: Less common vocabulary

As you may have seen in the video, the words ‘loathe‘ and ‘detest‘ are examples of less common vocabulary that you can use when you want to say that you really hate something.

A great tool for checking if a word is less common is the Macmillan online dictionary.

If you search for the word ‘hate‘ in this dictionary, you’ll see that it’s written in red and has three red stars next to it. The three stars means that it’s one of the most frequently used words in English.

Now, if you search for the word ‘loathe‘, you’ll see that it’s written in black and has no red stars. This means this word is an example of less common vocabulary.

Check which of the following words are examples of less common vocabulary:

IELTS Speaking band score 7 vocabulary: Idiomatic vocabulary

Here’s the list of idioms related to the topic of television that I included at the end of the video above:

  • an armchair sportsman (someone who watches a lot of sport on television but who doesn’t play sport)
  • a couch potato (someone who spends a lot of time sitting and watching television)
  • to be glued to the box (to be watching television and ignoring everything else)
  • to channel surf / to channel hop (to keep changing the channel you are watching using a remote control)

If you found the video above useful, check out the other videos on my YouTube channel.

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments section below.


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