a – Familiarize yourself with the IELTS “fluency and coherence” criteria here if you haven’t done so

b – THe table below shows how 9 and 8 are different for the criteria “fluency and coherence”. I have divided the IELTS speaking criteria for “fluency and coherence” into the 4 aspects that the criteria focus on. Look at the table below and familiarize yourself with the differences between 8/9. (you’ll notice that for one of them the criteria do not mention anything for 8, this is IELTS, not me)

 
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<h3 lang=”en-US” align=”center”><b>  Repetition / Self-correction </b></h3>
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<h3 lang=”en-US”>9</h3>
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<p lang=”en-US”><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”><strong> Only rare </strong></span>repetition /self-correction</p>
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<h3 lang=”en-US”>8</h3>
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<p lang=”en-US”><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”><strong>Only </strong></span><b><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>occasi</span></b><strong><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>ona</span><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>l</span> </strong>repetition / self-correction</p>
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<h3 lang=”en-US” align=”center”><b>Pauses / Hesitation</b></h3>
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<h3 lang=”en-US”>9</h3>
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<p lang=”en-US”>Pauses <b>only</b> to find ideas and <b>not</b> to search for language (words / grammar)</p>
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<h3 lang=”en-US”>8</h3>
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<p lang=”en-US”>Pauses are <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>usually </span>for ideas and <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>only rarely t</span>o search for language</p>
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<h3 lang=”en-US” align=”center”><b>Cohesive devices / linking expressions</b></h3>
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<h3 lang=”en-US”>9</h3>
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<p lang=”en-US”><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”><strong>Fully</strong> </span>appropriate cohesive devices</p>
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<h3 lang=”en-US”>8</h3>
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<p lang=”en-US”>-</p>
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<h3 lang=”en-US” align=”center”><b>Topic Development</b></h3>
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<h3 lang=”en-US”>9</h3>
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<p lang=”en-US”>Devlops topics <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”><strong>fully</strong> </span>and appropriately</p>
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<h3 lang=”en-US”>8</h3>
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<p lang=”en-US”>Develops topics coherently and appropriately</p>
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c- Watch the video below from the official IELTS channel and see if you agree that the candidate is an 8 for Fluency and Coherence and not a 9…
<iframe src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/92d5mIK0bPM” width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”></iframe>

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