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)

 

  Repetition / Self-correction

9

 Only rare repetition /self-correction

8

Only occasional repetition / self-correction

Pauses / Hesitation

9

Pauses only to find ideas and not to search for language (words / grammar)

8

Pauses are usually for ideas and only rarely to search for language

Cohesive devices / linking expressions

9

Fully appropriate cohesive devices

8

Topic Development

9

Devlops topics fully and appropriately

8

Develops topics coherently and appropriately

 

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…