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So, let’s take a look at what was good about this student’s answer.

First of all, did you notice how many different adjectives she used to describe her pet rats?

I spotted at least eight: intelligent; smart; social; sweet; cute; tiny; wonderful; depressed

She also included a variety of linking words and grammatical structures to show her flexibility in using English:

regardless of; apart from; while living; when i moved back; again

And she made some comparisons with other animals to add even more vocabulary:

just like dogs they are trainable; you can teach them tricks

Making a joke was also a nice way to finish her answer and would certainly make the examiner smile!

Listen again to see what she said about rats making good travel companions:


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