IELTS strategies: avoiding repetition
As an iPass IELTS tutor, I do practice interviews with IELTS candidates every day, and a piece of advice I often give them is to avoid repetition.
This is especially true in Part 2 of the speaking test when you have to speak for 1-2 minutes on your own about a particular topic give to you on a cue card.
For example, the topic could be ‘describe your favourite restaurant’, in which case you will most likely talk at length about the food you can eat there.
However, to show that you have a range of vocabulary at your disposal, you should avoid repeating the word ‘food’ too often. Try to think of alternative words and phrases, such as:
- diet / dietary
And then think of collocations that you could use with those words. For example:
- Indian cuisine
- a variety of dishes
- a varied menu
- nutritious / fresh ingredients
- balanced / healthy diet
- dietary requirements
Using phrases such as these will really boost your vocabulary score!!
Check out this short video for a very useful strategy you can use to help you keep increasing your range of vocabulary: