In the IELTS speaking  the examiners look at 4 criteria to give you your IELTS mark. These IELTS criteria and what you need to do to get a 7 or 8 are ....

  • Fluency and Coherence (7 / 8 = Do you speak without pauses and do you use connecting word / cohesive devices?)

  • Lexical Resource (7 / 8 = Do you use less common words and idiomatic expressions^ and do you use words to convey precise meaning / give an exact "picture"?)

  • Grammar Range and Accuracy (7 / 8 = Do you use a variety of grammar structures and do you make few mistakes?)

  • Pronunciation (7 / 8 = Do you use things like intonation, rhythm, stress to help make your ideas clearer?)

  for more information, see the official IELTS speaking criteria here    

On the LC Langauges site you can find

  • Many topics with lots of less common words and idiomatic expressions to get a 7/8 in lexical resource. : click here

  • Questions like in the IELTS exam so you can practice using these expressions to improve fluency and lexical resource. (as above)

  • Grammar structures in the questions for a 7 / 8 IELTS grammar mark (as above)

  • Example answers with 9 intonation and pronunciation so you can listen and repeat to improve your pronunciation: click here

  • Interactive videos so you can learn more about how to use less common words and idiomatic expressions. Such words and expressions have this sign ^, so when you see ^, learn to use the ^expression to improve your IELTS lexical resource mark!: click here

  • Cohesive devices (linking / signaling words)  so you can use a range to get a 7 or 8 in fluency and coherence. These expressions are underlined in the texts. So use the underlined expressions to improve your IELTS fluency and coherence mark! (As above)

  • Example videos with learners like you using the words and grammar structures from this site