Are you using crutches when it comes to the IELTS Speaking test?
Today you’ll find out why crutches can be deadly on the IELTS exam.
Language crutches in English are “like,” “um,” “uh” and words like those. When you use those on the IELTS Speaking test you lose points for both fluency and vocabulary.
You lose fluency points because you are repeating yourself and you lose vocabulary points because it sounds like you don’t have the vocabulary words that you need.
You have to stop using them on the exam even though you hear native speakers using them all of the time and they are natural.