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Should you speak American English or British English on the IELTS?
Today, Jessica and Lindsay talk about accents, and what you can expect on the exam!
The IELTS was developed in Cambridge, United Kingdom. So does that mean you should speak English with a British accent when you take the exam?
The answer is no. English is now a global language, and the IELTS is a global exam. On the listening section, you are likely to hear American, British, Indian and other kinds of English accents. And it doesn’t matter which you use when you speak – as long as your pronunciation is clear!
It’s a good idea to get used to different accents so you don’t have trouble understanding them on test day. Consider listening to podcasts from the different places, and don’t be afraid to work with a teacher from anywhere.
Which English accents are you used to hearing?
Which ones are difficult for you to understand?
Let us know in the comments section below!