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How Task 1 General Training is scored

How Task 1 General Training is scored

Narration: The examiner is looking for your Task 1 letter to demonstrate 4 different aspects in order to get a good result: task achievement, cohesion and coherence, lexical resource, and grammatical range and accuracy First is task achievement, which looks at whether...

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Describing trends in Task 1 Academic reports

Describing trends in Task 1 Academic reports

Describing trends in Task 1 Academic reports. In Task 1 of the IELTS test, you may be required to write about a graph or a chart, identifying trends. A trend is the general direction of movement in a graph. Here are some simple examples:   This is an upward trend...

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Academic IELTS Task 1 model answer 1 – Publishing a book

Academic IELTS Task 1 model answer 1 - Publishing a book. This is a Band 9.0 (top score) model answer. You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The diagram below shows the process of publishing a book. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the...

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Academic IELTS Task 1 model answer 17 – Diamond mining

Academic IELTS Task 1 model answer 17 - Diamond mining. This is a Band 9.0 (top score) model answer. You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The process shows diamonds moving from the mine to the retailer. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting...

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IELTS Task 2 model answer 11 – Enforcing school uniforms

IELTS Task 2 model answer 11 - Enforcing school uniforms. The best way to get the most out of the model answers on this site is to read them closely, make a note of the phrases you find useful and if there are any words you don't know, look them up online. You should...

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IELTS Task 2 model answer 12 – What is success?

IELTS Task 2 model answer 12 - What is success? The best way to get the most out of the model answers on this site is to read them closely, make a note of the phrases you find useful and if there are any words you don't know, look them up online. You should spend...

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IELTS Task 2 model answer 10 – Internet access for minors

IELTS Task 2 model answer 10 - Internet access for minors. The best way to get the most out of the model answers on this site is to read them closely, make a note of the phrases you find useful and if there are any words you don't know, look them up online. You should...

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IELTS Task 2 model answer 9 – Zoos should be closed

IELTS Task 2 model answer 9 – Zoos should be closed. The best way to get the most out of the model answers on this site is to read them closely, make a note of the phrases you find useful and if there are any words you don't know, look them up online. You should spend...

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Academic IELTS Task 1 model answer 13 – MP3 player design

Academic IELTS Task 1 model answer 13 - MP3 player design. This is a Band 9.0 (top score) model answer. You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The diagram shows the parts of a dock for an mp3 player. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the...

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Academic Module Task 1 Band 5 sample answer 2

Band score: approximately 5.0 The answer below has been rated based on the public IELTS descriptors. Click the word or words in red to see the correction, and scroll to the bottom of the page to read our comments on the report. You should spend about 20 minutes on...

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Free General Training IELTS writing test 1 model answer

[sc name="writing-assessment"] Task 1 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. A family member is coming to stay with you. He/she will be arriving by train in the morning, but you won’t be home until the evening. Write a letter to your relative. In your letter:...

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IELTS Academic Module writing practice test 1

IELTS Academic Module writing practice test 1

Task 1 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The chart shows how people travelled to work in 2012 and 2018. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant. Write at least 150 words. The chart shows...

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Free General Training IELTS writing test 1

Free General Training IELTS writing test 1

Task 1 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. A family member is coming to stay with you. He/she will be arriving by train in the morning, but you won’t be home until the evening. Write a letter to your relative. In your letter: explain arrangements you have...

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The 4 types of IELTS Task 2 writing questions

The 4 types of IELTS Task 2 writing questions. Every IELTS Task 2 writing question falls into one of the 4 different 'types' below. It is important to identify which type of Task 2 essay you are writing about because this will have an impact on the  way you plan your...

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How Task 2 is scored

On this page, we will look at how Task 2 is scored. The examiner is looking for your essay to demonstrate 4 different aspects in order to get a good result. Task response (have you completed the task?) Cohesion and coherence (does your answer make sense?) Lexical...

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The instructions for Task 2 IELTS

In the first part of this lesson, we will look at the instructions for Task 2 IELTS. Here's an example of a Task 2 essay question. You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: Studying business or science related subjects at...

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Model answer for describing an image for PTE – a graph

Now let's use the 4 point checklist for organising your description to create a model answer for describing an image for PTE - a graph. Here's the checklist: (a) General content (b) Main trend / notable point (c) Detail (d) Concluding statement And here's the graph:...

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The 6 types of Academic IELTS reports

On this page, we will look at The 6 types of Academic IELTS reports, as well as the instructions you need to follow. The aim of Task 1 in the Academic Module is simple - you need to transfer information. That means to describe what you see in the question. Let's start...

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Tips for the IELTS writing test

On this page are tips and hints for writing in the IELTS test. If you have a question or a tip that you think would benefit others, let us know using the message form at the bottom of the page. Start with Task 2 The scoring system for IELTS means that your Task 2...

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How to get ideas for Task 2 IELTS writing

On this page, we will look at wow to get ideas for Task 2 IELTS writing. With only 40 minutes to read the question, get ideas, plan your essay, write the essay and then proofread your work, you need to be quick getting ideas. [sc name="writing-assessment"] How to get...

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IELTS Task 2 avoiding emotional language

A common error in the IELTS test is not writing in a formal, academic manner for Task 2. In this post, we will look at writing too emotionally. Compare these two sentences  -which is better? A: People who spend extended periods in front of a television could be...

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IELTS Task 2 Writing more academically

To write a good Task 2 essay for IELTS, you need to know how to write more formally and to present yourself in an academic manner. This post will show you some of the common errors in the IELTS writing test and how to avoid them. Using personal pronouns (I / we / you...

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Writing good topic sentences for IELTS

To write in a clear and logical way, the first sentence of your paragraph should define what the rest of the paragraph will be discussing. For example: Tighter gun control or even the abolition of firearms would lead to a decrease in the number of deaths and injuries....

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Facts about the IELTS writing test

Facts about the IELTS writing test

Here's a collection of some of the most common questions we are asked about the IELTS writing test. If your have a question that isn't answered here, post it in the comments section at the bottom of the page and we'll add it to the page with an answer. Q: Do I write...

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Completing IELTS Task 2 in time

Completing IELTS Task 2 in time is essential if you are aiming for a good score. For that, you need to practise, but you also need to have a clear plan of how you are going to spend your time. In the years we have helped IELTS candidates prepare for their test, this...

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7 essential tips for preparing Task 2 IELTS

Here are the 7 steps you should take to plan your answer for IELTS writing Task 2. To illustrate the steps, we will be using this question: Advances in technology and automation have reduced the need for manual labour. Therefore working hours should be reduced. To...

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Essay writing – writing an introduction

There are three main sections to think about when essay writing - writing an introduction, the body and the conclusion. In this lesson, 'essay writing - writing an introduction' we will look at the skills needed to write an effective introduction for a short essay....

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Making predictions in IELTS

NOTE: This lesson is aimed at IELTS writing, but can also be useful for the speaking test. Expressing predictions is a useful IELTS skill. Not only does it apply to writing a conclusion, but there is also the possibility of having an essay title that asks you to...

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Word count in IELTS writing

As you probably know, the word requirements for the IELTS writing test are a minimum 150 words for Task 1 and 250 words for Task 2. Test what you know about the IELTS word count by answering the question below. Question: According to IELTS rules, how many words are...

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Avoiding pronouns in Task 2 writing

As you probably know, it is important to write formally in Task 2, using an academic writing style (even in the General Training module). We have looked at some aspects of this in previous lessons (such as using the correct register and writing more academically) but...

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Writing about cause and effect in IELTS

In the IELTS writing test, thinking of cause and effect allows you to extend your ideas and justify your opinions. Using a range of connectors will also make your essay more academic. 'Further education has become more accessible for a wider range of people. As a...

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What to do if you don’t understand Task 2

As you may already know or have read about on our site, we recommend starting with Task 2 in the writing test (it's worth more points than Task 1). But what happens if you get a Task 2 essay title with words you don't understand? Consider this Task 2 style topic:...

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Giving examples in Task 2 IELTS writing

In Task 2 writing, you are required to give examples to support and develop your point of view. Here are some of the points to consider when writing your Task 2 essay. Avoid being overly personal Bad example: There are many reasons to argue that certain professions...

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Task 2 Band 8 sample answer 2

Band score: approximately 8.0 Task: Task 2 The answer below has been rated purely based on the public IELTS descriptors. Click the word or words in red to see the correction, and scroll to the bottom of the page to read our comments on the report. You should spend...

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Task 2 Band 8 sample answer 3

Band score: approximately 8.0 Task: Task 2 The answer below has been rated purely based on the public IELTS descriptors. Click the word or words in red to see the correction, and scroll to the bottom of the page to read our comments on the report. You should spend...

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Task 2 Band 7 sample answer 3

Band score: approximately 7.0 Task: Task 2 The answer below has been rated purely based on the public IELTS descriptors. Click the word or words in red to see the correction, and scroll to the bottom of the page to read our comments on the report. You should spend...

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Paraphrasing in IELTS writing

Being able to paraphrase (express the same meaning using different words) is a very useful skill for the IELTS writing test, but it can also help you identify answers in the reading and listening. Here are some sentences that have been rephrased. Before you click the...

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Unit 10 Task 1 Band 8 sample answer 1

The answer below has been rated based on the public IELTS descriptors. Click the word or words in red to see the correction, and scroll to the bottom of the page to read our comments on the letter. You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. A family member is...

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General Training Task 1 Band 8 sample answer 1

The answer below has been rated based on the public IELTS descriptors. Click the word or words in red to see the correction, and scroll to the bottom of the page to read our comments on the letter. You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. A family member is...

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Unit 9 Task 1 Band 8 sample answer 1

The answer below has been rated based on the public IELTS descriptors. Click the word or words in red to see the correction, and scroll to the bottom of the page to read our comments on the letter. You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You recently became a...

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General Training Task 1 Band 7 sample answer 2

The answer below has been rated based on the public IELTS descriptors. Click the word or words in red to see the correction, and scroll to the bottom of the page to read our comments on the letter. You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You are a member of...

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Unit 8 Task 1 Band 7 sample answer 1

The answer below has been rated based on the public IELTS descriptors. Click the word or words in red to see the correction, and scroll to the bottom of the page to read our comments on the letter. You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You are a member of...

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General Training Task 1 Band 7 sample answer 1

The answer below has been rated based on the public IELTS descriptors. Click the word or words in red to see the correction, and scroll to the bottom of the page to read our comments on the letter. You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. New neighbours have...

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Unit 7 Task 1 Band 7 sample answer 1

The answer below has been rated based on the public IELTS descriptors. Click the word or words in red to see the correction, and scroll to the bottom of the page to read our comments on the letter. You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. New neighbours have...

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General Training Task 1 Band 6 sample answer 2

The answer below has been rated based on the public IELTS descriptors. Click the word or words in red to see the correction, and scroll to the bottom of the page to read our comments on the letter. You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You are a member of...

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Unit 6 Task 1 Band 6 sample answer 1

The answer below has been rated based on the public IELTS descriptors. Click the word or words in red to see the correction, and scroll to the bottom of the page to read our comments on the letter. You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You are a member of...

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General Training Task 1 Band 6 sample answer 3

The answer below has been rated based on the public IELTS descriptors. Click the word or words in red to see the correction, and scroll to the bottom of the page to read our comments on the letter. You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. New neighbours have...

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Unit 5 Task 1 Band 6 sample answer 1

The answer below has been rated based on the public IELTS descriptors. Click the word or words in red to see the correction, and scroll to the bottom of the page to read our comments on the letter. You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. New neighbours have...

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General Training Task 1 Band 6 sample answer 1

The answer below has been rated based on the public IELTS descriptors. Click the word or words in red to see the correction, and scroll to the bottom of the page to read our comments on the letter. You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You have enrolled in...

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Unit 4 Task 1 Band 6 sample answer 1

The answer below has been rated based on the public IELTS descriptors. Click the word or words in red to see the correction, and scroll to the bottom of the page to read our comments on the letter. You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You have enrolled in...

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General Training Task 1 Band 5 sample answer 3

The answer below has been rated based on the public IELTS descriptors. Click the word or words in red to see the correction, and scroll to the bottom of the page to read our comments on the letter. You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. A family member is...

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Unit 2 Task 1 Band 5 sample answer 1

The answer below has been rated based on the public IELTS descriptors. Click the word or words in red to see the correction, and scroll to the bottom of the page to read our comments on the letter. You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. A family member is...

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General Training Task 1 Band 5 sample answer 2

The answer below has been rated based on the public IELTS descriptors. Click the word or words in red to see the correction, and scroll to the bottom of the page to read our comments on the letter. You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. A family member is...

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Unit 2 Task 1 model answer 2

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. A friend has invited you to a party but you will not be able to attend. Write to your friend. In your letter: Tell your friend you can't come Explain why you are unable to attend Arrange another time to meet You do NOT...

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Phrases for ending your Task 1 letter

Here's a useful list of ways you can close your letter. Request a reply from the person you are writing to Let me know what you think. (informal) Hope to hear from you soon. (informal / semi-formal) I look forward to your reply. (semi-formal/formal) I look forward to...

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Unit 8 Task 2 model answer 3

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: The number of car accidents is increasing annually. This is the result of poor driving skills. Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples...

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