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Free IELTS preparation resources

Preparing for IELTS? We can help with our free IELTS resources below. Take a look at all the free IELTS lessons we have on our site below, or use the menu above to find specific sections.

Looking for free IELTS practice tests? Click the links in the menu above. Remember that in order to get a high band score in the IELTS test, you will also need to make sure you have good vocabulary and general English skills (including grammar!), so make sure you study those free courses.

Here’s a list of all the free IELTS preparation resources available on this site.

5 tips to improve your IELTS reading

Are you taking practice test after practice, but not seeing your score improve? Stuck on the same level with your reading for ages? You're not alone - this is a ...
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6 common errors when writing an introduction to IELTS Task 2

When writing an introduction to your Task 2 essay, there are a number of points you need to include (take a look at this page). On this page, we will ...
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6 tips for making notes in Part 2 speaking

6 tips for making notes in Part 2 speaking Here's an example of a topic card used in Part Two of the IELTS speaking test: Describe your favourite leisure activity ...
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General Writing #1

About IELTS writing

It is very important to note that there are significant differences between the Academic Module and the General Training IELTS writing test. Parts of the test There are two parts ...
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About the IELTS listening test

The IELTS Listening test *Note that the listening test is the same for the General Training and Academic Module test Timing and requirements There are four sections in the IELTS ...
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IELTS practice tests

About the IELTS reading test

About the IELTS reading test The IELTS reading test takes 60 minutes to complete, has three sections and a total of 40 questions. You need to make sure that your ...
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IELTS speaking

About the IELTS speaking test

IELTS speaking test format Timing and requirements *Note that the listening test is the same for the General Training and Academic Module test There are three parts to the IELTS ...
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An introduction to the IELTS listening test

An introduction to the IELTS listening test Before you begin this lesson, you will need to know the meaning of the words below as they are part of the lesson ...
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An introduction to the IELTS listening test (Page 2)

An introduction to the IELTS listening test (page 2) Before starting this lesson, make sure you have completed page 1. This page begins with the video below, then some comprehension ...
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Analysing IELTS Task 2 writing questions

Before you can being preparing your answer to a Task 2 topic, you need to be sure you have fully understood what you are being asked to write about. For ...
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Analysing paragraphs for Task 2 IELTS – lesson 1

We have already posted a number of pages about improving your writing in the IELTS test (see Writing more academically, Avoiding pronouns and Using the correct register). In these lessons, ...
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About IELTS

Analysing paragraphs for Task 2 IELTS – lesson 2

Analysing paragraphs for Task 2 IELTS - lesson 2 We have already posted a number of pages about improving your writing in the IELTS test (see Writing more academically, Avoiding ...
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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 ...
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Better pronunciation for IELTS speaking

Better pronunciation for IELTS speaking Connected speech When you first hear an unfamiliar language, you don’t really hear individual words but rather a flow of sound. As you learn and ...
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Better pronunciation for IELTS speaking Part 2

Before looking through this page, we recommend you take a look at Better pronunciation for IELTS speaking. NOTE: Thanks to Adel for the idea behind this page. It is not ...
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Can I use use idioms and phrasal verbs in IELTS

An idiom is a phrase created from a group of words that does not necessarily have any meaning related to the words themselves. For example, 'that rings a bell' actually ...
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Classifying questions in IELTS reading

Classifying questions in IELTS reading Classifying questions are similar to matching questions – the questions are in statement format, and you need to decide which of a limited number of ...
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Classifying questions in IELTS reading (page 2)

Classifying questions in IELTS reading (page 2) Click here for page 1 In the previous page, we look at the similarities between matching and classifying question in the IELTS reading ...
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Classifying questions in IELTS reading (page 3)

Classifying questions in IELTS reading (page 3) Go back to page 1 | Go back to page 2 Now practice with this matching style question (classifying style questions are on ...
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Classifying questions in IELTS reading (page 4)

Classifying questions in IELTS reading (page 4) Go back to page 1 | Go back to page 2 | Go back to page 3 On this page, we will be ...
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Classifying questions in IELTS reading (page 5)

Classifying questions in IELTS reading (page 5) Go back to page 1 | Go back to page 2 | Go back to page 3 | Go back to page 4 ...
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CLASSIFYING QUESTIONS: Airlines (reading)

If you have not done so already, you should start by reviewing the video lessons on classifying here. Now practice with a full length example Read the text then classify ...
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CLASSIFYING QUESTIONS: Quantum neurology (reading)

Read the text below and answer the CLASSIFYING questions that follow. After checking your answers, you should also look at the vocabulary section for this text at the bottom of ...
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Common errors in IELTS writing – ‘government’

Using the correct words in your IELTS test can make the difference between succeeding and having to resit the test, so make sure you've got the right word or phrase! ...
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Common myths about IELTS

Common myths about IELTS Is the IELTS test harder in some countries? Is IDP easier than the British Council? Can you predict the next writing topic? In the years that ...
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Comparison and contrast in Task 2

Comparison and contrast in IELTS Task 2 writing

To present your ideas and opinions clearly, it is important to know how to accurately use comparison and contrast in Task 2 of the IELTS writing test. Here are some ...
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Completing IELTS Task 2 in time

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 ...
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Correlating data in Task 1

Correlating data in Task 1 NOTE: This page relates to the Academic Module, not the General Training Module. In previous pages we have looked at some of the language needed ...
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IELTS vocabulary

Dealing with unknown vocabulary in IELTS

Dealing with unknown vocabulary in IELTS A wide range of active vocabulary is absolutely essential to get a good result – you need to be informal and relaxed in Part ...
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Dealing with unknown vocabulary in IELTS – exercise

Dealing with unknown vocabulary in IELTS - exercise NOTE: We recommend you read the lesson Dealing with unknown vocabulary before trying this exercise. Now read the text below and guess ...
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About IELTS

Differences between the Academic and General Training IELTS test

Differences between the Academic and General Training IELTS test The two types There are two types of IELTS test - the Academic Module and the General Training Module. It is ...
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Difficult Part 2 topic cards in IELTS

Difficult Part 2 topic cards in IELTS In Part 2 of the IELTS speaking test the examiner will give you a topic card that you will need to talk about ...
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Do I need Academic or General Training IELTS?

As you probably know, there are two types of IELTS test - the Academic Module and the General Training Module IELTS test. One of the most common questions we hear ...
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Ending a Task 1 Academic report

There are lots of different advice about how to end a Task 1 report, so on this page we have presented some good and bad ideas for the last lines ...
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Ending a Task 1 letter

Ending a Task 1 letter How you end a Task 1 letter depends on whether it was written in a formal, semi-formal or informal style. First, let's briefly review formal, ...
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Expanding your answers in the IELTS speaking test

Expanding your answers in the IELTS speaking test One of the common errors in the speaking test is giving answers that are too short. For example: ‘Do you enjoy travelling?’ ...
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Facts about the IELTS speaking test

Facts about the IELTS speaking test There are lots of websites, forums, blogs and postings on the internet giving advice about the speaking test, but so much of the information ...
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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 ...
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False or not given in IELTS reading

Identifying the difference between 'False' and 'Not given' can sometimes be complicated, but a basic rule you can apply is this - are the 2 things both possible, or is ...
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Free IELTS Academic Reading test 1 Section 1

Free IELTS Academic Reading test 1 Section 1 Go to Section 2 | Go to Section 3 This free IELTS reading test (Academic Module) has the same question types, content ...
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Free IELTS Academic Reading test 1 Section 2

Free IELTS Academic Reading test 1 Section 2 Go back to Section 1 | Go to Section 3 This free IELTS reading test (Academic Module) has the same question types, ...
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Free IELTS Academic Reading test 1 Section 3

Free IELTS Academic Reading test 1 Section 3 Go back to Section 1 | Go back to Section 2 This free IELTS reading test (Academic Module) has the same question ...
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Free IELTS Academic Reading test 2 Section 1

Free IELTS Academic Reading test 2 Section 1 Go to Section 2 | Go to Section 3 This free IELTS reading test (Academic Module) has the same question types, content ...
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Free IELTS Academic Reading test 2 Section 2

Free IELTS Academic Reading test 2 Section 2 Go back to Section 1 | Go to Section 3 This free IELTS reading test (Academic Module) has the same question types, ...
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Free IELTS Academic Reading test 2 Section 3

Free IELTS Academic Reading test 2 Section 3 Go back to Section 1 | Go back to Section 2 This free IELTS reading test (Academic Module) has the same question ...
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Free IELTS Academic Reading test 3 Section 1

Free IELTS Academic Reading test 3 Section 1 Go to Section 2 | Go to Section 3 This free IELTS reading test (Academic Module) has the same question types, content ...
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Free IELTS Academic Reading test 3 Section 2

Free IELTS Academic Reading test 3 Section 2 Go back to Section 1 | Go to Section 3 This free IELTS reading test (Academic Module) has the same question types, ...
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Free IELTS Academic Reading test 3 Section 3

Free IELTS Academic Reading test 3 Section 3 Go back to Section 1 | Go back to Section 2 This free IELTS reading test (Academic Module) has the same question ...
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Free IELTS General Training Reading test 1 Section 1

Free IELTS General Training Reading test 1 Section 1 Section 1 Go to Section 2 | Go to Section 3 This free IELTS reading test (General Training) has the same ...
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Free IELTS General Training Reading test 1 Section 2

Free IELTS General Training Reading test 1 Section 2 Go back to Section 1 | Go to Section 3 This free IELTS reading test (General Training) has the same question ...
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Free IELTS General Training Reading test 1 Section 3

Free IELTS General Training Reading test 1 Section 3 Go back to Section 1 | Go back to Section 2 This free IELTS reading test (General Training) has the same ...
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Free IELTS General Training Reading test 2 Section 1

Free IELTS General Training Reading test 2 Section 1 Go to Section 2 | Go to Section 3 This free IELTS reading test (General Training) has the same question types, ...
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Free IELTS General Training Reading test 2 Section 2

Free IELTS General Training Reading test 2 Section 2 Go back to Section 1 | Go to Section 3 Looking for more reading practice tests? Our online course has over ...
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Free IELTS General Training Reading test 2 Section 3

Free IELTS General Training Reading test 2 Section 3 Go back to Section 1 | Go back to Section 2 This free IELTS reading test (General Training) has the same ...
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Free IELTS General Training Reading test 3 Section 1

Free IELTS General Training Reading test 3 Section 1 Section 1 Section 2 | Section 3 This free IELTS reading test (General Training) has the same question types, content style, ...
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Free IELTS General Training Reading test 3 Section 2

Free IELTS General Training Reading test 3 Section 2 Go back to Section 1 | Section 3 This free IELTS reading test (General Training) has the same question types, content ...
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Free IELTS General Training Reading test 3 Section 3

Free IELTS General Training Reading test 3 Section 3 Go back to Section 1 | Go back to Section 2 This free IELTS reading test (General Training) has the same ...
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Listening test #1

Free IELTS listening test 1 Section 1

Free IELTS listening test 1 Section 1 Updated: we've now added the transcript at the bottom of the page! Jump to Section 2 | Jump to Section 3 | Jump ...
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Listening test #1

Free IELTS listening test 1 Section 2

Free IELTS listening test 1 Section 2 Jump back to Section 1  | Jump to Section 3  |  Jump to Section 4 Note: all of the question types, timings and ...
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Free IELTS listening test 1 Section 3

Free IELTS listening test 1 Section 3 Jump back to Section 1  | Jump back to Section 2  |  Jump to Section 4 Note: all of the question types, timings ...
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Free IELTS listening test 1 Section 4

Free IELTS listening test 1 Section 4 Jump back to Section 1  | Jump back to Section 2  |  Jump back to Section 3 Note: all of the question types, ...
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Free IELTS listening test 2 Section 1

Free IELTS listening test 2 Section 1 Jump to Section 2  | Jump to Section 3  |  Jump to Section 4 Note: all of the question types, timings and pauses ...
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Free IELTS listening test 2 Section 2

Free IELTS listening test 2 Section 2 Jump back to Section 1  | Jump to Section 3  |  Jump to Section 4 Note: all of the question types, timings and ...
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Free IELTS listening test 2 Section 3

Free IELTS listening test 2 Section 3 Jump back to Section 1  | Jump back to Section 2  |  Jump to Section 4 Note: all of the question types, timings ...
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Free IELTS listening test 2 Section 4

Free IELTS listening test 2 Section 4 Jump back to Section 1  | Jump back to Section 2  |  Jump back to Section 3 Note: all of the question types, ...
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Free IELTS listening test 3 Section 1

Free IELTS listening test 3 Section 1 Updated: we've now added the transcript at the bottom of the page! Jump to Section 2  | Jump to Section 3  |  Jump ...
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Listening test #1

Free IELTS listening test 3 Section 2

Free IELTS listening test 3 Section 2 Jump back to Section 1  | Jump to Section 3  |  Jump to Section 4 Note: all of the question types, timings and ...
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Listening test #1

Free IELTS listening test 3 Section 3

Free IELTS listening test 3 Section 3 Jump back to Section 1  | Jump back to Section 2  |  Jump to Section 4 Note: all of the question types, timings ...
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Listening test #1

Free IELTS listening test 3 Section 4

Free IELTS listening test 3 Section 4 Jump back to Section 1  | Jump back to Section 2  |  Jump back to Section 3 Note: all of the question types, ...
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About IELTS

General advice about preparing for IELTS

General advice about preparing for IELTS Become familiar with the test format When you have decided that you need to take the IELTS test, it is worthwhile making sure you ...
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Getting ideas for IELTS Task 2

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. Here are ...
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Giving and justifying opinions for IELTS speaking

Giving and justifying opinions for IELTS speaking The IELTS speaking test is like most conversations.  If you give an opinion, you should justify it, and if possible, offer a reason, ...
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Phrases to use and phrases to avoid in Task 2 IELTS writing

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 ...
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Giving longer answers in IELTS speaking

Giving longer answers in IELTS speaking This post focuses on a formula you can use to help you keep speaking fluently during the IELTS speaking test, especially in Part 2 ...
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Headings questions in IELTS

Headings questions in IELTS reading One of the most common - and most difficult - types of question you are likely to face in the IELTS reading test are Headings ...
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About IELTS

How to book your IELTS test

Booking your IELTS test Visit the official website The first step in booking your IELTS test is to find out the location of your nearest testing centre by clicking here ...
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How to stay focused during the IELTS listening test

You should also look at this page for other tips and hints for IELTS listening Unfortunately, losing focus during the IELTS listening test is very common, even for very high ...
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IELTS Task 1 Modle answer

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 001

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The table gives information about the average hours spent on the Internet by European people of different age groups. Summarise the ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 002

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 2 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The bar chart shows the typical weekday for students in three different countries ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 003

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 3 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The line graph shows the number of first time visitors and returning visitors ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 004

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 4 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The process shows how plants create food. Summarise the information by selecting and ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 005

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 5 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The line graph shows the cost for watching films. The pie charts show ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 006

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 6 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The chart shows ways that schoolchildren get to school in three different countries ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 007

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 7 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The table shows the percentage of people with mobile phones who use various ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 008

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 33 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The graphs below show three exports from South East Asia and the four ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 009

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 9 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The line graph shows the average temperature during the hottest part of the ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 010

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 32 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The graph shows typical levels in enthusiasm, confidence and ability of students attending ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 011

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 31 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The diagram below shows the process of publishing a book. Write a report ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 012

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 12 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The charts show information about the number of kilometres travelled in an average ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 013

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 13 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The process shows diamonds moving from the mine to the retailer. Summarise the ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 014

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 14 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The graph shows the hours spent in different study methods during a two ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 015

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 15 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The charts illustrate how recycling is carried out in Eutopia, and the pie ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 016

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 16 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The charts show the percentage of power generated from 6 different types in ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 017

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 17 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The chart details the length of different quality water in rivers in England ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 018

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 18 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The diagram shows the parts of a dock for an mp3 player. Summarise ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 019

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 19 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The chart shows the average life expectancy for males and females in 1990, ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 020

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 20 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The graph shows four areas of accommodation status in a major European city ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 021

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The table below shows information on participation in various leisure activities in the U.K. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 022

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 22 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The chart shows how people travelled to work in 1996 and 2001 ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 023

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 23 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The line graph shows carbon emissions from different sources over a number of ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 024

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The bar chart shows the typical weekday for students in three different countries. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 025

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 25 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The table shows working hours and income for four jobs. Summarise the information ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 026

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 26 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The charts show the distribution of money spent on music in three different ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 027

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 27 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The chart shows days taken off work due to stress related illnesses by ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 028

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 28 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The table below shows the attitudes to recycling of people in different age ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 029

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 29 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The table below shows the production and consumption of natural gas in different ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 030

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 30 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The table shows the amount of coal used by different sectors in the ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 writing sample Band 5 Report 1

IELTS Academic Task 1 writing sample Band 5 Report 1 Band score: approximately 5.0 Format: Academic Task: Task 1 The answer below has been rated purely based on the public ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 writing sample Band 5 Report 2

IELTS Academic Task 1 writing sample Band 5 Report 2 Band score: approximately 5.0 Format: Academic Task: Task 1 The answer below has been rated purely based on the public ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 writing sample Band 5 Report 3

IELTS Academic Task 1 writing sample Band 5 Report 3 Band score: approximately 5.0 Format: Academic Task: Task 1 The answer below has been rated purely based on the public ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 writing sample Band 6 Report 1

IELTS Academic Task 1 writing sample Band 6 Report 1 Band score: approximately 6.0 Format: Academic Task: Task 1 The answer below has been rated purely based on the public ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 writing sample Band 6 Report 2

IELTS Academic Task 1 writing sample Band 6 Report 2 Band score: approximately 6.0 Format: Academic Task: Task 1 The answer below has been rated purely based on the public ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 writing sample Band 6 Report 3

IELTS Academic Task 1 writing sample Band 6 Report 3 Band score: approximately 6.0 Format: Academic Task: Task 1 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The chart ...
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IELTS task 1 sample answer

IELTS Academic Task 1 writing sample Band 7 Report 1

IELTS Academic Task 1 writing sample Band 7 Report 1 Band score: approximately 7.0 Format: Academic Task: Task 1 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The chart ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 writing sample Band 7 Report 2

IELTS Academic Task 1 writing sample Band 7 Report 2 Band score: approximately 7.0 Format: Academic Task: Task 1 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The table ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 writing sample Band 7 Report 3

IELTS Academic Task 1 writing sample Band 7 Report 3 Band score: approximately 7.0 Format: Academic Task: Task 1 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The bar ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 writing sample Band 8 Report 1

IELTS Academic Task 1 writing sample Band 8 Report 1 Band score: approximately 8.0 Format: Academic Task: Task 1 The answer below has been rated purely based on the public ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 writing sample Band 8 Report 2

IELTS Academic Task 1 writing sample Band 8 Report 2 Band score: approximately 8.0 Format: Academic Task: Task 1 The answer below has been rated purely based on the public ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 writing sample Band 8 Report 3

IELTS Academic Task 1 writing sample Band 8 Report 3 Band score: approximately 8.0 Format: Academic Task: Task 1 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The chart ...
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IELTS band scores converter

Your IELTS result is given as a result from 0 to 9.0, increasing by 0.5 bands at a time (e.g. 5.0, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5). The result is calculated depending on ...
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IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 7 Essay 3

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 5 Letter 1

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 5 Letter 1 Band score: approximately 5.0 Format: General Training Task: Task 1 The answer below has been rated purely based on ...
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IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 5 Essay 3

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 5 Letter 2

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 5 Letter 2 Band score: approximately 5.0 Format: General Training Task: Task 1 The answer below has been rated purely based on ...
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IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 5 Essay 3

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 5 Letter 3

IELTS General Task 1 sample answer Band 5 Letter 3 Band score: approximately 5.0 Format: General Training Task: Task 1 The answer below has been rated purely based on the ...
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IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 6 Essay 2

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 6 Essay 2 Band score: approximately 6.0 Format: General Training Task: Task 1 The answer below has been rated purely based on ...
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IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 6 Essay 3

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 6 Essay 3 Band score: approximately 6.0 Format: General Training Task: Task 1 The answer below has been rated purely based on ...
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IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 6 Letter 1

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 6 Letter 1 Band score: approximately 6.0 Format: General Training Task: Task 1 The answer below has been rated purely based on ...
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IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 7 Essay 2

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 7 Essay 2 Band score: approximately 7.0 Format: General Training Task: Task 1 The IELTS writing sample answer below has been rated ...
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IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 7 Letter 1

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 7 Letter 1 Band score: approximately 7.0 Format: General Training Task: Task 1 The ielts writing sample answer below has been rated ...
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IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 7 Essay 3

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 7 Letter 3

IELTS General Task 1 sample answer Band 7 Letter 3 Band score: approximately 7.0 Format: General Training Task: Task 1 The IELTS writing sample answer below has been rated purely ...
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IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 5 Essay 3

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 8 Letter 1

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 8 Letter 1 Band score: approximately 8.0 Format: General Training Task: Task 1 The ielts writing sample answer below has been rated ...
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IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 8 Letter 2

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 8 Letter 2 Band score: approximately 8.0 Format: General Training Task: Task 1 The IELTS writing sample answer below has been rated ...
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IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 8 Letter 3

IELTS General Task 1 writing sample answer Band 8 Letter 3 Band score: approximately 8.0 Format: General Training Task: Task 1 The IELTS writing sample answer below has been rated ...
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IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 001

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 1 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You were supposed to go on an interview in a few weeks, ...
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IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 002

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 2 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You have seen an advertisement looking for volunteers to teach English overseas ...
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IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 003

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 3 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You are temporarily moving to a new city for your job. You ...
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IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 004

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 4 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You would like to rent a car for a holiday. Write to ...
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Model answer IELTS writing General Training

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 005

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 5 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You have recently ordered an item from the internet, but are not ...
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IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 006

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 6 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You have just returned from holiday and were not satisfied with your ...
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IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 007

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 7 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. A friend has invited you to a party but you will not ...
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IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 008

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 8 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You recently ordered an item that was advertised as having a discount ...
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IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 009

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 9 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You have received a letter from your local video shop claiming that ...
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IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 010

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You have seen an advertisement for a part time job welcoming visitors to your town. Write to the recruiters. In your ...
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IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 011

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 11 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. Your local museum has asked for feedback on your recent visit. Write ...
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IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 012

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 12 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You recently went to a restaurant but think you could have left ...
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IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 013

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 13 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You have just enrolled in a 12 week English class, but have ...
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IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 014

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 14 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You are applying for membership at a local sports club. Write to ...
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IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 015

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 15 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You have been invited to speak at your old high school. Write ...
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IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 016

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 16 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You have been studying overseas and staying as a guest with a ...
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IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 017

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 17 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You are going on holiday and would like to stay in the ...
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IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 018

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 18 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You are having some trouble with a work colleague. Write to your ...
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IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 019

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 19 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. A family member is coming to stay with you. He/she will be arriving ...
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IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 020

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. New neighbours have recently moved in, but they are making a lot of noise at night while you are preparing for ...
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IELTS grammar

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 021

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 21 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You have enrolled in an evening course but you have found that ...
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IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 022

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You are visiting another town next month for a short break. Write a letter to the tourist information centre. In your ...
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IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 023

IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing model answer 23 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. An old friend is coming to town and has invited you to ...
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IELTS Listening for personal information

IELTS Listening for personal information You should also take a look at the lesson 'Listening for details in IELTS' In the first section of the IELTS listening test, it is ...
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IELTS listening improving your result

IELTS listening improving your result So you've practiced, you've listened to the radio, taken practice tests, you've even taken the IELTS test - often a number of times - and ...
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IELTS listening multiple choice questions

IELTS listening multiple choice questions In both the reading and the listening test, one question type you may be required to answer is multiple choice, where you have to choose ...
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IELTS listening multiple choice questions practice exercise 1

IELTS listening multiple choice questions practice exercise 1 Before attempting this exercise, make sure you have read this page about multiple choice questions in IELTS listening. Listen to the recording ...
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IELTS listening strategies for section 4

IELTS listening strategies for section 4

IELTS listening strategies for section 4 Over the 4 sections of the IELTS listening test, the recordings and questions become more challenging, so by the time you reach Section 4, ...
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IELTS reading all question types

IELTS reading all question types

IELTS reading all question types There are 8 common question types in IELTS reading. On this page, you will see an example of each type based on the reading text ...
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IELTS reading improving your result

IELTS reading improving your result So you've practiced, you've read a lot of different articles and journals, you've even taken the IELTS test - often a number of times - ...
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IELTS reading parallel expressions

IELTS reading parallel expressions One of the skills that you will be tested on in the IELTS test is the ability to identify parallel expressions - that is, two sentences ...
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IELTS short answer questions

IELTS short answer questions in the listening test

IELTS short answer questions in the listening test In the listening test, one of the common types of questions are short answer questions, where you have to write one, two ...
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IELTS speaking model answer – Enjoyed doing as a child

IELTS speaking model answer - Enjoyed doing as a child Describe something you enjoyed doing as a child This section of the site is for model answers on Part Two ...
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IELTS speaking model answer – Your favourite way to relax

IELTS speaking model answer - Your favourite way to relax Describe your favourite way to relax This section of the site is for model answers on Part Two topic cards ...
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IELTS speaking model answer – A place you would love to visit

IELTS speaking model answer  - A place you would love to visit Describe a place you would love to visit This section of the site is for model answers on ...
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IELTS speaking test model answer

IELTS speaking model answer – A sporting event you’ve been to

IELTS speaking topic card model answer - A sporting event you've been to Describe a sporting event you have been to This section of the site is for model answers ...
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IELTS speaking model answer – A subject you enjoyed

IELTS speaking model answer - A subject you enjoyed Describe a subject you enjoyed at school This section of the site is for model answers on Part Two topic cards ...
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IELTS speaking model answer – A teacher that inspired you

IELTS speaking model answer  - A teacher that inspired you Describe a teacher that inspired you This section of the site is for model answers on Part Two topic cards ...
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IELTS speaking model answer – Describe a piece of equipment

IELTS speaking topic card model answer - Describe a piece of equipment Describe a piece of equipment This section of the site is for model answers on Part Two topic cards ...
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IELTS speaking model answer – How to cook a meal you like

IELTS speaking topic card model answer - How to cook a meal you like Describe how to cook a meal you like This section of the site is for model ...
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IELTS speaking model answer – The best holiday you have had

IELTS speaking model answer - The best holiday you have had Describe the best holiday you have had This section of the site is for model answers on Part Two ...
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IELTS speaking practice test

IELTS speaking practice test 1

This section of the site is for you to try a complete IELTS speaking test. The timing of each section is automatic and follows the standard IELTS pattern. Ideally, we ...
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IELTS speaking practice test

IELTS speaking practice test 2

IELTS speaking practice test 2 This section of the site is for you to try a complete IELTS speaking test. The timing of each section is automatic and follows the ...
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IELTS speaking practice test 3

IELTS speaking practice test 3 This section of the site is for you to try a complete IELTS speaking test. The timing of each section is automatic and follows the ...
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IELTS speaking practice test 4

IELTS speaking practice test 4 This section of the site is for you to try a complete IELTS speaking test. The timing of each section is automatic and follows the ...
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IELTS speaking topic card model answer – An important friend

IELTS speaking model answer - An important friend Describe a friend who is important to you. This section of the site is for model answers on Part Two topic cards ...
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IELTS Task 1 describing trends

IELTS Task 1 describing trends In IELTS Task 1, a trend is the general direction or movement that can be seen in the graph. It is essential to use a ...
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IELTS Task 1 graphs

IELTS Task 1 graphs Before you can begin Task I, you have to look carefully at what is being represented. Remember that not every graph is talking about percentages! It ...
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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 ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 001

All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: In many countries, people ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 002

All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: Smoking can cause serious ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 003

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 3 All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 004

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 4 All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 008

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 8 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: Driving a car is a valuable skill and should ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 009

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: Compared to previous generations, an increasing number of people ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 010

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 10 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: In some countries, people who are unemployed receive a ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 011

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 11 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: Teenagers are spending an increasing amount of time on ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 012

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 12 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: What are the advantages and disadvantages of having older ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 013

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 13 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: Medical procedures for cosmetic purposes should not be allowed ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 014

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 14 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: Traditional methods of food preparation are becoming less popular ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 015

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 15 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: Traffic problems are increasing in most cities. What can ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 016

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 16 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: Studying business or science related subjects at university level ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 017

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 17 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: People who start a university course but do not ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 018

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 18 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: Computers have changed the way people study. What are ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 019

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 19 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: Visa applications should be relaxed for people who want ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 020

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 20 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: As we move into the digital age, books and ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 021

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 21 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: Individuals should not be allowed to carry guns. Do ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 022

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 22 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: Advances in technology and automation have reduced the need ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 023

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 23 All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 024

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 24 All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 025

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 25 All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 026

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 26 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: An increasing number of families have computers at home ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 027

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 27 All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 028

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 28 All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 029

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 29 All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 030

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 30 All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 031

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 31 All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 032

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 32 All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 033

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 33 All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 034

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 34 All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 035

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 35 All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 036

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 36 All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 037

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 37 All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 038

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 38 All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 039

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 39 All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 040

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 40 All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 041

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 41 All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 042

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 42 All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 043

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 43 All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 044

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 44 All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 045

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 45 All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 046

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 46 All of the model answers on this site are guaranteed band 9 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about ...
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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 ...
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IELTS Task 2 writing sample answer Band 5 Essay 1

IELTS Task 2 writing sample answer Band 5 Essay 1 Band score: approximately 5.0 Task: Task 2 The answer below has been rated purely based on the public IELTS descriptors ...
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IELTS Task 2 writing sample answer Band 5 Essay 2

IELTS Task 2 writing sample answer Band 5 Essay 2 Band score: approximately 5.0 Task: Task 2 The answer below has been rated purely based on the public IELTS descriptors ...
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IELTS Task 2 writing sample answer Band 5 Essay 3

IELTS Task 2 writing sample answer Band 5 Essay 3

IELTS Task 2 writing sample answer Band 5 Essay 3 Band score: approximately 5.0 Task: Task 2 The answer below has been rated purely based on the public IELTS descriptors ...
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IELTS Task 2 writing sample answer Band 6 Essay 1

IELTS Task 2 writing sample answer Band 6 Essay 1 Band score: approximately 6.0 Task: Task 2 The answer below has been rated purely based on the public IELTS descriptors ...
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IELTS Task 2 writing sample answer Band 6 Essay 2

IELTS Task 2 writing sample answer Band 6 Essay 2 Band score: approximately 6.0 Task: Task 2 The answer below has been rated purely based on the public IELTS descriptors ...
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IELTS Task 2 writing sample answer Band 6 Essay 3

IELTS Task 2 writing sample answer Band 6 Essay 3 Band score: approximately 6.0 Task: Task 2 The answer below has been rated purely based on the public IELTS descriptors ...
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IELTS Task 2 writing sample answer Band 5 Essay 3

IELTS Task 2 writing sample answer Band 7 Essay 1

IELTS writing sample answer 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 ...
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IELTS Task 2 writing sample answer Band 7 Essay 2

IELTS Task 2 writing sample answer Band 7 Essay 2 Band score: approximately 7.0 Task: Task 2 The answer below has been rated purely based on the public IELTS descriptors ...
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IELTS Task 2 writing sample answer Band 7 Essay 3

IELTS Task 2 writing sample answer Band 7 Essay 3 Band score: approximately 7.0 Task: Task 2 The answer below has been rated purely based on the public IELTS descriptors ...
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IELTS Task 2 writing sample answer Band 8 Essay 1

IELTS Task 2 writing sample answer Band 8 Essay 1 Band score: approximately 8.0 Task: Task 2 The answer below has been rated purely based on the public IELTS descriptors ...
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IELTS Task 2 writing sample answer Band 8 Essay 2

IELTS Task 2 writing sample answer Band 8 Essay 2 Band score: approximately 8.0 Task: Task 2 The answer below has been rated purely based on the public IELTS descriptors ...
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IELTS Task 2 writing sample answer Band 8 Essay 3

IELTS Task 2 writing sample answer Band 8 Essay 3

IELTS Task 2 writing sample answer Band 8 Essay 3 Band score: approximately 8.0 Task: Task 2 The answer below has been rated purely based on the public IELTS descriptors ...
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IELTS test day listening exercise

IELTS test day listening exercise For this listening exercise, we've used ALL the different question types you will find in the IELTS listening test. The listening is about a candidate's ...
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IELTS Writing practice test (Academic Module) #1

IELTS Writing practice test (Academic Module) #1 This section of the site is for you to try writing a complete IELTS writing test. For the best practice, we strongly recommend ...
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IELTS writing practice test

IELTS Writing practice test (General Training Module) #1

IELTS Writing practice test (General Training Module) #1 This section of the site is for you to try writing a complete IELTS writing test. For the best practice, we strongly ...
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IELTS writing Task 1 table gap fill

IELTS writing Task 1 table gap fill Complete the Task 1 report below by using words from the drop down boxes. You should spend about 20 minutes on this task ...
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If you don’t understand the examiner in the speaking test

If you don't understand the examiner in the speaking test What do you do if you don’t understand what the examiner has just said in the IELTS speaking test? Saying ...
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Labelling a diagram in the listening test

Labelling a diagram One of the question types that you may face in the IELTS listening test is when you are required to label a diagram, map or plan. Typically ...
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Labelling a diagram practice exercise

Labelling a diagram practice exercise In this post, there is a short listening exercise on labelling a diagram. We recommend reading the lesson about labelling a diagram before beginning this ...
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Linking words for IELTS – exercise 1

We recommend reading the 'Linking words' page before attempting this exercise. Using linking words effectively and accurately is essential if you are looking for a good result in your IELTS ...
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Linking words for IELTS – exercise 2

We recommend reading the 'Linking words' page before attempting this exercise. Using linking words effectively and accurately is essential if you are looking for a good result in your IELTS ...
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Linking words for IELTS writing

So, yet and because are three basic examples of linking words - words which allow you to put together ideas either through contrast, comparison, example, cause, effect or sequence. Good ...
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Listening – writing numbers as answers

IELTS listening - writing numbers as answers In the listening test, some answers may be in number form. Often, the instructions will indicate whether a number is required if it ...
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Listening for details in IELTS

Listening for details in IELTS NOTE: This post includes 3 audio recordings, so make sure you have your speakers on or headphones attached. In the IELTS listening test, you are ...
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Listening for numbers in IELTS listening

Listening for numbers in IELTS listening In the IELTS listening test, it is very common to have to listen for numbers to get a correct answer. In this exercise, you ...
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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 ...
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Matching and classifying in IELTS listening

Matching and classifying in IELTS listening Matching and classifying questions test your ability to understand a rephrased sentence and identify key points in the recording, as well as understand relationships ...
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Matching questions in IELTS reading

Matching questions in IELTS reading In the IELTS reading test, matching questions come in 3 different forms. You could be asked to match a heading to a paragraph (this is ...
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Parallel expressions in IELTS – examples

Before looking at this page, we recommend looking at the parallel expressions page first. In the IELTS test (especially in the reading), finding the correct answer often depends on understanding ...
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Paraphrasing in IELTS

Paraphrasing in IELTS

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 ...
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Percentages in Task 1 (Academic)

When describing data in Task 1 (Academic Module), you will need to show the examiner that you can use a range of different expressions rather than just repeatedly copying percentages ...
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Phrases to avoid in Task 2 IELTS writing

Phrases to use and phrases to avoid in Task 2 IELTS writing

There are a number of IELTS preparation institutions that will teach you set phrases to use in IELTS writing test. However, it is important to remember that the examiner assessing ...
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Planning Task 2

After you have analysed the question and brainstormed some ideas, your next step is to plan your answer. For the purposes of this page, we will use the following IELTS ...
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Practice heading questions in IELTS

Practice heading questions in IELTS We recommend you read this page about headings style questions before beginning this practice. A brief history of the Olympics Most people have heard of ...
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Practice heading questions in IELTS 1

Practice heading questions in IELTS 1 We recommend you read this page about headings style questions before beginning this practice. Read the following passage and select the best heading for ...
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Predicting and anticipating in the IELTS listening test

Predicting and anticipating in the IELTS listening test As the listening begins, you hear a voice on the recording telling you what section you are about to complete, as well ...
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Predicting and anticipating in the IELTS listening test – exercise

Predicting and anticipating in the IELTS listening test - exercise In a previous post we looked at the importance of predicting and anticipating in the IELTS listening test. Practice your ...
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Preparing a plan for Task 1

Preparing a plan for Task 1 NOTE: This post is for the Academic Module writing test NOTE 2: Click here for a lesson preparing a plan for Task 2 As ...
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Preparing the Task 2 answer Seven tips

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 ...
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Prepositions in Task 1 graphs

Prepositions in Task 1 graphs (Academic Module) In the majority of Task 1 questions for the Academic Module, you will need to describe data using the correct prepositions. However, prepositions ...
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qualifying words

Qualifying word in IELTS reading

Qualifying word in IELTS reading By now, you should be familiar with the idea of looking for key words in the question before looking for the answer in both the ...
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Question types used in IELTS reading

This page is not fully complete and will be added to in the future! This page provides a quick overview of the question types used in the IELTS reading test ...
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Reading for meaning in IELTS

Reading for meaning in IELTS This practice exercises follows on from the information in this lesson about understanding meaning in IELTS reading. You should read that lesson before starting this ...
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Reading graphs in IELTS Task 1

Reading graphs in IELTS Task 1 NOTE: This lesson is for the ACADEMIC module only. To get a good result in your Academic Task 1 IELTS writing test, it is ...
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READING: Level B2 Reading practice exercise 1

READING: Level B2 Reading practice exercise 1 Brush up on your reading skills with this short text and questions. Note:See if you can complete the 10 questions in under 10 ...
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READING: Level C1 Reading practice – EXERCISE 1

The Populating of New Zealand There are many myths and legends surrounding New Zealand’s history, but what is certain is that Maori settled in the country long before the arrival ...
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Recommended IELTS books

Recommended IELTS books The IELTS High Impact series We can definitely recommend this series - because we wrote them ourselves! There are four books in the series (a student book, ...
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Reference words in IELTS reading

Reference words in IELTS reading What's wrong with this sentence? Some people believe that a university education should be available to everyone as a university education will help with employment ...
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Short answer questions in the IELTS reading test

Short answer questions in the IELTS reading test In the IELTS reading test, you may be required to answer short answer questions, where you have to write one, two or ...
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Signpost words in IELTS listening

Signpost words in IELTS listening NOTE: we recommend you take a look at the post on linking words before beginning this page. In the listening test, the type of linking ...
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Skimming and scanning in IELTS – exercise 1

Skimming and scanning in IELTS - exercise 1 Before trying this exercise, we recommend reviewing the information in the Skimming and scanning lesson. Skim the text and answer the questions ...
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Skimming and scanning in IELTS – exercise 2

Skimming and scanning in IELTS - exercise 2 Before trying this exercise, we recommend reviewing the information in the Skimming and scanning lesson. This page focuses specifically on scanning skills ...
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Skimming and scanning in IELTS reading

Skimming and scanning in IELTS reading One of the most common problems with the IELTS reading test is the time limit. You have 60 minutes to find 40 answers over ...
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Skimming and scanning in the IELTS test VIDEO LESSON

Skimming and scanning in the IELTS test Video lesson This video will help you improve your skimming and scanning skills for the IELTS reading test. When watching our learning videos, ...
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SONG GAPFILL: Oasis (Level: medium)

Oasis - The Importance of being idle Learning English through music is not only fun, it is very effective for improving your listening skills. Play the video below and as ...
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Speaking fluently in the IELTS test

Speaking fluently in the IELTS test Six tips for better fluency For many people preparing for the IELTS speaking test, it can be difficult to improve your fluency unless you ...
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IELTS speaking practice test

Speaking more formally in Part 3 of the IELTS test

Speaking more formally in Part 3 As you probably know, there are three parts in the IELTS speaking test. In Part One, the examiner will ask you questions about yourself ...
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SPEAKING: 6 tips for speaking more fluently in IELTS

For many people preparing for the IELTS test, it can be difficult to improve your fluency unless you have an opportunity to speak with people in English regularly. However, here ...
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SPEAKING: Meaning and intonation

Meaning and intonation Pronunciation refers to how clear you are when you speak, and can be broken into different sub-categories: enunciation (how clearly do you say each word; not mumbling ...
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An essential skill to help you read faster in the IELTS reading test To read faster in the IELTS reading test, you need to increase you speed reading for IELTS ...
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With many IELTS Task 2 writing topics, you are asked to give your opinion on a subject. A common mistake that IELTS candidates make in this situation is to focus ...
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Table completion questions in IELTS listening

Table completion questions in IELTS listening Often in the IELTS listening test, you are required to complete missing information given in a table. One of the most useful skills with ...
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Talking about hobbies (speaking)

Talking about hobbies In the IELTS speaking test, the examiner could ask you to talk about your hobbies. Here's a bad example of a response to a question about hobbies: ...
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Talking about likes & dislikes in IELTS

Talking about likes & dislikes in IELTS In Part One of the IELTS speaking test, it is common to be asked questions about what you like or don't like, and ...
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Talking about people in the IELTS speaking test lesson 1

Talking about people in the IELTS speaking test lesson 1 Before you start this exercise, check that you know the meaning of the following words: naughty anxious greedy disappointed polite ...
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Talking about people in the IELTS speaking test lesson 2

Talking about people in the IELTS speaking test lesson 2 Before starting this lesson, make sure you have completed Lesson 1 here. When talking about people, you will almost certainly ...
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Talking about people in the IELTS speaking test lesson 3 Before starting this lesson, make sure you have completed Lesson 1 and Lesson 2. Learning synonyms is a good way ...
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Talking about places in the IELTS speaking test A topic that has recently been used a few times in Part 2 of the speaking test asks you to describe a ...
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Talking about special days and celebrations

Talking about special days and celebrations It is common in the IELTS speaking test to be asked to talk about special days or celebrations, so here are some model answers ...
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Talking about your hometown in IELTS speaking

Talking about your hometown in IELTS speaking Once of the more common questions in Part One of the IELTS test is to talk about your hometown. A common student error ...
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Task 1 describing processes IMPORTANT NOTE: This post is only useful for candidates preparing for the Academic Module IELTS test Although it is the least common Task 1 type, writing ...
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Task 1 the basics (General Training)

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Task 1 the basics (General Training) Page 2 Before starting this lesson, make sure you've seen page 1. On the previous page, we have looked at the aims of Task ...
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Task 2 IELTS writing – the basics

Before you begin this lesson, you will need to know the meaning of the words below as they are part of the lesson. POINT OF VIEW: (noun phrase) An opinion ...
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Task 2 IELTS writing – the basics Page 2

Before starting this lesson, make sure you've seen page 1. On the previous page, you answered some questions about Task 2. On this page, we will look at the marking ...
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Task 2 IELTS writing – the basics Page 3

Before starting this lesson, make sure you've seen page 1 and page 2. In the final page in this lesson, we will look at what might be the MOST important ...
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Text completion IELTS reading

Text completion IELTS reading Text completion questions in IELTS are one of the most common question types. You need to be able to complete either a sentence or a short ...
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Text completion questions in IELTS listening

Text completion questions in IELTS listening NOTE: Take a look at our video lesson for this question type here. Text-completion questions in IELTS listening are the same as in the ...
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The 3 parts of a Task 2 IELTS writing question

Task II writing questions can often be divided into different parts. Commonly, these are: 1. a situation which is generally accepted as being true 2. an opinion, speculation or suggestion ...
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Types of Task 2 essay

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There are four IELTS Task 2 types in the writing test (Academic Module and General Training), and it is important to understand exactly which of the four types you are ...
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Tips for IELTS listening

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Tips for the day of your IELTS speaking test

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Tips for the IELTS reading test

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Tips for the IELTS speaking test

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Tips for the IELTS writing test

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True False Not Given questions

True False Not Given questions This type of question can be particularly difficult, especially when you need to decide whether the answer is NOT GIVEN or FALSE. Here's a very simple ...
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True, False, Not Given in IELTS reading – exercise

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Understand meaning in IELTS reading

Understand meaning in IELTS reading As you've probably experienced, it can sometimes be difficult to understand meaning in IELTS reading, and this can sometimes be caused by indirect sentences, where ...
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Unexpected questions in the speaking test

Unexpected questions in the speaking test The interviewer has just asked you about a subject you have never thought about and you have no real ideas. What can you say? ...
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Using the correct register in the IELTS test

'Register' is the level of language and sentence structure that you use in your IELTS writing. There is a significant difference here depending on whether you are preparing for the ...
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What is the IELTS test?

What is IELTS? IELTS is the acronym for the International English Language Testing System. It is a test of English language ability. It is increasing in popularity against other English ...
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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 ...
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Who should take IELTS?

Minimum requirements for IELTS You do not have to have any specific level of English before you can take the IELTS test, although of course it is likely to be ...
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Word count in IELTS writing

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Writing a conclusion to a Task 2 essay

In Task II, your concluding sentence should summarise your argument as presented in the essay, but ideally should also end with either a speculation or a recommendation. A speculation is ...
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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 ...
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Writing an introduction for Task 2 IELTS In Task 2, the first paragraph of your essay, the introduction, is very important as it is where the examiner will make their ...
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Writing an introduction to Task 1 (Academic) Getting the introduction right in Task 1 is very important, as it is the first thing the examiner will see of your writing ...
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Writing good body paragraphs for IELTS Task 2 In Task II, your essay should be composed of three distinct sections: the introduction, the body and the conclusion. On this page, ...
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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 ...
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Remember that to get a good score in your IELTS test, you also need to work on your vocabulary and grammar.


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