Unit 2 Task 1 Band 5 sample answer 1

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 this task. The chart below shows … Read more

Describe the best holiday you have ever had

Describe the best holiday you have ever had. You should say where it was when you went who you went with. You should also say why it was your best holiday. Answer: Well, definitely the best holiday that I can remember was actually only a few months ago, not long after I arrived in New … Read more

Describe your favourite way to relax

Describe your favourite way to relax. You should say: what it is when you started doing it how often you do it. You should also say how it relaxes you. Answer: Without doubt, the way I prefer to relax is by playing computer games. Well, not so much computer games as my Xbox. I’ve always … Read more

Describe a sporting event you have been to

Describe a sporting event you have been to. You should say: what it was why you went there who you went with. You should also say whether you enjoyed it. Answer: I’m not actually very interested in sport, but there was an occasion a few years ago when I went to see a football match … Read more

Describe something you enjoyed doing as a child

Describe something you enjoyed doing as a child. You should say: what you did when you did it if you still do it. You should also say why you enjoyed doing it. Narration: Well the thing I probably enjoyed doing more than anything else as a child, or at least from when I was about … Read more

Relationships between people

Family connections Siblings – brothers or sisters Immediate family – generally considered to be siblings, parents and children. However, some people also include grandparents in this list Extended family – people with a connection to you within the family tree (aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews etc). Types of family A nuclear family – a … Read more

Leisure activities

This vocabulary page is a little different to the normal pages as it focuses on collocations – that is, the words that are put together (in this case the grammar and the activity). For example, easy marks are commonly lost in the speaking test for simple errors like ‘I like to go to shopping’ or … Read more

Talking about holidays

The following vocabulary is useful for talking about holidays. Free time and holidays Vacation – this is the American word for a holiday. Note that you can use American English or British English in the IELTS test (or even a mix of both) A weekend break – a common expression to talk about going to … Read more

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Video: Rephrasing using adjectives

Narration: Now let’s put some sentences together using the language of trends and adjectives to show speed and amount of change. Looking at this graph, we will prepare a sentence to describe the trend from March to April using this construction. The sentence typically starts with There was a or There was an, followed by … Read more