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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 words you hear can help ...
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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 the following topic: The difference ...
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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 the following topic: It is ...
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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 the following topic: Modern appliances ...
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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 groups. Write a report for ...
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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 experience on test day - ...
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Comparison and contrast in Task 2

Comparison and contrast in Task 2

Comparison and contrast in Task 2 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 ...
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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 (the topic card), and follows ...
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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 exercise! Challenge yourself! In the ...
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True, False, Not Given in IELTS reading – exercise

True, False, Not Given in IELTS reading - exercise This post is another practice exercise for True, False, Not Given style questions. For the main lesson page on this question type, take a look here: ...
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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 in Task 1 graphs can ...
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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 job for men and women ...
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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 three words or a number ...
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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 can practice your listening by ...
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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 is to give short answers ...
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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 ...
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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 skills with these 10 questions ...
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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 what the missing word could ...
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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 essential that you clearly understand ...
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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 each paragraph. A. Lapped on ...
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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 between ideas. You can think ...
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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 standard IELTS pattern. Ideally, we ...
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IELTS vocabulary for education

IELTS vocabulary for education Essential IELTS vocabulary split into common IELTS topics and subsections. In this lesson, we are focusing on vocabulary used to describe education - schools, teachers, subjects and more. Take a look ...
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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 only one possible? To illustrate ...
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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 example of this question type: ...
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Supporting and opposing the topic in Task 2

Supporting and opposing the topic in Task 2 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 ...
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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 standard IELTS pattern. Ideally, we ...
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Free IELTS General Training Reading test 4 Section 3

Go back to Section 1 | Go back to Section 2 This free IELTS reading test (General Training) has the same question types, content style, length and difficulty as a standard IELTS test. To get ...
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Free IELTS General Training Reading test 4 Section 2

Go back to Section 1 | Section 3 This free IELTS reading test (General Training) has the same question types, content style, length and difficulty as a standard IELTS test. To get started simply scroll ...
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Free IELTS General Training Reading test 4 Section 1

Section 1 Section 2 | Section 3 This free IELTS reading test (General Training) has the same question types, content style, length and difficulty as a standard IELTS test. To get started simply scroll down ...
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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 the following topic: We never ...
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IELTS word of the day Set 2 word 3

IELTS word of the day Set 2 word 3 WORD: suspend WORD FAMILY:  verb MEANING: exclude for a period of time, temporarily not allowed to join or be a part of something. EXAMPLE: Children who ...
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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 the following topic: International air ...
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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, semi-formal and formal Task 1 ...
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IELTS word of the day Set 2 word 2

IELTS word of the day Set 2 word 2 WORD: schedule WORD FAMILY: noun and verb MEANING: plan, timetable, programme. EXAMPLE (verb): I scheduled the appointment for the 23rd. EXAMPLE (noun): He will be on ...
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IELTS word of the day Set 2 word 1

IELTS word of the day Set 2 word 1 WORD: highlight WORD FAMILY: verb MEANING: draw attention to, emphasise. EXAMPLE: The increase in the number of homeless people highlights the need for better social welfare ...
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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 the following topic: Education is ...
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IELTS word of the day Set 1 test

IELTS word of the day Set 1 test This page will test your skills with all 10 words from Set 1 of the 'Word of the day' vocabulary. You can click the link below to ...
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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 question types, content style, length ...
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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 types, content style, length and ...
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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, content style, length and difficulty ...
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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 style, length and difficulty as ...
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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 you will be given an ...
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Preparing the Task 2 answer Seven tips

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 ...
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IELTS word of the day Set 1 word 10

IELTS word of the day Set 1 word 10 WORD: barbaric WORD FAMILY: adjective MEANING: cruel or uncivilised. EXAMPLE: Many people believe that the death penalty* is barbaric. STRESS: bar-BAR-ic *The death penalty is when ...
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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 the following topic: In many ...
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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 the following topic: We have ...
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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 the following topic: The mark ...
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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. What are the advantages and ...
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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 years in Northern Ireland. Summarise ...
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