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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 . Summarise the information by selecting ...
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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 the following topic: In some ...
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IELTS word of the day Set 1 word 7

IELTS word of the day Set 1 word 7 WORD: anticipate WORD FAMILY: verb MEANING: to feel, realise or expect something in the future before it has happened EXAMPLE: He sold all his shares because ...
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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 021

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 21 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 ...
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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. The table below shows information ...
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Phrases to avoid in Task 2 IELTS writing

Phrases to use and 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 ...
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IELTS word of the day Set 1 word 6

IELTS word of the day Set 1 word 6 WORD: equivalent WORD FAMILY: adjective MEANING:  the same or equal to something else EXAMPLE: One US dollar is equivalent to about 65p in the UK. STRESS: ...
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Talking about people in the IELTS speaking test lesson 3

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 to enrich your English vocabulary, ...
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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 diligent cheerful depressed messy adventurous ...
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IELTS vocabulary for city people

IELTS vocabulary for city people See also: IELTS vocabulary for a city environment and IELTS vocabulary for a city infrastructure Essential IELTS vocabulary split into common IELTS topics and subsections. In this lesson, we are ...
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IELTS word of the day Set 1 word 5

IELTS word of the day Set 1 word 5 WORD: amend WORD FAMILY: verb MEANING: to change or alter. EXAMPLE: He amended his earlier statement because he had missed some important details. STRESS: a-MEND Pronunciation ...
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IELTS word of the day Set 1 word 4

IELTS word of the day Set 1 word 4 WORD: accumulate WORD FAMILY: verb MEANING: To gather, pile, collect. EXAMPLE: Over his long career, he had accumulated a large number of awards. STRESS: ac-CUM-u-late Pronunciation ...
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IELTS vocabulary for a city environment

IELTS vocabulary for a city environment See also: IELTS vocabulary for city people and IELTS vocabulary for a city infrastructure Essential IELTS vocabulary split into common IELTS topics and subsections. In this lesson, we are ...
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IELTS word of the day Set 1 word 3

IELTS word of the day Set 1 word 3 WORD: fluctuate WORD FAMILY: verb MEANING: To rise and fall irregularly EXAMPLE: Exchange rates fluctuate every day, with the US dollar sometimes falling. Pronunciation (click the ...
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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 the following topic: Traffic congestion ...
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IELTS word of the day Set 1 word 2

IELTS word of the day Set 1 word 2 WORD: phase WORD FAMILY: noun MEANING: A stage of development EXAMPLE: Many children go through a phase of disobeying their parents. Pronunciation (click the play button ...
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IELTS word of the day Set 1 word 1

IELTS word of the day Set 1 word 1: WORD: transform WORD FAMILY: Verb MEANING: A large change in how something looks EXAMPLE: Industrial areas can be transformed into beautiful park areas Pronunciation (click the ...
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Reading practice exercise

Reading practice exercise Brush up on your reading skills with this short text and questions. Note: The text is NOT full the length of a normal IELTS reading test - this is a shortened version ...
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Test your grammar level for IELTS

Test your grammar level for IELTS This 60-question quiz will tell you your current level of grammar, running from Beginner to Advanced. Before you start the quiz, please read these notes: 1. If you do ...
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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 exercise. Listen to the recording ...
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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 for manual labour. Therefore working ...
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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 you agree or disagree? Give ...
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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 from 1970 to 2000. Summarise ...
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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 newspapers are becoming less important ...
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Making predictions in IELTS

Making predictions in IELTS NOTE: This lesson is aimed at IELTS writing, but can also be useful for the speaking test. Expressing predictions is a useful IELTS skill. Not only does it apply to writing ...
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Word count in IELTS writing

Word count in IELTS writing As you probably know, the word requirements for the IELTS writing test are a minimum 150 words for Task 1 and 250 words for Task 2. Test what you know ...
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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 covered in the Headings lesson), ...
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Avoiding pronouns in Task 2 writing

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 ...
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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 reading. They can be either ...
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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 to study in another country ...
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IELTS writing

Writing an introduction for Task 2 IELTS

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 first judgment about your ability ...
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Phrasal verbs with ‘read and write’ exercises

Phrasal verbs with 'read and write' exercises Have you read the information page on phrasal verbs with 'read and write'? Click here to read it before you try the phrasal verbs with 'read and write' ...
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Phrasal verbs with ‘read and write’

Phrasal verbs with 'read and write' Phrasal verbs are made when we use a main verb with another word (or words) to change the meaning of the main verb. As they are considered informal, phrasal ...
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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 for 2 minutes, after you ...
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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 have an opportunity to speak ...
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Present continuous (present progressive)

Present continuous This is also known as the present progressive In English grammar, the present continuous is used to talk about something that is happening now or around now. Here are some examples: I am ...
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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 IELTS reading and listening test ...
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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 this type of question is ...
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Task 1 describing processes

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 about a process can be ...
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IELTS vocabulary

Vocabulary for IELTS – the letter C set 1

Vocabulary for IELTS - the letter C (set 1) In order to get a good result in your IELTS test, it is essentially to have wide range of vocabulary. Regardless of whether you are preparing for ...
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Cause and effect sentences

Cause and effect In the IELTS writing test, thinking of cause and effect allows you to extend your ideas and justify your opinions. Using a range of connectors will also make your essay more academic ...
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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 you may have to talk ...
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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 to describe a graph, chart ...
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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. The problem here is that ...
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If you don’t understand Task 2

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 ...
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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? If this situation occurs during ...
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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 complete and in the future ...
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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 that have the same meaning ...
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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 the meaning is (intentionally) not ...
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Irregular verbs list

Irregular verbs list Irregular verbs, as the name suggests, don't follow a pattern. You simply need to learn them. In this lesson you will find an irregular verbs list. We suggest you try to learn ...
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