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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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Past continuous tense

Past continuous The past continuous is also known as the past progressive tense. Example: He was washing his hands when the phone rang. We were singing and they were dancing all night. Past continuous form: ...
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Relative clauses – defining and non defining

Relative clauses - defining and non defining Parts of a sentence that identify people, things or add some additional information are called relative clauses. Compare the sentences below. Which one is better? a The International ...
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Using the correct register in the IELTS test

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 ...
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Planning Task 2

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 Task 2 ...
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Countable and uncountable nouns

Countable and uncountable nouns The English language has different rules about countable and uncountable nouns than some other languages. Basic rules about countable and uncountable nouns are - A countable noun can be counted (e.g ...
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Present perfect simple

Present perfect simple Present perfect simple tense examples: I have cleaned my shoes. He has gone to America. I have travelled through Asia, but I haven't been to Africa. Uses of the present perfect simple: ...
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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, you should expect it to ...
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Improve your listening skills for IELTS 5

Improve your listening skills for IELTS 5 Alanis Morisette - Ironic Level: Easy Learning English through music is not only fun, it is very effective for improving your listening skills. Play the video below and ...
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Improve your listening skills for IELTS 4

Improve your listening skills for IELTS 4 Everclear - Wonderful Level: Medium 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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Improve your listening skills for IELTS 3

Improve your listening skills for IELTS 3 John Lennon - Imagine Level: Medium Learning English through music is not only fun, it is very effective for improving your listening skills. Play the video below and ...
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Improve your listening skills for IELTS 2

Improve your listening skills for IELTS 2 Louis Armstrong - Wonderful World Level: Easy Learning English through music is not only fun, it is very effective for improving your listening skills. Play the video below ...
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Improve your listening skills for IELTS 1

Improve your listening skills for IELTS 1 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 ...
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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 available is either incomplete or ...
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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, it's a good idea to ...
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Grammar for IELTS parts of speech

Grammar for IELTS parts of speech In order to improve your result in the IELTS test, both for speaking and writing, it is important to be aware of the 'parts' of speech that create sentences ...
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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 - and you're still not getting ...
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Time to think in the speaking test

NOTE: this page will be developed with further information over time, but if you have any additional suggestions please write them in the comments area below - thanks! As we've mentioned in previous posts (and ...
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Phrases to use and phrases to avoid in Task 2 IELTS writing

Giving examples in Task 2

In Task 2 writing, you are required to give examples to support and develop your point of view. Here are some of the points to consider when writing your Task 2 essay. Avoid being overly ...
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IELTS vocabulary

Unknown vocabulary in IELTS VIDEO LESSON

Unknown vocabulary in IELTS Video lesson Unknown vocabulary in IELTS Video lesson - some useful skills for when you find vocabulary that you don't understand in the IELTS test. You should also read the text ...
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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. Click the word or words ...
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Prepositions of time (1)

Prepositions of time (lesson 1) Prepositions of time (like all prepositions) can be one of the hardest parts of English to use correctly. This is because the rules are often quite difficult and there are ...
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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. Click the word or words ...
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good sentences for ielts

Grammar for IELTS writing good sentences

Grammar for IELTS writing good sentences When writing in your IELTS test it is essential that you use a range of sentence structures, from simple to complex sentence forms. In order to write good sentences ...
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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 types, content style, length and ...
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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, content style, length and difficulty ...
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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 style, length and difficulty as ...
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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 types, content style, length and ...
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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, content style, length and difficulty ...
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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 public IELTS descriptors. Click the ...
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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. Click the word or words ...
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