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IELTS speaking practice test

IELTS speaking practice test 1

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 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 recommend that you keep to ...
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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 the following topic: In some ...
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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 the following topic: We no ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 002

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 2 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 ...
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Punctuation in IELTS writing

Punctuation in IELTS writing One of the categories the examiner will be looking for when assessing your writing is your accuracy with punctuation, and the correct use of more accurate punctuation like semi colons and ...
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Writing good body paragraphs for IELTS Task 2

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, we will look at writing ...
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Who should take IELTS?

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 a ...
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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 One of the speaking test ...
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Tips for the IELTS writing test

Tips for the IELTS writing test On this page are tips and hints for writing in the IELTS test. If you have a question or a tip that you think would benefit others, let us ...
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Tips for the IELTS speaking test

Tips for the IELTS speaking test On this page are tips and hints for speaking in the IELTS test. If you have a question or a tip that you think would benefit others, let us ...
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Reading test #1

Tips for the IELTS reading test

Tips for the IELTS reading test On this page are tips and hints for reading in the IELTS test. If you have a question or a tip that you think would benefit others, let us ...
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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. If you have a topic ...
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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 style, length and difficulty as ...
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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. If you have a topic ...
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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. If you have a topic ...
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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 Part Two topic cards. If ...
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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 topic cards. If you have ...
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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. If you have a topic ...
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Talking about places in the IELTS speaking test

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 place, so this short exercise ...
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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 need adjectives describing personality. Are ...
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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 ‘Errr…what?’ is a sure shortcut ...
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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?’ ‘Yes, I do’. It is ...
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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 become more familiar with the ...
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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, a teachers guide and 2 ...
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Speed reading for IELTS

Speed reading for IELTS 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. There ...
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IELTS reading practice (single text)

IELTS reading practice (single text) 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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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 three sections with a total ...
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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 states NO MORE THAN (ONE/TWO/THREE) ...
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‘In contrast’ and ‘On the other hand’

'In contrast' and 'On the other hand' Two linking phrases that are often confused are 'In contrast' and 'On the other hand'. Compare examples A and B. A. Tourism often has a positive impact on ...
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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 are prepared. The first step ...
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Linking words for IELTS writing

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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Getting ideas for IELTS Task 2

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 ...
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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 we have been teaching and ...
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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 (this will open a new ...
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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 important when preparing and applying ...
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About the IELTS test

About 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 standard ...
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General Writing #1

About IELTS writing

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 to the ...
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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 speaking test, with the whole ...
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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 answers are transferred to the ...
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IELTS Task 2 avoiding emotional language

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 ...
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IELTS speaking practice test

Speaking more formally in Part 3

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. In Part Two, you will ...
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IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 001

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 1 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 more academically

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 ...
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Using idioms in IELTS

Using idioms and phrasal verbs in the IELTS test 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 ...
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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 listening test, with each section ...
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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 style questions, where you are ...
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Meaning and intonation

Meaning and intonation In the speaking test, you are being assessed on four different criteria, one of which is pronunciation. Pronunciation refers to how clear you are when you speak, and can be broken into ...
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Stative and dynamic verbs

Stative and dynamic verbs Verbs can be divided into two types: stative and dynamic verbs. Stative verbs are also known as state verbs and dynamic verbs are also know as action verbs. Do you know ...
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IELTS grammar: conditional sentences

IELTS grammar: conditional sentences This section of our website focuses on essential grammar for IELTS, with tips, hints and exercises that you can use both in the writing and the speaking test. Conditional sentences are ...
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