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Writing an introduction to Task 1 (Academic)

Writing an introduction to Task 1 (Academic) Getting the introduction right in Task 1 is very important, as it is the first thing the examiner will see of your writing and they will start forming ...
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IELTS vocabulary

Vocabulary – the letter A set 1

Vocabulary for IELTS - the letter A (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 ...
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IELTS Task 1 graphs

IELTS Task 1 graphs Before you can begin Task I, you have to look carefully at what is being represented. Remember that not every graph is talking about percentages! It is very common for points ...
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RELATED VOCABULARY: Talking about health

In this lesson, we are focusing on vocabulary used to describe health - people that work in the health service, common illnesses, types of healthcare and more. Take a look at the list below. How ...
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RELATED VOCABULARY: Talking about the law

In this lesson, we are focusing on vocabulary used to describe the law - crimes, criminals, the legal system and more. Take a look at the list below. How many words do you know? We ...
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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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Comparison and contrast in Task 2

Comparison and contrast in IELTS Task 2 writing

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 some the words that you can ...
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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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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

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 in the comments section at the ...
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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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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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RELATED VOCABULARY: Talking about education

In this lesson, we are focusing on vocabulary used to describe education - schools, teachers, subjects and more. Take a look at the list below. How many words do you know? We will soon be ...
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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

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 is to focus purely on one side of ...
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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 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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Free IELTS listening test 4 Section 3

Jump back to Section 1  | Jump back to Section 2  |  Jump to Section 4 Note: all of the question types, timings and pauses between recordings in this free online IELTS listening test are ...
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Level 10 (CEFR Level C2) Vocabulary – Group A – EXERCISES

OK, so you’ve looked at the 12 words in the Level 10 vocabulary group A, so now it’s time to test yourself! ADVOCATE, ALLEVIATE, PREDOMINANT,  IMPLEMENT, EXPLICIT, INTRINSIC, PRUDENT, PROLIFIC, INTUITION,  FUTILE, LURID, INTEGRITY,   ...
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Level 10 (CEFR Level C2) Vocabulary – group A

Take a look at the meaning and example sentence for the 12 words below, then take the practice exercises to see what you know! Word ADVOCATE Meaning to publicly support or recommend Word family Verb ...
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Free IELTS listening test 4 Section 2

Jump back to Section 1  | Jump to Section 3  |  Jump to Section 4 Note: all of the question types, timings and pauses between recordings in this free online IELTS listening test are EXACTLY ...
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Free IELTS listening test 4 Section 1

Jump to Section 2  | Jump to Section 3  |  Jump to Section 4 Note: all of the question types, timings and pauses between recordings in this free online IELTS listening test are EXACTLY what ...
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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 examples. Formal: writing a job ...
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WORDS BEGINNING WITH ‘S’

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 a very busy schedule during his business trip. STRESS: ...
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WORDS BEGINNING WITH ‘H’

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. STRESS: HIGH-light Pronunciation (click the play button below) Practice! ...
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SPELLING: Listen and spell – EXERCISE 1

Practice your spelling skills with these 10 words. Click ‘Play’ to hear the word, then type it in the box ...
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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 4 Section 1

This free IELTS reading test (Academic Module) has the same question types, content style, length and difficulty as a standard IELTS test. To get started, simply scroll down to read the texts and answer the ...
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Level 10 vocabulary list – EXERCISES

All of the words in the exercises below are taken from the Level 10 vocabulary list. See how many you can complete! 1. The de was found not guilty and was free to leave the ...
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Level 09 vocabulary list – EXERCISES

All of the words in the exercises below are taken from the Level 9 vocabulary list. See how many you can complete! 1. Although he ran very fast in the beginning, he couldn’t su the ...
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LEVEL 8 VOCABULARY EXERCISES

Level 08 vocabulary list – EXERCISES

All of the words in the exercises below are taken from the Level 8 vocabulary list. See how many you can complete! 1. Many poorer countries do not have su food and water for the ...
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