Useful phrases for when you don’t know what to say in the IELTS Speaking test
There will probably be times in your IELTS Speaking test when you don’t know what to say. You may be asked a difficult question by the examiner, for example, or not be able to remember the right word to say what you mean.
To help you avoid hesitating for too long when you don’t know what to say, I’ve put together some useful phrases that you can use in IELTS Speaking, and Jason R Levine (Fluency MC) has written a rap to help you remember some of them.
Useful phrases for IELTS Speaking that you can learn in minutes
Check out Jason’s video below and, when you’ve listened a couple of times, repeat the phrases to the music so that you learn to say them in a natural way.
3 quick ways to improve your spelling and make fewer mistakes in IELTS Listening, Reading and Writing
Spelling is important in IELTS. If you spell an answer incorrectly in IELTS Listening or Reading, you won’t receive a mark for that answer. The more spelling mistakes you make in IELTS Writing, the less likely you are to get the Writing band score you need.
Writing band score 6.0: “Makes some errors in spelling…”
Writing band score 7.0: “May produce occasional errors…”
Writing band score 8.0: “Produces rare errors in spelling…”
The good news is you can improve your spelling quickly by using the 3 simple techniques below. Continue reading →
The difference between IELTS Academic and General Training Writing Task 2 topics has been that IELTS Academic tasks have included questions on children’s lifestyles.
For those of you taking an IELTS test in 2016, it would be a good idea to look at the following examples of writing tasks on the topic of modern lifestyles and think about what ideas you would include in your answers.
Examples of IELTS Academic Writing Task 2 questions from 2016
Which IELTS General Training Writing Task 2 topics have been common in 2016?
While the topic of many IELTS General Training Writing Task 2 questions in 2016 has been school education (as was the case in 2015), this year has seen another topic become common.
From what IELTS candidates have reported about their IELTS tests in 2016, a common IELTS General Training Writing Task 2 topic has been modern lifestyles.
If you’re planning to take an IELTS test in 2016, it would be a good idea to look at the following examples of writing tasks on this topic, and think about what grammar and vocabulary you may need to use in your writing.
Examples of IELTS General Training Writing Task 2 questions from 2016
IELTS Trainer contains six complete IELTS Academic practice tests with guidance and tips on how to answer the questions in the first two practice tests.
What I like about IELTS Trainer:
What I like most about this book is that it focuses on exam strategies by giving suggested steps to take when answering different types of IELTS question.
The book includes all of the main types of question in the IELTS Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking tests.
Another feature I like is that (unlike other IELTS practice tests) this book includes advice/tips on answering specific questions and explanations about why particular IELTS Listening and Reading answers are correct or incorrect.
The book highlights some useful language for the Writing and Speaking test, e.g. phrases like ‘For the most part…‘ and ‘In general…‘ for making general statements.
The book also highlights some common mistakes that IELTS candidates make. One mistake highlighted is missing out the preposition ‘with‘ after the verbs ‘agree‘ and ‘disagree‘, e.g. “I strongly agree the idea that…” instead of “I strongly agree with the idea that…“.
To help you improve your Listening band score, the book includes some practice listening to letters/numbers and explains the different ways that a date may be written as an answer (e.g. 18th February, 18 February, February 18, the 18th of February)