Cambridge IELTS 14 is now available to buy! There are books for the Academic and General Test. They contain four authentic IELTS examination papers, providing excellent exam practice. If you would like to buy a book or find out more information about the books, you can do so here: https://www.cambridge.org/gb/cambridgeenglish/catalog/cambridge-english-exams-ielts/ielts-14/components
Did you know that you can take the General or Academic IELTS test on a computer? The computer-delivered test (also called the computer-based test) can be taken in many countries, including the UK. If you choose to take the computer-delivered test, you will take the Listening, Reading and Writing test using a computer. The speaking test is face to face with an examiner. All aspects of the test are the same as the paper-based test, including question types, content and marking. The timings for each part of the test are also the same except for the Listening, which is slightly… Continue reading…
Many of my students ask me what is important in order to achieve a 7.0 or higher in Academic IELTS Writing Task 1. I believe that 6 main things are required:
1. Accurate description of the data/information 2. Consistent use of the correct verb tense 3. Variety of vocabulary, especially different verbs and also adverbs and adjectives if appropriate 4. Making different types of sentences or beginning sentences in different ways 5. Correct use of phrases required for comparing data and trends such as ‘By contrast’ and ‘Similarly’ 6. Only occasional and minor grammar and spelling mistakes
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For Academic IELTS Writing Task 1 the test taker has to write 150 words describing either a line graph, a bar chart, a table, pie charts, a map or a process. Also, sometimes the test taker will need to describe a combination of two diagrams such as a pie chart and a table. It is a good idea to learn the vocabulary for all the Task 1 types and of course practice them as much as possible before the exam. I have written many tips for Task 1 and they can be found on my tips page or inside my… Continue reading…
Here is an IELTS Writing Task 2 question that came up in the exam in March 2019:
People are sleeping less than in the past. What are the effects of this? Why do people do it?
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Here is an IELTS Writing Task 2 question that came up in the exam in January 2019:
Employers should focus on personal qualities over qualifications and experience when choosing someone for a job. To what extent do you agree with this?
Here is an IELTS Writing Task 2 question that came up in the exam in December 2018:
People are living in a ‘throwaway society’, using things for a short time and then throwing them away. What are the causes of this? What problems does it lead to?
Do you need ideas for IELTS Writing Task 2? Many of my students tell me that they struggle to think of ideas and opinions for questions and topics in Writing Task 2 so I have written a book to help! It is an ebook and contains example questions, ideas, opinions and key vocabulary relating to 20 topics commonly found in Writing Task 2. Education, Environment, Globalisation, Sport, Technology and Work are some of the topics that can be found in the ebook. To buy this ebook or to find out more information, please see my IELTS Books… Continue reading…