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IELTS Writing Task 1 Bar Chart

IELTS Writing Task 1: Bar Chart with Sample Answer

Task 1 Question The bar chart shows the relative electricity consumption and cost per year of various household devices. Write a 150-word report for a university lecturer explaining the data and making comparisons where relevant. Model Answer The bar chart compares the energy consumption and expense of operating 16 different items of household equipment. Overall, we can see significant differences in both cost and consumption. To begin with, there are some common household items which consume relatively little energy. These include an electric blanket (approx.…

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Informal & Formal Vocabulary for IELTS

The informal words below are best avoided in Academic IELTS. The neutral words are ‘fine’ for the Speaking module, but you really should learn the formal equivalents if you want to score highly in the Academic Writing module. Informal (Avoid) Neutral (Spoken) Formal (Written) Stuff Things Items, Possessions Folks Family Relatives Kids (younger) Babies, Children Infants, Offspring Kids (older) Teenagers Adolescents, Youths Guy Man Male Old people Elderly people Senior citizens, Retirees – Boss, Manager Supervisor, Superior Cops Police Law enforcement Crooks Criminals Offenders, Lawbreakers…

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How to Get IELTS 8.0

Some linguistically demanding courses such as literature and law can require IELTS 8.0 or even 8.5. Thankfully, most people never have to aim this high! If you’re one of the unlucky few, this is what you need to do to obtain a score of 8.0 in the academic version of IELTS. IELTS Listening Get 35 out of 40 answers correct IELTS Reading (Academic Module) Get 35 out of 40 answers correct IELTS Writing (Academic Module) Answer both questions fully Use paragraphing skillfully to convey several…

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How to Get IELTS 7.0

The world’s top¬†universities often require IELTS 7.0 or even 7.5 to enter, which is quite a challenge for speakers of English as a second language. This is what you need to do to get a band 7 score in the academic version of IELTS. IELTS Listening Get 30 out of 40 answers correct IELTS Reading (Academic Module) Get 30 out of 40 answers correct IELTS Writing (Academic Module) Answer both questions fully Write in clear paragraphs, each with a main idea and supporting sentences Use…

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How to Get IELTS 6.0

The scoring system of IELTS can be difficult to understand for test-takers, so we’ve simplified it for you. This is what you need to do to get a 6.0 in the academic version of IELTS. IELTS Listening Get 23 out of 40 answers correct IELTS Reading (Academic Module) Get 23 out of 40 answers correct IELTS Writing (Academic Module) Answer both questions adequately Show good ability to organise an answer (e.g. paragraphs, linking words) Attempt to use some higher-level vocabulary (even if not always accurate)…

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How to Get IELTS 5.0

Here’s the IELTS scoring system made simple. This is what you need to do to get a band 5.0 score. IELTS Listening Get 16 out of 40 answers correct IELTS Reading (Academic Module) Get 15 out of 40 answers correct IELTS Writing (Academic Module) Use vocabulary that is adequate for both tasks Show some ability to organise an answer (e.g. paragraphs, linking words) Attempt some complex sentence types (even if not accurate) Include some details in Task 1 Indicate a clear opinion in Task 2…

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IELTS Writing Task 2: Opinion Essay with Sample Answer

IELTS Writing Task 2 Question Space exploration is much too expensive and the money should be spent on more important things. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Model Answer There is an argument that exploring space is a waste of money and that there are more urgent needs to be addressed on earth, such as reducing poverty and preventing environmental destruction. However, I completely disagree with this opinion for two reasons. First of all, many of the technologies we take for granted today…

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IELTS Line Graph

IELTS Writing Task 1: Line Graph with Sample Answer

Task 1 Question The diagram shows the consumption of renewable energy in the USA from 1949-2008. Write a 150-word report for a university lecturer identifying the main trends and making comparisons where relevant. Model Answer The line graph shows growth in the consumption of renewable energy during the period 1949-2008 in the USA. The results are also broken down by source. The first thing to note is that renewable energy use more than doubled over the period, with particularly strong growth in biofuels. This sector…

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IELTS Writing Task 1: Process Diagram with Sample Answer

Task 1 Question The diagram shows how electricity is generated by a hydroelectric dam. Write a 150-word report for a university lecturer explaining how the process works. Model Answer The diagram illustrates the basic principles of hydroelectric power. The process requires the construction of a large dam connected to a powerhouse. The dam creates a large reservoir and the powerhouse is where the electricity is generated. First of all, water trapped in the reservoir behind the dam is forced through an intake. It then flows…

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IELTS Writing Task 2: Useful Language

Memorising set phrases for use in the IELTS test is a highly effective way of achieving a higher score. Try learning the following signposting language which will make you sound more confident and sophisticated when writing an opinion or argument essay in Task 2. As with our Task 1 useful language¬†yesterday, for each function the language is graded approximately for level, from regular use (Bands 5-6) to higher-level use (Bands 7-9). Introducing the topic Some people argue that… Have you ever considered… ? The question…

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