IELTS Model answer: Newspapers and books in the future

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IELTS Opinion essay Model Answer.

Here is a model answer based on an essay topic from the Cambridge IELTS 15 textbook on the role of newspapers and books in the future. It’s an opinion essay and in this type of essay you need to clearly state your opinion throughout the response.

The answer is quite long at over 300 words so I would advise aiming for under 300 words as you will only have 40 minutes to write the essay.

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Developing your vocabulary in IELTS writing.

ielts vocabulary collocationsGet a better vocabulary score by using collocations and avoiding common phrases.

I mark many essays and I find that the same words keep coming up in the writing, such as ‘a lot of’ / ‘humans’ / ‘nowadays’ / ‘like’

In fact, these are not wrong and using these in your sentences would not be considered grammatically incorrect, but the IELTS examiner is checking to see if you can use a wide range of vocabulary. If possible, try to avoid overusing these words to help with a better vocabulary score… See the post below.

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Model answer for a pie chart and table

ielts pie chartDouble tasks in IELTS academic writing task 1.

In IELTS academic writing task 1 you could get a double or multiple task, such as a table and a bar graph, a pie chart and a table, or a line graph and a table.

In this post, I will look at a Pie chart and a table from the recent Cambridge IELTS 15 book. In fact, double tasks like this are quite straightforward. Just write about the pie chart in main body one and the table in main body two and make comparisons if possible. See the model answer below and analysis.

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IELTS Vocabulary: Adverbial phrases

IELTS speakingComment adverbials and set phrases for a higher speaking score.

In the IELTS speaking exam you will be judged on the range and accuracy of your vocabulary, so having a wide range of expressions obviously helps your score.

Comment adverbials are a good way to show emphasis that something is surprising, true, disappointing, coincidental, unbelievable, fortunate or unfortunate. These are mainly used in speaking. However, in IELTS writing they come across as being too informal.

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IELTS vocabulary: Crime and Punishment

IELTS vocabulary crime

In IELTS writing task 2 there are various topics that come up, such as The Environment, Family, Society, Work, Technology, Robotics, Education, Food and Diet, Health, Sports and sometimes Crime. The topic of crime is difficult for many students as there is so much vocabulary surrounding this.

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IELTS academic writing: model answer for 2 diagrams

ielts academic diagrams mapsModel answer for 2 IELTS maps/diagrams

Maps or diagrams often show up in the IELTS exam (writing task 1 academic). There are 3 types of maps: past and past , past and present and present and future. So make sure you check the timeframe and set aside 4 minutes to analyse the task and plan your writing. A well planned task will help you get to Band 7.

Here is a model answer for a park layout comparing past and present. This task was taken from the latest IELTS 14 book from Cambridge university press.

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Writing an introduction without paraphrasing

ielts writing paraphrasingDo you have to paraphrase the task question when writing an IELTS essay?

This is a question I was recently asked. The answer is ….well no you don’t have to paraphrase but I would advise it if you want a higher score (Band 7 or 8).

If you are really concerned about your paraphrasing abilities and you just can’t get it right, or if you are aiming for a Band 6 or 6.5, then just write a short 2 or 3 sentence introduction with a thesis statement only.

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Unusual IELTS speaking part 1 topics

IELTS speaking part 1 topicsTricky or strange IELTS part 1 speaking topics.

Part 1 of the IELTS speaking test is actually the easiest. The topics are nearly always about you and your experiences. Usually, the topics are pretty easy everyday topics such as Job/studies, hobbies, food, travel, hometown, music, daily routine and so on. The examiner asks between 9 to 12 questions around 3 topics and this part of the test lasts around 5 minutes.

However, sometimes the examiner might ask you questions around an unusual topic. This is quite normal as the examiner wants to check whether you have memorised answers to the most common topics and needs to evaluate your true ability. Do not memorise stock answers as the examiner is trained to spot these and you could lose marks.

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IELTS Writing task 1: 3 Diagrams with a model answer

IELTS Model answer for 3 diagrams/maps over 3 time periods.

Here is a tricky looking task. It consists of 3 maps/diagrams over 3 time periods showing changes that have taken place. Actually, it is easier than it looks as long as you logically group the information.

Planning is important in IELTS writing task 1 just as it is in the essay section writing task 2. Spend about 4 minutes planning a task 1 as you must analyse the task, think of what comparisons you have to make, the language / grammar needed and also decide on a logical structure.

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IELTS opinion essay about wealth

Model answer for an IELTS essay on the topic of wealth and helping others.

Before writing anything we must always analyse the task. Take 2 minutes to do this and underline keywords and decide what exactly you need to write about. In this stage check the instruction words too.

It might seem obvious but this is a crucial stage before even planning or writing. I have seen so many essays go off-topic because the student did not spend the time at the start analysing the task Let’s see the task question below.

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