Structure and tips for part 3 of IELTS speaking

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IELTS Speaking part 3 has about 3 to 6 questions and you need to give detailed answers.

The main focus of this part of the test is to talk at length and give examples. You are marked on grammar, vocabulary, fluency and pronunciation. You will not be marked on your ideas. There are about 6 or 7 question types that could come up. They might be about giving an opinion, comparing, predicting something in the future, talking about people, contrasting and so on. Click here for a lesson on the types of questions in speaking part 3.

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Identifying the 5 types of IELTS essays

ieltslettersGet familiar with the different kinds of IELTS essay questions.

There are 5 types of IELTS essays and in this post we will look at how to spot them. Before you begin writing your essay the first thing you must do is analyse what type of question it is.

This is a crucial step because if you do not analyse the question, or if you are unclear about anything, you could write a completely different essay. You can see what type of essay it is by the ‘instruction words’. I have underlined the instruction words below that indicate what type of question it is.

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IELTS Writing Task 1: Language for describing trends

Vocabulary and grammar for line graphs and describing trends.

In Writing task 1 academic you need to write a report about one of the following: It could be a bar chart, a line graph, maps, a table, a pie chart or a process diagram. In this case, we are going to look at describing a line graph in IELTS writing task 1 and the kind of grammar and vocabulary that is needed for this task.

This lesson will look at:

1. Vocabulary for describing a line graph
2. Useful grammar for this task
3. Example of a basic line graph
4. Gap-fill exercise

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IELTS Advantage Disadvantage Essays

3 Types of Advantage Disadvantage Essays

Not only are there 5 types of essay questions in academic IELTS but there are 3 types of Advantage Disadvantage essays, here are some examples below and ideas on how to approach them.

Before we go further let me make something clear. IELTS tasks will ask in an advantage disadvantage essay something like:

  • Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of this?

Notice the plural form here, advantages and disadvantages. Many students (and IELTS teachers) think they have to write more than one advantage and disadvantage. Yes, you can certainly do this but you can also make it much simpler by writing about one advantage and one disadvantage. I have heard from examiners that this is ok as long as you are able to support and fully exaplin your ideas. With this approach you can still write over 250 words.

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