IELTS writing task 1: Life cycle of a honeybee

Natural process diagram in IELTS.

In IELTS writing task 1 process diagrams you will often see a diagram on how something is made or how something works with all the steps included.

Something that used to be quite common in IELTS was a natural process diagram such as the lifecycle of a butterfly, a honey bee or a weather cycle showing evaporation and rainfall. It’s still worth practicing writing about natural processes in case one comes up again in the exam.

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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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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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8 things that could lower your IELTS writing score

Words and phrases to avoid in IELTS essays.

The essay writing section of IELTS is formal. This is the same for the academic writing task 1 reports, so you must use the right register. You could lose marks in vocabulary or grammar if you are writing in an informal way, using idioms, or using memorised stock phrases.

In IELTS general writing task 1 you will sometimes get an ‘informal’ letter to write, so obviously in that specific case, you will write the letter in an informal register.

You may not lose a band score if you are doing just one of these things below but if you are making a combination of errors then it could be the cause of being stuck at band 6 or 6.5.

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