Aubrey Carter
"3 Keys IELTS Certified Coach"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Today you’ll learn 4 phrases that are related to the pandemic.

You will likely refer to the current pandemic on your IELTS exam!

Many Speaking questions will ask you about routines that have changed!

No matter where you live, Covid-19 has affected your life.

Don’t hesitate to talk about it on IELTS.

However, you need to use high scoring Vocabulary when you do this!

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She took the IELTS exam and got the magic 8, 7, 7, 7 that she needed.

She has been sharing advice about preparation strategies that helped her!

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#1: Inundated

Aubrey used this verb when describing hospitals.

Many of them are inundated with Covid-19 patients!

  • Inundated (adj.): flooded, swamped, crowded
  • Inundation (noun): flood

Use these words whenever talking about a crowded, busy place or situation.

These are band 9 words because they are not commonly used.

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#2: Essential workers!

We want to thank all of our listeners who are essential workers.

This means anyone who hasn’t been able to quarantine at home.

Many professions are essential and these people have continued to work amid the pandemic.

They are doing this often at great risk to themselves!

Valerie is one such essential worker as a hospital pharmacist.

#3: Social responsibility

Use this any time you are describing doing something because you have a duty as part of society.

This is great vocabulary to use when describing why your habits have changed.

Normally I wouldn’t wear a mask, but I feel I have a social responsibility to do so.

  • Vaccines
  • Wearing masks
  • Social distancing

#4: Economic impact

You can talk about economic impact on many different levels.

  • Individuals
  • Companies
  • The world

If people don’t frequent a business, it will be negatively impacted.

  • frequent (verb): to visit often
  • ripple effect: affecting on many levels

Visualize what happens when you throw a stone in a lake.

Ripples start small and grow larger.

In this way, many issues have a ripple effect.

How to Speak About the Pandemic for a 7+ on IELTS

In this video, Jessica shows how to talk about the pandemic for a 7+.

For a Band 7+ on the IELTS Speaking Exam, you have to speak more like a native and also sound natural.

Being ‘natural’ means that you can speak spontaneously and honestly; thus, it would be very odd to NOT mention the pandemic in one or more answers on the IELTS Speaking Exam.

In this video, you’ll hear examples of how you can do this in Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

Watch the video now!


There is a good chance you will talk about the pandemic on IELTS!

Don’t hesitate to do this, and don’t let it cause you to pause.

Instead, feel free to talk about how the pandemic has changed things!

Make sure you use high level vocabulary, like today’s.

This will get you 7+ on Vocabulary scores for both IELTS Speaking and Writing.

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You’ll get your estimated band score and free resources at your level!

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