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

Can AI write IELTS practice questions for you?

Today we share a letter sent by an IELTS Energy listener.

It was full of impressive vocabulary and idioms you can use on the IELTS exam!

We also answer this student’s question about using AI to create practice IELTS questions.

Listen in to find out how to use AI to prepare for IELTS!

A listener’s letter

We’ll share the letter sent by a listener and highlight his great vocabulary.

I am writing to practise my IELTS General Task 1 writing skills as well as to share my thoughts about this task.

To begin with, I really appreciate your tenacity in recording an informative “IELTS Energy” podcast twice a week to make the learning process fun and diverse for students all over the world. Undoubtedly, your energetic tone helps me through challenging days, when I am ready to throw in the towel trying to achieve the desired Band 7 in writing.

  • tenacity: determination
  • undoubtedly: great linking phrase to share an unquestionable fact
  • throw in the towel: idiom that means to give up

General Task 1 letter

Pavel points out in the next part of his letter that General Task 1 writing is often unfamiliar.

In regular life, we don’t usually write the essays required for this task.

The main concept I wanted to share with you relates to practical application of the letter structure we practise in order to reach the desired score. While working in an international company for several years, I have never received emails organized this way. Therefore, I doubt that people write letters outside the exam using the recommended approach, which involves inserting a bunch of linking words and supporting their ideas with examples. Consequently, these thoughts demotivate me, especially paired with an opaque scoring system. For example, IPD mentions the possibility to extend ideas to cover bullet points only in the Band 7 “Task achievement” requirement. I am sure that any proposal can be extended somehow. Formally, there is no way to get a score more than 7. Certainly, it can not work that way. Even though I pay ex-examiners for providing feedback on my writing and regularly get a lower score than on the real exam, even with comments that I have made meaningful progress.

  • a bunch of: great informal parallel for ‘a lot of’
  • demotivate: less common verb meaning to lose motivation
  • opaque: unclear and difficult to understand

Stick to your guns!

To conclude, I remember the proverb ‘practice makes perfect’ and fairly stick to my guns in learning English to reach the desired IELTS score that will possibly unlock my dream and relocate to Canada with my family. To make the process more enjoyable, I regularly ask ChatGPT to generate sample IELTS tasks, improve my answer or fix the existing grammar mistakes. It is a free opportunity to enhance the outcome of written tasks available for all. I assume you can discuss pros and cons of using this innovative technology in your fantastic podcast.

  • practice makes perfect: expression implying that practice is necessary for improvement
  • stick to one’s guns: to not change one’s mind
  • innovative: adjective for describing something new and unique

Boost vocabulary scores with adverbs

Pavel then concluded his letter.

He used an impressive adverb to describe how much he loves the podcast!

I look forward to hearing from you. You make amazing shows to listen to during my daily jogging routine. I wholeheartedly enjoy it.

Yours sincerely,

Pavel Akhrameev

  • wholeheartedly: high-scoring parallel for ‘really’

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Using AI to create IELTS questions

Pavel then mentions that he used ChatGPT to create the sample task for this letter.

P.S. While listening to your podcast today, I came up with an idea to write to you and asked ChatGPT to generate the sample task for a letter.

Here is the result:
Write a formal letter to the hosts of your favourite English podcast. In your letter:
– share your gratitude for the podcast;
– address the difficulties you are encountering in the writing section of the IELTS exam;
– suggest any learning ideas to discuss during the show

Looking back over his letter, you can see that he clearly responded to each of these bullet points.

This sample question and the bullet points provided is very close to what you’ll see on test day!

Hence, you can definitely use AI to generate sample questions!

You can use it for both Speaking and Writing.

Ask it to create questions and then practice answering them!


You can use AI to generate IELTS sample questions.

It will be able to draw from past questions and exams.

These questions can be used to prepare for IELTS Speaking and Writing.

Additionally, add a few words from Pavel’s letter to your vocabulary notebook.

These are impressive words and phrases that can boost your vocabulary score!

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