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

Today you’ll learn English idioms for something being exact!

You need idiomatic language to score 7+ on the IELTS Speaking exam.

This gives you the variety of vocabulary required by the scoring system.

Practice using these idioms when answering practice IELTS Speaking questions.

Don’t miss Part 1 and Part 2!

Today’s episode is Part 3 of a 3-part series.

You can find the first episode on the All Ears English podcast May 15th.

Click here to hear that episode: AEE 2200: Amazing Adverbs Part 1: Definitely or Absolutely?

Part 2 was on the Business English podcast and can be heard here: BE 257: Amazing Adverbs Part 2: Certainly or Surely?

There are idioms in English that mean the same as the adverbs in Part 1 and Part 2.

Today we’ll teach you these idioms!

#1: On the nose

This means perfect or exact.

We often use it for predictions or guesses.

  • Her description of the book was right on the nose.

You will often need to share opinions and predictions on IELTS.

  • I might not be right on the nose, but I think movie theaters will close in a few years.

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#2: On the dot

This idiom refers to an exact time.

  • The flight landed at 2 p.m. on the dot.

Use it when sharing the timing of something.

Instead of just saying when it happened, add this idiom!

  • I was late to the meeting because there was tons of traffic and it started at 10 a.m. on the dot!

#3: On the money

This idiom means exact, perfect or precise.

You can also use it for guesses or time, similar to the other idioms taught today.

It can, however, also be used to describe something as excellent.

  • These cookies are right on the money!
  • I saw Romeo and Juliet and all of the performances were on the money.

#4: Without a shadow of a doubt

This idiom means undoubtedly true.

If you feel strongly about an opinion, you can say you don’t have a shadow of a doubt.

  •  I saw Madonna live last weekend and it was without a shadow of a doubt the best concert I’ve ever been to!

A similar idiom is ‘hands down.’

  • That was hands down the best concert I’ve ever seen!


You must use idiomatic language on IELTS Speaking!

IELTS requires a variety of different vocabulary.

Using slang, idioms and phrasal verbs along with formal vocabulary satisfies this requirement.

Practice using today’s idioms to boost your vocabulary scores!

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