Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Today you’ll get five fantastic phrases that you can use when you’re feeling frightened on the IELTS Exam.

There are a lot of places on the IELTS Exam such as Writing Task 2 or on the Speaking test when you have to describe a scary movie or differences between your culture and another culture.

You might also see some of these idioms that we’ll teach you today in a Reading test passage if you had to read a movie review or a blurb on why horror movies are bad for kids.

All of the idioms we’ll teach you today will definitely get you the 7 or higher that you need.

Remember, you need interesting expressions on the IELTS to get a 7 or higher and these idioms are perfect for your target score!

Fear Idioms for IELTS:

  • To be a scaredy cat: someone who is easily frightened
  • To scare the pants off someone: To scare someone in a very extreme way
  • It gives me the heebie-jeebies: it gives you shivers
  • To make someone’s blood run cold: When something serious and terrifying happens
  • To be afraid of your own shadow: This can be used in a sarcastic way to make fun of someone who is easily scared.

Listen to the episode for examples on how you can use these on the Speaking, Reading, or Writing Tests.

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