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

In this episode, I share the best advice from a recent Power Hour, in which 3 students and I had a one-hour session together.

The goal of this class was to get specific feedback on their IELTS Task 1 essays and their IELTS Speaking answers.

After the class was finished, I thought I’d share the most important tidbits with all of you!

IELTS Writing Task 1

  • You MUST have an overall trend!
  • Don’t include ALL the numbers from the graph(s) in your essays. This will actually lower your score.
  • Choose only the most important numbers and organize them in a logical way.
  • Your essay should have 3 paragraphs– introduction, and two body paragraphs.
  • Include transition phrases at the beginning of your body paragraphs.

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IELTS Speaking

  • You’re not talking to a friend, employer, or teacher. The IELTS exam is a unique situation, and the examiner is looking for unique things.
  • One of these unique things is that you must use high-level linking words in Speaking Part 3.
  • Be specific! When describing a novel, for example, give a lot of specific details about the story. This improves your fluency, vocabulary and your pronunciation.
  • Use a thesaurus for learning new synonyms.

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