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

Today you’ll learn amazing synonyms for ‘advantages’ to use in IELTS Speaking and Writing.

These are synonyms that you need for every part of the Speaking Exam, as well as Writing Task 2.

Speaking Part 1 and 2 often ask you about things you ‘like’ or ‘enjoy’.

Also, Speaking Part 3 and Writing Task 2 often ask you to communicate the advantages and/or disadvantages of something.

Paraphrases for Advantages and Benefits

On the plus side

Use in speaking or writing.

Should we go out to eat? Well, on the plus side, I won’t have to do any dishes!

A major asset

Use in formal answers.

This can be something expensive that is owned, like a home or a car, but could also be used to describe specific positives for a situation.

Having learned how to code at an early age was a major asset when I began my technology degree.

One step ahead

Use in speaking or writing. Good for comparisons.

One side is just a little better than another side.

The California schools are one step ahead of the Oregon schools as far as weather goes.


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Have an edge

Use in speaking or writing. Good for comparisons.

This is great for the common IELTS topic that states a traditional service is not needed anymore because of technology.

Online learning has an edge over the traditional delivery system of knowledge in that it is accessible 24/7.


Use in speaking or writing.

The advantage of a specific situation, especially jobs.

One perk of living in this new apartment is being able to have lots of people over and still be comfortable.


Use in speaking or writing.

This is a bit dramatic, to describe a hugely positive situation.

This new teacher is a godsend, as I’m finally learning English, way more than I did before!

Choose 2-4 of today’s phrases to add to your vocabulary notebook, and practice saying them out loud!

How would you use today’s vocabulary?

Leave some example sentences in the comments section below!


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