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

On IELTS Speaking, you are often asked about habits.

  • new
  • old
  • future

Listen today to learn high-scoring idioms to talk about your routines.

These can be used in all 3 Speaking parts.

Practice them so you can be ready to get a 7+ on the IELTS exam!

Plugging away

This is a great idiom for continuing to try.

It has a connotation of being motivated to put effort into something difficult.

Intonation is very key, so listen to the episode to hear Jessica and Lindsay’s pronunciation.

This is a much more interesting way of saying, “I’m going to keep trying.”

I’m going to keep plugging away!

Turn over a new leaf

This is a very positive phrase!

It means to start something new.

It’s usually reserved for big changes being made.

  • mindsets
  • dedication
  • habits

I’ve decided to turn over a new leaf and start meditating every morning.

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Take a crack at

Use this if the Examiner asks you about something new you want to try in the future.

I want to take a crack at cycling.

It means you haven’t tried this before.

You don’t know how well you’ll do, but you’re going to try.

  • give it your all: maximum effort given to something

Call it quits

This is another way of saying you want to stop doing something.

I tried cycling and didn’t love it, so I decided to call it quits.

“To stop” is very common and overused.

Instead, use an interesting idiom like “call it quits.”

This will impress the Examiner and raise your vocabulary score.


You must use less common vocabulary and idioms in order to get a 7 or higher on the IELTS exam.

Today’s episode is full of great vocabulary to raise your Speaking score!

Practice using these idioms, so you are ready on test day.

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