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

What should you be memorizing as you study for the IELTS exam?

One of our subscribers commented on a recent video, asking us how examiners are trained to spot memorized answers.

They also asked what tips we can provide about this.

Today we’ll share what you should be memorizing as part of your IELTS exam preparation.

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When grading essays, we often see students use the templates they have learned in 3 Keys IELTS.

In every case, these memorized template sentences raised their score.

Examiners are not looking for memorized information in essays; instead, they are looking for the following:

  • Did you accomplish the task?
  • Is the essay well-organized and cohesive?
  • Does the essay have a wide variety of high level transitions?
  • Has the student used high level vocabulary correctly?

If you have included template sentences and linking phrases that you have memorized, those will get you higher scores.

All of this, along with every strategy you need, can be found in our 3 Keys IELTS study system.

Do not memorize entire essays

There is a box on the Writing exam that Examiners can check if they think the whole answer has been memorized.

It would be a terrible idea to memorize a whole essay, because you don’t know what the question will be!

If anyone ever suggested you do that, it’s really bad advice!

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Will Examiners lower scores if they see many people using the same template sentences?

We have also been asked the question:

“If an examiner sees a lot of students using the same template sentences or transition phrases, can that lower scores?”

Memorizing sentences from a template is a must!

That’s even how natives learn good academic writing.

We also have to learn chunks of appropriate and polished phrases that we can then use when writing.

It doesn’t matter if many students are using the same transition phrases.

If you memorize band 7+ phrases from templates like ours, it improves your score in every section.

This is because the templates have high level vocabulary and linking words, as well as correct grammar.

An example of a 3 Keys IELTS template sentence

An example from 3 Keys IELTS is a template thesis sentence we provide for an introduction:

In the following paragraphs, I will explore the rationale for both beliefs as well as proffer justification for my own viewpoint.

This template sentence has a linking phrase and high level vocabulary.

Additionally, it helps students to organize their essay because they know exactly where to put it and why.


Template sentences are a must for a 7+ on the IELTS exam.

They will only increase your score!

You want to make sure you understand the meaning of all template sentences and linking phrases you plan to use on IELTS.

Next, get feedback from an IELTS professional like us to make sure you’re using everything correctly.

This feedback, along with more high scoring template sentences, are only available when you sign up for 3 Keys IELTS, so sign up today!

What questions do you have from today’s episode?

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