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

Want to get your target IELTS Writing score?

Today we’ll give you four illustrious phrases that will impress the examiner, make you stand out as exceptional, and will get you your target score

We’ll show you where on the exam you can use these phrases and why they’ll increase your score.

We’ll pull these phrases from great quotes about writing.

Check it out below!

Quote #1) “Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader. Not the fact that it’s raining but the feeling of being rained upon.”

Vocabulary you can use on IELTS: “Evoke sensation”

  • Evoke: To bring about, to call up, to create
  • Sensation: A feeling

You could use this phrase in Speaking Part 3 and Writing Task 2 when you are talking about your own opinions.

For example:

  • “Looking at art can evoke sensations within me”
  • “Violent video games evoke tragic sensations within me.”

Quote #2) “I think all good writing is a struggle. To write as well as you feel you can has to be a struggle, almost by definition, because you could always improve.”

Key words to use:

  • “Struggle”: A huge challenge, something that’s not easy to do (great for Writing Task 2 or the Speaking test)
  • “By definition”: It is defined by something. You can use this in your introduction on IELTS Writing Task 2 to introduce a topic. Anytime we want to say that something means something else, we can use this. Another example: “New York City, by definition, is a hectic place.”

Quote #3) “We write to taste life twice- in the moment and in retrospect.”

Key words to use:

  • “In retrospect”: Considering something after the fact, looking back on something. You can use this anytime you are talking about your own actions or someone else’s actions in the past that should not have happened.

For example, “I went to college in Virginia but in retrospect I should have gone to college in California.”

You could also say “this is so retro” and this would mean that something reminds you of the past.

“Bell-bottoms are so retro”

This is easy to use!

Anytime you are talking about a regret you can throw it in there.

Remember, high-level vocabulary phrases like these WILL get you a 7 or higher and maybe even an 8!

Now practice on your own.

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