Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

In today’s article, you’ll get the definitions for the words used when talking about what happens on the exam, as well as words teachers use when preparing you with special strategies.

Read on and sound like an IELTS genius!


SectionsParts of Listening Exam. There are 4.

PassagesArticles in Reading Exam. There are 3.

TasksPrompts for Writing Exam. There are 2.

PartsSections of Speaking Exam. There are 3.

IELTS Strategies

Skimming– Reading parts of the passage to get the gist, or main idea

Scanning– Looking for specific words, like names or numbers, in a passage

Key words– Important words in the question that match words in the passage or section


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Parallel expressions– Words/phrases that have similar meanings

DistractorsAn IELTS trick. Words in the question, passage or section that lead you to the wrong answer, distracting you from the correct answer.

IELTS Scores

Band descriptors– The chart examiners use to assign speaking and writing scores. There are detailed descriptions of each band, 1-9, for each category. There are public ones you can access: Speaking, Writing Task 1, and Writing Task 2.

Overall trend– A sentence in your Academic Task 1 essay which states a summary of the most important changes or characteristics of the graph(s)

Stress– Words you say which are longer and louder, because these are the ‘information words’

Intonation– Your voice going up and down

Tone– How formal or informal communication seems

CoherenceLogic; making sense; ease of understanding

Cohesion– Organization using linking words and transition phrases

Lexical range– Amount of vocabulary one has; variety of expression

Fluency– Able to communicate without difficulty

Do you have any other IELTS vocabulary worries?

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