For those who are still confused about whether it is acceptable to use abbreviations in formal writing, here are some tips to consider. Remember that in the IELTS test, you will be required to write a Formal Letter or an Essay (which requires formal writing tone).
Here is a link to the article published by ThoughtCo.
Just to let you know that IELTS Nook has a dedicated page for recommended IELTS books. I personally used most of these books during my IELTS preparation. Here is the link to the page. I am going to try and update the list of IELTS resources every now and then.
HELPFUL WORDS AND PHRASES TO EXPRESS YOUR OPINION IN THE IELTS EXAM
In the IELTS Speaking and Writing Tasks, you will be asked to express your opinion about a given topic. In the essay, speaking parts 1 and 3, it is important to be able to effectively convey your thoughts by using a variety of appropriate expressions.
In this article, we are also going to discuss the possibility of expressing your lack of opinion about a certain topic without affecting your IELTS speaking score.
PHRASES TO EXPRESS YOUR OPINION
In my view …
In my view, the quality of education in my country is getting worse as time goes by.
I feel that…
I feel that my career is going on a downhill.
Personally, I think…
Personally, I think that taking the course is a waste of time.
I would say that …
I would say that her fashion sense is a lot more practical than most people I know.
In my opinion …
In my opinion, the President is taking things too slow.
I believe that …
I believe that everyone should have equal access to quality education regardless of his or her ethnic background.
There will be an instance when you lack opinion about or completely have no idea about the examiner’s question. Don’t fret, there are ways to manage this situation. Here are helpful expressions you can use:
PHRASES TO EXPRESS A LACK OF OPINION
I’m afraid I am not keen on …
I’m afraid I am not keen on the political situation in my region.
I am sorry, I am not familiar with…
I’m sorry, I am not familiar with the traditional music in my country.
I have not really thought about that…
I have not really thought about that but
I’m afraid I do not know much about …
I’m afraid I do not know much about art but I know a little bit about…
I’m afraid I have not been very interested in …
I’m afraid I have not been very interested in TV programmes but I will try my best to…
Here is the third set of IELTS Speaking Sample Questions and Writing Practice Tasks for the General Module.
PART 1: INTERVIEW
What is your full name?
Can I see your ID?
Where are you from?
Do you work or study?
Do people in your country like to give presents?
Do you enjoy shopping for presents?
What was the last gift that you received?
PART 2: Cue Card (Long Turn)
Talk about a toy you had when you were a child. Please say
What was the toy?
Who gave it to you?
What was special about this toy?
PART 3: Discussion
Did you play with this toy with someone?
What kind of toys do children like?
What is the difference between toys for girls and boys?
What were the common toys in your childhood?
Do you think children can learn something from toys?
Do you think children these days still play with those toys?
Should children be allowed to choose their toys?
WRITING PRACTICE QUESTIONS
Writing Task 1: Letter
You traveled recently and have forgotten one of your bags on the bus. Write a letter to the bus company and:
describe the bag and where it was left
give details of the bag’s contents
suggest a way for the bag to be returned to you
Writing Task 2: Essay
Nowadays people who live in big cities are faced with different problems. Discuss the common problems these people encounter on a daily basis. Do you think it is a good idea for governments to encourage people to live in smaller towns? Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of living in big cities and small towns.
One of the most common IELTS Speaking Questions is related to books. Specifically, test takers are most of the time asked to describe a book they just read or talk about their favorite book.
Here are words and phrases you need to learn to effectively describe a book. Being able to correctly use these set of vocabulary during the IELTS Speaking Test will certainly give you a chance to get a high score.
There are 2 types of books: Fiction and Non-Fiction and there are many genres of books.
WORDS TO DESCRIBE THE GENRE OF THE BOOK
Science Fiction (Sci-fi)
Religion, Spirituality & New Age
ADJECTIVES FOR DESCRIBING A BOOK
Funny / Goofy
Read our sample responses to the IELTS Speaking Questions about Books in the link below: