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Questions tagged [ielts]

IELTS stands for The International English Language Testing System, use this tag for questions that are related to the exam. PROOFREADING essays Task 1 and 2 are strictly OFF TOPIC.

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Are contractions and/or slang used in English exams and tests? [closed]

Are all those correct uses in English or is it just for explaining and not correct for writing on tests or exams? Would it sound more fluent to write Ex, Y'all, I'll, They're. instead of ...
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Measured in percentage OR percentages?

According to the chart above, I want to give it a description and wonder weather I should use percentage OR percentages in the following sentence. The bar graph shows 7 different reasons that ...
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numbers of the nouns = the noun numbers?

1. The average patient numbers at Bangkok Hospitals this mouth was much higher . . . 2. The average number of patients at Bangkok Hospitals this mouth was much higher . . . a. The average patient ...
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Does idiomatic language improve my speaking score in IELTS?

If I use a very idiomatic language in speaking test, I gain point or lose point? For example suppose instead of saying: Medical graduates are considered the best in our university. I say: ...
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Number(s) of + . . . OR . . . + number(s)?

Are they equivalent? The line graph shows average numbers of patients using public hospitals every month, from 1990 to 2000. The line graph shows average patient numbers at public hospitals ...
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Adjectives for comparative clauses

So far, I learned that we can use the superlatives and comparatives such as: Bigger/biggest & smaller/smallest Larger/largest & smaller/smallest Higher/highest & lower/lowest and More/...
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Healthy vs. average

A sample IELTS question in the reading section concerns a passage about how dentistry has improved over the last few centuries. The passage includes: Modern dentistry was in its infancy for most ...
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Relationship between “detrimental” and “effective”

A sample IELTS question in the reading section concerns a passage about how dentistry has improved over the last few centuries. The passage includes: "...for most of the 18th and the beginning of ...
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Is the use of a verb-ing still correct after a comma when the subject is changed?

I know that usually we use verb-ing after a comma to say the action before the comma and that after the comma happen simultaneously. (e.g. The figure for bananas continued to grow, overtaking that for ...
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Is “Out of nowhere” a negative?

Is this sentence grammatically correct? It did not come out of nowhere, Michael. As I know, we can't use two negatives in the same sentence. Can I use this sentence at IELTS Writing Task 2, where ...
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Questions about writing formal letters and writing specific dates

i don't know if these kinds of questions are appropriate to ask in this particular forum but i will take my chances. I was writing a formal letter for an IELTS task, and I was wondering whether this ...
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Of and from, are they interchangeable in some cases?

i was reading this letter for IELTS and i was not sure if this was the proper usage because i thought of an alternative: My name is Mathew Abraham and I am writing this letter regarding an ...
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Populace vs Population

What's the difference? I was writing an essay, which got corrected and i wrote this: For this reason, sports facilities would have a bigger impact because they would help in mitigating the effects ...
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Question regarding the use of the word “that”

i was writing this introduction and i don't know if the use of the word "that" really matters in this instance: I wrote: "There is no doubt universities play a crucial role in educating society". ...
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Doubtful about whether this is the appropriate usage of “in which”?

I've been writing essays preparing for an IELTS exam, and writing this particular paragraph i'm not 100% sure whether this is the right usage of the expression "in which". Whereas in the past books ...
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Usage of English words from different English dialects:

In the IELTS exam all the English native words are accepted, for example, you can say color or colour, trousers or pants, program or programme and soon. So, the question is: Do you have an idea ...
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“over the period shown” or “over the shown period”?

I saw people using "over the period shown" instead of "over the shown period". Could someone explain me why ? Thanks
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True, false, or not given: there are three main kinds of identity theft

Please, reason before looking on the answer or my arguments so you don't become biased. I'm studying for a test and there is this passage (content taken from British Council study material): ...
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What are the appropriate IELTS speaking drills to spontaneously come up with ideas about unfamiliar subjects? [closed]

I decided to prepare for IELTS exam. I've been practicing for 1 to 2 hours a day on weekdays and 4 hours a day on weekends but I still hardly notice any significant improvements. I've been doing this ...
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Prior to the start of the project = When the project begins?

Prior to the start of the project = When the project begins? In True/False/Not given question of Ielts, it is said that these two phrases are equivalent, but I think 'Prior' takes place before and '...
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Do I need an article for these items?

I'm writing an ielts writing task 1 essay. It's about the expenditure in Million Pounds on fast food items by income groups in the UK and I have 3 items which are hamburger, fish&chips and pizza. ...
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Do we have to use the capital letter for “I” letter in these case?

I'm studying for IELTS myself and I have a question about formal writing. When we use "I" letter in objects and verbs, do we have to use the capital letter even though it's not at the beginning at ...
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Free live online English assessment test for IELT/TOEFL [closed]

Is there any online website/service which lets you assess the level of your English for IELTS/TOEFL for free or free trial offer. Please advice
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IELTS Questions [closed]

This is the first time I am asking a question on this site. So I don't know if my questions are off-topic. If they are, please tell me from where can I get answers for them. Thank you. So here are my ...
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Can “trustable” be used in IELTS Academic writing?

There was a question about trustable and it was mentioned that it started to be used more often only recently. Thus, I am a bit worried about its usage in IELTS Academic writing. Like an example from ...
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Can I use “the %whatever% one” and particularly “the other one” in IELTS Academic writing?

From some source I have heard that the other one is informal. I am considering using this word in the IELTS Academic writing, particularly in the following sentence. Overall, both sites offer ...
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Is “sketchy” appropriate for an IELTS Academic essay?

While preparing for IELTS Academic, I was practicing Writing Task 1. In the task it is said: Below is a map of the city of Brandfield. ... Commonly, the first sentence of an essay should rephrase ...
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Is the rephrasing of “city of Brandfield” to “Brandfield city” correct?

In the process of preparing for IELTS, I was practicing Writing Task 1. In the task it is said: Below is a map of the city of Brandfield. ... Commonly, the first sentence of an essay should ...
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How to establish a comparison between the IELTS(academic) and FCE? [closed]

recently I achieved an IETLS(academic) overall band score of 6, however I have a friend that decided to take the FCE to prove his knowledge, he got a good score on this task. From my point of view it ...
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“What is the age of marriage in your culture?”

Some time ago, I had an IELTS exam and my examiner asked me: What is the age of marriage in your culture? I thought he simply is mentioning the culture that I grow up with so I said: It varies ...
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Confusion over IELTS Reading test: “Yes”, “No”, “Not Given”

Following is a text found relevant to a Yes, No, Not Given, question in IELTS general reading sample paper. As the windiest country in the Europe, the United Kingdom's wind power potential is ...
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“In countries where X” or “In countries which X”?

I am preparing for IELTS using the following book, "CAMBRIDGE Action Plan for IELTS". On page 75 of the text, there is a sentence "In countries where water seems to be readily available, people ...
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Can I use idioms in the IELTS written test?

I am preparing for the IELTS writing test. Can I use idioms in this test? For example, "it's not all its cracked up to be" or something like "I bend over backwards to help them, but they try to put ...
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How hard is IELTS for me [closed]

I am offered a place at Cambridge under the condition that I pass IELTS with a 7.0 out of 9.0 score on each part (reading, listening, writing, speaking). I have studied three years on a college in the ...
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Number description for Writing paper, Task 1, IELTS

Let's say I was given a pie chart saying that the Coca-Cola company sold 17.1 billion bottles in the year 2000. My task is to construct a sentence that describes the chart. However, I am forbidden ...
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17 billions of bottles VS 17 billion of bottles

What is the right form for these expressions: "In 2000 Coca-Cola has sold 17 billions of bottles" or "In 2000 Coca-Cola has sold 17 billion of bottles" Could you please, explain why? UPDATE based ...
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'upward trend' or 'increasing trend'

Should I use 'upward trend' or 'increasing trend' in this sentence? There has been an upward trend in expenditure over the last 36 year by 20-30%. There has also been the increasing trend in ...