IELTS essays are also a test of your english vocabulary. In addition to words related to the topic, here are 15 different word sets which must be present in an IELTS essay to attract a score above 7.0
You should use atleast one of the words from the 15 different sets. You are allowed to use different forms of the word ( eg. Irrefutably or Irrefutable )

  1. However/Whereas/ Contrary/ Conversely / Alternatively ( Other perspective)
  2. Irrefutably/ Undeniable / Inevitable / Unquestionable ( No doubt)
  3. Beneficial / Detrimental / Advantageous ( Good or Bad)
  4. Consequently / Subsequently (Result)
  5. Significant / Notable / Trivial / Substantial ( Interest)
  6. Nevertheless / Additionally / Furthermore ( Adding )
  7. Realistic / Unrealistic ( Possible)
  8. Similarly / Likewise / Poles apart ( Same or Different)
  9. Eradicate / Promote / Mitigate ( Add or Remove)
  10. Myriad / Potpourri / Array / Ensemble ( Variety)
  11. Conducive / Congenial / Appropriate ( Preference)
  12. Predominantly / Particularly / Especially ( Focus)
  13. Exception of / Apart from / Barring ( Exceptions)
  14. Initially / Finally / Former / Latter ( Sequence)
  15. Since / Afterwards / Yesteryears ( Time)

Use these 15 word sets IN ALL ESSAYS and observe the improvement in your essay writing.
During revision time, try to replace common words and sentence fragments in your essay with the ones described above

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📝 IELTS Writing Task

🔓 Phrases to open/start an essay:

Many/some people claim/opine/believe that…

There is no denying that…
It is often said that…

These days…/ Nowadays…/ In this day and age…

It goes without saying that…

It is universally accepted that…

We live in an age when many of us are…

People are divided in their opinion regarding…

…. is one of the most important issues…

Whether …. or …. is a controversial issue…

🔒 Phrases to end the Introduction part:

Let us examine both views before reaching a concrete decision.

The following paragraphs discuss whether …… or …… and reach a reasonable conclusion.

The following essay takes a look at both sides of the argument.

My two cents go for…

However, I strongly believe that…

I oppose the view and my reasons will be explained in the following paragraphs.

I will support this view with arguments in the following paragraphs.

I personally believe that…

Thus the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages…

I wholeheartedly believe that this trend should be changed.

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Common Essay Topics with Subtopics

censorship of art and artists
art at school
the benefits of art for individuals and society

🦎Business & Money
small vs large business
international business
family run business
management and leadership
success in business
business and technology
skills vs knowledge for business
materialism and consumerism

🦎Communication & Personality
technology and communication
family and communication
face to face vs long distance communication
types of communication
the development of character and personality
innate or developed personalities
female / male characters
Crime & Punishment
prisons vs rehabilitation
capital punishment vs other types of punishment
criminals – what makes a criminal
major vs minor crime

🦎crime and technology
teenagers and crime
role of policemen
men and women in law enforcement

cash vs credit cards
saving vs spending
globalisation and economy
world economic issues
economic progress and success

children and education
relevant subjects
education and technology
role of teachers
discipline and rules in school
single-sex schools
educational aid to poorer countries

protection of endangered species
environmental problems
saving the environment & solving problems
government vs individual roles

🦎Family & Children
family roles
family size
the generation gap
role models
family and education

health diets
education of diet
traditional vs modern diets
fast food
children and diet

prevention vs cure
health and education
poor countries and rich countries
health aid
dealing with global epidemics
hospitals and treatment
exercise and health

having only one language in the world
methods of language learning
travel and language
the disappearance of languages
language and culture

🦎Media & Advertising
censorship, control and freedom of speech
advertising methods
children and advertising
media and technology
news & reporting

🦎Other Common Essay Topics
Space Exploration
Water and Oceans
Change or Moving vs Stability and Constancy

paper books vs ebooks
children and reading
books in education
reading and leisure

controlling the internet
socialising online
children and technology (safety)
the change in society
letter vs email
storing data
safety of personal information

development of infrastructure
comparing forms of transport
problems with modern forms of transport
environmental issues

culture and travel
understanding people and travel
living in a global world

homeless people
crime on the streets
modern life styles
budget spending
public services

professionals vs amateurs salary
sport and learning
sport as a school subject
men vs women in sport
types of sport

shift work
women in work
types of jobs (blue collar / white collar)
children and exploitation
part time work
work and technology



💫 Learn some contractions and abbreviations used in conversational speech.

⚠️ Note: You are not allowed to use contractions in “writing”.

⚠️ In contrast, in international exams, using contractions just in “speaking part” increases your score.

gonna 👉 going to
I’m gonna talk to him.
we’re gonna win this game.

Gotta 👉 got to -> have to
I gotta go now. -> I have to go now.
you gotta be careful.

have gotta 👉 have got to -> have to
I’ve gotta go now. -> I have to go now.

Wanna 👉 want to
I wanna hold your hand.

Lemme 👉 let me
lemme ask you something.
lemme call you back.

Gimme 👉 give me
Gimme a break.
Gimme some money!

Outta 👉 out of
we’d better get outta here!
get outta my way!

Kinda 👉 kind of
I think it’s kinda funny.
kinda outta luck.
What kinda music do you like?

Imma 👉 I am going to
Imma talk to him.

Hafta 👉 have to, must
I hafta go now. I’ll talk to you later.

oughta 👉 ought to
It’s too late. I oughta back home right now.

shoulda 👉 should have
You shoulda done it.

Dunno 👉 don’t know/doesn’t know
I dunno what to say.

Nope/Nah/Naa 👉 No
Nope, I’m not going. I’ll be here more.

Betcha 👉 bet you
I betcha this movie is a good one, lemme buy a ticket.

Lotsa 👉 lots of
There are lotsa chicks right there.

Lotta 👉 lot of
I saw a lotta courage out there, and a lotta hard work.

Gotcha 👉 I’ve got you -> I understand
Please don’t do that again. Answer: Gotcha

English story

The Loss of Treasure

A holy man lived near a temple. Every day he went out with his bowl to beg for food. After he had eaten, he put the rest of the food back in the bowl for his breakfast next day. Then he hung up the bowl from a peg.

One day a friend came to see him. The holy man gave him water to wash his feet and food to eat. At night they lay down on the same bed and started talking. But the holy man was not paying attention to what the guest was saying. Every now and then he would pick up a stick and strike the bowl with it.

This went on for some time. At last the guest got very angry. “You are not even listening to me,” he cried. “It seems our friendship is over. If you go on like this, I shall leave your place at once.”

The holy man was frightened and said, “Do not speak like this, my good friend. There is no one dearer to me than you are. I shall tell you why I am not listening to you.

“There is a wicked mouse who comes here every night. He jumps and climbs on to my bowl, though I hang it as high as I can. He then eats the food that I have kept for my breakfast and I remain hungry. To frighten the mouse, I strike the bowl again and again with my stick. I tell you the rogue can jump higher than even a cat or a monkey.”

The guest said, “But have you found the mouse hole anywhere ?”

“That I have not,” said the holy man.

“Surely,” said the guest, “he must be keeping all his treasure inside his hole. We must find the hole and take away his treasure. Tonight we must both keep awake. We must see which way he runs to reach his hole.”

That night the two lay awake, watching. Around midnight they saw the mouse. He took a mighty leap and landed on the bowl. But the holy man and the guest came running and shouting.

The mouse jumped off and disappeared in a corner of the room. On searching the corner, the two found the hole of the mouse. The guest called for a spade and started digging the hole.

After digging deep down they found all the food and treasure the mouse had hidden away. They tied it in a bag, then they buried the bag in the ground.

The following night the holy man took out the stick and lay awake. lie kept striking the bowl with the stick. The guest laughed and said, “My friend, you don’t have to worry now. Put away your stick and watch what happens.”

That night too the mouse came as before. He came under the bowl and jumped. But he could not jump high enough and fell to the floor. Again and again he jumped, but failed to reach the bowl.

“See my friend,” the guest said to the holy man. “The mouse has lost all his treasure. With the loss of his treasure, he has lost heart. He can’t jump as high as before. Never again will he trouble you. Isn’t that ‘‘, wonderful?”

How to achieve 7.0 score

IELTS Speaking Band 7 is the target for many of my students.

But why is it so difficult to get a 7.0 score in IELTS Speaking when your other module scores are higher?

One reason is that speaking is very much a skill, rather than a set of knowledge, so it takes longer to acquire. The best way to improve is with continual practice, ideally with feedback from a teacher.

Lack of understanding of the assessment criteria also causes IELTS students to focus on the wrong things. For example, they may worry about the tiny features of pronunciation and trying to sound like a native speaker. These efforts can make a difference, but pronunciation is only 25% of your score in IELTS Speaking.

And what percentage of the IELTS Speaking score is based on having an interesting life story and knowing the solutions to all the world’s problems? 0%!

IELTS Speaking Tip 1: Keep talking

According to the assessment criteria, an IELTS Band 7 candidate:

Speaks at length without noticeable effort or loss of coherence
In IELTS Speaking, your score goes up when you say more, even if that results in more errors. That’s because IELTS is a test of what you CAN do, not what you can’t. So say as much as you can in response to the question until you run out of ideas or start repeating yourself. It’s not a bad thing if the examiner has to interrupt you.

IELTS Speaking Tip 2: Use an idiom or two

According to the assessment criteria, an IELTS Band 7 candidate:

Uses some less common and idiomatic vocabulary and shows some awareness of style and collocation
The IELTS examiner is listening for evidence that you can go beyond ‘textbook English’ and start using real, idiomatic English. So impress the examiner by including a few idiomatic phrases like “I’m a bundle of nerves” to mean “I’m nervous”.

IELTS Speaking Tip 3: Paraphrase the question

According to the assessment criteria, an IELTS Band 7 candidate:

Uses paraphrase effectively
If the examiner asks you a question and you can immediately think of a way to paraphrase it—i.e. express the same meaning in other words—go ahead and say something like “Oh, you mean (paraphrase question)?” This is a very effective strategy to demonstrate one of the core skills that the examiner is listening to. Try to do this two or three times during the test.

IELTS Speaking Tip 4: Use linking words to connect your ideas

According to the assessment criteria, an IELTS Band 7 candidate:

Uses a range of connectives and discourse markers with some flexibility
What does this mean in normal English? It means that you use a range of expressions like ‘in other words’, ‘also’, ‘however’ and ‘on the other hand’ to connect your ideas. The keyword is range. The examiner doesn’t want to hear you say ‘on the other hand’ a hundred times! So record yourself speaking and notice if you use a phrase like ‘on the other hand’ too much. If so, use a different phrase instead. Now you can start demonstrating a good range of linking words.

IELTS Speaking Tip 5: Don’t be afraid of mistakes

According to the assessment criteria, an IELTS Band 7 candidate:

Frequently produces error-free sentences, though some grammatical mistakes persist
That means it’s possible to make some mistakes and still get IELTS 7.0 or 7.5. However, some candidates score poorly because they worry too much about mistakes. As a result, they speak too slowly and their mistakes become MORE obvious! It’s more important to demonstrate fluency (See Tip #1) than it is to produce error-free speech. Of course, it’s also good to correct yourself if you do notice a mistake.

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