IELTS Writing / Speaking: Crime topic

Here is a topic I gave it to my students the other day to let them practice at home.

Crime is a problem all over the world and there is nothing that can be done to prevent it. To what extent to you agree or disagree?

Most IELTS writing / speaking topics are about social issues, so just think rationally and narrow down your topic, and you will have tons of good ideas. You can't get a high score for IELTS writing task 2 if you don't have good ideas about the question topic.

When I looked at this question, a saying automatically jumped into my head and that was “He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it.”

The term for not stopping someone from doing something is “tacit approval” or saying that you don’t care enough to stop them. Whether from fear or apathy, the end result is the same. They do it, and you do not stop them. You have encouraged them. That’s not a good thing.

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IELTS Writing – Student’s Question

What are the differences between Academic Writing Task2 and General Training Writing Task2? Are they marked the same way?

In Academic Task 2, you are asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. The issues raised are of general interest to, suitable for and easily understood by you entering undergraduate or postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration. Academic Task 2, depending on the task type, you are assessed on your ability to present a solution to a problem; to present and justify an opinion; to compare and contrast evidence, opinions and implications; to evaluate and challenge ideas, evidence or an argument.

In General Training Task 2, you are asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. The essay can be slightly more personal in style than the Academic Writing Task 2 essay. (You may use your personal experience as an example, but don’t try to tell a story and make sure it is relevant to the question. If part of your answer is not related to the topic you will lose marks, even if your grammar is perfect.) In General Training Task 2, you are assessed on your ability to provide general factual information; to outline a problem and present a solution; to present and possibly justify an opinion; to evaluate and challenge ideas, evidence or an argument.

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IELTS Listening: Notes-taking by using shorthand skills

Notes-taking is a very useful skill when you are practicing IELTS listening. As in my previous post, I mentioned that the key factors for getting a higher score in the ILETS listening are detailed information and spelling. So, try to do some notes-taking practices by using short-hand skill without the test paper, if you’ve done all the tests in Cambridge IELTS books.

Here is a short text about volcanoes, and try your note-taking and short hand skills.

Volcano by the Sea

There is a volcano on a Hawaiian island. It pushes lava into ___________ and causes a lot of steam. But it is not the biggest volcano there. On the ocean floor, a new volcano is erupting nearby.

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IELTS Speaking – band scores explained

How is your IELTS speaking band score calculated? This is an important question for any IELTS candidate because many mistakes can be avoided by knowing what the examiner is looking for and how your speaking is graded. This post gives you a brief outline of the grading criteria, how band scores are calculated and how examiners typically grade the speaking.

The 4 grading criteria

Fluency and coherence

How fluently you speak and how well you link your ideas  together


How accurate your pronunciation is

Lexical resource

How accurate and varied your vocabulary is

Grammatical range and accuracy

How accurate and varied your grammar is

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