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Linking Words for IELTS Writing Task 2

The linking words list below is essential for IELTS writing task 2 for high score. The examiner needs to see a range of linking words in your essay to award you a high score for the criterion of Coherence and Cohesion which is 25% of your marks. You will be checked on your range, accuracy and your flexibility of linking words in IELTS writing task 2. These connecting words are suitable for all types of essay writing as well as GT IELTS writing task 2

IELTS Writing Linking Words

Download PDF: Linking Words for IELTS Writing Task 2


This is often used to either put your paragraphs in order or used inside the paragraph to list your supporting points.

  • firstly
  • secondly
  • thirdly
  • fourthly
  • lastly /last but not least / finally

Adding Information

You will need to support your main points in your IELTS essay. These linkers inform the reader that extra information is about to be presented.

  • in addition
  • additionally
  • furthermore
  • moreover
  • also
  • not only … but also
  • as well as
  • and

Giving Examples

It is often useful to give examples to support your ideas in IELTS writing task 2. Make sure you use this range of linking words to do so.

  • for example
  • one clear example is
  • for instance
  • such as
  • namely
  • to illustrate
  • in other words

To learn how to put examples in sentences for essay writing, please follow this link: How to Add Examples to Essays.

Results and Consequences

These linking devices can be used for solution essays or any essay when you need to explain the consequences of something.

  • as a result
  • consequently
  • therefore
  • thus
  • hence
  • so
  • for this reason

Highlighting and Stressing

It is important to be clear about what you mean in your essay. These linking words help you stress particular points.

  • particularly
  • in particular
  • specifically
  • especially
  • obviously
  • of course
  • clearly

Concessions and Contrasts

You often need to give opposite ideas, particularly for discussion essays so the linking words below will help you show the reader when you want to introduce an opposite point. Also you might want to give exceptions to a rule for a concession.

  • admittedly
  • however
  • nevertheless
  • even though
  • although
  • but
  • despite
  • in spite of
  • still
  • on the other hand
  • by contrast
  • in comparison
  • alternatively
  • another option could be

Reasons and Causes

These connecting words will help you explain reasons and causes for something which is very common in IELTS writing task 2, especially for cause / solution essays.

  • because
  • owing to
  • due to
  • since
  • as

Giving your Opinion

  • in my opinion
  • I think
  • I believe
  • I admit
  • in my view
  • I concur / agree
  • I disagree / I cannot accept

Don’t make a mistake with the way you express your opinion. Watch this video for useful tips on giving your opinion and how to avoid mistakes: IELTS: Presenting your Opinion

Concluding Linkers

  • in conclusion
  • to conclude
  • to sum up

To get more tips and advice on linking words to start your IELTS conclusion, please watch this video lesson: IELTS Conclusion Linkers

Practice with Linking Words

Improve your use of linking words by fill in the gaps below with linking words from the above list.

  • There are a number of drawbacks to people using Facebook as a way of communicating (1)………………… it is (2)…………….. one of the most common social networking platforms for both individuals and businesses.
  • (3)……………………….. the lack of exercise taken by average people, obesity and other weight related problems are on the rise.
  • Unemployment and poverty, (4) ………….. in urban areas, is often deemed to be the cause of rising crime rate.
  • (5) ……….. the rise in urban crime, more and more people continue to move to cities looking for a better life.
  • More children are becoming obese and (6)…………….. schools should be encouraged to provide more sports lessons and outdoor activities.


Click below to reveal the answers:

  1. even though
  2. admittedly
  3. Due to / Owing to ( you can’t have “because of” because it is at the beginning of a sentence)
  4. particularly / especially / specifically
  5. despite
  6. therefore / so / for this reason


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  1. http://Mark says

    Hello Liz,

    To use some less common linking words, Could you advise whether its appropriate to write ‘on the whole’ rather than ‘in conclusion’?

    Also, in some model answers written by examiners in official ielts books, they start their last paragraph with “in my opinion”, and they dont say anything like “to conclude”. Is this risky to do?

    • http://Liz says

      Linking words are linking words – they do not need to be less common. Do not confuse vocabulary with linking words – they are part of different marking criterion.

  2. http://Beej says

    Hello Liz. I am learning a lot from your tips. Thank you!
    Can you please elaborate more the linking phrases ‘moreover’ and ‘furthermore’.
    Thank you!

    • http://Liz says

      I’m not sure what else I can say. They are used when you want to add information to an existing point.

  3. http://Bhawna says

    Hi Liz.
    Which is the best book to practice for IELTS. Please suggest.
    I have been struggling to find a suitable book.

    • http://Liz says

      The reason I wrote over 300 pages of free lessons and tips is because didn’t like the IELTS books on offer. Have you completed the 300 pages of free lessons?

  4. http://nazanin says

    I am convinced that you are best tutor ,I have best wishes for you ,thank you so much from your excellent site

  5. http://Maria says

    Hello Liz,

    Thank you so much for the useful information!

    I have a question about the linking phrase “on the other hand”. Is it possible to use it independently, without mentioning ”on the one hand’? Or would it be a mistake?

    Thank you in advance!

  6. http://AYM%20Mostafa says

    Hi Liz
    In one comment you’ve mentioned that you’ll publish a book discussing required grammars for writing task-2. Has it been published?

  7. http://Abhi says

    Why is apparently not there in the above list? Is it frequently used word, hence ommited deliberately Liz?

  8. http://Narinder%20pal%20singh says

    This lecture is helpful.your god gifted voice is sweat ,crystal and clear. I respect it.may your voice always reply to untold question of liseners who are similar to me.

  9. HI LIZ,
    thank you for your helpful information
    i need to ask whether words like ( IT , AS , IF, SO , THE )are counted as words to reach 150 words in letter writing ?

  10. http://jason says

    btw, does linking-word need to be followed by a comma? (,)

  11. You are really doing a wonderful job, what baffles me your ability to reply these long comments , you are really awesome. However, I want to ask you about linking words such as , firstly, secondly, thirdly. I read it somewhere that they are old fashioned, is that true???

    • http://Liz says

      It isn’t about being old fashioned at all. It’s about flexibility which is what the examiner is looking for. It’s fine to use them inside one paragraph to show support points. It isn’t flexible to use them at the start of each body paragraph – that is called being “mechanical”, which means using them like a machine – that is a characteristic of band 6 in Coherence and Cohesion.

  12. http://Div says

    Hi Liz ,
    Somewhere in your topics you have mentioned that one should not use ” last but not the least” as a linking word

    But here it is written under heading of linking words..
    Kindly guide on this

  13. hi liz HOW TO ADD EXAMPLE IN AN ESSAYon this page is not opening. can you please share the link?

  14. http://Ronnie%20Senyonjo says

    Hello Liz,

    Honestly, you are the best tutor ever in this IELTS course, how I wish I knew you before, I could use only materials to help me pass well. My Test is after tomorrow and I have just landed your very impressing training work. Thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful knowledge with us. Am sure I will pass with a band 9.0 God bless you Liz

    • http://Liz says

      You can learn a lot in one day – focus on the areas you most wish to understand and improve. Good luck tomorrow! Keep your eye on the clock for reading and writing!

  15. http://Paris says

    dear Liz
    I have met your page by yesterday,many thanks for such a great page,

  16. http://ankita says

    Hi Liz,
    I hope, you are doing good. Actually, I appeared for ielts exam today but due to poor time management, I was not able to complete task 2 of writing. I wasted a lot of time on Task 1. I know, because of this, I would not be able to score 6 or more than that, as the task 2 holds more weightage. So, I have applied for the exam again. I have some concerns regarding writing section, I don’t know about the proper use of punctuation, especially commas. Also, sometime I write out of the context in essay writing. Please could you provide me some help with this. I would be really thankful.

    • http://Liz says

      The use of commas is simple. Just them to divide appropriate clauses. Punctuation is marked, but not at a high level. The main point is that commas are used in clauses, correctly and that full stops are used at the end of a sentence. Also that sentences are not too long. A very long sentence shows lack of punctuation because the person isn’t controlling the length of sentences. For ideas, it’s all about planning properly. See my advanced lessons: http://subscriptions.viddler.com/IELTSLizStore. You also need to prepare ideas for topics – you do this by googling ideas on line.

      • http://ankita says

        Thank you so much for the response 🙂
        So, is it okay, if we use short sentences instead of long? Using them won’t be a reason to deduct marks? And, what about the complex sentences? Would it be advisable to attempt task 2 first and then task 1, as it carries more weightage, because I always face the issue of time management but I am working on it.

        • http://Liz says

          A complex sentence does not need to be very long. It just needs to be a sentence which is not simple – this is a way the sentences are categorised for IELTS examiners, not for grammar books. Having short, simple sentences is not a good idea if you are aiming for a higher band score. You need to show control and a good range of sentence structures. I am currently writing an e-book which is a Grammar List for IELTS Writing Task 2 – I’ll post a notice when it’s finished and ready to buy.

          • http://ankita says

            I’ll keep these points in my mind. Yes, please let me know, whenever you have completed E-book. Thankyou Liz 🙂

  17. http://Danielle says

    Hello teacher!
    I have a query about other words that can be used, besides the word “overall”, for the overview part. Can I use ” as a whole” or “in general” instead of that? Are those words considered as formal writing in IELTS?

    Please enlighten me!
    Also, thank you so much for giving out this linking words. 🙂

  18. http://kishore says

    Hi Liz,

    Under the Adding Information section, I have a doubt on below sentence

    These linkers inform the reader or read?


  19. http://Zulfiqar says

    Hey, Liz

    You are the best teacher ever and I hope you are doing fine.

    I wanted to ask you whether it is okay use “i.e.” in my IELTS writing exam ?

    • http://Liz says

      You are being assessed on your use of linking words, “ie” is not a word. Don’t use it. Use “for instance” or “for example” – the list is given on the page above.

  20. http://Foroogh says

    I like your teaching.and I appreciate it.

  21. http://paras%20dulgach says

    Thank you soo much mam..That was really really helpful..

  22. to conclude
    to sum up
    these are very short pharse
    i want write a long pharse for example
    Before putting my pen down i would like to deduce tha ….

  23. http://Mohammed%20Oleish says

    Hello Liz,
    How to use the linking phrase ” last but not least” ? Should it comes at the last body paragraph or the conclusion paragraph?

  24. http://Anil%20kumar%20panga says

    hello liz ,
    I am not form any English specking country, i’m thinking that i’m good at specking.But my main problem is at spellings, how can i decline my spelling mistakes

  25. Hi,Liz
    How are you?
    Thank you for your suggestion,it’s so useful

  26. http://Zahra says

    Hi Liz, love your blog, would like to know if there is a direct link to all your pdf’s. It would be very helpful.

  27. http://Bhavin%20Mangukiya says

    Hi Liz,
    Can we use “Because of that” in blank 6???

  28. Thank you, again and again…

  29. http://Mish says

    Hi Liz,
    Can I conclude the essay by writing, ‘Hammering the last nail, I reckon that..’ or ‘I pen down by saying that..’?

    • http://Liz says

      No, you can’t. I am very confused. This whole page offers all the best linking words for a high score – even up to band 9. Use them, learn them. Stop trying to improve them. Do you want band 10? Just relax and start using appropriate language and linking words.

  30. http://Bobby says


    I really appreciate the way you have described the small errors we all students keep on doing in daily essay writing. I have few questions in my mind, but without wasting your time I will put only one basic question that I am facing daily with the essay writing. If the topic of the essay mention ” to what extend do you agree”. So, in such essay do we have to write only paragraph in the notion of the topic. As my aim is to score band 7.5 and this confusion. IELTS have a feeling of schadenfreude when they see my low score in writing only.

    • http://Liz says

      I don’t understand your question. When you give your opinion, the whole essay will explain it. You will give an opinion based on the issue or issues given to you in the question.

  31. http://manpreet says

    hi mam I’m very bad in speaking part I have no Idea how to improve and how imagine more idea

  32. http://David says

    Hello Liz,
    My handwriting is poor and somewhat clumsy …. To improve legibility may I write in alternate lines on ielts answer sheet… Do you recommend it?… In case, if i need extra sheet, do they provide?…


    • http://Liz says

      I don’t recommend doing as you are planning. It makes it difficult to identify paragraphs and can be confusing for the reader. Just try to keep your handwriting as clear as possible so that the examiner can read it. Practice, practice and do more practice. Yes, you can ask for extra paper. Usually you just put your hand up and then explain you need more paper. But I have heard from one student that they wasted precious minutes waiting for the extra paper.

  33. http://Giuseppe says

    Hi Liz, thank you for precious advices, in your opinion is the use of Latin expression, such as “e.g.” or “i.e” useful in writing tasks for the academic module?

  34. http://mohamed%20Ouda says

    I was told overuse of linking words could lead scoring less.is that true?

    • http://Liz says

      Yes. There is a criterion for marking which states that if you overuse linking words or if you use them mechanically (this means without flexibility), your score will not go higher in that marking criterion. This related to Coherence and Cohesion which is 25% of your marks for writing task 2. See my advanced lessons if you need training: http://subscriptions.viddler.com/IELTSLizStore

  35. http://Teodor says

    What about an expression “all in all”?Can it be used in a conclusion paragraph?

    • http://Liz says

      I have known students use this. But I would stay with linking words most suitable for a conclusion = In conclusion

  36. http://Lobaba says

    Thank you Liz for this useful lesson
    The answer is for instance , still , because , especially , consequently , therefore

  37. http://Sungwoo says

    Dear Liz,

    Thank you for your great lessons. It really helps a lot.
    I have a question about a linking word ‘and’.
    Would it be okay to start a sentence with ‘and’?

    For example, this is mainly because of lack of physical activity and the poor quality of food. People are too busy. And in spite of economic growth, the quality of food has diminished.

    • Not in IELTS writing task 2. Never use “and, but, because” at the start of a sentence in writing task 2.

      • http://Sungwoo says

        Thank you for your answer. I highly appreciate your great lessons and help.!

      • http://Abhijeet says

        I am not clear why a sentence can not be started using “because”. Since we have mentioned both: subordinating clause and main clause, there should not be any issue to the examiner.

        • http://Liz says

          The words “because, and, but” should not be placed at the start of a sentence in formal writing. They come between clauses in formal writing.

  38. Hello Liz

    Please guide me, how i can get good score in writing, Is it good to use idioms, Phrasal verbs in writing task 2

  39. Hi Liz
    Can I expree my opinion by using this sentence (in my own point of view) or it’s informal

  40. http://abdulatiyf says

    Hello Liz I have question . If I use idioms or slangs to essay , could they help me to get higher score

  41. http://Abdullah says

    Hi Liz
    I have a problem with writing task, I can’t have enough time for task 2, I’m constantly thinking about what to write next. can you give me some suggestion?

  42. http://sulabh%20khanal says

    hi madam if we are confused or not sure about answer can we can we write both the answer by using // in the middle

  43. Hi Liz
    Can we use the phrase “my personal sentiments” to give opinion in task 2 instead of I believe or I think

    thanks alot

  44. http://Mohammed%20Hanif says

    Hi mam,
    Thanks for your kind initiatives for the IELTS students like us. It is really fortune for me to have an online teacher like you.
    Please keep continuing.


  45. http://Hundal says

    Hi mam..
    What is the procedure? to send u ielts writing for checking …..

    Plz plz tell me…

  46. http://Cris%20Reyes says

    HI! I’m one of your avid fan. I just want to say thank you. I recently got the score I needed for Writing after 2 takes. I used all your guidelines in making it coherent and scoring higher using your tips on having a balance essay for every kind of questions. I also did task2 first to make me more calm and relax in writing the ardous part. THANKS FOR EVERYTHING!

  47. http://arash says

    thanks Liz ,was very efficiently significant

  48. http://Prerona says

    Hi Liz,

    I had written my IELTS test twice before coming across your website. Both the times I scored 6.5 in Writing which scoring above 7 in all the other 3 sections. I needed 7 in writing and hence I enrolled for the third time. I came across your website 3 weeks before my test and went through all the study material in your web pages. I got my scores last week and was ecstatic to see that I managed 7 in my writing section.

    I am thankful to you and your website for helping me achieve my goal. You are doing such a commendable work. Keep it up.

    • That’s really good news! I’m so pleased for you. It can be hard to hit that elusive band 7 in writing. Well done 🙂

  49. Hi Liz, are you available to correct my essay? If not, could you suggest another teacher? Thanks.

  50. My God! You are doing a beautiful job. More I’m studying from your website more I’m impressed! I can’t explain how much I feel grateful. Thanks a lot.

  51. http://Ahsan says

    Hi liz,
    Is the writing matters for writing task 1 and 2? If so then whether we need to write in cursive or just clear.. I mean is any writing method acceptable?

    • You just need clear writing. As long as the examiner can read it, you are fine. It doesn’t matter what style of handwriting you choose.

  52. http://nishanth says

    hi mam,
    Task 2 which you provided is for BC or IDP.Because i am taking idp exam,pls give me reply

  53. http://Nahom says

    Hi Liz
    thank you a lot for giving us all this informative lectures and publishes. But why different teachers give different IELTS writing rules. Example you teach us hooking in your introduction is not important, but other teachers demonstrate that it is very important. And if we add hook to our writing could it reduce our marks?

  54. http://Renata%20E.%20N.%20de%20Oliveira says

    Hi Liz,

    First, I would like to say to you thank you for very nice lessons. I was wondering to ask if you correct essay task 2 ?

  55. hlo mam,
    i just wanted to say that you are the best teacher.

  56. http://bala says

    Hi mam i need your help how to write task 2 to get 8 band can you give 9band samples writing answer pls

  57. hi liz, i will give my ielts test after three month please help me in all. modules plss

  58. http://Gagandeep says

    Dear Liz

    Hope you are fine.

    My name is Gagandeep. I have IELTS test on 16th July and I feel I am not able to structure my ideas in writing task 1 and task 2 both. Please let me know how can I bulid my ideas perfectly to get band 8.


  59. http://Rehan%20Attaullah says

    Hi Liz,

    Thank you so much for being replying to people i have recently got the IELTS date which is on 16th of jun its my second time i am giving ielts the first time i got 5 bands and i need at lest 6.5 so how can i improve my grammar and vocabulary i have just 20 days remaining..

    please do reply me soon.


    • http://Liz says

      It is normally best to take the test when you repeatedly get the score you want in practice tests. To improve English in just 20 days is a challenge. I can only suggest you decide what your main grammar problems are and deal with them one at a time. For vocabulary, review common topics for speaking ad writing – you can find word lists on google.

  60. Hi liz,

    this is my first query from you. please clarify.

    how to use furthermore,morever,in addition in an essay please clarify.

    Excessive use of computers has many detrimental effects on childrens health.Firstly, frequent joint pain and fatigue are most likely to be experienced by young individuals and these issue seems to be prevaile till the death.Morever(do we use morever here to introduce new idea such effect of exceissive computer usage and academic grades or do we have to discuss another health related issue)(moreover will be used to introduce new idea such as school performance or anyother health related issue?

    thank you very much


  61. http://mussa%20saleh says


  62. http://Vera says

    Hi Liz,

    Thank you for all the tips on how to write a meaningful essay. However could you please help out on how to paraphrase the question as that part is posing a lot more difficulty for me at the moment.

    Thank You.

  63. http://Vera says

    Hi Liz,

    Thank you so much for the tips on how to write a meaningful essay. However could you please help out with how to paraphrase the question, which is posing as the most difficult part for me right now.

    Thank You

  64. http://madhu says

    Hi liz
    i am going to take my test in 3days , i am not perfect at task2 i can”t able to know how many word are of mandetatory can i write more than 250 words , can you please give me any suggestion how to get good score in task2 any key words etc

  65. hey liz i am learn many things related to ielts but my writing skill is not development and is it important strength of the sentence suggest me about this

  66. http://Arslan%20idrees says

    A.A mam my problem is vocabulary. Plz help me by giving tips and vocab words. I need 7 in ielts.

  67. http://dilshod says

    Hi Liz.
    My general english is good. I can cope up with more complex sentence structures too. But when it comes to writing task 2 , my brain just stops working. My main problem is I cant brainstorm on the topic.
    How can I improve my brainstorming for different topics.

  68. http://Muazzam%20ALI says

    Hello Mam,can you assess my writing task if i mail it to you please?
    Further I do not have good command on spelling. how can i improve it within one month effectivly.

  69. http://tejas%20shah says

    Hey Liz,

    I can found some problems in writing task2 and i can not used rich vocabulary and some time i can’t get good points.so how can i improve???

  70. http://Tony says

    Hi Liz, I know that native english speakers rarely use ” moreover”. Is it safe to use it in IELTS Essay?

  71. http://Madina says

    Hello, Liz

    Thank you for your useful lessons. I have a question that worries me lately. Would the assessor count repetitive words? For example if I used the word “students” 9 times in the whole essay? Or another example, if in writing task 1, I used countries’ names all the time (besides making it nationality: Britain = British).

  72. http://Lahari says

    Hi Liz
    Are the following answers appropriate for the respective questions?
    1. because
    2. obviously
    Thank you for the help

  73. http://sandun says

    Dear Liz,
    This question is not about the linking words, its about grammar. In the 2nd question, why you have not use ” ……. problems ARE on the rise.” instead of ” …… problems IS on the rise”?

  74. http://Baazof says

    Hello liz
    thanks for your good websites.
    how can i submit my writing for checking?
    thanks in advance

    • http://Liz says

      Unfortunately, I don’t offer essay marking and I don’t have any teachers to recommend.
      All the best

  75. http://kanwaljeet%20kaur%20brar says

    i wanna ask that sometimes like ….to…. like question are there in listening task what is the right way to answer this. it is 4to5 or it is4,5

    • Just “4 5”. You don’t need punctuation. Just make sure the numbers are easily read and separate. If you write “4 to 5” is would be marked wrong.

    • http://Lovepreet says

      Mam I weak in writing I Write only simple sentence then I lose band score…… What I use to get high score

      • http://Liz says

        You need to improve your English. This is a language test – make sure your English is good. Get a teacher and start learning from English language websites. Do this before you do IELTS.

  76. http://Ahmad says

    can i say, “as a result” in place of “for this reason / therefore “

  77. http://hien says

    We shouldn’t use these terms in the speaking part, should we?
    – The first thing i should mention is…
    – And i shouldn’t forget to mention
    – There’s a mixed variety of things but i guess the most popular one is…
    I think that i had better answer directly and spend time on expressing my ideas rather than using these phrases, but my teacher told me that i should use these to help organize my answer

    • http://Liz says

      You can use those phrases if they help you explain your ideas but they won’t necessarily give you a higher score. In part 1, you must answer quickly and directly so don’t use them. In part 3, you might use them to explain your ideas. The most important thing is to speak naturally.
      All the best

  78. http://hien says

    I just want to ask about the appropriate answers for a listening practice test 🙂
    The questions are about ticket prices:
    $30 (1)…, or (2)… return
    According to what i heard, (1) is “one(-)way”. So is this written with or without a hyphen?
    For the second blank i heard “$45 in return” . so should i write down “$45 in” into the blank or just “$45” ?
    Thank you for your help.

    • http://Liz says

      One-way has a hyphen. For your second question, always look at the example they gave you. If the first one is “$30 one-way” then the second one must be “$45 return”. Always check the grammar. For note, form or table completion, grammar is rarely involved.
      All the best

  79. http://Ahmad says

    Dear Liz,

    Can I answer questions 1 and 2 in a different way ?
    1- .However,
    2- still


    • http://Liz says

      It can’t be “However” because there is no full stop. Always check grammar. For the second question, “still” is possible.
      All the best

      • http://Ahmad says

        Thank you so much.I really appreciate your reply.

        Would my answer be correct if I used a full stop (.However, ) ?

        I am asking because I could not see any grammatical difference in this sentence between using (even though ) or ( . However, ) .


  80. You are great …God bless you.

  81. http://Kc%20Susmit says

    Hi mam.i want to study with you online, if you have time please teach me.

  82. http://Geeta says

    Hello mam,
    Today while searching some helpful tips for ielts exam i went through your videos and i found it vry easy and helpful ways to improve our writing skills. Hope it will work during my exam too. Thank you mam for such a wonderful tips and guidance.

  83. http://Kc%20Susmit says

    How i can improve my vocabulary please give me suggestion.my vocabulary is so poor.

  84. http://Kc%20Susmit says

    Thank you so much for your wonderful tips

  85. http://Hanh says

    Dear Ms.Liz,

    I have just received my Ielts result. Thanks to your help, I have got an overall band score of 7.5, 8.0 for the listening and reading test, 6.5 for the writing section and 7.0 for the speaking part. I am really delighted with this result because this is my first time ever studying on my own by using the materials on the Internet. Thank you so much for all of your lessons, I really appreciate what you have been doing and your dedication to teaching. May all the best thing come to you and your family.

    Your Vietnamese student,
    Hanh Tran 😀

    • http://Liz says

      Hi Hanh Tran,

      I’m really pleased to hear your result. 7.5 is a really good score, particular for your first try. In Vietnam the average is around band 6. So, band 7.5 puts you much higher than most students in your country. I hope you celebrated your result !

      Good luck with your future plans 🙂

  86. http://Sandeep says

    Hi liz
    I have my ielts exam on Thursday. I just wanna ask you that in writing task 2 general ielts training test ” in my opinion….” Should write in introduction or conclusion? I am little confused with that.
    And suggestions like “they should do that ……” That will come in conclusion or in body paragraphs? Where are they appropriate ?
    Looking forward for your reply thanks

    • http://Liz says

      You put your opinion in the introduction, if the instructions ask for your opinion or for you to answer a direct question. If the instructions don’t ask for your opinion, don’t give it. Please see my model essays to see how and where I put my opinion. There is also a separate lesson about giving your opinion on the writing task 2 page.

  87. Hi Liz,
    Is it advisable to use the listing words such as firstly, secondly, thirdly and finally at the last paragraph before the conclusion or I could use it also at my initial paragraph after the introduction?
    Thank you!

    • http://Liz says

      You use them as you want. They can order your paragraphs (although that is slightly mechanical) or you can use them to order supporting points in any paragraph you wish.

  88. http://Sandeep says

    Hello mam, i need your help how to complete reading task in one hour. There is some technic to do task as soon as possible because read full paragarh then find out ans. Is take so much time. Also how i improve my listening skills mam please help me.

  89. http://Sherzod says

    Hi Liz;
    I want to ask you about linking that are related to giving opinion.
    May I use them “I take the view that…” and “I subscribe to the theory that…” in writing Task 2 or just in Speaking.


    • http://Liz says

      Just be direct and don’t try to learn phrases – the examiner isn’t impressed by students who purposely learn phrases to boost their score and will not award points for it. You can use “In my opinion” or “I think” or “I agree” for task 2. You can also find a lesson on my task 2 page about how to give your opinion. For speaking, it is informal so you can use a range “I suppose”, ” I guess” or “I reckon” or “I think” etc.
      All the best

  90. http://mohamad%20ali says

    Hi Liz,
    My ILETS exam was on the 4th of July and today I got my results’ message (listening 6, reading 6, writing 5.5, speaking 6.5). I am really shocked by my speaking and listening results.
    Do you you think I will get any new result if I reject and apply for remarking?


    • http://Liz says

      Listening rarely changes with a remark because it is marked by right or wrong answers and mistakes almost never happen. For speaking, band score 6.5 means you make more than a few mistakes in your grammar and vocabulary or possibly that your fluency is strong enough to be able to talk at length without effort. It is possible to get a remark for speaking but looking at your writing, it is even lower. So, it doesn’t give confidence that your score will go up with a remark. However, you must judge for yourself.
      All the best

  91. http://REZVAN says

    Dear Liz
    I have recently found out about your videos and website and I deeply appreciate your effort. I am preparing for an Academic module in a limited time so I found your lessons and instructions very useful to manage my studies. Although I am still struggling with Reading skill.

    • http://Liz says

      The key to reading is to spend time understanding the language in the questions and thinking about paraphrasing before you try and find the answers. The more time you spend with the questions, the quicker it is to find answers. You should also be writing down a list of paraphrases from all reading exercises you do. Lastly, spend time planning a strategy for each question type and learning which questions have answers that come in order. You can find a page about question types in the reading section of this blog.
      All the best

  92. http://Amir says

    Dear Liz,
    Thank you for such a useful note, but it seems you missed contrast/opposite connection words.


  93. http://Romeo says

    Hello teacher,

    I’m confused using between these two words. Is the same ” as a result ” and ” therefore”.?

    Could you explain it to me, please?
    Thank you very much

  94. http://Jomer says

    This is such a big help Ms. Liz. Thank you for always updating your site! Love you! 🙂

  95. http://Sachin%20patel says

    Please give me a common sentences of task 2 i can write in all type of essay

    • http://Liz says

      Sorry but that is not the right way to approach IELTS. The examiner is trained to spot learned sentences and you will lose marks. The sentences you should aim for are based on grammar structures or tenses: clauses, conditionals, prefect tenses, gerunds etc. Just review your grammar structures.
      All the best

  96. http://neeta says

    Hi Liz;
    Thanks to publish this useful words for writing task. I need 7 in that task while I was got 5.5 in my first attempt after that I had knew about your site and I register myself in it and from that day onwards I regularly follow your tips hope i will improve in my writing. Thanks again

    • http://Liz says

      Make sure you check your level of English to get band 7. In the message above, your first 9 words contain 2 mistakes and the second sentence contains 5 mistakes. You will need to reduce your errors to get band 7.
      Good luck

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