IELTS Special Report

By understanding the 12 Master Principles contained in this special report, you will be better prepared to transform your learning style and your attitude towards IELTS.

By acting on these principles, you will accelerate your skills in such a way that you will get a higher band score than you ever thought possible. You can do it, you have to do it, you will do it!

Here’s what you can find in this Special Report:

Master Principle # 1 – It’s all about speed
Master Principle # 2 – The test format is predictable
Master Principle # 3 – We live in world of change
Master Principle # 4 – We live in a ‘global village’
Master Principle # 5 – Critical thinking will make your score fly!
Master Principle # 6 – Focus on details
Master Principle # 7 – Read, read and read some more
Master Principle # 8 – Think about the words around you
Master Principle # 9 – Strategies will make you a winner, so use them!
Master Principle # 10 – Work hard…oh yes…work very hard
Master Principle # 11 – Trust yourself and the knowledge you have
Master Principle # 12 – Have a positive attitude, always

IELTS Test Structure

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test is divided into four skill areas: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

The IELTS test has two different versions:

  • General Training IELTS test
  • Academic IELTS test

The General Training and Academic tests have the same listening and speaking sections as can be seen in the table below.

Section Time  



Listening 40 mins  

Same for General & Academic IELTS


Reading 60 mins  

Different for General & Academic IELTS


Writing 60 mins  

Different for General & Academic IELTS


Speaking 14 – 15 mins  

Same for General & Academic



Common IELTS Topics

Look at the following topics which are often used for IELTS tests. Ask yourself these questions:

  • What topics do you already know a lot about?
  • What topics do you need to know more about?
  • In the test, you may have to speak about these topics. Can you do so?
  • For example, can you speak about environmental issues confidently using the vocabulary from the ‘Environment’ section in the table below.
  • If science was an essay topic, could you write 250 words about it?

Spend time reading information about the areas you know little about.

Family  family members, jobs, accommodation, location, background
Culture  language, customs, lifestyle, traditions, events, history
Festivals  celebrations, national holidays, memorable occasions, anniversaries
Events  promotions, competitions, sports, conferences
Education  exams, study, schedule, students, lectures, primary, secondary, tertiary
Public Transport  taxi, bus, train, ferry, future, home town travel
Environment  global warming, pollution, fossil fuels, renewable energy, carbon emissions
Population  cities, rural, population growth, trends, overpopulation
Internet communication, information, online, trends, shopping, social media
Science  biology, physics, chemistry, theories, experiments, scientific research
Technology  mobile phones, computers, advancements, devices
Economics  demand, supply, imports, exports, recession, growth, debt
Space  exploration, travel, discoveries, planets, solar system, universe
Inventions  inventors, famous inventions, changes over time, discoveries
Travel  tourism, trends, domestic, international, air, destination, tourist attraction
Water  shortages, policies, dams, desalination, clean drinking water, fresh water
Law  lawyers, legislation, patents, rulings, judge, jury, legal, illegal, courts
Society  opinions, beliefs, trends, changes, progress, class