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February 26, 2017


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Hi Simon/SJM,

In Cambridge IELTS 11 book, listing test 1 question 18 answer is barbecue. Is it ok to write BBQ in exam? will they accept it as correct answer?


Dear Jeff,
I do not think they will accept BBQ. IELTS is kinda like a formal academic test, you should write it full: barbeque.

Dear simon

How about idiomatic expressions? Its needed for band 9 ryt?


The people who mark listening and reading tests receive a list of answers, and sometimes they are given a few different variations. It is not possible to say if 'BBQ' would be accepted. I suspect it might be, because many natives use 'BBQ'.


You don't need 'idiomatic expressions' to reach band 9 in writing. You just need all your language to be 'natural' (native-like). If all your vocabulary is natural, and you use a 'wide range' then you will automatically use sophisticated phrases that reflect mastery of English.

Hi SJM and Nam,

Thank you very much for your answer.

Hi everyone. I had my exam on 25th of march. can anyone give me tips to get high score in writing part of academic version. Please help me out.
Thanks to all in advance.

my email is tanushatummala99@gmail.com. anyone please send me IELTS materials. my exam is on this 25th march. academic module. British council.. India.Please send me materials to get higher score..help me out please.

Hello sir how I develop more idea regarding task2& how I get good band in reading & listening ,pls help me

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