11 Phrasal Verbs to Boost Your Speaking Score to Band 8 or Higher (Part 2)

11 Phrasal Verbs to Boost Your Speaking Score to Band 8 or Higher (Part 2)

Have you enjoyed the previous lesson about 10 Useful Phrasal Verbs to push your IELTS speaking score? Today’s post will help you hike up your IELTS Speaking score with another 11 commonly used phrasal verbs in the oral English so that you can make use of in the IELTS Speaking test.

1. Work out: calculate
Example: I need to work out whether I can afford to study abroad.

2. Catch up: to try to reach the same standard, stage, or level as others after you have fallen behind them (like you’re chasing someone, or with your studies)
Example: I fell behind after 1 week off from school and had to catch up.

3. Carry on: continue
Example: I’m going to carry on studying IELTS till I get the score I need – I’m not giving up!

4. Come across: To meet or find (something or someone) by chance.
Example: On the halfway back home, I came across Tom, what a coincidence!

5. Read up on: to study or learn by reading
Example: Before setting out to travel around the world, I read up on all the places I planned to visit.

6. Sort out: to find a solution to (a problem, etc), esp to make clear or tidy.
Example: It took a long time to sort out the mess.

7. Zone out:  fall asleep or lose concentration or consciousness.
Example: I just zoned out for a moment after such a long drive.

8. Put up with: endure
Example: After graduating, I had to put up with many months of unpaid work before finally being given a permanent contract.

9. Come up with: to think of, develop, or find something 
Example: They’ve tried their best to come up with a feasible solution to air pollution. 

10. Look back on: Think about something that happened in the past
Example: When I look back on my childhood, I’m amazed by the crazy things we used to do

11. Call off: to stop or cancel
Example: They called off the football match because of the weather forecast.

Do you have any other phrasal verbs you’d like to use in the IELTS exam?

Let us know what they are in the comments section below!

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