Is my IELTS examiner even qualified?

Recently, I came across an interesting comment on a popular social platform. This remark came from a person who also happens to be an IELTS instructor with quite a number of followers. What was said was rather disturbing as this teacher had sat for the IELTS test himself and was considering appealing his Band 7.5 speaking score […]

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Using ‘it’ clauses in IELTS Writing Task 2

In IELTS essays, candidates may feel under pressure to use complex structures in a bid to attain a high band score or make a positive difference in their writing. However, accuracy is absolutely essential for this to happen and unfortunately, many IELTS students believe in the idea that the longer your sentence is, the higher your chances […]

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Why you should always focus on quality in the IELTS test

When approaching a detailed graph in IELTS Writing Task 1 or planning your essay in Task 2, it would be a good idea to select your information carefully. Content plays a very important role in how your answers are assessed. Let’s take an example with IELTS Academic Writing Task 1: DoD Inspector General via Compfight […]

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How to create ideas for the IELTS Test

“I have no idea of what to write about or what to say on certain topics.” This is something I occasionally hear from students who experience a “mental block” when it comes to writing an answer to an IELTS essay topic or respond to an IELTS interview. One mistake students quite often make is relying on the teacher to […]

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Why IELTS students should avoid electronic dictionaries or translators

While training one of my students to use complex vocabulary in IELTS Speaking, I have noticed that she was relying quite heavily on using an electronic dictionary/translator to come up with various sentences. Unfortunately, much of what she was saying was rather confusing, as she had translated without considering whether or not the expressions used were appropriate to the […]

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Word order in IELTS Speaking

When answering questions or talking about various topics in the IELTS Speaking test, it is important for candidates to be self-aware of the grammar they are using, including the position of words in sentences. I have frequently heard examples of speech such as: Really he was a wonderful person. Always he was trying to be the best student. […]

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How to develop your answers in IELTS Speaking Part 3

Part 3 is particularly challenging for many candidates in the IELTS Speaking module. Quite often, I have seen students find themselves at a loss on how to expand their answers appropriately. One method you could try to help you develop your responses is the OREO method. What does this mean? O = Opinion R = Reason […]

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Should I mix my tenses in IELTS Speaking?

This was a question posed by one of my students in a recent IELTS Speaking practice lesson. She was quite worried about whether or not she will be penalised if she mixes her tenses in her response to questions/topics in the interview. The answer is, it depends. Let’s consider this IELTS Speaking Part 2 topic: Describe […]

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IELTS Writing Academic Task 1

IELTS Writing Paper (Academic Module) Task 1 Summary: 20 minutes only Write at least 150 words Usually describing a chart but could be a graph or (rarely) a process Analysing data The strategy is the same for graphs and charts: Identify overall trends Group similarities and highlight differences Look for examples that support the trends […]

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